All artwork must be original, fine quality, and totally conceived and created by the artist. No mass-produced items will be accepted. Artists may sell reproductions of their own work, but should have original work for sale as well. (Reproductive arts, such as photography and printmaking, are considered originals if the artist created the image.)  The show includes both Fine Art and Artisan booths.



1. Fill out the online artist application form.  (Fill out & sign a separate application form with a separate jury fee for each art category.)

2. Pay the jury fee using the online option found either on the page you are directed to after filling out the form or on the Submit page. Jury fees are non-refundable. Please note: a jury fee is not considered a deposit toward your booth fee. 


To submit your Jury fee by USPS MAIL:

Mail a non-refundable check for Jury Fee payable to:

  • Kathleen Isacson 833 Blue Mound Drive, Crystal Lake, IL
  • Jury Fee is $25. Deadline to submit is June 1, 2020
  • If you are submitting your jury fee via mail, it is still necessary to fill out the online application form!

(Do not send photographs or original art with your jury fee. Nothing will be returned.)

Submissions made after the final deadline will be considered for the next eligible show, if there is one. Artists are responsible to note the deadline and submit accordingly.


The Shores of Turtle Creek  7908 Winn Rd., Spring Grove, IL 60081

Turtle Creek is a unique venue with non-standard spaces. Our venue space is unique and booth sizes/shapes will vary in depth and width, but artists will receive the approximate same size for their category. Artists may state their preferences, but final placements will be determined by the jury team. Bring adequate lighting for your space, as there may be low lighting conditions in your area. Extension cords & gaffers tape (to cover along floor) may be necessary to facilitate lighting for some booths. Artists may not nail into existing walls or otherwise damage the space.

Small Booth Space approx. 6×6 ft – $75.00

Artists will need to provide tables, portable screens/walls or other display systems for present their work for sale. (Use of portable walls are optional & up to the artist’s discretion. A limited number of tables may be available for rent, if requested at application.)


Artists may set up on the morning of the show, (detailed set up schedule TBA) and someone must attend the booth for all hours. Artists are asked not to take down prior to 4 PM. Artists need to provide their own walls or other display items for their booth space.



Artists are responsible for their own sales and transactions as well as following any applicable local, state, or federal tax laws. Artists keep 100% of their booth sales the day of the event.



Affair of the Arts (Joe and Kathleen Isacson), and The Shores of Turtle Creek are not liable for any loss, theft, damage or deterioration of artwork before, during, or after the show. By submitting to AOTA, you are agreeing to this.

  • Participating artists assume responsibility for their property and their personal safety.
  • Insurance coverage for Artists’ property is the responsibility of the Artist.
  • Artists are responsible for adhering to copyright laws that may pertain to their work.



Artists are asked to bring a packaged hors d’ oeuvres or packaged baked item for the refreshment area, open for artists and visitors to enjoy. Turtle Creek provides a cash bar.

If it is possible for us to arrange with a local business, artists will have the opportunity to purchase a box lunch for the day of the show. In which case, orders will only be taken ahead of time. Details will be shared with accepted artists close to the show date.



Joe + Kathleen Isacson, Affair of the Arts & The Shores of Turtle Creek may use Artist’s Name, biographical information as submitted by the artist, and images of their artwork (or photos the artist and/or booth) for the sole purpose of promoting Affair of the Arts and to promote the artists and their work. We promote you because we care about you and your sales!

This information will be used for online and print publications, social and broadcast media, and marketing materials including postcards and flyers. Artists release Affair of the Arts from any liability resulting from the use of this information.  Photos of Affair of the Arts events (that may include the artist and/or artwork) may be used to promote current and future shows.


Jury and booth fees are used to support the promotion and operation of this event, and therefore are non-refundable. Checks* should be made out payable to Kathleen Isacson. Jury Fee is $25. Deadline to submit is June 1, 2020

Artist Notifications will be made by midnight, June 16, 2019. When all notifications have been made, an announcement will be posted on Facebook here.

Booth fees for accepted artists, stated above, are due no later than July 1, 2020.

 *If a check should bounce, a $25 charge will result to cover bank fees.


June 1:  Submission Deadline.

June 16:  Artist Notification

July 1:   Due Date for Booth Rental Fees

Sunday, November 15, 2020:  Affair of the Arts, 10am – 4 pm

Please note: Due to COVID19, we have arranged for a Sunday backup show date in April. This is a precautionary measure to ensure that the artists have the best opportunity to showcase & sell their work, no matter what comes our way. So far, we do not anticipate a need to move the date.