Sticks and Stones: Outdoor Exhibit

Piece by Penny Hauffe installed on the grounds at Franklin Park

September 10 - October 31, 2016
Reception: Sunday, September 11, 1:00-3:00pm

Individuals, families, community groups, students, regional artists and craftspeople were invited to participate in Sticks and Stones, an outdoor art show sponsored by the Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center in conjunction with the event Art in the Park. All works must be made entirely of naturally occurring or biodegradable materials (such as sticks, stones, feathers, animal hair, mud, unfired clay, vines, fallen leaves, bamboo, etc.) Your artwork may take any form you wish: sculptural, figurative, structural, surface covering, weaving, a cairn, a mound, a suspended piece, a kinetic piece, etc.

Bring your pieces to Franklin Park Arts Center or create them in place September 6‐9. Works will be displayed on the park grounds in designated spaces just off the park walking trails. Your artwork must be considered temporary, as entries will not be maintained. Pieces may be constructed in place or else brought to the park complete and ready to position at your assigned site. All works will be photographed. Three cash prizes of $75.00 each will be awarded for Most Enchanting, Wildest and Best Technical Execution.

logo: Art in the Park - September 11, 2016Sticks and Stones artwork will be left in place from September 10 - October 31, 2016. The public is invited to attend the exhibit opening, a reception for the artists, and other Art in the Park festivities on Sunday, September 11, 1:00-3:00pm.

Sticks and Stones is sponsored by The Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center, a 501.c.3 non-profit advisory board dedicated to the success of the Arts Center. We appreciate your support of the Arts Center and participation in our exhibits – thank you!

The Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center sponsor exhibits designed to intrigue and inspire artists to explore and create pieces beyond their usual subject matter, style or media. Franklin Park Arts Center hosts the exhibit and artists reception. Staff also helps with registration, advertising and publicity, and public contact. The Friends volunteer hundreds of hours assisting staff with promoting the exhibit, hanging the artwork, sponsoring the reception, purchasing exhibit supplies, and more. Entry fees are paid to The Friends, which helps fund the purchase of specialized equipment, furnishings and amenities for the Arts Center, as well as underwriting special arts programs for the community.

We appreciate your support of the Arts Center and participation in our exhibits - thank you!

Submission Requirements:


  • Open to individuals, families, community groups, students, classes, regional artists and craftspeople, etc.
  • There is no age limit - high school students are encouraged to enter
  • Entrants must be regional residents (VA, WV or MD)
  • Content must be in accordance with County policies
  • Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center reserves the right to reject any entry submission for any reason, at its discretion

Important Notes:

  • Exhibit sites will be determined by Franklin Park staff; spaces are limited; first come, first served:
    • All sites will be just off of and easily visible from the park the walking trails
    • A map of exhibit sites with artist names and artwork titles will be available at the Arts Center for public use
  • Works must be made only of naturally occurring or biodegradable materials (non-biodegradable materials may be rejected)
  • Artists are encouraged to photograph their pieces as soon as they are finished and in place: artworks in this outdoor show are considered temporary and will be exposed to weather and wildlife; as such, there is no guarantee they will retain their finished character for the duration of the exhibit
  • Artists are welcome to repair their pieces, but Franklin Park staff will not maintain them

Exhibit sites are limited! Register in advance - first come, first served

  • Advance registration preferred, encouraged and welcome - by email to (, phone (540-338-7973) or in person at Franklin Park Arts Center during office hours (M-F, 9-5) prior to the delivery dates below
  • Alternative - register when you bring your artwork on one of the artwork delivery dates below
  • Images submitted in advance are welcome and will be considered for the front of the exhibition postcard and website
  • Entry fee of $20.00 per submitted piece, whether created by an individual, family or group:
    • Pay in advance or pay when you bring in your artwork
    • Payable ONLY by cash or check to FFPAC
    • If paying by check: include your name, address and phone number with your check and put the title of the exhibit in the memo field.
  • Be prepared to sign a Submission Agreement form:
    • Include the title of your piece
    • Include a rudimentary sketch or short written description of your plan for your piece and materials you expect to use


  • You are invited to submit one piece for display
  • Works may be constructed in place or at home and brought to the park to install on your assigned site
  • Materials:
    • Only naturally occurring or biodegradable materials (such as sticks, stones, feathers, animal hair, mud, unfired clay, vines, fallen leaves, pine cones, seed pods, bamboo, etc.) may be used
    • Materials collected in the park may be used, but only if they are detached (lying on the ground, nothing removed from trees)
    • You may use natural items from elsewhere (not Franklin Park) to create your piece
    • You may use biodegradable glues, vines, stripped twigs, etc. to bind pieces
  • Construction:
    • You can construct your piece in place on your assigned site, OR
    • Pieces can be made at home and brought to the park to install (transporting or building on a base is suggested)
    • Works must be built on the ground (not up in trees)
    • Maximum dimensions: 4 foot square base
  • Artworks are not intended to be permanent:
    • We encourage you to photograph your artwork as soon as your installation is complete
    • Your piece should be such that it can ‘go back to nature’
    • If it is damaged by weather or wildlife, you are welcome to repair it, but please note that park staff will not repair it or maintain it in any way
    • At the close of the exhibit you are welcome to retrieve your piece if you wish
  • To find your assigned site, first come to:
    Franklin Park Arts Center
    36441 Blueridge View Lane
    Purcellville, VA 20132
  • You can also ask that a map with your site location be emailed to you in advance

Submission Process:

  • Artworks installed September 6-9 - Deadline is 1 pm on September 9
  • Artists transport their projects to their assigned sites on foot, unless they make arrangements ahead of time with Center staff

Awards and Judging:

All pieces submitted to the show will be judged on opening day. The following prizes will be awarded:

  • Most Enchanting– $75
  • Wildest – $75
  • Best Technical Execution- $75

Important Dates:

By September 5: Pre-registration
September 6-9: Artwork submissions installed; artworks must be in place by 1 pm on 9/9
September 11: Artists Reception from 1:00-3:00 pm
October 31: Exhibit closes
November 1-2: Artists pick up work if they wish
November 3: Remaining works removed by park maintenance staff


Contact Elizabeth Bracey at or 540-338-7973

We look forward to seeing your creative submissions.

Thank you!

— Visual Arts Committee, Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center