Tiny Treasures - Annual Challenge Exhibit

Sponsored by Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center

Scene from the reception for Magical Miniatures in 2014

Regional artists and craftspeople in all media are invited to participate in Tiny Treasures, a juried creative challenge exhibition sponsored by Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center. Tiny Treasures will feature creative works with the subject of your choosing and in your choice of media. Two-dimensional entries must be no larger than 36 square inches (i.e. 6”x6”, 4”x9”, etc.), including the frame; in other words, the maximum size of your FRAMED entry must not exceed 36 square inches. Three-dimensional pieces overall dimension should not exceed a total of 36 square inches. (See examples below.) Cash prizes will be awarded in the amounts of $200 for Best in Show, $100 for Friend’s Choice and $50 for Most Treasured.

Each year the Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center sponsor an Annual Art Show 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. The Friends receive 20% of the sale price of each piece, 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. Artists receive 80% of the sale price of each piece sold.

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

Submission Requirements:


  • Entrants must be regional residents (VA, WV or MD)
  • Artists for this show must be age 16 and older
  • 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


  • Advance registration preferred, encouraged and welcome - by email to (Elizabeth.Bracey@Loudoun.gov), by 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 by May 31 are welcome and will be considered for the front of the exhibition postcard and website
  • Entry fee of $10.00 plus $5.00 for each additional piece, up to five pieces (payable ONLY by cash or check to FFPAC) in advance or pay when you bring in your artwork (if paying by check: include your name, address and phone number with your check and put ‘Tiny Treasures’ in the memo field.)

Be prepared:

  • With the title, media and price of your submitted piece
  • To sign a Submission Agreement form
  • With a current, one-page artist biography ready to present to the public (suggested)


You are invited to submit up to five pieces for display and sale:

  • Any medium is eligible and encouraged
  • A single piece may have multiple components
  • Two and three-dimensional works are welcome
    • Two-dimensional entries - no larger than 36 square inches, including the frame; the maximum size of your FRAMED entry must not exceed 36 square inches
    • Three-dimensional pieces - overall dimension must not exceed a total of 36 square inches
    • See the EXAMPLES below
  • Originals are preferred for the exhibit; we are happy to add a second label: “Prints available from the artist at $___ [your fee]”
  • First come, first served: as many pieces as possible will be displayed in the space available
illustration showing examples of finished work meeting the maximum size requirement for Tiny Treasures show: 6x6, 5x7, 4x9 inches from outside edge of frame to opposite outside edge of frame


Provide all necessary materials to display your piece:

  • Two-dimensional artwork must be securely framed:
    • Works must be securely wired (no saw-tooth hooks) and ready to hang
    • Works may have miniature traditional, faux painted or applied framing
    • Scale of the frame should be appropriate for the scale of the piece
    • Miniature canvases and frames are available at Michaels and many online sources
      • Two-dimensional works not securely wired and ready to hang will not be accepted
    • Three dimensional artwork will be exhibited on backdrops, pedestals or inside an exhibit case
  • If you are planning a non-traditional method of display: call 540-338-7973 or email friends@franklinparkartscenter.org in advance to ensure the piece can be safely exhibited

Submissions accepted:

July 5-6 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Delivery prior to July 5: email Elizabeth.Bracey@loudoun.gov or call 540-338-7973

Bring your piece to:

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, VA 20132

Fees and Sales:

  • No additional fees other than the $10.00 entry fee and $5.00 for each additional piece
  • All artwork will be for sale
  • All artwork will remain on view throughout the exhibition period
  • Artists are responsible for paying their own sales tax
  • Packing and shipping of any sold artwork is the responsibility of the artist
  • Your entry fees go to support special projects and equipment for the arts center – thank you for your support!

Awards and Judging:

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

  • Best in Show — $200.00
  • Friends Choice — $100
  • Most Treasured — $50
  • Honorable Mentions may also be awarded

Winning artwork may be photographed for possible publication in the media

Important Dates:

May 31:
Deadline for postcard digital submission
Now—July 5:
Create! Pre-registrations welcomed
July 5-6, 9am–5pm:
Submissions accepted
July 8:
Exhibit opens
Sunday, July 10, 3-5pm:
Opening Reception for artists, family, friends and the public
August 7:
Exhibit closes
August 8-12, 9am-5pm:
Artists pick up unsold work


Contact Elizabeth Bracey at Elizabeth.Bracey@loudoun.gov or 540-338-7973

We look forward to seeing your creative submissions.

Thank you!

— Visual Arts Committee, Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center