Volunteer at Panoply Arts Festival

Does your organization or business want to give back by working in the community? Are you a student needing service hours for college and job applications? Do you want to do something fun with your family and friends?  Join the Panoply volunteer team!

Panoply requires over 1,000 shift volunteers in many areas to make it happen. There is a role for everybody at Panoply, and many people volunteer in several areas or take on several shifts. It is just that much fun!

Each shift is four hours or less so you have plenty of time to volunteer and enjoy the festival. Friday volunteers receive a free ticket to return on Saturday or Sunday to enjoy the festival.

Are you ready to join us the last weekend in April at Panoply 2016? We are ready for you!

Click here to sign up now

If you are interested in signing up a large volunteer group, or if you have any questions about volunteering, please email Ashley Hudson at ahudson@artshuntsville.org or call (256) 519-2787

Concerts in the Park 2017 Food Vendor Application

Bring your local tastes to this year’s Concerts in the Park! Join us in Big Spring Park every Monday night June 5 through August 7 for this free concert series. Applications close Monday, March 20th.

We will have food vendors located in the park, on Williams and on Church Street.

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Apply to Perform at Concerts in the Park 2017

Thank you for your interest in performing at the Concerts In the Park!

Concerts in the Park takes place every Monday night in downtown Huntsville’s Big Spring Park. This year, the series will begin June 5th and run through August 7th. The concerts are held in Huntsville’s beautiful Big Spring International Park, on the Huntsville Museum of Art stage.

Each year we strive to provide our community with a wide variety of musical entertainment.

Concerts in the Park 2016. Photo courtesy Jeff White Photographer.

Concert performers are selected by a panel of judges using the following criteria:

Quality of music and performance
Variety of music
Audience appeal

Concerts in the Park performances must be live music. No taped music is allowed.

If you are interested in applying for Concerts in the Park, please complete the application below and be sure to include audio or video clips of a recent performance of your group.  The clip should be labeled with band name, the date, and the location of the performance. Please include at least three songs.

Applications are due by end of day on March 13, 2017. Selected performers will be notified in early May. Only bands that return their application by the deadline will be considered; don’t miss your chance!

If you have any questions, please email Lisa Bollinger, Events Manager at lbollinger@artshuntsville.org

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Thank you for donating your time and talents to this popular concert series. We appreciate your interest in performing at Concerts in the Park!

Art Tour of Homes 2017: Meet the Homeowners

For the five homeowners featured on this year’s Art Tour of Homes, presented by Legend Realty, art is an extension and expression of self. We asked each of the homeowners to share how they came to appreciate collecting art and to offer advice for the novice art buyer wanting to start their own.

What is your favorite piece of art in your home and what is the story behind it?

A corner of Beth Grigg’s Jones Valley home.


Beth Griggs: That’s kind of like asking if you have a favorite child! If I have to pick one it would have to be a piece by Carlton Nell that I saw

years ago at his exhibition at the Huntsville Museum of Art. They used the piece for the exhibition announcement postcard and I kept it on my fridge for years….I was finally ready to see if it was available and I contacted the artist. He had just gotten the piece back from a gallery and seemed happy to hear that I had loved it all that time.

Pat Ammons: This isn’t an easy answer because we both have a favorite piece. My favorite is a lithograph of three red birds I bought at Pike Place Market in Seattle. I love everything about the piece, from the modern lines of the birds and their vibrancy to the white over black background on which they are painted to the blue dot that stands in contrast with the other colors. Lee’s favorite is a large watercolor of leaves falling into water by Huntsville artist Yuri Osaki. We saw the work at Monte Sano Art Festival several years ago and walked away and back again three times before deciding we couldn’t leave without it.

Donna Castellano: My favorite piece of art is a gift from the late Bill Nance. I had the privilege of getting to know Bill when he helped with my book, Through the Garden Gate: The Gardens of Historic Huntsville.  Bill was an artistic genius and an incredible teacher.  Months after we finished the book, Bill showed up on my front door, dangling this exquisite piece of art from his finger.  It is a multi-media representation of our family in a garden, framed by a stunning garden gate.

Home of Chuck Vaughn on Monte Sano Mountain. Photo courtesy Bob Gathany – The Huntsville Times

Chuck Vaughn: I have an ongoing friendship with many of the artists I collect, and the pieces are as different as the artists. Very often, I have acquired pieces after I have gotten to know the artist and come to appreciate his/her way of looking at some part of the world or his/her aesthetic sense.  I define art in a broad sense, and include utilitarian objects that have been created not only for function, but with beauty in mind. I tend to value those objects for what they reveal about the maker

Sharon Doviet:  My favorite piece is a fantastical portrait purchased recently called “Pink Bride.”  The color and details are beautiful, but there are tiny details signaling trouble and decay — that I interpret to remind us youth and beauty do not last forever.

How did your design aesthetic come about – organically as you went along or did you have a pre-conceived vision? How does it continue to evolve today?

Beth Griggs: No pre-conceived vision here. My house is pretty eclectic. My parents taught me to love antique furniture, but my art taste tends toward whatever moves me, whether it be landscapes, folk art or anything created by local or southern artists. A few “weird” pieces thrown in.

Pat Ammons & Lee Roop: We buy what we love. We have everything from traditional landscapes to outsider art and mix them together to

Lee Roop’s favorite piece, by Huntsville artist Yuri Osaki, from his and Pat Ammon’s Medical District home.

suit us. I would say we have evolved in the sense we’re bolder in what we purchase, making no excuses for what we like. We are also more willing to take the plunge on more expensive pieces because we know how much joy we will ultimately get from them.


Donna Castellano: Initially, I had a fairly simplistic view of art and purchased pieces because I wanted to see pretty paintings hanging on our walls.  But as I became more educated, went to art shows and festivals, talked to artists and familiarized myself their methods and motivations, I became drawn to art that spoke to me on a deeper level.  I connect to landscapes and pieces that reflect the southern experience, and I have a serious addiction to pottery.  Mike and I collect artwork by southern contemporary artists, which is a fancy way of saying we buy local.

Chuck Vaughn: I think it is important that we continue to see, to learn, and to grow. I believe my aesthetic continues to change, and I hope it always will. I don’t think I’ve ever bought any object knowing clearly where it would land, or worrying about how it would fit in with the rest of my things. I tell people that my design aesthetic is this:  I think that walking into a room should be like going to a family reunion.  You know that everything or person in the room is related, but the objects in a room shouldn’t look alike any more than every member of a family would.  And there should be a bit of tension in the room (just like at a reunion, LOL). One or two odd pieces of furniture or paintings should look “not quite at home”–just like the crazy uncle or cousin that everyone fears might make a scene when the family gathers. I’m only being a bit tongue in cheek.

Chris Russell and Sharon Doviet’s Blossomwood home. Photo courtesy Bob Gathany – The Huntsville Times

Chris Russell & Sharon Doviet: Our design aesthetic comes from our travels.  We love to see new places and experience new ideas.  Art is the same.  A painting can instantly make you feel like you’re in another time and place.  Magic!

What advice would you have for homeowners who are new to art-buying? What would you to say to people who have pre-conceived notions about what it means to be an “art collector” and that buying art isn’t for them?

Beth Griggs: I have never considered myself a “collector”. I buy what speaks to me. I would tell people to just do the same. I have found a lot of what I have at local events and galleries. Panoply, Monte Sano Art Show, Lowe Mill, Little Green Store and Gallery are great places to start.

Pat Ammons: Trust yourself and buy what you like. Huntsville is full of incredibly talented artists working in all kinds of media. You don’t have to have a lot of money to start collecting original art, either. We have pieces we love that cost less than $25. Don’t be afraid of color – you might be surprised how well the most abstract piece can fit in a traditional living room. Support your local artists and always check out Panoply, the Monte Sano Arts Festival and other venues and take time to talk to the artists. When you know the person behind the painting it can mean so much more.

Art & repurposed old architectural items in the home of Donna Castellano. Photo courtesy Bob Gathany – The Huntsville Times.

Donna Castellano: Explore! This is an adventure with no end date.  Every time I think I’ve no reason to buy more art, I will visit a gallery or walk through an arts festival and see something that touches me.  Art is personal.   If it doesn’t make you feel something, if you don’t recognize some part of yourself in a piece, don’t buy it.  If you do, then do not hesitate.  Don’t get caught up in where it will go; it will find a place.  Buy what you love and the collection creates itself.

Chuck Vaughn: If you’re just getting started collecting, you may be more comfortable beginning with pieces that are relatively inexpensive. You might consider starting with utilitarian objects that are handmade, like pottery. Generally much more affordable than painting or sculpture, pottery is still made by hand, aesthetically pleasing, and useful on a daily basis.

Sharon Doviet:  I don’t consider myself to be an “art collector.”  That sounds so fancy.  I just know when I see a painting I love, I can’t stand not to have it.  It’s like it’s yours already and if you don’t buy it, YOUR painting will go to someone else’s house!  I still have regrets for art I didn’t buy.


The Art Tour of Homes will be held Saturday, January 28th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Additional information and tickets for event can be found here.

Panoply 2017 Food Vendor Application

A weekend of art, music, STEAM interactive activities and community art projects make it easy to work up an appetite, so apply today to feed the crowds at Panoply Arts Festival! Our 2017 food vendor application deadline is January 13th, 2017. Questions? Email lbolinger@artshuntsville.org


Panoply 2017 Performer Application and Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in performing at the 2017 Panoply Arts Festival! Here’s what you need to know about our deadlines, stages, and other details.

Performer Applications for 2017 are now closed.

General Festival and Selection Process Info
The festival will be held April 28-30, 2017 in Big Spring International Park in downtown Huntsville, Alabama.

Festival Hours are:
• Friday, April 28 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
• Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
• Sunday, April 30 from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Panoply Performer Timeline
• January 20, 2017 – Application Deadline
• February 2017 – Accept/reject letters emailed the second week of February (includes Performer Stage Diagram Form)
• March 3,2017 – Performer Tech Forms due


Panoply 2016. Photo Courtesy Rick Kress

Selection Process
Programming for Panoply 2017 will feature local and regional performers selected for the festival by our Stage Management committee.
This committee consists of staff and volunteers experienced in all forms of the performing arts. Entries will be evaluated on:

  • Artistic quality of work
  • Technical suitability for an outdoor stage
  • Content suitability for a family audience
  • Performer’s ability to attract and hold an audience
  • Compliance with Call for Entry guidelines



Panoply 2016. Photo Courtesy Rick Kress

Staging Information
There are three stages at the festival. All stages are fully equipped with sound and light systems and operators. We also welcome applications from street performers.
Call for Entry General Criteria
All entries must comply with the following
• Submission of entry is not a guarantee of an invitation to perform at Panoply.
• Each performer must be age 13 or older. This is not an average age.
• Content of performance must be acceptable for general audiences; no preaching or dissemination of political or religious views is allowed.
• Costumes must be suitable for family audience.
• The purpose of the performance must be to entertain an audience rather than to train the performer (i.e., no recitals).
• The entry form must be completed in full and submitted by the deadline.
• The performers/groups MUST be cooperative in working with Festival management and volunteers.
• Photographers will be in the park taking pictures throughout Panoply. Submission of an Entry Form shall constitute permission for Panoply to use photographs of the festival performers in Arts Huntsville publications and for other publicity purposes throughout the year.
• Festival performance is expected to be similar to submitted entry.
• Variety of entire weekend’s programming will be a consideration by Festival management in the final selection.
• Any material submitted for judging must not be more than 2 years old.
• Due to the volume of entries, the selection panel will only be able to review the first five minutes of a performance, so make sure your best performance is at the front of the DVD or CD.

Panoply 2016. Photo Courtesy Rick Kress

Panoply 2016. Photo Courtesy Rick Kress

Criteria for Music
• Taped music is not allowed.
• All performers must submit a link to a video, or a DVD of a RECENT performance or dress rehearsal of work of comparable quality and type to that which will be performed at the festival if selected.
• If a DVD is not available, an MP3 or CD of a RECENT performance plus a large, clear color photograph of the whole group in performance attire will be an acceptable substitute.
Criteria for Theatre & Musical Theatre
• Taped music is allowable backup music for performers, but piano or band is preferred.
• Use of set pieces is encouraged. Sets must be easily setup and struck in no longer than 10 minutes. Panoply has no fly capability.
• Costume changes must be done in the 10×10 tented dressing area provided.
• All performers must submit a link or a DVD of a RECENT performance or dress rehearsal with work of comparable quality and type to that which will be performed at the festival if selected. DVD must be labeled with date and location of performance.
Criteria for Dance
• Taped music is acceptable.
• Costume changes must be done in the 10×10 tented dressing area provided.
• Description and photo/sketch of all costumes to be worn must be included.
• All performers must submit video of a recent performance or dress rehearsal of work of comparable quality and type to that which will be performed at the festival. The video must include a sample of at least three dances.
• Video must be labeled with date and location of performance.
• Panoply reserves the right to limit the number of pieces performed in a 30-minute block.
• MUSIC MUST BE FAMILY-FRIENDLY and Panoply retains the right to stop the performance if the presentation is deemed unsuitable for family viewing.

Panoply 2016. Photo Courtesy Cliff Loehr

Panoply 2016. Photo Courtesy Cliff Loehr

Criteria for Strolling Performers
• Taped music allowed on portable (battery-powered) player.
• Costume and performance material MUST be family-friendly.
• Strolling performers will be provided a weekend pass and be free to come and go; no firm schedule will be built for most strolling performers.
• Kid-centered strolling performers may be booked for slots in the performance areas as well as free to roam the park.
• No dressing rooms are provided for strolling performers.
Don’t Forget…
• Submission of entry is not a guarantee of an invitation to perform at Panoply.
• Performances juried into Panoply will be mailed a stage diagram form that MUST be returned by email or mail to Arts Huntsville by close of business Friday, March 3, 2017.
• Photographers will be in the park during Panoply. Submission of an Entry Form shall constitute permission for Arts Huntsville to use photographs of festival performance for publicity purposes throughout the year.


Performer Applications are now Closed.