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2021 Woodside Art of The Horse: Call for Submissions


(Woodside, CA)August 2, 2021– WHOA! (Woodside-area Horse Owners Association) is pleased to invite artists to participate in the Woodside Art of the Horse juried equine art exhibition. Created to celebrate the beauty and nobility of horses in our lives, Woodside Art of the Horse reveals the unique visions of equine artists portraying their favorite subjects.

Artists’ Reception & Silent Auction

Woodside Art of the Horse kicks off the Woodside Day of the Horse weekend with an artists’ reception on Friday night, October 8, from 6-8 PM at the Woodside Village Church. Refreshments, live music, and more will accompany this exciting exhibition of equine art. Awards will be presented in two categories: Artists over age 18, and Youth Artists age 18 and under. Everyone is invited to join in celebrating this year’s Day of the Horse theme, Oktoberfest. Woodside Art of the Horse will continue on Saturday and Sunday, October 9 and 10, from 11 AM to 6 PM.

SILENT AUCTION: New this year will be an online silent auction, which will kick off live at the reception and continue for one week. Artists are welcome to donate items to the silent auction, whose proceeds will support the mission of WHOA! to preserve the fundamental role of horses in maintaining the rural character of the Town of Woodside and neighboring foothill communities, to enhance opportunities for equestrian activities, and to promote the enjoyment of horses in all their various roles. For more information about donations to the silent auction EMAIL:

Artist Submissions

Woodside Art of the Horse is open to all artists. Artwork must be the original work of the artist, and may be in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, pen and ink, graphic and charcoal, colored pencil, photography, sculpture, mixed media, miniatures, jewelry, or high quality crafts, as long as the artwork celebrates the horse. No giclées or computer generated art will be accepted.

Artists will submit two to three pieces for jury selection, in any combination of mediums or all one medium. There are no size limitations except for sculptures, which may not exceed 60 lbs. and sculptors must provide a pedestal for display of their work. Paintings must be framed. Gallery wrap is acceptable providing the artwork extends and covers all sides of gallery wrap. 

Young artists age 18 and under will have their own live (not online) Youth Art Show, from which images will be chosen for the 2022 Young Equine Artists Calendar. Youth artists will also be awarded prizes and raffle items. Watch the WHOA! website and the WHOA! Facebook page for how to enter the Youth Art Show.

How to Enter

Please submit your application online at along with the $15.00 entry fee per artist. You will be required to upload your contact information as well as images and descriptions of your artwork. 

Deadline for online submissions is September 7 at midnight. A jury of four experts will select the accepted artists, who will be announced on September 9, 2021.

Artists retain the copyright to their images. However, accepted images do become part of the WHOA! archives and may be used in future art promotions.

Full details are online at

Exhibition Booths

Selected artists may display their artwork in virtual and/or exhibition booths during the Woodside Art of the Horse exhibition, as described below. 

Buyers Premium: A 10% buyer’s premium on sales made during the live and virtual exhibitions will be donated to WHOA! to help support its mission. Details will be provided to artists with their selection notice.

Live booths, $50 fee: Art for a live exhibition booth must be delivered to the Woodside, California, location on Thursday, October 7, 2021, or Friday, October 8, or by special arrangement. Live exhibition booths are (approximately) 10’ x 10’ spaces at the Woodside Village Church. The Art of the Horse will supply propanels and hang three pieces of your art, or the artist can set up their own booth on a “first come, first serve” basis. Artists’ own booth fixtures must be supplied, installed, maintained, and taken down by the artist or artist’s representative. Electricity can be arranged with advance notice; internet is available. Booth locations will be at determined by the Art Committee. 

Insurance: All art must be insured by the individual artist. WHOA! does not hold insurance for artwork on exhibit and is not responsible for loss of or damage to any of the artist’s work. Artists must insure their work themselves.

Live Event Tear Down: Art displayed in Woodside must be picked up within 72 hours of the closing of the show, unless special provisions in writing are agreed upon between the artists and WHOA! Artwork that does not comply with these provisions will, by necessity, become the property of WHOA! after 30 days and will be sold to benefit the mission of WHOA!

Virtual booths, $50 fee: Art and information for the virtual fair must be uploaded and completed by October 7, 2021. Artists can load up to 6 pieces, add a URL to their website and provide additional information as requested on the application form. The virtual show opens on October 8 and continues for one month.



Receive an Art of the Horse 2021 Calendar

Donate $15 or more to WHOA! and
receive yours today!

For additional funds, you can specify how many calendars you would like to receive, in the “comments” section on the donation form.

If you are local, we will contact you to arrange for pick up. 

Contact WHOA!

2995 Woodside Rd. Suite 400-466, Woodside CA 94062

We will respond as soon as we can!