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2024 Needy Ego Arts Festival

Needy Ego Arts Festival: Call to Artists & “Emerging Artists”

Sunday, August 25, 2024, 10 am to 4 pm | 139 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14610

The Needy Ego Arts Festival honors the memory of Ilana Finkelstein, an emerging artist who passed away unexpectedly in 2021 at age 33. In keeping with her artistic vision, and carrying on the name under which she marketed her creations, this festival seeks to showcase Jewish-themed art or crafts, as well as other arts and crafts without religious themes or symbols. 

Open to artists and craftspersons throughout the Finger Lakes and Western New York, the Needy Ego Arts Festival offers a showcase and marketplace for established artisans, and also welcomes emerging, inexperienced artists, a group near and dear to Ilana. A portion of the proceeds will go to hosting future festivals and programs that promote the benefits of art throughout the community.


  1. Each artist/craftsperson must submit an application, and if accepted, will receive an e-mail note of acceptance.
  2. All items must be designed and produced by the accepted artist. Original artwork only.  
  3. Each exhibit is expected to be open for business for the entire show.
  4. Exhibitors are not permitted to sell or display real weapons, toy replicas, or representations of guns, knives or other items which may resemble weapons.  Weapons are not permitted onsite.
  5. No consumable crafts.
  6. Artists under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
  7. If the artist does not meet these rules, Festival management reserves the right to require the artist to remove inappropriate items or leave the show.

Temple Beth El (TBE) will provide the following to accepted artists
  • Artist can request either (1) a 10’x10’ space in an uncovered area, or (2) placement under a community tent.  Request will be honored if space is available. 
  • Under a community tent, Temple Beth El provides each artist a table and 2 chairs.
  • In a 10’x10’ space, artist can provide and set up a tent (max size 10’x10’), and display equipment within their assigned space.  This provides Artist with more room than the single table option, and is strongly suggested for established artists. 
  • No electricity is available in the display area.
  • Central payment site to handle cash and credit cards as well as taxes and processing fees. 
  • In the event of rain, the festival will be moved indoors with appropriate social distancing and masking requirements in place.

Fees and sale proceeds
  • Application fees:   Established artist $36;  Emerging Artist $18.  Fee must accompany the application, and is refundable if application is denied. Table space fee is covered by this fee.
  • Cash and credit cards will be accepted for all festival sales. Sales tax amounting to 8 percent of the purchase price will be assessed at the point of payment, and paid to NYS by TBE. 
  • TBE will deduct 25 percent of the item price to cover all festival costs, furniture and tent rental, processing fees, and security, with the balance donated to TBE’s Ilana Finkelstein Art Fund to support future art programs. The remaining 75 percent of the sale will be paid to each artist after the close of the festival.

Application Process & Festival Timeline
  1. Artist completes the application and submits it, together with the application fee.  In addition to the application and fee, artists must also submit a completed IRS Form W-9 to TBE prior to the festival. Application and fee may be submitted via the TBE website (, or by mail to Temple Beth El, 139 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14610.  Make check payable to Temple Beth El. IRS Form W-9 can be mailed to TBE prior to the festival 
  2. Artist must submit this form in order to participate in the Festival.
All applications must be received by Friday, August 1, 2024.
  1. Artist receives email confirmation from festival management by August 11.
  2. Booth & Display set-up begins on the day of the festival (Sunday, August 25) at 8 a.m
No overnight parking or setup will be permitted.
  1. Festival times:  Sunday, August 25th, 10 am to 4 pm.
  2. Artist has 2 choices for when payment is made to the Artist. ​​​​​​
    1. Sales payment to the Artist paid the day of the Festival, after the Festival closes (time estimate 1-2 hrs after close).
    2. Check will be mailed to the Artist in the week following the Festival. Check will be mailed to Mailing Adresses listed in the Artist Application.

Questions?  Email  Put “TBE Art Show” in the email subject line.

Please select one option

Indemnity Clause:  As an exhibitor, the undersigned agrees to the rules and conditions of Temple Beth El’s Needy Ego Arts Festival.  I agree to indemnify Congregation Beth El of Rochester, New York (also known as Temple Beth El) and hold it harmless from any liability for injury and/or damage caused to any person or entity resulting from acts or omissions of the undersigned, its officers, agents, employees or guests in connection with the undersigned participation in the 2024 Needy Ego Arts Festival, including but not limited to costs and attorney fees.  Nothing contained in this agreement or any prior or subsequent negotiations shall entitle the exhibitor to any specific space, and Temple Beth El retains the right to position the exhibit space with regard to the overall exhibit plan, and to make any necessary changes therein.  I have read the Call to Artists & Emerging Artists with show rules, and agree to abide by them.  I agree that Temple Beth El will not be held responsible for any theft or loss of property.

Signature of parent or guardian is required if individual is under 18 years of age.
Sponsored by the Ilana Finkelstein Art Fund at Temple Beth El
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