Calling Artists of all Ages…

The Festival Committee seeks artwork to be considered for the cover of the 2018 Festival catalog, as well as various promotional items.
The winning entry will receive a prize of $500 and the artist will have their bio and photograph featured in the 2018 Festival Catalog!
The winning selection will be chosen by the Festival Committee, and winners will be announced and all submissions will be showcased at the Festival. In previous years, we have had a tremendous turn-out with a great showing of wonderful talent!

The Deadline for artwork submissions is midnight May 31, 2018.
Download the full rules and information, and the entry form here:
2018 FFF Art Contest Letter

Rules and Information:
1. Art should be greyscale or black and white (preferably pen and ink).
2. Art must be no larger than 8”x11”.
3. Art must reflect the theme of the festival by including one or all of the following: Fiber animals (sheep, goats, alpacas, rabbits, llamas, etc), working border collies, fiber tools (spinning wheels, weaving looms, knitting needles, etc), or items made of fiber (sweaters, blankets, mittens, etc).
4. Please do NOT include text in your design.
5. Winning artwork will become property of the Fall Fiber Festival & Sheep Dog Trials, Inc.

For more information, please contact Connie Deatherage and Candise Fountain, FFF Artwork Competition Coordinators at

We thank you for your interest in the art competition and look forward to seeing you at the Festival in October!

Congratulations to our 2016 Cover Artwork Winner
Andy Mangham!

FFF 2016 Winning Artwork

Andy's art will be used on our catalog cover and 2017 t-shirts and totes - look for them at the Info tent at the Festival. Andy was born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia, and grew up working on the Mangham Manor wool and mohair farm. As a long-time farmer, he has always held an appreciation for the Fall Fiber Festival and has fond memories of participating in it as a boy. Andy has also always had a passion for the arts, and thought it would be a fun experience to try his luck at the Festival's artwork competition. Andy is currently in his second year at UVA and studies art, though he’s keeping an open mind as far as majors go.

The FFF Committee also congratulates 2016 Cover Honorable Mention winner Julia Sapir!

FFF 2016 Honorable Mention ArtworkJulia teaches 6th grade humanities at Tandem Friends School. In her spare time she draws fanciful things from her imagination, writes stories, takes photographs, and rides Ferris wheels.




Congratulations to our 2017 Artwork Co-Winners
Elizabeth Jenkins Baty and Andrea Eisenberger!

Elizabeth and Andrea's artwork will be featured on new Festival souvenirs!  Visit the Info Tent for note cards, mugs and the like.

Fiber Animals and the Tools of Fiber Craft and ProductionElisabeth Jenkins Baty is an artist and architectural historian living in Albemarle County. While an interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg, she was taught all aspects of fiber production using 18th century tools and methodology of spinning, dyeing, sewing, knitting and weaving. This included every aspect of production from shearing the sheep, cleaning and preparing the wool for spinning on a “walking wheel”, dying the wool with materials like indigo or Cochineal beetles and eventually weaving blankets on large looms. Her fiber education continued on her grandparent’s 19th century farm located in Fluvanna County, where she was exposed to fibers of many breeds of animals including goats and rabbits.

Andrea Eisenberger lives in Virginia Beach, VA where she teaches high school art at Renaissance Academy. Andrea received a BFA in drawing from Old Dominion University, but it was when she was studying for a Master’s of Art in Teaching at UNC-Charlotte that she fell in love with weaving and all things fibers. In addition to drawing on paper, Andrea enjoys drawing with thread by creating tapestries. However, her favorite thing to do is spend as much time as possible with her husband, their three sons, and two black labs.