DAHC presents the 3rd Annual

Art of the River show

February 6-7, 2015
South Florida State College - DeSoto Campus, Arcadia FL

Express your love of the Peace River by entering in the "Art of the River” Art Show to be held at South Florida State College—DeSoto Campus in Arcadia, Florida. DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council announces an art show open to all artists in the Peace River watershed and beyond.

The show will promote awareness of our natural resources as inspiration and solace for artists and communities. All works must be based on past or present life in the Peace River Valley and the natural Florida environment or the rich cultural heritage of the area.

Florida's most famous photographer, Clyde Butcher, has judged the photography entires for the Art of the River show for the past two years. Learn more about Clyde Butcher at his website.

Click here for a downloadable copy of the event brochure.

  • Two dimensional works (painting, drawing, textiles etc.)
  • Three dimensional works (sculpture, pottery, etc.)
  • Artists may submit up to five entries.
  • Click here to download the artist entry form! To submit your entries, fill out the form and email it to desotoartscouncilinfo@gmail.com. (You may pay your entry fees when you deliver your artwork.)
  • Special category for students - click here to download the student entry form!


Peace RiverA minimum of $1,500 in prizes including:

  • $250 Best of Show
  • In each category ...
  • $200 first place
  • $100 second place
  • $75 third place
  • $50 honorable mention
  • $25 Award of Merit
  • $150 People's Choice award

Purchase Awards

Event sponsors contributing over $500 will receive a portion of their contribution in “Art Bucks” to be used to purchase art from show exhibitors. Ten percent of commission will be collected on all sales. Buyer must pay sales tax. Click to open and download the sponsor brochure and sponsor application.

Entry fees:

  • $10 each piece for members of DeSoto Arts & Humanities Council
  • $20 each piece for non-members of DAHC

Key dates:

Peace River
  • Jan. 10, 2014 - Exhibitors must submit Art Show applications (online application or postmarked if mailed)
  • Jan. 16, 2014 - Notice of acceptance of art mailed out or e-mailed
  • Jan. 30, noon to 4 p.m. or Feb. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Artwork must be delivered to the exhibit site
  • Feb. 6, 2014, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Invitation-only reception for sponsors, artists and invited guests.
  • Feb. 7, 2014, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. - Public art show and Rio de la Paz Festival
  • Feb. 9, 2014, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. - Pick up all artwork not sold or removed at the end of the show

Call for Vendors

We are looking for all kinds of vendors - from artists and authors to artisans and crafters, plants, souvenirs, and of course, food! If you'd like a booth at the 2014 Rio de la Paz Festival, download the Vendor application form here.


DAHC will need many volunteers to help with its Artists Reception on Feb. 6 and the art exhibit and Rio de la Paz Festival on Feb. 7. People will be needed to help take in art on Friday, Jan. 30 & Monday, Feb. 2 and to hang the art exhibit on Tuesday, Feb. 3.

People will be needed the day of the Festival to direct visitors to parking and exhibits, to sit in classrooms where artists' works are for sale, and assist buyers with "Art Bucks" to make their purchases.


Artists may designate the price for each work entered in the show, or mark it Not For Sale (NSF). DAHC will collect a 20% commission for each item entered in the show and offered for sale. Artist is responsible for sales tax.

Watch this site for more details and an online application form in the near future. To learn more, email to DAHC for details.

Thanks to our sponsors!

Please support them with your business and tell them you appreciate their support of the arts in DeSoto County!

The Arcadian newspaper Florida Outdoor Properties
Harbor Style Magazine South Florida State College

Come join us!

The first Rio de la Paz Festival celebrated the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de León's arrival in Florida. The arrival of the Spaniards in 1513 began a fundamental change in the state's history. Today we celebrate Florida's rich history with a festival, featuring a variety of artists and crafters, vendors, displays about the Peace River watershed and more!

Artists, authors and fine crafts vendors are invited to display and sell their work at the Rio de la Paz Festival.

Artists, authors and crafters are encouraged to sign up for reaspionably priced 12x12 booths to sell their handcrafted items on the day of the Festival.

Companies and nonprofit organizations are also encouraged to provide booths or displays about their activities. Space is free for nonprofits. Watch this website for more details to come.

Food vendors are also sought, selected on a first-come, first-served basis with no duplication of main food items.