Open Call for Submissions

Riverdale ArtWalk 25th Celebration,
We Want to Hear Your Stories!

We are taking a walk through 25 years of Riverdale ArtWalk history through the journey of the artist.

Riverdale ArtWalk has been instrumental in building the successful careers of hundreds if not thousands of artists over the years. Being part of the story that influences emerging artists and helping them realize their dreams is what our mission is all about.

We are having an exhibition in the Leslie Grove Gallery and collecting stories of influence and want to hear how the Riverdale ArtWalk played a part in your success as an artist.

  • Maybe Riverdale ArtWalk is way back in your history, we would love to hear that story.
  • Perhaps you had your first show at the Riverdale ArtWalk and now you are showing internationally, won awards of merit and are working successfully as a full-time artist with a strong following.
  • Maybe you were part of the first few ArtWalks when Riverdale was presented in local studios and shops.
  • Or perhaps you were instrumental in launching Riverdale ArtWalk and supporting other artists on to success.

Important Dates

Please submit early! Submissions will be reviewed on an ongoing basis as we build out our marketing and exhibition content.

Deadline for Leslie Grove Gallery Show submissions: Monday,  May 1, 2023 – 11:59 pm

Deadline for stories and image upload: Monday,  May 8, 2023 – 11:59 pm

Artists Notifications for in person exhibition will be sent out on or before: May 5, 2023
Riverdale ArtWalk 25th Celebration:  May 17 – June 4, 2023
Opening Party: Thursday, May 18, from 6 – 8 pm 
Closing Celebration & Riverdale ArtWalk’s 25th Meet & Greet: Thursday, June 1, from 6 – 8 pm
Drop off artwork: Sunday, May 14, between  5 – 7 pm (unless other arrangements have been made)
Pick up artwork: Sunday, June 4, between  5 – 7 pm (unless other arrangements have been made)

Share Your Stories!

Our goal is to celebrate the history and success of the many Riverdale ArtWalk artists.

There are many ways you can participate in the celebration:

  • participate in a special 25th anniversary show at Leslie Grove Gallery (May 18 – June 4)
  • upload a video clip sharing your story
  • share your memories in written form
  • contribute photos and marketing materials from the “olden days” to add to our memorabilia wall

Riverdale ArtWalk: Celebrating 25 Years
Leslie Grove Gallery Exhibition

Submit a current work of art or two for consideration into the Riverdale ArtWalk: Celebrating 25 Years! at the Leslie Grove Gallery.

You must have participated in the Riverdale ArtWalk in the past to participate. Priority will be given to those artists who have a history with the Riverdale ArtWalk, where the show played an important role in building their art career. This is a juried group show, all submissions may not be accepted

Submission Fees

  • Free.

Other Fees

  • Artwork can be listed as for sale or not for sale.
  • The Artists’ Network retains a 20% commission of all work sold in person or through the web store.

Please note: We have created an online submission form through the Eventeny platform. It requires a creation of a profile (email and name). If this is a challenge, please reach out to and we can work to accept a submission through email alone.

Upload a Video Clip

Are you part of the story of Riverdale ArtWalk? We want to hear from you!

  • Create a short video clip that shares your story of how Riverdale ArtWalk impacted your art career.
  • Share a story of a particularly important collector who found you through the Rivedale ArtWalk
  • Share a bit about how the Riverdale ArtWalk community provided support and encouragement to follow your dreams
  • Or anything else you would like to share

Video clips will be looped together and presented in the Leslie Grove Gallery during the show and used for promotion.

Upload a Written Story or Quote

If you’re camera shy, send a short quote or written story.

You can also email us at and attach a word document or simply share a quote in email.

Please title files with beginning with your name, for example: Angela Lane_my RAW story

Upload Old Photos & Videos

Share old photos, from the early days of Riverdale ArtWalk.

We hope to have a loop of images projected on a wall during the show and also use images to promote the Celebration. If you have images from 10, 15, 20+ years ago, please share.

Please title files: showdate_your name, for example RAW2018_Angela Lane_

Share Memorabilia

We are collecting old guides and postcards and flyers.

We missing guides in our current collection for years: 1999, 2000, 2004 and 2018.

Please contact

Connect With Us on Social

Follow us @riverdaleartwalk on Instagram and Facebook

Share your stories and comment #riverdale25

The Artists’ Network manages a number of social platforms for announcements, and the Leslie Grove Gallery shows will be promoted across multiple handles. Please also follow, share on the following and comment on posts on these platforms:


Help Us Spread the Word!

We have been connected to thousands of artists through the last 25 years and unfortunately and need your help getting in touch with them. Please spread the word!

Reach out to us at and we will email you our newsletter that you can share with your contacts.

More Information

Art Installation 

FOR SHOWS HUNG IN THE LESLIE GROVE GALLERY, Please click here for detailed hanging requirements; failure to adhere to these practices can result in your work being omitted from the show.

All art must be suitable for installation:

    • Ensure works are completely dry, set, cured, fixed, or protected.
    • Works on paper and board must be framed and mounted.
    • Affix a label with title, artist, price, size, medium, year to the back of the artwork.
    • Secure a  D-ring to each side of the work,  1 1/2″ below the top edge of the work to the top of the D-ring for the gallery’s hanging system.
    • Attach wiring for hanging in client’s home.
    • Sculpture, glass, or 3-D work may require you to supply a stand to mount it on.

Contact Information 

The Artists’ Network
1158 Queen St. E.