Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
We were accepted to the Woodstock-New Paltz shows and would like to know what experiences anyone has had at these shows. How was the camping area? It will be our first time camping at a show-(I will be miserable without a shower). Were the shows well run? Good crowd that showed some knowledge of art? If so what was your price point? I realize these are all subjective topics, but any information is helpful.
We have done these shows for years and will be at the spring show. Camping here is great. They have a wide variety of options such as RV with or without hookups as well as tent camping. There is a bath house on site so there are showers available. The crowds are good and there will be a wide variety of artists there and everyone does pretty well. The show is well organized and the promoters are nice people.
Don thanks so much for your reply. That all sounds so good. I hope we can find you at the show. My husband is "Mexican Weaver" and will be weaving in the demo tent. If you see us please introduce yourself! Thanks again.
I have done the show on and off for years selling art prints. I feel crowds have waned for years and the last couple years have found light crowds. It is well organized and camping is very convenient, but at the price point they charge for the booth, I expect more audience. Obviously it depends on what you have to offer and art is always a tough sell...but I always enjoyed being there. I am taking a year or two off and will re-evaluate. One note...last year the organizers are beginning to turn the business over to their kids so the show may be in for some changes going forward...perhaps they will have other ideas to improve the show.
Thanks Mike for the reply. I guess we will just try it out and see how it goes. I'm looking forward to an organized show with camping. I hear a lot of shows are down and I wonder if that's across the board for some economic reasons.
I did it maybe 10 years ago. Camping was fine, except the condensation in my tent ruined my cell phone. Other than that it was a lousy show. Crowds didn't seem very sophisticated. It was kind of a country crafts type show as I recall.
thanks for your reply. We are getting such mixed reviews on this show......I guess it really depends on who is selling what. Our price point is fairly high so we will need a lot of luck.
excellant promoter Show was 2 days after a hurricane one year and they quickly hired college kids to dig moats around the large tents and kept bringing straw for the ground. About half local patrons and half from Westchester. All price points seem to move JoAnn
Hey that's good to hear. It sounds like they are really organized which will be a step up from some of the shows we did last year. We are kind of looking forward to this show even risking not doing well because of all the good things we heard about the promoters.
My name is Alyn Federico and much like yourselves, this will be my first time at this show. I like the idea of a show that has camping or at least a designated spot for trucks and RV's.
It's sort of funny the reviews that people offer, they either did great or the show was dismal. If you check reviews of other shows you'll find almost the exact same responses, with almost the same good versus bad. It all seems to be the luck of the draw, sales-wise, weather-wise, as well as people wise.
Like you, my originals have higher end price points but my prints at least should save the day if all else fails.
Look forward to meeting you and Jose. A campfire perhaps?
yes let's meet !! I think we will be camping but haven't yet located a travel trailer. How can we find you ? My husband is "Mexican Weaver".
You know hotel reviews are the same way. It's impossible to get any real sense of how it will be from reading reviews.
I really couldn't say about the motels as I never use them, I camp out at all the shows in the back of my truck, for the most part.
Just look for a truck with Rhode Island plates, that will be me. I don't know what a Mexican Weaver is or is it that your husband is Mexican and weaves?
Where are y'all from? Hoping for good weather, good sales, and some interesting people.
Yep my husband is Mexican and does tradional weaving (much like Navajo weaving). The name of his business is Mexican Weaver
we should be easy to spot.
Lyra y Jose