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Southwest and Pacific Coast Artists

Fine artist,crafters from way out west coming together to further our goals and industry, and just plain make good friends.

Location: Prescott, Arizona
Members: 125
Latest Activity: on Tuesday

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Scottsdale Arts Festival 2015

Started by Robbie Curnow. Last reply by Steph Mader Nov 24. 9 Replies

I know Scottsdale has been discussed many times, but my questions are about actually attending the show. I applied this year and was accepted for 2015.It is going to be a costly show, so I am trying to watch my expenses. So here is my question to…Continue

Tags: fairs, Arizona, art, hotels, festival

Kayenta Art Festival, Ivins, UT

Started by Savina Francisco. Last reply by Savina Francisco Oct 14. 2 Replies

The organizers did an amazing job of taking care of us Artists; there were volunteers who came around with cold water and snacks throughout the day, which was so appreciated. Checkin was also easy and organized and they had someone to show us to our…Continue

Tags: southern, kayenta, festival, festivals, utah

Huntington Beach Music, Art and Food Festival

Started by Kevin frosch. Last reply by Pat Falk Sep 23. 13 Replies

It tanked. Promoter dipped all who participated(artist,food and partrons) very little advertising, bad festival design.

Indoor Shows

Started by kara unland. Last reply by Barrie Lynn Bryant Sep 22. 6 Replies

Could anyone recommend an indoor show in California?Continue

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Comment by Brian Billings on Tuesday

Thanks for the review Kay! I think your right on about the emerging artists section!

Comment by Jeff DeVore on Tuesday

Just got home from Tucson after a long 17 hour drive today. Sales were down 20% from last year for us. Friday was an ok day, Saturday had almost no sales and Sunday was a very good day for us.

Comment by Kevin frosch on Tuesday
4th Ave update. Fri was very slow for us, could be because we were down at 4th and 7th. Large crowds with hands in there pockets looking for the beer station. Saturday I closed at 1pm with no sales. Sunday was a tipi cal Sunday which enough sales to salvage the show. We were down 60% over past years.
Comment by Kay Cummins on Tuesday
Ok. On Phoenix Festival... first. I should say I took classes there about ten years ago before selling my work. I know many of the Instructers and students there.

As a new show 3rd year. They are in the beginning stages. They are getting apps from strong artists but Prob not enough of them alone. Some students or former students and instructors get the nod and while this is good it also can hurt professional artists with lower prices. I don't think they know what to charge nor have the confidence to charge higher prices. (I would love to see a student/emerging artists section. I think it would be a better way to handle it in the
future).

Traffic. Sunday was the best day and best weather. The show stayed open until 8 pm on Fri and Sat. This was a fail. I doubt they'll do it next year. Crickets after 5pm.

Sales. I'll prob skip it for a few years. I did pick up client's that had not seen me elsewhere. That was my goal. I did $1k and it was 3 days. I know fabulous 2d artists that zero'd. :-(. I'd find it really hard to believe anyone did 3k

I'm local so I wouldn't write it off. They had a lot of action good music, dance classes (hip hop street style) food trucks and artists pAinting en plein for a arts mural. BUT I felt everything was spread too far out. Yes I wanted to be closer to the food trucks,painters and hip hop dancers!
Comment by Ruth Finkenbiner on Monday

Final report on Tucson now that we're finally thawed out, due to a really strong Friday, our sales were only down about 30% from last year.  I was expecting worse with the rain on Saturday, as one artist said, you can't really recover from losing Saturday at a show like this.  Friday - strong sales, Saturday - ok sales in the morning but then it died, we should have been like many of the artists and left in the early afternoon.  Sunday, large crowds, but looking for sales, cheap items, etc.  Right now I'm just very glad our shows for the year are over, guess it's time to start working on taxes.

Comment by steve appel on Monday
Yes like Brian curious to know how phoenix show as and how did tucson turn out thinking of maybe trying either next year.
Comment by Brian Billings on Monday

Kay is was good visiting with you, saw other Tempe artists there as well. Curious if weather kept crowds away or if that's just how that show is? I did see someone carrying a large cardboard package while I was there. Were the people that did come, buy? I was there early but it looked like there was lots to do, they had a stage, kids area and mural artists painting live. The only negative I saw was there wasn't many food options and some of the artists sold work way too cheap. Paintings for $150...Really?!

Comment by Gloria Isackson on Sunday

Ruth, I noticed that I was walking around ... I left with lots of packages ... all my Christmas shopping is done ... I know that I will love the earrings that my husband purchased for me ... even if he wasn't there in body!  Thanks also to Kevin, the bracelet is a great gift from my son.  Gosh, I had a blast purchasing my own gifts!!! 

Comment by Ruth Finkenbiner on Sunday

At least the weather is better today in Tucson.  Big crowd but obviously our prices are not low enough for most of today's crowd.  Lots of looking, saw lots of bags earlier but as the day has gone on it's mostly been popcorn and snow cones.

Comment by Ruth Finkenbiner on Sunday

Kevin, I walked around bit and noticed you along with about 1/3rd of the booths were closed. Most of our area stayed open so I didn't relize how many artists had bailed until friends stopped by to tell us they were heading for the bar. We had a couple of sales early in the day, not much afternoon. Finally gave up around 3:30. Right as we were driving away it started raining again.

 

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