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Southwest and Pacific Coast Artists


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: 128
Latest Activity: Feb 24

Discussion Forum

Southern CA Shows?

Started by Asha Barnes. Last reply by Camryn Forrest Feb 18. 7 Replies

Hey Everyone! I just got done reading through your lovely group discussions and I have noticed that most of the discussion on CA shows seems to be from the 2011 to 2013 years. I am wondering if you guys feel like things have picked up here.…Continue

Tags: shows, California

Scottsdale Arts Festival 2015

Started by Robbie Curnow. Last reply by steve appel Feb 13. 10 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


Started by Savina Francisco. Last reply by Camryn Forrest Feb 5. 10 Replies

Hey everyone,So I'm in desperate need of help and I'm not sure where on the site is the appropriate place to post this...I have an application for an important show coming up on the 23rd but I don't have a booth shot. In fact, right now I don't even…Continue

Tags: photoshop, shot, booth

Kayenta Art Festival, Ivins, UT

Started by Savina Francisco. Last reply by Savina Francisco Oct 14, 2014. 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

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Comment by Barrie Lynn Bryant on February 24, 2015 at 7:55am

Revisiting all these old leads, some of them might not be available or worth the effort anymore. I don't know if Springville Museum will continue Spring Salon. A shame. It's not on their future calendar. C'est la vie.

Comment by Barrie Lynn Bryant on February 24, 2015 at 7:45am

And for Savina and other Utah based artists, get over to Springville Museum of Art and be part of their Spring Salon or other event if they host anything. If you don't already know of their recently retired director, Vern Swanson, you should. His legacy lives on through that institution and by authoring various catalog raisonneHERE'S HIS BIOGRAPHY. And then here's a link to SPRINGVILLE MUSEUM OF ART SPRING SALON. Seems they only have info up for last year. Call 'em and ask about 2015!

Comment by Barrie Lynn Bryant on February 23, 2015 at 7:16pm


Seems they've stopped the western themed show and are doing one themed for wildlife and landscapes. So get on board with that!

Comment by Barrie Lynn Bryant on February 23, 2015 at 7:12pm

Traditional wildlife of the west fits in western themed shows. So does western USA landscapes. Investigate the shows I've mentioned and those from Ernie. Look at those magazines plus this one, WESTERN ART COLLECTOR. All this may not be the direction you want to go. I hope I'm not steering you all astray. I should have also mentioned the other day that the majority of these shows charge commission on sales when I said they don't charge booth fees.

Comment by Savina Francisco on February 22, 2015 at 3:55pm
Wow. I'm writing all of that down -thank you so much much Barrie!! I've been floundering trying to find out that very information for weeks!

I've got a couple of questions: you refer to them as Western themed shows... does the art have to be western themed specifically or does traditional wildlife fit? I do fantasy wildlife and traditional wildlife but have been mostly focused on the fantasy lately...I may need to up in traditional wildlife inventory if I get into any of those shows...I imagine fantasy wildlife wouldn't work at those shows?
Comment by Ernie Komarek on February 21, 2015 at 10:15pm

Here are the various events in Great Falls the third week of March. (for Charles Russells Birthday):

Western Art Week Shows

Comment by Barrie Lynn Bryant on February 21, 2015 at 8:35pm

You all might check into the Favell Museum in Klamath Falls, OR as well. They have an invitational. These types of shows normally don't charge artists booth fees.

Comment by Barrie Lynn Bryant on February 21, 2015 at 8:31pm

And I've barely scratched the surface of opportunities out here in the West with the western themed shows.

Comment by Barrie Lynn Bryant on February 21, 2015 at 8:29pm

I've been a professional artist since 1989. I've lived in Wyoming since 1994, and soon after moving here I began investigating western themed art shows. The auctions usually don't provide a very good return for artists since quite often the high bidder wins at half the value of the artwork or much less than that. That's not always the case with CM Russell show and Buffalo Bill Show. Those are altogether very different events that attract high-end collectors. But I don't do western themed shows anymore since we don't have any western themed work, or because we have very little and not enough to make a show out of it. Back when we were mostly doing that work we were shaking all the bushes, especially those at the top of the pyramid. But, alas, our heart wasn't completely invested in that market. Some of the venues are very tough to break into, like the Buffalo Bill Show, Autry Museum Masters of American West, Gilcrease Museum, Prix de West show in the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, among others. Even the Cheyenne Frontier Days and the Annual Invitational Art Show & Sale in the Nita Stewart Haley Memorial Library are tough safes to crack. There are still plenty of fine shows to do that are more accessible. Now that I've rambled, I hope I've answered the question.

Comment by Thomas Felsted on February 21, 2015 at 3:25pm
Thanks for the suggestions Barrie. You know a lot about these shows. Is there any specific reason why you do not do the auctions anymore?

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