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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
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First Art Sales at Great Falls, MT Farmers Market

Started by Ernie Komarek. Last reply by Ernie Komarek Aug 6. 7 Replies

I just completed my first show with awesome results at the Farmers Market in Great Falls, held every Sat. morning throughout the summer. My first booth setup went well but winds created problems, but I managed to make two sales that paid for my fee…Continue

"Point of Sale" Software/Inventory Tracking-Needing Input

Started by Shelley Spranza. Last reply by Camryn Forrest Aug 5. 8 Replies

Hi, all,I have Intuit GoPayment as my mobile app for art fairs, and I realized I can't really easily manage my inventory with it without downloading an outrageously expensive program by Microsoft which has been panned in every review I've seen.What…Continue

Tags: of, sale, software, point, payment

boulder open arts festival

Started by Camryn Forrest. Last reply by Camryn Forrest Jul 19. 4 Replies

If anyone is going to be at the boulder open arts festival this weekend, let me know in this thread. I'm not showing, but might walk the show, and I'd like to say Hi and put a face with a name where I can.Thanks (and have a great show!)Continue

New show in Huntington Beach

Started by Connie Mettler. Last reply by Jay Freedman Jun 30. 20 Replies

This is really interesting. Several time a day I get shows emailing me to add their events to Some I delete as they are not the kind of event I even want to see on that site (I really try to make it only events where show goers…Continue

Tags: art fairs in CA, Huntington Beach, CA

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Comment by steve appel yesterday

i doubt it,  maybe the recession is not over  and in golden you have a lot of students and who has money as a student  

Comment by Brian Billings yesterday

I recently read an article about Denver becoming the hot spot for Hipsters. Hipsters like expensive things, but more on the stranger side. It talked about how the hipster bars are popping up everywhere and also mention that many contemporary NY style galleries are moving in and taking place of the more traditional galleries that had been there for years. I wonder if that has affected the shows at all? 

Comment by steve appel yesterday

well, finally home for week,  and was not impressed with results at golden. Setup a breeze, teardown almost as easy, Show had a lot of good art, unfortunately was not impressed with the crowds.   I did 1/3 of what i did in 2013.  Talked to another artist who had my sentiments exactly  worst golden done in year.   I am a crowd watcher when not selling and not too many bags or paintings or anything going by.  I was in the middle of the show.  Might concern doing again but have to think real hard on it.  They gave the artists a dinner on Fri night that was excellent, every other minute there were volunteers walking around asking can i help you.  End of show promoter asked how i did and my side of the street was blistering hot and i mentioned it. Said to note next year to be on other side.  I am wondering if shows in colorado are declining.  Of all the shows i have done in colorado they have all been down .

Comment by Pauline Haas-Vaughn on Saturday

Does anyone know anything about the Las Cruces show in March? We have done 2 shows in LC (Ren Fest and the December La Casa show) and have done well at both so was curious about this other one.

Comment by Ernie Komarek on August 13, 2014 at 6:11pm

Thanks Richard,

I'll check out your recommendations. I won't be in Estes Park on Labor Day this year. I'm setting up at Red Feather Lakes on the 30th and Crystal Lakes on the 31st. And a free chile cook-off Sat. night! (Sunday could be challenging.) Small shows, but I have painted subjects in the area since we have property up there.

Comment by Richard L. Sherer on August 13, 2014 at 4:04pm

Ernie, You might also look at events like Elk Camp of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. I think there is also a group for the sheep and goat hunters.  I did one in Reno several years ago. I will be at Labor Day show in Estes Park. Are you doing it? Also check out Weldon Lee, wildlife photographer on this site. He is also in Estes Park area. You guys probably have a lot in common. Ditto to Savina Francisco. 

Comment by Ernie Komarek on August 13, 2014 at 1:58pm

I've not considered other kinds of events, but it has got my attention for sure. I was thinking outside the box about showing in galleries. I visited a couple galleries last week in Estes Park where I'm currently designing a house. My last stop was at a fly fishing shop. Made me think that my (fishing) wildlife paintings might sell better there, or other sporting goods stores. Maybe even a booth in the parking lot at large sporting goods stores. Hmm... maybe sportsman's expos, horse shows, dog shows, gun shows...?

Comment by Savina Francisco on August 13, 2014 at 1:38pm
Oh excellent idea - I can't believe that didn't even occur to me Brian! Thank you!!

Does anyone else here do that kind of "specialty event" that's specific to their art? If so, do you seem to do better than at traditional fairs? Any other wildlife artists here? (I know Ernie is...Ernie, have you done other types of events?)
Comment by Brian Billings on August 13, 2014 at 12:06pm

Savina...I don't see Comicon being a good fit. I go to it every year to check out the artists and it's heavily characters or Anime. The only animals you might see are unicorns. I had friends do it but it was all paid for by a comic company their contracted through. They get exposure but don't actually sell much, people are there for the collectibles. I would look into some kind of wildlife events!

Comment by Savina Francisco on August 12, 2014 at 6:47pm
Hi Camryn - thank you for the info! I don't draw any characters that aren't my own, so that's not a concern...I'm not even sure my style would fit a comic con (you can see my profile for my style) - it was just a thought as a potential avenue...but you're the second person to say they aren't money makers, so I won't spend a lot of time on it...I think the nearest one to us is Vegas, 4 hours away, so I might try one and see...

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