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Help each other here by sharing your experiences, asking and answering each other's questions. Tell us about those shows in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, CA or anywhere else you are traveling.

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Sedona - Oak Creek Arts & Craft festival

Started by Ruth Finkenbiner. Last reply by Robbie Curnow 12 hours ago. 1 Reply

Has anyone ever participated or heard any feedback on this show?  In all the searching I've done for shows in AZ, this one never came up before, a non-artist friend who lives in Cottonwood suggested…Continue

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Anyone Got Sedona Art Festival News?

Started by Barrie Lynn Bryant. Last reply by Barrie Lynn Bryant yesterday. 31 Replies

Does anyone make money at the Sedona Art Festival? Their deadline is May 1 on zapp for the October show. I've read the reviews posted on AFI, but I'm wondering if there's any new news to report about…Continue

Tags: Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Sedona

10th Annual Mesa Arts Festival, December

Started by Kate McKeough. Last reply by Robert Johnson Jun 28. 1 Reply

Hi. Normally I stay in NM, but I'm looking for a new Winter show since one of my regular shows has decided not to have the show [this year].  I do like the smaller shows, generally speaking,…Continue

Need shows within driving distance from Livingston, Montana

Started by Chau Nguyen. Last reply by Steve Sawusch Apr 29. 14 Replies

I'm new at doing  shows. I've never done a show outside of my home state Montana. Trying to branch out to places that I can drive to within 10 hrs. Right now I'm trying to decide if I should apply to…Continue

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Comment by Barrie Lynn Bryant on December 4, 2015 at 11:44pm


Comment by Olive Parker on December 6, 2015 at 9:24pm

I received an email invitation.

Comment by Weldon Lee on December 7, 2015 at 8:19am

I did get an invitation from Richard Sherer to join the group. Thanks, Dick. I'm a Colorado artist (wildlife photographer) exhibiting mostly in Colorado.

Comment by Olive Parker on December 7, 2015 at 10:02am

Yes, Richard also invited me.  I have not traveled to the SW yet to do shows, and joined hoping to learn more about shows to travel to in the winter months.  I'm in Montana.

Comment by Margaret Aden on December 7, 2015 at 10:29am

Whew! What a ker--fluffle.  Sorta glad to be back here. I missed you all! 

Question: Scottsdale Arts Festival or Rio Grande Spring Show?

Comment by Brian Billings on December 7, 2015 at 11:09am

@Margaret, I hear nothing but great things from the Scottsdale Arts festival, especially from the fine artists. I have not done this show yet as it is very hard to get in. I do attend each year and seems to be very few new artists each year.

Comment by Margaret Aden on December 7, 2015 at 11:19am

Thanks for responding @Brian! I'm outside of Tucson, AZ, so Scottsdale seems like the easier choice. I paid almost as soon as I was invited, since I didn't count my Rio Grande chances as very high.  I've been applying to both shows for the past three years and find the irony of being invited to both over the top. I've heard nothing but lovely things about Ruth and her ABQ crew. So conflicted, would love to do both events, but sadly, this plane of existence is one place, one time. Maybe I should focus on creating a temporal warping machine??

Comment by Connie Mettler on December 7, 2015 at 11:30am

Good job, Barrie. Yep, that is how we get this going again. Invite others, even members who weren't in the original group ... 

I did not get an email from you, Barrie ;)

Comment by Brian Billings on December 7, 2015 at 11:37am

Think they made a big mistake removing this group! Glad it's back. Steve told me about it, no email.

So first show review, sorta. I have decided not to do the Tempe show this year and everyone was asking me why. Sales go down each year in the past 4 years and so has the quality. I have paintings that sell up to $4k so my clientele is a little different. I did walk the show and got to visit with Steve and Kay, good seeing you guys. My wife and I were observing the quality and thought I made a good decision. Not a great pic but their selling NFL Tissue box covers for $15. I also saw a computer painter near Kay that had construction netting wrapped around his booth and had a price range of $10-$65. This show is becoming more like Fountain Hills. Not that people will not buy high end art at these shows, but I think it's much harder when you are next to booths like this!

Comment by Margaret Aden on December 7, 2015 at 11:48am

Tissue box covers. 

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