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Call for Artists: Shipshewana Art Festival

June 21

Shipshewana, Indiana

9 am - 4 pm

50 Artists

Deadline: until full

Join our first ever Shipshewana Art Festival
 on June 21 from 9 AM - 4 PM, only $50.00.

Two opportunities:

  • a 3 day trade show…

Added by Connie Mettler on April 20, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Happy Easter

Larry Berman

Added by Larry Berman on April 20, 2014 at 7:03am — 2 Comments

My two cents worth on The Woodlands Waterway show

Okay y'all beat me to the review so I'll just add my two cents worth...kudos to the hard workers and those that are in charge, they absolutely put on a first rate show! More water and snacks then I could shake an artists name tag at. They made a big point of telling the artists how much they appreciated them being there, over and over again!

It never fails, not matter where you are located in a show you always think some other part of the show is getting more patrons then you...not… Continue

Added by S Brian Berkun on April 19, 2014 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Tempe's in the bag

I read Nels' earlier report on Florida and I can only say, " I feel the pain".

Tempe, AZ has never been a great show for me but, at least up until last fall, it was an okay show. Like Nels alluded to, this show also was off about 50 % last fall and this last spring show was off another 50% so it wasn't a great time. Others around me felt like they did "okay" but nobody was do'in the hokey pokey!

The crowd was there with lemonade and popcorn in hand along with lawn… Continue

Added by S Brian Berkun on April 19, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: Birmingham Street Art Fair

September 20 & 21

Birmingham, Michigan

Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 10am-5pm

160+ artists…


Added by Connie Mettler on April 18, 2014 at 1:58am — No Comments

Pardon me for a moment while I go out of my mind

A word of warning to anyone who has applied -- the deadline is/was April 18 -- to The Dayton Art Institute Oktoberfest in Dayton Ohio the weekend of September 26: chalk up the $30 you spent for the jury fee as a minor loss compared to what you could have lost by actually doing the show.  If you are accepted, run in the other direction.

I did this show the last two (or three?) years and had come to the conclusion that it was quite overpriced at $400 per 10 x 10 for an event that draws…


Added by Karen Holtkamp on April 17, 2014 at 7:18pm — 21 Comments

Coral Springs Art Festival, Coral Springs, FL

I was excited that I got accepted at late notice to the Coral Springs Art Festival, partly because I used to live there and know the area, but also because I expected a good show.  The ACE section was full, so I got into the art section.  I was lucky to get a hotel at a somewhat reasonable price within walking distance, even on the same side of the street.  I had a good booth location, too.  Yes, we had to set up in the dark on Saturday morning (a Howard Allen show) and I thought a lost a…


Added by Carol Wilson on April 17, 2014 at 12:27pm — 2 Comments

Sanibel-Captival Rotary Art Festival, Sanibel Island, FL

I have a new favorite show!  I did the Rotary Club Sanibel-Captiva Art Festival (Sanibel Island, FL) in February and it was beyond my expectations!  It was easy to set up and break down due to excellent management.  Attendance was brisk the whole weekend, and people were buying.  I am one of those people who always bring more than I need, but I nearly ran out of inventory, and I did run out of business cards and receipts.  My sales more than made up for the travel and hotel expenses.  The…


Added by Carol Wilson on April 17, 2014 at 12:20pm — 2 Comments

First time festival, first time blogger, a great weekend at Main St Fort Worth Arts Festival!

What a weekend! I've been a patron for the Main St Fort Worth Arts Festival for years...and I mean all the way...taking a long weekend off from work so I could attend on the less crowded Thursday and Friday and spending all day, just taking a break for my Schmidt's bratwurst and cream puff...I'd check in with all of my favorite artists and look for treasures to bring home to add to our collection.

So when I felt like I was ready to apply for my first art festival, I picked…


Added by Christine Cadorette on April 16, 2014 at 6:40pm — 13 Comments

Woodlands Waterways Review 2014

I was fortunate to be invited to exhibit at the Woodlands Waterways show this last weekend in truly beautiful Woodlands, Texas. Never having driven to a show in Texas, it was a long trek but the Bayou was something beautiful to see. Arrived on Thursday after a two day drive and took advantage of their home stay program which was delightful. The person that hosted me and my assistant made us dinner and breakfast and it was so much nicer than staying at a hotel. It was totally non-obtrusive,…


Added by margaret luttrell on April 16, 2014 at 11:10am — 7 Comments

Being considerate of Artists

allowing artists to pull up to their site to load /unload a real deal breaker for me if this is not the case

Added by Art Ciccotti on April 16, 2014 at 10:17am — 9 Comments

Call for Artists: BBC Fine Art & Fine Craft Fair in NYC

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21st Annual BBC Fine Art & Fine Craft  Fair aka Ye Olde Village Fair

May 17…


Added by Connie Mettler on April 15, 2014 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Glynn Art Association (Spring Show), St. Simons Island, GA: April 12-13, 2014

I'm going to write a VERY brief review of this show, for reasons that will be revealed in a paragraph or two.  This was my first visit to beautiful St. Simons Island, GA.  Although the state has less than 200 miles of coastline, it boasts beautiful wide barrier islands teeming with birdlife.  I've driven past their exits countless times on I-95 but never had time to stop.  So after Connie posted a call to artists a few months back, I jumped at the chance to apply and was…


Added by Geoff Coe on April 15, 2014 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Interesting start to 2014

Perhaps it was beginners luck that I got in about 80% of the shows I applied for my first two years of trying art fairs. Even won a Best in Photography last year, and was accepted into a bigger art fest on the first try. This year has been oddly different. So far I've yet to be accepted into a single fair, although I am on a few wait lists. 

Then amidst the rejection on the art fair jurors, I was awarded a fellowship from the Racine Art Museum and will be working towards a new body of…


Added by Jim Sincock on April 14, 2014 at 6:58pm — 5 Comments

College towns as a market

I have seen a few blog posts where folks have commented that college towns Art Fairs are good ones to attend because they are young and good buyers.  This is counter to my intuition, the reasoning is that college students don't have the disposable income for artwork.  What has everyone else found?  Are there enough well-paid professors to provide adequate buyers?  Are college towns a good target-market?  Thoughts?

Added by Gordon Elwell on April 14, 2014 at 1:26pm — 9 Comments

The Perfect Artist Friendly Show Part One!

Hi Friends.....

     Call me crazy, but I am in the very early stages of conceptualizing starting a fine art and craft show in my local area.  We have a very good response to art here, as many know from the Belleville, IL Art on The Square.  Anyway, as I am planning, researching and gathering data, I have some ideas that I would like to put forth and am open to feedback from fellow artists.  Here are some early thoughts...


1.  Autumn show, held in September or October,…


Added by Elle Heiligenstein on April 13, 2014 at 11:03pm — 25 Comments

Is there a difference between buy sell and selling prints?

I am curious what people think of this. We all talk as though we are so pure to our art. I only sell originals and have more than once lost out on a sale to a big less expensive print. So I thought about it and the fact is many artists are ordering prints from big print houses. Some of them are overseas. I know some artists who do greeting cards and small items with their work on it. Made in China. So isn't this buy sell? I see artists with mostly prints in the booth. Giclee all over the…


Added by sean McDougal on April 13, 2014 at 9:57pm — 39 Comments

Call for Artists: 10th Annual Levis Commons Art Fair

August 16 & 17

Perrysburg, Ohio

Produced by The Guild of Artists & Artisans

Sat. 10am-8pm

Sun. 11am-5pm

130 Artists

Deadline:  April…

Added by Connie Mettler on April 13, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Looking for Input

It appears that some artists apply for more than one show on a given weekend and if they happen to be accepted into both shows, they cancel one of them. This makes good sense to me. However, I have two questions concerning this practice . . .

1) How prevalent is this among artisits?
2) Can this practice create a bad name for that artist among festival promoters and cause the artist to be black-listed from the festival involved?

Added by Weldon Lee on April 13, 2014 at 1:42pm — 9 Comments

Safety on the Highway

I have decided to write about some safety trips, as I drive a 40' motorhome all over the eastern half of the US, and there have been some very eventful experiences over the years. When I speak to others about traveling safely, I am always shocked at the danger people put themselves into, without giving it a second thought, many times for the sake of vanity.


Here are some tips:



Added by Carol Larsen on April 11, 2014 at 9:50am — 22 Comments

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