Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Added by Connie Mettler on June 30, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Recently, on a private Facebook artist group, an artist asked for advice on dealing with a challenging customer on a custom order. (The details aren't important here, and I don't have permission to share them, anyway.)
I read the comments already posted. Some were helpful, some (a bit snarky) maybe not so much. And I was about to weigh in with my own two cents, and then I remembered a quote (from Albert Einstein, I think), along the lines of: "To solve a problem, don't engage…
Criminals have struck again
Last month California jewelry artists lost their inventories in two separate thefts.. Deborah and Kevin Healy of Healy Designs had their jewelry stolen from their van when they stopped at a restaurant after a show. In a separate incident, Laurie Lehman of Floral Jewels lost her…Continue
So there is a large group of artists who break down really fast and get the heck out of a show. I am part of this group. I usually post my out time after a show to let people know about the logistics. Off the written record the group of fast break down artists compete with each other:). Just another fun thing we do. Honestly it gets stressful and takes strategical planning. It is awesome to get the heck out and get on the road and/or get back to home or hotel for a cocktail.
Northern Kentucky Convention Center
Added by Connie Mettler on June 28, 2016 at 9:33pm — No Comments
In 2014, my wife and I participated in the Occassion for the Art in Williamsburg, VA. This show remains our best show. Last year, we arrived in Williamsburg in the middle of two solid weeks of rain. Our RV trailer was up to its hubs in mud but since the show was on solid ground, we didn't worry too much. What did worry us and the promoter, Leo Charette, who is also a show photographer, was the forecast of a hurricane taking aim on the area. The storm didn't directly hit us but as it…Continue
Columbus, IN is a sweet little town about 45 minutes south of Indianapolis and is known for its wealth of architecturally significant buildings, both vintage and new. So it seems like a perfect place for an art fair.
For many years the show has been held the same weekend as Penrod, a Saturday-only monster of a show also in Indiana. The Columbus folks apparently decided to quit fighting the beast and changed their date to three months earlier. Having done so, now the location on the…Continue
I just completed the Wayzata Art Experience and want to share while it is all still fresh.
First, this show is on no one's radar. At all. There are no reviews anywhere, so I emailed a few folks who participated previously. They said it wasn't great and that I should proceed with caution. Wayzata (Why-zet-uh) is about 40 minutes from my home north of Mpls. It sits due west of Mpls, and for a $190 booth fee, I thought, "I'll roll the dice." The show is right on Lake Minnetonka on the…Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on June 26, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments
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Just in time for the big July art…Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on June 24, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments
First time I have done this show. I have been hesitant to do it because of all the challenges but decided…Continue
How do you possibly post the horrors of a show without getting "blackballed" by others shows? I have been warned not to do this. So then, how do we know all the pretty words aren't just words so they get invited back?
November 18 & 19
Presented by the Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council
Deadline: June 24
Application fee: $35
Booth fees from $125 for members to $200 for non-members
Located just 15 minutes from downtown Milwaukee, the Polish Center of Wisconsin is a charming…
Added by Connie Mettler on June 21, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments
From my mailbox:
May 27, 2016
Last year and half have been the most difficult for Jin and I, due to my having a heart attack Feb. 2015 on the way back from Mt Dora, losing every show we had for 2015. Interestingly not one show offered to help in any manner such as maybe we can help you with a booth next year. Send us a doctors letter and we will…
Added by Connie Mettler on June 21, 2016 at 9:55am — No Comments
So I didn’t get accepted to my hometown Summerfair this year, and in a pissy mood I immediately went searching for another show that weekend, knowing the Summerfair jury would be devastated when they learned they had missed their chance to have me. And sure enough, Zapp dealt up the Butchertown Art Fair held in a quaint historic suburb of Louisville, KY on the very same weekend,…Continue
In the spirit of better late than never, here are some observations from this year’s Broad Ripple Art Fair held on May 21 and 22 on the grounds of the Indianapolis Art Center.
First and foremost, the staff and many, many volunteers were absolutely awesome. Smiling good mornings. Yummy donuts and coffee. Express line passes for artists to use at the food trucks and very friendly food workers. Volunteers coming by…Continue
I'll be at cherry Creek (denver) for the first time. Need help set up and take down. I can pay 25/hr. Not really heavy, but help is nice. July 1 9am, and July 4 about 6pm. total maybe 4-6 hours. email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mckenna Hallett, a professional trainer and consultant for small business, shares strategic tips from her 25 year career that has covers the entire spectrum of earning a living as an artist: developing a…Continue
I am so happy to have won this awesome prize of weights from Canopy Weights. I will be using them at my next show. They are awesome! Also I just have to say that this group has been so much help to me in my art show experience. A BIB thank you to Connie and all of you.
Added by Paula Decker Haynes on June 17, 2016 at 2:14pm — No Comments