Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 10am-5pm
Added by Connie Mettler on April 18, 2014 at 1:58am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Carol Wilson on April 17, 2014 at 12:27pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
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,…Continue
allowing artists to pull up to their site to load /unload a real deal breaker for me if this is not the case
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…Continue
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…Continue
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?
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,…Continue
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…Continue
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Added by Connie Mettler on April 13, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments
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?
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:
July 12 & 13
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
In the heart of the Rocky Mountains
Saturday, 9 - 5, Sunday 9-4
Deadline: April 15
Added by Connie Mettler on April 11, 2014 at 6:43am — No Comments
I was inspired by Jennifer's post about Bayou City to discuss The Distraction Factor..........
Well, friends, we have all experienced this at one show or another. You arrive, unload, sleep and start the first day of the show with high hopes. As day one begins, you notice the crowds are moving fast, people are there, but they all seem to be in one area. The area at the other end of the show, about a block or so from where all the artist are. What are they all doing…Continue
Festival goers can…Continue