Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
So... here it is Friday morning, October 2; and I’m here in my studio instead of on the streets in Louisville. I’ve done Louisville several years running and I enjoy this show. It’s never been a great money maker for me, but, being my last show of the season, it has always helped me get over the hump before the winter shows start. I had always depended on some revenue from this show to help finance the winter booth fees.
When I applied to Louisville earlier this…Continue
When artists do not cover their expenses it is often because there were not enough qualified buyers at those events. This has happened to all of us. The issue is simply “bodies vs. buyers”, a concept we are all intimately familiar with. In a time where artists are failing at record numbers, the Show Director’s responsibility should be that of a ‘conservationist’. By ‘conservationist’ I mean how does the show; 1 - protect the artists as a national and cultural resource and, 2 - perpetuate the…Continue
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Added by Connie Mettler on October 1, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments
Armonk Outdoor Art Festival in Armonk NY was this past weekend. This show is in a small town about 30 miles north of New York City. There are around 200 fine artists and fine crafters. The work here is all top notch work. The…Continue
Added by Nels Johnson on October 1, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments
Groups will be removed by Oct 4th. Artists wanting to buy or sell art fair related equipment or supplies, should post to the For Sale forum: http://www.artfairinsiders.com/forum/categories/for-sale-or-trade/listForCategory
Connie Mettler and Larry Berman
Well, Funky Ferndale was indeed funky, exciting and chock-a-block with art lovers last week-end. The D.I.Y. Art Fair takes place east of Woodward Ave. on Nine Mi.Rd. (in Ferndale, MI) and extends on through the city's library parking lot. I don't believe this is a juried art fair but I could be wrong about that...it is, however, delightfully quirky and attracts hordes of Ferndale hipsters and arty types. On the other side of Woodward, also on Nine Mi.Rd., is the juried Funky Ferndale Art…Continue
I am a "mature" (back to school) college student in my last semester of a photography degree.
I'm also an abstract painter, (with a degree years back.) Recently my long standing family company closed down, so I decided to do a "bucket list" by returning back to school, then trying one year of Art Fairs, and see if I qualified as the next Picasso!
I applied to 9-10 fairs, and I need some advice on a few things PLEASE.
-I was accepted to the first four, and…Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on September 29, 2015 at 10:46pm — No Comments
Yesterday Connie and I traveled to Leo-Cedarville, Indiana to check out the Art by the Riverside show. Actually, I was checking it out and Connie was judging the art work for awards. This is a one day show held toward the end of September. Yesterday the weather was perfect. It was overcast and perfect to spend the day looking at art.…Continue
So we found out this weekend what a fantastic organization does when faced with torrential rain and high wind forecast for a 3 day event on the boardwalk - you move the event into the convention center, and plaster every media format with ads and PSAs announcing the move. And WOW!
This event was the best attended indoor event we have ever done. This change in venue was made 24 hours before the setup started. Unbelievable communications from Sharon Tanner, loads of help on site,…Continue
Artsfest is one of our very favorite events. Extremely well run, great crowds, great customers, phenomenal volunteers and staff, beautiful venue, great area. Setup is uncomplicated, although you may have to dolly a ways if you are on the 'wooded path', but they have big 4 wheel dollies to use, and if you have a disability, they are on the spot with golf carts to tote your stuff. Break down is smooth, and you can set up a day early and break down on Monday if you prefer. I guess some…Continue
Presented by: Melbourne Main Street
Deadline: October 8
Application Fee: $32
Booth Fee: $265
Added by Connie Mettler on September 27, 2015 at 9:10pm — No Comments
Hi, finally got some used propanels down here in FL, "Happy girl", how do you transport your panels to your booth, do you buy the propanel cart or what, needing ideas that might save $$ but easy to use. Thanks, Jackie
This is my second time doing this show, first time blogging on AFI. It was my single best show in a still short art festival career. (I started exhibiting in art fairs in 2014.) Crowds were great with art savvy patrons. The weather cooperated. Alexandria, VA is a vibrant, fun, urban spot on the shores of the Potomac close to DC. 200 artist booths form a line (almost all back to back facing the sidewalk) the length of King Street from Union to Washington Streets in Old Town…Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on September 24, 2015 at 10:43pm — No Comments
I am new at this, and have a question. I am in the process of purchasing a tent for my shows, and notice that display panels come in both mesh and fabric backing. Which one is better for hanging artwork (stretched framed canvas') and HOW do you attache the art to the panels? Thanks
I can't seem to find any information on this show, and was wondering if it would be worth while.
If anyone has input, it would be much appreciated!
Added by Kate Tillman on September 23, 2015 at 5:05pm — No Comments
For the upcoming Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival in Murrells Inlet, SC, AccuWeather is predicting over 4” total rain on Thursday (setup day) and Friday (setup / opening day), with showers lasting 17 hours on Thursday (with winds of 20-32 mph) and 20 hours on Friday due to an Atlantic storm coming onshore around Myrtle Beach that was thought to have “tropical characteristics” a few days ago.…Continue