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How do you handle your cash at venues?

My husband and i have been doing art fairs for 4 years now, and always try to be carefully strategic as to where to put our check out counter and cash area to ensure it is accessible only to us.  And until yesterday it was a great strategy.  Neither of us are certain how, but believe that it was toward the last minutes of the show that someone got in and took all of our $20 bills from below the till.  i am certain this was while i was distracted to the front of the tent by one customer, and…


Added by Barbara Pitorak Bloom on September 22, 2014 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: La Quinta Arts Festival

March 5-8, 2015
La Quinta, California
a short drive from legendary Palm Springs
10am-5pm daily
230 Artists
Deadline: September 30


What to expect:


  • Gross art sales in 2014 exceeded $3.1 million-an increase of $300,000 over 2013
  • Average…

Added by Connie Mettler on September 22, 2014 at 7:34am — No Comments

Art-A-Licious 2014

So this is a small fair in Adrian, Michigan. It's in it's eighth year. This year was my first year doing this show. My sales were not all that spectacular. I did just $487.50 at the two days at this fair. I was hoping to hit the $500 mark, but organizers decided to cut the fair short on Saturday because of impending storms. The call was made about 6:30 PM. The show was supposed to run until 8 PM. And we had a severe thunderstorm roll through the fairs while we were packing…


Added by Scott Pakulski on September 21, 2014 at 12:30am — 10 Comments


What do you carry?  What would you recommend?  Cost vs benefit?  Also, do you pack up every night or only when weather is an issue?  

Added by greg frankhouser on September 19, 2014 at 9:16pm — 3 Comments

10 things...

This is my very first year showing my work (fine art and modern art re-imaginations on furniture) and overall has been pretty successful. Sure, there are great shows and then there are the disasters. After one particularly bad show, a friend of mine sent me this:


Sometimes people, even well-meaning people, say just the wrong thing to artists and crafters, especially at shows and festivals. So we asked our Facebook followers to tell us the top things not to say to an artist or…


Added by Monica Langowski on September 19, 2014 at 10:04am — 7 Comments

Atlanta Arts Festival review....

Last weekend was the Atlanta Fine Arts Festival in Piedmont Park in the middle of downtown Atlanta. There is no better place for a show- it's a beautiful, very welcoming park that is used daily by many in Atlanta. The show is laid out in a large circle on one side only so nobody has to compete with the artist's across for them.

There were about 200 artists this year. Load in is done very well with a specific time and a police escort. you have an hour to unload and park elsewhere and…


Added by margaret luttrell on September 19, 2014 at 10:00am — 9 Comments

Call for Artists: Garage Sale Art Fair

February 28, 2015
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Kalamazoo County Expo Center

Added by Connie Mettler on September 19, 2014 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Losses and Crowd sourcing.

So my van, Fully Loaded from the last show, got stolen.  So, Inventory, Display, Tent, ETc, ETC Etc.  

Yes, thank you very much for your sympathy.  I DO appreciate it.  I'm moving on.  OH but CHECK your INSURANCE, mine covered the Van, but none of the stuff.................

So how do you feel about, Gofundme, CERF, etc in this kind of situation?  I mean, Pots are cheap, and it was production stuff not Fine Craft.  But it will cost me 2-3 shows worth of income, to…


Added by greg frankhouser on September 18, 2014 at 8:51pm — 11 Comments

A modest proposal

Here is my proposal, for consideration by all of you, on how to change the behavior of promoters with respect to collecting and releasing data that would actually be useful to artists and crafters.  This thread is a continuation and evolution of the thread I started called “How can this be?”.

I propose that we as a group write an open letter to all art fair…


Added by Reid Watts on September 18, 2014 at 2:07pm — 50 Comments

Reviewing Hidden Rivers...Or Why Here

I've been sitting on the upstairs step, passive hands but passionate heart, absorbing your Artist's pageant.

So it was this past weekend for the Hidden Rivers Art Festival in Brookfield, Wisconsin, that I went through that always frenetic/ avidly familiar/ artist's fan fair of preparing for a show. Not mine. My husband was one of the hundred juried.

My gold standard for a perfectly architected, organized and executed Art Festival starts with Amy Amdur of Amdur Productions.… Continue

Added by Linda A Shields on September 17, 2014 at 11:47am — 5 Comments

Call for Artists: Glynn Visual Arts - Mistletoe Market

November 21-23
St. Simons Island, Georgia
Postell Park, in the St. Simons Island Pier Village
Fri. 5pm-8pm; Sat. 10am-8pm; Sun. 10am-4pm
70 Booths
Deadline: November 7

The 4th Annual Mistletoe Market on St. Simons Island is produced by Glynn Visual Arts, the premier visual arts organization in southeast Georgia's "Golden Isles."  As a result of amazing growth in this fun…


Added by Connie Mettler on September 17, 2014 at 7:29am — 6 Comments

Building a Better Art Festival - 6th Annual Arts Festival Conference

Portland, OR - August 28 & 29, 2014 

The Zapplication conferences always start off with a keynote speaker whose message extends beyond the art fairs. This year it was Russell Willis Taylor*, whose general message was, "we live in a world where the pace of change is only getting faster, yet some things, such as the enduring value of art and the unique role that artists play in…


Added by Connie Mettler on September 16, 2014 at 2:00pm — 13 Comments

How to Photograph your Booth - The Full Article

The initial post about this article got over 1700 views on AFI, without having the article to read. Now that I have permission from Sunshine Artist to put it on my web site, I want to distribute it as widely as possible.

A link to the article on my web site with example booth pictures I've taken:

A link to download the article which can be printed out…


Added by Larry Berman on September 16, 2014 at 6:37am — 4 Comments

Funky Ferndale 2014

Funky Ferndale 2014

This year the show started at 3 on Friday. Set up begins at 7am. I know Mark has parking but we don’t utilize it – for the last 5 years we have pulled a travel trailer. We google map our shows all over the country because I get place to park anxiety…  I find businesses closed on the weekends, call & ask if we can park in their lot. We do this for this show 1 block from the booth. It’s very convenient for us, my husband has a total knee replacement.



Added by TRACY KEHR on September 15, 2014 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Adventures? Did you Say Art Fairs are an Adventure?

The August show reviews are in and the survey has chosen Nels Johnson's post about his nostalgic trip to the Uptown Art Fair as "post of the month" -- yet, as we all know it is dangerous out there --…


Added by Connie Mettler on September 15, 2014 at 3:54pm — 4 Comments

Carefree art and wine festival Jan 2015 ARIZONA

I was wondering if anyone has done or heard about this show?   Someone commented it snobby ?

Added by Tamara Kelly on September 15, 2014 at 3:25pm — 6 Comments

Vote For Me? Audience Choice Award - Martha Stewart

I’m excited to announce that LeHay’s Shaker Boxes has been picked as one of the finalists for the Martha Stewart American Made Awards.

The finalist selection ended on September 9th and the on-line voting has started for the audience choice award. The nine Judge Honored Category Winners and the one Audience Choice Award Winner will be announced on October 17, 2014.

By clicking on the link you'll be taken to my entry. On the right hand side you’ll see a “Vote” button for the…


Added by Robert LeHay on September 15, 2014 at 10:51am — 3 Comments

A cereal box inspired me to change my attitude...

Nature's Path cereals are great... several weeks ago, I picked up a box to pour a bowl and read their slogan on the back..."We're so happy our paths have crossed."

For some reason, it made me think of my attitude about art festivals, and how frustrated I have been - and how obnoxious my silent stream of conciousness had become. I cut back on shows completely.

I know I probably picked a lot of bad shows during the last few years, didn't do the research, etc... But that slogan…


Added by sandhi schimmel gold on September 15, 2014 at 10:31am — 6 Comments

Call for Artists: Artisan Markets in Arizona

Are you looking to be a part of a community of artists in Arizona? At Artisan Markets, you will become a member of a community that supports your success!  Our events are carefully planned and designed to capitalize on high peak tourism and local loyalty.  We…

Added by Connie Mettler on September 15, 2014 at 7:29am — 1 Comment

How can this be?

How can this be?

  1. A craft show rated by Sunshine Artist as #4 in the nation based on survey-reported revenue alone is still begging for applications less than two months before the show. (Craftsmen’s Classic in Chantilly)
  2. Another art show, reported by Sunshine Artists surveys to be almost impossible to make any profit at (1/3 of the respondents reported revenues of less than $2000, and almost all of the respondents reported revenues of less than $5000), is widely…

Added by Reid Watts on September 14, 2014 at 11:31am — 62 Comments

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