Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
I can't say enough good things about this terrific art fair! It takes place in a small town in southern Illinois only a few miles from St. Louis. I have no idea how they do it, but they bring people out to the show in droves, and they all seem to have money in their pockets to spend on art. But first a couple of qualifications. Not every artist did well at this show. Our neighbor, a very talented painter, was very disappointed. I am a digital artist selling limited edition prints. Could be…Continue
Added by John Leben on May 26, 2017 at 9:56am — No Comments
I entered the Art Fair Pledge Drive a little late, never thinking I would win anything. Somehow my mind always works in the "early bird gets the worm" channel. But I donated and entered anyway, and when to my surprise my name was selected quite far down the list I figured I didn't have much of a chance for the prize I really wanted since I was number 20 on the list. But I had nothing to lose, either, so I listed the mesh panels from Flourish as the number one choice out of 4…Continue
Special offer: Promo code 10% off - put code "ArtFair10" on application…
Added by Connie Mettler on May 25, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Added by Connie Mettler on May 24, 2017 at 10:00pm — No Comments
Rent Your Display
I added the option to list display equipment for rent in the For Sale and Trade forum. If you have display equipment sitting around that you only use a few times a year, why not have it generate some extra money for you. I rent my Pro Panels out a few times a year and they have paid for themselves a few times over.…
Added by Larry Berman on May 23, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Help Getting Accepted into Art Shows - Part 2
My next article is detailed information on how to take good jewelry photographs describing the camera and lighting equipment and some tips on how to use it.
The most difficult type of artwork to photograph is jewelry. That’s because of it’s small size and that it can have many reflective surfaces. And because of it’s small size, it’s very difficult to keep the entire piece in focus. Also the jewelry medium is the most…Continue
Added by Larry Berman on May 23, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments
Last weekend we were in Florence, Alabama for Arts Alive. It was a positive experience for us and our sales exceeded our expectations going in. Florence is a city of about 40,000 in the northwest corner of the state. It is located on the Tennessee River and is adjacent to Muscle Shoals. There is a rich musical heritage here. This show was recommended to us by a couple of artists friends familiar with our work. We were somewhat skeptical since it is a relatively small city and we tend to do…Continue
Asheville Fine Art Show, Hot Works
Asheville, NC -- May 20-21, 2017
I just returned from the Asheville Fine Art Show in Asheville, NC. This was an indoor event at the U.S. Cellular Center downtown. Asheville is a fun, funky town with a big art scene and a lot of food choices, and LOTS of beer breweries downtown. What's not to love?
This show had some amazing potential. There was a boatload of advertising for the show, the weather outside was supposed to be storms…Continue
Help Getting Accepted into Art Shows
I finally got around to listening to the podcast on reasons why you don't get into shows. Listening to the three show directors discuss ways to help your chances of getting into shows made me realize I need to republish some of my articles here on Art Fair Insiders.
The three factors discussed in the podcast are, 1 - your images, 2 - your booth and 3 - the artist statement.
I'll start with my article on how to photograph…
Added by Larry Berman on May 21, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments
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Application Fee: 0 Booth Fee: $75 single, $130 double…
Added by Connie Mettler on May 18, 2017 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Pledge Drive. It was one of our best.Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on May 17, 2017 at 11:09pm — No Comments
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I put this show among my top seven in the USA.
Only 130 booth spaces, with more than a thousand artists applying.
This was my third time in. It was also my best one there, although it started off scarey.
First, a little history.
In the eighties, when I started going away for five months to do shows in the Midwest, I always stopped in Greenvillle.
I had a solid glass artist buddy named Loren Marshall who lived there.
In those days I was lugging a 21-foot…
Before the show:
During the show:
Added by Connie Mettler on May 15, 2017 at 6:59pm — No Comments
It is almost six month into the 2017 calendar and this had been my experience so far.
I choose at the start of the year cut my post on a different forum on Facebook and other outlets. I came to that conclusion that I recognize that art fair industry it is a spiral and should work in craft and sales techniques. I hope that last another 20 years but I do not know. My friends that been doing show longer than me are seeking for a safe way…Continue
Well not really a change in latitude but definitely a change in attitude at the Marshfield Art Fair held at the fairgrounds in Marshfield WI.
It's always held on Mother's Day and this was the second time I had done the show. The weather was beautiful but it was not a buying crowd for many of us. In years past, it was held at the high school and fine arts/crafts were sold. This year the venue was changed to the fairgrounds and more crafters were in attendance and at least one…Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on May 15, 2017 at 7:42am — No Comments