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Call for Artists: Artisan Markets in Arizona

Are you looking to be a part of a community of artists in Arizona? …
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Added by Connie Mettler on September 3, 2015 at 9:52pm — 1 Comment

Call for Artists: ArtFest Fort Myers

 

February 6 & 7,…

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Added by Connie Mettler on September 1, 2015 at 7:00pm — 5 Comments

Looking for feedback regarding the new chip reader requirments effective October 1

I just got a call from my credit card processing company asking if I wanted to update to a new terminal that can read chips? My understanding is that all new issued credit cards will have chips (sooner than later) and was wondering before I shell out another $500 for a wireless terminal what everyone else was doing for the short and long run . So far I have only had one credit card that I could not accept  so it has not been an issue. I assume most are using the square and was wondering how…

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Added by david addario on August 31, 2015 at 4:30pm — 43 Comments

Affordable Arts Festival Denver, does it again!

Feel free to search the main site for "Affordable Arts" reviews from the past. I wont retread what's already been said.

Reflections on this years show: The "promoters" job, after we've paid what continues to be exorbitant and rising booth and jury fees is to do just that, promote the show and get buyers there (by the way this is NOT one of those overpriced shows). Okay, enough editorializing.

Maybe it is the nature of this particular beast ($100 or less) but Jim Delutes…

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Added by S Brian Berkun on August 31, 2015 at 1:03pm — 14 Comments

Kansas City Here I Come!

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Arts Festival Conference - Kansas City,…
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Added by Connie Mettler on August 30, 2015 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Digital Art vs. Photography Categories

Is the digital art vs. photography line moving and isn’t it time the shows updated their categories?  I do heavily digitally modified photography.  Recently I was faced with this choice:

Digital art - Two-dimensional work created by the artist using computer technologies. May include scanned images, from the artist or other sources that have been non-trivially modified through the use of computer programs.

Photography - Two-dimensional work created by the artist that includes…

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Added by Alison Thomas on August 30, 2015 at 8:15am — 21 Comments

Big Bear Lake Art on the Lake Fine Art Festival---Not

Not a festival, not a happy place, not a fine art show...This was my first official show. It was small but smaller than expected. Matter of fact the promoter and another promoter are at odds because said promoter #2 was kicked off the team of Promoter#1. It seems the Fine artist of this show that got the memo moved over to Promoter #2's show. I had talked to promoter #2 and I was accepted but opt out of her show because she didn't want me to bring my nudes to the show. By the way most of my…

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Added by kara unland on August 29, 2015 at 2:00pm — 26 Comments

Sometimes the bear bites you.......

Many of you might know about this already.... and I am coming to the game late...but it is something we have all heard of somewhere on the trail out there- and we definitely need to be aware of.

Yesterday afternoon I received a post on Facebook from an artist in Asheville who posted a painting and said that a company was selling it on-line without her permission. Of course my ears perked up and I thought if it could happen to her-it could happen to a lot of us.

I had…

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Added by margaret luttrell on August 29, 2015 at 10:51am — 11 Comments

The Jury Process: Part 2 - Consistent Body of Work etc. etc. etc.

Let me premise this one by a wonderful quote from someone a few of you may have heard of:

God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things. - Pablo Picasso

Think God would make it past most juries these days?  Sure doesn’t seem like he has a “cohesive body of work” according to many jurors.  Guess he never had to face an…

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Added by Ron Mellott on August 28, 2015 at 1:07pm — 10 Comments

Outrageous application fees

Just received an "Invitation" from Juried Art Services to apply to the West Palm Beach Fine Craft Show in February.  This lovely invite came with a $50 application fee ($75 if after 9/12!, but the website says it's only $70), and did note that ONLY last year's award of Excellence winners were grandfathered.  135 Spaces total.  When you are charging booth fees like this:

SHOW SCHEDULE

February 25 - Check-in and set-up

February 26 - 10 AM…

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Added by Alan Anderson on August 28, 2015 at 7:25am — 29 Comments

Call for Artists: Sugarloaf Craft Festivals Spring 2016

Many artists appreciate the security of working with an organization that provides full scale media coverage and a network of events that they can count on every year and they build their show schedule around that. 
 
Sugarloaf Craft Festivals have been providing this structure for over 30 years in many of the East Coast's most…
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Added by Connie Mettler on August 27, 2015 at 11:43pm — 2 Comments

The Jury Process: Part I - What Makes a "Good Juror"

Now remember - these are just my thoughts and opinions from my experience and internal workings as an artist.  The point is not to discuss, support or argue with ME personally - but to think about and comment on these IDEAS.  And so importantly, ADD to the discussion other ideas and perspectives not broached here.  Growth the discussion with your view.  Just urge staying on point throughout.

Okay, onward. 

So many facets to this question it is somewhat intimidating.  Excluding…

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Added by Ron Mellott on August 27, 2015 at 8:29am — 7 Comments

The jury process: Introduction

I am posting three separate discussions on the issue of jurors and jurying at shows.  Please, do not write or respond on this particular discussion – it is intended only as the intro to the other three discussions.  This came about – besides the years of being an artist and previous good discussion on this site as recently as a few years ago – as a result of two comments made by artists responding to a post by a great friend of mine, Rich Fulwiler, in his blog “Total Disconnect”.  Most…

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Added by Ron Mellott on August 27, 2015 at 8:17am — 3 Comments

Call for Artists: 2nd Annual Coral Gables Festival of the Arts

January 23 & 24, 2016    

Coral Gables, Florida

Downtown Coral Gables


on Ponce de Leon

10:00 A.M. TO 6:00 P.M. 

Presented by:  Unlimited Sales Group Inc.

150 Artists

Deadline:  September…

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Added by Connie Mettler on August 25, 2015 at 9:25pm — No Comments

Show Review: Seawall Art Show (Portsmouth, VA 2015)

Winners from the 2015 Seawall Art Show, held Aug 22-23 (left to right):

Kristine Kennedy, Savannah, GA,  Jewelry (4th place)

Michael LaRoche, Christiansburg, VA, Clay  (J. Howard Johnson Award for Clay)

Jacob Pollock, Williamsburg, VA, Mixed Media (Best in Show)

Susan…

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Added by Geoff Coe on August 25, 2015 at 9:00am — 8 Comments

Paragon is changing the rules

Paragon is changing its rules on limited editions of photographs.  Paragon’s website now states:

“Each image must be signed and numbered with editions being inclusive of all sizes and not to exceed 250 prints in the edition.”

On Zapp, you can still find their old rule under their Greater Charlotte Festival, where no mention is made of limited editions.  For their Sarasota Festival, they state a less onerous version of the new rule: “All images are to be editioned with editions…

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Added by Reid Watts on August 24, 2015 at 6:12pm — 14 Comments

Booth Pictures for the next Three Weekends

I'm shooting Booth Pictures at three shows in a row coming up. If you are doing one of the shows and need a booth picture, please give me a call. 412-401-8100. I'll be walking Shadyside and Fair in the Park and exhibiting at Long's Park.

Shadyside August 29 - 30

Long's Park September 4 - 6

Mellon Park ( Fair in the Park Pittsburgh) September 11 - 13

That's where I'll be for the next three weekends.

And a new picture of me if you don't know what I look…

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Added by Larry Berman on August 24, 2015 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Call for Artists: 5th Annual Wilder Mansion Holiday Market

November 6 & 7 
Elmhurst, Illinois
Presented by:  RGL Marketing for the Arts
60 Artists
Deadline:  September 1
Application Fee:  $25
Booth Fee:  $225 End…
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Added by Connie Mettler on August 23, 2015 at 10:10pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: 44th Annual Fall Foliage Art Show

October 10 & 11 
Waynesboro, Virginia
Presented by:  Shenandoah Valley Art Center
Downtown
150 Artists
Deadline:  September 1
Application Fee:…
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Added by Connie Mettler on August 23, 2015 at 11:02am — No Comments

Which are the worst fairs for parking?

I participated in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park Art Festival last weekend, and I found myself spending a lot of time worrying about something I don’t normally give much thought to: parking.   So I was wondering if there are other art fairs with parking situations as bad as Piedmont or perhaps even worse.

The promoter offered no parking for artists, but did post a list of local parking lots on their web page, and let us know where not to park to avoid getting tickets.

Piedmont Park is…

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Added by Reid Watts on August 21, 2015 at 10:08am — 5 Comments

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What are you doing this weekend - Sept. 4-7, 2015?

Started by Connie Mettler in Everything Else. Last reply by Connie Mettler 8 hours ago. 10 Replies

Current Offenders in the Buy/Sale Category

Started by Lois Anderson in Crafts and Craft Fairs. Last reply by Mark V. Turner yesterday. 43 Replies

Any reviews for Craftphila?

Started by Karole Longbrake in Art Fair Discussions. Last reply by Karole Longbrake yesterday. 6 Replies

COLLECTING ON JUDGEMENTS

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What are you doing this weekend? August 28-30, 2015

Started by Connie Mettler in Everything Else. Last reply by Connie Mettler on Tuesday. 12 Replies

Fed up with customers who make requests, then renege

Started by Linnea Lahlum in Business of Art Fairs. Last reply by Christina L. Towell on Tuesday. 12 Replies

Top 10 Reviewers on ArtShowReviews.com for June & July

1.  Michael  Stephenson

2.  Diana Ferguson

3.  Ellen vanHully-Bronson

4.  Jeri Vitello

5.  Mark Madachik

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