Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
(photo by Melanie Maxwell, mlive.com)
It was hot. It was cold. It was windy. It was rainy and windy. It was great weather. Typical Michigan summer days…Continue
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Added by Connie Mettler on July 25, 2017 at 6:26pm — No Comments
I got a postcard from subject show today with an extended deadline (red flag IMO). I did the February show in 2011 and was curious if anyone has done this one. I think it has been around only a few years since 2014(?). There is my review and additional comments about Tubac Feb show on this site.
I writing this blog post at the close of my career at being artist who sells photography at arts shows. In the past 12 years I seen a lot of changes in what type of photography is being accepted at various 'A' shows and 'B' shows across the country. There was a time early on when I was making really good money doing 15 to 20 shows a year. Then of course the recession hit and then all of sudden to make that same type of money I ended having to double the amount of shows I…Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on July 20, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments
Have you ever had another artist basically screw you over? I have a rant.
At a show in Cincinnati last fall, I was talking to a jewelry artist I have run into at many of the same shows I have done. I was admiring the different style of his nicer pieces, and brought up that I had a large 2.25 pound block of lapis lazuli I have had for years, basically a big doorstop/paperweight to me, but maybe he could make a nice set of earrings and pendant for my wife's 50th birthday in…Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on July 18, 2017 at 10:00pm — No Comments
Added by Connie Mettler on July 18, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments
Artists leave this business regularly, either just not "making it" at the fairs, or lured by other opportunities or taking an idea and building it into another chapter of their lives. Jack Stoddart is one of the latter. Well-known at the fairs for at least 20 years he has transformed into "Hippie Jack", a producer of music festivals with two missions: preserving American Roots music and feeding the poverty stricken in the hill country of…Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on July 16, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments
Added by Connie Mettler on July 13, 2017 at 10:00pm — No Comments
Finding fresh and new ideas to attract the public to your festival is a continual challenge. I just came across these two articles, a lot of food for thought:
I hope the analysis in this review will be helpful to artists new to the business. This was the 43rd annual Art in the Park. Steamboat Springs is better known as a ski destination and a number of Olympic skiers call it home. During the summer, river activities, cycling, hiking and golf are popular resort activities. A lot of wealthy people have summer homes in Steamboat Springs, and many own horses. Access to Steamboat Springs is by I70 and US40 from Denver,…Continue
So frustrating trying to comprehend why providing artists their jury score and position on the wait-list of an event is such a difficult task for shows to perform. A few do, very much to their credit and thank you to each and every show that does so. Most do not. Some actually get a pissy if you ask for the position on the wait list.
First point, we paid a jury fee for the jury process and that jury score. Did we not? And for that $25 to $50 jury fee, are we out-of-line to expect…Continue
If you jury into this show and are accepted, plan on bringing plenty inventory.
Melanie Rolfes has already written a thorough blog about the nuts and bolts about the show.
I will try to give unique insights:
Trying to get some info on Promoter-ColoradoEvents.org and specifically their Handmade in Colorado Expo (Estes Park in Aug and Boulder in Oct). They are downtwon Denver in Sept-but not ususally great luck there.
Any past experience? Comments?
Not finding much when trying to research them. Seems like a great idea in 2 great cities, just curious as to experiences that others have had.
Added by Connie Mettler on July 6, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments
I don’t know how the year has been for most of you so far, but its been a weird one for me. All my shows have been flip-flopped from 2016.
Arlington in April was barely worthwhile in 2016, but this year I had a killer show even though Saturday was almost totally rained out so everything sold Sunday! I did Art Birmingham in May (a first for me) and it…Continue