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It was OK in OKC, The Paseo Arts Festival

First time at this show. People were very engaged, enthusiastic and appreciative of the art and artists. They asked meaningful questions and showed a lot of interest. That interest translated into sales. Although some sales were out of the bin (they chose the largest of my matted pieces) many sales came off of the walls! It has been a long time since I was at a show that paid off as this one did.

It should be noted that for many years, there has been a "scab" show adjacent to this…


Added by S Brian Berkun on June 4, 2018 at 6:49pm — No Comments

Saint Louis Art Fair Jury Results

Wow! Just got the results from the Saint Louis Art Fair. In addition to the rejection notice I got you can see how the jury scored the show for all 4 rounds THEN you can compare the results with the images/submissions of the various artists! (they only use numbers to identify the applications) Very useful as an educational tool. It is also interesting to read the various artist statements to get a feel for how others introduce their work. I always struggle with that 100 or 200 word…


Added by S Brian Berkun on May 7, 2018 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

Fountain Hills Great Fair 2018, Where's the warm weather?! Where's the Buyers?!

2018 version of the Fountain Hills Great Fair in Fountain Hills, AZ an isolated community NE of Phoenix. I say isolated meaning that it grew up outside the boundaries of the larger metro area but still within reach. This was the third time I've attended this show with diminishing returns this year.

Just The Facts...

Show Hours and Dates: Fountain Hills Great Fair, Fountain Hills, AZ. Feb. 23-25, 2018, 10 - 5 each day but it helps to be open by…


Added by S Brian Berkun on March 5, 2018 at 12:15pm — 8 Comments

Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

I've been on and off with this show for years. Two years ago it was good (relative to this show) and last year it was worse than ever, I was stuck in a corner in the back and NO ONE ever goes to the back corner! This year the show was moved to the east side of the outlet mall on the north side of town. Some visitors were reported to have said they went to the old site and didn't know that it had been moved, no signs to speak of...Some folks I talked to said that they hoped the show would go…


Added by S Brian Berkun on September 23, 2017 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained...Cheyenne Arts Festival

Got back from the Cheyenne Arts Festival on Monday in where? Cheyenne, WY. The Festival takes place inside and in front of the historic train depot in downtown Cheyenne which, in and of itself, is quite quaint. Cheyenne being less than 2 hours away from Denver, I thought I'd try something different.

Just The Facts...

Show Hours and Dates: Cheyenne Arts Festival, Cheyenne, WY. August 18-20 (about the third weekend in August) Friday 5-9, Saturday…


Added by S Brian Berkun on August 23, 2017 at 1:00pm — 8 Comments

Pearl Street Arts Festival, Boulder Colorado

This show was two weeks ago so sorry for the lack of timeliness but, seeing as it is already over, it doesn't matter anyway! I skipped this show last year (2016) for some reason, most probably as it wasn't that great the year before.

Just the facts:

Show Hours and Dates: Pearl Street Arts Festival, Boulder Colorado, July 15 - 16.  Sat 10- 6, Sun 10 -5. Applications now are being taken on Zapp.


The show is set up in two…


Added by S Brian Berkun on July 27, 2017 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

Scottsdale Arts Festival 2017

It had been 6 years since the last time I participated in this show, even had a different portfolio of work to show, but the results were little better then the last time. I even had a better booth location, or so I thought.

Just the facts:

Show Hours and Dates: Scottsdale Arts Festival. March 10 -12.  Fri & Sat 10- 6, Sun 10 -5


The show is set up inside the the Scottdale Civic Center Park which has meandering…


Added by S Brian Berkun on March 22, 2017 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Just Thinking Out Loud...What If?

Okay, I know this will never happen in any big way, so don't sweat it, and those of you who disagree with my rambling musings, it's just a thought, I was thinking.

Recently got back from the Fountain Hills Not So Great Fair and whilst I was standing around freezing and waiting for the occasional buyer to manifest I had a thought. Occasionally I have more than one but I did have this one...Booth fees are way out of control and my first experience with shows that charge a commission was…


Added by S Brian Berkun on March 6, 2017 at 4:21pm — 18 Comments

And, Now the Review...Tempe Festival of the Arts Fall Addition

I know that just about everyone, with some exception, has had a down year and, for some, Tempe was just a continuation of that trend. For me, thankfully, it was "okay". The bottom line is I didn't lose money but didn't make much either. I made about the same at the spring show. Read between the lines, this show is not making a lot of money for some artist/attendees.

The administration of this show has changed hands since spring. Kate Borders, President / Executive Director of Downtown…


Added by S Brian Berkun on December 7, 2016 at 11:30am — 13 Comments

Tempe Festival of the Arts Award Winners

And, the envelope please...Award winners from this Falls Tempe Festival of the Arts




Stephen Harmston

Harmston Arts


Chandler, AZ – 1106


Jim Williams

Allen & Williams Pottery


Carpinteria, CA – 1107


Michael Rohner


Oakland, CA – 1113




Added by S Brian Berkun on December 7, 2016 at 10:26am — 3 Comments

Apple's Newest Entry...Nothing What-so-ever to do with art shows!

This has absolutely nothing to do with art shows directly but it might be helpful if you own an iPhone, or use iTunes or iPhoto to back up your phones contents!

I upgraded to Apple's newest entry into the iOS family with the system upgrade 10.0.2. I couldn't stand it when I upgraded to iOS 7 but I learned to live with it. A new low has been achieved with the iOS 10.0.2 and its need for redundant pressing of the home button just to get off the screen with the day and date, as-well-as…


Added by S Brian Berkun on October 25, 2016 at 4:14pm — 11 Comments

One more for the Gipper...Art and Book Fair, 57th Annual

I had heard about this show from one of the volunteers at another Wichita show and thought I'd try another new show as I've been wait listed by so many other shows in the last 18 months. This is actually a new iteration of an old show. Perhaps they should have renamed it and not gone with the ..."57th Annual" part. The show was held in the parking lot adjacent to the Wichita Art Museum at the same time as the annual book fair, not a bad idea, people that read like art don't they? What I…


Added by S Brian Berkun on May 23, 2016 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Lubbock Arts Festival 2016 - 38th Annual

It's a little late come'n around, but you don't need this info till next years application cycle anyway! Thought I'd do something different and try out the Lubbock Arts Festival. It IS something different. The good: It's an indoor show! Given all the crazy weather that has hit Texas lately more shows should consider this. I know it is lovely to be outside, etc, etc but given the expense that artists go through to be at any given show and have it ruined by weather? In the case of this show…


Added by S Brian Berkun on May 23, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

New Twist On Scams

I'm glad they've been working so hard to rid Africa of all those scammers, or is it just the same old scammers with a new scam? I'm so glad to be one of the lucky beneficiaries!

The last one I dealt with was audacious enough to have an email address of: (name not withheld so as not to protect the fool!)


This is to inform you that we…


Added by S Brian Berkun on May 23, 2016 at 1:11pm — 3 Comments

An Update on the New EMV Square Reader

I realize that a lot of you are in the queue to receive the new Square EMV enabled reader. There are actually two options; 1) For $49 you get the EMV enabled contactless + chip reader version, can be used with ApplePay, 2) For $29 just the EMV chip card reader and swipy version. You must read all the way down on the Square site to see the less expensive version. But I digress...

The update, got my first $29 version used it extensively at Rio Grande, worked fine (as long as I…


Added by S Brian Berkun on December 17, 2015 at 7:00pm — 57 Comments

Try This On For Size...I resemble that remark.

There has been much frustration expressed with the (almost) past year and the results of our labors. I just read this article about marketing oneself, it's not a DIY article but rather how to be kind to yourself as you figure it out. I find myself there often and am about to attempt to jump in again so the words of encouragement were well received!…


Added by S Brian Berkun on October 19, 2015 at 12:38pm — 4 Comments

Got Square?

Received my new Square swiper and thought I'd inform folks about it. In case you've been under a rock for a while credit cards with the EMV embedded chip require a new swiper for which Square will charge you $29. Not too bad considering all the free ones they gave to us.

The new swiper has two slots and is quite a bit fatter. The top slot accepts the EMV embedded cards while the bottom slot is for traditional swiping. Just plug the card into the top slot and don't remove it till the…


Added by S Brian Berkun on October 9, 2015 at 11:30am — 18 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…


Added by S Brian Berkun on August 31, 2015 at 1:03pm — 23 Comments

Buy Bye Bayou

I know this is coming late but, better late then never! I've done the downtown Bayou show several times, with essentially rain conditions on all occasions thus having the effect of cutting down on the crowds and subsequently the sales. Many booths were located in the "swamps" were nary a fair goer would go. I've been fortunate enough not to be located there. That being said, I thought I'd give the spring Memorial Park show a try. I haven't been invited pre-150 additions to the show but did…


Added by S Brian Berkun on May 8, 2015 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Finished by Cottonwood, Another One Bites the Dust!

Now that Cottonwood is done and on the books and I'm semi-recumbant I'll put in the details.

This was not a first time show for me as I've done it a few times now and generally, it's been trending upwards. So, it was with some thoughts of hope and trying I returned to the DFW metroplex and after all Nels had such a glowing report about FW last week I was…


Added by S Brian Berkun on May 8, 2015 at 11:43am — 6 Comments

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