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Saludos desde Las Cruces

This was a first time show for me as it was suggested by an artist friend. I thought I'd try it out as the drive was only a day away and nothing else was scheduled during that interval. So, first the facts:

Show Hours and Dates: Las Cruces Arts Fair, Las Cruces, NM. March 13 - 15. 5-8 Fri, 10-5 Sat & Sun


The show is set up inside the the Las Cruces Convention Center which is not far off of the I-10 corridor and many…


Added by S Brian Berkun on April 4, 2015 at 6:59pm — 3 Comments

The Way It Were...

It is not so often that we can report on a show doing the right thing, or the generous thing, for an artist so I felt it was incumbent upon me to report such a deed done well.

Last year I reported on my inability to attend a show (Grand Junction Art and Jazz) due to the death of my spouse's father on the weekend. I had emailed them to that effect and later followed up with a request for a possible booth fee refund due to the circumstances. The show's coordinator said she was unable to…


Added by S Brian Berkun on March 11, 2015 at 3:33pm — 6 Comments

Not So Carefree in Carefree, AZ

To see a more thorough report on this show visit my last report:

What's new in 2015? Not much. The crowd seems to be getting older still and buying even less as their "snowbird" homes are all full. This show, as-well-as most of the AZ shows I've done so far, is suffering from its own…


Added by S Brian Berkun on February 11, 2015 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Too Bad for Tubac, AZ

This is the second time I've participated in this show in the lovely town of Tubac, AZ and probably the last. The first time I did this show was in 2012 and the weather was average for this time of the year (60's). This time the weather was above average in the 70's and 80's and, as it had rained for three days the weekend before it would seem the perfect time to come out and enjoy the sun. 

Sales for this artist, as-well-as others that were queried, were down from the last show. I…


Added by S Brian Berkun on February 11, 2015 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

Another one bites the dust...Do'in Tempe Festival of the Arts Fall 2014

2014 is almost done and so am I (both figuratively and literally). I started this write-up just sit'n in my room after a nice dinner at the Big Fat Greek Restaurant on Mill Ave. in Tempe, AZ waiting for sleep to grab me.

For a more thorough review of this show see my previous posts. And…


Added by S Brian Berkun on December 12, 2014 at 3:32pm — 3 Comments

More on Booth Shots and Juries

Just read this article on Art Biz Coach which is the website of Alyson Stanfield regarding her experience at the Portland Arts Festival Conference sponsored by Zapp. I am posting it with her permission.

The full text of her article can be seen at:…


Added by S Brian Berkun on September 1, 2014 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

ProPanels...Cable Hanger or Hanger Kit...That is the Question!

I've just switched over from mesh panels to ProPanels after many satisfied years of the former. I wanted to be able to do indoor shows without having to use my tent frame, or any frame for that matter. It looked cheesy and I wanted a more professional look, but I digress.

What I would like to know from a users perspective is what works. What do I mean by what works? Well I bought cable hangers for the pro panels and found that they tend to slip and slide towards the middle with 2D… Continue

Added by S Brian Berkun on July 27, 2014 at 7:30pm — 8 Comments

To go or not to go or...Life is what happens when your making other plans.

I was on my way back home and had been mentally preparing to go to my next show in Grand Junction, CO after having survived the long week in Oklahoma City at the end of April. My wife informed me over the phone that her father had taken a turn for the worse.

Let me back up a bit. Five years ago my wife had resigned her position as an administrative assistant in the police department, after much decision making anguish, to return to New Mexico to take care of her mother whose…


Added by S Brian Berkun on July 23, 2014 at 1:44pm — 13 Comments

A Bolder Boulder Arts Festival

Years ago I had done shows hosted by Downtown Boulder, Inc. on the Pearl Street pedestrian mall but gave them up due to the fact that they were underwhelming. The last time I did one was 7 years ago. In the interim, 4 years ago, the OpenArts people decided to expand on their mission and held a show that no one attended. It was held in a nice open area adjacent to a shopping mall in Boulder but apparently the word didn't get out.

OpenArts is known, at least in part, for hosting the…


Added by S Brian Berkun on July 23, 2014 at 1:34pm — 15 Comments

Gambling on Estes Park, CO

If they had a casino up here I might have had a better return but as it was an art show my odds of success dropped exponentially! My spouse likes to go to casinos to gamble, not much, maybe $20 or so on nickel slots. I used to tell her to give me the $20 and we'd both be ahead, she'd have the satisfaction of losing the $20 and I'd have the money to take her to dinner. Then I got the joke, maybe I should have given her the booth fee!

Having just finished the Art Market show in Estes…


Added by S Brian Berkun on May 28, 2014 at 12:30pm — 9 Comments

Oakey Dokey in OK City

Okay, I'm conscious again and finished getting ready for the next go round so I figured I'd get this posted before it was time to hit the road again.This was a first time show for me, thought I'd do something different and besides which, it was a good excuse to do the Route 66 road trip through Oklahoma again. Last time I did that was 20 years ago, my how things have changed, I'm glad I did the road trip first, read on!

Some might say (Nels?) this is a grueling show to do as it is 6…


Added by S Brian Berkun on May 4, 2014 at 7:30pm — 8 Comments

My two cents worth on The Woodlands Waterway show

Okay y'all beat me to the review so I'll just add my two cents worth...kudos to the hard workers and those that are in charge, they absolutely put on a first rate show! More water and snacks then I could shake an artists name tag at. They made a big point of telling the artists how much they appreciated them being there, over and over again!

It never fails, not matter where you are located in a show you always think some other part of the show is getting more patrons then you...not… Continue

Added by S Brian Berkun on April 19, 2014 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

Tempe's in the bag

I read Nels' earlier report on Florida and I can only say, " I feel the pain".

Tempe, AZ has never been a great show for me but, at least up until last fall, it was an okay show. Like Nels alluded to, this show also was off about 50 % last fall and this last spring show was off another 50% so it wasn't a great time. Others around me felt like they did "okay" but nobody was do'in the hokey pokey!

The crowd was there with lemonade and popcorn in hand along with lawn… Continue

Added by S Brian Berkun on April 19, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

A Good Read...For Beginners and Others Alike!

I've been doing shows for a good number of years but it never hurts to get a reality check once-in-a-while and make sure the rudder is heading in the right direction. I saw a reference to a new book called Death To the Starving Artist by Nikolas Allen and feeling as though I were a starving artist after the shows in 2013 I thought I would look into it, see what he had to say and see if I missed anything important. I requested the book from the…


Added by S Brian Berkun on January 28, 2014 at 5:30pm — 10 Comments

Tempe, AZ once again...

Okay, so maybe I didn't rush to post this but the shows over anyway! I've done this show three previous times and you can see my last comprehensive report at:

What was different this time around? After reading my own previous posting not much has changed!

Buying energy: Way below previous years.…


Added by S Brian Berkun on December 18, 2013 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

Something New Under The Sun

I picked up my Mac from the computer repair facility and while the gal at the register was checking me out (read that; rang up the cost of the repair) I checked out the swiper device on her phone. Seems there is another new player in the POS biz. Payments is supported (in the fine print) by Wells Fargo. Their POS system boasts a low rate of 1.8%+15 cents per transaction, slightly higher for keyed transactions (2.3% ?). Doing the math shows this to be a far lower rate… Continue

Added by S Brian Berkun on September 26, 2013 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Another one for the books...Durango CO Autumn Arts Festival

Oh what a difference a day makes. Saturday was cool but comfortable and Sunday was a whole 'nother story! Fortunately sales were good on Saturday. Sunday was pretty slow as most people browsed the show and the weather threatened all day long. Most of us were checking the weather web sites all day long and could pretty well predict when it would hit.

The email the night before from the director gave those that wished to take the opportunity to book early and at least 3 or 4 artists…


Added by S Brian Berkun on September 26, 2013 at 2:58pm — 4 Comments

DANG IT! I did it again!

Dag nabit, I told myself I would never do it again...and despite the self admonishments and promises to self, I did!

I know there have been lots of discussions about the issue of caving to the patron request for "your best deal (price)" and I've resolved not to do it and I didn't need to (I've got 4 more shows this year) but I did! I guess it was just another opportunity to test my resolve. I don't always think very quickly on my feet so I'm not always prepared to respond to the… Continue

Added by S Brian Berkun on September 22, 2013 at 11:18pm — 29 Comments

iOS7 Upgrade remorse...apparently not just me!

Up daters beware! I unwittingly stumbled into iPhone iOS7! When my phone told me it was available I decided to update not thinking much about it (as in the implications). To my surprise and horror 7 is quite a bit different then 6! So much so, that I dislike it immensely! The screen is too light, the type font too skinny and overall it is not a pleasant experience to use! Additionally, I guess until they update, APPs don't seem to work very well either. I wonder if I can go back to 6? I will at… Continue

Added by S Brian Berkun on September 20, 2013 at 7:03pm — 13 Comments

Autumn & Art @ Bradley Fair - Wichita

Patrons enjoying a rare mild (rainless) night at Autumn & Art @ Bradley Fair in Wichita

The picture doesn't do it justice but the weather was spectacular all weekend...except when it poured at load out time!

Okay, I wont repeat most of what I said about last years show, see the link to…


Added by S Brian Berkun on September 19, 2013 at 8:42pm — 4 Comments

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