Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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. http://www.artfairinsiders.com/profiles/blogs/2011-tempe-fall-festival-of-the-arts And…
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:…Continue
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…
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…Continue
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…
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…Continue
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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…Continue
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: http://www.artfairinsiders.com/profiles/blogs/2011-tempe-fall-festival-of-the-arts
What was different this time around? After reading my own previous posting not much has changed!
Buying energy: Way below previous years.…Continue
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…
Dag nabit, I told myself I would never do it again...and despite the self admonishments and promises to self, I did!
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…Continue