Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Spent the previous weekend in lovely Prescott, AZ (pronounced Press-kit) at the 35th Annual Arts Guild show. The show is located on the lawns around the courthouse in the center of town. People know that it is an annual event and being the first show of the summer season it seems there isn't art show fatique. But that isn't the reason for writing this post. As if there aren't enough shows in AZ these days for promoters to promote it seems that there was another promoter promoting a show…Continue
Have you seen Zapps new look? Essentially it contains all the old gizmos with a new look (not bad overall) plus a few more new tricks. I just reviewed an application I was holding on to and found when you go to arrange your images they have a new "drag and drop" feature. It takes some maneuvering to get the images to split if you want to drag an image in between two others. Just like the "old" Zapp, if you go back to review an application your image order is all scrambled up so check…Continue
Well maybe not entirely but I would like to relate an experience that I had with my credit card merchant account. A few years ago I decided that it was probably in my best interest, and in the interest and convenience for people that wanted to purchase my work, to finally break down and sign up for a credit card merchant account. Up till then I was doing no more than 5 and maybe up to 10 shows a year. I didn't have any problems with sales not involving a credit card as people came to the…Continue
Acting on a tip that I got from Larry Berman, which was posted on my last blog (http://www.artfairinsiders.com/profiles/blogs/another-shot-at-having-images-pre-viewed#comments), I attended the first day, elimination round of jurying for the Cherry Creek Arts Show. I know that there is antagonism among artists about the jury process in general but let-me-tell-you, attending an actual…Continue
Apparently this is the second year that Cherry Creek Arts Festival has done the Colorado Artist Image Review Workshop. I missed any announcement of it last year and thought it might be of value to sign up. I've seen on this Blog that other festivals are also hosting this type of review. I hope the trend continues with other festivals as well!
Terry Adams of the Cherry Creek show was there with his support team, a representative of Zapplication and I especially enjoyed meeting Jerry…Continue
Bayou City Art Festival (Downtown Houston, TX) (http://bayoucityartfestival.com/date-time/). October 13-14, 2012.With about 300 artists from around the nation this was one big show!
Show Organizer/Promoter: Art Colony Association
Booth Fee: $30 Jury Fee, $425 Booth Fee. Apply for…
18th Annual Durango Autumn Arts Festival (http://durangoarts.org/events/durango-autumn-arts-festival). September 22-23, 2012. A nice little show in a nice part of the state. This is the third go round with this show and I'm not disappointed in it. The first year I did this show it was the best show I did that entire year (2010). Having just retired from teaching and wanting to reach into…Continue
Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock (http://www.castlerockartfest.com/index.cfm). September 8-19, 2012.With about 178 artists from around the region.
Show Organizer/Promoter: Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce. Admission is $5 each, $3 for Seniors, and Children under 12 are FREE.
Booth Fee: $35 Jury Fee, $310 Booth Fee. Apply for State of CO Sales Tax License on…Continue
Anyone notice who is hosting on the Google Logo today? Haven't seen him in a while, how fun!
Another report from "Shows Passed" (or maybe I should use the correct form "past" although the free ranging use of incorrect or invented spellings seems rampant in our society as it dumbs down to the lowest common denominator). Okay, enough with the diatribe...or maybe not...remember Norm Crosby? he made a career of misuse of language. The guy was brilliant, had to be to use the wrong word in the right way to make it funny, my hero!
The Autumn & Art Festival @ Bradley Fair held…Continue
Okay I'm pretty late with this one. I reviewed this show in detail after my last foray in 2011 (see: http://www.artfairinsiders.com/profiles/blogs/27th-annual-ridgway-rendezvous)
I feel that I owe a show at least a couple of tries before bouncing it entirely unless it is a real stinker and then it doesn't even get a second trial. This show takes place in one of the most beautiful…Continue
Having been too busy to report on past shows I thought I'd catch up while resting up for Bayou in Houston. The Affordable Arts show idea was borrowed from another show (Milwaukee? my memory doesn't serve well right now but it was mentioned in a blog here not long ago) which has been running for a long time now. The idea being that everything be priced at or under $100 be they marked down items, discontinued dust collectors or whatever. Jim DeLutes, a long time art show artist and director of…Continue
Arrived on Thursday for Friday setup at the the fall Cottonwood Arts Festival in Richardson, TX part of the Metroplex of Dallas-Ft.Worth. I'm no foreigner to big cities having grown up in "Chicago Land" but I wasn't prepared for DFW! Statistics show the Metroplex at over 9200 square miles. What really got me was the highway interchange on the drive in that seemed more like a roller coaster than a highway. At one point, as we came around a curve, I looked down on what was seemingly traffic…Continue
I was called off the wait list for this show just this Monday and if I hadn't made other plans already for the weekend probably would have dropped everything and gone. Apparently I wasn't the only one called off the wait list as there were other spots that had to be filled. As it was I had finished my morning plans and decided to audit the show and see what all the bru-ha-ha was about. It has been generating some local buzz. The show is only about 25 miles from where I live and its doesn't…Continue
I just got back but I'm not going to report on the Annual Ridgway Rendezvous again, it doesn't bear repeating, for that review look it up in Reviews! For those of you that are an interested audience and perhaps not artist/crafts people, or perhaps you are, what I want to comment on is the emotional toll of doing shows, which is quite different from the physical abuse! (Hope you’re knees are feeling better Scott). As much as I, and I'm sure others of you out there, prepare for lowered…Continue