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Ridgway Rendezvous 2012 Redux

Okay I'm pretty late with this one. I reviewed this show in detail after my last foray in 2011 (see:

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…


Added by S Brian Berkun on October 19, 2012 at 11:21am — 5 Comments

Affordable Arts Show Review in arrears

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…


Added by S Brian Berkun on October 11, 2012 at 8:30pm — 12 Comments

Deep in the Heart O Texas...this time...

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…


Added by S Brian Berkun on October 6, 2012 at 11:35pm — 12 Comments

ArtFair Outsider; Auditing the Golden Fine Arts Festival 2012

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…


Added by S Brian Berkun on August 18, 2012 at 9:19pm — 3 Comments

After the Gold Rush or "It's Déjà Vu All Over Again"

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…


Added by S Brian Berkun on August 14, 2012 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Artist's House Fire

I'm posting this as an attempt to pass on a request from another artist and inform as many people as may want to be informed and perhaps help out. Many of you may know Rick and Linda Bachman, two of the nicest people I've met, from various art fairs. On June 23rd their house, as-well-as the neighbors house, caught on fire. Apparently due to some wayward fireworks, which, by the way are illegal in Colorado! The request from Jim DeLutes follows:…


Added by S Brian Berkun on July 16, 2012 at 8:00pm — 11 Comments

Omaha Summer Arts Festival or Deep in the heart of...Nebraska!

Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed the drive from Denver to Omaha. I decided to make a "Road Trip" out of it as I had consulted before leaving in order to map out and see all the fun and eccentric stuff that I thrive on: Largest ball of stamps, metal backyard zoo, Carhenge and more! And, of course, I had to drive the old Lincoln Highway which is pretty much as it was…


Added by S Brian Berkun on June 13, 2012 at 3:30pm — 9 Comments

Why are We doing helps to remember the intent

Came across this blog post and thought I'd pass it on!

What was the intent of art fairs in the first place? How many (promoters) have forgotten that?

Remembering that it is work and happy for the acknowledgement of that fact!…


Added by S Brian Berkun on May 31, 2012 at 3:04pm — 2 Comments

ArtFair Outsider or Auditing the 14th Annual Downtown Denver Arts Festival 2012

Has it really been that long since this show premiered? Man, I've been around a while! This show originally came into being as a Colorado artists show only which, I presume, was a reaction to the Cherry Creek Arts Festival not being particularly inviting to Colorado artists at the time. I participated in the very first show when it premiered on the lawn in front of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts which fronted on Speer Blvd and had a lot of visibility but not a lot of visitors.…


Added by S Brian Berkun on May 29, 2012 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts 2012

Show Organizer/Promoter: Downtown Tempe Foundation, Inc.,

Booth Fee: $35 Jury Fee on Zapp, $535 Booth Fee, $75 of the booth fee pre-pays the Tempe Business License and taxes, an Arizona License euphuistically referred to as the Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT)/License is also required. I checked on the City of…


Added by S Brian Berkun on April 3, 2012 at 2:56pm — 3 Comments

Sonoran Arts League 12th Annual Festival of Fine Art

Sonoran Arts League 12th Annual Festival of Fine Art ( I had an inkling of a feeling...but I went ahead anyway. The guides were right again but I, a mere mortal who doesn't listen well yet, trudged forward. A friend of the wife who is a long time member of the arts league had told us about this show and how they were trying to get a new variety of art in it and I…


Added by S Brian Berkun on March 23, 2012 at 10:02pm — 10 Comments

Tubac Festival of the Arts 2012-Catching Up On Show Reports

I wish I could say that I've been so busy filling orders from the Jan and Feb shows that I had no time to report on this show till now but although I've been busy it hasn't been as a result of the aforementioned purpose! ;-P I had this show on my radar for a number of years but wasn't able to get to it till this year, just missed the deadline last year.  I should be learning to listen to my spirit guides more carefully for a reason! Years ago (20) I would spend two weeks with a friend as an…


Added by S Brian Berkun on March 23, 2012 at 2:11pm — 3 Comments

There, but for the grace of G_d go we...

Just arrived in Tubac, AZ for their annual arts festival and while talking to our neighbor found out about one of the Palm Springs art shows that takes places in the downtown area. In case you hadn't heard. On January 21, 2012 90 mile per hour winds basically wiped out the entire art show. Palm springs is a windy place, hence all the windmills that catch the wind coming through the pass. The extent of the damage to the trees in the park is really something else and considering more people…


Added by S Brian Berkun on February 7, 2012 at 11:31pm — 11 Comments

Carefree Art & Wine Festival ~ January, 2012

I'm ready for the "I Survived Carefree" T-shirt. Okay, so maybe I'm being a little over dramatic about it. I was hoping that my experience this year at the Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival ~ January, 2012 would be at least as good, or perhaps a little better than it was last year, my first year of participation, but it was not to be. Friday the weather was fair and saw many of the local Snowbirds roaming the festival grounds as if they were sleep walking, to say the least the energy was…


Added by S Brian Berkun on January 17, 2012 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

2011 Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts

Okay, now that I've gotten some sleep I can think more clearly. Just finished the 3rd time around in Tempe. The first time I did this show was probably over 25 years ago, I was parked on the side of 6th Ave where hardly anyone showed up to see my work. I remember the streets being so crowded you could hardly move around. As it was the first time I had done a big show I was fairly starry eyed and on overwhelm. Last year was the second time I did the show and had moved up the street to 3rd Ave…


Added by S Brian Berkun on December 5, 2011 at 11:30am — 12 Comments

Art In The Park, Boulder City, NV

Just got conscious from the drive back from Boulder City, NV and the Art In The Park show. This was a first time show for me, thought I'd look into something different in a new location in the same time slot as the Annual Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival which I did last year and despite Sunshine Artists giving it a high rating was a bust for me and I didn't see many other artists selling there either. Makes me wonder how Sunshine rates shows but that's a thought for another…


Added by S Brian Berkun on October 4, 2011 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

27th Annual Ridgway Rendezvous

No, it's not a typo, Ridgway is not spelled with an 'e'. One of the most beautiful places in Colorado, Ridgway is a junction in the road on the way to or from some better known towns such as; Telluride, Ouray and Montrose. Ridgway was the site of the original "True Grit" and the local True Grit Restaurant celebrates its part in movie history. Nestled in some of the finest scenery you can imagine, known as the "Swiss Alps of the west".…


Added by S Brian Berkun on August 16, 2011 at 7:30pm — 6 Comments

Howard Alan 2nd Annual Redstone Art Fair (Park City, Utah)

Though not exactly in Park City (that is 6 miles further down the road) some of the people that showed up were staying there as-well-as in other nearby accommodations. Park City is known for having a very large art show hosted by the Kimball Art Center, on main street, usually the second weekend in August. And, as a matter of fact, the 42nd Annual Show is happening this coming weekend. I had never done a H.A. event and had read some conflicting reports from people with differing experiences at… Continue

Added by S Brian Berkun on August 3, 2011 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

32nd Annual St. George Art Festival, St. George, UT.

Just got back from the St. George, UT Art Festival. Great weather, great crowds, low sales. Perhaps the fact that there was an overabundance of photographers had something to do with it? Of approximately 110 artists 15 were photographers. If you threw a stick you were bound to hit one of them! Many of the… Continue

Added by S Brian Berkun on April 27, 2011 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Palm Springs Art Show, "The Classic"

Re: Palm Springs show. I also did one of the three "Palm Springs" shows, the one in February which was billed as the "Classic" suggesting that it has been around for a while and is well received and sought after. Not so, Although Amado Pena (a well known artist in the southwest) was at the show as a favor to the show promoter the show did not deliver. First, it was not IN Palm Springs but rather in or on the border with Cathedral City near the corner with the Palm Springs Airport. The…


Added by S Brian Berkun on March 28, 2011 at 11:59am — 4 Comments

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