Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
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
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:…Continue
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 roadsideamerica.com 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…Continue
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!…Continue
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.…Continue
Show Organizer/Promoter: Downtown Tempe Foundation, Inc., http://tempefestivalofthearts.com
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…Continue
Sonoran Arts League 12th Annual Festival of Fine Art (http://www.sonoranartsleague.org/festival.php). 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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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".…Continue
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…Continue
Just returned from the Tempe Festival of the Arts on Mill St. Crowds were fantastic, organizers of the show were great, sales were not. Lots of looking and most sales appeared to be in the $30-$50 range around us although we did make several large sales it basically just covered expenses, that is not a good showing!
Next show...Carefree, AZ Fine Art and Wine Festival Jan 14-16. Come by and buy!