This post is mainly for those of you who have never done the summer art fairs here.
I have done the Guild show here since 1985.
This year was the worst show ever in all the years I have done it.
It was the worst for about 90 per cent of all exhibitors. There were a few lucky ones--very few.
The failure can be summed up succinctly.
Too many booths for too little buyers.
This year the heat was a big factor.
Over 95 degrees almost every day. It killed attendance.
But, even in good weather, this is a failed show.
Most art patrons who want uniquely crafted items do not show up here anymore. The ones that do are very few. There are not enough of them to satisfy all the good artists there.
This is a show with too many "toos."
Too long. Four days plus a day before setup.
Too long on hours til 9:30 pm. A total waste.
Too expensive booth fees. Over $700 for a single booth. It is a ripoff.
Too many greedy merchants. Hotel rooms usually in the $60 range are over $100.
Too many exhibitors. Over 2000 including all the scab artists.
Too little sales. The average artist here is lucky if they sell $3500 in four days. A lousy return on your investment.
You are better off doing two small shows on successive weekends. You will spend less time and money and get an equal return on sales as AA.
I am now retired from AA. Thankfully, I can get rid of all those electric fans, lights and shims.
Free at last. Free at last.
I am telling ya go anywhere, but do not go to Ann Arbor, it is a Fool's Errand.