Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Here is a review from the Southwest part of the country. I have taken time to reflect on this show which was the Prescott Arts and Crafts Festival put on by Mt. Artist Guild. First of all they treated the artist fine. Bringing by water and snacks both Sat. and Sun. If you were alone they did come around and sit in your booth while the artist went to the bathroom (portopotties). Setup and teardown were easy. Prescott usually gets rain on this particular weekend. Well the rain never materialized.
The Show. There were a lot of empty spaces in this show. I had a feeling they had a hard time filling it.
Unfortunately Prescott shows are getting a reputation for not being all that good. There was a show three weeks early and it was very empty of artists. Prescott has a show almost every other weekend beginning in May thru Labor Day. The locals are tired of seeing the same art every two weeks. Getting back to my experience. It was slow, Sat a little better than Sunday, but not by much. I usually judge a show by bags in buyers hands saw very few. Only saw three big paintings go out near my booth. My work is not that expensive but did not sell much. I have a $10.00 snake that I make, had a hard time selling those. As far as, would i go back, not if I can help it, and I only live 2 miles from show. Met someone from Santa Fe who sold nothing. I am sure there were a few of those. The arts and craft shows in prescott are not filling up, there are a lot of empty spaces at a lot of the shows. I am sure a lot of it is due to the economy. The good thing is i got to sleep in my own bed and i did not spend money on gas getting there.