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Hello;

I live in South Florida and want to plan half a dozen art shows between now and next Summer in Florida. I was thinking of (if accepted!) limiting it to the Howard Allen Art Shows as they seem to be well organized. (I say this as I have not been in any of them yet.) Do any fellow artist have past experiences with these shows, and can direct me to the better ones? (In terms of crowd and POSSIBLE sales...) Thanks.

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Comment by Larry Berman on October 10, 2018 at 9:07am

I corrected your spelling of Howard Alan's name.

Howard has a lot of shows and is followed by a great number of artists who like them because it enables those artists to earn a living in the winter during the in between season of the shows up north. Success at the shows vary depending on what you have, the weather, and the masses of crowds that show up from week to week.

My advice is to choose shows that fit your schedule and apply as early as possible after the dates those shows open. The large following of artists means the shows fill up quickly. They also have what's called a rolling jury. That means no application closing date and they even take applications for you to be placed in the waiting list, which I don't recommend wasting your jury money on.

Larry Berman
http://BermanGraphics.com
412-401-8100

Comment by Layl McDill on October 10, 2018 at 10:35am
I’ve heard mixed reviews on Howard Alan. I’ve only done one of his Florida Shows (Stuart) last winter and did not find it a good fit for my work. It seemed to me that the work that was selling was very traditional- not contemporary or unique. This might be the case for this particular market. I would recommend looking at the artists work that is showing at each show and see if your style fits in. There can be a benefit having very different work from that shown but if the customers aren’t looking for that you’ll be disappointed.
My personal experience with production companies is that their shows have generally not been as profitable as shows put on by art groups, art centers or museums.
Comment by William Lee on October 10, 2018 at 10:43am

Thanks Layl, wise words I feel....

Comment by cheryl davis on October 10, 2018 at 5:31pm

Ive had great luck with Howard Alan shows in Florida.  Id try them based on your location and dates and go from there.  Many fill up fast so as Larry said sign up as soon as you can.  Some are very early Sat am set ups so bring a headlamp so you can see in the dark.  The staff is very good at getting people in and out and helping you with any issues.  I drive from CT so I can rec their shows highly.

Comment by Barry Bernstein yesterday

Nobody can tell you which HA shows to do. Some are good for me and some aren't, but, the same shows that aren't good for me are still good for others. The better shows fill up really fast. So, if a certain Florida show is filled 5 months in advance, it probably is a good show. There is a commonality between all HA shows. There is no food, no music, no sponsor booths. Just exhibitors. Also, there is no buy/sell and HA shows get the crowds. You always have a chance to be successful. With most of HA shows, the jewelry category is filled. If your category is filled, you will get on the wait list.

Comment by William Lee yesterday

Thanks Barry.. One more question. Do you know of any of their shows that fill up as far in advance as you are stating?

Comment by Barry Bernstein yesterday

I'm not doing your homework for you. Go to the HA website and ZAPP and check out the shows you think you might want to do. All the info is there.

Comment by William Lee yesterday

Hello again Barry. My sincere apologies if you thought I was asking you to "..do my homework." I thought this was a site, by artist, and for artist, to communicate and help each other; it was certainly not my intention to do what you are saying.

Thanks for taking the time to comment...

Comment by Judy Christian yesterday

Hi William,

I decided to not do HA shows after investigating, but I was looking at Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

This was some time ago, and I believe that I called and talked to someone. I suggest trying that as I remember that they were nice and also helpful. Best wishes!

Comment by William Lee yesterday

Thanks Judy..

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