Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Romero Britto was recently announced as the 2013 Poster Artist for this festival. For those living under rocks or new to the business, CGAF is rated as one of the top shows in the country, consistently, year after year.
While the festival seems to be turning into more of a circus than an art festival, the quality of the art has always been top notch. While you may not like all the art, you can recognize the talent behind it. It is a joy to go early in the morning before all the commercial vendors get revved up and just wander among the booths.
CGAF used to have a poster contest each year. The winner received prize money and the unveiling of the poster is televised on the news and it is considered a big deal. Two years ago they picked Guy Harvey who is known for his game fish. I decried the use of someone who I had only seen on posters, drink cozies and t-shirts. I thought it was too commercial. Last year I admitted that I was hard to please because last year's poster was a beautiful painting, not poster type art.
So what is my "problem" this year? I enjoy Britto's whimsical art. He is all over Miami, on the sides of building, in front of buildings, on vending machines and in more stores than I can count. He does a lot for Miami also. He has a store as you are walking to the main entrance of the art festival.
Aside from the idea that the show's poster should be done by an artist actually juried into the show, this artist (as does Guy Harvey) has his worked manufactured by others. That is the antithesis of the CGAF. This is a show that won't allow prints. Believe me, I tried to get prints allowed years ago when I volunteered there. If this show has such high standards for its artists, why is it allowing commercial artists represent them with their posters?
Verizon vendors play loud music and yell into microphones, beer vendors hawk beer as if they were at a ball game and the poster is designed by an artist who sells manufactured product all over the world.
This is the 50th year of CGAF. The founders of the show wouldn't even recognize it.