Hi I'm new here and I'm new to doing art shows/festivals -- although I did wholesale shows (BMAC, etc) for years and now do Portland Saturday Market, OR, every weekend - and have on and off for 16 years. I've done some really nice shows in the Pacific Northwest in the past few years and have really enjoyed them and have done quite well. Now I'm moving to the Southeast US and will have to do shows exclusively to survive.
First off, though, from what I've been able to learn online and from show photos, it appears that shows in the Eastern US are more professional looking than what we have here in the Northwest. Here's my question: Can I get away with my nice, clean Caravan booth (with side walls, ProPanels, weights, clean top, awnings) at most art shows, or do I need to invest in something more upscale, such as the "LiteDome" I think it's called?
Also, I'm horrified to jury to shows. I do paintings, mostly dogs, and I've only shown them here at Portland Sat. Mkt - where they sell very well, and I get lots of commissions, too. Will paintings "like that" get me into good juried shows? Are there alternatives if I can't such as festivals? I'm listing my website, too, so that you can see the quality of my artwork rather than have to pass judgment sight-unseen. I'm even thinking about switching over to something like landscapes, or who knows what else, if necessary. But my dog and animal art sells, so I feel that I've got a good thing going - IF I can get into some decent (i.e., money-producing) shows. Making and selling my artwork is my only income. Thanks. Dottie Dracos, www.dottiedracos.com.