Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
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I haven't been to the show but I've had several conversations with the show organizer, Leslie Manas, who is an artist and is putting these events together. The location seems good, at the Liberty Bell in the heart of the city and tourist areas. The price is decent too, don't you think?
I participated in this show this past May. Having lived in Philadelphia for years, I will use any reason to revisit and the show appeared to have promise on paper. Sadly, it did not work out for me.
I exhibited decorative and functional porcelain works at price points ranging from $25 to $600. I was expecting that the small, functional pieces sold to tourists would carry the show but had also hoped that local residents would be interested in the larger works. Neither happened.
What did happen: I sold very, few pieces (all small ones) and left with about $275 for the weekend...it was a loss. The weather was very good with two sunny, warm days but not too hot. The show consisted of ONLY 26 exhibitors surrounding an "L" of a busy, tourist-laden corner right across the street from the Liberty Bell. This made for a bad show locale, in my estimation. People moved passed the booths but most were en route to somewhere else: the "duck" mobile, the Liberty Bell, the restaurants, the Beer Garden directly behind us (with escalating loud music throughout), the Handsome Cabs across the way...seemingly anywhere but my booth. The jeweler next to me seemed to be having a good show, as were Leslie and Jean (the promoters who were also exhibitors of jewelry). Local residents were few and far between (at least among those I spoke with), perhaps due in part that the Rittenhouse Square show was the previous weekend and they already had their art show fill. Though now that I recall, I did hear several times that they didn't know anything about it.
I kept a smile on my face the entire time, though. As a promoter, Leslie was trying hard to make it work. I could see that she felt badly that most of us were not prospering. She came around several times and even thanked us for staying the Sunday, when several didn't (boo-hiss). I also believed that she spent $ on advertising though it could have been directed at the wrong people. I saw an ad in a "what to do" kind of brochure but the tourists were not that interested.
The right work might do okay to good, as there is money to spend. Sorry that this reply isn't more timely...just saw it. Good Luck!