Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
I was supposed to be at Vintage Market Days of Southeast Louisiana this weekend. It's a 3 day show in Amite, LA. However I had to cancel due to my dad being ill and close to death. He eventually passed on March 4, after I had cancelled. VMD of SELA announced earlier today they have to shut down at the end of the day, which was 5:00 local time. They are trying to work out refunds or transferring fees to the fall show, which was already booked. I am not sure if anyone here attends this show besides me.
Edited to add ... I think the refunds/transfers at the present moment are for those who had bought tickets for the event to attend as patrons. I am sure the exhibitors will be addressed in the coming days.
Another sad email in my inbox today from Patty Narozny:
Dear Friend of Hot Works Naples Fine Art Show,
We have made the difficult decision to postpone Hot Works 3rd Naples Fine Art Show, originally scheduled for March 28 & 29 at the Naples Italian-American Club. I’m very sorry for any inconvenience, we did our best to keep the show, but this is beyond everyone’s control.
Event postcards for the show were mailed this past Monday; please ignore the date. We hope to reschedule but must wait and see what happens in the next two-three weeks.
There is an option for rescheduling this show on April 11 & 12, which is Easter weekend but only if the Governor deems it safe again for public events. Otherwise, the show will be rescheduled at another time and will let you know at that time.
Please feel free to check in with any questions. Stay safe!
Executive Producer, Naples Fine Art Show
President, Institute for the Arts & Education, Inc.
and this from Howard Rose at Rose Squared Productions:
Santa Fe College Spring Festival in Gainesville canceled and is mailing refunds in the next 30 days.
Very nice to get an email from Valley Art Center, here in the Cleveland OH area concerning their June Art By The Falls Show. I'm posting here as they present a good example:
No, not cancelling the show, but letting us all know that IF the show is cancelled, we will get a full refund.
The Old Florida Celebration of the Arts 4/4 - 4/5 has been cancelled. Bev Ringenberg, one of the event Coordinators, contacted us to trying to get the word out.
New Orleans Jazz Fest is looking to postpone to the Fall - click here to read the latest info posted today:
I believe every show should adopt this policy. From Boston Mills:
Thanks, Mary. September and October are going to present so many opportunities for artists -- and hard decisions also. Hope everyone cn make it until then!
Thanks for this Barry. So many artists are involved in The Guild's shows this is very helpful. In addition it is so encouraging to read, not only from this event producer but from so many of the events, their understanding and empathy for the delicate position artists, and so many self-employed people, find themselves in.
Just thought I would throw this idea out there, for discussion: I think there is a way to maintain 'social distancing' at an art fair:
Conduct the art fair as a group of "time limited" tours. That is, sell, or reserve, time slots, for a group of say, 6 people, to walk through the festival at specific time intervals, with a guide, so that no 'crowd' of over 10 gathers at any one place. I have seen time slots used in museum shows (the recent Monet show in Denver, for example). Advantages: keeps show going; security; keeps out looky lous; disadvantages; more logistics; makes artists feel as if they are part of performance art
Comments? particularly from show directors, is this feasible?