I did this show. I did okay. But that's not why I write.
I am in town at a coffee shop listening to the locals. One guy came in and asked
the workers what they thought of the show... one said that the artists were
complaining that there were too many artists and that it would be hard to sell
art. (with what I could pick up is that it is the local artists who have art in
town who are complaining about this) One guy really liked the show because it
really helped his b
usiness here in town.... food.
Another customers said that people in town were complaining that there were not
enough local artists actually in the show. Actually writing letters to the show
in this regard.
I didn't speak up since I am not local but I am sure this issue arises in every
town and city that has shows.
And I am sure the show promoters try and explain to the town-folk that the jury
is blind and they should have little control over who gets judged in based on
their location. Otherwise, we would all change our "mailing" address to fit in
Or do what Denver did - ie: Jim Delutes and those before him when local artists
complained about having a hard time getting into Cherry Creek... they produced a
"colorado artist only" downtown Denver show.
Each community could do this, but I am sure each community also know how hard it
is to get a show started, promote it appropriately etc. Plus, any of these areas
have an influx of different tourists on any given weekend that they can pull
buyers from...all they need to do is spend money promoting LOCAL
artists...rather then complaining that during ONE weekend a year, there are
great national/internatio nal artists who are bringing a TON of tax revenue to