Hi, has anyone done this show before? If so, what is your opinion of the show? I read a remark about the show that didn't have a positive opionion about it and wanted to confirm or deny the allocation. Claim 2008 has only about 2k in attendance from estimated 10k years past. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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  • I have not done this show, nor any DW events, but my opinion, after doing 2 or 3 dozen Chicago shows in the last 6 years, is that the market is highly fragmented, and that most juried art fairs in any given suburb are average to poor, at best. Too many shows every weekend all summer long, none of which pull in patrons from more than 10 or 15 miles away. Chicago has a lot of galleries and shops in which one-off artistic pieces can be bought year round; also most Chicago artists have this pre-critical belief that they do not have to do shows outside of Chicago to raise their yearly nut. Too many shows, chasing diminishing sales.
    Cheers, DALE
  • I did the Deerfield show last year and attendance did seem low. My sales were so-so but I did get a commission out of it, so I'm going to try it again this summer. It seemed to be well organized -- and there were donuts. You're probably not going to make a living off this one, though. My daughter lives nearby so I was able to keep expenses to a minimum.
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