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Hi! I am thinking of applying to a few shows in the Florida area. I live in Houston and was looking at shows that are 10 hours or less from me.Wondering if anyone has feedback on a few shows I am looking at on ZAPP... 

Art in the Park Pensacola 2014 

LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival 2014

Thanks!

April Murphy

 

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Hi April,

I did Art in the Park Pensacola two or three years ago and it is a very small regional show with a small attendance. There is a fall show in the same park that gets rave reviews and high attendance numbers.

Good Luck,

Di

I am just now seeing al these replies because my notifications have been going to junkmail all this time. So sorry! Thanks for the info!

The Pensacola Museum show was very poorly attended in 2012. My sales were far below an average show for me. Will not return.

I'll know more next Spring. Juried into Art Deco Miami for Jan '14 and Arti graw in Jupiter and waiting for boca raton show. Did not get in the 36th Naples which I'm p.o.'d about as I'm staying in Naples this year. Going to call directors about that one soon.

I went to West Palm Beach last year for first time without jurying into any big shows and did very well at their "green markets" Sats and Sundays so I decided to try for the big time this year...so we shall see; no shows outdoors in the OH cold so gonna try! Patty

Hi Patty. I'm a mixed media painter from the Miami FL area and I just joined here. I read your post from December last year, which mentioned that you had been accepted into Art Deco Miami for Jan 2014. Please tell me about that show, I have looked it up on Google and can't find any info on it. I would be very interested in applying, since it's in my area. Thanks!

I am just now seeing al these replies because my notifications have been going to junkmail all this time. So sorry! Thanks for this info. Glad to know this before making a long drive for a small show.

Thanks for the info!

You might look at Fairhope, Alabama, Great Gulfstream and Orange Beach. Not great shows, but they meet your criteria of 10 hours distance and are on the Gulf.

Further down the line you have the Cedar Key show, Ocala, Gainesville, Tampa and Dunedin, Winter Park and all the rest of the Orlando area shows, Leesburg, Vero Beach, et al.

In general, Florida shows are many, and the audience has gotten blase. Sales are down for many, and it may not be worth your time to travel to do them. Houston to Orlando or Tampa is about 900 miles: a good two day drive.

I know. I hesitate to make a long drive like this when I can get the same kind of sales closer to home and spend less money and time. Thanks for replying to me!

I only just recently joined AFI, but maybe my comments today will help you and others evaluate these venues. Of course, you will only really know for certain about a show IF YOU GO AND EXHIBIT IN IT.

 

Pensacola Art in the Park is small as Di already mentioned. However, we did the show twice since the venue is somewhat along our route home from Florida to our home/studio at Wyoming. When we tour, we do from three to six shows on consecutive weekends since we're traveling such long distance. I think the first year we did the show it was the second year for the venue. We won a $600 award, but sales were poor at best. Sunday was totally rained out with terrential downpour, and most artists packed up during calmer moments. But a good smart jeweler who was set up next to us kept his lights on and made more than 5K in the rain to take home to his Tampa family. I was really stoked by his success. I just love it when someone ROCKS like that! The second time we did the show was last May, and I'm pretty sure it's the last time we'll give it a go. I feel the quality of art has lessened a bit in the venue.

 

There's another venue happening the same weekend in that area and I think it's at Destin. Bigger awards are offered and more artists. Probably bigger crowds as well. Some artist friends do it and do o.k.

 

Great Gulf Coast Art Festival held the first weekend in November is certainly the venue to do and it's in the same park, Seville Square, as well as along one street. We've done this one twice and sales are good and promising for the future. We won a $1,400 award the first year, and none the second year.

 

I'm out of time for now. I'll comment more later. WOOHOO!

 

 

Great info, thanks so much for taking the time to reply! I will check out the Destin show... that's closer to me anyway.

And I agree, it's cool when you see an artist persevere in less than ideal conditions and do well!

The good thing and the bad thing about Florida shows is the same thing. There are shows every weekend, so, pick out the time you want to come here and apply to the shows. Look at the ArtFairCalender.com and go to ZAPP and apply. The better the show, the harder it is to get in. You almost can't go by what people say because you don't know what their work looks like. Someone may do well and say the show is great. It may be that what they have borders on flea market stuff. So, that won't help you if you are really good and do one of a kind high quality work. Pick out a few and do them. Then, make friends with people who you know are good and ask them what shows to do. Some of these shows are long running established shows. I would stick to those events at first.

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