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So, I've been doing shows in my home state (Iowa) for 2 years now. I make one-of-a-kind jewelry out of fused glass and wire work.

I am hoping to start doing shows out of state this coming year. I have my first one in January in Florida and have been rejected from a few others. I have my list of ones I'm planning on applying to, but I would love to hear your thoughts as to ones I should check out (or avoid!). I've been doing a lot of research and such, but it's so hard to narrow it down!

I realize everyone has different experiences and mediums, but hopefully this will give me some new direction or a new starting point!

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Look at ArtFairReview, Art Fair Source Book.

To ask what shows to do, over the entire country would be overwhelming.

I have been. And as I said, I do have a list. I've been using Zapp, this site, ArtFairReview and whatever else I can find to research whenever I find one that sounds like it could be a good fit.

I just wanted to get an idea of what shows are the first that come to mind to people. Their favorites (or least favorites). 

You did not mention AFSB. It is very well researched and comprehensive.

Might help to share the list you've compiled for people to give feedback.

Good point! Here is my list so far:

Mar 14-15 (FL) Lakewood Ranch Fine Art Show

Mar 21-22 (FL) Naples Downtown Art Show

May 8-10 (SC) Artisphere (applied already)

May 16 (IA) Marion Arts Festival

May 23-25, 30-31 (IA) Iowa Renaissance Festival

Jun 5-7 (IA) Iowa Arts Festival

Jun 13-14 (MI) The Art of Fire

Jun 19-21 (WI) Lakefront Festival of the Arts

Jun 26-28 (IA) Des Moines Art Festival

Jun 3-5 (CO) Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Jun 2-5 (OH) Boston Mills II

Jul 11-12 (MI) Krasl Arts Show

Jul 17-18 (IA) Waukee Arts Festival

Jul 25-26 (IL) Geneva Arts Fair

Aug 13-23 (IA) Iowa State Fair Art Fair

~Aug 29-30 (IA) Sioux City Artsplash

Sept (most) (IA) Sleepy Hollow Renaissance Fair

~Nov 9-10 (IA) Art on the Prairie

I haven't filled in much for the last few months of 2020 and I did apply to and get rejected from a few shows not listed here. I also got accepted to Estero Fine Arts Show in January in FL

You obviously don't mind driving a lot - LOL.  Looks like a good selection - I hope you get into them!

LOL Nope, I don't really mind it! And thank you!


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