I've been so excited about the idea of doing art fairs, sitting with my work and meeting people interested in art, networking, learning from other artists and HOPEFULLY making money.
For weeks I've been combing this wonderful, fascinating site to research tents, display panels, the best fairs, etc. It's because of Art Fair Insiders that I feel like I'm able to make a clear decision, which is that art fairs are probably not for me. I admire all you artists who do them, but it might not make sense for me.
I have been selling my paintings through my blog and website as well as Daily Paintworks for about five months. I sell perhaps half of what I post. My paintings are small and are completed in one day, so a $100 price is okay with me and in this current economy is what seems to help them sell. Most of my friends who are exhibiting in galleries say that practically nothing is selling- of course the prices have to be pretty high for the average person when you consider the gallery takes a huge cut and there is the expense of framing. My internet sales are all unframed paintings.
I've been thinking of making prints of my best work and showing original paintings as well as the prints at the fairs, but through this site I've found out that most art fairs discourage the selling of reproductions. So now I have to think about how much money I'll have to lay out in order to show my paintings.
Through this site I've found out that a good tent will cost me more than $800. Display panels perhaps $400-500. Framing my work at least $65 per piece. Entrance fees. It is starting to seem like I'll need to lay down $2,000 just to get started, and pay $300 average in entry fees every time I exhibit.
And I have NO idea if this money would be a good investment or not. I mean, how can I try out just one fair without spending a lot of money? I need a tent and display panels for a single fair. I need to frame 20 paintings. Etc!
Has anyone else agonized like this? Any feedback would be VERY welcome! Thanks.