Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
My family has finally gotten me to try art fairs. I haven't attempted a fair yet, but I'm working up the nerve. They think I have the talent and now they have me convinced, too. Is 55 too old to start?
I have always loved the process of doing watercolors. I enjoy how I feel on the inside when I do a good piece, but I fear the comments of strangers-you know the what ifs... I like creating art, but the business of selling art is a very scary thing.
I don't mean to rattle on and on... I just wanted to introduce myself to the Art Fair Insiders community.
Hi everyone! I'm Sue.
You sound like me a few years ago. Friends and family kept telling me I should be selling my photography, but I didn't think I was that good. Finally a friend called me up and said her neighbor was getting a few artist friends together for a small show and needed another person. I printed up a few more pictures and note cards, and they sold. I didn't do another show until the same one a year later, but I've been showing regularly since then.
I doubt you'll find anyone at a show saying anything bad about your work. Most people are really nice. Even if I don't sell a lot, I enjoy just getting out with the other artists and sharing my work with everyone. I don't look at it as selling my work to earn money. I look at it as sharing my work. Just go out and enjoy the show and you'll do fine. ---and 55 is not too old to start.
I started at 48 and I thought I would be the minority among a lot of young artists. I discovered that I'm among the majority instead. It seems that most of us are, ahem, mature. This may not happen to you. I'm a little shy and my first few art shows were terrifying. I stood stiff as a board and had no idea what to say and everything that came out of my mouth seemed stupid to me. The best advice I got was be yourself. If you haven't already, DON'T read any of the how to sell stuff out there. There is a lot of good stuff out there but wait until you are comfortable and then you can make MINOR modifications to your selling technique.
As for bad comments, I do get them occasionally but they are far outweighed by the compliments. And sometimes the bad comments are a good thing because they prompt me to change something for the better.
The most important thing is HAVE FUN.
I'm 61 and started three years ago..........DO IT.......you will either end up loving it or hating it........lol
I have met some of the most wonderful people and artists doing shows in my area and always look forward to the next one.
Hi Sue. I, too, came late to the art fair world, though I 've been a working artist almost all my life. And yes, I was petrified doing my first show last year at the age of 49. But everyone was so nice, even though I'm sure it was obvious that I was a rank beginner who had only once before set up the tent! But the other replies are right--almost all of the art show patrons I've encountered have been very gracious and complimentary. And the ones that weren't? Just remember that the people incapable of creating anything are usually the ones who will try to tear you down. Feel sorry for them.