Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
I am really new at this, so please bear with me, and any repetitive questions I may ask!! I have been reading the forums and learning about pricing, and see there are lots of factors and subjectivity. I have found a lot on pricing photography, but not as much on paintings (especially the difference medium might make on price points, if any) but I could be looking in the wrong places . However, I am doing my first local show this coming weekend, and of all the things I have learned (from this site!!), pricing is stressing me out the most! I currently work mostly in watercolor, and recently I have been doing smaller works - 5" x 7". However, just because they are smaller, they still take me a fairly significant amount of time. My question is, what is the range one can ask for small works. I seem to have found people selling paintings this size for as little as $20/30 dollars, which seems very low. However, I am a newbie, and so don't feel I can charge a lot, but I also know the time involved. Would asking $100 be totally over the top? Any advice would be appreciated.
Also, a quick display question...I have framed my originals that I will be hanging. I also (perhaps prematurely) made some prints of a couple of my paintings. Can I offer these unmatted, but presented nicely on good cardboard and cellophane sleeves, or should everything be matted?
Finally, the show I am doing is a smaller local show in Canton, Ohio called Art is Alive. It is a few years old and markets itself as fun, funky, etc. Approximately 80 artists, with some music performances and food/wine. If there is any interest, I would be happy to let others know what it is like.......
Thanks for any answers and for this site in general!
I did that show last year and it was very nice. Everybody involved is very artist friendly. You will find that there is a wide range of Art and Craft at this show with a wide range of price points - but no buy/sell that I can recall. I have a number of friends from Pittsburgh that do that show but I am going to do Great Lakes in Novi, Mich. this weekend. It will be a great 1st show for you Good luck to you.
Diane - that is great to hear, thanks!! I was wondering how this show would be after reading here about all the different shows and how they can vary widely in quality. Excited to hear it is a nice one! Even if I sell nothing, it sounds like a good time!
Kathryn, thanks for the advice. I guess in the end I have to decide what works for me and hope it makes a connection with someone like that painting did for you!