Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
I know us artists. We're gamblers. Who else would take a risk several weekends a year to travel to a strange city, spend time, talent and treasure to show our work, with the slim chance of making a living. There's always some fellow artist, at nearly every show, that has the story about how they made 50K at one show, or have celebrities fighting over their work... or other urban legends.
The first one happened in Beverly Hills, one of the very first Art Festivals I participated in. They continue at every show, big or small... here are a few I remember.
Please tell me these are real. And add your own!
This didn’t happen at an art show, but the experience was still interesting .
Years ago, my husband won tickets and back stage passes to a Dan Fogelberg concert. After the concert we were escorted back stage to the “Green Room” where Dan Fogelberg was with his entourage. After a few minutes we were introduced to him. All these years later I can’t remember how we got on the conversation, but somehow we started talking about Georgia O’Keeffe. At the time (late 1980’s) he said his current girlfriend had been Georgia’s house keeper and companion many years ago and he had the opportunity to meet her and how much he loved her work. So there we were the two of us, going on and on about her different paintings. Then, there was that moment, when we noticed the whole room had gone silent…we stopped talking and turned to see why it has gone so quiet in a room that had been so full of sound! Everyone was looking at the two of us just staring! We looked at each other and back at the other in the room. Dan even looked behind him to make sure we weren’t missing something! Apparently, we had gotten so involved in talking about Georgia we had blocked everything else out…and had been talking for over an hour. He thanked me for the conversation, saying it was nice to be able to talk about someone else for a change.
Must add that when I did "green" or "recycle" shows in California, Bryan Cranston used to show up at every one of them, talk to me, and then leave. He never bought anything, but he seems to be interested in the green movement...
Great stories, whether they're true or mythical...
I used to do a small fall festival in my hometown, with two tables, some woodwork. Every single year I had the same nutball that would come stand in front of my tables, and proceed to loudly tell everyone (including me) how much better his work was than mine. Not a big stretch, since I only made picture frames and clocks back then... but I always asked him the same question. "Where's your booth?"