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Art fairs are investigating new "virtual" show platforms.

What are the best ones to help art events keep going during this difficult year, and beyond?

Pros/cons and advice welcome!

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A jeweler friend of mine participated in a virtual show in March and I visited her booth. From my perspective it went well and she said she made some money. 26 of her shows cancelled this year. The organizers used Booth Central, a company that has done similar things for a long time. Some of it might still be available to see--it was called Art Gone Virtual! and the first one was so successful that they did a second show the next month.

I have two fiber shows coming up--one in September and one in October. They have made me gain new skills: video-making, expanding my own web site, getting a You Tube Channel, and setting up an Etsy site. Granted my neighbor, who does video editing for a living, helped me greatly, but I feel I'm in a good place to go virtual. They are using Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube to promote the artists for these shows coming up. I'll post again when we get something up so you can look at the way it works from the customer perspective. Both shows plan to leave info up through the end of the year and only close the live Zoom segment. You can also check out how the Maryland Sheep and Wool show is still highlighting vendor info even though their show was held last April, I think it was. Another friend is still getting orders dribbling in from that one.

If anyone wants to contact my neighbor, let me know--she's made me look like I knew what I was doing!  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC34WRwnUZR0Pvx-9Hc-_9Ag?view_as=su...

Is it Art Gone Viral - Not Virtual? Thanks

Yes. You're right. That's the correct name of the fest. Thanks for letting everyone know.

We also have had just about every show cancel this year, which is 27 shows.... and we have participated in virtual shows with good success- but it’s not the same as having conversation with booth visitors. We have been online for 10 years, having migrated from Etsy to our own website with e-commerce. That’s where having built a relationship with people makes a difference in support and following. Sales always translates to a relationship with the buyers

What's the latest on this from the artist's point of view?

Anyone successfully negotiating this new frontier to make some sales?

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