Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Let the buying begin :-)
Maybe once the shock is over. I don't have as much faith as others in Obama's ability to get the economy going- apparently the business arena doesn't either. I hope I'm wrong and we all have a great year, but I'm preparing for mediocre...just in case.
I think that until the "fiscal cliff" is addressed that people will still be just as conservative with their spending. The election being over doesn't change the gridlock.
Mom needs a nod from Dad to buy art and these are the people who make $200K a year. Why I make less than that and if I want to buy a painting for $1,000, I will. Sorry to change the subject but I couldn't help it.
What you're saying mirrors what i've been thinking. I finish my last show in a couple of weeks and won't do anymore until next April or so. I'll cut out over half the shows I did this year, and the emphasis will be on larger expensive pieces and small ones that are $20/35. The low end pieces are going to be set up so there is minimal labor time in them. Right now I'm thinking along the lines of printing the work with a faux border matte on them and dropping them into some inexpensive frames. I'm not crazy about the idea of a low ball line of work, but those price points encourage impulse and no-guilt buying. I hesitate to hang those alongside work that is much more expensive, but a thought is that I can hang a few in one spot in the booth, and have a flip bin with the small framed pieces adjacent to the hung pieces. Damn, this makes me feel like a Wal-Mart ;-/
Now this is a good thread. I've been seeing the soft sales in the mid range. We do the high end of functional ceramics. I promote our work as gifts, as that doesn't depend on the stock market. You just gotta buy gifts all the time. Sure works for us.
I was on the road to a better year, once again. I had my diversified creations for the high end, low end and middle America all ready. Then the weather had it's way with me, thank you Sandy. My best shows were affected and 2 shows were cancelled. So be it. This business can be a crap shoot, but, hey, I have more for my last show and some free time. I think it's time for a glass of wine. Cheers.
Thanks David! I was trying to make this a positive post but apparently people didn't take it that way. Responsibility is Definitely lacking in the USA! Be thankful for what your given and make the best of it, nothing good comes from complaining!
The "well curve" affects all markets - including art.