Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
My wife is an oil painter and over the last five years we’ve been displaying her work at local Art Festivals in New England each summer and fall. Through this time, we’ve learned a lot and noticed the differences between a well run and not so well run festival.
So here’s our list of the things that make up the ideal festival (from the vending artists perspective). Of course all of this is in addition to lots of sales from a huge crowd of art lovers!
In no particular order….
Artists - How did I do with this list? What am I missing? Let me know in your responses/comments below!
Of course sales are #1 and easy load in and out (park behind booth with no dollying as many of us are aging). All these suggestions are great. The question is: How do we get shows to take notice?
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If an artist is "discounting" their work and advertising such, they should not be at the show.
Was referring to an area on the festivals website where exhibiting artists can get discounts on items such as hotels, restaurants, art supplies, etc. Not a discount on their art itself. What do you think of the rest of my list? Thanks for reading...
Pretty good list. I agree with what some other's have added / commented to it also. I don't care about awards either. Many shows do not allow the placing of awards in / at the booth. Also it is sometimes not an accurate or unbiased judging for such and then may affect sales.
Don't want bottled water unless the use an environmentally sustainable packaging form (I love art and our planet). Instead in the pre-show list, advise the artist to bring a refillable container and then either come around to refill or have it easily accessible for us to refill.
No interest in the promotional item, rather the money went to making the show a sales success.
Strongly agree with the cell / internet enforcement.
The security needs to include MULTIPLE guards, that must do walking patrols. the cost of this for a 150 artist show might equate to a about $10 / artist for 3 guards. Well worth the expense. I've been at shows where the guards just sat in one place, or people were walking through the artist's booth areas, unchecked long after hours.
Artist directory to be dual searchable - Name as well as media type.
Great points Larry. Didn't think about the environmental impact of the water bottles, totally agree