Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
I just got accepted into Georgetown Art in the Square (In it's third year). I have noticed a couple of bad reviews on this site, especially comments on traffic. The promoter used to be with Bayou City in Houston, and seems to be well respected. My acceptance email says they will be doing advertsing this year in The Austins Statesman, a newspaper in Austin, as well as the Georgetown newspaper and mailings in central Texas. Program flyers with artist info will be distributed as well.
My questions may sound stupid, but is it appropriate for me to email the promoter to ask about expected traffic, as well as whether or not this is the same advertising that was used last year, or have they ramped it up this year. The email made it sound like they are making a big effort. How about asking about how many submissions they had, and how many artists have accepted? I am just new to this, and a $400 booth fee is not small change right now. I only live an hour away, so gas will be my major expense besides my booth fee. Any suggestions appreciated!
I am sure it is indeed, quite impossible for them to predict traffic. I am only wondering about this because I saw a blog post on this fair, and it actually showed photos at noon on Sat. with about five lonely people wandering the aisles, looked very bad. I was just trying to figure out if they upped their advertising. I have had feedback that two artists (both jewelry, and not my medium...) have done this show, with one doing well, and one not doing well. Thanks, Larry.