Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
People in new England are just not into fine art I guess. Sure, there are many fine art/craft shows up here but the customer base is a little more pragmatic. They're more into 'functional' as opposed to 2D.
New England is rural, with a few cities thrown in. It's mostly hard working middle class people who, as a group don't have the disposable income many in other areas do.
New Englanders look for value in things they buy. And with a few exceptions, shows as a rule are for the locals who just aren't into fine art/crafts.
That's not to say the arts aren't supported. The arts are a big part of Vermont's economy. Here in Vermont the Vermont Crafts Council has "Open Studio Weekend" where all participating artists sign up and their studios are on a state map for May 28 & 29 and October 1 & 2 of this year. Peak foliage season. http://www.vermontcrafts.com/links/open.html The tourists love driving up a dirt road to find a 200 year old farmhouse with a contemporary studio inside. Especially in October!
Just saw this, Charlene...funny!!
I don't know. The same people (snowbirds) who populate Florida in the winter live up north in the summer. Michigan and Chicago have a lot of good shows. Maybe I'm just a Yankee girl, but New England is home to many famous artists, and I don't think the rural and suburban folks necessarily eschew fine art for craft and functional art. There's plenty of savoir faire off I-95. I'm thinking Nantucket, Cape Cod, Gloucester, Newport, etc. If you've ventured off the show cities in Florida and looked around, there's an enormous rural population (I'm being extremely kind) there as well, and I suspect the preferred form of art there is of the beer can variety. (Unfortunately that's where I live now.)
It doesn't really make sense that a promoter wouldn't follow this huge market back to their homes in the summer.
The Cape and the islands are a different scene altogether. Ther's money there, but it's the tourists who buy.
Gloucester? I've done Gloucester shows since 1995 and again, those fishermen's families aren't wealthy, the tourists are. Gloucester was never a vacation destination until the movie "The Perfect Storm". It's still pretty much a rough and tumble town.
Now there's Rockport out on the end of Cape Ann, but again, the artists work from their studios, not shows.
We're thinking two New Englands. The I-95 corridor and the rest of the region.
And yes, New England has been home to many famous artists, but how many of them did shows? Norman Rockwell lived in my town from 1939 to 1953. I am fortunate to talk to a number of people who knew him personally, and I hear stories about him not too many people know. Grandma Moses lived about 10 miles from here in Eagle Bridge, NY and she and Rockwell were good friends. We still go over to the Moses family farm to buy corn in the summer.
Two very famous artists. But neither one did any shows.
It's just different, that's all. The way it's done in Florida just isn't the way it's done up here. I can guarantee you promoters have tried in the past to lure the snowbirds to shows in their home states. And failed.
The only show I know of where something in that stratosphere would have sold, besides the Sunapee show which is only for New Hampshire artists, is the Craftproducers' show in Manchester, VT.
A number of years ago, an exhibitor had a complete handcrafted bedroom suite. He wanted $8,500 for it. A woman walked by and said "who do I make the check out to?"
That's when times were good and the city skiers were furnishing their brand new million dollar condos on the mountain.
Those times are long gone. And won't be back for quite a while. Those condos either went into foreclosure or were sold at auction for back property taxes.
anyone going or has gone to paragon in Fairfax---is it possible to set up your tent the night before????
i am too slow to set up that morning