Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
I would like to see a show where the exhibitors are friendly with each other. Friendships are critical in this business.
I don't want to see the exhibitor who thinks s/he's the "star" of the show and everybody else is beneath him/her.
I would like to see a show where there are no exhibitors "jurying" the show too. And then having a tantrum when they see somebody they think shouldn't be there.
I would like to see a show where nobody looks down their nose at other exhibitors. Those exhibitors were admitted just as the snobs were.
I would like to see exhibitors HELPING each other out. Help setting up the canopy, help with breaks by watching each others booth, going for coffee/water and asking their neighbor if they want some, etc.
I would like to see exhibitors drive to their booth, UNLOAD and THEN set up! Not park there for 3 hours blocking everyone else. Your booth is 10 feet and your van is 20 feet long. You have neigbors who would like to set up too. And if the show is indoors, I would like to see exhibitors not put their entire booth in the aisle and take 3 hours to set up. Other exhibitors need to get by, and here's 230 plastic tubs strewn all over the aisle. I'm dollying a 4 foot wide display panel and they look at me as if I'm the bad guy for saying "excuse me please".
I wouldlike to see exhibitors stay in their assigned space. Not encroach on their neighbors. We both pay the same amount and it's wrong to put displays and stock in front of our neighbor's booth. I did a show where there was 3 feet behind the booths for storage. I figured half was mine and half was the exhibitor's behind me. I was rudely told to get my "stuff" out of there as that's where they were going to sit! My "stuff" stayed. Another time I was told by a neighbor that I had to move my display because they needed an aisle next to their booth for customers and I couldn't set up a wall on my side line. They wanted half my space for their aisle. I set it up anyway, and I was the bad guy again.
And if you have legs on your wire panels, don't put them in your neighbor's booth.
I would like to see shows where the exhibitors are there to enjoy what they do, not be rude and condesending.
We are a very fortunate group of people. We complain when we "only" make $2000 in two or three days. Meanwhile there are many, many people out there who work 40+ hours a week, at a job they hate, for a company who doesn't care about them. They could lose their job tomorrow. All for a lousy $750. I would like to see exhibitors who are just plain happy to be able to do this for a living! I know I am!
I dunno. Maybe I'm the only one who actually loves what he does for a living!
I don't think anyone is saying they don't enjoy doing what they do. The question was to describe your "dream" art fair, so we pulled out all the dreamy stuff. :) I agree with your assessment except for the earning 2K in 3 days thing. That money is not earned over 3 days. It's earned over weeks on a studio with no guarantee of a paycheck. I much prefer it to the job I left to do this, no doubt or regrets. Just keepin' it real.
And as one old timer told me: The rich didn't get rich by spending their money".
LOL! Amen to that, Chris! Spreading the wealth isn't the mantra of the rich.
They do spread the wealth. But now they're being told to, and naturally they will close their wallets even more. And their taxes are going to go up next year too, so they'll not be in any mood to spend.
I know two self made millionaires. And I got the above statemant about not spending from them. They do spend, and they do "spread the wealth", but they always want VALUE for their money. They won't just buy stuff, they want to need it or see quality. Not what we think is quality, but what they think is quality. Big difference.
The rich won't part with their money as fast as the middle class will. So I love doing shows in working areas or middle class areas. They WILL spend.