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Contemporary Crafts Market Pasadena

Started by Sherry Salito-Forsen. Last reply by Esther Barr Apr 27. 1 Reply

wondering if any of you have done the CCM since it moved from Santa Monica? Any feedback? Thanks!sherryContinue

Show suggestions

Started by Heide Rainey Nov 19, 2018. 0 Replies

I am new to the Artshow world, in fact, 2019 will be my first season. I am in California so the number of shows available is limited compared to other areas of the country. I am a photographer and I think my work would do well in Arizona,…Continue

Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival, Scottsdale, AZ

Started by Robert Johnson. Last reply by Christopher Roche Feb 16, 2018. 5 Replies

Waterfront Fine Art & Wine FestivalScottsdale, AZThunderbird Artists This was a beautiful venue on  the canal in Fashion Square Mall.  Setup on Thursday started at 10am and I was able to park close to my booth space to unload and setup. …Continue

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Contemporary Crafts Market Pasadena

Started by Sherry Salito-Forsen Feb 15, 2018. 0 Replies

wondering if any of you have done the CCM since it moved from Santa Monica? Any feedback? Thanks!sherryContinue

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Comment by on December 7, 2015 at 9:15pm

Chiming in on Tempe this weekend. I felt like this was a HUGE waste of time and money. Patrons were pretty disengaged and didn't seem to be there for the art, with a few exceptions. Plus lots of junky art (like the tissue box covers). I thought the "stealth judging" was an insult (the least you could do is have a clipboard and/or leave a circle showing you came by). Also found the insistence on artists creating an engaging and entertaining experience for attendees to be annoying. Most of us do this anyway; making it a judging criteria felt like I was back at my old 9-5. If they were paying me, I could see it. Clearly, they are not. Also, very bad experience with sponsor neighbor -- some kind of dish TV, where college age students spent the three days hawking patrons with stupid lines; e.g., "Do you like cats?" or "Love your hat" or "Are you from Colorado?" To top it all off, I caught a cold. I guess I'm done grumbling; lesson learned and I will not be back --

Comment by Lucia Friedericy on December 8, 2015 at 10:52am

Margaret-I did Scottsdale and Rio Grande (you mean the one in Alburqurque?) 2 yrs ago and Scottsdale was much better. I'm doing Scottsdale again this--see you there!

Comment by Margaret Aden on December 8, 2015 at 11:01am

Lucia-- Thanks for the feedback! I did mean Albuquerque, but  the airport code ABQ is so much easier to type! Ha! 

Diana-- EEk! Thinking I should skip Spring Tempe now... even though it's home state advantage.

Comment by Brian Billings on December 8, 2015 at 11:03am

@Diana, sorry to hear you didn't do well. I did notice a big increase in sponsor booths this year also. It's sad, this use to be a really good show for artists of all ranges.

Comment by on December 8, 2015 at 11:10am

Hi Brian and thanks.... I'm on the recovery side now! I think the sales results would have been okay if the show hadn't been the three days plus a set up day and I didn't have hotel expense (we stayed over Thursday and Friday night). By the end of Saturday, I thought there might be hope but then Sunday arrived and by Noon, I knew the zombie-esque demeanor of the crowd meant disaster. My sales were a little under 2.5X the show fee, which is below my threshold for wanting to repeat a show unless its super convenient (no lodging) or I think I can connect with a lot of people who will become future customers.

Comment by Sharon Brush on December 8, 2015 at 11:40am

Margaret Aden, One thing to pay attention to if you choose Scottsdale: Location can really make or break you at this show. Be sure to look at a map of the show grounds and pick a space in the heart of things. There are a number of straggler arms that wind off to nowhere, and they get far less traffic. 

Comment by Pam sharp on December 8, 2015 at 12:33pm

I am so glad that the group is back...I really missed the updates on shows.  my last show for the year was in November and looking at the reports of shows it was a good decision...I have seen a trend at most of the shows of lots of flow of people but few buyers....I carry a price range from 9 dollars to the thousands.  so usually I have quite a few buyers even if the amount per sale is low...I have seen the buyers almost dry up in the low to medium price range.  what have you experienced?

Comment by steve appel on December 14, 2015 at 10:14am

Far from a waste of time.  Setup was earlier this year,getting better at it Did have some fool come in with a huge truck and trailer when most tents were up. Should have brought him in from the other side of mill. Fri was real slow, lots of people just not that much buying.  Sat and Sun were a different story,  Started  out good and kept right on going till Sun night teardown.  I did very good at this show.  My sales were way up compared to dec show in the past.  Bathrooms were handy, hospitality tent was convenient at least for me. Booth sitters were in abundance on Fri and Sat., not too many on Sun.  Did go up in price for those with a 5x20 booth.  Streets were packed all three days. Would i return, yes. Questionable art, it always gets in.

Comment by on December 14, 2015 at 10:22am

Margaret -- regarding the Tempe, as we know, everyone has their own experience, as evidenced by Steve's comments below; I have colleagues who would never consider not participating. I was just so frustrated with the relative high cost of this show compared to return, my super-unprofessional sponsor neighbor and the relative lack of engagement by attendees; so many people who never even looked at the booths but cruised down the aisles on their way to somewhere. This one just isn't for me, I guess. Good luck with your upcoming events -- I think I saw you are in the Scottsdale Contemporary Show -- that's a great one!

Comment by Margaret Aden on December 14, 2015 at 10:41am
Diana- I totally understand. I think we've all been in this business long enough to know each artist has a unique experience. I have similar feelings about the 4 th Ave St fair down here in Tucson. I think the last time I participated was three or four years ago. Tempe is tempting because of the surrounding demographics, but it has frustrated me in the past too. Hope you have a wonderful Holiday and recharge for 2016!!


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