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Help each other here by sharing your experiences, asking and answering each other's questions. Tell us about those shows in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, CA or anywhere else you are traveling.

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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

Comment Wall

Comment by Bill Kutcher on December 14, 2015 at 11:10am

Yes we a lll have different experiences. For me Friday was above average, Saturday was very good being twice Friday, and Sunday was poor being half of Friday. I came to this show expecting it to be my last time at Tempe. It has always been one of the most stressful and expensive shows I do. I have a tall double trimline tent and a massive amount of inventory, so my set up time is very long. I am lucky to get 2 or 3 hours sleep on set up night, making Friday pretty grueling. I have a large truck and trailer that is difficult to get through the show, so I push over 2000 lbs of stuff from the closest parking place I can find. In the past sales numbers have been ok for a easier show but barely worth it for me considering the difficulty of this one. This time I did better than previous times and and will consider doing it again, just not this spring as they moved it back 2 weeks into April, conflicting with other less stressful shows I have done for years.

Comment by Ruth Finkenbiner on December 16, 2015 at 10:39am

Glad to see this group is back. We're rethinking our spring shows, not sure we want to even try Tucson again after this past weekend.  Has anyone done the Downtown Burbank Arts Fest in CA?

Comment by Margaret Aden on December 16, 2015 at 11:44am

Ruth-- Sorry, I haven't done the Burbank show (although I've looked at it). I think it's a West Coast Artist show? I've worked with them and they are a solid organization. I only caution you to look at demographics and attendance numbers. Some of their shows are better attended than others. I participated in one of the Palm Springs area, but not Palm Springs shows and it was really well run, but no customers. 

Comment by Margaret Aden on December 16, 2015 at 11:46am

Bill-- I noticed the date switch up.  Tucson and Tempe are just beasts for set up, especially if you can't shorten the way and do it early in the morning.  I'm in for Tempe Spring, but wait listed for Woodlands. I'd switch in a heartbeat. Ha!

Comment by Kay Cummins on December 16, 2015 at 11:49am
Hi guys- thanks Ruth. I'm back. I think I caught up with the reading. I agree w many on Tempe. I had an amazing Fri. But Sat and Sunday I pretty much could have not even opened my tent. I was on 6th street due to WL and it had an easy set up/tear down and good traffic flow. BUT the art(?) in this area was lower quality. I was grateful that the sponsor did not show up next to me. And the direct TV people down a few spaces weren't too awful. I had really high hopes on Friday and thought it could've been a best Tempe ever but no. Nope it didt go that way. Shrug. So I don't know what could've been different. Maybe location but I don't think that would've helped. There were lots of people, well heeled too but they were casual lookers or didn't look at all (Diana).
Comment by Kay Cummins on December 16, 2015 at 11:53am
Oh def SCottsdale over Albuquerque. 2016 is going to have a total diff plan for me. 4 shows with only 1 wl. Found out I was #14. Ha ha ha. Color me not invited! Eek. Hope everyone else is having better luck and is finishing out 2015 healthy and happy.
Comment by Margaret Aden on December 16, 2015 at 12:23pm

Kay-- Thanks! My internal conflict is resolved-- decided on Scottsdale. Fingers crossed!!

Comment by on December 16, 2015 at 12:25pm

I'm really enjoying all the comments. I've been away of the area for about five years (spent the last five in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin), so other than Celebration of Fine Art from January through March, my experience has been [mostly] with the Chicagoland shows and a few Texas thrown in for good measure. I'm just getting back in the swing of things here in AZ, and boy has the circuit changed. The recession effect, I guess.

Comment by Kay Cummins on December 16, 2015 at 7:43pm
Margaret Arden. I did not apply to Spring Tempe (it's way too late in the Spring). I was WL at Woodlands too (my only hint at a spring show) so when I found out I was #14 I cracked up! So for me to get a call the original Jeweler plus 13 more would have to back out. Ha ha ha just tell me I'm not invited. :-p. Like I said it will be an interesting 2016.
Comment by Kay Cummins on December 16, 2015 at 7:47pm
Diana how was Hidden in the Hills for you? (Local studio tour guys, sorry) I have a great studio but was down another $1k in sales. So not sure I'll participate in 2016. It was soft for several I know and certainly for 4 of 5 artists at studio 38.


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