Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Art Beat, South Bend, Indiana
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What are the best things about art fairs
Direct interaction with the general public, interaction with real artists, no middle man, more control of my destiny! Galleries are great, but in this economy, I have found that having several avenues of income is the only way for someone like me to make ends meet!
Best show ever and why
Boy that is toughy. For me, I would have to say a small show called Taste of the Gardens, in Elkhart, IN. It is on one of the last Saturdays in August, in a beautilfu setting, with lots of room, and lots of people who are genuine art patrons, plus I won Best of Show along with some other great sales, and it is only 30 minutes from my home, so we visited on and off with friends pretty the entire day...
Worst show ever and why
Riverfest Art Fair, Columbus, OH (I think that was the name). It was in the, so it is not the big fair that is in the summer...they advertized as having a huge budget for promotion....all sorts of special incentives to draw a large crowd....but when I got there every artist I met was a new artist to the show. I didn't meet one returning artist, but there may have been some there, since I didn't get down to the other end of the show. The crowd, simply was no where near the size they had reported! Even on the nice day, there was hardly anyone there. They did have a good "college bucks" program for the students from the university, but that was not presented very clearly to the artists, so I ended up dropping a price to sell a painting, because I didn't know I could give out change! Also there were several other problems simply due to poor organization. Maybe within a few years this will become a good show, but for me, I just can't do it again due to only selling enough to cover my booth fees and part of my travel expenses.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
I can't remember. I have been receiving emails from you for several months now.