Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
My second year for this show, I’m glad I went although sales were down. Emily Kanine works her butt off to accommodate the artists and has an easy-going, common sense approach to any glitches that may come up.
Sales were half what they were last year for me, but I was still ahead at the end. Several other painters I talked to reported the same thing. I think lower price points did better, but I talked to a few of those artists too, and everyone reported a slower than…Continue
First off, I want to explain that 99% of my shows are small, juried, fine art fairs on the northwestern shores of Lake Michigan, in lively little tourist towns, and not nationally ranked. The shows I typically do have somewhere between 60-90 artists, not over 200 like ELAF. My usual show is set in a park, frequently on or near water; nice shows, intimate, grassy green tent floors, lake breezes, and I have no idea how many people come through, but it’s not 70,000 like ELAF.
This was my first time at Ludington's Art Fair, so I didn't really know what to expect. 155 artists which is about double the size I'm used to doing. It was a Saturday/Sunday show, July 2nd and 3rd. We arrived on Friday to set up. Our hotel was literally 30 or so yards from my booth and we were able to leave our trailer in their parking lot for easy access throughout the day. Load in and out was very simple from one of several streets surrounding the park. Sidewalks angled through the…Continue