Art Fair Insiders

Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals

Caroline Kwas
  • Female
  • Gloucester, MA
  • United States
  • oil
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Caroline Kwas's Discussions

RVing across the Country...some wild ideas!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Erin Curet Aug 31, 2012. 21 Replies

I just had to post this, because I'm actually amazed I got a response this quickly. Framer Dude and I are leaving for a 4 month show tour through MI and New England, and I've been racking my brains…Continue

International Opportunities?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Jun 9, 2011. 3 Replies

I've been mulling over ways to enter the international market and get European exposure.  Lo and behold, this email arrived the other day and I'm wondering if it's just another scam to part us…Continue

Any Update on Art History Channel?

Started May 4, 2011 0 Replies

Just curious...I was approached by them, saw the thread a few months back here on AFI, and gut said "scam".  Anyone heard about them airing the show?

Tags: Channel, History, Art

What's the deal with New England shows?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robin Kolb May 9, 2013. 43 Replies

Why aren't there many high end art festivals in New England?  Besides Bill from Paragon, who's fairly new, and Denise Morris Curt, why no biggies like a CocoGro or the South Florida string?  I'm…Continue

Tags: York, Massachusetts, shows, art, England


Caroline Kwas, Rockin' and Bloggin'

Profile Information

Your Medium
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Bridgehampton, NY
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
being around other artists and the freedom
Best show ever and why
Winter Park that just passed. In my 2nd year on the FL circuit, I felt like I "passed the test" of my rookie year, got to see all my new artist peeps that I've become friends with, plus I won an award!
Worst show ever and why
Howard Alan's Naples New Year's show 2009. No sales, big disappointment, horrible 5 am setup, booths crowded together, no people, SO and I had terrible fight...
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Sorry, can't remember. I might have gotten an email.

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What has the world come to-robbing artists?

Posted on September 20, 2011 at 9:12pm 22 Comments

The past few months I've become more aware of a disturbing trend that seems to be on the rise-breaking into artists' booths at night.  I'm dwelling on this now by the cozy light of a campfire in nowhere, Rhode Island and a cold one in hand, and I'm...puzzled? vicariously violated? utterly astounded? all of the above? -by the fact that people are desperate enough to steal from the starving.  OK, most of us here…


Two gutterballs in a row...

Posted on September 19, 2011 at 7:02pm 63 Comments

I am licking my wounds right now and avoiding my credit card statements after the last two shows where I didn't even make expenses.  Two shows which by all research should have been at least paycheck shows, and I'm all out of Xanax.  What is an artist to do?

Setauket, a little village of wonderful demographics right next door to my hometown on Long Island, sorely disappointed in many ways, especially with the nighttime booth robberies.  But I'll address that in another blogpost.  I…


Mystic Show-Meet the Artisans, July 30 & 31

Posted on August 10, 2011 at 9:51am 5 Comments

This is one of several shows in Mystic, and this one is put on by Denise Morris Curt.  It’s a small show, about 60 artists, and I prefer the intimate atmosphere of a smaller show.  It’s on the village green next to the Old Mystic Village Shops, which provides a lot of foot traffic, and next to a restaurant, which provides the waiting for a table folks around 5 or 6. …


You know it’s going to be a bad show when...

Posted on August 9, 2011 at 8:49pm 17 Comments

You know it’s going to be a bad show when... arrive at the show at 6:30 am and there are homeless people sleeping in the park. leave your plastic coffee mug at your booth to visually mark your spot and it becomes a projectile in a…


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At 8:16pm on July 2, 2012, Robin Kolb said…

Thank you. I look forward to getting to know my way around here.


At 9:48am on June 30, 2012, Judy Bertram-Long said…

Thanks for the email. Would like to get a review of the art & craft show at

Shaker Village in KY -- from a participants point of view. Where could I do that

on this site?  Judy

At 11:14pm on June 29, 2012, Jan Kellogg said…

Thanks for the welcome. I'm looking forward to participating.

At 10:51pm on June 29, 2012, Marlyse Ruess said…

Hi Caroline.....Thank you for your warm welcome. Great Site! Marlyse

At 1:13pm on June 29, 2012, Andrew Sankowski said…

Hi Caroline - new to the site and appreciate your info.  Love this site!


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At 11:22pm on June 22, 2012, Mary Rollins said…

I'm glad to have connected with truly is a gold mind of helpful information. I'm pretty much a newbie to the art festival experience, and I appreciate the valuable feedback.

--Mary Rollins

At 1:09pm on June 22, 2012, Linda Mestrovich said…
Thanks for the welcome. Looks to be a great fun place to explore! But right now I'm off to a show. See ya LINDA
At 9:25am on June 22, 2012, Karen Bryant said…

Thank you! I am eager to start browsing the discussions -- so far, I've found good information, situations I can relate to, and I've enjoyed a few chuckles. Thanks for your help,


At 10:02pm on June 13, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Caroline Kwas a gift
Happy birthday, Caroline. I just know this is going to be a great year -- in fact, your best ever as you make your dreams come true.

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