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Going about art fairs wrong

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kristy Guenther Jul 17, 2018. 7 Replies

As I’ve gotten better, I’ve noticed something. At the highest rated art shows come the best of the best artists. This is a problem. What are your chances of “selling well” at a show in which…Continue

Proportion question

Started this discussion. Last reply by DORI SMITH May 4, 2018. 10 Replies

I am going to try offering prints for the first time. Simple question here... I bought bulk 50 of 11x14 and bulk 50 of 16x20 Matt board, foam backer, clear sleeves etc.Problem: My current originals…Continue

10x20 Trimline for sale in Ca

Started Aug 20, 2017 0 Replies

Used 4 times.Extra tall 8' if you want to extend it up.3' awning expanding the entire 20' front.Stabilizer bars.4 10' light bars.Paid 2700Asking 1500Too much work for 1 person to set up. Tired of…Continue

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DORI SMITH replied to PHILIP JEFFERSON's discussion Need an honest answer
"Honest answer: it would be the same as someone’s art with quotes about Donald Trump, or any other form of propaganda and I would bet a penny that 99% of show directors are going to reject your booth. They can find a dozen other digital…"
Jan 18
Kristy Guenther replied to DORI SMITH's discussion Going about art fairs wrong
"Exactly- 3 different artists who are, lets say, watercolorists, could all be doing completely different subject matter that appeal to completely different markets. Being the "better" artist is not always the most important factor!"
Jul 17, 2018
Barry Shandler replied to DORI SMITH's discussion Going about art fairs wrong
"The concept that you are a better artist than someone else or someone else is better than you and that is the basis of selling something is ridiculous.  I sell wildlife and bird paintings.  Not one of my customers would buy a bold abstract…"
Jul 17, 2018
Bettie Grace Miner replied to DORI SMITH's discussion Going about art fairs wrong
"I appreciate your advise on the smaller shows. But, and it's just my opinion, people are going to buy what they like. If an artist they like doesn't have something that moves them, they'll pass. If you have something they like,…"
Jul 16, 2018
Judy Christian replied to DORI SMITH's discussion Going about art fairs wrong
"Dori, I'm too busy to post much today, but I believe that you are pretty close to spot on with your thinking. Best wishes."
Jul 16, 2018
robert casarietti replied to DORI SMITH's discussion Going about art fairs wrong
"Keep in mind Dori that we are all playing against lots of odds...weather.. customer appeal...economic conditions and market.  Your game plane makes sense and most likely will work but you have been juried into some top shows, which tells me…"
Jul 16, 2018
DORI SMITH replied to DORI SMITH's discussion Going about art fairs wrong
"I’m still trying to understand the relationship between mailing lists, and websites as a valid use of my time. Let’s say I create a mailing list. The next time I come to that city, I am going to email them and say “hey come check…"
Jul 16, 2018
Barry Shandler replied to DORI SMITH's discussion Going about art fairs wrong
"How many of  your better artists were  return customers from their mailing list and how many were gallery owners that buy a few works every year to pick up at the show. How many put some thing on follow me on facebook? What advance work…"
Jul 16, 2018
DORI SMITH posted a discussion

Going about art fairs wrong

As I’ve gotten better, I’ve noticed something. At the highest rated art shows come the best of the best artists. This is a problem. What are your chances of “selling well” at a show in which potential buyers have to compare your art against the top? I’ll go ahead an answer for you... jack squat. You are now a small fish in a large pond. You are nobody. Unless you are the best in your medium at that top rated show, it isn’t going to work. The actual buyers are going to peruse their medium of…See More
Jul 14, 2018
DORI SMITH replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Painters source and disdain
"Eat a snickers Larry.   Im talking about the medium of photography in everything I’ve written and you are directly insulting me as a person.  Go back and reread your post without feeling embarrassed afterwards. That will be a…"
Jun 29, 2018
DORI SMITH replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Painters source and disdain
"David, It is possible to have a conversation to varying degrees of work that goes into each medium without blurting out that anyone who disagrees with you must be ignorant. Ignorant is bliss. Why don’t people value Walmart nick-nacks? Why…"
Jun 28, 2018
DORI SMITH replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Painters source and disdain
"Larry, you described a bunch of jargon technical terms about photography that the layman doesn’t understand as justification that your medium is equal to that of others. You described your vision and thought process for your artistic spin and…"
Jun 28, 2018
DORI SMITH replied to Tobias Sauer's discussion Protecting Larger framed paintings while traveling
"I use the 4’x8’ sheets of styrofoam from Lowe’s or Home Depot. I put one sheet in between each painting vertically in the art trailer. Carpet floor on the bottom of the trailer. You can get different widths of styrofoam, depending…"
Jun 8, 2018
DORI SMITH replied to Tara Sage's discussion Are art fairs a good starting point for unknown artists?
"Have you walked a few of these festivals and compared your art to theirs?  If you do, your reaction should tell you whether or not you should invest some initial start up investment to enter the scene or not.  If you are amazed at the…"
May 25, 2018
DORI SMITH replied to Lydia House's discussion Tiny Artist first fair!
"I have not seen many artists with only small work. I’m worried that if you are charging 16 dollars, you won’t sell enough to cover costs and make a profit. If you sold 50 of them, which to me is a lot of individuals who want to purchase…"
May 23, 2018
DORI SMITH replied to Catherine Nocon's discussion Booth Photo and results of 1st art show.
"I like that phrase you just used... “framing is an investment in marketing, even if the pieces are not selling”. Well said."
May 16, 2018

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Your Medium
Painting
Years in the Art Fair Business
5
First show ever
La Jolla art festival
What are the best things about art fairs
Money
Best show ever and why
Estes park
Worst show ever and why
Napa valley art festival. Year 1
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Nobody
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I had in vitro fertilization

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At 8:26am on June 1, 2017, Christina L. Towell said…

Hello Dori,

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  We're thrilled to make your acquaintance and hope you'll take a look around the site and make yourself at home.  Thanks so much for signing up and best wishes for continued success.

At 11:53am on June 2, 2017, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Dori. We’re so glad you joined us. I hope you’ll find the site helpful and that you’ll share your ideas and experiences, ask questions and join the discussions. The site is only as good as the members make it. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike.

Please stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself. Then read the "Getting Started" for tips to make the site easier to navigate.
Many topics have already been discussed. We suggest you try a search of your topic before you post your question. Click the SEARCH tab at the top of the page and “search” for your topic: tents, jury fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, the name of a show, etc. You might find that someone has already asked and answered your question.
Check out our code of conduct to understand the rules of the site.

Each of us is unique and has a gift to share that can help someone else. We all look forward to your sharing on ArtFairInsiders.com.

Best wishes, Connie Mettler

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