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

Jane Petersen
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Bobby Weiss Oct 3, 2018. 19 Replies

I have been trying to get into juried art shows and have gotten feedback when I ask for it that says that my jewelry is beautiful, but my booth shot isn't. This year I had a professional shoot a set…Continue

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Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
East Side Businessman's Club
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Meeting so many great vendors and organizers from so many different places is wonderful. And it is so gratifying when a customer loves a piece of jewelry and just lets herself buy it. That is an enjoyable sale and makes me feel like my efforts are worthwhile!
Best show ever and why
My best show was had nothing to do with sales. A buyer admired my work and said what I made (quilted items at that time) was the best quality there. She then referred me to a woman who organized a juried art show, and I participated in her show for several years.
Worst show ever and why
At an indoor show in May, I was all excited because I don't do outdoor shows. Got everything set up, arranged, and had great enthusiasm. Well, the weather was horrible--sleeted and very cold. The run and parade were canceled, and hardly anybody came to the art fair.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
A "friend" on the Wisconsin Artists and Crafters website suggested I try Zapplication. In searching Wisconsin craft shows, I came across this site while browsing. I have many questions and thought I could use some advice from seasoned artists who do juried shows.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
There are days when I get so involved in making jewelry that, at about 2:00 p.m., I think, "Oh, I should eat breakfast.

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At 7:16pm on October 7, 2018, Jane Petersen said…

Thank you, Connie. I find sites like these to be so valuable, and I am thrilled that I stumbled across this one. I have already received wonderful feedback for a question I posted, and it has helped me a lot. Nice to have a new friend!


At 5:31pm on October 7, 2018, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Jane. 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.

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At 2:37pm on October 3, 2018, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Jane,

Welcome and way to jump right in!  So glad to have you joining our community of artists and artisans and hope you'll continue to take advantage of everything the site has to offer.  Thanks and best wishes for continued success.


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