My first competition was an entry in the WCTU (Women's Christian Temperance Union) Poster Contest for which I received $3., a Ribbon and a Public Display in my school.
My first art exhibit as an adult:
Big Sandy Art Show,(TX) 1960
-Preparing one's work for public display and comment
-Talking with patrons of the arts both young and old
-Taking note of what customers are looking for
-Noting what doesn't sell and what does
-Seeing a body of work in it's display surroundings
-Talking with other artists and craftsmen who are on MY level of interest
Best show ever and why
So many, it is difficult to pinpoint, but the 1970 Sears-sponsored Contemporary Southern Art Show was memorable for the huge number of juried artists displayed and the awards given: Best of Show Watercolor, an award I received and have always appreciated. The year-long tour of the Best of Show Winners in each category were shown in Museums across the South and culminated in a competition with other regional Sears Shows in Chicago.
Why was it my Best? Because the judge chose to recognize my individualism and interpretation in watercolor over the 'rules' of composition! I received a good deal of comment and good-natured kidding when the awards were given out and THAT was really what 'made the show' for me.
Worst show ever and why
There have been plenty of non-profitable shows in my career, but I choose not to dwell on them as being worse or worst. There's always something good about each one. The one with the least approachable visitors was the St. Peters, MO Lutheran School show. I have no clue as to why they were not interactive but as far as the show itself was concerned it was a first-timer and as we all know it can go either way. The promoter was not at fault in any way and has always been more than good to deal with in her other shows...so I guess it was just an unexplainable bad day.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
As a juried member of Artful Vision.com I received a link from our founder, Maxine Gardner. I have received ArtFairCalendar notices of Shows for some time but this link led me to look further into the site and I noted a 'new' look and was very impressed with the very up-to-date reviews of shows which are of interest to me.
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Art in the Park was my first show, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I sold a few small items, mainly enough to cover the cost of the booth space, but not much else. I enjoyed doing the show, but it was a bit chaotic when we first arrived as there wasn't anyone from the Lawrence Art Guild around. We basically grabbed a map, and hunted down the space ourselves, and then checked in later. I hope that is not a common occurance with LAG! I had a solo exhibit at the historical site where I live, and had a ice showing. I have applied to LAG for their Holiday Art Fair in December, so we'll see if I get accepted!
Not sure if you might know my cousin, as she used to live in the Ozarks with her first husband (also an artist). They used to have a booth at Silver Dollar City, called the Leathersmiths. Her name is Christina Smith, and she does amazing watercolor paintings of birds. She's doing a process now that transfers the images on to marble, which is then attached to Travertine. She will be in KC this weekend, as her current husband, David Curles, will be participating in the Plaza Art Show. Christina's first husband, O.J. Smith, is a wonderful painter of acrylics and oils. I believe he is down in Arkansas now.
Thanks for the feedback! I might progress to doing 2 day shows next year. I can certainly see the benefit of giving people more than one day to visit. I have just been hesitant to commit to a whole weekend yet, plus I've been trying to stay fairly local to keep my travel expenses down. I've also been trying to keep them spread out enough that I can afford to buy supplies between shows. Since I currently have a full time job, I am not dependent on doing shows to make ends meet and I feel that I am afforded the "luxury" of taking it slow, and getting a feel for what the market is interested in buying.
I need to get busy this weekend and upload images for Artful Vision.