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Melissa Myers
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How to get into my first Art Fair??

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melissa Myers Feb 28. 9 Replies

Hi all,I have done a few "craft" fairs that were not juried, they were fun and I sold many small items. I however want to break into the art fair market with my glass work as I enjoy making larger…Continue

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Melissa Myers replied to Melissa Myers's discussion How to get into my first Art Fair??
"S. Brian, thanks so much, I will look for the emerging category when I apply. I actually do have a "garage/pole barn" with a 40 foot ceiling, my shop is in the loft space of this building so I may try to set up inside for that important…"
Feb 28
S Brian Berkun replied to Melissa Myers's discussion How to get into my first Art Fair??
"Setting up your booth in the garage is probably not the best place to make a photo unless you have a garage with a 20 foot ceiling! ;-) and obviously this time of year you can't do it outside however, some shows will allow a grouping of items…"
Feb 27
Melissa Myers replied to Melissa Myers's discussion How to get into my first Art Fair??
"Thanks Mark, I have looked at similar artists and my work is as good or better. I believe part of my issue is in presentation, I need better pictures and a better set up.... am already learning lots here!! THANKS"
Feb 27
Mark Loeb replied to Melissa Myers's discussion How to get into my first Art Fair??
"Most shows post a list of participating artists and many still have last year's list posted.  I would suggest looking to see how your art honestly compares to that being shown.   If you feel that your work is significantly…"
Feb 27
Christina L. Towell left a comment for Melissa Myers
"You're so welcome, we're happy to have you onboard!  I don't know where Wheeler is but there are plenty of Art & Craft fairs in Michigan throughout the year, my work is seasonal so I usually look for shows in the Fall and…"
Feb 27
Larry Berman replied to Melissa Myers's discussion How to get into my first Art Fair??
"You should send it now for evaluation so you know what to do to improve it. Larry Berman"
Feb 26
Melissa Myers replied to Melissa Myers's discussion How to get into my first Art Fair??
"Thanks Cindy. My photos need work and I am working on that. as for the amount of artists in my medium (glass - both fused and stained glass) how would I know how many applied or which shows had less of the same types of artists in them to help me…"
Feb 26
Melissa Myers replied to Melissa Myers's discussion How to get into my first Art Fair??
"Thanks Larry, I am in the process of getting some professional help with my photos and admittedly my booth shot is crap! I have only done craft fairs and a farmers market (because my friend runs it!) so my booths have been on the less professional…"
Feb 26
Cindy Welch replied to Melissa Myers's discussion How to get into my first Art Fair??
"I was about to reply with exactly what Larry said.  Even with the best art/craft and photos, it can be a crap shoot getting in to a show/fair. Also, how many others in your category applied?  Is your art in a popular medium?  Popular…"
Feb 26
Larry Berman replied to Melissa Myers's discussion How to get into my first Art Fair??
"Without seeing your jury images, including your booth picture, it's impossible to say. Art shows are very competitive to get accepted into and your jury images are the only thing you have that can speak for you. Larry…"
Feb 26
Melissa Myers posted a discussion

How to get into my first Art Fair??

Hi all,I have done a few "craft" fairs that were not juried, they were fun and I sold many small items. I however want to break into the art fair market with my glass work as I enjoy making larger "art" pieces but do not have a market in my rural area. I have pieces in a local art center and they do well.I have applied to a couple art fairs but was declined. What am I doing wrong and how do I get into my first art fair?? I live in Michigan and there are lots of summer art fairs.Thoughts and…See More
Feb 26
Christina L. Towell left a comment for Melissa Myers
"Hi Melissa, Welcome to Art Fair Insiders and welcome fellow Michigander!  We're delighted to have you joining our community of artists and artisans and hope you'll find the site informative, inspirational and fun.  Thanks so much…"
Feb 26

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Your Medium
Glass
Years in the Art Fair Business
2
First show ever
St. Louis Farmers Market
What are the best things about art fairs
meeting customers who love glass
Best show ever and why
SVSU - best sales and lots of glass lovers
Worst show ever and why
Horizons - slow day
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Connie Mettler
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I grew up on a farm and my first job was hoeing sugar beet fields

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At 3:20pm on May 2, 2020, Connie Mettler said…

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At 9:40am on February 28, 2020, Christina L. Towell said…

Thank you!

At 8:51am on February 27, 2020, Christina L. Towell said…

You're so welcome, we're happy to have you onboard!  I don't know where Wheeler is but there are plenty of Art & Craft fairs in Michigan throughout the year, my work is seasonal so I usually look for shows in the Fall and Winter months and I'm in the Detroit area, so there are loads!  Good luck to you and have fun!

At 9:16am on February 26, 2020, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Melissa,

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders and welcome fellow Michigander!  We're delighted to have you joining our community of artists and artisans and hope you'll find the site informative, inspirational and fun.  Thanks so much for subscribing to the newsletter and best of luck as you move forward.

 
 
 

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