Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
I was prepared for this one. I knew about the treacherous terrain, the challenging load in/load out. But folks I know who are in the know, said I would kill here, so, even though we couldn't find Mt Gretna on the map, off we went to Pennsylvania.
Did you know there is a Little League World Series in Williamspot, PA? Oh yes. And the traffic backup was incomprehensible. I mean, they knew it was coming, right? Anyway, Russell was able to maneuver around it using gut instinct and we only…Continue
I count on Chautauqua. I make triple what I usually do and it brings me finally into the black for the season. Usually. This year we exhibitors were checking with each other all weekend. "How are you doing?" "Mediocre, you?" "yeah".
Well, we figured it out, sorta. Many people vacation at Chautauqua on a weekly basis. They pick a week (Saturday to Friday) almost a year in advance. Apparently, when the schedule came out, a huge majority of Summer residents chose Week 7 and few chose…Continue
There is so much to be said about the Allentown Festival in Buffalo, that I hate to lead with bad news. But I'm going to anyway.
We had a slasher. Our tent and the 6 booths near ours had cuts in the back wall and, as it turned out, all of the streets got hit. Wherever you were sheltered by big trees or architectural hiding spots, there were slashes. They were all abut 12 inches long at at eye height, so I assume the Pathetic Loser would slash enough to peek in and then go to the next…Continue
I know that markets are not art shows. I combined work and vacation once (never again) and did the Saturday markets in Portland and Eugene, Oregon. The woman who runs Eugene reminded us that markets are different and were dependent on a recurring customer base instead of a rush of festival goers. Fair enough. I think I made 80 bucks. Chalked it up to market research. Oh quit yer groanin'
Anyway, when a friend of mine wanted to start a market here in Buffalo, on our newly fabulous…Continue
That's what the snotty GPS lady says whenever we veer off her predestined route. I say "snotty" because sometimes I swear she sighs in exasperation. She seems to want to say "make up your mind, twit, I have things to do". She has a point because I have already veered off my topic here.
I am rethinking my whole art biz thing here. I'm not talking about a slight deviation, I'm thinking of reinventing myself as a working artist.
About 15 years ago I decided to develop a profession…Continue