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Fountain Hills 2020

I did not attend the show but am wondering how it was. If anyone out there did the Fountain Hills show in AZ this past weekend, would you please post some info on how it was, especially during COVID.

Added by Jeff Owen on November 16, 2020 at 2:53pm — 3 Comments

Show / Event Setup / Booth Assignment

Hi All,

I was wondering, if anyone knows, why some show promoters don't let you know your assigned spot until you arrive on the day of the show.

It is always a panicking time for me when I arrive at a show and don't know where I will be - especially if I parked my van far away from my assigned spot.

It bugs me too that I cannot let my collectors know which spot I will be in prior to the show - on my Events page on my website.

There…

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Added by Jeff Owen on January 14, 2020 at 12:54pm — 5 Comments

Paso Robles Art Show - 2019

Great Show.

The promoter for the Paso Robles Art Show, Steve Powers , has created an absolutely beautiful art show in the wonderful city of Paso Robles.

Imagine you are in the most fantastic and beautiful Zinfandel, Bordeaux, and Cabernet Sauvignon region of the State of California (Napa – Chardonnay – yum).

Imagine a weekend selling fine art in a beautiful park in the center of Paso Robles, CA.

I bring my Kinetic Fish sculptures (…

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Added by Jeff Owen on October 16, 2019 at 11:06pm — 3 Comments

Sedona Arts Festival - 2019

Another Sedona Arts Festival done. Awesome!

Thankfully this year the weather was fantastic. The city was FULL of people, people coming in from all over the US, and many from the nearby Phoenix area looking for a weekend away from the big city. Sedona was jumping!

The show was beautiful – Fine Art Only (FAO), and very well done. I heard many compliments from the attendees on how good the art was – I agree.

I did very well this year, great sales both Saturday and…

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Added by Jeff Owen on October 16, 2019 at 10:46pm — 2 Comments

Art Show Promotion - Car Door Magnets

So, artists often complain about show producers not advertising enough to get people to their shows, I understand. I personally don't know how much promoting/advertising promoters actually do. Shows that charge a commission really should (NEED TO) advertise their shows aggressively – thus making them more money from commissions on sales at their events.

I’ve done some shows where there are large billboards on the highway near the show that advertise the upcoming show – excellent – it…

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Added by Jeff Owen on October 16, 2019 at 9:55pm — 2 Comments

Review of San Diego Festival of the Arts - 2017

Hi all,

The San Diego Festival of the Arts is a large show held in downtown San Diego on the waterfront in a park called Waterfront Park.

The jury selection of artists is very good with top quality artworks and no toe-rings, T-shirts, or soap-on-a-rope booths to be found.

Booth spaces are not too expensive, for California, and there is no commission charged on sales.

The show is setup in quads and some artists (quite a few) get the full quad for their…

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Added by Jeff Owen on June 16, 2017 at 12:33am — 6 Comments

Some Thoughts on Shows

Before the show:

•Eat a good breakfast.
•Pick up some flowers for your booth (your gallery).
•Keep your space clean – sweep and dust.
•Price everything clearly.
•Say good morning to your neighbors.

During the show:

•Smile all day.
•Never sit in or around your booth.
•Don’t use your Smartphone except for taking cc’s.
•Engage everyone who walks by. “How are you folks…
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Added by Jeff Owen on May 16, 2017 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

Indian Wells Art Festival - 2017

The Indian Wells Art Festival (IWAF) is held at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens at the corner of Washington Street and Miles Avenue in Indian Wells, CA. The venue is superb, very upscale.

The artwork at the festival is among the best of the best. Large scale stone sculptures, monumental steel sculptures, and fine art paintings are the "standard" at IWAF.

There are approximately 200 artists from all over the world who come to this show.

Load in is…

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Added by Jeff Owen on April 4, 2017 at 7:54pm — 5 Comments

Scottsdale Waterfront Show, Thinderbird Artists, Scottsdale, AZ, 2017

Scottsdale Waterfront show in Scottsdale, AZ.

2017 was my first time doing the Waterfront show in Scottsdale and it was a success. Thunderbird Artists really does know how to put on a great show. No buy and sell, no T-shirts, no soap-on-a-rope. Just high quality fine art and the best of the best.

Load in can be tough because you have to either dolly in or use the golf carts. It all went smoothly. I was given a wonderful space near the fountain and had plenty of room to…

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Added by Jeff Owen on March 7, 2017 at 11:05pm — 1 Comment

Sedona Arts Festival, Sedona, AZ - Report from 2016 show

The Sedona show is held on a baseball field, at the High School. It's a nice venue with all the booths on grass. You cannot drive on the grass so you have to dolly your work to your space, not too bad.

I made money at this show selling my southwest art (Shamans) in the price range of $95 to $1,800.

Load in is the day before the show. Load out is a bit more difficult. The show closes as the sun is setting and it gets dark fast -…

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Added by Jeff Owen on March 7, 2017 at 8:19pm — 2 Comments

Southwest Art Festival, Indio, CA, 2017

Hi All. I did the Southwest Art Festival in 2016 (three days) and 2017 (four days) and this show has been a winner for me. I sell southwestern artwork (Shamans) and this is what they are looking for out there. I did the show in 2012 with my abstract sculptures and went home with zero sales. I tried it again in 2014 with abstract and again, zero. I fell in love with the southwest indigenous American artwork and decided to apply with my Shamans - bang, found the key for the…

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Added by Jeff Owen on March 7, 2017 at 8:14pm — 1 Comment

Southwest Arts Festival 2014

Review of the 2014 Southwest Arts Festival in Indio, CA (near Palm Springs, CA). This is a good looking 3-day show with 281 artists in attendance. It was well attended, by my view. There is a gate fee of $8 and parking is $5 for patrons. The organizers take 15% of your gross sales. All sales are logged into a sales book provided each day to the artist then turned in each evening by the artist. This is my second time participating in this show.

Load in was easy and mellow all day…

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Added by Jeff Owen on February 3, 2014 at 1:24pm — 8 Comments

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