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Event Insurance Firms - Opinions and Recommendations?

Everyone has seen an event prospectus or applications which has statements that say that exhibitors are required to carry general or specific types of liability insurance in the amount of a bazillion dollars. These requirements also usually indicate that a certificate of insurance needs to accompany the application and should name the event or event entity as co-insured on the certificate.  

Lastly, the certificate sometimes must accompany the application, or you don't get in,…


Added by Mark V. Turner on March 11, 2016 at 3:56pm — 22 Comments

Staged Booth Photos and the Jury Process - well why do you take them and why weight them so highly?

I have been wanting to have event promoters discuss this topic for quite some time, but never got around to posting it: Why do juried events accept STAGED (FAKE) BOOTH IMAGES for evaluation purposes and then weight them so highly?

Truth is, most on site booth set-ups do not resemble the submitted jury images. They do NOT usually show browse bins, density of merchandise marketed for sale, signage in use at the show, and that often many exhibitors move their displays…


Added by Mark V. Turner on August 3, 2015 at 2:54pm — 66 Comments

Howard Alan Arlington Festival of the Arts 2015 - Event Review

This was my first Howard Alan event. I had previously juried into at least two previous HA events which were cancelled by the organizers - Baltimore Inner Harbor and Georgetown... One killed by the Gran Prix and the other by apparent inability to reach agreements with the local govt...

Location, Location, Location: I think location had a great deal to do with whether your sales that weekend were successful. I was…


Added by Mark V. Turner on April 29, 2015 at 3:17pm — 13 Comments

Lansdale Festival of the Arts...August 23, 2014...Lansdale, Pennsylvania

So earlier this summer, I was looking to fill a hole or two in my schedule. In checking on and a couple other sites, I saw an opportunity for an event slightly northwest of Philadelphia.

It was an event billed as a medium…


Added by Mark V. Turner on August 29, 2014 at 6:23pm — 2 Comments

2014 Season - Who's asking for their jury scores?

So the results are starting to roll in for the better mid-atlantic juried events. I know that accepted artists at events do not ask for their scores. Accepted is accepted and you're happy.

But what about those shows where your work is on par with what you see at the event, but you applied early; thought your images were good and your booth image was strong... but still didn't make the cut?

The jury process is not transparent. Most show directors I have requested scores from…


Added by Mark V. Turner on February 19, 2014 at 7:06pm — 29 Comments

WOW....Guess I wont be applying to Artscape Baltimore this year


Guess they have not been reading here about unreasonable costs to enter and exhibit at juried exhibitions......

This is from the call for entry I just got in my inbox:

"As you review the Artists’ Market application for 2014 you’ll note changes to our fee structure. We’ve worked hard, to maintain level costs for program administration and equipment rental to our exhibitors, particularly during the…


Added by Mark V. Turner on January 14, 2014 at 7:13pm — 33 Comments

The Fall Craft Season Local Wrap-Up

As some of you know, I have a fine art painting habit which takes me to up to 20 events per year. As we all know, art shows are rediculously expensive when you note the entry fees, entry preparation costs, travel expenses, booth fees, sales tax collection and income tax filing requirements.. Since I sell nothing but originals, getting to the point of my work being self supporting has not yet arrived despite my years of doing summ outdoor events..

So when my nearly full-time part-time… Continue

Added by Mark V. Turner on December 29, 2013 at 1:27pm — 8 Comments

King Canopy Comments - Tuff Tent.....

Anyone got any comments or ratings for the King Canopy Tuff Tent?  Scored on one from for 199$ and free shipping.. Looked to be better than the EZ-up Express II's I have been using...

Please no tent snobbery remarks. I cant afford 1200$ plus for a tent which takes two people and an hour plus of time to set up....

Added by Mark V. Turner on December 24, 2013 at 4:39pm — 29 Comments

The Wearables Discussion Part Deux - And Your Point Is

Connie, Thanks for the post of the week award, that was very kind of you.

I am thankful that my Kevlar undies and Nomex outer garments held up during the responses to the original posting. I knew that I was stepping on the wearable producer toes when I wrote this and I certainly wasn't deluding myself. But I wanted to wait for a bit before posting on it again and let those offended take their opportunities to express themselves.......

Thankfully, my placement of my laurels in…


Added by Mark V. Turner on September 6, 2013 at 4:35pm — 5 Comments

Havre de Grace 50th Annual Art Show Review and A Reducing the Wearable Vendor Rant

I am unpacked from the 50th Annual Havre de Grace Art Show - which is put on by the local Soroptimist group (Women's Service Group). At one point in time, this juried event was very large with upwards of 300 vendors. These days, it is about half that number of exhibitors, with more craft than art. The show has shrunk over time as the volunteer staff has greyed and fine art draw has decreased.

The booth fee for the event is very reasonable (under $200) and the venue is a mostly level…


Added by Mark V. Turner on August 21, 2013 at 4:00pm — 50 Comments

Rejected by Bethesda Row Art Festival? Ask for your scores! Contact Info Supplied Here

So June 30th was notification day for the Bethesda Row Arts Festival. I was rejected yet again.

The application fee/jury fee/seed money generator was $40.00.

The whole application/jury process was done through ZAPP.

I have…


Added by Mark V. Turner on July 1, 2013 at 3:25pm — 5 Comments

Show Review - And a Bit of Vigorous Self-Promotion - Arts Alive, Ocean City, MD PART 2

The storm the night before as it approached Ocean City travelling north to south. Note the clear skies behind it and on the left. To the right, the sky was black....Also note the trailing thing-ees under the wall cloud...

Saturday, June 15, 2013..... The…


Added by Mark V. Turner on June 18, 2013 at 8:41pm — 7 Comments

Show Review - And a Bit of Vigorous Self-Promotion - Arts Alive, Ocean City, MD PART 1

Event Name: Arts Alive

Location: Northside Park (125th Street), Ocean City MD

Promoter: Town of Ocean City - Special…


Added by Mark V. Turner on June 17, 2013 at 10:32pm — 3 Comments

Booth Flooring Thoughts?

I have approximately a 10 ft wide by 8.5 ft deep LED-lit booth set-up using the moonbeam colored Propanels (light grey). So far, I have only made one $350 mistake by ordering panels which wouldn't allow me to hide my deep cycle marine batteries or use my tent weights...

I am hoping to be accepted into a Howard Alan event. I was accepted into one in Baltimore which got cancelled b/c it was the same weekend as the Baltimore Gran Prix.. Their booth guidelines suggest flooring other than…


Added by Mark V. Turner on May 30, 2013 at 3:24pm — 11 Comments

Chelsea New York Gallery Unsolicited Portfolio Submission Request - Any Wisdom?

These fine folks sent me an unsolicited e-mail asking for a portfolio submission in order to evaluate my work for potential representation. website address is

The person 'signing' the e-mail was Ruthie Tucker

Can anyone relate an prior experiences with…


Added by Mark V. Turner on May 30, 2013 at 3:07pm — 5 Comments

2nd Annual Dewey Beach ArtsFest - The Rain Date May 12, 2013

Did the 2nd Annual Dewey Beach Arts Festival (juried) last weekend with my hand-poured scented soy candles as my product. This is my craft business which supports my fine art show habit. So please don't make fun of a product which generates twice as much revenue as my award-winning fine art paintings... 

The scheduled Saturday show date was an off-and-on stormy rain-out and thankfully show management called off the event via text and e-mail very, very, early in the AM after apparently…


Added by Mark V. Turner on May 15, 2013 at 3:21pm — 7 Comments

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