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Talbot St Art Fair - June 17-18, 2017

This year was the 62nd annual Talbot St show and the 1st annual attendance for me.  I sell functional fused glass pieces in the $35-50 range plus some decorative work that goes up to about $200.

Talbot St is on Talbott Street and a couple of side streets between 17th and 19th streets just north of downtown Indianapolis.  Hours are Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-5.  My impression was that the art and fine craft were of good quality with good displays and affordability, perhaps a level or…


Added by Karen Holtkamp on June 30, 2017 at 11:24am — 7 Comments

Columbus, IN Art Fest, June 25-26

Columbus, IN is a sweet little town about 45 minutes south of Indianapolis and is known for its wealth of architecturally significant buildings, both vintage and new.  So it seems like a perfect place for an art fair.

For many years the show has been held the same weekend as Penrod, a Saturday-only monster of a show also in Indiana.  The Columbus folks apparently decided to quit fighting the beast and changed their date to three months earlier.  Having done so, now the location on the…


Added by Karen Holtkamp on June 27, 2016 at 4:33pm — 19 Comments

Butchertown Art Fair – uh, no

So I didn’t get accepted to my hometown Summerfair this year, and in a pissy mood I immediately went searching for another show that weekend, knowing the Summerfair jury would be devastated when they learned they had missed their chance to have me.  And sure enough, Zapp dealt up the Butchertown Art Fair held in a quaint historic suburb of Louisville, KY on the very same weekend,…


Added by Karen Holtkamp on June 20, 2016 at 7:35pm — 4 Comments

Broad Ripple, Indiana – mostly thumbs up

In the spirit of better late than never, here are some observations from this year’s Broad Ripple Art Fair held on May 21 and 22 on the grounds of the Indianapolis Art Center.

First and foremost, the staff and many, many volunteers were absolutely awesome.  Smiling good mornings.  Yummy donuts and coffee.  Express line passes for artists to use at the food trucks and very friendly food workers.  Volunteers coming by…


Added by Karen Holtkamp on June 20, 2016 at 6:34pm — 5 Comments

Broad Ripple Open Jury Notes

On Wednesday, February 24 the Broad Ripple Art Fair conducted their open jury for the 2016 Indianapolis-area show held on May 21-22, 2016.  The jurying was held in the small auditorium of the Indianapolis Art Center, which has a raised stage and theater seating.  The jurors were placed at a table positioned in front of the first row of seats and at the left front corner of the stage. 

Three jurors viewed applications from "almost 500" applicants in order to fill approximately 230…


Added by Karen Holtkamp on February 27, 2016 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

Columbus Arts Festival -- Open Jury Notes

The Columbus Arts Festival is an A-tier show held in downtown Columbus, Ohio in early June.  Their jury process is a two-day affair and is open to the public.  Five paid jurors view projected artwork and booth images on five large screens, and each juror has a laptop where they can view thumbnail images and supporting information and mark their scores.  Each year the show receives in the neighborhood of 1100-1200 applications.

Last year I attended Day 1, when the jury slogs through…


Added by Karen Holtkamp on February 15, 2016 at 11:42am — 12 Comments

Beachwood-Lyndhurst Art Festival, Cleveland, OH, May 31-June 1

This is a Howard Alan show located in the outdoor Legacy Village lifestyle center (ie shopping mall of the 21st century).  It's a Saturday-Sunday show with set-up availability on Friday morning, Friday evening and Saturday early morning.

Although many show promoters say their shows are situated among wealthy neighborhoods, in this case they really weren't kidding.  This place has so much money that even the cop who stopped me for speeding one morning said, when he learned I was going…


Added by Karen Holtkamp on June 3, 2014 at 1:29pm — 13 Comments

Rejected and told why, sort of

Although I certainly wanted to be accepted into the Upper Arlington Arts Festival -- a show in a wealthy suburb of Columbus OH that my customers say I HAVE to start doing -- the sting almost went away when I read the line in the rejection email that said juror comments were available upon request.

What???  They'll actually share the jury notes and we don't even have to beg?

Thinking this was too good to be true, I jumped on the offer right away and shot back a request for…


Added by Karen Holtkamp on May 2, 2014 at 6:46pm — 23 Comments

Pardon me for a moment while I go out of my mind

A word of warning to anyone who has applied -- the deadline is/was April 18 -- to The Dayton Art Institute Oktoberfest in Dayton Ohio the weekend of September 26: chalk up the $30 you spent for the jury fee as a minor loss compared to what you could have lost by actually doing the show.  If you are accepted, run in the other direction.

I did this show the last two (or three?) years and had come to the conclusion that it was quite overpriced at $400 per 10 x 10 for an event that draws…


Added by Karen Holtkamp on April 17, 2014 at 7:18pm — 21 Comments

Cincinnati Winterfair extends Black Friday through the weekend

As always, the Winterfair show in Greater Cincinnati was held on the Friday-Sunday after Thanksgiving.  A loyal following of shoppers routinely spend Black Friday at Winterfair rather than at the malls. 

Put on by the Ohio Designer Craftsmen (ODC), many out-of-town artists make the two Winterfairs in Cincinnati and Columbus a one-two punch since they're held on consecutive weekends.  The Cincinnati Winterfair is the smaller of the two with just 200 artists of high quality…


Added by Karen Holtkamp on December 10, 2013 at 7:04pm — 2 Comments

Winterfair Columbus succumbs to weather and football

This was a weekend for singing the blues, as 400 artists desperately looked up and down the aisles for three days wondering when the crowds would arrive.

Winterfair Columbus comes courtesy of the Ohio Designer Craftsmen guild.  It's held in the Bricker building at the Ohio State Fairgrounds, a sizable facility with ample parking and several exits for load-in and load-out.  But the area outside those exits is fairly cramped, so there's lots of jockeying for a parking space and multiple…


Added by Karen Holtkamp on December 9, 2013 at 6:19pm — 7 Comments

The Promoter Responds -- Wyoming Art Show

Some of you may remember a blog I wrote last May entitled “Dear Promoters: Please Promote”.  It was sparked by my attendance at a Cincinnati-area show that seemed to be a shadow of its former glorious self; the artists were of the same high quality but there weren’t enough shoppers around to appreciate them.  Several of you chimed in, some about this particular show and others about the generally low attendance we see at too many shows these days.

As chance would have it, last week…


Added by Karen Holtkamp on February 26, 2013 at 6:15pm — 5 Comments

Dear Promoters: Please Promote

On Sunday I attended the Wyoming Art Show (Wyoming as in a suburb of Cincinnati, not the larger, grander Wyoming) in order to scout it out for a possible application last year.  The last time I attended was at least 10 years ago, but I remembered the show fondly as having great artists and a healthy crowd.

So as I meandered through the show I stopped to chat with several artist friends, including some AFIers (hopefully one or more of our AFI friends will post a show report).  There…


Added by Karen Holtkamp on May 21, 2012 at 6:21pm — 12 Comments

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