Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
It took me a few long cold winters to get used to life in the Midwest, after living in Florida and doing the show circuit there for 25 years. In the south, shows start up in September and wind down in April, and by then it's too hot. In the north, it’s just the opposite: May to October, and after that it's too dang cold.
I know there are road gypsies out there that can pull off the year-round art show circuit, and I tip my hat to them. As for me and my house, I am glad to have my in…
Somewhere along the line (right here on AFI!) I learned that jury images need to show a constistency. The pieces need to look like they are all from the same DNA, so to speak. Ever since hearing that, I have had a concern that my jury images are too dissimilar, and that someday I should make them more cohesive.
So this month, “someday” arrived. I designed and built new statement pieces that are similar to another jury image. In the process of designing, I…Continue
"The thing I remember best about successful people I've met all through the years is their obvious delight in what they're doing......and it seems to have very little to do with worldly success. They just love what they’re doing, and they love it in front of other people" Fred Rogers
So why do you do shows? Is it about loving what…Continue
So how did you ever learn the art that you take to shows? I'm sure your style has evolved over time and that you could write a book on how much your work has changed.
Here is a post I wrote about one of my best (not favorite) teachers. It's not the work I currently take to shows- I am a jewelry artist. However this year I am transitioning back to painting and plan to spend my off show season doing watercolors of the woods.…Continue
Why do we bother to do shows? It's not the easiest route to take, or the most cost efficient. None of us are getting any younger, and the world is getting crazier every day.
So why do we do what we do?
This is a story of why I love to do shows, in spite of all the things I have to deal with.
I went to the Broad Ripple Art Fair Open Jury in Indianapolis in February. I got to be a "fly on the wall," watching five judges as they decided the fate of 539 artists that had applied for the show.
Because I am a jewelry artist who participates in juried art shows, and because the jury process has always been dark and mysterious to me, I decided to attend. It was a show to which I had applied, located an hour from my home, and an invitation had been emailed to all…Continue
I thought you artist friends who, like me, produce and sell our work, might be interested in a look at my studio. Warning: it might get ugly.
Have any of you Floridians done the Apopka Art and Foliage Festival before? I notice they are making a call for artists even though the show is in a few weeks. Should I make the leap?
I am a mixed media jewelry artist whose main ingredient is the dried acrylic paint pulled from the artist palette. After years of doing shows, my booth has evolved to what you see here. It is simple, colorful,…Continue