Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
I've been doing shows for a good number of years but it never hurts to get a reality check once-in-a-while and make sure the rudder is heading in the right direction. I saw a reference to a new book called Death To the Starving Artist by Nikolas Allen and feeling as though I were a starving artist after the shows in 2013 I thought I would look into it, see what he had to say and see if I missed anything important. I requested the book from the…Continue
Okay, so maybe I didn't rush to post this but the shows over anyway! I've done this show three previous times and you can see my last comprehensive report at: http://www.artfairinsiders.com/profiles/blogs/2011-tempe-fall-festival-of-the-arts
What was different this time around? After reading my own previous posting not much has changed!
Buying energy: Way below previous years.…Continue
Oh what a difference a day makes. Saturday was cool but comfortable and Sunday was a whole 'nother story! Fortunately sales were good on Saturday. Sunday was pretty slow as most people browsed the show and the weather threatened all day long. Most of us were checking the weather web sites all day long and could pretty well predict when it would hit.
The email the night before from the director gave those that wished to take the opportunity to book early and at least 3 or 4 artists…
Dag nabit, I told myself I would never do it again...and despite the self admonishments and promises to self, I did!
The picture doesn't do it justice but the weather was spectacular all weekend...except when it poured at load out time!
Okay, I wont repeat most of what I said about last years show, see the link to review there:…Continue
Just finished load'n up the van for the next show in Wichita this coming weekend so its time for a review. See the short version on ArtShowReviews...Or the last version is at:
Not much different to say about this year except a few additions. This show has dead zones. On the south side in front of the…Continue
The 2nd Annual Affordable Arts Show in Littleton, CO came off without a hitch this past Sunday, Aug, 25.
Crowds line up in anticipation of entering the 2nd Annual Affordable Arts Show in Littleton, CO
I reviewed the inaugural event last year and it can be read at: http://www.artfairinsiders.com/profiles/blogs/affordable-arts-show-in-arrears
Yes, if something is planned to occur annually, and this is the first time it will happen, it is perfectly correct to say "first annual."
This is absolutely wrong according to the rules of grammar and English. The first time you hold any event it is the "inaugural" and the next year would be the "2nd annual".
You intend for the event to take place a second time, but you aren't sure it will (life happens). You never know what might happen in a year.....safer to call…
Had a free weekend, didn't have to drive too far, could commute from Denver, thought I'd try something different. What is the saying attributed to Einstein? "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
Well I asked for it...I know better than to mix holidays (Like the fourth of July) and art shows. I guess the only outstanding exception to that caveat would be the Cherry Creek Art Show but I wasn't invited to that show this year! (Or any other…Continue
A little late in posting this show's review I wont go into a lot of detail as that can be seen in my previous posting last year about this show. See: http://www.artfairinsiders.com/profiles/blog/list?q=Omaha+Summer+Arts+Festival+or+Deep+in+the+heart+of...Nebraska!
What was different about this years show? Maybe I should start with the weather as it had a…Continue
Spent the previous weekend in lovely Prescott, AZ (pronounced Press-kit) at the 35th Annual Arts Guild show. The show is located on the lawns around the courthouse in the center of town. People know that it is an annual event and being the first show of the summer season it seems there isn't art show fatique. But that isn't the reason for writing this post. As if there aren't enough shows in AZ these days for promoters to promote it seems that there was another promoter promoting a show…Continue
Have you seen Zapps new look? Essentially it contains all the old gizmos with a new look (not bad overall) plus a few more new tricks. I just reviewed an application I was holding on to and found when you go to arrange your images they have a new "drag and drop" feature. It takes some maneuvering to get the images to split if you want to drag an image in between two others. Just like the "old" Zapp, if you go back to review an application your image order is all scrambled up so check…Continue
Well maybe not entirely but I would like to relate an experience that I had with my credit card merchant account. A few years ago I decided that it was probably in my best interest, and in the interest and convenience for people that wanted to purchase my work, to finally break down and sign up for a credit card merchant account. Up till then I was doing no more than 5 and maybe up to 10 shows a year. I didn't have any problems with sales not involving a credit card as people came to the…Continue