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Yet another "shot" at the Jury Process

Acting on a tip that I got from Larry Berman, which was posted on my last blog (, I attended the first day, elimination round of jurying for the Cherry Creek Arts Show. I know that there is antagonism among artists about the jury process in general but let-me-tell-you, attending an actual…


Added by S Brian Berkun on December 21, 2012 at 4:30pm — 12 Comments

Another "Shot" at Having Images (Pre)viewed

Apparently this is the second year that Cherry Creek Arts Festival has done the Colorado Artist Image Review Workshop. I missed any announcement of it last year and thought it might be of value to sign up. I've seen on this Blog that other festivals are also hosting this type of review. I hope the trend continues with other festivals as well!

Terry Adams of the Cherry Creek show was there with his support team, a representative of Zapplication and I especially enjoyed meeting Jerry…


Added by S Brian Berkun on November 23, 2012 at 9:00pm — 8 Comments

Further Into the Heart 'O Texas...On to Bayou City and Houston

Bayou City Art Festival (Downtown Houston, TX) ( October 13-14, 2012.With about 300 artists from around the nation this was one big show! 

Show Organizer/Promoter: Art Colony Association

Booth Fee: $30 Jury Fee, $425 Booth Fee. Apply for…


Added by S Brian Berkun on October 30, 2012 at 5:05pm — 4 Comments

Doing Durango, ...Colorado that is...

18th Annual Durango Autumn Arts Festival ( September 22-23, 2012. A nice little show in a nice part of the state. This is the third go round with this show and I'm not disappointed in it. The first year I did this show it was the best show I did that entire year (2010). Having just retired from teaching and wanting to reach into…


Added by S Brian Berkun on October 29, 2012 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock

Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock ( September 8-19, 2012.With about 178 artists from around the region.

Show Organizer/Promoter: Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce. Admission is $5 each, $3 for Seniors, and Children under 12 are FREE.

Booth Fee: $35 Jury Fee, $310 Booth Fee. Apply for State of CO  Sales Tax License on…


Added by S Brian Berkun on October 29, 2012 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Who's On Google Today!

Anyone notice who is hosting on the Google Logo today? Haven't seen him in a while, how fun!

Added by S Brian Berkun on October 29, 2012 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Which Ways Wichita?

Another report from "Shows Passed" (or maybe I should use the correct form "past" although the free ranging use of incorrect or invented spellings seems rampant in our society as it dumbs down to the lowest common denominator). Okay, enough with the diatribe...or maybe not...remember Norm Crosby? he made a career of misuse of language. The guy was brilliant, had to be to use the wrong word in the right way to make it funny, my hero!

The Autumn & Art Festival @ Bradley Fair held…


Added by S Brian Berkun on October 19, 2012 at 11:30am — 8 Comments

Ridgway Rendezvous 2012 Redux

Okay I'm pretty late with this one. I reviewed this show in detail after my last foray in 2011 (see:

I feel that I owe a show at least a couple of tries before bouncing it entirely unless it is a real stinker and then it doesn't even get a second trial. This show takes place in one of the most beautiful…


Added by S Brian Berkun on October 19, 2012 at 11:21am — 5 Comments

Affordable Arts Show Review in arrears

Having been too busy to report on past shows I thought I'd catch up while resting up for Bayou in Houston. The Affordable Arts show idea was borrowed from another show (Milwaukee? my memory doesn't serve well right now but it was mentioned in a blog here not long ago) which has been running for a long time now. The idea being that everything be priced at or under $100 be they marked down items, discontinued dust collectors or whatever. Jim DeLutes, a long time art show artist and director of…


Added by S Brian Berkun on October 11, 2012 at 8:30pm — 11 Comments

Deep in the Heart O Texas...this time...

Arrived on Thursday for Friday setup at the the fall Cottonwood Arts Festival in Richardson, TX part of the Metroplex of Dallas-Ft.Worth. I'm no foreigner to big cities having grown up in "Chicago Land" but I wasn't prepared for DFW! Statistics show the Metroplex at over 9200 square miles. What really got me was the highway interchange on the drive in that seemed more like a roller coaster than a highway. At one point, as we came around a curve, I looked down on what was seemingly traffic…


Added by S Brian Berkun on October 6, 2012 at 11:35pm — 12 Comments

ArtFair Outsider; Auditing the Golden Fine Arts Festival 2012

I was called off the wait list for this show just this Monday and if I hadn't made other plans already for the weekend probably would have dropped everything and gone. Apparently I wasn't the only one called off the wait list as there were other spots that had to be filled. As it was I had finished my morning plans and decided to audit the show and see what all the bru-ha-ha was about. It has been generating some local buzz. The show is only about 25 miles from where I live and its doesn't…


Added by S Brian Berkun on August 18, 2012 at 9:19pm — 3 Comments

After the Gold Rush or "It's Déjà Vu All Over Again"

I just got back but I'm not going to report on the Annual Ridgway Rendezvous again, it doesn't bear repeating, for that review look it up in Reviews! For those of you that are an interested audience and perhaps not artist/crafts people, or perhaps you are, what I want to comment on is the emotional toll of doing shows, which is quite different from the physical abuse! (Hope you’re knees are feeling better Scott). As much as I, and I'm sure others of you out there, prepare for lowered…


Added by S Brian Berkun on August 14, 2012 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Artist's House Fire

I'm posting this as an attempt to pass on a request from another artist and inform as many people as may want to be informed and perhaps help out. Many of you may know Rick and Linda Bachman, two of the nicest people I've met, from various art fairs. On June 23rd their house, as-well-as the neighbors house, caught on fire. Apparently due to some wayward fireworks, which, by the way are illegal in Colorado! The request from Jim DeLutes follows:…


Added by S Brian Berkun on July 16, 2012 at 8:00pm — 11 Comments

Omaha Summer Arts Festival or Deep in the heart of...Nebraska!

Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed the drive from Denver to Omaha. I decided to make a "Road Trip" out of it as I had consulted before leaving in order to map out and see all the fun and eccentric stuff that I thrive on: Largest ball of stamps, metal backyard zoo, Carhenge and more! And, of course, I had to drive the old Lincoln Highway which is pretty much as it was…


Added by S Brian Berkun on June 13, 2012 at 3:30pm — 9 Comments

Why are We doing helps to remember the intent

Came across this blog post and thought I'd pass it on!

What was the intent of art fairs in the first place? How many (promoters) have forgotten that?

Remembering that it is work and happy for the acknowledgement of that fact!…


Added by S Brian Berkun on May 31, 2012 at 3:04pm — 2 Comments

ArtFair Outsider or Auditing the 14th Annual Downtown Denver Arts Festival 2012

Has it really been that long since this show premiered? Man, I've been around a while! This show originally came into being as a Colorado artists show only which, I presume, was a reaction to the Cherry Creek Arts Festival not being particularly inviting to Colorado artists at the time. I participated in the very first show when it premiered on the lawn in front of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts which fronted on Speer Blvd and had a lot of visibility but not a lot of visitors.…


Added by S Brian Berkun on May 29, 2012 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts 2012

Show Organizer/Promoter: Downtown Tempe Foundation, Inc.,

Booth Fee: $35 Jury Fee on Zapp, $535 Booth Fee, $75 of the booth fee pre-pays the Tempe Business License and taxes, an Arizona License euphuistically referred to as the Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT)/License is also required. I checked on the City of…


Added by S Brian Berkun on April 3, 2012 at 2:56pm — 3 Comments

Sonoran Arts League 12th Annual Festival of Fine Art

Sonoran Arts League 12th Annual Festival of Fine Art ( I had an inkling of a feeling...but I went ahead anyway. The guides were right again but I, a mere mortal who doesn't listen well yet, trudged forward. A friend of the wife who is a long time member of the arts league had told us about this show and how they were trying to get a new variety of art in it and I…


Added by S Brian Berkun on March 23, 2012 at 10:02pm — 10 Comments

Tubac Festival of the Arts 2012-Catching Up On Show Reports

I wish I could say that I've been so busy filling orders from the Jan and Feb shows that I had no time to report on this show till now but although I've been busy it hasn't been as a result of the aforementioned purpose! ;-P I had this show on my radar for a number of years but wasn't able to get to it till this year, just missed the deadline last year.  I should be learning to listen to my spirit guides more carefully for a reason! Years ago (20) I would spend two weeks with a friend as an…


Added by S Brian Berkun on March 23, 2012 at 2:11pm — 3 Comments

There, but for the grace of G_d go we...

Just arrived in Tubac, AZ for their annual arts festival and while talking to our neighbor found out about one of the Palm Springs art shows that takes places in the downtown area. In case you hadn't heard. On January 21, 2012 90 mile per hour winds basically wiped out the entire art show. Palm springs is a windy place, hence all the windmills that catch the wind coming through the pass. The extent of the damage to the trees in the park is really something else and considering more people…


Added by S Brian Berkun on February 7, 2012 at 11:31pm — 11 Comments

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