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Carefree Art & Wine Festival ~ January, 2012

I'm ready for the "I Survived Carefree" T-shirt. Okay, so maybe I'm being a little over dramatic about it. I was hoping that my experience this year at the Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival ~ January, 2012 would be at least as good, or perhaps a little better than it was last year, my first year of participation, but it was not to be. Friday the weather was fair and saw many of the local Snowbirds roaming the festival grounds as if they were sleep walking, to say the least the energy was…


Added by S Brian Berkun on January 17, 2012 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

2011 Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts

Okay, now that I've gotten some sleep I can think more clearly. Just finished the 3rd time around in Tempe. The first time I did this show was probably over 25 years ago, I was parked on the side of 6th Ave where hardly anyone showed up to see my work. I remember the streets being so crowded you could hardly move around. As it was the first time I had done a big show I was fairly starry eyed and on overwhelm. Last year was the second time I did the show and had moved up the street to 3rd Ave…


Added by S Brian Berkun on December 5, 2011 at 11:30am — 12 Comments

Art In The Park, Boulder City, NV

Just got conscious from the drive back from Boulder City, NV and the Art In The Park show. This was a first time show for me, thought I'd look into something different in a new location in the same time slot as the Annual Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival which I did last year and despite Sunshine Artists giving it a high rating was a bust for me and I didn't see many other artists selling there either. Makes me wonder how Sunshine rates shows but that's a thought for another…


Added by S Brian Berkun on October 4, 2011 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

27th Annual Ridgway Rendezvous

No, it's not a typo, Ridgway is not spelled with an 'e'. One of the most beautiful places in Colorado, Ridgway is a junction in the road on the way to or from some better known towns such as; Telluride, Ouray and Montrose. Ridgway was the site of the original "True Grit" and the local True Grit Restaurant celebrates its part in movie history. Nestled in some of the finest scenery you can imagine, known as the "Swiss Alps of the west".…


Added by S Brian Berkun on August 16, 2011 at 7:30pm — 6 Comments

Howard Alan 2nd Annual Redstone Art Fair (Park City, Utah)

Though not exactly in Park City (that is 6 miles further down the road) some of the people that showed up were staying there as-well-as in other nearby accommodations. Park City is known for having a very large art show hosted by the Kimball Art Center, on main street, usually the second weekend in August. And, as a matter of fact, the 42nd Annual Show is happening this coming weekend. I had never done a H.A. event and had read some conflicting reports from people with differing experiences at… Continue

Added by S Brian Berkun on August 3, 2011 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

32nd Annual St. George Art Festival, St. George, UT.

Just got back from the St. George, UT Art Festival. Great weather, great crowds, low sales. Perhaps the fact that there was an overabundance of photographers had something to do with it? Of approximately 110 artists 15 were photographers. If you threw a stick you were bound to hit one of them! Many of the photographers were grouped around each other. Of the "bunch" two of us… Continue

Added by S Brian Berkun on April 27, 2011 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Palm Springs Art Show, "The Classic"

Re: Palm Springs show. I also did one of the three "Palm Springs" shows, the one in February which was billed as the "Classic" suggesting that it has been around for a while and is well received and sought after. Not so, Although Amado Pena (a well known artist in the southwest) was at the show as a favor to the show promoter the show did not deliver. First, it was not IN Palm Springs but rather in or on the border with Cathedral City near the corner with the Palm Springs Airport. The…


Added by S Brian Berkun on March 28, 2011 at 11:59am — 4 Comments

Has anyone done Prescott Fine Art and Wine Festival?

I am considering doing the fair this year and would like to know if there is any input on the show that I should consider. I would like to avoid shows that mix fine art and crafts as possible as the two don't mix well for my art (fine art photography). Thanks for any info!

Added by S Brian Berkun on January 3, 2011 at 4:03pm — 2 Comments

Tempe Festival of the Arts on Mill St.

Just returned from the Tempe Festival of the Arts on Mill St. Crowds were fantastic, organizers of the show were great, sales were not. Lots of looking and most sales appeared to be in the $30-$50 range around us although we did make several large sales it basically just covered expenses, that is not a good showing!

Next show...Carefree, AZ Fine Art and Wine Festival Jan 14-16. Come by and buy!

Added by S Brian Berkun on December 13, 2010 at 10:07pm — 1 Comment

22nd Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival

Just got back from the first weekend of the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival in Albuquerque, NM. I had been looking forward to the show as I was wait-listed and then called three weeks prior to the show. The promoter, Ruth, and her staff were very helpful and always pleasant. Most of the artists were set up inside a huge tent while additional artists and food were outside. The weather was pleasant and warm with nary a drop of rain until we were packed up and ready to go on Sunday. The show… Continue

Added by S Brian Berkun on October 7, 2010 at 9:14am — 2 Comments

Durango Fall Festival of the Arts.

Just got back from the Durango Fall Festival of the Arts in Durango, CO. Not a big show (80 artists?) but the attendees were very appreciative of the artists as was the event coordinator. Lots of volunteers and booth sitters. Some sold, some not as much. I had the best show of this year with my photography.

Added by S Brian Berkun on September 16, 2010 at 11:03pm — No Comments

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