Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Congratulations to these members of ArtFairInsiders.com who make this online community the face of the art fair business for artists! Your votes from the blogs and private emails to me have been counted and the winners are:
Member of the Year: Larry Berman
Prompt, efficient, strategic answers to questions. Larry is the backbone of the site helping newcomers and veterans with the nuances of jury preparation: booth display, image quality and presentation and application tips.
Most Generous & Helpful: Elle Heiligenstein
"As a beginner rookie, Elle Heiligenstein has done more for my confidence than anyone. She possesses all of the qualities you mention." I miss her presence.
Runner up: Jim Parker
Other finalists: Robert Wallis, Larry Berman, Nels Johnson, Geoff Coe, Jim Parker
"Nels and Geoff are always available to provide helpful hints."
Best 2013 Post: "St. Louis Art Fair Mock Jury & Image Workshop 2013, Part 1", Robert Wallis
Runner up: A tie - Nels Johnson's "Why we do Art Shows (besides the money)- - Englewood, FL - - Its a Goodie" and Nels' 3 Part Series "The Grand Scheme Finally Revealed -- Everybody Gets Rich, Even Barry Bernstein"
Best Discussion: Booth Shots to show examples to newbies
Started by Shannon Blosser-Salisbury - 21,423 views and 13 pages of comments
Other favorites in general:
Judges' Choice: All a Newbie Needs to Know ... And More
Jim Parker - a useful digest with great links to give new artists a headstart in the business
Which member's commentary do you always read?
Runners up: Geoff Coe, Larry Berman
Which Member You Would Most like to Meet: Nels Johnson
"I would love to meet the trifecta: Nels, Barry and Geoff...I feel like I know them already. I have learned so much information from them."
"I'd love to sit down and share some beers with Nels."
Other finalists: Annette Piper, Richard Sherer, Barry Bernstein, Scott Pakulski, Melanie Rolfes
In case you missed it, John Leben brought a film crew to an art fair in 1984 and produced a documentary about our business that is a real treat to watch:
Does all of this talk get results? A few highlights:
By keeping AFI open for all to read (artists and show directors) the show organizers receive the feedback they need to understand the artists' needs and improve their shows.
Why did you join ArtFairInsiders.com?
to find better shows and find out the honest truth about ones I'm interested in doing! :D
I know this site is helpful to many of you, for which I am grateful. Consider as you are discussing the art fair business who is reading the site. Over and over I hear from art fair directors how the information you share on the site is affecting how they put together their events and they are reading, learning and changing their shows to make them places where artists want to be. You may not notice it but, bit by bit, you are changing this marketplace by your participation.
Many people keep this site alive and full of information, in addition to the people mentioned above thanks to Pat Finney who helps behind the scenes, Scott Pakulski, Oscar Matos Linares, Alison Thomas, Bill McLauchlan, Linnea Lahlum, Geri Wegner, Greg Little, Brian Billings, Carrie Jacobson, Suzanne Ens and so many more, including everyone who participated in the Secret Santa project.
Thank you to my assistants, Jacki Bilsborrow who participates at AFI and keeps ArtFairCalendar.com up to date, Sabrina Aughenbaugh who puts together the calls for artists and Tina Towell who keeps the discussion flowing.
Many thanks to all of you who have made this community flourish, not only those listed above but to all of you who taken the time to care, comment and share with one another. Thanks for all your support to one another in this exciting art fair business. Community is what makes us strong.
May 2014 bring you all the blessings you deserve. See you at the show! Connie