Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
You've been busy, telling tales, giving advice, and sharing images of life on the road. As Barrie Lynn Bryant would say, "WOO HOO!" They will win the coveted "Community Star" award.
The votes for our survey have been tallied and the winners are:
-- "I originally joined to get info about which Art Fairs to apply to. What I received was that and much more! I have learned so much about how to apply, what to look for in choosing a fair, how to photograph my jewelry and booth, how to stay upbeat at a bad show, and more!"
-- "To gain perspective and insight from others"
and why I think AFI has been successful: "For the company, the information and the fun of it."
In January 2014 we crossed the 10,000 member mark. If you're a history lover you might enjoy this background post: 10,000 Artists and Counting.
Some of my favorite posts on the site are the ones where we really touch and share one another's day to day lives.
Our most popular 2014 podcast was: Taxes! Artists and Bookkeeping with members Alison Thomas and Leo Charette sharing their expertise.
The most popular video was "How to Profit when the Booth Fee is High", featuring Christina and Mikel Robinson's tips. You can find our videos here on AFI in the video channel or in our YouTube channel, Art Fairs.
People well loved in the art fair business died in 2014, among them my very dear friend photographer Bill Coleman, show producer Tim Reilly, Marc Duke's wife Linda Duke, sculptor Jim Myford, JoAnne Hauser-Warren as she was traveling to fellow artist Kae Taylor's memorial service, caricaturist Walt Majewski, Joan Morro died and her husband Frank was severely injured as they traveled to an art fair, Rebecca Teilhet killed while hiking in Colorado after Cherry Creek, potter Jim Barbagallo and Leslie Jensen, partner of painter Brian Jensen. Visit In Memoriam on this site for more information.
My personal thank you to everyone who participates on this site. Your kindnesses to me are very much appreciated. I wish I could thank each and everyone who has generously shared their time to help others here, the list is endless.
Please know that even if you are not mentioned above I watch for your name to pop up on the site and am always glad to see you.
P.S. Things would not run so smoothly without the excellent help of Jacki Bilsborrow, Tina Towell and Larry Berman. Thanks, guys. And thanks to the show organizers who advertise with us and make this all possible. Love you, everyone!