Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
What is one of the best things about art fairs? Near the top of everyone's list is meeting the other artists and spending time with them. Which brought me to Springfield, MO, March 15-17, for a professional development conference sponsored by Best of Missouri Hands.*
I was really pleased to be invited to speak at this conference. I love to talk about the business of art fairs and to meet the many, many people in this organization who are members here at AFI. (And let's face it, folks, travel is in our blood).
BOMH was founded in 1989 dedicated to the development and recognition of Missouri's arts and artisans through education, interaction, and encouragement. They sponsor juried exhibitions and their members have access to exhibiting opportunities at popular places like Silver Dollar City in Branson. They host workshops and have regional chapters which develop a real spirit of camaraderie.
If you've never been to an artist development conference think really hard about it the next time you have the opportunity. In fact, you might want to put this on your calendar for next year as it is open to artists from other areas. The attendees were an amazing audience, no iPhones or iPads in evidence. They were really there for development, listening and note taking.
"Framed" at the Frame Gallery: Robert Lyall, Marian McKinney, Connie Mettler. Thanks to Fresh Gallery for the photo.
What you missed:
Social events: Welcome Reception, Gallery Reception and gallery crawl - hospitality!
More details: www.bestofmissourihands.org/conference/artsmart
The people I met: Don and Gail Crozier, Vic Barr, Dodie Eisenhauer, Teresa Gallup, Bari Precious,Julie Bell, Marcie Blank, Serena Boschert, Jean Hartley, Peggy King, Nancy Koehler, Robert Lyall, Marian McKinney, Robin Ragsdale, Joyce Wathen, Don Ament and so many more! Thank you for your welcome.
Martha Greer, executive director of BOMH, is pretty amazing, thorough and on top of everything. Photo courtesy of Fresh Gallery, Springfield, MO.
Favorite story: potter Bari Precious' website url was recently up for renewal: www.preciouspots.com. She was offered big bucks to sell it. Any idea why?
*With support from the Missouri Arts Council.
Six minute video that includes Reed McMillan's tips on jurying and the importance of the "hand of the maker" in the work he views: