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Affordable Arts Festival Denver, does it again!

Feel free to search the main site for "Affordable Arts" reviews from the past. I wont retread what's already been said.

Reflections on this years show: The "promoters" job, after we've paid what continues to be exorbitant and rising booth and jury fees is to do just that, promote the show and get buyers there (by the way this is NOT one of those overpriced shows). Okay, enough editorializing.

Maybe it is the nature of this particular beast ($100 or less) but Jim Delutes continues to bring in a buying crowd. Does there need to be 300,000 visitors to make a good show? Not if the ______K (fill in the number Jim)  that do show up actually BUY! My sales at this show, unlike the others I've done this year, have been consistent. Not to say I wouldn't mind having them trend up but given the paucity of sales I've experienced at other shows I've done this year it was a welcome respite. The few other artists that I spoke with felt it was a worthwhile experience as well.

Jim has continued to make adjustments to the show to keep them there. This year there were two food trucks (Indian cuisine and pizza) as well as an ice cream vendor and water sales. Additionally, there were three tents set up as, what I'm calling,  a "shade station". Boy did they need it! I saw a cluster of patrons amassed under the shade of one tree late in the day. Given that the temperature was in the mid 90's with nary a cloud in sight, if these amenities were not available it would have been a very short show! Just stepping out of the shade of my tent made me sizzle! So cudos to those patrons who stuck it out and made the show a success. I saw one poor woman trying to carry a framed piece of art that was almost as tall as herself! Which, if suggestions are about a "large item art pickup" sited in either of the parking areas north or south of the food area? That might also be cordoned off as a handicapped parking area?

Jim doesn't have a large staff of people helping so what he manages to do with what he's got is commendable. In the past I noted that there was some booth sitting relief. If they came around this year I didn't notice it but I was sweating so much I didn't need the break!

Parting shot: This morning, as I write this, it is overcast and 20 degrees cooler! There is NO justice! ;-) LOL By the way, I haven't been paid a promotional fee to say nice things about this show.

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Comment by Christina L. Towell on September 1, 2015 at 9:22am

So nice to read a positive review...thanks. I'm wondering how others feel about this show, anyone else on AFI participate? Did you have a similar experience? I'm afraid the heat would've wiped me out...

Comment by Richard L. Sherer on September 1, 2015 at 10:12am
I did not do this show as it is a one day event. Jean and a neighbor went as patrons. It is on the Arapahoe Community College campus and there is a $5 gate. The line to get I was a couple blocks long at opening. Jean saw several of our artist friends from other shows there and the had people in their booths. Our neighbor spent a couple hundred on a yard art sculpture which she had seen at the Salin,KS show and returned to the artist to buy it, and a couple painting/prints.
Comment by S Brian Berkun on September 1, 2015 at 1:16pm

I'm not big on one day shows either and don't do them but with set-up from 10-6 Saturday and living only 10 minutes's a no brainer!

The $5 gate fee supports the Arapahoe Community College Scholarship fund, as they are in cooperation with Jim DeLutes in putting on this show. Coupons that had been distributed at shows like Golden gave a $1 discount on two entries. A win-win if I say so, and I do! Considering where most fees go I think this is a worthwhile enterprise and not as exorbitant as, let's see, Bayou's $15 entry fee. Not sure where that goes.

The "line" has been changed to a "cattle pen" or maze because the show is gaining in popularity. Despite the maze there was still a long line! A good sign. I think a lot of the people had pre-purchased their tickets, or had purchased as they got there around 9:30 and were just waiting for the horn to go off signaling the opening of the show. That helps to build anticipation and excitement for the shows opening. I thought it was fun.

Comment by Pam Fortner on September 2, 2015 at 9:43am

One day show or not - this show is fantastic! Artists are allowed to set up the day before.  Jim allows artists to drive right up to their 15' x 15' booth space. Set up is casual and friendly. Booths are located on a large level grassy area.  The grass under foot made the 90+ degree temperatures much more bearable. The people who come to this show are ready to buy! I've never been handed so many $100 bills. I've done the show for the last 3 years and it keeps getting better and better.  I'll be there next year!

Comment by Connie Mettler on September 2, 2015 at 3:45pm

Wish I didn't live so far away ... would love to show up for this to lighten my "archives."

I just found this video to give you even more of a flavor of the event:

Comment by Steve. Apple on September 2, 2015 at 7:20pm
Well I came from another state and had a show afterward , stayed a week in Arvada then onto the other show. It was a good show for 6 hours setup was easy and yes hot. Teardown for me was way cause was in back row and pulled van right behind booth i met several friends that were doing several shows in a row. So it works well as a fill in. I did ok not fantastic but might consider coming back if I had two or three in a row Everything had to be under 100.00. I am sure there was a booth or two questionable. But that is the nature of the beast.
Comment by Weldon Lee on September 3, 2015 at 1:42pm

I also did this show. Jean stopped by our booth to say "Hello," Dick. It's always good to see her. This was our first year doing this show, but I will definitely be back next year, assuming I get juried in. I had better sales in this one day show, than in all the other two and three day shows this year. Kudos to Jim DeLutes. Other promoters should take note of what Jim is doing. John Scanlan had a booth at the show if that tells you anything. Based on the short conversation we had, he is very friendly and a really nice person. I look forward to getting to know him better. Jim is also an awesome individual.

Comment by Brian Billings on September 4, 2015 at 1:34pm

I can't imagine too many large pieces available at $100 or less. Brian, do you know if there were any painters at this show? I can't imagine any artist selling an original painting for $100, but maybe prints or very small works?

Comment by Jim DeLutes on September 4, 2015 at 3:17pm

We had MANY large pieces for sale. Some pieces were originally $1500, $2000 and even $3000. That is why we have thousands of people in line waiting for the gates to open. We had 43 2D artists (not counting photographers) in the show. All you have to do is go to the website to see all of the participants -

You don't have to imagine artists selling big pieces for $100, you can come to the show and see it for real...

Comment by Jim DeLutes on September 4, 2015 at 7:05pm

Here is a photo of the crowds in just one of the four packed aisles at the 2015 Affordable Arts Festival.


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