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Hi All,

We are looking for any info/experiences at the following 2 shows in Alabama. Orange Beach Festival of Art & 61st Annual Arts & Cratfs Festival in Fairhope. Both are March shows on back to back weekends. We are thinking of giving them a try. Anything you can share would be of help in our efforts to decide on them.

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Comment by Virginia Dauth on August 20, 2012 at 3:15pm

Hi Steve, i don't know what kind of art that you do BUT I would run as fast as you can away from the Fairhope show. There is some fine art their but too little, there is a lot of craft and I mean pop gun kind of craft., I lost so much money doing that show ( my medium is original Pastel Landscape Paintings) Also it is set up in town and all the businesses in town put out tables in front and get rid of all their markdown and sale items. A lot of the people shop the stores for bargins and  not the Artists. Then there are scabs, artists set up in front of friends retail stores and sell after you payed big $ for your space. The quality buyers are  not there, I felt like I was in a carnival. NOW, some crafters did ok but it better be stuff around $25.00. You do realize their are two shows going on at the same time. The Museum show, Much better and quality art and then the Chamber show. But the museum artists do not do any better. I believe this was a half way decent show 12 years ago but I would not advise it to anyone period!!! Get this,

Borden Dairy is one of the sponsors and they had Elsie the cow , up live and close at the show sooo that tells you something!!!

Comment by Steve Cebula on August 20, 2012 at 4:00pm

Thanks for the input Virginia. We do abstract wall art in wood with acrylic paints, clocks, custom mirrors wall sculptures and a line of aluminum candle holders. Our low price is $39 but we sell alot of clocks in the $320 to $380 range. The rest goes up from there. We were looking to fill the middle 2 weeks in March as the last 3 years shows here in Florida have been very much a disapointment at that time. Any other thoughts would be welcome. Have an art filled day!

Comment by Connie Mettler on August 20, 2012 at 5:01pm

Once upon a time we did this show, Fairhope. Once. We had a great time and the best artist dinner ever (boiled crawfish, redskins, corn on the cob). We were in the Museum show. Our neighbor, the jeweler Robert Trisko, who really works the crowd with great enthusiasm, took a nap in his booth.

There was someone on this site last winter who said it was a really good show but don't remember who it was. I'd say it's kind of low-end and/or folksy.


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