Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
My wife and I participated in Art Market in Estes Park over the Memorial Day weekend. Unsure of where to post a review, I clicked on Art Show Reviews (what a unique concept) only to find Art Market not listed among the Colorado shows. No problem, I'll just submit data about the show and get it listed under Colorado shows. Then I can post my review. After all, I am on the Board and chair the Marketing Committee for the Art Center of Estes Park, which hosts Art Market. Silly me. That was a couple of weeks ago and Art Market is still not listed under Colorado art fairs. So, I'll post my review on this blog post.
Art Market ran May 25, 26, & 27, with set-up from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the 24th, and again from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on the 25th. Those that came in early on the 24th, as did Lori and I, were able to drive up to their space and unload. Likewise, those that exhibited patience were able to drive up to their space and load up once the show was over.
Saturday crowds were awesome. There were times when potential clients were "4 deep" in our booth. Sunday morning, as you would expect, was slow, but picked up once church let out. Nevertheless, we sold one of my high-end framed canvas photographs before the show even opened. Monday crowds were like a roller coaster - up and down.
The booth directly across from ours did well selling their home-made soap bars. A metal arts booth diagonally across from us seemed to be doing well with a steady stream of people carry off their creations. A friend and fellow photographer bombed the first two days, but had lots of traffic and a hard time keeping up with sales on Monday.
Monday morning saw, what some called a micro burst come through. Back home, we call 'em dust devils. It completely destroyed two tents and sent two ladies to the hospital . . . one requiring a few stitches. Fortunately, no other tents were affected. Otherwise, the weather was perfect with only occasional minor winds.
Let me close by saying that I am a wildlife photographer and sell to a limited market. Having said that, we more than doubled the sales during our three previous shows. Also, our sales mainly consisted of 20x30 limited edition, framed canvas prints in the $400 price range. Although we had an offering of smaller framed images, along with a selection of matted photographs for the price conscience buyer, non of them sold. The only low end items sold were travel mugs and coasters featuring my wildlife photo art, along with some of my books. Next year, my prices and the size of my offerings will increase. Although most of our clients were from Colorado, one came all the way from New Jersey.
A few months back, I made a post on ArtFairInsiders asking for input regarding slow image sales. The response was overwhelming. Much of our current success, I owe to those of you who took the time to respond. To you, my friends, I am deeply indebted.
At that time, I posted a photo of what our booth looked like. This is how it now appears . . .