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Check In and Set Up
My wife and I participated in the Atlanta Arts Festival this past weekend. This was our first time doing this show and we did not know what to expect. We drove into Atlanta Thursday afternoon and got caught up in the largest rush hour traffic madness I have ever seen. Being from a small town where 50 cars backed up in the afternoon is heavy traffic to us…well, it made Atlanta traffic beyond words…or at least any words I would be allowed to use on this review..
Artist check in was at 9am in a parking lot about a half mile from the fair and usually for most shows we do that means 9am or anytime afterwards. We checked in right at 9:05am (it took us at least 30 minutes to drive from our hotel where everyone told us it was a 10 minute drive… and were immediately told to put or emergency flashers on and follow the police escorted caravan of 20 or so vehicles to the Park for set up. With the heavy traffic everywhere I can easily see why it has to be done this way.
Once in the park we unloaded the van and started our setup but were not able to finish because the motorcycle police came by and told us to move because the next group caravan would arrive shortly.
I drove to the artist parking lot that was a block away from the artist check in and parked…then walked back to the park to finish setting up.
No one could have asked for any better weather. The temperature was great and the humidity was low.
The Artist hospitality tent had some delicimious muffins, fruits and juices for their breakfast and also some tasty ham and turkey rolls, chips, etc. for lunch. Plenty of cold water and soda pops. We definitely didn’t go hungry..!
Crowds were very sparse in the morning and picked up as the day progressed. I rarely ever saw anyone carrying any packages or any form of purchases during the day…with the exception of the beer and ice cream on a stick.
As I walked around the fair I did not see many artists with that gleam in their eyes like you would expect to see when sales are very good. Most artists that I spoke to said sales were really off and disappointing.
If I could charge a dollar for every great compliment I had about my sculpted wood boxes I wouldn’t even need to sell any…but unfortunately we sold nothing.
I heard from many people, both artists and visitors, that there was another art show in this same park -Piedmont Park just a few weeks before this one. Not Good..
Sunday was another beautiful weather day but sales were not there for us or many of the other artists who still did not have that gleam in their eyes when asked how the show was going for them.
I am not sure who was putting on the show because no one ever did come by the booth and introduce themselves…but they could have been the people at the artist check in or the people at artist hospitality…I am not sure.
Load out was fairly easy...not bad at all….We took everything down, packed it up and against the curb and then went to retrieve my van. It was nowhere as bad as others had led us to believe. We were out of the park in about 90 minutes.
The show organizers did a fine job…especially with the logistics of doing everything in such a highly congested traffic area. I cannot fault them for my poor sales.