Good grief. Look what just hit our inboxes.
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Wouldn't you expect that a national level art fair director would know by now that there are too many art fairs? That patrons are really becoming ambivalent about whether they attend or not, because it'll be crazy easy to find one to go to next weekend instead?
How many artists have lamented the problematic nature of this fact (too many art fairs) right here on the pages of artfairinsider? And that hour before the fair starts up again on Sunday morning, all summer long--what do artists talk about? Too many art fairs.
But of course, the art fair director's money rolls in whether the patrons show or not. If you plan on being the artist at all 17 of this director's shows, start prepping your checkbook--$465 in jury fees, $8220 in exhibitor fees. Add another $425 if you're late.
I think artists by nature, are optimistic folks. We KNOW, just absolutely KNOW, that if we get into those shows, the patrons will flock to our booth, we will sell tons of paintings/sculpture/photos/whatever, and it will never rain/hail/or hit us with a tornado during the entire show weekend. Oh, and the police wont shut the show down early even IF the Cubs are playing in town that Saturday.
I don't want to tramp on your optimism. But I do want to encourage you to sandwich your optimism with wisdom.
A phrase from my Nebraska-growing-up-days: tight fisted. I encourage you to use that approach with your jury dollars and exhibitor fees during 2012. Less is more. And that might just be an answer to the problem.
Thanks for reading.