Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
The other day I posted for the very first time. I asked Connie if she thought this might be a subject to move to a separate blog. She thought it was a good idea, so here is the initial blog I posted yesterday.
Uptown ended up being a good show for us this last weekend. It was hot but not miserable like in Ann Arbor this year. Sunday though the heat broke and was wonderful.
I don't usually add my two cents worth but I though this time I felt compelled. I have one huge compliment and one small complaint about Uptown. My wife and I have always taken pride in making our work by hand, and by just the two of us. A trait that I am sure is felt by most of us trying to sell work that is not only a "product" that we sell to make a modest living, but also something that is meaning because it is made by our own two hands. Anyway, Sunday I had learned that a wooden watch artist had been kicked out of the show for selling work that was not made by them. I have seen their work at other fine art festivals, and had a gut feeling that was true. It is a shame that they got into such a good show, taking away a space that could have been used by an artist who is trying to make a living with his/her own two hands. Not just buying a bunch of stuff from South America and selling it as their own. I applaud Uptown for having the guts to take the steps they did. I went online last night after the show to check out more about them. They an international website this is a fickin' company not two guys selling their work. If your interested check it out. http://www.mistura.com/
While talking to other artists I also heard that they are going to be at other high end shows including Bayou City in Houston in the fall. One of the directors I talked to from the show said when they were checking out the work the watches even had barcodes on them. What?????? No kidding.
There were lots of comments, and maybe some of the bloggers could add what they said to this blog also.