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Call for Artists: 54th Annual Krasl Art Fair

July 11 & 12 
St. Joseph, Michigan
Located on Lake Bluff Park
200 Exhibitors
Deadline:  January 22

New: This year we have decreased the number of booths from 216 to 200

Please note:  We have an "Open Jury" policy and 
encourage artists to attend. Jurying is Friday, February 13 at Lake Michigan College. Last year there were 172 openings.

Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff is one of the nation's top fine art fine craft art fairs:  Sunshine Artist Magazine #10 in 2014 and on Art Fair Calendar's 2nd Annual "Best Art Fair" survey #6.

In 2015 the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff celebrates 54 years of artistic excellence drawing crowds from Chicago, northern Indiana, Grand Rapids and other nearby cities.

Noteworthy:


  • Artist Sales:  In (2014) between $5,000-$10,000 (source: Sunshine Artist Magazine, 34% reported making between #1,501-$3,000 and 39% reported making between $3,001-$10,000 plus (source: 2014 Krasl Art Fair artist survey).
  • Jury/Booth Fees ($30/$300 or $325, depending on space size: 10x10 to 15x15 plus and 20x20); many with exposure on two sides.
  • Estimated attendance: 70,000
  • Friday set-up; drive to space for load-in and load-out
  • Artist-in-Residence program; local residents host artists in their homes 
  • Excellent artist amenities:  artist-only parking, Saturday gourmet breakfast, booth sitters, electricity available to many booths, artists' hospitality room and much more
  • 19 Best of Category Awards $100 cash each, Krasl Board choice Award, booth fee waived the following year and Shore Magazine "Best Booth Award".
  • Friday night kick-off party with gourmet food, wine tasting, live music and more
  • Round tabs artists' discussion with committee and staff
  • Digital Jurying which is open to artists and public to observe.

Comments from participating artists:


  • In this age when most art shows think they can "improve" their shows by bringing in carnivals and petting zoos, Krasl has not forgotten that it is about the artists and kept their focus on that.
     
  • Congratulations to your and your team for putting on a wonderful event. I especially appreciated the standards committee and the easy load in/load out.  I had a great show!
     
  • A guy who visited my booth about five times at your show was really interested in one of my large paintings. I knew he was really close, but just couldn't commit. Late last week he emailed me and he bought two of them.  That put me just a little behind last year's good show and Krasl is my second best show of the year behind Cherry Creek!!

For more information and artist's prospectus:

Application:  www.Zapplication.org

Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/KraslArtFair.com
Breeze Ettl, Art Fair Director
Questions? Email: jgourley@krasl.orgphone: (269)983-0271
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Comment by Lynnea Bennett on January 14, 2015 at 1:12pm
Thanks. I put in for Ann Arbor yesterday
Comment by Jeri Vitello on January 14, 2015 at 11:59am

Although this is my first time applying to this show, I have been a regular shopper there for the past 20 years. It is a destination art show for the area.  Only draw back is that it can be brutally hot or inclement weather.  Also, it is typically held the weekend before Ann Arbor and the same time as Madison. One may not always see their favorite artists.  I am hoping I am selected...holding my breath.

Comment by Lynnea Bennett on January 13, 2015 at 1:52pm
Lol..
Comment by Scott Pakulski on January 13, 2015 at 12:50pm
Continually getting rejected for this one. I will pass...
Comment by Lynnea Bennett on January 12, 2015 at 11:38am

hmmm the reviews on this are all a few years old but I would be curious to hear from other people who have done/will apply for this event.  It is within my driving range and my husband would love being on the lake.

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