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Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals

Last Call for Artists: Artisan Market - 2 days left

Dear Artist,

Sell your work at southwest Michigan’s only fall juried event featuring artisan-made giftables! We invite you to apply.

Saturday, Nov. 8-Thursday, Nov. 13
Your work in our gallery
Krasl Art Center
St. Joseph, MI
DEADLINE: September 5

Artisan Market is THE place to buy original, handmade fine art and fine crafts.  Creators from the United States and Canada are selected via a jury process and their works are presented salon-style in our galleries during the 6-day event. 



  • You set your sales price.  We display, promote and sell your work, and then you receive 70% of your sales.
  • Selling your work is easy!  Simply drop off or mail your artwork to us and we do the rest.
  • Categories include jewelry, decorative objects, functional ware, toys and more.  Artists that make ornaments, mittens and gloves are also encouraged to apply.


Artisan Market Facts

  • The Artisan Market attracts thousands of shoppers.  Personal assistants help patrons select items as they tour the event.
  • The event is organized by the Krasl Art Center, which also produces the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff, currently ranked 10th in Sunshine Artist magazine’s 200 Best art fairs.
  • The Artisan Market is promoted via advertising in the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff guide book as well as newspaper and other print and online publications.  The event is also promoted using radio, social media channels, online calendars and the Krasl Art Center website.
  • The event utilizes its Friday, November 7 Premier Party and weekday Soup’s On event to encourage consumers to shop the event.  Additionally, the event has evening shopping on Tuesday for those who are unable to patronize the event during the day.

To Apply

  • To apply, visit
  • The Artisan Market uses the online service, Entry Thingy, for artists to apply to the event.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and either sign up if you are new to Entry Thingy or login if you have used the system in the past.
  • Follow the prompts on the screen to apply. 
  • An $8.00 fee is required for each category of artwork.


  • Application and fee deadline              Friday, Sept. 5, 2014artisan
  • Jurying                                           Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
  • Artist Notification                             Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 
  • Mailing in Deadline                           Monday, Oct. 17, 2014             
  • Artwork check-in                              Nov. 4 & Nov. 5 
  • Opening Premier Party                      Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
  • Artisan Market/Soup’s On                  Saturday, Nov. 8   through Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014                                          
  • Artwork check-out                            Friday, Nov. 14 – Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014                                                           
  • Checks mailed to Artists                    Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 


Two guest jurors will review each application and select approximately of 100 artists. If you have questions, contact Artisan Market registrar, Sue Bailey at or 269-930-1123, or email Sara Shambarger, Director of Art Fairs at .

We look forward to receiving your application. 


Sara Shambarger                           Sue Bailey

Director of Art Fairs                        Artisan Market Registrar

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Comment by Christina L. Towell on September 5, 2014 at 8:00pm

Oh, good idea Connie, and thanks for your input too, Colleen...I certainly appreciate it and will take it to heart if I do decide to try this show next year.

Comment by Colleen Williams on September 5, 2014 at 12:50pm

Sadly, I don't fare well at this one. They are lovely to work with and the process of check-in and check out via shipping runs smoothly...everything is accounted for and an itemized list of what sold is included in return works. Checks are promptly issued. I believe that the shipping costs are deducted from your check, so specify the least expensive option if you ship.

I have participated twice (porcelain jewelry) and each time, my gross sales were less than $300. I'd asked for feedback and numbers of participants in my category; even switched out my jewelry tags (smaller to larger) to see if it didn't. Items sold were on the lower end of my line.

Give it a try and well wishes for good sales.

Comment by Connie Mettler on September 5, 2014 at 11:28am

Yes, I get that. It is how our business works and why you see discussions about "double applying" to make sure there is an opportunity. 

Comment by Christina L. Towell on September 5, 2014 at 10:03am

Connie, yes it would be except that I'm still waiting to hear whether or not I made it into the D.U.C.F. in December and am trying to accumulate enough mdse. for that two-day show...wish they'd let me know but apparently they're still accepting applications and won't notify anyone until that process closes.

Comment by Connie Mettler on September 5, 2014 at 9:40am

It is a wonderful opportunity, Tina. Pack up your work and ship to the art museum. They promote it and show it in their gallery, collect the money and then ship any that is left over back to you, plus a check for all goods sold. It is an easy way to showcase your work without all the hassle of an outdoor art fair. I'd think perfect for you this year even.

Comment by Christina L. Towell on September 5, 2014 at 9:14am

This sounds really interesting, Connie, have you ever been to this one?  I might consider it for next year...

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