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Call for Artists: Folsom Fine Art & Craft Festival

April 30-May 1 - new event!
Folsom, California
Folsom City Lions Park
10 am to 5 pm 
Deadline - March 12

Application Fee: $20/Booth Fees: $235-$435

The city of Folsom is an interesting town, with lots of history. Folsom is famous across the country thanks to a country song about a prison recorded by Johnny Cash in 1956. The city's rich history actually began more than a century earlier with California's great gold Rush and arrival of the railroad. The discovery led to massive gold mining operations, as well as a need for rail service.
With a median income of about $96k, and the 74% home ownership rate, the area is the perfect place for an art festival. The Folsom City Lions Park is on Natomas St. at Stafford St. ad is one of the main streets in Folsom, right next to the city hall and library. Admission and parking are free. The event is handicap accessible.

This event is open to all media of original fine art and fine craft, and all work will be juried. Categories will be limited. Only original hand-made works are accepted. Commercially or mass-produced items are not eligible. No buy/sell items allowed.

Participants must provide their own display. If used, canopy must be white and will be securely attached to the ground in case of unexpected high winds.
Overnight security will be provided on Saturday evening. Coffee and donuts will be provided each morning.
Booth fees are $235 for 10'x10' or $435 for 10'x20' space, plus 10% commission on all sales.  Every space will be a corner.  Please submit 3-4 images of your work and 1 image of your display, and a current biography.

Contact:  Curt at CWB Events, 
Phone:  (916)936-9393; Fax:  (661)526-4575


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Comment by Ruth Finkenbiner on March 28, 2016 at 10:55am

This is a first year show, their website is now showing "postponed", more info to come.  Will be interested to see what happens with this show.  We were planning to walk this show this year since we have a show the following weekend in next town east of Folsom.

Comment by Connie Mettler on March 28, 2016 at 5:31pm

Hi Ruth, I spoke with Curtis. He didn't get enough applications to put together the show he wished to have. He hopes to do it next year though.

I do understand the idea about investigating a first year, and I know it is a tough call, but if people don't take the chance and sign up for a first year show it may not happen. We always tried to do at least one first year show every year believing that it was important for the growth of the business, finding new customers in new locales. Sometimes a mistake -- other times big payoffs. If your expenses can be kept low, you live nearby, it can be smart to help a new show get established thereby building yourself a new market.

Here is more about that promoter:, CWB Events. Curtis is planning a couple of other events in CA soon.

Comment by Ruth Finkenbiner on March 29, 2016 at 11:52am

Connie - each artist needs to make their own decision on shows and I applaud those that are willing to do first year shows, and we have done them in the past.

As we have reduced the number of shows we participate in, we also try not to do 2 shows in a row due to my "day job" schedule.   We have already committed to a show, the following weekend, in El Dorado Hills which is the next town over.  

I already had a concern on the show in Folsom, 2 shows in a row less than 10 miles apart? I have a concern that it could end up like the shows we used to do in Western WA where you have the same patrons showing up at multiple shows, asking where they will see you next, and sales are slow because they know they will see you at multiple shows and don't feel an urgency to buy at that show knowing they will see you the next weekend.  

Current travel plans have us arriving in Sacramento the weekend of the show so we wanted to visit the show to see if next year we need to plan to arrive earlier.

Comment by Connie Mettler on March 29, 2016 at 4:10pm

I know, Ruth. Makes so much sense. I wasn't trying to chide you. We have many good reasons "to do or not to do". It's just that sometimes when there is a good effort being put forth, in a good location with a fair booth fee and you can sleep in your own bed, it is worth doing the supporting, right? Keeping those bottom lines as low as possible can make all the difference between staying in the black. 

Can you tell I have been behind starting some first time shows? WAY too much work for me to do anymore. Curtis has a solid background in this business, seemed like a good idea, but then I don't know your part of the country at all. Proliferating events are not good for anyone.

Comment by Ruth Finkenbiner on April 1, 2016 at 2:53pm

I did follow up with Curtis to be kept in the loop if it's rescheduled.  Personally I'd love to see a fall show, the Sacramento area is seriously lacking in a good fall show, plus it might give us an excuse to hang out a little longer in the area before trekking back to AZ for the winter.


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