I am a photographer (41 years in the biz) who does both color and black and white hand-colored images.
Have done this show,off an on, since early eighties.
This show is a shadow of its former self.
It is too large(250 exhibitors)with too few art buyers. They don't advertise well and it shows in the dismal attendance.
Here are the main reasons to do this show.
One, there is big prize money and all the heavy hitters come out for it.If you got the goods then step up to the plate. Warning. The same buch of artists win mostly every year. Good luck breaking in.
Two, if you sell chuztgy stuff like art on the stick, Giiclee coasters with tropical scenes,painted lazy Susan's or painted clocks then you will probably make money.
If you sell real, original art, well your chances are slim to none here.
Granted, there are always lucky few who sell good art. But the majority of artists die here. They are lucky if they even gross $1.5K.
For years this was a premiere show in the fall to make money at. We all could do $1.5-$4K here.
Times have changed.
You have a volunteer committee that changes yearly.
They mostly care about renting 10-foot square pieces of land. They don't care about what you do with it.
There is no enforcement of the rules and that is why you see the coasters,magnets and clocks at the show.
The serious buyers are very few. Most collectors stopped coming here years ago.You have artists jury inn with paintings but who are really there to sell lazy Susan's and painted clocks--and, they dare call this a fine art show.
There are a lot of great artists here, but most don' t make much money.
A sculptor two booths away from me sold four large pieces, all with a nautical theme. He pulled $10K out of it. He was one of the lucky few. A talented Atlanta painter down from me sold a couple of nice abstracts. Again, one of the lucky few.
We got thru Saturday with no rain and on Sunday the deluge came around 2:30 and pretty much ended the show.
I made way less than a thousand in sales. The only good thing I can say about it was I was able to die at the show but sleep in my own bed.
Frankly, on this date the only real show to do is the Pensacola one. They got hit with big rain on this weekend and it killed the show.
Next year, if I don' get into Pensacola, I might do the Ruskin seafood festival instead of Dunedin. That's how low Dunedin has sunk in my humble estimation.
Increasingly in Florida, we are seeing too many shows, with too many exhibitors, with too few buyers. It is putrid business model.
The shows don't care. As long as they rent out all their spaces they are happy. They make money while most artists die,they could care less, because there are plenty of more fools lined up at the gate ready to shower them with money.
I really hate what this business has turned into.
Art is the last consideration. I really fear for our future prospects.
Not everybody can get into Winter Park or Saint Louis.