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Help! Need to do a show in Florida in September....

I hate this part of the process...deciding on art shows so many months in advance. So, I've done Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits for a couple of years. Average show, but I love the location. Last year was hurricane, so they refunded booth fee, but notice this year their verbage clearly states...NO REFUNDS FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER OR ACTS OF GOD. It's scaring me off! Only other possibilities in September for me are Delray Beach or Punta Gorda,both many more miles, and both Howard Alan. Now, I know he does refund or replace booth fees for things out of an artist's control, so I'm tempted, especially with the weather weirdness here lately.

Have any other artists done the Delray, or Punta Gorda shows?

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Comment by Jacki Bilsborrow on January 10, 2018 at 9:30pm

Do you need to do the show in Florida?  There are a lot of nice shows in Georgia and that isn't too far from you.  

Do you ever check www.CallsforArtists.com?  There are usually a lot of shows listed thtere.  It is a little bit early but keep looking there and you might find a nice hidden gem.

Comment by Jacki Bilsborrow on January 10, 2018 at 9:34pm

I wonder if the shows that are saying No refunds for bad weather will get many apps.  That puts the bulk of the losses on the artists.  That would be too big of a risk for me.

Comment by Brenda Flynn on January 11, 2018 at 10:34am

Thanks for the reply! Jekyll Island is actually closer to me than the other two shows in Florida, and it's off the coast in Georgia. Always a beautiful show, just Friday night and 10-9 on Saturday kill me. Marginal sales. But, if I can't locate another one to try, I'll go with that one. I've got some lovely friends from Splash Production in the Atlanta area, and they really pressure me to do their shows, but I can't convince my hubby to drive to Atlanta...hahaha....

I think I checked CallForArtists yesterday - nothing yet, and yes, it is early. I'm just always a nervous wreck about =juggling= show applications. 

Yes, the new thing now is to claim no responsibility for weather, hurricanes, etc. and make the artists lost $280+ if all hell breaks loose.  Do not like this attitude among show promoters. I did not apply to a couple of shows I like to do last year because of this clause. At least the ones that did get cancelled last year because of hurricanes Matthew and Irma refunded all or part of their booth fees back to the artists, and one that I missed out on because of weather offered me paid entry into their show for 2018, so I am definitely doing it!

Comment by Larry Sohn on January 11, 2018 at 1:12pm

From what I had found in reading on multiple sites, the Three Rivers Show PA has that sort of rule. In addition, the writings state you must stay in your booth, regardless of weather.

So I contacted the show director. She stated the opposite. Therefore it might be that you want to check with he show director to verify the information.

Comment by Brenda Flynn on January 11, 2018 at 3:21pm

Good point. I certainly will.

Comment by Cindy Welch on January 12, 2018 at 11:00am

We live in Louisiana and deal with hurricane season as well.  Though it runs from June 1 - November 30, the most active months for storms are August and September.  I have not scheduled outdoor shows during those months due to the chances of a tropical storm or hurricane.  At least with indoors, if we have to make a quick exit, we are not losing a tent because we do not set up our tent indoors.

I understand the promoters have collected fees and have already spent some/all of the money by the time the show arrives.  But to put the onus on the artists when a hurricane happens just stinks to me.  It is not the artists' fault so why should we bear the brunt of losses?  The artists who decide not to show up due to a tropical storm or hurricane are not making that decision on a whim.  Their life can very well be at stake.  Okay, I'll step down from my soapbox now.

Comment by Brenda Flynn on January 12, 2018 at 3:31pm

I love your post. It's very true. I've spoken with several promoters and they tell me all about their own losses due to unforeseen weather issues (they've already paid for permits, hired port-a-let companies, bought advertising, etc.) but I still feel that a booth fee is a booth fee and artist should be given the option of doing the festival the following year, or refunded all or part (after all, the promoters do carry insurance for these type of occurrences).

Comment by Brenda Flynn on January 12, 2018 at 3:32pm

And, thanks all. I have decided to apply to the Jekyll Island show and take my chances. It's an opportunity to drag out the generator and the light setup...;-)

Comment by Thomas Jacobs on January 12, 2018 at 4:03pm

I have a rule that says don't do a show that has a fruit or vegetable (or food in general) in it's name if you are selling fine art. Small crafty gift items may be ok, but you want to do a show that is specifically for customers looking for fine art and crafts. Select shows that are seriously juried and have a good track record.

Fortunately out here in California wind is not too big a problem most of the time.

Comment by Jean Murray on January 14, 2018 at 10:35pm

Do Not dream of doing a show in Fla in Sept unless you have a personal fan maiden.

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