Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Bayou City Art Festival (March 28-30) seems to be having a communication problem. Websites and Face Book pages all over the internet are buzzing.
I have no horse in this race (obviously) although I did live in Houston for ten years and I have had the pleasure of being threatened with a lawsuit by an "artist" whose work I questioned, thanks to the Director of BCAF a couple of years ago.
And there was last year's "art heist" held during the final hours of last year's show that I objected to so some might think I don't have a lot of love for the folks running this show.
I don't make this stuff up, it just happens naturally. Apparently no one has received any information about booth space, hotels, load-in and whatever other info is usually sent prior to the show. Inquiries for the most part were not answered leaving artists wondering what is going on. At one point, artists calling the number of the BCAF office heard the phone picked up and someone in the background saying to hang up the phone. Then there is the rumor that the show has been expanded from 300 artists to 450. 300 is a lot of artists but 450 is a ridiculous number. If the show has attendance to support 300 that is fine but if you are going to increase your booth number by 50%, you damn well better increase your attendance by at least 75% just to be safe. Those are very small pieces of pie for the artists.
One of the artists received an email (finally) from someone in authority at BCAF with some sort of verbiage about making this a world class event that collectors from all over the world would rush to attend except it is a little late for this year with less than a month until the show. As to the change in the prospectus from 300 to 450 artists, this was explained by a change in the board of directors after the prospectus and application money was received. Others are checking into the legality of changing the show from what was listed in the prospectus. (oh, did I mention that this information came out after the date for any kind of booth refund had passed? Is anyone surprised?)
Adding to all the fun surprises, the Fall BCAF had an application deadline before the Spring BCAF had even taken place. Something that hadn't happened before, it is usually after. But, have no fear, they have extended that deadline a bit for all those who didn't know they had made it so much earlier than previous years.
And the surprises keep on coming--those called off the wait list (you have to fill those 150 booths somehow) are not being told that the show has been increased by such a large amount either.
Of course all this fun led to some interesting comments and questions on their FB page where you can rate the show. Gee, that section of the page seems to have been removed and there is no place to add commentary other than under something they have posted.
Now with all this going on, including the hiring of people to help spread the gospel of wonderfulness that the BCAF will be, one would think that there would be some information disseminated today to stem the flow of conjecture and ill feelings towards this festival but alas, the silence has been deafening.
Houston--YOU have a problem.