Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Well, I went north to Saugatuck,Michigan in Late June.
I live there and have a studio, usually there about five months doing my midwest circuit of shows
In case you do not know me, I am a photographer who does both color and handcolored black and white images. I have been on the circuit for 45 years and do about 27 shows per year. I actually earn a living from this, I started shows when I was in my late twenties.
This past Sunday, I turned the Three Quarter Century Mark.
This has been a totally different year due to Covid.
My last show was mid March at Vero Beach. We got in one day and then they cancelled it and told us artists to get the hell out of Vero.
The art committee was for us staying but local authorities said “Adios”).
I went north expecting to do five shows, they all got cancelled.
I lost a couple of biggies like Uptown Minneapolis and Kansas City Plaza.
I had applied for a number of fall shows in Florida where I am a native.
None of those shows are going to happen due to Covid.
I am in three shows in Florida in January and Feb. Time will tell whether they go on.
Florida is not doing a great job of masking and distancing due to our idiot governor.
Howard Alan was able to successfully produce an art show in Ft. Lauderdale in October—Los Olas.
Amy Amdur was able to pull off a number of shows around Chicago, some with almost 100 exhibitors. Same with Howard, he had 100 artists.
So it shows it can be done, pardon the pun.
Ironically, my hometown show, Images in New Smyrna, cancelled their Jan. Show.
I guess they did not want to spread it out with less exhibitors.
So far,I am In Bonita Springs and Naples in January. I have Ft. Myers in Feb.
In March I have been reinvited to both Vero Beach and Winter Park, waiting to hear from Gasparilla.
I have a reinvite to Des Moines in June.
So I have potentially great shows to make moola at. If they happen.
If the shows happen I am going.
I will mask up. I will have hand sanitizers at my booth.
I have a solution to the print bin problem due to Covid.
I am in the age group most vulnerable to Covid, I had open heart surgery eight years ago. But I feel confident I can survive and not transmit to Ellen, my wife.
Here is how I have dealt with Covid and been able financially survive.
I finally got approved for unemployment six weeks after I applied, so I got &125 per week.
A month later I got approved for the Federal PUA and got the $600 per week backdated to late April.
I was able to get the EIDL grant for $1000. Which then made me eligible to apply for the SBA loan o small businesses.
I applied, and in early June I got the loan: $22,100 at three and a half percent for 30 years. Next August I have to start paying back on the loan at $108 per month for 30 years.
Good luck on that getting totally repaid. I am 75 so go figure.
The loan can be used for business expenses like booth fees and paying myself a salary.
I plan to start paying myself a salary in January.
So far, I have paid out almost $2000 in booth fees. I had to pay the 2021 booth fee for Des Moines in September.
My hope is to be able to do at least two shows per month next spring.
This loan has given me a small cushion.
I also collect Social Security
During the summer I worked on the average four to six hours a day in my studio.
In four months I have finished over 120 new handcolored images.
Some of them are going to be winners. New moola coming in.
In my next blog I will talk about how I am going to display and sell work in the Covid era
Give me three days and the next blog will appear.
Stay healthy and Aloha, Nels..