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How I spent my June-- first, The Kalamazoo Art Institute show in the park

I am behind on my blogs for art shows. I did three great ones in June.
I will start with the KIA show which was the first weekend in June,.
Btw. I sell color photos and also have a line of iconic figures which are hand-colored b/w photos. My price range is $30-$500.
I am affordable.
This show is held in a lovely treed park in the downtown.
Small show, about 150 artists and the booth fee is not killer high one.
This show opens at 3pm-8pm on Friday.
Then 10-5pm on Saturday.
It is a very mellow setup and tear down process. Most, have room behind for storage, and most have room to hang work on one side.
It is a wonderful committee that produces the show. They are proud of it, and so are the patrons that come to buy.
The show runs the gauntlet from homemade booths to the ones pros use.
Very little buy/sell evident.
This is a traditional community. They buy conservative, safe work.
High end sales happen. But Lowend is the majority sold here.
Ironically, my wife Ellen, sold a large pastel to a young couple who lived there but had also bought a new place in Chicago. That takes bucks.
Kalamazoo took a big hit, economically, a few years back when a large pharma firm left the town. A lot of jobs disappeared. Now a major hospital company has moved in and downtown is humming with good retail and restaurants humming.
I pulled nearly $3K out of it and so did Ellen.
Personally, I would go to this show over Cincinnatti Summerfaire any day, and twice on Sunday, which I have off when doing this show.
One more day for golf.
Keep this one in mind. You can find it on Zapp.

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Comment by Connie Mettler on June 30, 2017 at 2:15pm
Yes, I agree. Little hassle, low expenses, a good return on your $$. The people love this show and are very loyal. If you live within a few hours driving distance it is a good payday and you get Sunday off! Maybe to the play golf ... maybe not to work on a Sunday, a novel concept in our business.

Is this the first time you've done this show?
Comment by Christina L. Towell on June 30, 2017 at 8:56am

Thanks, Nels, love an upbeat, positive critique...glad you and Ellen did well.  Nice to hear good things about K'zoo too!

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