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Last Call for Artists: Bayou City Art Festival in Memorial Park

Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park
March 27-29, 2015
Houston, Texas
Deadline: August 22, 2014

Entry Fee: $35
  • Ranked consistently in Sunshine Artist's 200 Best List's Top 10
  • Juried fine art and fine craft by 450 national and international Artists
  • Representing work in 19 media categories
  • Demonstrated history in strong sales for artists
  • Conveniently located five miles from Downtown, two miles from the Galleria area and neighboring the elegant residential communities of River Oaks and Memorial
  • First stop for fine artists on the Texas fine art festival tour
Kelly Kindred
Art Colony Association
Producer of the Bayou City Art Festivals

713-521-0133 Office
713-494-1989 Mobile (Text Preferred)

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Comment by geri a. wegner on August 20, 2014 at 9:53am

Connie, did you talk to them when they submitted this?  This seems awfully early for a show at the end of March.  Are there continuing financial problems with this show?  And if so, this is a disturbing quote from zap----

"For reference only and subject to change in 2015 based on festival budget."

This is in reference to a booth fee of $500-1500.  So they decide to bring in some big music group or triple their advertising and you end up with a booth fee of $1200 for a regular booth?

It is nice to know that last year's ineptness in handling so many of the changes has continued this year.  Continuity is important.

This is so sad.

Comment by Barry Bernstein on August 20, 2014 at 10:23am

In spite of the problems from last year, I was thinking of applying to this show until I saw that the deadline was 7 months in advance. I will never apply to a show that far in advance and doing so sets a really bad precedent. I urge nobody to apply to this show until they change the deadline to a more artist friendly time. Other shows on this date have an October deadline. Plus, I did a show, this year, that had 450 booths and more attendees than BC gets and it was horrible for most artists because the pie was divided too thin. Add to that the high booth fee and this show has made it impossible for me to make any money. Or should I say, it increases the risk of losing money because the overhead, for an artist, is higher than normal. Even if you are one of the darlings who sells well, there is no guarantee that it won't rain. I wish I could get my hands on this show because I could make it a great show with 10 times the amount of patrons.

Comment by Connie Mettler on August 20, 2014 at 1:19pm

I did speak with Kelly, but did not question their deadline. When I am working with a new show promoter or I am asked for advice, Geri, I absolutely give advice (usually whether they ask for it or not) as I want those new events to be successful. We all need new good shows. But with a seasoned director I don't think it is my place to do that. It IS an early date for sure. The jury is out, pardon that pun, on this one. We're all hoping they make it a success for everyone.

Comment by Barry Bernstein on August 20, 2014 at 4:44pm

It hasn't been lost on anyone significant, that they haven't given a firm booth fee. Who would apply to a show that says the booth fee will be anywhere from $500-$1500? I'll make a bold statement: If they hired me to run their show, I would lower the booth fee, lower the gate fee, lower the parking fee and make them more money than they ever dreamed possible.

Comment by Connie Mettler on August 20, 2014 at 6:48pm

Seems like it is time for you to send them a resume, Barry, and then lobby their board to bring you on board.

Comment by geri a. wegner on August 21, 2014 at 9:10am

Barry, you could definitely make it a success but are you "young and vibrant" enough?

Comment by Barry Bernstein on August 21, 2014 at 10:02am

I want my staff to be "young and vibrant." I want the decision maker, me, to be experienced, strong minded with an eye towards the bottom line.


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