Florida (13)

CAll for Artists: 43rd Naples National Art Show

Naples National 2022February 19 & 20, 2022
Naples, Florida
Cambier Park & 8th Street South

Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm
194 Artists
Deadline: October 29
Application fee: $35   Booth fee: $650
Naples is home to a robust and successful tourism industry. In February 2020 the county saw 225,800 visitors, a 6.9% increase over the prior year. Additionally, Travel + Leisure recently wrote that Naples is the No. 1 U.S. beach town to live in. The show is held in scenic Cambier Park and along 8th Street South, one block from downtown Naples' premier shopping and dining district.
Naples National 2022

The NAA awards $5,000 in cash prizes for Naples National. Cash awards will be awarded as follows:
  • Best of Show - $2,000
  • Best 2D - $500
  • Best 3D - $500
  • Awards of Distinction 2D - 5 awards at $200 each
  • Awards of Distinction 3D - 5 awards at $200 each
Naples Natl 2022Subject to the latest health and safety guidance, artist amenities may include: Artist goodie bag, hospitality stations with water and snacks, and booth sitters.
In addition to traditional marketing, Naples Art provides a custom, preview show APP for attendees. Available for download weeks before the show begins, the APP has complete Google Map functionality to directly connect buyers to an artist's booth space on show days.
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Call for Artists: Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

Winter ParkMarch 18, 19, & 20
Winter Park, Florida
Downtown Winter Park
Friday & Saturday 9am-6pm & Sunday 9am-5pm
213 Artists
Deadline: September 26
Application fee: $45  Booth fee: $500
The 63rd Annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation's oldest, largest, and most prestigious juried fine art festivals. It's also one of the nation's most profitable for artists, positioned at #3 in Art Fair SourceBook's 2020 festival rankings and #6 in Sunshine Artist's Top 200 from 2010-202, a 10-year ranking of the nation's most profitable art shows. In ArtFairCalendar's ranking of Best Art Fairs, we rank #6 in America and #1 in the South. 
Winter Park street
The Festival debuted in March 1960 as a community project and is still produced today by an all-volunteer board that puts an emphasis on meeting the needs of the artists. 
Set in a beautiful, historic downtown setting, the festival draws approximately 300,000 art-loving visitors. Over 1000 fine artists from around the world apply yearly to this highly competitive and very popular show. An independent panel of three judges will select the 210 fine artists and three emerging artists invited to exhibit their works. 
One of Central Florida's largest annual outdoor events, the Festival also features a wide variety of entertainment on the stage in Central Park, food and beverage to please the whole family, a popular juried exhibit of student art from central Florida schools, and interactive art activities for the kids.
Winter Park show

● Artists' Hospitality Center with refreshments -
open daily from 7am-4 pm
● Limited free artists' parking near the Park
● Artist Housing Program
● Booth sitting staffed by volunteers available on call
● Artist Care Team - several times day
● Saturday Night Artists' Party (Dinner & Awards Presentation)
● Art Festival Magazine (distributed at event featuring participating artists gallery)
● Artists' Gallery on website
● Security patrol after hours
● Extensive media promotions throughout Central Florida leading up to and during
the Festival
● Artists retain all sales proceeds

● Best of Show: Purchase Award, $12,000
● Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation Art of Philanthropy: Purchase Award, $5,000
● Morse Museum Award for Distinguished Work of Art: $2,500
● Ten Awards of Excellence: $2,000 each
● Twenty Awards of Distinction: $1,000 each
● Thirty Awards of Merit: $500 each
● In addition, Patron Program purchases are estimated to exceed $80,000 this year

We listened to the feedback from our 2021 Artist Survey and have scaled back the number of artists in order to have more space between the artists' booths. To make more space we have moved our traditional Friday Night Concert to the Saturday before the festival, making this concert an event to kick-off the art festival week. There will still be live entertainment during the festival, but it will take up less space, and the artists will appreciate our emphasis on easy listening music.

Apply:  https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=9598

More info: https://www.wpsaf.org/
Contact: Zapp Committee zapp@wpsaf.org

The festival is concerned about the health and safety of the artists, the community, 
and all who are involved with the festival, and 
will continue
to follow the CDC and government guidelines that are provided at the time of the show.
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Call for Artists: Embracing Our Differences

SarasotaJanuary 9 - April 10
Sarasota, Florida
Bayfront Park
50 Artists
Deadline: October 6
Appication & booth fees: 0

The centerpiece of Embracing Our Differences is an outdoor juried art exhibit featuring 50 billboard size images created by local, national and international artists and writers. The display reflects the artists' interpretations of the theme "enriching lives through diversity." The exhibit will be displayed at Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota. The winning artworks combine a deep understanding of both medium and message.
Sarasota show

Awards are given for "Best-in-Show Adult," "Best-in-Show Student," and "People's Choice" categories, with the last chosen by visitors to the exhibit. Adult winners each receive $1,000; students receive $1,000 with $500 to be directed to the student and $500 to their school's art program, if they worked under the direction of an educator.

Through the transformative power of the arts,
we educate and inspire to create a better world.
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Call for Artists: ArtiGras Fine Art Festival

Palm Beach GardensFebruary 19 & 20
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Gardens North County District Park
Saturday 10am-6pm & Sunday 10am-5pm
300 Artists
Deadline: September 25

Application fee: $40.25   Booth fee: $589-$1293
The Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce invites you to apply to be an exhibitor at the 37th annual ArtiGras Presented by the Hanley Foundation, a two-day ticketed outdoor fine arts festival over Presidents' Day weekend, which attracts tens of thousands of art lovers and collectors. ArtiGras showcases a juried exhibition of gallery-quality art and offers a unique opportunity for visitors to interact with and purchase directly from the artists. 
Patrons are residents of Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, along with tourists from around the country visiting during peak season. ArtiGras also attracts top interior designers looking for that special piece for their clients. ArtiGras benefits local charities and utilizes more than 1000 volunteers. Our event location, in Palm Beach Gardens, is a thriving family-friendly community close to local restaurants, retail and the baseball spring training facilites.  
ArtiGras was recently named one of the top 10 fine art festivals in the country and features 285 juried artists along with artist demonstrations, a Youth Art Competition, an ArtiKids children's interactive activity area and live entertainment.
The marketing and public relations efforts last year for ArtiGras had a total value of earned media of $540K with 148 million impressions. 
We want your time with us to be not only profitable but also enjoyable. Artists will receive via e-mail a list of select hotel, tent and equipment rental information.  
During the festival, the following amenities are offered to all artists:
  • Artists' Oasis: provides free water, coffee and snacks daily (Saturday and Sunday) 
  • A continental breakfast 
  • Booth sitters
  • Free and secure artist parking within the festival site
  • Golf cart assistance to and from customer art pick-up area
  • 24 hour security
Yerkes North Carolina
Best of Show: $3,000
First Place (one in each category): $1000
Total: $15,000.00

During ArtiGras, three judges will select 25 artists in the Fine Art Showcase and give out $15,000 worth of prizes and recognition awards. Judging will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 19. Cash awards and ribbons will be presented on Sunday morning, February 20.

Designed specifically for artists who have no experience exhibiting and selling their artwork at all venues, or extremely minimal experience, if any. The application procedure is the same as the regular show; however, upon acceptance, emerging artists will pay a reduced booth fee.  Artists will be provided a 10'x10' tent with pro-panels and receive mentoring through the Arts Festival. Emerging artists are responsible for tables, chairs and additional display materials. Artists may only apply to the Emerging Artist Program or for the general show, but they may not apply to both.

Artists who are just beginning their careers in the art world are encouraged to apply. ArtiGras reserves the right to pre-screen and research emerging artists to make sure they are a fit for this category and that they do not have extensive experience exhibiting and selling their work.
More info: http://www.artigras.org/
Contact: Bianca Colon artists@artigras.org
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Call for Artists: Coconut Grove Arts Festival

Miami CoconutFebruary 19, 20 & 21
Miami, Florida
Saturday & Sunday 10am-7pm and Monday 10am-5pm
300 Artists
Deadline: September 30
Application fee: $40   Booth fee: $800+
There is not a more iconic South Florida event than the Coconut Grove Arts Festival. The idyllic Coconut Grove setting, the sailboats moored on Biscayne Bay, the familiar faces, the festive atmosphere, and of course the world-class art, all lend to the success of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival. For 58 years, the Festival has been one of the premier art events in the country and this coming season, the City has cleared the way for a full-capacity festival and in fact, an expanded festival with more art for everyone to enjoy!
Miami Coconut
For 2022, we have reduced the application fee, the booth fee and number of artists to be invited to show. We are re-launching and re-branding our Collectors Circle which will include pre-purchased 'art bucks' to ensure sales. We will also be expanding our marketing efforts to focus on a demographic most likely to buy art. Attendance is expected to be above 100,000 for this three-day event.

Miami Coconut shoppers
The Coconut Grove Arts Festival wants to ensure that your participation is a positive experience. During the Festival, the following amenities are offered to all artists:
  • Daily morning coffee and continental breakfast at the Hospitality Area.
  • Lunch delivered to your booth daily by our volunteers 
  • Artist Gallery on the CGAF website through 2022
  • Artist's contact information available on the CGAF website until the end of 2022
  • Individualized Discount Code to send to your collectors for the opportunity to purchase Festival tickets ahead of time and for a discounted rate
  • 24-hour security
  • Booth sitting staffed by volunteers on call.
  • Extensive media promotions throughout South Florida leading up to and during the Festival
  • Artists retain all sales proceeds
South Florida's Premier Art Festival back at full capacity!

Contact: Camille Marchese camille@cgaf.com
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Redwood Group

Deadline: September 30
October 28 - 31
Artexpo New York 2021
Pier 36, New York City
225 Artists

December 1 - 5
Spectrum Miami 2021
Mana Convention Center, Miami
225 Artists
Application fee: 0   Booth fee: $2495
Spectrum Miami
We believe that art reminds us of what is possible and that, through our art fairs and online art marketplace, you, too, can make your life a work of art.
At Redwood Art Group, we help people make a statement-from the artist showcasing one-of-a-kind originals that serve as portals into their life and unique experiences to the gallery that embraces their incredible vision to the collector who discovers that perfect piece and proudly displays it in their home.

Redwood Art Group

"We absolutely love working with Redwood. They make you feel like family, they work really closely with you, and they come and check on you continuously to make sure that everything is going smoothly and if there's anything they can do to help." - Ester Shupe, Shupe Collection
"What can I say? This has been the best Spectrum Miami show we have done so far in eight years of doing the fair. More sales, happy artists, great attendees." - Michael Joseph, Artblend

"This show is what you make of it. Great opportunity to meet galleries. And there were plenty of opportunities to network and sell. There were buyers there, money, and crowds. The Spectrum team are excellent communicators." - Marlon Costa, Artist

Artists have the option to have their work shown both in-person and/or online.
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Call for Artists: Palm Beach Fine Craft Show

Exhibiting Space Filling Up Quickly – New Rolling Jurying Process
Apply Today: 18th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show
February 18- 20, 2022 • Palm Beach Convention Center

The 18th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show is a juried exhibition and sale of contemporary American & International crafts and design hosted over Presidents' Day Weekend, February 18-20, 2022 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

The Palm Beach Fine Craft Show encourages artists to apply early. Booth space is filling up quickly as artists are committing earlier than ever before. The live and in-person craft show's highly anticipated return is a must-participate event. Don't miss the opportunity to exhibit in a safe and socially distant event amongst 100+ artists at the first indoor show to take place in over a year.

About the Jurying Process: 
Three jurors who are experts in the field and newly selected each year choose artists from a large pool of applicants. There is no quota for any category of Craft Art. Artists are selected on the basis of the originality, artistic conception, design and quality of their work. 

Why Participate? Learn More
For more information, please visit www.PalmBeachFineCraft.com
Palm Beach County Convention Center

2nd Floor Show Room 
650 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
February 18-20, 2022
Friday, February 18............11am - 7pm
Saturday, February 19.........11am - 7pm
Sunday, February 20...........11am - 6pm
Apply now for the opportunity to participate in the most anticipated fine craft event! The non-refundable fee for applying is $35. NOTICE: The application fee is due at the time you fill out the online application and accept the terms and conditions.


Electronic application deadline is October 15, 2021. 

Apply Online Now
Feel free to call our main office at 561.822.5440 to speak with a member of our team.
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Call for Artists: Naples New Year's Art Show

Naples New Year_s 2021January 8 & 9, 2022
Naples, Florida
585 Park Street

Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm
250 Artists
Deadline: September 13
Application fee: $35
Booth fee: $540
Start your new year off in sunny Florida. New opportunities await you at this wonderful, well-established art show. This fine art show draws over 250 professional artists from around the country and was ranked in the 2020 Best Fine Art shows in the U.S. by Sunshine Artist Magazine and was named to ArtFairSourceBook.com's "BLUE CHIP 100" Fine Art Events for 2019.
Naples New Years 2022
Held in the heart of downtown Naples, on prestigious 5th Avenue South, this show attracts approximately 17,000 art-savvy attendees surrounded by upscale shops and restaurants. The Naples New Year's Art Show benefits from the phenomenal Southwest Florida weather and the large number of seasonal residents arriving and shopping to refresh and restyle their homes with the addition of your fine art pieces. The quad setup for artists affords every artist a corner booth and great visibility. Show guests enjoy the set-up along 5th Ave South, which provides easy access to parking and dining.
Naples New Years 2022 2
Subject to the latest health and safety guidance, artist amenities may include: artist goodie bag, hospitality stations with water and snacks, and booth sitters.

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    Once again I have spent some time evaluating the www.Artshowreviews.com website.   Take a look.  I think you will find some very interesting facts.  We know many of our artists use our Art Show Reviews website.  We know because you have also told us many times that you do use it when you are making up your schedules. 

    However, we need your help.  This website will not be as useful to you or any other artist if we don't get new show reviews.  We are averaging 1 review for every 4,000 times someone uses our website.  Artists are using us but not giving back.

    I have often asked artists to write a review for certain shows.  Many are hesitant and I have gotten the impression they think I am looking for a bad review.  I am not asking for bad reviews.  I am hoping the reviews are good ones because I hope all the shows are good shows.  However, mainly I am just looking for honest reviews that are helpful to others.

    If you want to review a show that isn't on our website, go ahead and write your review.  If I find we don't have it listed I will add it.  No problem, I am just happy you wrote a review for us.  

    Every year I get a comment that is left on our website like this one:

How come so many of the posted show reviews are from 2-5 years old?  Can't you supply some more updated review information from artists that have done the shows.  After all, many shows go through changes from year to year.

    This comment is very true.  If we don't get new reviews all we have is old reviews.  Shows do change.  Shows try to improve.  We want artists to know the show has changed for the better if it has.  Please help us.  Please consider writing a review for us.  We are just asking for about 5 minutes of your time.

Please give back to keep our website as useful as possible.

#1:  We now have 650 art shows on our website.  Last year we had 643, so we had a slight gain in the past year.

#2.  We still have 7 states that do not have any art and craft shows listed at all.  The states of Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia have never had a show review submitted for them, thus those states have not been added.  If you submit a review for those states I will add the show and get that state on our website.  Surely, someone here has done a show in one of those states.  Please write a review for us.

#3.  The state with the largest amount of shows listed on our website is Florida.  That probably isn't a big surprise.  We have 86 shows listed on our site in Florida, that is two more than the year before.  Coming in second place is Illinois with 43 shows.  Michigan has 37 shows and is in 3rd place. 

#4.   We have 24 states with 10 or less art and craft shows listed.   

#5.   We have three states with only one art or craft show listed for them.  Those states are Arkansas, Rhode Island, and South Dakota.  Anybody have a show they can submit for these states? 

#6.   We still have only one show listed for Canada.  We know they have shows up there.  Does anyone have a show and a review that they could add to that page to make it more valuable?

#7.   We actually have a European page with one show listed.  Has anyone done an European shows yet? We would love to add a couple shows to that page.

#8.   Since our website went live we have had 1,285,929 page views.  That is amazing!  We know artists are using our website.  We need new reviews so that our site remains useful and needed.

#9.   In 2019, we had roughly 130,655 page views.  

#10. In the last 30 days, 1/11/19 - 2/11/20, we have had 10,182 page views.  Of course, this is a time when many artists are using our site to put the finishing touches on their show schedules. 

#11. We usually average about 375 page views per day.  In fact, we had had 257 page views by 8 am today.  Artists were up early and working today. 

#12. We had a total of 30 reviews that were written for us during 2019.  Of course, many people use our website without ever leaving a comment or writing a review.  We also had 17 comments left. 

#13. In the last year, we had 130,655 page views.  Of those over 130 thousand visitors only 30 times did artists leave a review.  Certainly we can give back to the art community better than that.  We want artists to use our website, but we would also need you to give back.  

#14. The average show review probably takes less than 7 minutes to write.  There is a simple form is right there on our website and you just fill it in.  Easy peasy!  Simple as pie!

To submit a show review click on this link: 

To submit a show that is not on our website click this link:  

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Artigras And Stuart Arts Fest

Hello Art Show Family! This intrepid artist is back from Florida and ready to review my second set of shows for the Florida winter season. First, I'll dish about Artigras in Jupiter and then Suart's Arts Fest. 

I decided to try Artigras vice Coconut Grove for several reasons, but primarily my personal objection to outrageous booth fees (CG) and the desire to try something new. The set up at Artigras was deliciously unscripted- but it worked. The wide lanes for traffic and parking and an all day window put me in a relaxed frame of mind before I even drove up to my check in gate. The signage getting to the different gates were plentiful and easy to follow, btw, adding to the relaxation. So when I need to move my rental minivan a little to the left, a little to the right, front a bit, back a bit for the artists around me, I really didn't mind!

I found the check in packet good (I always read the materials) with only one confusing part-- artist parking. I must admit, I followed the lead of a few old timers near me and parked nearer to my booth than the mysteriously hard to find artist lot.

I was disappointed the trailer bathrooms were not reserved for artists only, and as I was alone at the show, I loved the "text for a booth sitter" feature. Morning breakfast staff were gracious, even if I think they had the same bagels out each successive morning. Hey-- free food is better than no food! (I have to give Beaux Arts better points for breakfast overall, maybe the best breakfast in the winter Florida season. #forReal)

I absolutely loved that the volunteers delivered lunch to the booth daily-- Thank you Jersey Mike's subs!!! I did not win an award, but the trumpeting and fan fare made it obvious that awards were being given out. Bravo! The show rained out on Monday, but I made $300 for the day- so I guess I had an excellent day based on other reviews. Load out was easy and it was a pleasant experience for the show overall. 

Ok, Ok, thanks for the logistics chat-- but "how were sales???" you'd like to know. I'm a jewelry artist and find my normal price lately has been $150-$225, but average sales tickets at Artigras were $100-$115, most frequent price point being around $85. For me, the magic multiplier price point is the $200 & up sale and those were few and far between. I worked hard for sales and have hope that exposure to my work will drive eshop sales later in the year.

Overall, it was a solid show and maybe in the long term it would average higher than normal. I was able to keep lodging costs low and the booth fee was lower than CG. There seemed a lesser degree of sophistication in the buying population overall, not to mention the excitement factor of Jupiter vs Miami. In my secret artist's heart I missed Miami. 

Stuart Arts Fest was my two-fer show. With teenagers at home, I cannot make a 7 week Florida swing, so I plan tactical two-fer strikes allowing me to spread travel costs across two shows and limit the unpredictable weather factor we deal with every weekend.

It was a pretty small show; although staff refused to answer exactly how many booths were in the show. I'm guessing 100 booths. There was some great work there-- it makes sense on a Florida swing. However, there were 27+ jewelers. YUCK! Most of the work was nice, but please limit your categories, Stuart, it doesn't work out with more than 15%-20% of any one category. There were 5 potters, maybe 3 sculptors, a few mixed media-- get the picture?

Load in was confusing and I had an issue with the gates not being open on Sunday morning, but the greatest success they had as a show was the LOAD OUT PASS. I love it when a show does that!! Come on-- we're professionals, right? Break your booth down THEN get your car and if we can't be trusted to do it that way, then the show needs to step in and take in on board.

Breakfast was donated by a bagel shop down the street and we got to go in and pick out the bagels and what we wanted on them-- with a drink-- almost a princess moment. It was a small town touch and extremely nice. Sales were low with less than mediocre buying energy, but I tripled expenses and I had wholesale business at the show (it's always a nice surprise when that happens).

I enjoyed being able to spend time with customers as only a small, slower paced show allows. I would not plan the Stuart show as a stand alone show-- it is definitely not worth it, but it's an ok, non big promoter show for the time frame for a traveling artist. 

That wraps Florida up for me-- Scottsdale, AZ is next and I'll post a blog/review about it in March. Good luck out there, everyone! 

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St Pete holiday art show by Paragon

I just did this first year show this past weekend, it's in the same place that I think mainsail is (i might be wrong on that) its on bayfront drive and ne 2nd street in that little park just south of Vinoy.  it's a friday set up and load in is EASY. - yay!

Saturday had just PERFECT weather and people seemed super enthusiastic, I mostly sold small to medium things, but I sold a lot of them. It was the best show I've had in a while and I dont even think i was on the busiest side of the show.  A buddy of mine who is also a painter however was across the park in what I would have assumed to be one of the best spots and he did not do so well on saturday, (I havent spoken to him about sunday, could have been a game changer, who knows).

One of my neighbors was a local large scale sort of impressionistic painter of palm trees and stuff and she straight up killed it.  I dont know how much she did but she had to have done close to 10K or more. Most of her business she said was return customers though, because she's lived here for 17 years.  My other neighbor was a sculptor of stone and he did well also. 

I spoke to a few who did not do great, 2 were because for some reason (uncharacteristic of Paragon) there was a freakin time share tent so buyers just scurried away from that tent and as a result the artist neighbors of these obnoxious people suffered severely.  Sunday wasnt as great as Saturday, largely because the weather, it didnt rain until the afternoon, but there was an impending storm that was obvious all day. 

I totally recommend this show, and as with all Paragon shows, its really nice that Bill is walking around seeing how everyone is doing, I have never complained about anything, so I'm not sure if he solves any problems that you have, but he certainly seems to care. 

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My personal show experiences to date

I wanted to write reviews of the shows that I've done to help other artists potentially make decisions of whether they want to apply or not but its kind of a pain to get the shows onto to the reviews page so I thought i would just share my information on here.

Key Biscayne, Florida

Hyde Park, Tampa, Florida

Altamonte Springs, Orlando, Florida

Marco Island, Florida

Old town Art Fair, Saint Augustine, Florida

St Armands Key, Sarasota, Florida

Lawton Arts Festival, Oklahoma

Blue Dome Arts Festival, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Deerfield, Illinois

Hinsdale, Illinois

Wells Street Arts Festival, Chicago

Northville Arts festival, Michigan

Fountain Square, Evanston, Illinois

Salida Arts Festival, Salida, Colorado

Salida Riverside Arts Festival, Colorado

Downtown Aspen, Colorado

Beaver Creek, Colorado

Sloan's Lake Arts Festival, Denver, Colorado

Evergreen arts festival, Colorado

March -

Key Biscayne (Howard alan)

    I personally will never do this show again, I did terrible.  it was my first show so i was working out some kinks for sure and I cant completely discredit this show. The artists I spoke to who seemed to do well were glass or 3-d artists and miami artists.  A cuban/miami local who does pretty much only pop art style of cuban coffee pots and american coffee pots that say "cuban" and "american" I would have to assume did awesome because I saw those paintings walking all over. 

Its a very hispanic population so those who are fluent speakers also have an advantage, I speak spanish at a conversational level, but I'm not as confident "telling my story" or selling in spanish so I certainly had a disadvantage.  Anyways, there were a fair amount of people walking around, the show wasnt dead, it wasnt hugely busy though. Easy Friday set up but I will absolutely never ever do it again.  Overnight parking is in a park a mile or two away and there is a sparsely running shuttle to bring people from A to B. 

Hyde park (Howard alan)
     This show is in an awesome location in Tampa.  My target clientele is younger with money and this is who populates this show.  Its a Saturday morning set up so that's kind of a pain in the ass, but I did luck out on being able to pull right up to my booth to drop stuff off and set up.  I would entertain the idea of doing this show again, I think  a lot of people do well here. 

Altamonte springs

      This is in an interesting location north of orlando in an expensive town home development with a similar demographic as Hyde park.  A majority of Saturday got shut down because of a tornado warning but i think it would have been a pretty good show for me had that not been the case.  I would probably do this show again.  

April -

Marco Island (howard alan)

     This was the first show that I felt I did well at. now after having done months of shows my idea of "well" is certainly different than it was then but Marco Island was good for me.  I think it was a first year show of HA promoting it. I think some seasoned artists said there used to be a show run there but there have been a few years sans show making it essentially a first year so, So i would have higher expectations for this show in the future. 

Set up/Break down was cake.  you can drive onto the grassy area to set up. unfortunately parking is miles from the show, there is a trolly to shuttle people back and forth.  There are no bathrooms or any amenties near the parking, I walked over to the beach and poached showers at the hotels on the beach in the evening. 

St Augustine (Old town I think its called, its run by Lynne something)

      Same set up as Marco Island, in a big open field, you drive up to it, super easy.  Parking is right next to the show which is really nice and my family lives in St augustine so i was able to get a shower there.  The location isnt great, not a ton of traffic. I did okay because my grandma passed out the little art show promo cards provided free by the show to everyone in her neighborhood and told everyone if they didnt atleast come to the show and see me they would be off of her christmas card list. I'm not joking. haha. So that was a big help.  I dont think its a great show.  its a mediocre show at best but I will do it again because of my family. 

St Armands (paragon)

     This show also has a fairly easy set up, you drive into the middle of the circle and drop off your stuff then parking is maybe a quarter mile away on the beach which is pretty nice. there are nice bathrooms there (they're locked at night) and beach showers so that's good. 

I didnt have a very good show there, one of my neighbors was a painter and he didnt do well either, but a jeweler that was near us did awesome.  Ohh and a guy who made crazy huge outdoor bronze sculptures killed it. He must have sold 3 pieces at 5-7 grand each. 

Bill Kinney, the promoter, comes by at the end of the show asks what your sales were and comes out with series of graphs by media etc and shows what the average sales of each were so that's really nice (assuming that they're accurate) according to the file that he sent the average sales were just under 4K per artist.  I did below that but I had not yet gotten my Trimline, so i was rocking an EZup and I think with the fancy vacationers of St armands. 

Also, Howard alan had a show close by that weekend and sent Helaine over to this show to try and get the vendor list, when paragon refused to give it to her she walked around and wrote everyones name down. I guess to discriminate against us? art show politics....

May- off to oklahoma!

Lawton -

    Wow, that's an interesting demographic there.  Fairly easy set up if you have a spot next to the road, less so if you're deeper in the park.  There are lots of food vendors here and the show certainly attracts a lot of people, a large portion of them are toothless, inbred looking carnival going turkey leg eaters. and the other side of that are Army people stationed at Ft Sill. 

I do hawaiian style art so many of them had been to hawaii and really connected with my work so I sold a lot of pieces in the 100-250 range. I dont think I had any sales from a higher price range, but i did sell quite a bit of pieces there.  A neighbor of mine that made wall sculptures out of square nails was NOT happy at all, but he has higher expectations than I do, he's been at it for like 30 years, and I probably did better there than him. 

its a 3 day show, set up friday am/midday and show is open friday like 4-7 or something then normal weekend hours.  The promoter was super accomodating and even set up for host families to stay with in town.  They also arranged for all of us to be able to use the YMCA gym, pool, sauna, and showers which is right next to the show. I was really stoked about that, and parking is a few blocks away at a library ergo free wifi.

The weather can be really unpredictable, there were tornado warnings on thursday, not terrible throughout the weekend until breakdown and shit got crazy windy. I didnt get any damage though. 

Blue dome in Tulsa

       So this show started as a boycott of local artists to Mayfest's policy of only accepting 10% local artists.  I was only able to do this show because my buddy is from there and we split a triple booth, which was probably the best location in the entire show right in front of the oldest bar in Tulsa. Most of blue dome is crafty or buy/sell low end stuff, which can go both ways, but i'd say it worked in our favor.

there are a lot of serious buyers in Tulsa who boycott mayfest because of the aformentioned reason and they had very little choices of fine art in this show, us being one.  So we totally killed it and were pretty drunk the whole time.  Also, the booth fee is like $100 for 3 days, so thats awesome. If its geographically convenient at all I will absolutely be doing this show again. It was a blast. I imagine Mayfest is lucrative for artists as well.


Deerfield, IL

     I will absolutely not be doing this show again.  Its in a heavily jewish area so saturday was completely dead and sunday was not a whole hell of a lot better.  A few people did okay, but its not my crowd, nor was there a crowd at all. It was a fairly easy show to do, I met a couple who became my closest "art tour" friends who i subsequently did shows with for the next 2 months.

I also by crazy chance got my top collector there. He is a young guy and avid art collector but had no clue of the show. he had gotten off the train and saw the show so walked down in the last few minutes before closing sunday. He bought a small original and said he would be getting my biggest piece at Wells street show in 2 weeks which he did.  He has since bought a few more originals for me.  That made Deerfield worth it, but I wont do that show again. No one was really happy. I do not recommend it.  It is next to whole foods though which made me happy

Hinsdale, IL

    Not my cup of tea either.  I didnt really speak to anyone who had a good show.  Its in a hugely upscale area, but I did not see anyone buying expensive pieces.  Thats about all I have to say. ohh the breakfast they had was the best muffins I'd had yet at a show-they were from a local bakery

Wells Street - downtown chicago

     That show is a big drinking party. I was right across from Benchmark bar, which seemed to be one of the swankiest busiest bars.  I heard that some serious buyers dont walk to that area because there are too many drunk people, but I did really well there, partially because of my deerfield collector buying my biggest piece.  It was a good time, I will apply to Old town next year and if I get in I will certainly do that, but I would do wells street again. Set up/ breakdown has potential to be a complete nightmare. 

Northville, Michigan

    This is a 3 day show, which it probably shouldn't be, but its in a small downtown in an upscale suburb.  Friday am we set up then the afternoon was open for business. The weather sucked friday and I didnt sell a single thing, but I didnt really care, I was hungover and didnt want to talk to anyone anyways. So i just stood in my booth and painted all day as it rained outside. 

Saturday was a different story, weather was great and I killed it. It was another show that had a lot of lower end stuff so i think that helped me stand out.  That was a $100-300 price point show for me atleast, but I sold enough to definitely be willing to do it again. especially if i can do ann arbor which is only 2 weeks away i think. 

The promoter is new to running the show but she's so awesome. I asked her if there were any showers we could use near by and she offered her house which is only a block away so I showered there and then hung out with her and her husband for hours. 

I will definitely put this show on the list for next year if its geographically convenient.  Its a good filler show at best, but it was worlds better than other filler shows that I had done.

Fountain Square, Evanston IL

     I heard from artists who had done this show for a number of years that they keep changing it around and thats definitely affecting the show in a negative way.  I expected more from this show than I got. I had a last minute sale that took me to the number I wanted to make for the show just before breakdown, but... ehh.... I think this show is going down hill for sure.  I would do it as a filler show maybe.  I made money, but it just seemed like kind of a buzzkill. 

Lunch was catered by wholefoods though which was nice.  Parking is free, but is sort of far away and they said they had a shuttle, but that company is a shit show and no one knew they were supposed to even have a shuttle. an employee gave me a ride so it was all okay, but still, unorganized. and parking is miles away so its not really walkable before/after a show.


Salida Arts Festival

    This was a first year show so I had low expectations.  I didnt do well by any means but as it turns out, I did worse at a number of colorado shows. Jerry, the promoter, I think, worked really hard to promote this first year show which isnt in a great location.  Load in is harder than it should be for being in a park, in my opinion. 

I will not be doing any shows in colorado again probably, and the only person I spoke to who was stoked was this really amazing older Korean man who makes Cajon drums who sold on saturday alone 14 drums that are priced between $400 -$700. He did awesome. Salida is a lower income artist community, and also a place where other Coloradans come on mini Stay-cations So if your art sells well here, maybe entertain this show.

Salida Riverside

    This show is run by Danna Tullis and I will NEVER do another show run by this woman. this seasoned show was in a far better location than the prior and I did way worse, as did everyone.  The owner of an art gallery less than 1 block from the show came by and told me he had no clue the show was happening.  Danna does no promotion for shows, she just takes the booth fees I guess.  She also does Sloans lake in denver which was terrible and I will mention later.  DO NOT DO THIS SHOW.

Downtown Aspen (Howard Alan)

     I did not do as well as expected at this show, which is an understatement,  but I think many people did do really well. They put a few artists on this weird little off shoot of the show, I was not one of them, I had a decent location, but I felt terrible for them, they got no traffic. I also heard other artists tell me that the art galleries had united and had gotten an article in the paper discouraging people from patronizing the show, and instead, going to art galleries who pay taxes etc all year, rather than these foreign artists who just come in for one weekend. 

I was next to a knife maker who did awesome. His stuff was really cool and he and his wife were great and made a super unique product, so I can see why they did awesome, also a glass artist who I heard of and didnt meet until the following weekend did like 20K from one collector at the show.  Most of the people buying art here are on vacation. 

Also Mountain fair was going on the same weekend in carbondale, less than an hour away and I think that detracted from the people at this show somewhat.  This show can be good for some, it wasnt for me.  I think also that booth appearance is extremely important at these shows, as these people are accustomed to buying at high end stores.  So the fact that I still had an EZup probably hurt meas well.


Beaver Creek (Howard Alan)

    Set up can be a complete nightmare, although it wasn't really for me.  Same as Aspen where I think i probably would have done better with a nicer booth set up, So its on the agenda.

A neighbor of mine who did big abstract paintings and had a large tall trimline tent sold 2 pieces at 7k each and got a huge commission.  Across from me a fiber artist did pretty well selling womens sweater things.  the glass artist I mentioned from Aspen straight killed it here too. He has some really awesome stuff and larger pieces are in the 6K-7K range and he must have sold 5 of those alone among lots of smaller stuff. 

You also run the risk (probably 50%) of being stuck in an area thats a huge pain in the ass to set up as well so far of the beaten trail that it has little to no foot traffic. This can be a fantastic show for some though, that's for sure

Denver Sloan's Lake

     Also run by Danna Tullis.  Last year was supposed to be the first year show, but that was when Denver was having crazy floods so this was the first year.  Very little foot traffic, also more of a pain in the ass to set up than it should be.  I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS SHOW TO ANYONE. no one I spoke to did well.


    This was one of the most accomodating shows I have done, although Beth, the current promoter, did announce she was resigning this year.  They have a pretty awesome artist dinner on saturday a few miles away.  Some people did well at this show, not me though, nor one of my neighbors. Its in a park so they had to design the map around trees and such so I was in a weird offshoot which was a lower foot traffic area for sure.

This was the worst show I had in a long time, but people out here, especially these retired, upper middle-upper class just weren't into my stuff.  I think its worth doing for others, but i will not be doing it again. 

To be continued .....


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Mercato: Naples, FL March 2014 Review

When Staci and I decided to try a Naples show this year I first talked to Florida West Coaster Geoff Coe.  

We’ve run into Geoff at a number of shows and he has seen the bright colors that permeate Staci’s work.  While cautioning that of course there were no guarantees, he suggested that Mercato might be the best fit.  The crowd is just as moneyed as the other Naples venues but it is younger (relatively speaking) and probably more interested in bright contemporary and abstract work that at the other Naples locations.

Geoff was absolutely right.  Unfortunately, the attendance at the show was way, way down (according to a number of repeat exhibitors that I spoke to.  Of those who did attend on Saturday (the best day), there was real buying interest but sadly even with some enthusiastic buyers, there weren’t enough to go around.

If the crowd had been of normal size, I think most would have had a great show.  As it was, while the painter on one side of us probably did $4K, the painter on the other side had to rely on a previous customer’s repeat purchase to make expenses.   Most of the bags we saw were from the high-end retailers that make-up the Mercato shopping plaza.

What went wrong?  At least 10 locals we spoke to said they had no idea there was a show this weekend.  They had seen no signs, billboards, or TV ads.  When the crowd is small and what I would call “coincidental”, there is not enough to go around even if they are the “right” people.  Where did our booth fee go???

Repeat exhibitors described wistfully the elbow-to-elbow throngs that have characterized Mercato in the recent past.  We could have had a great show if they were there.  As it was, we didn’t make mediocre.  Geoff had it right – this was our crowd; sadly, “crowd” is a misnomer.



Weather - Perfect!

Venue – upscale shopping plaza with many restaurants, movie theaters, shops

Easy set-up starting at 3AM.  We showed up at 5AM and parked in our space to unload.

Teardown was easy too.  We parked fairly near the booth and rolled it out over flat terrain.

Good storage behind the tent. 

Artist parking was in a big field behind the venue and a fairly short walk.

Artist amenities were okay. – Coffee/muffins in the morning and access to the volunteer center bathroom.  (There were also clean public restrooms throughout the venue.)

Booth sitters aplenty and very friendly volunteer group.

Quality of the art was excellent – a lot of work that we would love to have on our walls (if we had walls that is).  Very contemporary with just a touch of the traditional Florida beachy stuff


Looking West - Midday Sunday


Looking East - Midday Sunday


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