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Retiring; selling supplies

Although still doing a few shows, we're starting to sell off excess supplies. Too many details & prices to mention, but we have clear plastic sales bags, with handles, mostly 16x20; Clear plastic storage bags (4 mil), in 24x30, 24x40, 30x36. Most from Bagmart, new & in original packs. Also packing supplies, foam core, frames, glass, etc. In Lakeland, in central Florida. Good prices, willing to dicker a bit. Bill Sargent, 813-714-3614 or Ann Sargent, 813-714-3616.

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We have closed our art show business and would like to sell our tent.  The tent was used for only a few shows.  It is clean.  It has been kept in hard plastic containers in a temperature controlled environment.  So it is in good condition.  One corner zipper is broken part way down.  However, the tent does close and the bottom of that corner can be secured easily.  Tent comes with an awning as well.

Pro Panels are beige.  They have also been kept in house in a temperature controlled environment.  There are 13 Panels, 14 shelves, and 3 pedestals (each varying in height).  A couple shelves have some minor stains.  

Tent and Pro Panels as a unit $2000.  Located in SW Florida.

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Thursday, July 18 - Sunday, July 21, 2019
Deadline: MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2019
Hours: Thurs.-Sat. 10am-9pm, Sun. NOON-6pm
205 Exhibitors
The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair (AASAF) is the original of a collective of four concurrent and contiguous fairs that transform central Ann Arbor into a massive outdoor art gallery each July. Established in 1960 as part of Ann Arbor’s Sidewalk Sales, the Street Art Fair quickly became a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization with a mission of increasing public knowledge and appreciation for contemporary fine arts and fine crafts. Over the ensuing 59 years, and additional art fairs, the Original Fair has continued to focus on the art, the artists and the art buyers. Known for its consistently high quality, all original work, the Street Art Fair resides on the streets surrounding the historic Burton Carillon Tower and the tree-lined central campus of the University of Michigan and does not host sidewalk sales or vendor booths. The Street Art Fair was voted one of the “Top Ten Best Art Festivals” in the country in an USA TODAY Reader’s Poll and is continually in the Art Fair Calendar “Top Ten Best Art Fairs” & Art Fair Source Books “Elite 25”. In addition, we ranked 8th in the nation in the latest Sunshine Artist’s “Top 100 Fine Art Shows” poll. 
Application fee:
$40 through 12/31/18, $45 after the 1st of the year
Booth fee:
$650 single
$800 double-back
Electricity and corners are available for an additional $100 each
For more information:
or call 734-994-5260
Apply here:
  • The combined Ann Arbor Art Fair draws approximately 400,000 fairgoers from across the nation.
  • Marketed extensively throughout Southeast Michigan and Northern Ohio, including a robust social media campaign.
  • In-depth Artist Directory on the Fair's website with an enlargeable color thumbnail of your work, contact information and links are included.
  • $8000 in award money and automatic re-invitation for award winners. 
  • Set-up the day before.
  • 11'/12' wide booth space plus behind booth storage.
  • Artist amenities include: on-site security, indoor restrooms, booth sitting, daily continental breakfast, continuous beverages and snacks available at Artist Hospitality, water delivered to booths, and an awards reveal lunch on Friday as well as an artist lunch on Saturday.
  • Paid demonstration opportunities.
See what's happening on our social sites:
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original
721 E. Huron, Suite 200, Ann Arbor MI 48104
734-994-5260 -
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Ferndale, Michigan
Fri. 3pm-7pm; Sat. 10am-7pm; 
Sun. 11am-5pm
120 artists
Deadline: May 16

Application fee: $25; Booth fees start at $355

Best for non-traditional work in all mediums, under $750, jewelry and fiber. 
This show features art with an edge. The show draws an appreciative audience looking for funky and unusual artwork in all media categories.  They are happy to spend money on art that they love. 
Fashionable Ferndale's downtown is a thriving business community with distinctive boutiques and bistros. The lively atmosphere attracts young upwardly mobile professionals. This show is designed to provide a showcase for artists that have work that appeals to that group. As Detroit continues its comeback Ferndale becomes an even more desirable area.
A healthy advertising budget along with extensive marketing and news coverage brings out the art lovers.  
Integrity Shows uses a 3 year jury rotation plan.  Once accepted, artists can count on being in the show for 2 more years provided they submit an application by the deadline.
Presented by Integrity Shows,

Mark Loeb, Integrity Shows President, has been producing and consulting with events since 1982 in metro Detroit. In addition to these five events he consults with art fair and event organizers.

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KDKanopy Majistic tent.  Used sparingly over 5 years $500.  Excellent condition,

4 - 6' Black Propanel walls Excellent condition

4 - 45lb Dumbbell Weights $35 each

6 - 15lb Dumbbells for anchoring easels $10 each

7 Artists Loft Easels $35 each.

6' 40 slot greeting card stand

3 large matted print stands

2 small matted print stands

Phone: 520-820-5081

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Miami, Florida
34th Annual Festival
Downtown South Miami on Sunset Drive
Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 10am-5pm 
145 Exhibitors

Deadline: November 2

Application Fee:  $30
Booth Fees: Standard $350, Corner $450, Endcap $525-limited number available
A limited number of double booths are available.

Started as a small show in 1984, the event has grown into one of Miami-Dade County's most anticipated festivals. Dozens of friendly and dedicated Rotary volunteers staff the event, ensuring a pleasant experience for exhibitors.

The festival attracts a diverse group of art lovers.  Public admission is free and includes live jazz throughout the weekend and an international food court.

a5e6db02-8cc3-46a9-9171-3d71be93ec2e.jpg?width=400 The proceeds of the festival benefit South Miami Rotary charitable efforts including college scholarships for local school students as well as international and local community service projects. 

The festival is produced by the dedicated volunteers of the Rotary Club of South Miami and its Rotary Foundation.  Our artists come from all over the U.S. and Canada. 

The area is filled with historic buildings, restaurants and unique shops. Just 3 miles south of Miami's Coconut Grove, South Miami borders the University of Miami and the upscale neighborhoods of Coral Gables and Pinecrest. 

An award for Best in Show will be made in the amount of $1,500. Second prize is $1,000, and third prize is $750. At the discretion of the judges, a total of up to five Artists of Note may be chosen, with awards of $350 each. Sponsorship of additional award funding is being solicited this year.

We provide:

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  • Load-in and out at booth space
  • Free parking for artists
  • Cash awards of at least $5,000 will be presented
  • Automatic acceptance for winners the following year
  • Complimentary continental breakfast both mornings
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Booth sitting available for brief breaks 
  • Application deadline - November 2, 2017 
  • Notifications emailed - November 13, 2017 
  • Booth fees due - December 8, 2017 No refunds after - January 5, 2018 
  • Set up - February 24, 2018 - 5:30 a.m. Must be completed by 9:45 a.m.
phone: (305)769-5977

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August 5 & 6
Chesterton, Indiana
Presented by the Chesterton Art Center
100 Artists
Deadline: May 15

Application fee: $30
Booth fees: $200 Single/Member; $250 Single/Non-Member; $375 Double/Member; $475 Double/Non-Member

The long running Chesterton Art Fair made a big move in 2016 to Dogwood Park, in the town of Chesterton, less than a mile from I-80 and I-94, making it an easy trip for art patrons from nearby Chicago and Michigan. Artists were rewarded with better sales at this accessible location. 
What the artists had to say:
"LOVE the new location!" "Much better fair, plus convenient parking close by. Thank you" "Never sold so much art at one show...the people really came out!" "Much better food choices...thanks." "Great volunteers, so helpful."
e3c2638d-904b-4374-9cb8-5d5710b95a0e.jpg(Major road construction projects on I-94 and the Indiana Toll Road, and locally Route 49 are finished! Should be smooth sailing ...)
In 2017 expect artist demon-strations, live music, a children's art experience booth, homemade food along with local restaurant fare and more. Proceeds from the fair support the Chesterton Art Center and art classes for all age groups.


Heavily advertised online and through social media outlets. Regional print advertising, postcards, banners, signage, email blasts.

Apply to the show using Entrythingy:

Questions? Contact Wendy Marciniak, 219-926-4711,


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Call for Artists: Art San Diego


Calling all established studio artists! The most anticipated art event in Southern California is less than two months away. Will you be there? We invite you to showcase your work this Sept. 28-Oct. 1 at, a contemporary art show featuring an international slate of artists and galleries. Whether you want to expand your distribution and connect with trade buyers from around the world, present yourself to gallery owners and top collectors, or learn industry selling techniques from the pros, you'll find it all at Art San Diego. But booths are filling up fast! Here are three reasons why you should exhibit at the ninth edition of Art San Diego, too.

1. Grow Your Business

Art San Diego offers the amazing opportunity to network with thousands of trade buyers, including designers, architects, art publishers, and gallery owners. That kind of exposure helps you not only sell individual pieces but also line up lucrative commissions and spark relationships with industry professionals who could serve you for years to come.

2. Surround Yourself with Success

Art San Diego 2017 - Exhibit
When you present your work at Art San Diego, you'll be among a select group of exhibiting artists and galleries from around the world. Join an impressive lineup of exhibitors:
Pippin Contemporary * John Natsoulas Gallery * Bruce Lurie Art Gallery * Arte Collective *Renssen Art Gallery * InArt Gallery * James Paterson Fine Art
Register now to snag a premium booth spot.

3. Save Thousands

Freight Concierge Program When you exhibit at more than one Redwood Media Group show, we'll provide complimentary storage and shipping between shows as part of our Freight Concierge Program. Not only do you get coast-to-coast exposure, but you save thousands of dollars in the process. Let us handle the logistics so you can focus on maximizing your impact and sales.

Have any questions? Contact our team. They'll be happy to help you in any way possible. We hope to host you in the beautiful Wyland Center this fall!

The Art San Diego Team


Redwood Media Group

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dd49e3bb-93c1-4ea3-80cc-ba1c700b35c2.jpgSeptember 23-October 15
Brooklyn, New York
Presented By: Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC)
400 Artists
Deadlines: Early bird: August 6; Final Deadline: August 6

Application Fee: 
Early Bird $45/3; Final Deadline $65/3; $5 Each Additional Image

Ours is a truly unique gallery - 25,000 square feet in a Civil War-era warehouse on the Red Hook waterfront in Brooklyn, NY. The vista of New York Harbor, spanning the Statue of Liberty to the Verrazano Bridge is one of the best in the city. Our 18,000 annual visitors also enjoy the nearby restaurants, bars, IKEA and Fairway Market. Its enormous space affords us the opportunity to exhibit large work, and we welcome it. We will be using 8,000 square feet for this show, and look forward to exhibiting artist's work from all around the country, work in all sizes, and subjects, and media.


This is a selling show with art priced for anyone and everyone. Thousands of NY art lovers and collectors will see your work. Expand your collector base in NYC. To make it easy for new collectors, all work submitted must be for sale at $499 or less. You will get 75% of the selling price.

$2050 in cash prizes will be awarded including $1000 Best in Show Gold.
Marketing Plan:
Online postings, mailed postcards, press-releases to regional media.

"Wonderful space. Totally loved the last exhibition." Albert TainoImage Areizaga
"Put on your walking shoes; there is so much fantastic art to see." Victoria Lapin, Artist
"Gigantic scale, relaxing atmosphere, harbor/loft environment. Astounding creativity all around. A must-see weekend destination." Mary Bullock, Artist

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Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa State Fairgrounds
Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 10am-5pm
250 Artists
Deadline: March 24

Application fee: $30; Booth fee: $340-$600

Artfest Midwest 'The Other Art Show', Iowa's largest fine art show, is an indoor event (with a few outdoor spaces) held in the rain-free, air-conditioned Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. It is held on the same weekend as the downtown arts event. Artfest Midwest, an affordable alternative to the downtown show, will again offer free shuttle bus service to downtown. Parking and admission to the show are free for the estimated 30,000 patrons.

New: The event promotion is under new management, with new faces and new and innovative ideas to ensure a successful event. There will be cash prizes for the best art in each category and an overall "Best in Show".

Marketing: In addition to radio, television, newspaper and digital advertising, Artfest Midwest will be promoted through a robust social media network on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Learn more:
Contact: Robyn Mills,, 515-237-0339


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Call for Artists: Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair

Follow the crowds to the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair
July 20-23 - Ann Arbor, Michigan 
One of America's favorite downtowns, Ann Arbor, has an energy and character that is world class and fairgoers from all across the Midwest make sure not to miss when the Ann Arbor Art Fair comes to town! The Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair is the largest of the four Ann Arbor fairs and includes all of Main Street, the heart of downtown. 
Operated by The Guild of Artists and Artisans, a 501c3 non-profit membership organization whose mission is to serve its members by providing quality events to market artist's work; the Ann Arbor Summer Fair's primary focus is on making our fair successful for artists. We are always searching for amazing artists and fine craft talent to keep our quality high and our shows looking fresh. We encourage you to apply!

Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair Features: 
  • BIG CROWDS! The Ann Arbor Art Fair boasts roughly 400,000 annual visitors.  The Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair places your work in the heart of the fair on some of the fair's busiest streets. 
  • TV, Radio, Social Media and professional PR support for the show 
  • Mobile phone responsive website with complete artist directory with an enlargeable image, contact info and link to artists' website.
Premium Artist Amenities include:  
 - Water Delivery; Booth Sitters; On Site Security     
 - Guild Membership Included in Application  
 - Discounted Hotel Room Blocks   
 - Awards: over $3500 in awards including an award for Best New Artist. All award winners receive an invitation to return.

Application Fee: $35 through 12/15/16, $45 after 12/15/16 Application Fee includes a one-year membership in The Guild of Artists and Artisans
Deadline: January 30 

Booth fee:
  • $700, Single10'x10' electricity included!! 
  • $1400, Double - 10'x20' electricity included!! 
  • $650, Single "basic" - does not have electricity. Limited number available
  • $75, Corner Fee

Learn more about The Guild: and
For more information or questions, contact Nicole McKay,
734.662.3382 ext. 301 or
The Guild of Artists & Artisans 118 N. Fourth Avenue. Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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Jupiter, Florida
Presented by:  Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce
300 Artists
Deadline:  September 16

Application Fee: $40/Booth Fee: $505

f25066f1-0ccf-4310-a9bb-73acb695bfb8.jpg?width=400Celebrating 32 years ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival has grown from a small, local art show to a nationally recognized fine arts festival attracting tens of thousands of art lovers and collectors.  

ArtiGras is a three-day ticketed event held on President's Day Weekend at Abacoa in Jupiter, Florida.

President's Day weekend is the busiest tourism weekend of the winter in south Florida. The shoppers descend from around the state as the snowbirds taking advantage of the beautiful weather and they love our art fair.

Produced by the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce, ArtiGras was recently named one of the top 50 fine art festivals in the country and features 300 juried artists along with artist demonstrations, Youth Art Competition, ArtiKids children's interact activity area, entertainment and more.

During ArtiGras, three of the judges from the jury panel will choose 14 award winners in the Fine Art Showcase and give out $16,000 worth of prizes.  

Learn more: 
Contact:  Angelique Allen,
Phone:  (561)748-3955

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1fc9c0a2-dfa0-4593-970a-03c820fc8992.jpg?width=184October 15 & 16
Atlanta, Georgia

Olmsted Linear Park
Presented by: The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces
225 Artists

Deadline: August 19

Application fee: $25; Booth fee: $275-$550

3806286d-bba6-4ca0-8886-cf91a1891589.pngThe Fall Festival on Ponce is an Atlanta arts and crafts festival held in the historic Olmsted Linear Park.  Visitors will enjoy the gorgeous landscape designed by one of America's most celebrated landscape architects, Fredrick Olmsted St., which was carefully restored by the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance.

An estimated 20,000 visitors will attend this event with over 125 displays of fine art and crafts, folk and "outsider art." In addition to the abundance of unique art, there will be a children's area, local gourmet food, beverages and a small stage for acoustic musical performances. 

This is the 6th year that AFFPS will hold an outdoor arts and crafts festival in the chain of parks on Ponce de Leon Ave. in the historic Druid Hills neighborhood.  This event will be very conservative, with sensitivity and consideration for the park and surrounding neighborhood.

Contact: Randall D. Fox,
Phone: (404)873-1222
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381a067e-01ed-46c9-b72d-75b5d11317d4.jpg?width=152October 14-16
Charlotte, North Carolina
Presented by: A & E Show Group
135 artists
Deadline: August 15

Application fee: $35; Booth fee: $1250+
Charlotte Contemporary made it's debut in 2015 and received rave reviews from attendees and artists alike.  Visitors stopped the show organizers in the aisles dozens of times to tell them how impressed they were with the artists and the art; especially for a first year show.
New this year:
  • 4970d4c3-d7ff-4ee8-bb10-780615b26078.jpgFashion shows and a very special exhibit to generate more interest and bring more people out.
  • An Early Buying fundraiser for the Arts & Science Council on Friday.  
  • We also are proud to welcome SNAG/Metalsmith and QNotes as media sponsors this year!
Contact:  Jeannette Parssi
Phone:  (561)635-2037
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Calling all experienced artists and gallery owners: Are you eager to get your artwork in the spotlight? Apply to exhibit at Spectrum Indian Wells, a four-day fine art show in the beautiful Coachella Valley featuring world-class contemporary art, special events, and exclusive parties.

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Reach A Global Audience

Spectrum Indian Wells takes place during the final weekend of the renowned BNP Paribas Open, which draws hundreds of thousands of affluent tennis fans from around the world to Indian Wells each year. Not to mention, the region is already teeming with art aficionados; in fact, the Coachella Valley is known as a haven for sculpture collectors. In addition, our presenting sponsor, UBS Financial Services, will be inviting their best clients to early viewings and private parties within the show. Don't miss this unique opportunity to expand your reach and connect with high-net-worth collectors! A wide range of booth spaces is available, starting at just $1,500 for sculpture space and $2,495 for a Rising Artist exhibition wall.

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Who Should Apply

We're currently accepting applications from established artists, galleries, and publishers representing masterworks and modern or contemporary art. While we're looking to represent artwork in a wide range of media, including sculpture, painting, photography, installation art, and glasswork, we are especially interested in seeing work from sculptors or galleries with a sculpture focus. We do not accept jewelry, tapestries, or arts-and-crafts work. Submit an application today to be considered for booth space or Sculpture Garden space at Spectrum's gorgeous, gallery-style venue located at the luxurious Renaissance Indian Wells Resort. We look forward to seeing your work!

  Apply Now >  

We'd be thrilled to have you join us at Spectrum Indian Wells this spring. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us. Call Rick Barnett at 831-747-0112 today to reserve your space.

The Spectrum Indian Wells Team


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I won a great prize for doing something I should have been doing for years -- I made a small contribution to support Art Fair Insiders / Art Fair Calendar this year. Given how much I get out of the Calendar and Insiders, the call for artists, show reviews, etc., I wish I could have done more.

I am so appreciative of all that goes into running these sites/services and providing the wonderful support to artists across the country.

I won a free show from AFFPS (Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces)! They contacted me immediately with instructions on how to redeem it. Love those folks, always so professional and always doing something to help the arts.

Thanks to everyone who donated prizes, thanks to Constance for all she does.

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Sanford, Florida
Historic Downtown Sanford
Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 10am-5pm
125 Artists
Deadline: March 21
Applications on ZAPP

$15,000 in Awards $3,000 Best of Show


A NEW art festival experience...

"where the artistic process comes alive before your eyes"


We are very excited to announce our 4th annual event, rapidly becoming one of the South's premier outdoor fine arts festivals. A different festival experience awaits you!

Throughout the festival there are 12 demonstrating areas for artists selected through our jury process. These artists will have adjacent spaces to demonstrate their artistic process along with their finished artwork to sell.

Our plans to make this an exciting successful event for you:

  • Our Patrons Program offers ART-BUCKS to be spent on your artwork
  • Fine art judges are top quality and between them, knowledgeable in all categories
  • Easy Check-in and exit at the end of the Festival
  • Comprehensive broadcast, print and electronic/digital media coverage
  • Artists who apply early may be showcased in the media spots
  • Booth numbers and artist information in the festival program and website
  • Convenient parking for Artists
  • Artist Retreat with breakfast & lunch on Saturday and Sunday
  • Frequent visits by the Artist Support team. Booth sitters. 


Anticipated attendance: Approximately 20,000 visitors over the two days

Entertainment: Soft acoustical music artists perform throughout the festival footprint.



Jury Fee: $35.00 - Booth Fee: $225.00


Contact Information:
Phone: Director/Artist Support - Kim House: 407-416-1779
Alt Phone: Liz Darwick, 407-314-6809
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8869159696?profile=originalJune 19-21
Alpine, Wyoming

Presented by Alpine Solstice Events
Nordic Inn Park Grounds
50 Artists
Deadline: May 20

Application Fee:  $25

Booth Fee:  $250 for 10'x10'

The Alpine Solstice is a juried art event to showcase fine handmade original artwork in the categories of:  Drawing & Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Jewelry, Photography and Fiber.  The categories are general and subject to juror approval.  This event is located on the park grounds of the Nordic Inn, a 5-star restaurant with exquisite indoor and outdoor seating residing at the base of majestic Fairy Peak and overlooking the scenic Snake River.  The event is held in a grass area near the main road measuring 300'x200' and will contain up to 50 booth spaces.  

Alpine Junction is located 35 miles southwest of Jackson Hole on US Hwy 26. It is a mountain town with approximately 800 residents.  There are 3 rivers that converge at this point and flow into Palisades Reservoir adjacent to the town.  The river valleys are surrounded by majestic snow capped peaks covered with spruce, pine and aspen stands.  Alpine is a visitor-friendly destination with ample restaurants, hotels, motels, and camping, fishing, hiking, rafting, horseback riding amenities.


"Although the Alpine show was in it's first year, we decided to take a chance on it.  The low numbers of attendees was discouraging, until we noticed the very high percentage of those that did attend purchased.  Mark took VERY Good care of us artists.  Easiest set up of our summer circuit!  Lunches provided, and quickest tear down!  We will certainly be returning.  Thanks again. TJ and Lori Thompson



Contact:  Mark Marino,

Phone:  (307)413-9911

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Call for Artists: Art Fair Jackson Hole (2)

July 10, 11, & 12
August 7, 8, & 9

Established in 1965, Art Fair Jackson Hole brings diverse forms of art to a community that is rich in western history. Our two fairs are juried, three day outdoor events featuring up to 170 artists from around the country. We pride ourselves on creating intimate shows.

  • Jackson is one of the country's most popular arts destinations and tourist hotspots
  • Marketing efforts include radio ads, area newspaper ads, regional glossy magazine ads, info on the Wyoming Travel and Tourism and Chamber of Commerce websites, posters at major venues and a strong website presence
  • Enjoy Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park in our backyard
You are invited to apply online at:

For more information: 

Art Association of Jackson Hole

Attn:  Amy Fradley, Art Fair Director

Phone: (307)733-8792; Email:

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This week’s blog is focusing primarily on how I price my polymer clay sculptures for sale. It isn’t an exact science and I’ve played around a lot with it. I have found that pricing my art fairly and within market value range is extraordinarily important.  

I really shot myself in the foot when I first started out. I waaaay over priced something to someone who very easily could have been a long-term client. Big mistake. My problem?? Was ignorance.

It was right around the time that lots of local people were seeing my work and I was tinkering with the idea of charging more than just the cost of materials. A lady saw my work and she wanted a logo made. {She owned a business of her own} She explained what she was looking for, we brainstormed and she seemed to love my ideas. She wanted to own the rights to the artwork and put it on all of her apparel. She asked me for a price, and I told her I would think about it and get back to her. Sounds pretty good so far doesn’t it?

On the drive home I spoke with my husband and told him of the opportunity. He being married to me thought as highly of my work as I did and saw first-hand how much effort went into them. He saw how many sketches I did before I ever put paint on the brush. He told me that I should look online and see what people charge for exclusive rights and logos. Still sounds pretty ok right?

This is where it goes wonky. I wish I could blame it on bad fish or temporary insanity, but nope. It was me being me. Darn it. I looked up logos and exclusivity.  What I found was an agency in New York who had created logos such as Nike and Abercrombie and Fitch. So those logos cost somewhere in the range of 4,000.00 to 10,000.00. I was blown away. I showed my husband and did a little dance around the living room. {Seriously… can I just blame the fish?} When I spoke to this lady again, I brought up what I had seen. Keep in mind I never looked past that one page. I never once checked out local artists, or even stopped to consider the fact that the lady I was speaking to was not any different than you or me. She was an everyday lady trying to be in business for herself, doing what she was good at. I sometimes wish future me could go back in time and slap past me.

{Deep breath…} I told her what I had found, and what ‘people were paying’. Not once did I actually give her a quote. But by bringing it up, the damage had been done, absolute and irrevocable damage. Fish anyone?

I have since tried desperately to regain them as a client even offering ‘freebees’ but to no avail. I had stepped outside of the trust circle. I had to accept what I had done and learn from it. It was a tough lesson and completely avoidable, had I done more research before biting off more than I could chew.

Ok. So, here is what I have so far, and so far it seems to be working for me. I am borrowing several bits and pieces that I have learned from others and adding a few changes that I have found that work very well for me. I want to share this with you in the hopes that you are able to figure out a pricing system that not only works for you, but also for your clients. They can be hard to come by. So we, as artists, want to take very VERY good care of them. We want to be able to explain why our art costs what it does. Just in case we are asked. At some point…they always ask. {insert wink}


EXPENSE    {we must count our expenses. This is okay. Don’t feel bad, because this is a business and people do understand and even expect it} 

Let’s say my monthly expenses are 1000.00, I divide that by 4{weeks}=250.00 I divide that number by/40{hours} giving me a base rate 6.25 per hour. {This number will vary depending on your expenses.} If your monthly expenses are higher and this is your primary source of income than you will have to adjust your expense rate. If you are just beginning to build your business and you have help or additional income to help you with your expenses then you can be a little more lenient. Your base cost should be this number and you should build the remainder of your piece’s cost from there

  • {rent, electricity, gas, etc, I add my etsy/paypal/advertising fees into this amount }


Materials {always pay attention to what you use and how much. This will give you a great idea of what it takes to produce your art, and in my case helps me to avoid wasting}             

  • {clay, glaze, metals if you’re making jewelry, paints, resin…etc, glass eyes I buy or resin eyes I make.

One standard sized sculpted figure typically takes me 1 1/3 block of Sculpey Premo clay. These are between 2.77-3.00 each {depending on where you are-I don’t account for sales or promotional costs because I can’t guarantee I will always be able to get them at that price} if I gloss the piece, I add .30, if I paint it or do detail work with the paint I add .30 {Remember this is just materials and not time.}

  • Sometimes I will add little ‘trinkets’ to my pieces, for example miniature items or charms. These are things that I will make in batches. For example, it’s Valentine’s Day, and I have made a bunch of chocolate covered strawberries to add to figures. I can make a batch of 25 strawberries from one block of clay. So I will divide 3.00/25= so each strawberry will cost me .12 to make. The chocolate costs me .04, the headpin for the strawberry charm costs me .03 and the lobster clasp for the charm costs me .11  do you guys see where I’m going with this?

Let’s review what we have so far…

Say that I make a standard sized figure {glossed and painted} with an accompanying charm

4.00 + .30 + .30 + .30 = 4.90 {just materials} add that to your ‘expense’ 4.90 + 6.25 = 11.15

Let’s say that minimum wage is 12.50 an hour. I want to pay myself at least 12.50 an hour for labor. Add this to the amount above:

11.15 +12.50=23.65 Multiply this amount x2 and that will give you the wholesale price of 47.30 this is the base amount I must charge to by the skin of my teeth justify all other expenditures.

Theoretically for retail price it is the wholesale x2 so 47.30 x 2= 94.60

Ooooh… but here is where it gets a little sticky, because the more time it takes you to create a piece the greater its value, right? Not necessarily. I have not yet been able to charge what I am calculating retail to cost to be. I auctioned a piece off, and got close. In the meantime, wholesale lets me stay in business. Replenish what I have used and hopefully put money back into my business.

When I am trying to figure out what to charge, ultimately I have to take into account….’factors’ {seriously, that should be a four-letter word.} “What is a factor?” These are those annoying little things that effect what we can charge vs. what we want to charge.

Some examples of factors would be: Competition {take a look around you… see what some artists are getting for their work. I’m not referring to Picasso or Dhali… but you and me. The little guy with the great big dreams {encouraging look of…encouragement} Find work that is similar to yours. If you are using an internet based storefront, browse around and check out the other stores.

Don’t look skin deep. Really get in there and see if they are making sales. There may be one person charging 150.00 or higher for one piece but if they are only selling 1-2 pieces a month. This is not the way to go, for me at least. On the other end of the scale, there may be an artist selling pieces for 10.50 and has 100 sales in a year. Still not going to cut it, I mean great for them =) but I personally want this to be a monetarily successful business, so I want to find out what people are willing to pay for what I have on a consistent basis.

I’ve looked all over at everyone I can find… I’ve checked out as many online stores/sales that I can seek out who carry anything even similar to what I have. I write to the artists. It is probably one of the most educational and simple things I can do. Most of them are extremely helpful. Only twice have I run into artists who are so fiercely protective of their methods they’d sooner plaster their eyes closed than to give me information. But no worries, life goes on. I fell in love with the majority of the artistic community and I want to pay it forward.

Back to competition. I’m not going lie… there are a couple of people out there who can’t have their stuff up for 5 minutes before someone snatches it.. I’ve seen customers have bidding wars over their art... I’m talking 3-400.00 for one piece! This is my goal…seriously.

I know it sounds terrible but on more than one occasion I have just been beside myself wondering ‘why aren’t these same people wanting my stuff and paying that price? My art is just as nice as theirs.’ The answer is semi-simple. These people have worked their tushies off and in the process gained a fan-base {nothing but respect for these amazing artists} we’ll get into that later… back to factors.

Buyer’s Remorse… that’s an icky one. The more money a person pays for something, the higher their expectations, as they should be.  If they buy something from me and this ‘something’ shows up at their door in anything less than perfect condition, then the buyer will lose faith in me and I will have lost that customer for life. You don’t want this to happen. Word of mouth can go a long way, especially in the art world.

No worries!! Your talent and beautiful artwork captured their attention. So much so, they gave you money for it and that is a wonderful thing! Now it is time to capture their hearts. Because this is an area that we can really shine!  There are so many little touches you can give your packages for very little expense, and this can mean the difference between one time buyer and repeat customer!! There are lots of factors that can apply. It is up to you to figure out which ones will impact you/your business the most. In the long run, it will be the little things that keep people coming back. Be sure that you don't skimp on the little things. Take the time to talk to people who have questions. You never know who you are talking with or what connections they have. If you make a great impression, chances are they will get your name out there. That is exactly what you want. 

When I package my pieces, I use gift boxes. I get them in bulk either from the dollar store, or great shipping stuff in bulk by-the-way. I decorate my gift boxes, something simple like glitter-tape that color coordinates with my business cards, a ribbon or seasonal fun from the dollar store… I love the dollar store… I add fun tissue paper and a personal hand-written note, and ‘TA-DA!’ It feels like a real treat when they are opening their packages. What a nice surprise for them! I like opening gifts..Don’t you?

I don’t add the cost of the shipping materials to the purchase price of the piece itself. I add it into the shipping cost. I add the box < 1.00 depending on where I get it, .05 for the tissue paper {if I get a box of 20 from the dollar store} .05 for the ribbon or glitter tape. It is inexpensive for me. It is a little extra effort on my part, but this is what I want to do. I am sending a small part of my soul that I created and I want the new owner to treasure it as much as I do.

I hope this is helpful to those of you who are struggling with the idea of pricing your art for sale. For me, this venture has been a most humbling journey. I hope that in some way you will have benefited from my mistakes, and found this material useful. Your feedback is always welcome.

Remember, you are a beautiful and creative soul, truly a gift among people. Here’s hoping you all have a wonderful week full of fresh ideas and inspiration.

As always, until next time,

XO ~Alicia, LDA


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