Okay y'all beat me to the review so I'll just add my two cents worth...kudos to the hard workers and those that are in charge, they absolutely put on a first rate show! More water and snacks then I could shake an artists name tag at. They made a big point of telling the artists how much they appreciated them being there, over and over again!
It never fails, not matter where you are located in a show you always think some other part of the show is getting more patrons then you...not so, same people they just amble around a lot. Overall, however, I wouldn't say this was an overwhelming show in turns of numbers attending but still a lot of people.
The crowd was art smart, asked good questions, knew their stuff and were very engaged, not the walking dead that I've seen recently at some shows. You know the ones, they walk by and don't even look at the art booths let alone talk to the artists, they grab the lemonade and popcorn and that's it! I didn't even see any lemonade or popcorn at this show, just beer!
Depending on where you were located you either had a lot of space behind your booth or seemingly very little. Booths were side to side so not much room there. I was next to a free standing sculptor so I had a free corner space with lots of room between us.
Sounds like y'all had good sales, not so much for us on the far western end of the waterway. The metal artist on the other side of me sold nothing even though people were very engaged with his work. I sold mostly smalls ($25) of my photography and some mid sized matted pieces. I made enough to drive home but it wasn't worth writing home about and because I didn't sell much I didn't drive back to Denver to fill in my inventory and instead did a Route 66 road trip on the way to the next show! I've learned to make lemonade!
Met and introduced myself to Jim Parker, how come your AFI picture makes you look so young? ;-P I gawked and admired his work before moving on to say hello to some other art show buddies. I read his remarks about him at DFW...I'm sooo confused! Now come to think of it, is there another James Parker, Photographer? Maybe you weren't the James Parker i thought you were, maybe you have a secret double life or is there a parallel universe?
The festival committee makes a big deal of their status on AFSB but based on my results, and those near me, I don't get it. Must be the same phenomenon that makes shows look good in Sunshine Magazine.
Nuff said, it's on to the Oklahoma Festival of the Arts, a new show for me so I'm ready to see what it's all about! Any other AFI'ers gonna be there?