Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
A little late in posting this show's review I wont go into a lot of detail as that can be seen in my previous posting last year about this show. See: http://www.artfairinsiders.com/profiles/blog/list?q=Omaha+Summer+Ar...!
What was different about this years show? Maybe I should start with the weather as it had a direct effect on the rest of the show. Friday one couldn't ask for a more perfect day. Sunny, not too hot or humid and not too windy (as it had been all last year). Saturday, it rained on and off and although the brave came out with their dumbrellas it slowed significantly towards the end of the day. Sunday, well, depending on which weather APP you looked at it either wasn't going to rain or it was...it did, all day till 4:00 and then the sun came out and the show was over at 5:00. Nuf said?
View from the inside looking out...not much else to do!
Now for the attendees. Last year it seemed like the wrong crowd for the show (did I say Walmartians?) This year however, it seemed more like a fine art crowd. The streets were packed on Friday as it seemed like the office crowd snuck past security and got out to enjoy the weather and the show. I don't remember seeing that many of them last year, probably opted to stay in the AC as it was so incredibly humid. It felt like a real art show to me as I watched the booth fill up with the curious time and time again. But that was mostly it, curiosity and not much buying. Saturday...not so much, the weather effected the crowd but I did see some bigger pieces take legs and move through the show. Sunday, the brave came out and some even came out multiple times. One prospective buyer showed up on Friday ("Would you discount that?", "No"), Sat. (I'm not sure) and Sunday with the whole family (bought something smaller from someone down the street!). Again, there was some buying but not at a fever pitch. Some seemed to do well and others not so much.
The show changed coordinators this year and Emily Peklo came around and introduced herself, points for that! I can't fault the staff any, they still did a great job logistically and the amenities with the show are among the best that I have experienced it's just that this show didn't deliver for me.
In terms of what they juried in there was quite a mix in terms of what I might want to see at an art show, some things seemed more befitting a crafts venue. Nothing wrong with the quality, I just don't want to compete with it when I'm trying to sell my work.
Would I do this show again? I'm thinking not, I gave it two tries and did worse this year than last and last year was nothing to write home about! It has nothing to do with the show promoters so much as the patrons. As recent discussions on this blog have pointed out...if a show doesn't deliver why support it, there are plenty more out there to choose from. In fact, this promoter does a show later in the year ARTsarben (Nebraska sorta spelled backwards). Given the results of this show I haven't given it much thought as to whether to try it or not.
Now for a small diatribe...About those dumbrellas, most people read Miss Manners and realized that they needed to hold them outside the booth or stay outside with the damn things or at least collapse them when inside a booth...then there was the guy who continued to hold his above his head inside the booth dripping onto the print bins and prints within. Even when he saw that he was dripping volumes and I was wiping them off he didn't get it! Okay, I feel better now.