Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
We only did one summer show this year. It was Northville's Art in the Sun. The weather on the first day about took out the tents and unfortunately about 30% of the artists packed up and left. Too bad for them because the rest of the weekend was beautiful. Two tents over from me was a woman who was selling all sorts of boxes and trinkets obviously buy and sell. And people were buying from her because her prices were understandably premade tiles. Even though the organizers knew these people were hurting the sales of real artists, they did not ask them to leave. The more I think about it the more I feel the rest of us are owed a refund on our jury fees. I won't do this show next year even though the people in charge were helpful and very nice. I felt cheated the whole time I was watching this woman rake in a profit and cutting into the sales of legitimate artists around her.
It is my feeling that if you are caught doing buy/sell that you should be removed from the show immediately. It usually states this in the contract. How do you feel about that? Should we insist on jury fee refunds if a buy/sell participant is not removed from the show?