Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
I have thought seriously about what it is going to look like when they finally let us exhibit again in the Covid era.
I am a photographer. So presently I show my work in framed images on the wall and then a table with two matted print bins and a small table with a box for my 16x20 mats.
The two bin table hold 8x10 mats and 11x14 mats. I print on paper.
I have Lightdome tent with Propanels.
My booth usually has two skinny panels in the front where I display six, 16x20 frames.
I have a left and right wall and two rear walls with an opening in the middle where I sit behind the booth.
The print bins are aligned on one side.
Covid is going to change things. I do not think I can have print bins where people will be touching them constantly. I cannot be wiping all the time.
Most 2-d artists like me who have bins are going to have to circumvent this problem.
Here is my solution.
I sell about 50 images in three matted sizes.
I am going to have two large frames with 5x7 printed images with titles.
The frames will be 30x40, with glass,each frame will have 25 images.
I am going to duplicate the process on the outside panels of my booth— two frames with 25 images.
That means at least four people or more can look at the work.
I will have a small coffee table with three sample size mats so people can see what they will get.
I will have prices for the three sizes. These will show on the framed pieces as well as the table.
Then, when a customer sees one they like and want, I can pull one out from my storage bins behind the booth.
I can hold it up to let them see without touching. If it goes well, I will bag it up for them.
This eliminates other people touching the work
It is safe, no germs getting spread.
I think people will adjust to this new reality.
Next, let us talk about vibing with customers safely.
I am going to clip a 30x40 plexiglass sheet to the panel’s edge in the middle where I sit.
It will be head high. That way there is a safe shield between us.
This allows me to duck under if I have to go out in the booth.
Customers can hand me their cards or cash below it. I can pass bagged sales under it.
Again this is a layer of safety, yes I will wear a mask.
In my next blog I will cover other future obstacles to be overcome in the near future. Example, how booths will be spaced at shows.
I hope this will be of help to all of you. And, please give me some feedback, love to hear your thoughts.
Later Gators, til tomorrow.