Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Had a free weekend, didn't have to drive too far, could commute from Denver, thought I'd try something different. What is the saying attributed to Einstein? "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
Well I asked for it...I know better than to mix holidays (Like the fourth of July) and art shows. I guess the only outstanding exception to that caveat would be the Cherry Creek Art Show but I wasn't invited to that show this year! (Or any other year that I've applied for that matter!)
Pike's Peak Arts Festival was held in a nice park just off the I-25 corridor near downtown Colorado Springs, CO. Set-Up is pretty much all day Thursday the day before the show so there is no stress with that. Although artists are allowed to drive on the circular sidewalk around the park it can be a little tight if people are not considerate and move all-the-way over to the right! I was fortunate in that my space was not far off the sidewalk so load-in was pretty easy. Got the tent all set up and most of the art went up but when I put my foot on the "sta-bar" to tighten up the 'ole Mesh Panels one of the hooks popped the seam, remember the part about being within driving distance of home? Well, I was glad that I was as I had to take the panel home and resew the seam over night and reinforced the one on the opposite end as well while I was at it!
Over night my cat Jessie woke me up with the suggestion that perhaps I hadn't set my tent up facing the correct direction. She's never done a show with me, what does she know? Rather than losing sleep over it I got up at 4 to drive the hour south to "The Springs", as we northerners refer to it, to be there at 6 and found a helpful helper from the show staff who sure enough confirmed that Jessie was correct, hmmm I was facing the wrong way. Going to a show 101! Had to take all the art down some of the wall pieces and poles and fortunately there were enough friendly artist neighbors around who helped lift all the corners and turn the tent around the right way.