I've been sitting on the upstairs step, passive hands but passionate heart, absorbing your Artist's pageant.
So it was this past weekend for the Hidden Rivers Art Festival in Brookfield, Wisconsin, that I went through that always frenetic/ avidly familiar/ artist's fan fair of preparing for a show. Not mine. My husband was one of the hundred juried.
My gold standard for a perfectly architected, organized and executed Art Festival starts with Amy Amdur of Amdur Productions. That said, I'm civil but critical if shows can't cut it.
My Dad and Mom had many sayings but this rings true of Amdur Art Shows: " You get what you pay for. "
In any show that I remember, I made all entrance costs and considerably beyond.
But I wander, as you all remember.
Bad on me. LOL
Hidden Rivers was. Hidden, that is. I had three GPS voices guiding my driving there on fairly familiar roads: my Lexus, Google Maps and Mom. It was impossible to even notice the wooded road or any advertisement sign in highway traffic without compromise. We missed the very first road three times. Frustrating with a minuscule show sign.
I heard a lengthy radio spot on NPR and Local for the Show. It was catchy.
The weather on Saturday looked ominous but never developed. Sunday was sunny, sixties and steady. A perfect Art Crawl Day if ever one was compelled.
The selection of creativity juried wasn't worth the worry. No junk, just-out-of-carton or just imported. Kudos.
The actual arrangement of the Artist's arctic aisles in symmetrical style with wide verdant swaths was striking in the bucolic beauty. Each Artist could abide on their captains chair down the center of each adequate aisle. Traffic flow was never troublesome rather one of the best in any show I've witnessed.
Why did 54% of the Artists either just clear or not make even their booth fee.
66.3% of all not make all costs and reasonable profit.
Caveat: I took my numbers from the artists who remained on Sunday afternoon. I based my survey on 50 random artists. No one refused the two questions. They were advised.
1) Too difficult a location
2) No visible ads or signs
3) Charging an entrance fee
4) Music should have been live and classical
5) Poor food selection ( even artists left site to seek restaurants )
6) Workshops could have been done outside under tent and better announced.
7) Silent Auction items were in such a dim space people just left because of visibility
I couldn't review Hidden Rivers on Art Sider Reviews because you have to be the showing Artist. Dems deh rules, yah see.
Sunday, a sage whispered some wisdom in an Angel's ear: " See a Season as a Long Single Show. Seems to even out. "
I took away a gem.
Better luck next year Hidden Rivers.
Your bone structure is patrician. You just need to flesh out.