Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Event Dates: 7/12/2014 - 7/13/2014
Location: Centennial Park
410 West Rainbow Blvd
Salida, CO 81201
Application is on ZAPP
The inaugural “Salida Arts Fair” is one of the premier arts destinations in Colorado. The small town of Salida is known as an arts community. The show location is a beautiful park adjacent to the Salida Aquatic center and on the major highway through town. (Large trees, grass, and bathrooms)
There were 55 artists for this first time show. Artists came from many states. There was NO buy-sell or commercial. The show looked great. This show is put on by a local artist and gallery owner, Jerry Scaveezze. Jerry, has been doing art shows as an artist for over 30 years. He did a lot of print advertising in newspapers and magazines around the state, and had posters and signs also. Show is adjacent to HWY 50 which will have 10,000 cars a day drive slowly past. (Stop light on the corner.) There was a steady flow of cars pulling off to visit the show. Folks living in the Salida area were in strong support and were in attendance and buying.
Crowds were great on Saturday morning. I sold best from 10 am to 12:30 PM. There is also a beer festival in town on this date, and many folks left to attend that event. Show was slow on Saturday afternoon. Show was off to a slow start on Sunday but then folks started milling about and I made more sales. I am a local Salida painter selling original oil paintings. I was happy with my sales. I sold one large painting, one medium sized painting and quite a few small paintings. Another fine art artist a couple booths down from me had a better show. Amado Peña had a double booth at this show.
Pottery, metal arts, baskets, scrolled wood and jewelery seemed to have the most sales. Also, a new artist selling stone chairs and sculptures did very well, selling most of his items. Good show for artists with a lower end ($$) in their booths. I think furniture would do well at this show if it is reasonably priced. Some higher end artists did not sell well. Clothing and fiber arts could do well at this show.
Set-up and tear down was made easier with the help of a few boys and girls from the local Boys & Girls Club. The promoter paid them by the hour but artists were expected to tip them. A wise investment, and my young helpers were great. You parked on Holman Avenue and dolly to your booth space. Set up was all day Friday. Jerry and his staff supplied all artists with a free collapsible water bottle and then delivered ice cold water to our booths. Jerry and his staff were VERY helpful and were listening to all suggestions to help with next year's show. Booth sitters were available also. Jerry and his staff helped artists with their tear downs too. Excellent!
Weather was nice in the mornings, then turned humid and hot. We had threatening storms moving over head all afternoon. The storms moved around us and there was no rain.
There was a free shuttle from the beer festival to the art show. Show needs chairs and resting spots for customers, water and lemonade stands.
I believe this show will grow and become more popular. The Lake City show is the Tuesday following, and the weekend before is Cherry Creek, Breckenridge and Pike's Peak (a few more too). The following weekend is the Lake Dillon Show and Winter Park. All within a few hours drive. Do not confuse this new Salida Arts Festival with the Riverside Arts Festival held in Salida. I would not recommend the Riverside Arts Festival.