Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Septemberfest in Schaumburg IL is a large festival which includes a carnival, large food area and main stage with bands and entertainment into the evening. All are set on and around the grounds of the Schaumburg Municipal center. The Arts and Crafts area consists of probably 250+ artists and crafters. Well it has the possibility of having that many.
We have done this show for about 4 years now. Parking for guests is very limited, but they seem to come out for the show and the music at the main stage. The arts area closes at 5pm and we watch the people coming to the nightly band concerts carrying their lawn chairs and coolers. As far as the art show goes, we have watched it deteriorate seriously over the last couple of years. What do I mean by deteriorate? An influx of buy and sellers.. This year I would say that close to 35-40% were buy and sell.
As an example, a year ago there was a person that was 2 booths over from us. That person had a double booth. The only thing in their booth were items that were shipped from Eastern Asia. Their items were stored behind the tent in their original baxes and they would restock from them.
Management for the show was made aware of these vendors on the first day of the show. Management chose to do nothing about it. Septemberfest agreement states that the artist must be in the booth with their product. If the items are buy and sell, the vendor will be asked to tear down and leave. When this was mentioned to management they said that they did not want any confrontations with the vendor so they would leave them there and not have them come back. Strange way to handle things when their agreement says if you have buy and sell you will be asked to leave and no refund. Confrontation would not be an issue when they have plenty of Schaumburg police on site all day.
So this one vendor got to stay the whole show and make life miserable for true artists trying to sell their art work. Then we get to this year. Guess what???? Yep, this vendor was back. In a different location but back again. When management was confronted they said well he paid his fee before we found out he was buy and sell so we had to let him in. Then they go on to tell me that it will all be changed next year bacause they have a new president. Well in my thoughts it is not the president who lets these people in but the people running the arts portion of the festival. If they wont remove somone who is violating their policy. It makes me believe that all they want to do is fill spaces in this show and they do not care who applies.
Maybe a festial is not the best venue for art. We will look to other locations to fill the void in our calendar.
B. David Kruser