Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Review of the 2014 Southwest Arts Festival in Indio, CA (near Palm Springs, CA). This is a good looking 3-day show with 281 artists in attendance. It was well attended, by my view. There is a gate fee of $8 and parking is $5 for patrons. The organizers take 15% of your gross sales. All sales are logged into a sales book provided each day to the artist then turned in each evening by the artist. This is my second time participating in this show.
Load in was easy and mellow all day Thursday before the show. You can drive right up to your space and unload. Load out was just as mellow on Sunday night. My booth space was perfect and so was the weather. I brought along my latest series of work and was proud to show.
I guess I just did not have what the patrons wanted at this event since I sold $0. What I did see selling were both large and small items. By small I mean items around $20-$40, and by large $6,000.
The artist next to me was probably able to pay off her mortgage with her sales. Amazing.
The selling items had a lot of color! Seems that bright colors were the secret this year.
Will I go back? I should. It's a great area with a lot of snowbirds and gulf-birds (if that's a word).
I'm hoping I get some comments on this post (good and bad) so that I can gauge whether I should try and return in 2015.