Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
We were at the Sanibel Masters Art Fair the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, run by Richard Sullivan. This was our 3rd year of doing this show. Richard is very visible, seen walking through the show and helping to direct traffic at load in and out. We appreciate the time he has spent getting to know and placing the artists. The show was impressive in the variety and quality of the art work. Load in and out could have been confusing, but was manageable because of the staff help directing things and the artists' patience with each other.
The absolute best part was meeting the other artists who happened to be the Stars of the Art Fair world! We were right across from Fiber Artist,Shoshanna Matthews. My husband bought me a beautiful wrap as an early Christmas gift. Shoshanna and her husband were very personable. We encouraged each other throughout the show, commiserating in the slow times, and giving each other thumbs up across the way when sales were made. Just a little down the row was Geoff Coe, friendly as ever, whom we'd met at Estero last year. Nels Johnson was a bit farther away. I've been reading his AFI entries for several years so I made a point of going down to introduce myself and getting a picture of him. (If I only knew how to post it here :( ). His writing is so forceful, that I sort of expected a giant! Nels said that he's feeling well. My next door neighbor was Alicia Renner who has amazing underwater photography. Lots of other photos, too, and a great sense of humor. A few booths in the other direction was John Di Carlo, who's been around the Art Fair arena for several years. The first time we did this show he was across from us and generously offered some Art Fair insights.
I didn't get around to discover the other stellar personalities and art at the show. My husband actually seems to think that I will be in the booth assisting clients! Imagine! If I didn't mention you and you were there, look me up at the next go-round!