Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
I like being an artist and everything that goes along with our career. It's my belief that its the pioneer spirit that lies within us that causes us to chart a new course every day of every week of every month of every year. We're the ones that would have traveled the Oregon trail east toward the promised land. We roll the dice and take our chances that are creations are going to keep us in beans and tequila, although I'm finding a taste for a nice porter beer now and then. Now for the beef.
I just opened an email on upcoming deadlines from Juried Art Services with four shows and each one had an Application Late Deadline available. I know that I've read a few gripes and I've never chimed in. Well now it's time.
The Sausalito Art Festival's deadline is March 1, 2012 with a $45 jury fee. Yea, I think it's high but I don't want to deprive anyone from making a buck. But here's the kicker. They will cheerfully take a late application by March 14, 2012 for an extra $100. Are you kidding me? Do I have a sign on my back that says, "KICK ME"? Or, maybe there's a finger on the front of my shirt pointing upward that says, "I'm with Stupid". For the first time in over 20 years I'm going to say enough is enough. This is the show that already charges $1,200 for an inline 10x10 and $1,850 for a single corner spot. Everyone has to make up their own mind, but I believe that we artists need to draw the line on this kind of gouging - I'm pretty sure in a number of states, this may be extortion. And, it's not that I have an issue paying the booth fee. Heck, I did the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle last weekend and paid more than that, but I also had a premium spot and had several sculptures placed in other key areas for that. It's just the whole excessive jury fee is getting out of whack.
For me, I'll stand up and say forget it. The only reason why shows do this is because they get enough people applying and hoping to get in; it would be interesting to know what percentage if any actually get in. Unless we as a collective organization refuse to participate in this, it will only get worse! Listen to your inner pioneer spirit and think about it.