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What is America's Best Art Fair? 4th Annual Survey

What show is a "must attend" show for you, on your calendar every year? 

In the last three years thousands of art lovers nationwide have completed our annual survey telling us what their "must attend" art fairs are and why.  See those results here

The voters were a cross section of people involved in the triad that makes an art fair work: art collectors, show organizers and artists. As times change events change and we want to recognize the best in the business and help promote the hell out of them to encourage attendance.

Will you help us again? Which are 2016's BEST? 

In response to last year's feedback we've revised the survey. What you'll find:

  • a more streamlined and better rating system, and 
  • a more representative show list (we took nominations from you and added more choices to the list)

Do it now before you forget

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Comment by Connie Mettler on October 13, 2016 at 10:05am

There was some pretty nice work at Bayou City. I was surprised considering all of the problems in the organization they've had. The weather was beautiful and the site was very attractive -- photos coming.

Who wouldn't want to be at the Jazz & Heritage show? So true. It attracts upscale folks who don't mind spending big bucks to attend and they're often from out of town and spending multiple days at the fairgrounds, so shopping is de riguer.

Comment by Barry Bernstein on October 12, 2016 at 7:20am

Recruiting at Bayou, the show that the best artists won't do anymore because they've done their best to ruin the show because of their ridiculous gate fee?!?! Ghack!! I was one and done at Bayou. Give her my name!! I've applied a few times and haven't gotten in. Who wouldn't want to be at that show?

Comment by Connie Mettler on October 11, 2016 at 12:13pm

Jazz & Heritage, tops! I just was at the Zapp conference and spent a bit of time with Christine Berthiaume who is the Crafts Coordinator of that event. We attended the Bayou City Art Festival together and she was recruiting. One after another artist said, "I've applied multiple times and haven't gotten in." It is a very good selling show from all reports and the applicants way outnumber the accepted. I attended it once and it was very excellent work.

Comment by Cindy Welch on October 10, 2016 at 3:32pm

The 3 in Louisiana are.  However Shreveport is 5 hours away, too far for me to go just to check it out.  Though I did apply once and was wait listed.

Covington 3 Rivers ... I applied once and did not make it.  I could go check this out but only as a shopper till I get a tent.

New Orleans, Jazz/Heritage ... Gate costs and parking issues are enough to keep me from checking it out.  That type of show is more about the music than the art/craft, in my opinion.

:( :(

Comment by Connie Mettler on October 10, 2016 at 12:09pm

Aren't any of them in your neighborhood, Cindy? I know you visit shows. If they aren't will you please let me know of some that should be on the list? As you can imagine, this list is from my own experience from many years, (so, of course, I think it is solid) but we never did shows near you ... I think the only LA show on the list is the Red River Revel ;)

Comment by Cindy Welch on October 10, 2016 at 11:06am

I would love to vote but I don't have any personal experience with these, either as a shopper or by having a booth.

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