Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Imagine my surprise when I was cruising through the Huffington Post and came across this article: What is an Original Print? Interestingly the writer, Daniel Grant, even consulted the rules from some of the nation's art fairs including the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair and the Rising Sun Festival of Arts and Crafts and many in between.
The article defines "print" as "an image drawn or etched or engraved on some surface by the artist..." It also examines digital images, giclees and whether or not "reproductions" should be or are allowed in galleries and also art fairs. Seen this discussion before? Yep, deja vu all over again...
Maybe, but in the current economy many people are feeling less able to afford original art, "but they still like art and want to buy something," said the vice president of the Vero Beach Art Club, which has held an annual Under the Oaks art festival in March since 1952. That festival had been an originals-only event but began allowing reproductions a few years back, "because we want people to be happy." Similarly, the Wickford Art Festival in Rhode Island changed its policies in 2008 to allow reproductions, "because of the way the economy has been going," said Francie Christophersen, who chairs the festival. The rules could be changed again to disallow any and all reproductions, "but that probably won't happen."
Discerning minds may be interested in reading it and weighing in.