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  • Being new to all of this I have taken a lot from this thread. I'm going to paint my blue tarp white and add some blue artificial turf carpeting to my display. And lastly, I will be removing all my work from frames for optimal viewing. I also think I will purchase 4x4 lumber to place around the edges of my displays to raise the artwork off the ground. :)

    Okay, before I get hammered on all of this I am only kidding. I do and still learn from all of your valuable insights and comments. For us newbies, please keep more posts like this coming. It sure saves us beginners from making flawed mistakes in our presentations.

  • I see several things that can be corrected in this photo.  First, the ribs from the tent top should not be showing, second a carpet should be put down instead of the green grass; third the blue tent cover takes away from the art work and finally the people block the photography.

  • Tim & open air display would most certainly be convenient especially when the weather is good and the shows do not require a tent. It would most certainly be a gamble, however, with some of the rainy shows as of late...such as St James Court. the artists media certainly dictates this.

  • Well I see everything wrong with this booth, and it is what has already been said. But what I actually learned, or relearned, is that some customers don't care how shoddy a display is. The booth has interested customers in there. Who can explain taste indeed.
  • Greg, open air artists are fairly common in Colorado juried shows. Usually double booths with mega: pottery, iron work, bronze and glass sculpture. Expensive, very high end work as well.
  • I had NO idea there were so many things wrong with this photo. I was going for one answer - no blue canopies, or any other color, but all your eagle eyes found so many things wrong. Great tutorial for me.

  • Greg, from a Directors perspective, I like having the option of placing an "open" exhibit in a high visibility location on the venue... they "read"

    well from a distance. Artists with the open exhibit capability usually say so in their jury image captions or artist statement. Open or covered, the same exhibit standards apply...T

  • I have even seen a ceramic artist displaying their work at a show out in the open without a tent. Her response was that the weather would not hurt her work....this was a juried show...

  • Can't think of many Juried Shows that even allows anything but a sturdy white tent. Not in Florida anyhoo.... so must be more of a very casual local kind of show.
  • I think display style and quality needs to match the level of the show and expected patron demographic. In a high end show, presentation is very important. Professional displays and canopies are a given. My advice to our emerging artists is to show only their best work, keeping lower priced work available if patrons request it. Showing only the best brings the benefit of imparting higher perceived value while avoiding the cluttered look. I've directed artists to AFI's before and after booth threads for ideas, and always tell them that their booth doesn't have to be expensive, but it does have to be elegant. The booth is their "gallery" and it greatly affects the patrons perception of value.T

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