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Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals

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The 18th Annual Augusta Plein Art Festival, April 22- May 1, Augusta, MO

For the nearly 100 artists who will participate, the festival provides the opportunity to expand their market, enhance their skills, receive recognition for their art, and simply experience Missouri Wine Country in the company of other artists. As such, it is open to artists of all levels. Learn more.

Annual Festival Canceled, mid-May, Delaware, OH

Mark Hardymon, board president, said, “We worked with the Delaware Public Health District and the City of Delaware and found there are still too many unknowns. We were up against a timeline to make a decision, and the board voted to cancel the 2021 festival.” Learn more.

Artists sought for Clothesline Festival, Sept. 11, Rochester, NY

The juried fine arts festival showcases more than 400 artists. Following the 2020 event that was held as a virtual festival, visitors will once again be welcomed to the to the Memorial Art Gallery grounds on the weekend of Sept. 11.Learn more.

Art Festival in Key West this weekend, Feb. 27-28

The Key West Art Center will host the annual Old Island Days Art Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27-28, in the Truman Waterfront Park. The juried outdoor fine art festival will feature more than 100 artists. Learn more.

Artisphere returns to Greenville Mother's Day weekend, Greenville, SC

Organizers say the festival will be smaller, gated and cleaned several times during the day because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Founded in 2003, Artisphere is one of Greenville's most popular events and one of the top fine arts festivals in the country. Every summer, several blocks of downtown Greenville shut down, so artists can showcase their work. Learn more.

Do you have any news for us? Or, are you participating in any art fairs soon?

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Comment by Mark Zirinsky on February 25, 2021 at 9:55am

another thought I have: in business, sometimes one of the hardest things to do is to do nothing. that is, say, you have several opportunities, none of them good, or none great. as a younger person, when I had more energy, I would do them all, and see what happened. After a few years of that, I would pick the best one or two, and do that or those. Now, I evaluate the opportunities, each on their own merits, and if none look good, or if none look great, then I pursue none of them.

To the topic at hand: if none of the art fairs at the moment look worthwhile, due to virus, fear of transmission, low attendance, risk of last minute  cancellation, I am choosing to do none of them. Which is very hard to do. I want to be out there getting feedback, I want to be selling, I want my work to be seen. As do we all

Comment by Mark Zirinsky on February 25, 2021 at 9:39am

Trying to decide if I want to go to a show in Houston area, a top show, but still, first week of April, between virus and weather damage, is anyone going to go? artists and buyers alike

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