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Cabondale Mountain Fair 2022, CO Review

Carbondale Mountain Fair – Review 2022


51st Carbondale Mountain Fair, Carbondale, CO, July 23-25, 2022

Fees: Jury $30, Booth $400, pick your space $425, corner +$100

Medium: Leather: plain and hand carved equestrian, K-9,

personal leather goods and gun leathers.

Price Range: $4 cast iron skillet pad to $9,800 silver mounted



     The 51st Carbondale Mountain Fair was held in Sopris Park, a grassy city-block park with large old shade trees. Additional booths are on main street and in Maker’s Park NE diagonally from Sopris Park. The big draw for the event is the live music.  The stage is at the NW corner of the park, and 107 artist booths are along the north, west and south perimeters of Sopris Park. Thirty-six booths are in the other areas. The booths are far enough away from the music, whose volume was well controlled, so artists could converse with clients.  All mediums were represented, the quality was high, and there was no buy/sell.

     Carbondale is a small town with a population of about 6,500.  It is in the northern end of the Roaring Fork Valley which extends from Glenwood Springs at the north on I-70 to the ski areas of Aspen and Snowmass to the south in the mountains. It is a bedroom community for workers in Aspen.  Forty-four percent of Carbondale is Hispanic. The Roaring Fork Valley is one of the most affluent areas of Colorado and the US. The Aspen/Snowmass skiing complex and summer recreation drive the economy of the region.  Carbondale is about 3 hours from Denver and about 1 3/4 hours from Grand Junction, CO by way of I-70 and Colorado 82. Travel thru Glenwood Canon is still subject to brief or total closure due to flash flooding. Debris from burn areas has closed I-70 when it rains in the canyon.

     Mountain Fair is a BIG COMMUNITY DEAL! Besides the live music there is: 4 mi and 14 mi runs, bicycle race, raffle, yoga, police-firefighter tug-o-war, salsa lessons, aerialists, and a creative art canopy for making headpieces and grass skirts. Then there are competitions for: singers/songwriters, pie and cake baking, garden mint, fly casting, hula hoop, horseshoes, limbo, pottery throwdown, and wood splitting by men and women. There is always something going on that draws crowds who then disperse to the artists’ booths.            

The event is ecofriendly.  Besides the usual “trash” and “recycle” containers, there were “compost” containers. No bottled water is sold.  Utensils and plates from the food vendors were also compostable. This year single use plastic bags were banned. Besides the artists, there were booths for massage, Gay for Good LGBTQ organization, Hemp/CBD products, and silent auction. Beer was sold and there was an alcohol-free zone. Crowd estimates are over 20,000. Besides locals I made sales to people from all over the US and I chatted with a woman from Argentina about horse gear used in the Pampas

     Locals refer to Carbondale and area as ”a bubble” different from everywhere else.  The crowd was a mix of 30 somethings Aspen chic; scruffy ski bums and snowboarders waiting for the first snow; a few bikers and ranchers; lots of ink, dreadlocks, wealthy retirees, young families, and everything in between and on the ends. Fashions, jewelry and bearing spoke of lots of money. Many arrived on very expensive bicycles and large bike corrals are provided.  Overall, I was thinking 1960’s hippies fast forwarded to 2022.  There were young girls, teens, young women and the older generation with flower crowns. Saturday the police wore “oil slick” as they described it. There were themes for each day and a woman wearing wings told me she was a firefly, and her tutu would light up after dark. I felt right at home with my “COVID locks” and headbands. It was not the usual western saddle maker image.


SET UP AND TAKE DOWN. Check-in was at 3:00pm Thursday and extended until noon on Friday when the fair opened.  When we arrived at 3:00, about half of the artists were already well along in setting up. Unloading on the south and east side of the park was pretty much a free for all but we lucked out with a vacant space directly behind our booth. “The Rules” say you have 30 minutes to unload before beginning your setup. Take down began at 5:00pm Sunday and artists were supposed to have everything down and ready to load before parking on the perimeter of the park. This wasn’t totally observed or enforced, Musicians played after 5:00pm during take down.  Professional security is provided Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. During the day Carbondale and Aspen police were doing walk abouts.

     Show hours are noon until “dark” Friday, 9:00am until “dark” Saturday and 9:00am until 5:00pm Sunday, but once the live music starts around 7:30pm there are few buyers wandering around. Electricity is not available.


WEATHER. The temperature was in the mid-70’s to low 80’s.  There were intermittent brief light sprinkles Saturday and Sunday. It has been very dry in Colorado.


THE SHOW.  This is a well-organized and managed show run by Carbondale Arts, a volunteer organization.  This was the third year I have done this show.  Sales tax of 8.4% is collected at the end of the show. This saves you from reporting it to the state.  They request that you have a FEIN or SS when paying your sales tax. Booth sitters were available.


THE NUMBERS.  Sales got off to a good start Friday and by end of the show they were $2K higher than 2019 sales (2-year COVID break from all shows) making it one of the top two shows historically. There were sales of belts, holsters, spur straps, canteens, check books, suspenders, billfolds, and small cases. Belts with sterling silver buckles and multiple item sales kicked up the gross. Yup, I even sold a pair of slobber straps. Sales ranged from $4 for a cast iron skillet pad to a multi-item $300 sale. The average sale was $51. I will apply to this show in 2023.


SHOW PROBLEMS. For the most part you could not ask for a better managed show but there is always room for improvement.

  1. The no plastic bag rule was not observed by the popcorn vendor and some artists. I specifically bought Kraft bags for this show after I was told not to use my plastic bags imprinted with my logo.
  2. The published 3:00pm check in rule is lax when a large number of artists are already setting up and filling parking spaces at that time. If it’s 2:00pm say so.
  3. The 30-minute unload rule was not enforced while I set up. I would suggest extending unload time to 45 minutes because it takes some artist more time to hump their stuff to an interior site. My entry pass was only checked early Saturday and Sunday morning.10741368655?profile=RESIZE_710x10741369458?profile=RESIZE_710x10741370052?profile=RESIZE_710x10741370278?profile=RESIZE_710x
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2 More Days to Submit for the Mock Jury

2 more days to apply. I'm holding a mock jury that can be watched on Zoom. The deadline to submit images is August 3rd and the jury is scheduled for August 4th at 4PM Eastern time. You can read more about it on my web site and watch the previous mock jury on YouTube. The new template has a larger booth image.
Improve your chances of getting into art shows. The Florida shows start closing at the end of August and some of the major Midwest shows closing in the fall. Jurors will be at least one show director and jeweler. The next mock jury won't be until the beginning of next year though I do critique images and booth pictures all the time.

Larry Berman

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10681797855?profile=RESIZE_400xNovember 19 & 20
Inverness, Florida
Courthouse Square
Daily 9:30am-4:30pm
75 Artists
Deadline: September 3
Application fee: $25 Booth fee: $200
The Inverness Festival of the Arts, an outdoor fine art show, is held in the streets of historic downtown Inverness. The festival is the longest-running juried art festival in Citrus County, FL. Since 1971, it is the ONLY fine arts festival in the area and today the festival brings thousands to quaint downtown Inverness. This two-day festival is a signature event for the city and brings thousands to the downtown streets. This festival is free to the public and include plenty of free parking.
$8,500 In Awards!
  • $2,500.00 - Best in Show
  • $1,000.00 – Judges' Award
  • $3,000.00 - 6 Awards of Distinction of $500.00 each
  • $2,000 in Purchase Awards
  • Friday Check-In & Set-Up. Saturday Check-in available but must be set up by 9 a.m.
  • Free Parking and RV/Trailer Parking.
  • Booth sitting.
  • Artist break area with clean indoor bathrooms.
  • Continental breakfast items on Saturday & Sunday from 7:30-9:30
Contact: Pamela Zeljak
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CERF+ reaches out to KY flood victims

If you know craft artists who suffer significant losses as a result of the flooding, please help us spread the word that they can apply for CERF+’s Emergency Relief grant program. Questions? Please contact


Disaster Recovery Resources for Artists

In addition to our Emergency Relief grant, CERF+'s Studio Protector also has resources to support artists as they begin to assess and re-enter their damaged studios, including:


Assessing Potential Hazards

Unsafe Building Conditions to Look Out For

Salvage DOs + DON’Ts

Staying Safe During Cleanup

NCAPER Arts Field Guide to Federal Disaster Relief

Stopping a Mold Outbreak After Water Damage


The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) provides confidential, multilingual crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S./territories experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters, including COVID-19. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 to reach a trained counselor 24/7, 365-days-a-year.

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Call for Artists: Beverly Hills Art Show

10680947690?profile=RESIZE_180x180October 15 & 16, 2022
Beverly Hills, California
Beverly Gardens Park
Daily 10am-5pm
200 Artists
Deadline: August 8
Application fee: $35          Booth fee: $415
The Beverly Hills Art Show is a fun, festive, but serious semiannual fair. Local and regional patrons, along with hotel visitors from around the world, shop at the Art Show, which has been held for over 49 years. Artists are recruited nationally. Selected artists will exhibit along four prominent garden blocks in the center of Beverly Hills.
Selected artists will exhibit along four prominent garden blocks in the center of Beverly Hills. It is adjacent to a very busy neighborhood in Beverly Hills, with restaurants, stores, and galleries.
The following awards will be presented at the show:
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd and two Honorable Mentions in most categories
  • Best of Show
  • Most Original
  • Best Display of Art
  • Best New Artist
Artwork is judged Saturday between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. Names of award winners will be posted next to the Main Information Booth, and awards will be announced during the artists’ reception.
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Call for Artists: ArtSofo

10663708453?profile=RESIZE_400xOctober 1, 2022
Springfield, Ohio
South Fountain Historic District
40 Artists
Deadline: September 1
No application fee                      Booth fee: $75
Nestled in a quaint historic neighborhood in Springfield, ArtSoFo is seeking to encourage a passion for art in the community. We hope to celebrate all forms of art as well as honor this historic neighborhood and architecture of the past. Free to the public we are hoping to bring artists, art lovers, and buyers from all over Ohio. 
Volunteers circulate during Fair hours for booth sitting/restroom breaks. Complimentary coffee and snacks available in the artist area. You receive a voucher for 1 food item at food truck for lunch. Feel free to reach out with any needed amenities and we will do our best to accommodate.
Contact: Mandie Fleming
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Participate in the Mock Jury on Zoom

The jury has been scheduled for August 4th at 4PM Eastern time.

I'm holding a mock jury that can be watched on Zoom. The deadline to submit images is August 3rd and the jury is scheduled for August 4th at 4PM Eastern time. You can read more about it on my web site and watch the previous mock jury on YouTube. The new template has a larger booth image.
Improve your chances of getting into art shows. The Florida shows start closing at the end of August and some of the major Midwest shows closing in the fall.

Larry Berman

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10663701461?profile=RESIZE_400xSeptember 10 & 11
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Historic City Streets
Saturday & Sunday 11am-5pm
65 Artists
Deadline: August 15
Application fee: $10 Booth fee: $75
The ArtsFest is part of the 40th Home and Garden Tour in the Registered Historic District in downtown Fort Wayne.
We think you'll love spending the weekend with us in our historic neighborhood during its very popular Home Tour. The West Central neighborhood is on the National Historic Register and the ArtsFest takes place in the street in front of these revived workers' cottages and restored mansions. Imagine your booth set among shady trees and enjoy the easy-going vibe, where the residents show off their unique homes to old house lovers. The event regularly brings in about 3,000 people who attend the tour every year and love the ambiance of the neighborhood.
For our 40th anniversary tour we will be including neighborhood artists' studios. Our neighborhood was saved from the wrecking ball because the Fort Wayne Art School was here. As time went by and the neighborhood deteriorated, artists moved in to live and work here. The artist community is the backbone of the neighborhood. This year we have invited them to host open studios during the tour, to use their mailing lists to bring in more shoppers. We will be marketing this new aspect with more emphasis on the arts. We expect this will enhance sales for both the ArtsFest exhibitors and the resident artists.
10663702256?profile=RESIZE_400xWhat to expect:
  • a small boutique event
  • easy setup, drive up to your booth, short hours, helpful volunteers
  • cool food trucks, live music and buyers that appreciate unique and one-of-a-kind goods.
  • A friendly place to spend the weekend AND you can't beat the booth fee!


Contact: Connie Mettler
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Larry Berman's Zoom Meeting - Every Tuesday at 4PM Eastern time

Art show artists, feel free to drop in and tell your friends about it.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 433 889 5789
Passcode: art-show

Anything art show related can be discussed.

Larry Berman

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10663649855?profile=RESIZE_400xNovember 7 - 18, 2022
New York City
Salmagundi Club
Monday-Friday 1pm-6pm, Saturday & Sunday 1pm-5pm
150 Artists
Deadline: August 17, 2022
Application Fee: $40 members, $70 non-members
Salmagundi is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), professional and social club, created in 1871 by artists and patrons to support one another. It is one of America’s oldest arts organizations. The American Artists Professional League is dedicated to the advancement of traditional realism in American fine art, through the promotion of high standards of beauty, integrity and craftsmanship in painting, sculpture and the graphic arts.
The AAPL will have several hundred people visit the GNE show. The Grand National opening usually attracts over 200 visitors all of whom look through the catalog and stop off at local businesses to make purchases. It will be read by AAPL members, non-members and art collectors. This includes semi-professional, professional artists in all media (oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, graphic arts, sculpture) and the general public. 
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I just completed my annual PCI Compliance which Clover Go requires of users. I was always skeptical of Square and others who do not require compliance. I see it as one more arrow in the defense quiver if I am ever sued over a credit card data breach. The questionnaire took an hour to complete as I did not understand most of the acronyms. I am not an IT person and they are certifying mega retail users as well as us art studio people with only a few sales. I sent them feedback about this issue. They also remotely scan your equipment and here again you really don’t know what is going on so I spoke with a rep. A few hours late I get email, I am good to go for another year. Here is what PCI Compliance is and if you are in business, it is something to consider. From:

"The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of security standards formed in 2004 by Visa, MasterCard, Discover Financial Services, JCB International and American Express. Governed by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), the compliance scheme aims to secure credit and debit card transactions against data theft and fraud. While the PCI SSC has no legal authority to compel compliance, it is a requirement for any business that processes credit or debit card transactions. PCI certification is also considered the best way to safeguard sensitive data and information, thereby helping businesses build long lasting and trusting relationships with their customers."


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Call for Artists: ArtFest Fort Myers 2023


February 4 & 5, 2023
Fort Myers, Florida
Downtown Fort Myers
Option to participate in Opening Night: February 3, 2023 5pm-9pm
Saturday & Sunday 9am-5pm
200+ Artists
Deadline: September 9, 2022

Application Fee: $35          Booth fee: $464 + 6.5% FL Sales Tax

Apply now at:
More information:

We are beyond excited for ArtFest Fort Myers 2023! ArtFest Fort Myers is stronger than ever, with 200+ artists and a great layout overlooking the beautiful Downtown Fort Myers riverfront and yacht basin. ArtFest is a free, non-gated event for everyone in the Southwest Florida community to come shop your artwork.

Right now in Southwest Florida there is record high demand for artwork. Where better to shop than at art festivals? Market Trends of Southwest Florida says the amount of homes sold in Fort Myers in 2022 is up 191% from 2020. Members of the community are now more than ever looking for art to enhance the beauty and elegance of their new homes.

As we all transition back to more "normal" times, ArtFest Fort Myers is focused on supporting artists to make new memories and connections with collectors throughout the community.10642450894?profile=RESIZE_400x

  • Two-day, FREE to the public, community event, with 80,000+ attendees

  • Year-round professional staff, with 23+ years of consistent management

  • Free fun art related activities for kids of all ages, attracting young professional families

  • Encouraging the next generation of artists and art supporters with a high school art competition & sidewalk chalk competition

  • New and cutting-edge art is equally at home with more traditional work

  • Loyal base of dedicated art buyers/VIP members who are focused on YOUR work

  • Oversized booth spaces and convenient Friday set up with drive-up access

  • Discounted hotel rates, indoor bathrooms and reserved artist parking

Learn More Here

Be a part of ArtFest Fort Myers:

  • Apply from now until September 9 at

  • Visit our festival website The Info for Artist page provides artist-specific information including hotels, set-up, jury success & many other helpful tips.

  • Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram where we feature festival artists and engage patrons year-round.

If you are new to the idea of selling at an outdoor Art Festival, please contact us for any support you may need - we love to help.


Apply Now:   

Questions: Annie Crouch, Community Engagement Manager -



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Dreaming a Sale Tax Dream

If you do art fairs in more than one state you know how challenging it is to file sales tax in all the states you go to.  Some shows make it easy by giving you a form to fill in or even collect at the event but those shows are few and far between.  I've had many conversations over the years about the challenges.  I have actaully decided not to do shows in certain states because they make it too challenging.  

The otherday I heard an ad on the radio for "Taxjar" and they mentioned making sales tax payments easier and it occurred to me that it woudl be a dream come true if Square (or any other sales platform) would file and pay my sales tax for each state that I show in.  I sell on Etsy and they collect and pay all my sales tax so maybe this isn't an impossible dream.  Or is it?  What are your thoughts? 

I just submitted a suggestion for this idea on the Square platform so they will probably tell me if it's not possible but I'm still going to dream!


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Another "tax"

Starting July 1, 2022 artists in Colorado who ship packages to Colorado address will have to collect and report a $0.27 vehicle delivery tax along with sales tax. Not sure yet if it will be on a separate form. Most of my sales are international or out of state but the good old Colorado Department of Revenue requires me to report $0.00 sales tax every quarter and now the delivery tax will also have to be reported quarterly. My requests to report sales tax annually, as I did decades ago, have been ignored. My gripe is it is a lot of unnecessary paper work but at least it keeps my accointing up to date. I do give kudos to CDR for an easy reporting form for "special event" sales tax reporting (art shows). 

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I have used plastic bags with my logo imprinted on them for years. Carbondale Moutaina Fair, CO has prohibitd single use plastic at this years show. I'm not upset about this and have seen it coming. I feel for the artist who wrap work in bubble wrap for clients to take home. It always rains in the afternoon in the mountains so I hope clients bring protective bags for leather. We will take some brown paper bags but they aren't much good in rain. FYI Carbondale is sort of a funky, ex hippy community (IMHO) between Glenwwod Springs and Aspen, CO. I am curious if this is a trend at other shows. 

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CERF+ offers small grants

$500 to Safeguard Your Studio + Protect Your Career!

Applications for CERF+’s Get Ready Grants are now available. CERF+’s Get Ready Grants award up to $500 to individual artists working in craft disciplines to conduct activities that will help safeguard their studios, protect their careers, plan their legacies and prepare for emergencies. With this cycle, we will continue to support the continuing changes and skill acquisition that artists need to work in these pandemic and post pandemic times. ​Artists are encouraged to use the Risk Assessment activity to generate ideas.

The deadline to apply is July 6th.

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How to Photograph Arctic Foxes

Their white appearance in winter makes the Arctic fox an interesting subject for wildlife photographers. In this article, I want to share with you my experience. Who does not dream about taking photos of a white fox in a snowy landscape? However, an encounter during summer is also something that shouldn’t be forgotten!

A couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to encounter an Arctic fox during the Arctic summer in Scandinavia. I was hiking through the mountains when golden plovers started to call and, all of a sudden, I spotted a strange animal – brown/grey fur and rather small size.

Their white appearance in winter makes the Arctic fox an interesting subject for wildlife photographers. In this article, I want to share with you my experience. Who does not dream about taking photos of a white fox in a snowy landscape? However, an encounter during summer is also something that shouldn’t be forgotten!

A couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to encounter an Arctic fox during the Arctic summer in Scandinavia. I was hiking through the mountains when golden plovers started to call and, all of a sudden, I spotted a strange animal – brown/grey fur and rather small size.

It was situation I always dreamed of, but never imagined I would ever witness. An Arctic fox ran down the gravel road, golden plovers making their alarm calls as I was standing there, totally perplexed by the surreal situation.

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Where can you find Arctic foxes?

Arctic foxes live in the tundra regions of the Northern Hemisphere all around the globe. You would, therefore, find them in Russia, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, etc. Some live in the mountain areas, whilst others inhabit the coastlines.

The costal Arctic foxes generally belong to the blue morph. During summertime, they have completely brown fur that turns brown-bluish in wintertime. However, the best-known morph is the white one.

Foxes of the Scandinavian mountain regions mainly belong to the white morph. During summertime, they have a brown-white colouration that turns into a white winter coat in autumn.

Explore the Hub: Arctic fox Pictures

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I followed the fox with great distance. Soon I realised he had a lemming in his mouth and he was on the move to a specific place. I sat down with my binoculars and watched the scene.

The fox did not stop for several kilometres until I saw another fox. All of a sudden, many more appeared in my field of view – Arctic fox pups. I knew that I had to come up with a plan on how to take photos of these animals.

How do Arctic foxes live?

Arctic foxes live in dens – sometimes for several generations – and these dens can reach substantial dimensions. They like to dig in frost-free areas with south-faced exposition.

Depending on food availability, Arctic foxes can have litters of up to 18 pups, and often females of the previous year’s litter remain with their parents to help feed and take care of the pups.

Foxes fertilise the area around the dens over time, making these places greener compared to the rest of the landscape. This is the best way to spot a den over long distances with your binoculars.

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Well, what the hell.

Imagine the finest weather ever at this show in 25 years of doing it.

Then imagine having the absolute worst sales, having people walk by not going in or looking in five seconds, then moving on.

So this is a three day show, so was my previous one. That one, I killed them.  This one I barely made expenses.

I gotta drop this show.  Wrong market for my work now.

That said, it was a money-maker for many.

Let me tell you about it.



This show is held at Coney Island Amusement Park.  On the Ohio river, a major humidifier.

Three days with a Thursday setup, can do Friday setup. Show starts at noon, lasts til 7 pm.

Sat. Hours 10-7, Sun. 10-5

Most booths are on grass with plenty of room for rear storage. The show is a confusing layout, easy to get lost.

This year they added nearly 100 booths for a 350 total.  Too large, greedy promoters.

Easy setup and teardown.  Nice snacks for artists and lunches can be ordered.

Boothsitters available.  Overall a well run show.



We had really cool weather this year.  I wore my vest and long sleeved wool shirt most of the show.

Usually you roast at this show. We escaped rain all days.  This was the nicest weather for this show.  I have done this show maybe 20 times since the late eighties.

Usually this is a $4-6K show for me and others.  This year was El stinko, I did not come close to $3K.  I never sold one 16x20 framed photo ($200).  All sales came out of my browse bins where prices ranged $40-$95.

This was mostly a Walmart crowd, they dressed casually and bought very Lowend.

Also they were not that well informed about art.

I had to explain about how my images were made on metal. They acted like they had not seen this before.

Crowds down my way were very thin until about noon, then sales started happening but tapered off by 3pm.  Lots of quiet time with nobody even looking in the booth.

Most of the time people just walked down the middle of the aisle without even looking at the art.  Why were they there?

My neighbor to the right had a fabulous show.  She did painting using repurposed canvas that was originally used for circus banners.

She painted layers of white paint to create a new canvas.

Then she painted her versions of classic circus scenes like voodoo women and snake charmers. She sold one original for well over $4K.

Most of her sales came from repros priced $40-$125.  She killed and got a nice award. She will be back.

A great many sales at the show came from Art on the Stick.  Plenty of booths doing this.

This is a crafty show as opposed to fine art. Saw very few of the latter go by me.

Another near neighbor had a fab show selling his wood crafted lawn furniture. He is a longtime vet and always does well.

I would say if you do crafts and are moderately priced, and live within a six hour drive this is a great show to do.

For fine art it is a crapshoot.

My new work was mainly ignored.  This does not happen to me at most shows. Cinnci is not my market anymore until I change.

I am going to give this show a rest for now.

I hope I did not sound too negative. This show was very good for about 40 per cent of artists.

I just think it is too big, they cannot support 350 artists.

Love to hear some feedback.


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10535302460?profile=RESIZE_400xJuly 30 & 31, 2022
Glenview, Illinois
Attea Middle School
2500 Chestnut Avenue
70 Artists
Deadline: June 10
Application fee: $20          Booth fee: $220
We welcome your application to exhibit in the Glenview Art League’s Summer Art Fair. This volunteer-run event is a beloved community tradition dating back to the 1950s. Crowds are drawn in by fine artwork and fine craft, as well as social and traditional media promotion and live music. Our Summer Art Fair is volunteer run and helps support area art programs for adults and children through the Glenview Art League.
This new location is close to parks and the lake path, as well as upscale shopping, and dining in the suburbs north of Chicago. Surface is asphalt, weights are required for booths. Electric hook ups are not available.
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10535330879?profile=RESIZE_400xSeptember 24 & 25
Madison, Indiana
Downtown Madison along the Ohio River
Daily 10am-5pm
175 Artists
Deadline: June 30
Application fee: $25           Booth fee: $300
The Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art is held in downtown Madison nestled in the beautiful tree-lined streets along the mighty Ohio River. Madison retains the distinction of the largest contiguous National Historic Landmark District in the U.S. This autumn festival brings more than 40,000 guests in search of uniquely handcrafted fine arts and crafts. Madison Chautauqua is free to the public and designed for the whole family to enjoy.
10535334099?profile=RESIZE_584xExhibitor amenities include booth sitters, indoor exhibitor hospitality area with restrooms, breakfast and snacks, as well as friendly volunteers. Our planning committee and coordinator work year long to create a festival that appeals to a large diverse number of guests and artists. 
10535339295?profile=RESIZE_400x"We had such a wonderful weekend at the Madison Chautauqua 50th Celebration! What an amazing group of people. I can honestly say this is by far one of the best art fairs/festivals that Indiana has to offer. I highly recommend taking the time to visit Madison Chautauqua next year!"
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