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Amdur Productions festivals. Are they worth it?

Started this discussion. Last reply by geri a. wegner on Sunday. 6 Replies

I am based in Chicago and am seeing Amdur Productions trying to make some festivals happen. Have any of you done them? Are any of them good? I haven't done any of them in a normal year because their…Continue

Does anyone make significant sales online, and if so, how and where?

Started this discussion. Last reply by david emmons Aug 5. 28 Replies

I am a clothing artist who does original apparel designs (T-shirts, hoodies, tank tops and the like). >=90% of my sales are at festivals and events, particularly in the summer months, when I…Continue

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geri a. wegner replied to Chris Umhoefer's discussion Amdur Productions festivals. Are they worth it?
"You weren’t supposed to but there were ways to go back to another booth.  We only had an hour to go around but I don’t see how they could really monitor that.  With only 25 artists it was pretty easy to get through in a short…"
Sunday
Chris Umhoefer replied to Chris Umhoefer's discussion Amdur Productions festivals. Are they worth it?
"I'm happy to hear you enjoyed it. Could people still go around in a circle back to the beginning of the path and re-visit a booth if they wanted to?  One thing that would make my decision so much easier is if shows reduced the fees this…"
Saturday
geri a. wegner replied to Chris Umhoefer's discussion Amdur Productions festivals. Are they worth it?
"I went to her show in Glenview.  You had to get free tickets on-line and you had to pick a specific time to go.  You had your temperature taken before you were allowed in, you had to wear a mask and you had to go in one direction, no…"
Saturday
Chris Umhoefer replied to Chris Umhoefer's discussion Amdur Productions festivals. Are they worth it?
"I've done a few shows this year plus a weekly farmers market that started in June. People are coming to what shows there actually are, the challenge as everyone knows is finding the shows that are actually happening, as there are very few.…"
Saturday
Sandra J. Atkins-Moran replied to Chris Umhoefer's discussion Amdur Productions festivals. Are they worth it?
"I generally considered them overpriced and under-good.  Probably the question is whether it's too soon for people to consider attending an event and whether, once they get there, they will be interested in standing in a 10x10 booth. Do you…"
Thursday
Susi Schuele replied to Chris Umhoefer's discussion Amdur Productions festivals. Are they worth it?
"I have done 2 Amdur productions. I didn't have any success with either but I don't think it was due to Amdur.  They are very organized, offer tons of support for the artists and I think many do well.  The first one I did was in…"
Thursday
david emmons replied to Chris Umhoefer's discussion Does anyone make significant sales online, and if so, how and where?
"Connie, I'd love to do a podcast with you about sustainable online success. Let me know if you are interested, and we can brainstorm a more specific topic. ~David "
Aug 5
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Amdur Productions festivals. Are they worth it?

I am based in Chicago and am seeing Amdur Productions trying to make some festivals happen. Have any of you done them? Are any of them good? I haven't done any of them in a normal year because their fees are a little high, usually I look for street fairs and festivals that don't cost quite as much. But with all the other Chicago festivals gone they seem like the only way to do a festival at home this year. Are they worth it? See More
Aug 4
Steve Born replied to Chris Umhoefer's discussion Does anyone make significant sales online, and if so, how and where?
"I'm in a similar situation. Fortunately, I came across a blog that Connie hosted about a year ago with David Emmons a Vermont artist that created an online tutorial on how to market you work to specific audiences on Facebook using the FB…"
Jul 29
Chris Umhoefer replied to Larry Berman's discussion A potential way to start art shows
"This is why I think it would work better in a big parking lot rather than on the street. "
May 8
Chris Umhoefer replied to carrie jacobson's discussion How old are YOU? Where are the young artists?
"I am 40 and have been doing art fairs, festivals and markets since I was 30. I've also always created for a younger audience - or perhaps my colorful shirts tend to be the most loved by younger people. This means I have to avoid shows that draw…"
May 5
Chris Umhoefer replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Would You Do the Show?
"I'm only looking at shows where I will get a full refund in the event it is cancelled. I'm also looking at smaller recurring events that allow arts and crafts like farmers markets. Those might start up sooner than full fledged festivals,…"
Apr 30
Chris Umhoefer replied to Larry Berman's discussion A potential way to start art shows
"My personal idea would be to take an empty mall parking lot (since so many are closed for the pandemic) and turn it into a drive in art fair. I would hope something like this wouldn't be against mass gathering restrictions.  If it is, then…"
Apr 27
Cat Tesla replied to Chris Umhoefer's discussion Does anyone make significant sales online, and if so, how and where?
"Thanks Carol - appreciate your expertise :)"
Apr 5
Chris Umhoefer replied to Chris Umhoefer's discussion Does anyone make significant sales online, and if so, how and where?
"I've been creating my shirts for over 10 years and I've had more trouble selling online than anywhere else. I feel like I've tried everything and still can't get people to visit my site. Yet when I do a show I almost always do…"
Apr 4
Carol Larsen replied to Chris Umhoefer's discussion Does anyone make significant sales online, and if so, how and where?
"I started checking with my fellow artists too about cross posting. They are still lukewarm and don't understand what an opportunity it is for both of us, they have NO problem with me doing it for them...but "in kind" seems to fall on…"
Apr 4

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At 8:27am on October 8, 2019, Connie Mettler said…

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At 11:08am on October 2, 2019, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Chris,

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  We're delighted to make your acquaintance and hope you'll find the site to be beneficial.  Thanks so much for subscribing to the newsletter and best wishes for continued success.

 
 
 

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