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

Kris Tracy
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  • Saint Louis, MO
  • United States
  • pastel, oil
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Making money at art shows

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Jul 29, 2019. 7 Replies

Hi y'all,I'm pretty new at the art show world; I started in 2018 with 3 shows and I will have 4 or 5 this year. I would like to know what others think about the prospect of making money at this. I…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Melanie Moore May 6, 2018. 13 Replies

Did my first show (yeah!) and learned a whole lot. I also learned that I don't have a clue about a bunch of stuff! What do you all recommend for taking credit cards? I got ePN, which apparently…Continue

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Richard L. Sherer replied to Kris Tracy's discussion Making money at art shows
"My medium is leather and I have been doing show since the early 1990's. I have always covered expenses and turned a profit. Over the years the effort has been to increase the profit margin. I listened to what people asked for then made it…"
Jul 29, 2019
Sonja Jones replied to Kris Tracy's discussion Making money at art shows
"Kris, I'm in my second season of showing, and I still haven't figured it out.  I sell some things at my shows, but have barely broke even at most of them, after covering show fees and expenses.  Yet I jury into respectable shows,…"
Jul 29, 2019
Tina Hospers replied to Kris Tracy's discussion Making money at art shows
"Hi - following, but adding our experience.  Our first show was April 2018 followed by about 20 - 25 other shows, good and bad.  Investment range for our particular art has now exceeded $100,000 (tenting, propanels, truck and trailer, now…"
Jul 29, 2019
Mark Zirinsky replied to Kris Tracy's discussion Making money at art shows
"My $0.02: A good 'start up" goal is to breakeven, within the first 6 months or a year. Sales should cover direct show expenses, without valuing your time. For year 2, you should make a bit. year 3 you should make money. This is a…"
Jul 29, 2019
Barry Shandler replied to Kris Tracy's discussion Making money at art shows
"Im a wildlife and landscape painter using acrylics.  The first thing is to see if anyone will buy your pictures.  If you did well on the three shows in 2018 you should do  as well in the 5 shows in 2019.  If you do poorly you…"
Jun 19, 2019
Larry Sohn replied to Kris Tracy's discussion Making money at art shows
"Kris As to the reproductions: Some shows will limit the ratio - percentage of reproductions.  Look at your price points. Do you need to have repros for lower price points? If you believe, already, your set up is only "not bad", then…"
Jun 18, 2019
Jeri Vitello replied to Kris Tracy's discussion Making money at art shows
"Kris, you have asked questions to which there are no definitive answers.  Every artist, medium and show is different. You could sell well at a show one year and return the next to sell next to nothing. There is no predictable rhyme or reason to…"
Jun 18, 2019
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Making money at art shows

Hi y'all,I'm pretty new at the art show world; I started in 2018 with 3 shows and I will have 4 or 5 this year. I would like to know what others think about the prospect of making money at this. I have learned to research the show, to effectively submit an acceptable jury application, and my set up is not perfect but not bad. I am a pastel artist.Now to the questions: do you feel that you need to do a fair for a number of years before the customers begin to buy? If so, what number of years am I…See More
Jun 17, 2019

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Your Medium
pastel, oil
Years in the Art Fair Business
Total newbie
First show ever
My first show will be in September of this year, (Pancake Day, Centerville IA) unless I get juried into some shows this summer
What are the best things about art fairs
I'm guessing it would be making contacts with potential customers.
Best show ever and why
My next one! I am very hopeful that art shows will be fun and will help me learn.
Worst show ever and why
The ones I haven't tried to get into.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
My teacher and mentor, Tracy Wilson, got me onto Zapp. That led me to other internet searches for art fair information.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I never took an art class until I was over 40.

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At 8:21am on March 9, 2017, Christina L. Towell said…

Hello Kris,

Welcome to AFI!  We're delighted to have you joining our community of artists and artisans and hope you'll take advantage of all the 'newbie' help and information to be found here.  Thanks for signing up and best of luck as you move forward.

At 12:29am on March 11, 2017, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Kris. We’re so glad you joined us. I hope you’ll find the site helpful and that you’ll share your ideas and experiences, ask questions and join the discussions. The site is only as good as the members make it. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike.

Please stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself. Then read the "Getting Started" for tips to make the site easier to navigate.
Many topics have already been discussed. We suggest you try a search of your topic before you post your question. Click the SEARCH tab at the top of the page and “search” for your topic: tents, jury fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, the name of a show, etc. You might find that someone has already asked and answered your question.
Check out our code of conduct to understand the rules of the site.

Each of us is unique and has a gift to share that can help someone else. We all look forward to your sharing on ArtFairInsiders.com.

Best wishes, Connie Mettler

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