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What makes up the perfect show? From the artists perspective...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tony DeCoste Aug 7. 12 Replies

My wife is an oil painter and over the last five years we’ve been displaying her work at local Art Festivals in New England each summer and fall.  Through this time, we’ve learned a lot and noticed…Continue

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"Only one bin of prints allowed"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Butts Jul 31. 4 Replies

Hello - We see this rule at many shows.  However, there is never any details on how large that bin can be.  I am really tempted to make a "bin" that is the size of our folding table fill it with the…Continue

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Tony DeCoste replied to Tony DeCoste's discussion What makes up the perfect show? From the artists perspective...
"Thanks Connie.  Yes, agree that to get everything on my list assumes a well established and well funded show.  "
Aug 7
Connie Mettler replied to Tony DeCoste's discussion What makes up the perfect show? From the artists perspective...
"This is a wonderfully comprehensive list, Tony. Thank you. But let's say this is a smallish event trying to get started without a large budget or well-heeled sponsors. What I want from that show: Level booth space with easy access a little…"
Aug 7
Tony DeCoste replied to Jim Parker's discussion What does it cost to actually put on an art show?
"Great thread!  Does anyone do this FOR profit?  If yes, given the conversation I'm assuming there's much more emphasis on gathering festival sponsors and selling them advertising opportunities in the festival brochures, signage,…"
Aug 6
Tony DeCoste replied to Tony DeCoste's discussion What makes up the perfect show? From the artists perspective...
"Thanks Fletcher!  Great feedback..."
Aug 5
Fletcher Dean replied to Tony DeCoste's discussion What makes up the perfect show? From the artists perspective...
"Great list! I would add: * Forget the prizes - they affect very few. I would rather they spend the money on advertising. (I say this as someone who just won a prize this past weekend. Take my money and print some flyers or a banner!) * Plan load-in…"
Aug 5
Tony DeCoste replied to Tony DeCoste's discussion What makes up the perfect show? From the artists perspective...
"Thanks Bernadette.  Just want to ensure I'm understanding where you are coming from.  You see festivals that have appropriate rules, but don't enforce them?   Related to this topic, we totally agree with no buy/sell,…"
Aug 5
Bernadette Szajna replied to Tony DeCoste's discussion What makes up the perfect show? From the artists perspective...
"I have to agree that adding enforcement of rules to your fabulous list would be a good move! Rules like: no buy/sell, jewelry only in jewelry category, no t shirts etc."
Aug 5
Tony DeCoste replied to Tony DeCoste's discussion What makes up the perfect show? From the artists perspective...
"Thanks Larry!"
Aug 2
Tony DeCoste replied to Tony DeCoste's discussion What makes up the perfect show? From the artists perspective...
"Thanks Reid!  All great suggestions. Love the WiFi idea"
Aug 2
Reid Watts replied to Tony DeCoste's discussion What makes up the perfect show? From the artists perspective...
"A perfect show would: Allow me to set up any time during a two day period before the show, and break down either the evening of the last day of the show, or the next day. That way I can work around inclement weather during setup and break…"
Aug 2
Larry Berman replied to Tony DeCoste's discussion What makes up the perfect show? From the artists perspective...
"Great sales and parking behind your booth. Nothing else is as important. Larry Bermanhttp://BermanGraphics.com412-401-8100"
Aug 2
Tony DeCoste replied to Tony DeCoste's discussion What makes up the perfect show? From the artists perspective...
"Thanks Richard!"
Aug 2
Richard L. Sherer replied to Tony DeCoste's discussion What makes up the perfect show? From the artists perspective...
"It looks good to me. I would add that the rules and regulations are only as good as their enforcement. Personally, I would pay a higher booth fee to guarantee “walk about” overnight security. Sales are more important to me than prizes. I…"
Aug 2
Tony DeCoste posted a discussion

What makes up the perfect show? From the artists perspective...

My wife is an oil painter and over the last five years we’ve been displaying her work at local Art Festivals in New England each summer and fall.  Through this time, we’ve learned a lot and noticed the differences between a well run and not so well run festival.  So here’s our list of the things that make up the ideal festival (from the vending artists perspective).  Of course all of this is in addition to lots of sales from a huge crowd of art lovers!In no particular order….  Provide some swag…See More
Aug 2
Deborah Butts replied to Tony DeCoste's discussion "Only one bin of prints allowed"
"Check out the tiered print bin sold by Armstrong, which is what I use.  Pretty easy to put together and holds a lot of prints but is basically one unit."
Jul 31
Connie Mettler replied to Tony DeCoste's discussion "Only one bin of prints allowed"
"Filling a booth with bins, or even one big bin that shows a lot of your work is not a good idea. People will come in enticed by the variety, then they'll flip through the images and walk away satisfied. It does not encourage sales. There is…"
Jul 1

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Wickford, RI
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At 8:21am on June 27, 2019, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Tony,

Welcome to AFI!  We're delighted to make your acquaintance and hope you'll find the site to be beneficial.  Thanks for signing up and best wishes for continued success.

At 9:04pm on June 29, 2019, Connie Mettler said…

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