Art Fair Insiders

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

mark zurek
  • Boulder, CO
  • United States
  • photography
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Your Medium
photography
Years in the Art Fair Business
6
First show ever
Boulder Fall Fest
What is your website?
http://www.photoanarch.com
What are the best things about art fairs
Every one another adventure.Obviously, this is only one element of the real world of photography. It demands both creativity as well as marketing and sales expertise. More than a roving gallery, the social aspects something I never planned on.
Best show ever and why
Main St. Ft. Worth 08. Why? Sales were a knock out, our first exposure to the big time show.
Worst show ever and why
The Breckenridge shows (Mark Belling) as well as Boulder's 29th St. show last year (Howard Allen). Both well organized, the Breck crowd wasn't interested in what we do (more landscape and wildlife folks) while the 29th st was a first time "mall show".
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Hmm. Hasn't happened other than because of weather. This another thing to worry about I guess.

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Mark zurek's Blog

Trading Places: Affordable Arts Fest Littleton Co.

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 9:30pm 4 Comments

Two blogs for the price of one.

It's been a while for me. I was a full time part timer for a while, up to 24 shows in a year back in 07/08 while running a demanding business back in Chicago. I was working toward retirement and this is what I wanted to do. I had a camera or two, and somehow managed to communicate what I felt, what I saw using the wonderful medium of photography.Whatever I did, it worked. People liked my expressions and I managed entry into some top shows in the…

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Crested Butte.An outsiders inside view.

Posted on August 15, 2011 at 10:30pm 6 Comments

So here I was, the only show I did this year.Bad back and worse attitude have put me to the injured reserve list, but I had to do Crested. Just had to. The is something completely special about a place without a Starbucks or Home Depot. The show was two beautiful days of sunshine and smiling Texans. Most of us seemed to do "OK" for sales, but all of us came away with feeling we…

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So, if your were to be interviewed.What would you want to be asked?

Posted on July 27, 2011 at 11:30am 6 Comments

Tho I have stepped back from the grind this year, I did want to do at least one show and was fortunate to have been asked to do my favorite (for the scene,vibe, the the money is OK) at Crested Butte.The last few years I have done a blog or two (Inspired in no small way by Nels and the like) to give a real view of the show, it's people, and the experience.

They liked what I did, and asked me to do a photojournalistic thing this year.And they gave me a minion to help, so it's gonna be…

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Kohler Wisconnie show

Posted on May 21, 2011 at 12:27pm 1 Comment

Heard of it, no great expectations, but would appreciate any info from folks that have participated, especially re: booth locations or accomodations.Gracias.

Spreading the good spirit a bit

Posted on December 10, 2010 at 11:00am 15 Comments

An observation or two, a hope or three:

Nels aside (odd duck he is) I have found most photographers to be somewhat reserved, less outgoing than most artists. Perhaps the lack of social grace due in part to inherent shyness, even lack of confidence. I certainly qualify for all the above. After a few years of doing shows, I came out of my shell and stopped looking at the booth down the aisle (and down my nose) as…

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Comment Wall (5 comments)

At 8:58pm on April 5, 2009, Connie Mettler said…
Wow! Really nice photography, Mark!!

No Red Rocks, or as Larry told me "slot canyons." I expect you should jury well into shows - and then you meet the people - the fun part of the business!
At 9:00pm on April 5, 2009, Connie Mettler said…
You probably didn't know, but my husband was a photographer, and we traveled and did shows with his b & w handcolored photos for almost 30 years - so I do know a little about the medium, probably more than any other one for that matter.
At 10:48pm on August 4, 2009, Marilyn Robertson said…
I will be attending the Jackson show in AUgust and will let you know how things go. I just got back form the Big West Arts Festival in Sheridan WY. I have participated in the show for the past 3 years. Great show, well run and a good group of artists (no photography), wonderful music, a beautiful setting but everyones sales were down.
At 3:26pm on May 10, 2010, Connie Mettler gave mark zurek a gift
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Congratulations, Mark. The members of Art Fair Insiders have chosen you as a Featured Artist. You are particularly noted for your forthright sharing that has stimulated good discussion. Best wishes.
At 6:19pm on October 05, 2010, Connie Mettler gave mark zurek a gift
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Many thanks, Mark, for the excellent link to this site at the yahoo group! I really appreciate it. Wish you had checked in here before you left CO for KY :(

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