Posts Tagged ‘art fair business’

Make More Money This Weekend?

October 18, 2008

Did you miss ArtFairCalendar.com’s second call-in teleseminar?

Make More Money

Here is your opportunity to own a transcript of the conversation, 29 pages on 20 topics submitted by artists. It is full of helpful insights to dilemmas faced by beginning art fair artists.

Recently we held our second teleseminar where I answered questions from my subscribers about art fairs. We recorded the session and it is now available as an e-book on the ArtFairCalendar.com web site for purchase for $12.95.

Click here right now to purchase the brand new e-book “Teleseminar II – Getting Into Art Fairs: 20 Questions Answered.” Look for the “Buy Now” button on the right sidebar.

Some of the topics addressed:

* what are some of the best items for art fairs?
* what style of art is most in demand?
* how do I raise money to get started?
* what are the best sources for finding art fairs?
* what sells and where?
* how do you tell the difference between shows with buyers and shows with lookers?
* what are art fairs looking for in the application?
* why do I need a booth slide? what is a booth slide?
* how do I arrange my booth?
* how do I determine a price?

Here is what some of the participants had to say:

Hi Connie,

I missed the first teleseminar, but listened to the second one that was yesterday. Thanks to your website I am very busy this summer beginning tomorrow (Warren Co. Festival of the Arts) till August 23rd (Mason Heritage Festival). I had some concerns about booth display and yesterday’s teleseminar gave me confidence.

Thank you again and feel free to use my comments as a testimonial. Also, since English is the 5th language to me feel free to proofread before you use any of my emails :).

Konul Zwolinski

Connie,

Wanted to thank you for providing me the opportunity to join the call. Great information, and you organized the presentation of the topics very well, each flowed into the other.
Can’t wait for the next seminar.
You mentioned the possibility of focused calls – booth design would be most helpful. Would save a lot of trial and error.

Thank you,
JR Lamartine

Connie, I found your seminar helpful and informative. I look forward to future opportunities. i have just gotten started in this business, so I welcome all sources of experience and support. Please keep me on your e-mail list. I can anticipate using more of your services, in the future.

Enlightened Images,LLC
http://www.enlightenedimages.net

Thank you Constance:
I’m looking forward to reading what the two of you had to say.
Even with a more than 30 year history of painting and 2 masters degrees in Painting I’m having no luck even being accepted to Festivals. Any tips that help will be greatly appreciated.

Jim

“Tough Year For Art Lovers,” by Jeane Vogel

October 1, 2008

I am a fan of photographer Jeane Vogel’s blog. She does such a good job of “telling it like it is” in the art fair business. Interested in a bit of flavor about this year’s art fair season? Thinking about becoming a part of the art fair business? You will probably enjoy this insider’s background on the art fair biz. Visit “Beyond the Art Fair” and become acquainted with Jeane: http://jeanevogel.blogspot.com/2008/09/

Where Have All the Photographers Gone?

November 25, 2007

Bill Coleman

In the art fair business there are two categories that are always bursting with more applicants than the art fairs have room for. Those categories are jewelry and photography.

The good news for photographers is that the competition is lessening because five of the top photographers in the business have retired from the art fairs. The bad news is for the customers who passed on adding this work to their collections. A listing below with some web sites to help you out:

  1. Jill Bedford – known for her ethereal flower images is now doing native landscaping, horticultural work for the Nature Conservancy and studying massage
  2. Rick (Gordon) Bruno – co owner of the Lexington (VA) Art Gallery of Contemporary Photography, doing new work
  3. Bill Coleman – popular photographer of the Amish, no longer doing art fairs but maintains an active web business
  4. Norm Darwish– retired from photography but maintains a website of older images
  5. Lenny Lyons-Bruno – co owner of the Lexington (VA) Art Gallery of Contemporary Photography, painting as well as photography.

Art Fair Feedback – Part 1

September 25, 2007

Goral's jewelry
There are not many places for artists and art event organizers to go to air their grievances with one another. This is the first post in a series that will serve this purpose.

Carmel Art Fair – held in a lovely area of Indianapolis, did the unthinkable this year by adding an additional 86 artists! Art show organizers, what were you thinking? An art fair cannot continue to be a cash cow for you if your way of adding to your revenue stream is to add artists booths.

This only dilutes the sales for the good artists who have been loyal to your show and the quality will go down. It is like shooting yourself in the foot, a very self destructive plan. Did you also add to the number of patrons in order to insure the success of the additional artists?

There are other ways to increase the revenue necessary to meet your fiscal needs: finding good sponsors, designing a t-shirt for sale that is irresistible, charging a small gate fee, applying for grants, etc.

Usually artists will prefer higher booth fees than adding additional artists. Do not increase the size of your event unless you are certain that sales for existing artists will not be hampered by the increase.