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How do I get into the good art fairs and how do I make money when I get there?
These are the universal questions that need to be answered for earning a living in the fine art and fine craft show business. Our expert guests Larry Berman and Bruce Baker lead the way.
Larry Berman lends his expertise on creating great images that will "wow" they jury and Bruce Baker shares his experience on creating a great booth and meeting the customer. Between the two you'll have the answers and there is only one thing left for you to do: make great art.
Larry Berman has a long career in photography, including being the staff photographer for the NY Nets. He has been exhibiting at art fairs for over 30 years and was one of the first to recognize the importance of digital imagery in the art fair business and was responsible for the ZAPP image format which displays all jury images the same size. He has built a career improving jury images for artists and/or photographing their artwork. He has held seminars on jury images and does consulting with artists and art fairs.
Bruce Baker began selling his jewelry at retail and wholesale shows in the 1980's. Taking what he learned there he began consulting full time in 2005 sharing his retailing and business experience with a variety of groups ranging from Artists, Main Street Merchants, to Farm Market vendors, conducting over 600 marketing and production related workshops in the past two decades. He leads training sessions helping artists be more productive and competitive in the international marketplace.
Between the two you'll have all the answers and there is only one thing left for you to do: make great art. Only you can do that part.
In the beginning art fairs were created and artists and art buyers flocked to attend. You were one of them. Your mother and your friends thought your work was wonderful and maybe they were right, so off you went to the marketplace. How did it go? Was it a triumph or a humbling experience?
A panel of beginner and experienced artists from various media discuss their "first time." What you will learn:
how they prepared
where they were, big or small fairs
how it impacted their lives
their biggest disappointments and their biggest surprises
learning from their own mistakes vs learning from other's mistakes
what they wish they had known then and how they used that information
the good, the bad and the really ugly
how to do three shows in three days and other extreme adventures
their #1 tip for a first time show
ArtFairCalendar.com has just finished its 2nd annual "America's Best Art Fairs" survey and we announce the winners. This is the only national online survey of the country's juried art fairs and craft shows, designed to reward the festivals that create opportunities connecting artists and communities to celebrate the arts.
We asked our mailing list of over 50,000 art fair patrons what was the best art fair in the country and had an amazing nationwide response. Nearly 90% of the respondents completed the lengthy 20 question survey and the answers were both expected and intriguing.
Not surprisingly: people love to attend art fairs and many travel long distances to do so. The overall conclusion is: Art is Alive and Well in America and attendance at the nation's shows is proof of that.
Listen to find out what the Top 50 shows in the country are as voted on by the people who attend them and collect art. Find out which they have chosen as the best regional fairs, best urban fair, best small market show and the best cities for art fairs.
We'll share the survey answers on:
what makes a show "Best"
why people say they attend an art fair
how art fair goers find out about shows to attend
why they don't attend shows they used to love
how far they travel to art fairs
their suggestions for show organizers
Laura Berarducci from the Ann Arbor Convention & Visitors Bureau also reports on the economic impact of the Ann Arbor Art Fairs in that community.
The mission of ArtFairCalendar.com is to promote the unique American tradition of art fairs by showcasing the events where art collectors find hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind fine work for sale and encourage the interaction of client and creator.
ArtFairCalendar.com has just finished its 1st annual "America's Best Art Fairs" survey and we are announcing the winners on this podcast.
We asked our mailing list of nearly 50,000 art fair patrons what was the best art fair in the country and had an amazing response from across the nation. Nearly 96% completed the lengthy 22 question survey and the answers were both expected and intriguing.
Not surprising: people love to attend art fairs and many travel long distances to do so and plan them as part of their vacations. The overall conclusion is: Art is Alive and Well in America and attendance at the nations shows is proof.
Listen to find out what are the Top 50 shows in the country as voted on by the people who attend them and collect art. Find out which they have chosen as the best regional fairs, best urban fair, bestt small market show and the best cities for art fairs.
We'll share the survey answers on:
what makes a show "Best" why people say they attend an art fair how art fair goers find out about shows to attend why they don't attend shows they used to love how far they travel to art fairs their suggestions for show organizers The Best Art Fairs Awards is the first national online survey of the nation’s juried fairs, designed to reward those festivals that create opportunities connecting artists and communities to celebrate the arts.
The mission of ArtFairCalendar.com is to promote the American tradition of art fairs by showcasing the events where art collectors can find hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind fine art pieces for sale by the professional artist community and encourage the interaction of client and creator.
On this week's episode, Dru will discuss the concept of Jury Nullification and what it means to Americans.
Jury Nullification is the process by which a jury finds a defendant not guilty of a crime which he is clearly guilty of due to their dislike of the law violated or because of exigent circumstances surrounding the case.
We are going to examine why this is important to American society and how it can be used to ensure Freedom in the United States.
Join us at 9:00 Eastern / 6:00 Pacific time and be part of the discussion. Listeners can call into the show at (347) 857-4397 with questions or comments.
Change is good. New is good. Being smart about it is good. Let's learn about 3 new shows and what their organizers are doing with them to make them successful.
We talk about why they hosting the show, how, fund raising, their connections to their community, rounding up sponsors, their hopes for the event and what they are learning along the way.
The guests are:
Patty Swords - the Texas Gulfcoast Art Festival, sponsored by the Center for the Arts & Sciences in Clute, TX, May 16 & 17
Celane Roden - Arts in the Middle, sponsored by The Virginia Commission for the Arts, Middlesex County and the Town of Urbanna in Urbanna, VA, May 30 & 31
Brett Johnson - the Workhouse Fall Arts Festival, sponsored by the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA, September 26 & 27
This is a nuts and bolts show that should be helpful to show organizers and artists alike.
Most of this audience is U.S. based fine artists and craftspeople. Did you realize there is a whole other world just a few miles north of us with educated sophisticated people in big cities who may love your work? Think Montreal (metro pop. 3,824,221), Toronto (metro pop. 5.5 million) and Vancouver (metro pop. 2,313,328).
Many of you live near this border. Have you participated in a show in Canada?These are some of the most multicultural cities in the world, with deep roots in Europe and the Far East. Surely there are art buyers there.
Our guests are:
Mark Teeple, Executive Director of the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto's largest, and longest running outdoor art fair that attracts over 100,000 people and hosts 350 artists.
Mixed Media artists Chris Rom and Geoff Buddie, no stranger to the top U.S. art fairs, cross the border to participate in the Toronto Exhibition. They live in Northwest Ohio.
Mark's expertise is the Toronto marketplace and the positioning of the exhibition to bring in the buyers.
Chris and Geoff share information on crossing the border for commercial purposes, the differences in currency and other business issues for cross border traffic.
We did it! We completed another year of art fairs. Before we get too far into the future we'll take a look back at 2013 for an assessment. The guests are:
Nels Johnson, photographer from Florida, in the business since 1976
Jim Parker, photographer from Michigan
Melanie Rolfes, painter from Georgia
Kelly Smith, sculptor from California, second generation art fair artist
We'll ferret out their backgrounds so we have context for understanding their answers, then we find out their best and worst shows, their favorite shows, their best stories and biggest disappointments, plus - their plans for making 2014 a banner year and a special tip from each for newcomers to the business.
in Self Help
For the first 70+ shows of the Mandala Art Meditations, I pick a different card from the Tarot as the basis of our meditation.
The Chariot: Tenacity
THE SHOW FORMAT
If you want to participate in the meditation and create a mandala, prior to the show
set up a quiet space for the meditation and to do create the mandala
have a piece of paper ready and draw a circle on it
have your coloring/drawing tools ready (color pencils, crayons, pens, markers, etc.)
If you want to do the meditation only, then just set up a quiet space for yourself
AFTER THE MEDITATION
After the show, if you plan to create a mandala of your experience
allow yourself to be in the meditative state for a few moments, recapturing any images, thoughts, sensations, feelings, etc.
when you're ready, go to your paper and coloring tools and create the essence of what you experienced. let go of feeling like you have to draw or color it perfectly.
allow yourself to just go with the flow of it, the essence of it. when we allow ourselves to fully embrace our creative spirit, the insights come.
feel free to draw/color outside the circle, whatever feels appropriate.
when done, write down any insights in a journal or directly on the mandala
New art fairs are necessary for the evolution of the art fair business because artists need new markets and even reliable shows sometimes don't continue to thrive.
We speak with 4 show directors who are developing events for their communities:
Rae Marie Schneider and Kim House, St. John's River Festival of the Arts in Sanford, FL, had solid community participation at their inaugural show in 2012. They'll talk about how they did it and their plans for 2013. Dennis Gorg, a 10 year event organizer who has a new show in June in St. Louis, MO, MidTown Taste ART FAIR. We'll learn how an experienced producer leverages his skills for a new event. Tim Reilly, is the director of The Cotton South Fine Art Festival in Madison, GA, debuting in September 2013. Still in the throes of filling his show, raising money and working with sponsors, we'll hear how a new director makes his plans. This show will be full of information for everyone thinking of starting a show with ideas for new show directors and will fill in the nuts and bolts of show development for artists as well who wonder where their application and booth fees go.
Established event promoters will enjoy the creative ideas that these people pull together to make their events a success for everyone involved.
On our very first show of 2015 we are going to discuss how we can support Fair Tax or any bill on the Hill without traveling from the comfort of our homes, and without spending a dime. When HR 25/S 122 are reintroduced in the new congress you can do a lot to help promote the bill and you can be sure Washington will hear you. Your comments will even be archived in the Library of Congress. The tool we will use is Pop Vox and you can be sure Washington will listen because they pay for this information. Just watch the video and find out how; http://vimeo.com/47322106.
Please join us with your questions and comments this Wednesday. We are planning on promoting this effort in a very big way from now until April 15th and we would like to have you be part of the effort. Again, it won't cost you a dime and you will not have to leave home to make a serious difference.
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Join host Tanya M. Dixon for another edition of ART Imitates LIFE Radio Show as she focuses on established and aspiring entrepreneurs on “The Entrepreneurs Show”! The “AIL Spotlight” will be centered around individuals that have designed a business model and have taken the steps to turn their dreams into success, so in the first hour we’ll be joined by AMANDA STEVENS and MIKE SMITH of Tapside Music LLC. At the end of the hour we’ll also check-in with the AIL Team for “Hot Off the Press” and “Healthy Lifestyles. In the 2nd hour of the show we’ll be joined by another entrepreneur—SHAQ MAGEE of ATR Records, who will join “The Living Room” forum highlighting the topic: “The Mind of an Entrepreneur: Do you have what it takes to become an entrepreneur? What is holding you back from following your dreams and starting your own business venture? What does it mean to have an entrepreneurship ecosystem?”
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