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Most artists have made their peace with the digital upload systems, www.Zapplication.org, www.JuriedArtServices.com and www.EntryThingy.com. If you want to participate in the better shows you sign up and upload your images for the jury.
But how did this get started and what is the relationship of the individual artist or individual art fair with these systems?
Here are our experts:
photographer Larry Oliverson who was instrumental in introducing the concept of online applications to the art fair business by bringing artists, art fairs and Westaf (the agency which provides ZAPP) together painter Kathleen Eaton who is an artist member of the ZAPP Oversight Committee and is writing a book about the history of art fairs Leah Charney, Manager of ZAPP®, oversees the ZAPP product and the 350+ clients, 570+ events and more than 60,000 active artists that use the system These guests have a long history with the organization and can provide both historical data as well as current operating information.
We'll discuss the myths and truths about:
how ZAPP has changed the art fair business ZAPP's relationship with the shows best practices on preparing your application and making digital systems work for you what an "artist advisor" does ZAPP is going to be around for a long time and understanding its processes and using it to its fullest is advantageous to everyone in the art fair business.
Call into the show: (805) 243-1338.
What can an art fair do to bring serious buyers to attend their events to buy art?
Our guests today are from two of the top rated shows in the country. Tne La Quinta Arts Festival is a large festival held in an affluent area in California. Art on the Square is in Belleville, Illinois, a small town near St. Louis with nearly the opposite demographics, yet both shows excel at bringing collectors to their events and their sales figures are "above average."
How do they do it?
The guests are:
Christi Salamone, Executive Director, La Quinta Arts Festival, La Quinta, CA Kathleen Hughes, Events Manager, La Quinta Arts Festival Patty Gregory, Director, Art on ths Square, Belleville, IL Anyone who has ever run an art fair, or thought they wanted to run an art fair, will learn a lot from these experienced guests. Do you want lots of applications to your show? The most important thing an event can do is bring in those committed buyers.
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
Everything an Artist Needs to Know about Insurance
Art fairs can be a dangerous business fraught with problems of high winds, theft, traveling with artwork, liability issues, damages to equipment and accidents of all kinds.
Valerie Bjarnson, Director of Online Programs for Veracity Insurance Solutions whose innovative insurance programs have made reasonably priced insurance available to artists, joins Connie Mettler to discuss why an artist needs liability insurance.
liability issues bodily injury and property damage weather related losses theft and the best way insurance can keep protect you and your livelihood whether you only do a few shows a year or are a full time art fair traveler participating in more shows than you can remember.
Get definitive answers for all your insurance questions and learn more: www.ACTinspro.com.
In a business full of taking chances the first big challenge an artist has is to make the jury cut at the shows. After all, if you can't get into the show you aren't in business. I'll be speaking with
Mo Riley, Executive Director of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair: Mo came to the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair (the original one) about 3 years ago from the Detroit Festival of the arts. She inherited a complex jury system that has over a dozen jurors from various media who attend on consecutive days, breaking the jurying down into small pieces. Lyn Sedlak-Ford, Board Member Art in the Pearl, Portland, OR: one of a group of 14 artists who started this show 17 years ago. There are 3 left of the original group. We'll talk about how an artist's organization chooses a jury and what they expect from their jurors. Jerry Allen Gilmore, juror for many of the nation's best art fairs: with an MFA in painting and drawing he has had a career both as an artist, exhibiting internationally, and as an arts administrator in Colorado. Currently he is concentrating on curatorial projects, artist portfolio reviews, jurying for regional and national art institutions and on his own artwork. We'll talk about:
how to choose a jury, qualifications, diversity, experience demands on the jury how they showcase the applications jury instruction different kinds of jurying jury experiences and recommendations what your jury fee is buying you
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.
Our friends donated nearly $12,000 worth of prizes this year to our 5th Annual Birthday Party Pledge Drive. Executive Director of the Cherry Creek Art Festival in Denver joins Connie to talk about running one of the nation's top art fairs and even more importantly to pull the numbers to pass out the prizes.
Thank you to everyone who pledged some $$ to help us continue our mission to bring patrons to the nation's fine art fairs to BUY ART!
Thanks to Flourish.com, Artdisplaycentral.com, Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, Holiday Art Shows, Catalina Art Assn., Happifeet.com, AmericanArtMarketing.com, RoseSquared.com, ArtFestival.com, Zapplication.org, ArtFairSourceBook.com, Sanders Visual Images, ExpertWebsiteReviews.com, JamminatHippieJacks.com, Zingermans.com, ArtsBusinessInstitute.org, BermanGraphics.com & so many more
As ArtFairInsiders.com celebrates its 5th birthday and ArtFairCalendar.com celebrates its 10th Connie and Internet marketing guru and author, Scott Fox, run through the top ten most helpful links on the groundbreaking social media site for art fair artists. Covering topics such as:
Choosing Jury Images
How to decide which shows to apply to
What a booth slide should look like
Dealing with rejection
Equipment for the business
Closing the sale and so much more ...
If you've ever dreamed of being in the tent at the art fair showing your creations you'll find the answers to all of your questions about the business.
In addition, Connie and Scott will be drawing the names of the winners for the nearly $12,000 worth of prizes donated to the Pledge Drive. Will you be a winner?
Here are the prizes: http://www.artfaircalendar.com/art_fair/pledgedrive.html
Courtesy, my friend, is kindness which not only boosts your reputation, it literally boosts your own stock - (stock people take of you and that they hold in your company.) Host Bart Jackson invites the reigning guru of business etiquette, Ms. Mary Mitchell, noted author, columnist and international consultant, to show how to conduct yourself and your business most personally - and most beneficially. What are the most beneficial procedures for using the smartphone - making texts - sending e-mails - and dealing with all the new communication methods? In those many personal face-to-face communications, what are the most polite and effective words & methods of behavior? If you are a person of good character, tune in find the best ways of letting folks see your optimum side.
The Business of Art with Host Sharon Belle Hawkshawe. Twice a month Sharon explores a topic about owning, managinga and growing your art business. This is Season 5, Episode 6. This show covers the Importance of Presenting Yourself Well.
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Join artist and marketing expert Leslie Saeta as she highlights way to sell your art. Leslie is joined by May co-host Margaret Sheldon. Today's show is about the best way to find help with your art business. If you are looking for ways to free up moe time in the studio then it might be time to find an intern or a virtual assistant. Don’t miss this show because getting help might be exactly what you need to take your art business to the next level!
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