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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.
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.
When a city's largest employers pull out and the population begins to decline what do you do? Find new corporations, preserve the downtown, improve the quality of life by improving the schools, rebuild neighborhoods and focus on becoming one of the "Top 100 Arts Small Towns in the United States."
Enter Artisphere, now in its 12th year and awarded Top 20 event out of the "100 Best" Art Shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine, a Top 10 Fine Arts and Fine Craft festival by the Art Fair Sourcebook, and #3 out of 20 finalists in USA Today's 10 Best Reader's Choice Award for Best Art Festival and listed in ArtFairCalendar.com's Best Art Fairs in America.
Kerry Murphy, Executive Director of Artisphere and Liz Smith, Program Director, join us to share their experiences.
We'll talk about how a city in the rural South, half way between Atlanta and Charlotte, attracts the nation's top artists and why those artists apply again and again to be part of the event.
How a fine art event is "sold" to the town and how they attract buyers.
The organizational structure of the event, recruiting working board members who expand the reach of the festival.
Does your health depend upon business, science and art? You bet it does! What do you do to make yourself healthier spiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally? No one else can do fo you what you have the power to do yourself. Why turn over this wonderful power you were born with to anyone else? Do you see life differently than most -- meaning you are a new thinker -- you Neothink?
What could a world focused on business, science, and art lead to? Where would you fit in? Dang, you look so hot and are standing proud in a world unlimited by other human beings! Is this the world you were searching for? Are you still a seeker?
The world's most widely read authors tell stories. The world's least effective business folks spew raw data and stats at their audiences. So how do you weave the necessary business info into a spellbinding story that will have folks paying attention? Well, hereby hangs a tale. Host Bart Jackson lays on his lyre and gives his best version of how to present an entrancing business story in several tricky situations. Then comes the expertise: Bart's guest, the premier presentation coach Ms. Eileen Sinett will correct Bart's fumbling attempts and give us the version of how the story really should be sung. Tune in for a lot of laughs and a lot of learning.
Connie Mettler talks with Marcy Boroff, from Renaissance Craftables, one of the east coast’s premier craft show promotion companies partnering with downtown areas and non-profits. Marcy Boroff had worked with her mother, Barbara, on shows for years and took over the business in 2010.
As a craft show promoter, Marcy feels very strongly that it is a partnership between the artists, the downtown areas or non-profits she is partnering with, and the community of festival-goers.
How did this company get from mall shows to the streets of some of the best shopping areas in the East?
We talk about:
the role of the show promoter and why they do it
choosing a location to host a show and starting a new show
building and implementing a marketing plan
the good part of being a show promoter
the bad part and the worst part
building relationships with the shopping areas where they host their events
building relationships with artists
the future of craft shows and their economic impact
Learn more: Renaissance Craftables General Guidelines for Artists
You’re in shock when a business setback or crisis hits you head on. Your world is rocked and knocked out from under you in a major way. Finding the strength to move through and move forward can be a challenge.
Discover the keys to nurturing your business back to health and more wealth when host Hanna Hasl-Kelchner welcomes resilience expert Becky Sansbury to Business Confidential on August 27, 2015 at 1pm Eastern.
Becky is the author of After the Shock: Getting You Back On The Road To Resilience When Crisis Hits You Head On and owner of the consulting firm Real Life Communication. She has spent decades showing people there is not only a light at the end of the tunnel; but, also guiding them there, as an ordained minister and as a counselor serving professionals stripped of their jobs through no fault of their own during the recession.
Becky wrote After the Shock to serve as a handbook and virtual support for anyone in crisis or walking alongside someone in crisis. A sought after speaker, Becky speaks to organizations where bad news is often the order of the day, clarifies the chaos surrounding of crisis, and provides effective ways to replace loss with resilience.
Tune in at 1pm Eastern to hear Becky’s tips and strategies and make them your own.
This program is proudly sponsored by the Legal Leverage® Academy, a division of Business M.O., LLC.
Today’s colleges are hammering down that ancient ivied wall that for years has separated academia from the bustling realms of business. Higher learning centers like The New Jersey Institute of Technology have traded in the old “Learn first – then live” traditions for fostering learning in midstream of entrepreneurial action. Host Bart Jackson is joined by featured guest Judith Sheft, NJIT’s Associate VP of Technology Development and together they discuss faculty/student ventures; new funding and incubation programs; entrepreneurial courses; and technology transfer. Tune in and learn the opportunities for both students and existing businesses to launch, grow and profit.
The Unfair Competition Law, codified as Bus. & Prof. Code Section 17200, provides for injunctive and other relief for any business practice that is “unfair,” “unlawful” or “fraudulent.” This would necessarily include certain types of false advertising.
Join Bill and Rick to see how your business could be affected by unscrupulous competitors and how you can pursue such a claim if necessary.
As artists, we all know there are a lot of things we need to do to promote and sell our art. On today’s show we have narrowed down the list to the top ten things you need to focus on and do well! Join Leslie Saeta and September co-host Kelley Sanford as they discuss these top ten items and also discuss how you can get help in making them happen!
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