by Janet Glatz
I've been entering shows for twenty years now; so it's not very hard for me to decide which ones to attend. But many of you are new to the art show/ art festival world and haven't a clue as to where to start.
First: Only apply to art shows within your driveable area. It almost never pays to ship a bunch of art to a show that's out of state or country. Also, you probably paint subjects that belong in your own vicinity; they might not appeal to far away buyers.
Second: Choose shows that only sell fine art, and not crafts. People who shop craft shows are not big spenders as a rule.
Third: Keep your entry fees low in the beginning. Remember, you'll need to cover all your costs, such as gas, food, lodging and entry fees, with your sales if possible!
Fourth: Do your homework and enter shows whose organizer has a good reputation. Heck, you can ask me about this. I'd be glad to help when I can. Some organizers promise a lot of publicity and sales and never follow through.
Fifth: Join one or two websites that cater to artists looking for shows to enter. They'll have listings all over the country. Simply plug in your area and you'll find some good ones.
Sixth: Once you've been through a year of shows and kept a record of sales, eighty-six the ones that had little traffic, no sales, or bad conditions. I have a list of shows that I never miss if I can help it as they always pan out for me.
So there you have it. Get your supplies together, have a good collection of art to sell, and get yourself out there! You'll love the attention you and your art generate!