Art Show judging

Applying to art fairs is not for the thinned skinned person. This season I have gotten into many good shows that I am really looking forward to doing.

But it is always a decision how much do you show in your booth. Does it look professional, because most of the time you have to send a booth shot. I have been “Not Invited” (that is the terminology they use) for others that I would really like to show at additionally. So, I decided that I needed to put up my tent and hang paintings and take photographs.

This picture is from an actual show, which I have come to the conclusion that it is too busy. I don’t think they really want that. The judges really don’t want to see what all you have for sale, they want to see a very scaled down version that is easy to look at in 3 to 5 seconds.
This is what I came up with for next years booth shots. Neat and to the point. I had my sides on, no name, no table. The only thing that I don’t like is that the wind is blowing and it kept bulging out the left side. I can fix that though with Photoshop. I had to find a decently warm day, that wasn’t raining and had sunshine. This was only the second day we had that kind of weather this year. I also needed to set up my tent because from my show in April I had a bunch of blacksmiths help me tear down and they took everything apart! I was glad for the help but some parts need to stay together for easy building. So two problems taken care of.

I was trying something different and applied to a show in Missouri, stepping out of my box. They did not invite me and also my score was 9 out of 30. OUCH! They did not like anything I had to offer. It was almost like “how dare you even think about applying to our show!”

Another show that required a DVD sent snail mail, which is not too common anymore. I got it all done, packaged up and sent away with my application fee check, feeling accomplished. Apparently the images did not burn onto the DVD! What I sent them was blank! They did kindly call me and said if I would email the images to them within the half hour then they would take a look. I was out with friends and was not at home.

This weekend starts my outside art fair season at Bloom Fest in Leo Indiana. It is at Riverside Gardens on Schwartz Road. The weather looks (as of right now) picture perfect. This show is in its second year and at least 75 artists and vendors will be there. Food trucks and childrens activities and also live music. Come out and celebrate nature, the Arts and Spring.

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