Monday, August 15, 2016

End of summer shows for another year!

Art on the Farm marks the last of the summer shows I signed up for this year.  I'll spend some time analyzing all my shows before registering for next year's round, perhaps doing a bit of tweaking.  The longer I do these shows (with all the preparation, hard work and expense involved with them) I realize the importance of picking & choosing carefully the shows that work best for me.  Are they well organized, well publicized, well attended; do they attract art lovers/consumers; are they profitable after all the expenses incurred; are they fun to do???  So many questions.  I've been trying to keep good records of experiences at sales the past few years and also make note of sales I've learned about from other craftspeople/artists who I respect, so that I can make some informed decisions about what shows I apply for next year.  Then, of course, there's the whole application process in which you need to communicate the essence of your work succinctly and professionally to people who have probably not seen your work or met you.  Another form of art!

After a bit of a break I look forward to the next 6 weeks or so of being back in the studio full time preparing for the fall shows which start for me Thanksgiving week-end.

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