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This book is not a step-by-step exact procedural methodology. It is merely a guide, a helping hand that will guide you through an art festival, before, during and after. There are a thousands variations of any one of the guidelines I offer and I will try to point those out as I go along. Take some of them to heart, discard what doesn't suit you and, most of all, learn by doing on your own-- and by observing. I am certainly not claiming this is the only, let alone the right way to do things. As I have learned through the years, there are many ways to approach the business of selling art in art festivals. And for goodness sakes, take it all in good humor, because you will need plenty of that to get through your first art festival and every festival after that.
"Simply, I wrote the book as a guide because a lot of artists have asked me a lot of questions, which leads me to believe that something like this is needed and will hopefully be useful to many artists. I will say this later but repeat it here: I am not an accountant, I am not a business manager, I am not a tax attorney. I am an artist, with good years of management experience and about twelve years in the business of being an artist as a sole means of support. I stand by my good eyes and ears, a fair dose of common sense and will stand proud behind every word in the book. As in hiking, I highly recommend experience as the best guide, although hiking is safer and much more fun when you have a sketchy map, a good compass, and the guiding words of someone who has been on the trail before. As a good guide should, I hope to either enlighten you a little on the virtues and perils of this particular trail or to scare the bejabbers out of you; either way I will have done my job."
Good luck and I will see you on the road!
Maria has been exhibited in several galleries in the Las Vegas area as well as the Las Vegas Art Museum, and has quickly expanded to regional, national and international shows. Maria's accomplishments include Best of Show/Category Awards in the Art Fest of Henderson, Boulder City Art in the Park and Tempe Festival of the Arts and purchase awards including works in the Springfield Museum of Art. Most recently works have been accepted in the prestigious Brand Gallery and Art Center in California in their annual juried works on paper exhibition, the Parkside National Small Print Exhibition and Hunterdon Museum of Art. In 2005 she was honored with the Nevada Governor's Visual Arts Commission Award. She has been represented by various galleries through the Southwest and her works reside in permanent collections in the US and Worldwide. Art Festivals throughout the West continue to be Maria's favorite venue for meeting her fast growing audience of dedicated collectors.
A lifetime goal of completing 1000 Woodcuts progresses heartily as do many various other projects in printmaking, writing, and life in general."
This is my new Art Festival Bible! I'm re-doing how I do applications, displays, marketing, and it is working. You NEED this book!
Extremely helpful book. There is a lot of insider information that every aspiring art fair pro needs to know. Thanks Maria.Published 23 months ago by J. Mathis
I had been doing art festivals for several years before I bought this book. I still learned a lot from it and Maria's attitude is inspiring.Published on January 10, 2013 by Ollie
This book is a must-have for anyone who is interested in selling at art fairs. It contains lots of real-world experiences and tips of what to do and what to not do. Read morePublished on August 18, 2012 by Joanne Barsanti
This book is a great resource, offering a birds eye view of what to expect in the arts festival arena. Read morePublished on July 13, 2011 by Emerging Artist Lisa
This appears to be very realistic. Helped me understand how much energy and work goes into selling on the festival circuit.Published on October 24, 2009 by J. Repke