Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Art Fairs

So far this summer I have survived 5 art fairs. Three of which have been rained out on at least one day during the weekend. I discovered that my new tent had a leak at fair #3 and spent a good portion of my day covering my work with plastic bags. It was a kind of peek- a- boo display. I also had three frames break on me! But I have discovered a few interesting things about how people shop at art fairs, which I find to be quite entertaining to watch. For example, I had a framed picture wrapped in bubble wrap hidden in the back of my booth and for some reason many shoppers were more interested in that piece then in any of the pieces on display. One shopper even crawled back into the space to get a look at this hidden treasure. So I thought that it might be a great sales technique to cover all of my art to peak the curiosity of the shopper, and create a sort of hide and seek display-just kidding. I also found the fear of commitment shopper to be very funny to watch. This is the person that teeters on the edge of my booth leaning in to see the work while keeping their feet firmly planted on the outside of the booth. My feeling is that if they step in they might be attacked, or worse spoken to by the artist. Some artists have been known to eat art fair goers who step into their booth-we are starving after all! I still have quite a few more fairs to go, with the mother of all fairs coming up in July- Art Fair on the Square in Madison Wisconsin. There are 500 artists at this fair! I thought I would share a picture of my booth that I took on a sunny day last weekend. I also got a killer farmer tan at this fair- very attractive!