Memorial Day weekend was my most recent art show at the Marietta Artisan Market. This time last year, I was planning, researching and networking with many artists. As a matter of fact, I’ve created a Pinterest board all about tips just for art shows and fairs. You can see it here: https://www.pinterest.com/TinaAStoffel/art-show-display-and-tips/
Planning ahead has always proven beneficial for me. In this case, I’m so glad I did because it sure saved me from a lot of mistakes and headaches.
During my research, I had several recommendations and even found some lists which I modified for my outdoor art show. For your convenience I’ve put it together in a handy PDF file. You may download it here if you wish. OUTDOOR-ART-FAIR-PACKING-LIST-Sheet1.pdf (3 downloads)
|OUTDOOR ART SHOW/FAIR PACKING LIST|
|SET UP||copyright Tina A Stoffel|
|Set up instructions|
|Display walls||Mesh panels/gridwall||WORK SUPPLIES|
|Rain wall protection||Paint|
|Bungee Cord or Rope||Brushes|
|Print rack||Painting knife|
|Carpet||Optional adds nice touch||Towels|
|Art hangers||Drapery hooks work well|
|Tag Hangers||Safety pins work great on mesh|
|Touch up paint||Oil sticks/Acrylic Pens|
|Business Card Holder|
|Price Tags||Try plain business cards|
|Sales Receipts/receipt book|
|Credit Card Swipe|
|Bags for purchases|
|Glass cleaner for frames|
Benefits of Showing Your Work
If you are new to the art business, or haven’t shown your art, I highly recommend it. If you are observant, you will find several benefits from your show.
- Meeting Prospective Customers
- Familiarizing People With Your Work
- Learning to Talk About Your Art
- Feedback on Pieces People like (verbal and nonverbal)
- Playing with Doggies
Ok, I threw that last one in, but I do love animals and enjoy all my fury visitors such as these sweet dogs.
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