Des Moines Art Festival 2012 review

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in art in tents | No Comments
Des Moines Art Festival 2012 review

After a spring of experimentation with indoor craft shows, I was looking forward to my first outdoor fine arts festival of the summer. This year, that would be Des Moines, which I was attending as an exhibiting artist for the first time. This is the part where I tell you that this a long review, […]

ACC St. Paul fine craft show review

Posted by on Jun 7, 2012 in art in tents | No Comments
ACC St. Paul fine craft show review

I put this off too long. I got sick at the ACC show in St. Paul, and stayed that way for a while, so this will be a down-and-dirty to-the-best-of-my-addled-memory review. Of the three indoor fine craft shows (ACC Baltimore and Craft Boston being the other two) I decided to try this year, St. Paul […]

Top 10 Questions #2: How do you make that thing?

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in art in tents | No Comments
Top 10 Questions #2: How do you make that thing?

Here it is, the second installment of my thrilling series: Top Ten Questions Never to Ask an Art Fair Artist. Forbidden Question number two is, “How do you make that thing?” This is a tricky one because it’s close kin to a perfectly welcome question about an artist’s process. As an enamelist, I frequently encounter […]

Craft Boston Review Spring 2012

Posted by on May 17, 2012 in art in tents | 3 Comments
Craft Boston Review Spring 2012

Part of my genius plan this spring when I first decided to try a few well known indoor fine craft fairs was to approach this as a learner. Well, Craft Boston turned out to be quite the learning experience. In fact, this one show ended up costing me about a semester’s tuition at my local […]

Top Ten Questions to Never Ask an Art Fair Artist

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in art in tents, your brain on art | 2 Comments

Part 1 Art fair organizers love to crow about how great it is to go to their shows, where you can meet real-live artists face to face! It’s better than a trip to the zoo, because when you taunt these captive creatures they won’t, usually, throw their feces at you or go hide in the […]

Amoebas in Boston

Posted by on May 6, 2012 in art in tents | No Comments

The amoebas got some love back in Boston last month. Me, not so much. I’ll be reviewing the show soon.

ACC Baltimore Retail Craft Show 2012 — Review

Posted by on May 1, 2012 in art in tents, art whore | No Comments
ACC Baltimore Retail Craft Show 2012 — Review

The American Craft Council show in Baltimore was my first indoor fine craft fair. It’s a long trip for me, but this show is rumored to be one where its high participation cost can be more than compensated by high sales. That didn’t turn out to be true in my case, or for many of […]

Unmixed Media — a new taxonomy of art fair categories (or, help the homeless enamelists!)

Posted by on Apr 27, 2012 in art in tents, art whore, your brain on art | No Comments
Unmixed Media — a new taxonomy of art fair categories (or, help the homeless enamelists!)

Non-jewelry enamelists who do art fairs are not only not common, they’re kind of screwed. We are homeless orphans who do not fall into any of the standard art show application media categories. With the exception of the ACC which is, as far as I know, the only organization runningĀ  a show with an enamel […]