I am very excited because this is the year I will be brave enough to get out there and participate in Art Fairs. Unbeknownst to me, most art fairs are juried. I used to think it was as easy as signing up somewhere and paying a fee and you're in! But no.
The original intent was to do one show only. I wanted to participate in the Krasl Art Fair because it is local (3 miles from home) and such a fun time. Well, come to find out, the Krasl is very hard to get in to. Even after perusing the art fair forums, I found a lot of confused and disappointed artists who don't understand the secrets of how the Krasl jury selects participants. Needless to say, I didn't make it in.
Because it is in town I was able to attend the jury day. It was very disappointing. I wondered just how silly I had been to think I could possibly take my art to the public. Of course a couple weeks later I got the expected "thanks but no thanks" email.
Things soon turned, as I applied to quite a few shows and have so far been accepted to all of them. It will be a very busy summer!
Here is my schedule so far:
May 26-28 Kensington Metropark Art Fair
June 22nd. Friday Art Market in Daley Plaza, Chicago
June 30- July 1 South Haven Art Fair 2018
July 7- July 8. West Shore Art Fair in Ludington, MI
August 10. Friday Art Market in Daley Plaza, Chicago
I am hoping to hear from about 4 more shows. I will keep you posted!
Also, on Tuesday and Wednesday March 13-14, Luci and I went to the Maud Preston Public Library in St. Joseph for a reading of Luci's book. Luci behaved like an angel and we had a blast with all the kiddos. Luci let himself be petted and he even joined and cooed during the sing along. This was so much fun for everyone that I got invited to return this summer!