I was nominated for the FiveDay Landscape Challenge by Oscar Matos-Linares, so I thought I’d do something a little different for the first image. This is a little animation I shot one morning on Grace Bay, in the Turks & Caicos. Grace Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, and it’s always a pleasure to stroll along the sand. I found this coral near the shore, and spent a good half hour watching the clouds and the waves play with each other. For the first nomination, I pick Doug Cavanah, who is the master of beach pictures…
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Often, simple is better when it comes to keeping on schedule, and getting things done. This is an Excel spreadsheet that I use from year to year to keep notes on which shows I’ve applied to, and which shows I still need to do the paperwork for. It could be a lot more complicated, with columns for booth fees, electrical, whether I’ve sent the money in, and so forth. But practically, since Zapp keeps payment and acceptance records indefinitely, and you can generally access the archived applications, I found that I really only needed a list to go by from year to year. I apply to the same shows from year to year, adding a few, subtracting a few. Too much data was overkill for me.
So here’s the spreadsheet. Feel free to modify, add, delete, whatever you like. Comments and suggestions welcome.
If you are on the fence about traveling to a national show versus staying home to do a smaller show, here’s an Excel spreadsheet that will help you model the expense and income from both. Make one sheet that reflects your actual product mix, and then duplicate it for each show. Fill in the travel and show expenses; get figures for show attendance and number of artists. When you have the two sheets side by side, you will have a better idea of which show might work for you.
Of course there’s no guarantee that the weather will be good, people will show up and buy stuff, or that your competitors won’t have a double booth across the way from you. There are so many variable in this business, that it’s very hard to predict an accurate outcome from any show. But this little sheet can help you get a handle on just how much you need to break even at any show.
Looking back on 2011, it’s been a successful year by many standards. In a declining economy, my sales are trending upward (thank you!), and I’ve had better acceptance than ever at art shows. I’ve managed to get into many of the top shows on my bucket list, some of which I would love to get into again, and some of which I’m glad I did, but have no desire to go back. My new work is pleasing not only you, but me as well. And even the theft of the Artanic in Fort Worth turned out to have a silver lining. So lets pray for continued success for the rest of 2011, and into 2012. Show apps are already coming due for the winter season. Fort Myers, Coconut Grove, Gasparilla, Winter Park — all due in the next thirty days or so.
And to top it off, I’ve won a few awards along the way. I got to thinking about it this evening, and realized that I had done NO horn tooting about it since last year’s Barrington ribbon. So, without further ado, here’s the list.
- Images, New Smyrna Beach :: Award of Merit
- ArtFest Fort Myers, Fort Myers :: Award of Distinction (1st place in Photography)
- Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa :: Selected for Judging (an award in itself!)
- Winter Park, Winter Park :: Award of Distinction
- Crosby Festival of the Arts, Toledo :: 1st Place in Photography
- Glencoe Festival of the Masters, Glencoe :: Award of Outstanding Achievement
- Levis Commons Fine Art Festival, Perrysburg OH :: Award of Excellence (2d Place in show)
I think that’s it. At least those are the ones that come to mind. Thank you, judges and jurors.