Thursday, July 30, 2009

Big Ass ?????

a lot of craft shows -
Coming Up This Weekend:
Meet Your Maker Eugene, OR Friday, July 31, 5pm - 9pm
The Big Ass Indie Art & Craft Show St. Louis, MO Friday, July 31, 7pm - 11pm Saturday, Aug. 1, 10am - 7pm Sunday, Aug. 2, 11am - 3pm
Craft Supply Swap Flint, MI Sunday, Aug. 2, 12pm - 3pm
Renegade Craft Fair - New Jersey Jersey City, NJ Friday, July 31, 12pm - 11:30pm Saturday, Aug. 1, 12pm - 11:30pm Sunday, Aug. 2, 12pm - 11:30pm
Call For Entries: Sugarloaf Craft Festivals Space available for ceramics and pottery, fiber and fashion, glass, and leather. Wilmington, DE; Timonium, MD; Gaithersburg, MD; Somerset, NJ; Oaks, PA; Hartford, CT; Chantilly, VA Fee: Varies Deadline to apply: ASAP
Craftland Providence, RI Friday, Dec. 4 - Thursday, Dec. 31 Fee: $10 - $15 Deadline to apply: Aug. 31, 2009
6th Annual Sowa Holiday Market Boston, MA Saturday, Dec. 12 - Sunday, Dec. 13 Fee: $450 Deadline to apply: July 31, 2009
Urban Country Fair 2009 Somerville, MA Saturday, Sep. 19 Fee: $40 Deadline to apply: Aug, 15, 2009
2010 American Craft Council Shows Baltimore, Atlanta, St. Paul, San Francisco Baltimore: Tuesday, Feb. 23 - Sunday, Feb. 28 Atlanta: Friday, March 12 - Sunday, March 14 St. Paul: Friday, April 16 - Sunday, April 18 San Francisco: Friday, Aug. 6 - Sunday, Aug. 8 Fee: Varies Deadline to apply: July 31, 2009

I have decided not to participate this year after last year where my work was separated and shoved under tables or showcasing others work like a prop - the St Louis craft shows are less about the arts and crafts and more about promoting certain people involved as show presenters and their work - at one show there was a longer display for machine sewn throw pillows than for "all "of the handmade jewelery . another where Belly dancers (the promoters giving the show)stopped shopping for 2 sets to dance - shoppers were uncomfortable the shopping was only 4 hrs and the dancing took a big chunk of time . sad . so I am looking for a new venue and new ideas to promote great work. and we have some great artists locally - and not the big-ass beer and music fest mentality - with art on the side. hopefully new shops and galleries are around the corner.


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