Reasons Why Artists Should Join Art Fairs


You really love art. You have been creating artworks all your life and you wish to establish yourself as a professional artist by selling your works. Using your art pieces for your business is a good thing, but when you do not have the right network of colleagues, friends or acquaintances that will help you advertise your work, you will need to find another source that will make multitudes of people interested in the arts as well, to know more about you.

Exhibit your artworks at Art Fairs, which is the gathering of all amateur and professional artists in your local community or from other parts of the world. It is like a flea market but focuses more on artworks. Being an artist, you should take the opportunity to join your local art fair.

The Opportunity
Most art fairs lasts for a couple of days, and in this time frame, thousands of people are going to take a look at the artists’ works, whether it is painting, sculptures, contemporary art, etc. Take for example the art fair that takes in Dublin once a year, where it gathers about 10,000 visitors for the span of three days.

In these 10,000 visitors, you will be able to meet art collectors, enthusiasts and art lovers. You will also get the chance to meet other artists that have made a mark with their art pieces. Wherever you go, there will always be an audience for art fairs and it will always attract audiences. This where you can showcase your work and increase your visbility in the art and business world.

art_editorResearch in the Market
Since you will be dedicating your passion in to art and business, you will need to make a good market research. Business in the arts is no different from any other form of business – you will need to get feedback from the works you have made and get the chance to meet and talk to your potential customers.

This method will aid in your career’s development. It will allow yourself to witness personally on how the public is going to react to your art. From here, you will get to know the feel for the kind of market you are planning to join – you will see how the audience are going to react to the way you priced your artworks, hearing what they think and like about your art pieces, reasons for being drawn to your art, etc. are all valuable information that will give you an insight to what kind of strategies and plans you are going to make for your future.

Getting into the modern world
Because this is the age when people are engaged in social interaction through the internet, you should be doing the same as well. Many artists have also engaged into online marketing, as it will give them a worldwide reach to other potential clients that are also interested in their art.

You will also need to build a mailing list, when you get contacts more than twenty from individuals that are loving your artworkt and are looking forward to see more of what you are creating. This is one of the most important asset that you should have to enhance your skills and career as an artist.

It will not only be the people who have bought your artwork and has invested their time on you that you only want to contact, but also other people who have admired your artwork and want to keep themselves updated with what you are doing. They become potential clients for your art business in the future.

The Return of The Fair Carnivals Site

We are bringing back the famous “Fair Carnival” site.  We love it and you will too!

We’ll be adding content regularly.  Here is the first page, a listing of some common carnie terms:

A&S Man: stands for “Age and Scale”, refers to the man who guesses your age and weight for a price.

Add ‘Em Up also known as “Add-Up Joint”: Totaling points game. Illegal some places as a game of pure chance.

Advance Man: Employee who handles details such as licenses and sponsors before a carnival arrives in town, and sometimes handles bribes to local officials for leaving the carnival alone.

After-Catch: Products sold to carnival goers inside the fair.  Not included as price of entry.

Afterpiece: Comedy show used for cool down after a medicine show.

Agent: Often the worker who draws customers in to play a game of skill or finesse. Often implies a sense of salesmanship or persuasion to play a game that is not in the customer’s favor.

Al-A-Ga-Zam: Pitchman greetings.  Used only between each other.

Alibi Store: A game which is easier to win but the player is dis-qualified by “rule violation”.  Serves two purposes.  First the prize is never given, and second entices the customer to play again and try to win by not “breaking the rules”.

Alligator Man:  Historically folks with icthyosis that makes the skin look scaly & lizard like.  Can encompass other conditions.  Known as a “human oddity”

B.C.:  Stands for “be cool”.  Used between carnies to warn each other to stop what you are doing and watch out for a authorities or danger.

Back End:  The back of the fair.  Used for the most popular attractions as the customers have to travel the length of the lot to get to those.  Thus having to pass by the higher profit but less popular attractions.

Dollar Day:  Historically the day of the fair where all prices are lowered (to say $1).  All vendors are required to participate and is generally frowned upon by the showmen.

Draw:  Money given to the employees for daily living expenses (or parties).  Not the total pay given once a week or less often.

Drop the Awnings:  Carnival closing time and activities.

Mentalist:  Mindreader showman, often has an assistant who helps him “read minds”.

Merchandise Wheel:  Looks like a wheel of fortune, spun and winning a prize on every roll.  Prizes are worth less than the price for playing.  But patrons love it because they take something unique and fun home.  Merchanise games have a tendency to draw lots of players and watchers.

Working Act:  Someone who performs with skill, as opposed to an “oddity” that performs by just being who they are.

Yellow:  The color yellow has a tradition of bad luck for carnies and agents.