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Show Name: Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park Spring Show
City and State: Houston, TX
Your Medium: Photography
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2013
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $2001-$5000
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show: 1st time
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 3
Location: 4
Facilities: 3
Ease of Participating: 3
Sales: 2
Overall: 3
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Okay
Estimated Attendance: 10,001-50,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair: Crowd seemed knowledgeable and interested in art

Bad Things about this Art Fair: Seems they raised the entrance fee this year by a lot, reducing the crowd by more than a lot!

Daniel Lager

Show Name: Bayou Art Festival
City and State: Houston, Texas
Your Medium: Painting
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2013
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $5001-$10,000
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show: 1st time
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 2
Location: 3
Facilities: 3
Ease of Participating: 4
Sales: 3
Overall: 3
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Good
Estimated Attendance: 501-10,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair: Easy parking whixh close to show. Great early set up starting 2 days before show. There us money walking around and did see patrons with art in hand. Even though the show was off in attendence I had big enough sales and interest to try it again

Bad Things about this Art Fair: The public never really came our to the show. Sunday was the most traffic but even that had slow energy.

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show: Good overall quality and with bigger crowds could be super awesome in sales

Approved Reviewer, name withheld by request

Show Name: Bayou City
City and State: Houston, TX
Your Medium: Digital Art
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2012
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $10,000+
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show: 5-10 times
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 5 (great)
Location: 5 (great)
Facilities: 4
Ease of Participating: 4
Sales: 5 (great)
Overall: 5 (great)
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Great
Estimated Attendance: 50,001+ people

Good Things about this Art Fair: Amazing attendance for this show every year, especially when they have to park miles from the show, be shuttled to the show and pay an entrance fee. Great support for show, usually 100,000-150,000+ and great sales. 2d, like with most shows, sells best. as difficult as load-in/load-out looks, it almost always runs smoothly.

Bad Things about this Art Fair: Some locations are dark due to trees. It pays, even with the price for electricity, to buy it. too dark and you are in a cave. the one year that I did not do this and was in a dark spot, my sales were half.

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show: Priceline or Hotwire a room in the galleria area. Close and nice area.

Name withheld by request

Show Name: Bayou City Art Festival ( Spring - Memorial Park )
City and State: Houston, TX
Your Medium: Photography
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2012
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $10,000+
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show: 5-10 times
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 5 (great)
Location: 5 (great)
Facilities: 4
Ease of Participating: 4
Sales: 5 (great)
Overall: 5 (great)
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Great
Estimated Attendance: 50,001+ people

Good Things about this Art Fair: Once again Bayou City, under the new Executive Director, Kelly Kindred( formerly the shows coordinator ) delivered huge crowds, especially on Saturday and Sunday. While I did hear a few artists talk about sales being down on Saturday, most artists who I spoke with had very strong sales. I set a new all time sales record, not just for this show, but for any show ( 12 years of art festivals). Certainly says something about the crowd and the Houston economy. The crowd responds well to 2-d color, but I also spoke to two ceramic artists and a jeweler ( obviously not in the 2-d category) who had exceptional shows. Weather was perfect for the entire weekend.

Bad Things about this Art Fair: The park lost thousands of trees, so the park, despite efforts to take care of it, looked pretty rough this year. There are already plans to replant, so I assume the park will be different next year. Tear down and load-out is pretty tough, since you are required to be completely down and off the road before coming in. This combined with the darkness and mosquitos make it not fun. There is a Monday morning option and for those less compulsive than me, it is probably the right option.

Kimberly Merck-Moore

Show Name: Bayou City Art Festival (Spring)
City and State: Hewitt, TX
Your Medium: 3D mixed media
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2012
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $5001-$10,000
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show: 1st time
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 5 (great)
Location: 4
Facilities: 4
Ease of Participating: 4
Sales: 5 (great)
Overall: 5 (great)
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Great
Estimated Attendance: 10,001-50,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair: Nice park, pretty surroundings. Good crowd. Great artist support, lots of help with booth sitting, water and snacks.

Bad Things about this Art Fair: Mosquitos, lots of rain the week before, and Houston is notorious for mosquitos, just not usually in March! Parking situation is pretty bad, but cannot be helped. Load-in was tough due to distance to parking, and narrow loop. Surprised that there was so much haggling?

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show: Bring sunscreen, due to the drought, many dead trees were cut down on the loop and Texas weather is unpredictible. It can be hot (91 on Sunday with a good amount of humidity). The artist support provides mosquito spray, but, if you don't want to flag them down, bring your own.

Approved Reviewer; name withheld by request

Show Name: Bayou City Art Festival, Spring
City and State: Houston, Texas
Your Medium: Photography
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2011
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $10,000+
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show: 5-10 times
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 5 (great)
Location: 4
Facilities: 4
Ease of Participating: 4
Sales: 4
Overall: 5 (great)
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Great
Estimated Attendance: 50,001+ people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
Kim and Kelly have done a remarkable job with attendance and publicity at this show. My sales, even in this economy, have never been better. Houston now, at least for me, ranks with the top tier shows.

Bad Things about this Art Fair:
-parking
-awards

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
Colorful 2d sells well, very well here.

Roy Odom

Pottery
Last year was our first year to do Bayou City and we found it delightful. While we didn't do what we would have liked (who does?) we did well enough to aggressively try to do it again.

R. Michael Wommack

Pastels
The Bayou City Spring show is set in Memorial Park, quite a beautiful setting, with the bucolic scene tempered a little by the challenging access. The show is in a circular paved drive surrounded by tall trees, that protect you from beating sun, but don't block too much light.

Most locations seem to be good, but I wonder about the booths on a spoke that runs from the circle to the food area. This show is very well run with everyone including the director asking if everything is okay. You couldn't ask for a nicer staff and numerous volunteers running around with water and snacks.

My shows in Texas have been among my best, Fort Worth being my best ever. This is my second year here in Memorial Park, and I doubled what I thought was a decent show last year. My neighbors also had good shows, and I am keeping my fingers crossed.

(Read the rest of this review at ArtFairInsiders.com)

Nels Johnson

Photography
It is a solid show with good buying crowds-but it is a predominantly low-end repeatable sale show. They like Europe images, humour and art on the stick--anything welded--the committee treats the artists like gold--great artist breakfeast. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

(See the rest of this review at ArtFairInsiders.com)

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