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Kate Tillman

Show Name: 4 Bridges Art Festival
City and State: Chattanooga, TN
Your Medium: Photography
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2014
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $501-$2000
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show: 1st time
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 3
Location: 5 (great)
Facilities: 5 (great)
Ease of Participating: 5 (great)
Sales: 4
Overall: 4
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Good
Estimated Attendance: 10,001-50,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
Great staff and facility

Bad Things about this Art Fair:
Crowds come in waves

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
Try it out, it's worth while. Have a variety of price points
Additional Commentary on this Show:
I wasn't sure how my work would be received, I have mostly nudes. The crowd was mostly receptive, and fairly art educated.

Jim Dalton

Show Name: * 4 Bridges
City and State: Chattanooga, TN
Your Medium: Pottery
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2012
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $2001-$5000
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show: 2-3 times
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 3
Location: 4
Facilities: 5 (great)
Ease of Participating: 5 (great)
Sales: 3
Overall: 3
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Okay
Estimated Attendance: 501-10,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair: covered pavilion gives some protection from weather, easy load in and out, all booth spaces paved and level, convenient artist parking, excellent hotel facilities at Staybridge 1 block away, artist hospitality open all weekend, dinner friday night and lunch saturday and sunday provided.

Approved Reviewer; name withheld by request

Show Name: 4-Bridges
City and State: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Your Medium: Photography
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2011
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $5001-$10,000
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show: 5-10 times
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 3
Location: 5 (great)
Facilities: 5 (great)
Ease of Participating: 5 (great)
Sales: 3
Overall: 4
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Good
Estimated Attendance: 10,001-50,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
-great artist hospitality
-covered, but open facility (protection from weather)
-helpful staff
-solid sales for many

Bad Things about this Art Fair:
-due to crowd, sales do decline after multiple participation

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
-more or less conservative market, but a crowd who does buy what they like.

Amy Flynn

Show Name: 4 Bridges
City and State: Chattanooga, TN
Your Medium: 3D mixed media
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2011
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: 5 (great)
Facilities: 5 (great)
Ease of Participating: 5 (great)
Sales: 3
Overall: 4
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Okay
Estimated Attendance: 5001-10,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
Takes place in a covered pavilion--an old foundry I think--and having a roof over your head is priceless. Without it, we'd have been drowned, as spring weather in the south can be (and was) very volatile. You don't even need to set up a tent if you prefer not to.

Organizers are extremely friendly and responsive, and the artists' party was great, if too brief.

Bad Things about this Art Fair:
Overall quality of work was very high, but I was surprised to see those buy/sell Bolivian wood watches there, as well as cheap airplanes made out of Coke cans.

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
Sales best for traditional work--those gallery-wrapped photos of Tuscany were just FLYING off our neighbor's walls. Try to avoid booths around the perimeter, as these take the brunt of any bad weather, and are subject to high winds and large puddles.

Additional Commentary on this Show:
Keep in mind that my guess at estimated attendance is just that--a total guess, as I'm completely dyslexic with numbers!

Paul willsea

I had a great show. We make glass and sold well in the 500.00 to $1,000.00 price range. Our designs are mostly best described as elegant and traditional, but some of our new more contemporary work sold too. I know of two other glass artists who did not do well. This is a pleasant and easy show to do. Come prepared for an outdoor show. If it rains you are not ptotected on the outside row.

John Leben

Show Name: Chattanooga Four Bridges Art Festival
City and State: Chattanooga, TN
Your Medium: Digital Art
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2011
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) 4
Location: 4
Facilities: 4
Ease of Participating: 4
Sales: 4
Overall: 4
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Okay
Estimated Attendance: 10,001-25,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
Took place in an open-air, covered pavilion so weather was less of an issue.

Friday set-up.

Dinner on Friday provided to artists as well as lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Parking was convenient. Just outside the pavilion.

Excellent collection of artists.

Savvy clientel.

Bad Things about this Art Fair:
It rained very hard on Friday night, flooding areas of the pavilion that were around the outside walls. It took most of Saturday to dry out these areas, but many artists had to contend with puddles. The organizers worked hard to vacuum up the water, but it could have been much worse if the event was held outdoors.

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
Good show. I recommend it. If possible, request a booth on the inside, away from the outside walls in case it rains like it did in 2011.

It is also important to request electricity and to bring lights. Being under a pavilion, you really need some extra light.

Some artists did not use their canopies, so the overhead lights in the pavilion helped light their booth. But, some of those artists had to worry about water dripping from a leaky ceiling during the rain on Friday night.

For more of my commentary on this show please click on my name below to visit my blog on ArtFairInsiders.com.

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