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Cornelia Goldsmith

Medium: Jewelry
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show:2017
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $10,000+
Price Range of your Work: $300 - $45,000
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show: 5-10 times
Number of Years You have been doing Art Fairs overall: Forever...
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 5
Location: 5
Facilities: 5
Ease of Participating: 5
Sales: 5
Overall: 5
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Great
Estimated Attendance: 10,001 - 50,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
It is a very beautiful art festival and I am looking forward every spring to come to La Quinta to exhibit my latest work. It is a magical place for me.

The patrons are highly educated from all over the United States and Canada who enjoy high quality art and craft.

The staff is extremely helpful and the show is very well organized.

What could this Art Fair have done better?:
They did a fantastic job.

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
Make your booth look the best and professional and bring outstanding art work which sets you apart from other artists in your medium.

Ed Myers

Medium: 2D mixed media
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2017
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $10,000+
Price Range of your Work: $150 - $20,000
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show:
2-3 times
Number of Years You have been doing Art Fairs overall: 5-10 years
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 5
Location: 5
Facilities: 5
Ease of Participating: 5
Sales: 5
Overall: 5
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Great
Estimated Attendance: 10,001 - 50,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
I've never experienced a show that comes close to La Quinta thus far. Everything form the quality of the artists, to the knowledgeable and extremely organized staff, educated art collectors, and most importantly the sales. It's simply the best experience I've ever had as an exhibiting artist. They set the bar.

What could this Art Fair have done better?:
I honestly can't think of anything.

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
Don't worry about the 20% commission, they bring in knowledgeable art collectors.

Isabelle Posillico

Medium: Jewelry
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2017
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $10,000+
Price Range of your Work: $145 - $7,600
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show:
10+ times!
Number of Years You have been doing Art Fairs overall:
Forever...
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 5
Location: 5
Facilities:
5 (great)
Ease of Participating: 5
Sales: 5
Overall: 5
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Great
Estimated Attendance: 10,001 - 50,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
Very well juried and fairly juried. Each media is juried by artists in that media and gallery owners or educators in that field.

Beautiful location for a show. Very easy to work with the staff and can pay for help loading in and out if needed.

There are volunteers with golf carts for free, when signed up for one upon check in. Rental tents, etc are available.

What could this Art Fair have done better?:
Out of the shows control, but just the weather on Sunday. Got really windy. Otherwise, this year the weather was perfect, not too hot.

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
Be professional, in your art work and show presentation. This is not your normal outdoor park show. This is a top quality show and the clientele that come to this show are qualified buyers and collectors from all over the USA and Canada.

This is a 20% commissioned show, so the booth fees are lower, where in other top shows, the booth fees would be much higher.

High season for hotels and rentals, so plan way ahead of time for your lodging.

The URL of your profile on ArtFairInsiders.com. http://www.isabelleposillico.com

Tom Barnes

Medium: Painting
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2017
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $10,000+
Price Range of your Work: $450 to $7,500
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show:
10+ times!
Number of Years You have been doing Art Fairs overall:
Forever...
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 5
Location: 5
Facilities: 5
Ease of Participating: 5
Sales: 5
Overall: 5
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Great
Estimated Attendance: 10,001 - 50,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
Administration, Venue, Patron Savvy, and Sales

What could this Art Fair have done better?:
Not much; They have been continually improving for many years

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
Book accommodations early, enjoy the ride out, and put your own best foot forward!

Leo Posillico

Medium: Painting
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2017
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $10,000+
Price Range of your Work: $1,200 - $12,000
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show:
10+ times!
Number of Years You have been doing Art Fairs overall:
Forever...
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 5
Location: 5
Facilities: 5
Ease of Participating: 5
Sales: 4
Overall: 5
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Great
Estimated Attendance: 10,001-50,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
This art show continues to be one of the best, in quality and on going integrity of the artist and the work they exhibit.

The location is excellent and the patrons are there to purchase and show their appreciation for the entire event.

What could this Art Fair have done better?:
It has continued to do everything I look for in an art show. Great location good attendance and quality patrons who support the show and the artist.

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
Have your best work to show and the ability to sell to a very savvy crowd who know what they are viewing and buying.

Additional Commentary on this Show:
I wish I would have had this style of questions years ago when I started. Well done!

The URL of your profile on ArtFairInsiders.com.
http://www.leoposillco.com

Ben Kinne

Medium: 3D mixed media
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2017
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $10,000+
Price Range of your Work: $375 - $3,850
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show:
3-5 times
Number of Years You have been doing Art Fairs overall:
5-10 years
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 5
Location: 5
Facilities: 5
Ease of Participating: 5
Sales: 5
Overall: 5
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Great
Estimated Attendance: 50,001+ people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
Very well run with passionate volunteer staff. Well marketed and as a result, very high attendance. Incredible sales.

Tres Taylor

Medium: 2D mixed media
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2017
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $10,000+
Price Range of your Work: $450 - $8,000
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show:
5-10 times
Number of Years You have been doing Art Fairs overall:
5-10 years
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 - 50,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
Wonderful setting, good crowds.

What could this Art Fair have done better?:
Closed everything down early on Sunday. Eliminate booth fee since their is % of sales due. Make ALL BOOTHS visible from the path!!!!!!

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
Get a booth on the path.

Kathy Caldwell

Medium: Jewelry
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2017
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $10,000+
Price Range of your Work: $100 to $4,600
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show:
5-10 times
Number of Years You have been doing Art Fairs overall:
5-10 years
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 5
Location: 5
Facilities: 5
Ease of Participating: 5
Sales: 5
Overall: 5
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Great
Estimated Attendance: 10,001 - 50,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
Everything is wonderful---venue, attendance, management, promotions, artist services and quality of art.

What could this Art Fair have done better?:
Can't really think of anything!

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
If you are good at what you do, keep on applying until you hopefully are accepted.

Additional Commentary on this Show:
This you is by far my strongest show and the most exciting! ($45,000 in sales)

The URL of your profile on ArtFairInsiders.com. http://kathycaldwelldesigns.com

Robert Ferguson

Medium: Painting
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2017
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $10,000+
Price Range of your Work: $425 to $5,200
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show:
5-10 times
Number of Years You have been doing Art Fairs overall:
5-10 years
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 5
Location: 5
Facilities: 5
Ease of Participating: 5
Sales: 5
Overall: 5
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Great
Estimated Attendance: 10,001-50,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
Well organized and respectful of artists. Focus is art not food and music. Beautiful setting. Attracts high spending patrons.

What could this Art Fair have done better?:
Nothing.

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
Make sure when you submit your images that you keep it simple and show variations on one theme.

Have a clean and upscale booth display. Do not show your name or yourself in your submissions.

Tate Hamilton

Medium: Painting
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2017
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $10,000+
Price Range of your Work: $35 to $6,000
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show:
3-5 times
Number of Years You have been doing Art Fairs overall:
Forever...
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 5
Location: 5
Facilities: 5
Ease of Participating: 5
Sales: 5
Overall: 5
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Great
Estimated Attendance: 10,001 - 50,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
I have had strong sales for the past few years at this show which is a lot more than can be said of other highly ranked shows.

Artist treatment is superior which when combined with strong sales makes this the best show I do every year.

What could this Art Fair have done better?:
They have hammered out all the pitfalls that normally plague art festivals.

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
Bring your A+ game and work for this show and prepare to leave smiling when it's over!

Additional Commentary on this Show:
The setting is the best I've been to.

Heidi Rosner

Medium: Painting
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2017
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $10,000+
Price Range of your Work: $500 - $8,000
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show:
10+ times!
Number of Years You have been doing Art Fairs overall:
Forever...
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 5
Location: 5
Facilities: 5
Ease of Participating: 5
Sales: 5
Overall: 5
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Great
Estimated Attendance: 10,001 - 50,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
Qualified buyers
Promoters and their staff
Volunteers
Location
Professionalism
Quality of exhibitors

What could this Art Fair have done better?:
Not a single thing

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
Just do it

The URL of your profile on ArtFairInsiders.com.
http://www.heidirosner.com

Sean Hill

Medium: Jewelry
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2017
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $10,000+
Price Range of your Work: $250 - $5'000
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show:
3-5 times
Number of Years You have been doing Art Fairs overall:
Forever...
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 5
Location: 5
Facilities: 5
Ease of Participating: 5
Sales: 5
Overall: 5
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Great
Estimated Attendance: 501 - 10,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
The best show in terms of sales, art conscious patrons, high quality of artistry, fantastic organization and incredible outreach and attendance

What could this Art Fair have done better?:
Nothing in my opinion could top the existing organization.

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
This is a must, this is the strongest and possibly the best art show in the whole country.

David W Barkby

I have been doing art shows now for close to Twenty years and the La Quinta arts Festival is definitely among my favorites. Great location and the atmosphere at the show is top notch from the fellow artist and administration all the way to the patrons coming to the show.
I look forward to many more years at this show and feel it is a show to consider .

Jason Napier

Medium: Sculpture
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2017
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $10,000+
Price Range of your Work: $500 - $45,000
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show:
10+ times!
Number of Years You have been doing Art Fairs overall:
Forever...
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 5
Location: 5
Facilities: 5
Ease of Participating: 5
Sales: 5
Overall: 5
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Great
Estimated Attendance: 10,001-50,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
Sales and Quality of Collectors(not just one time buyers)

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
Put your BEST and Professional Jury Images together!

Additional Commentary on this Show:
La Quinta patrons came to buy and all 4 days we had great sales! Staff always works hard to elevate and improve this show to keep it on top.

Artists are treated like royalty by staff and volunteers and highly respected by buyers. Even Mother Nature during the last few hours on Sunday couldn't stop the buying atmosphere, patrons even helped hold tents while we wrote up their sales!

We have participated in many Fine Art festivals and hard pressed to find any show that comes close to this one for consistent sales and gaining long term collectors. So many shows are saturating the markets and sure hope this doesn't happen to LQAF

Laurent Martres

Medium: Photography
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2016
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $10,000+
Price Range of your Work: $45 to $3,300
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show:
10+ times!
Number of Years You have been doing Art Fairs overall:
Forever...
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 5
Location: 5
Facilities: 5
Ease of Participating: 5
Sales: 5
Overall: 5
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Great
Estimated Attendance: 10,001-50,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
Phenomenal art, wealthy patrons, professional organization.

What could this Art Fair have done better?:
Can't think of anything, except improving the sound system :-)

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
Average sales are $10k+. Competition is fierce. Do you have a product that can bring you this kind of sales?

Your booth presentation is very important. This is a super classy show, attended by wealthy patrons, you want your booth to look good.

Michael McKee

Medium: Drawing
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show:
2016
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $10,000+
Price Range of your Work: $700 - $5,600
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show:
10+ times!
Number of Years You have been doing Art Fairs overall:
Forever...
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 5
Location: 5
Facilities: 5
Ease of Participating: 5
Sales: 5
Overall: 5
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Good
Estimated Attendance: Not really sure.

Good Things about this Art Fair:
The finest Run festival in the country. Always a winner for me year after year.

Kathy Caldwell

Medium: Jewelry
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2016
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $10,000+
Price Range of your Work: $100.00 - $4200.00
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show:
5-10 times
Number of Years You have been doing Art Fairs overall:
5-10 years
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 5
Location: 5
Facilities: 5
Ease of Participating: 5
Sales: 5
Overall: 5
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Great
Estimated Attendance: 10,001 - 50,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
This show is the best show that California (or any other state) has to offer. I have no other show that measures up to this one!

What could this Art Fair have done better?:
The staff and volunteers have done a perfect job!

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
Apply, apply, apply until you are lucky enough to be accepted.

Additional Commentary on this Show:
The venue, the marketing, the staff and the jury process is what makes this show.

The URL of your profile on ArtFairInsiders.com. http://kathycaldwelldesigns.com

Tate Hamilton

Medium: Painting
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2016
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $10,000+
Price Range of your Work: $250.00 to $8,000.00
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show:
3-5 times
Number of Years You have been doing Art Fairs overall: Forever...
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 5
Location: 5
Facilities: 5
Ease of Participating: 5
Sales: 5
Overall: 5
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Great
Estimated Attendance: Not really sure

Good Things about this Art Fair:
Set up is a nice easy pace. The artists awards dinner is the best I've attended!!! Sales have been consistent every year. The staff has always been helpful. Bottled water anytime all the time and snacks in the morning.

Temperatures have been in the 70s and 80s every year I've been there. The location is beautiful!!!

Bad Things about this Art Fair:
None

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
Apply!!!!

Barbara Carter

Show Name: La Quinta Arts Festival
City and State: La Quinta, CA
Your Medium: Painting
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2010
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: < $500
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show: 1st time
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 4
Location: 5 (great)
Facilities: 5 (great)
Ease of Participating: 3
Sales: 1 (poor)
Overall: 2
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Poor
Estimated Attendance: 10,001-50,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair: Lots of people go to this show. It's big, beautiful, impressive. Lots of sculpture and fine 2D art. Very little buy-sell if any (I can't always tell). Very prestigious and hard to get into, so you get bragging rights if you're accepted.

Bad Things about this Art Fair: Bragging rights about getting in may be all you end up with. The show was exhausting to do alone. Pounding 3 feet of rebar straight down into the earth, 4 times over (one for each leg of the booth) nearly killed me. Dollying from the parking lot a long distance over lumpy lawn nearly killed me again. And my sales were dismal, nearly zero. Several artists on my row zeroed. Nothing wrong with our work, it just didn't sell to this particular crowd. All us newbies were lumped together at the back-end of the show in some kind of no-sales ghetto it seemed. To top it all off, the judge who came into my booth openly sneered at my art. Nice.

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show: My year, 2010, the average total sales per artist was $8000. No one on my row did that well, that's for sure! I guess the big-shot artists at the other end (the good end) of the show must have made all the sales, must be in the tens of thousands for the average to be that high. So be aware. Getting in is only half the battle.

Additional Commentary on this Show:This is supposed to be southern California's best show. It wasn't for me, but clearly it is for some. When you figure out how to predict who will do well and who will tank, please let me know!

Approved Reviewer; name withheld by request

Show Name: La Quinta Arts Festival
City and State: La Quinta, CA
Your Medium: 2D 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) 2
Location: 3
Facilities: 3
Ease of Participating: 3
Sales: 1 (poor)
Overall: 2
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Poor
Estimated Attendance: 10,001-50,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
-beautiful weather
-host program for artists
-great dinner for artists
-there are some big buyers here, mainly for large sculpture
-20% commission on top of booth fee

Bad Things about this Art Fair:
-older crowd, think Boca+
-do buy things, but most people who made money had large high priced sculpture, etc.
-low energy crowd

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
Do not do it unless you have high priced items that appeal to an older conservative crowd or have several shows in the area.

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