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Lawrence Sawyer

Medium: Photography
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show:
2018
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $501 - $2,000
Price Range of your Work: $45 - $2,500
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show:
1st time
Number of Years You have been doing Art Fairs overall: 3 - 5 years
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 4
Location: 5
Facilities: 3
Ease of Participating: 5
Sales: 2
Overall: 3
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Poor
Estimated Attendance: 10,001 - 50,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
There is an indoor lounge with refreshments and restrooms in the pavilion. It's lovely! Although, I have no idea when an artist could use it, except early in the morning before the show starts.

Booth spots down by the water are quite nice. Lots of shade is provided by trees.

What could this Art Fair have done better?:
Water bottles or snacks would have been appreciated. NO water was ever brought to the artists, which for a summer show is incomprehensible to me.

They also need more trash cans. When an artist has to leave their booth and walk 100 yards each way to throw away trash, that's just silly.

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
Communication is decent and the show is well organized. Attendance is good and the crowd does buy. I saw all manner of art being carried away by patrons.

If you are in the ramp above, bring weights. Even down below, there are very few spaces where you could stake down a tent. Weights are it.

If you want anything during the show from the organizers, be ready to go them to ask for it. Volunteers are pretty sparse.

Additional Commentary on this Show:
This is physically a nice area and show, with real potential for good sales. As with any event, cover all price points to boost your odds.

Load in and load out can take some time if you are located by the water. The pathway there is just one car wide and the clueless can sometimes take forever to move their vehicles.

See my blog on ArtFairInsiders.com for additional commentary on this Show *
Yes, please note that on my review

Leslie Mornes

I have done this show for two years now, and it's one of my best. Very easy parking and set up in the ramp. Lots of sales for me and good steady crowds.

Ryan Tischer

Show Name: Fall Into the Arts Festival
City and State: Edina, MN
Your Medium: Photography
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2013
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) 2
Location: 2
Facilities: 2
Ease of Participating: 3
Sales: 2
Overall: 2
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Poor
Estimated Attendance: 501-10,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair: An easy set-up for those in the upper parking ramp, as most can park near or directly behind their booth. However, the ramp also doesn't get as much foot traffic, can be windy, and can be hot.

Bad Things about this Art Fair: The show does a really poor job of balancing mediums, especially jewelry and photography which are way over crowded. The organizers are pretty clueless and basically non-existent during the show. Nobody stopped by to ask how sales were or if we had any suggestions. Lots of buy/sell made it into this show, and it's a strange layout with about half of the artists setup on the top level of a parking ramp and the rest setup along a long and sprawling walkway along a pond. When we walked the show we wondered if we would ever reach the end! It's no wonder none of the people that said they would 'be back' to purchase later never made it! The clientele that attend this show aren't anything like those that attend the Edina Art Fair the first week of June (despite being held in the same city).

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
It's a much nicer setting to be down in the park by the water, however, it's also a huge pain during teardown because there's only a single lane and it can get really jammed up. The area in the park gets better foot traffic and I believe the people down there had better sales. It wasn't a very good show, and despite having relatively low expenses to do the show I barely managed a profit. I won't be back and wouldn't suggest doing this show unless it's under better management.

Christina Plichta

My fist year doing this show. Though we had a poor year for sales overall, this one wasn't too bad. The crowd was fairly interested in my work, which was a refreshing change. We were in the upper parking lot. My partner thought maybe the lower level would have been better, but I kind of liked it up there. There were some high winds, and we brought a bunch of extra bricks to weight our tent. Load-in and out was easy, and parking was convenient.

Joan Finnegan

Show Name: Edina Fall into the Arts Festival
City and State: Edina MN
Your Medium: Painting
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2012
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $501-$2000
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show: 2-3 times
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 3
Location: 5 (great)
Facilities: 5 (great)
Ease of Participating: 5 (great)
Sales: 1 (poor)
Overall: 3
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Good
Estimated Attendance: 501-10,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair:The people that organize it are nice, the tight set up and tear down situation is well handled.
An absolutely beautiful setting on the lake

Bad Things about this Art Fair: The only bad thing would be that I felt attendance was way down this year.

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