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John Houle

Medium: 2D mixed media
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2017
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $2,001 - $5,000
Price Range of your Work: $50 to $700
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show:
2-3 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: 50,001+ people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
You get fantastic exposure from fine art buyers that really know good art. This year the show was ranked 5th best in America. I also get excellent residual sales and commissions that equal my sales at the show.

What could this Art Fair have done better?:
Nothing . It is run by artists that really know what they are doing and treat the visiting artists as they would like to be treated.

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
Do it !!!!!

Additional Commentary on this Show:
Wonderful people run this show and they take care of you .

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

John Houle

Medium: 2D mixed media
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show:
2017
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $2,001 - $5,000
Price Range of your Work: $150 to $1,000
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: 50,001+ people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
Fantastic town support from the Wickford folks. The show is run by the Wickford art league and these folks know art and how it should be displayed and promoted.

Great access for the artists for set up and breakdown. Great selection of fine juried art. Art staff kept coming around to bring free water.

This show has a program where town residents take in artists for the weekend.

What could this Art Fair have done better?:
I don't think these folks could do anything
better. This show runs like a well oiled machine.

Real nice people who know what they are doing.

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
Apply early. This show is a "can't miss."

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

John Houle

For my money, Wickford, R.I. offers one of the best , well run art shows in the East. It is all art. No craft, and people are aware of that when they show up . it is an educated crowd that comes to buy . The caliber of art is "top shelf" and the patrons know it . I had one of the side streets mentioned in a previous rating . I loved it. Great location . Easy in and out , and not to far from the port a potties . I had volunteers come by many times offering help and water ( free) .The fact that you get juried in for 3 years is a huge plus . The buffet at the check in was very nice touch , and the going away dinner was a real treat ( for all artists ...eat there or take to go ) . Sunday was very hot and humid and I feel it cut down on sales, no event personel can control the weather . I look forward to this show yearly !

Jill Banks

Medium: Painting
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2014
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: 5 (great)
Facilities: 2
Ease of Participating: 5 (great)
Sales: 5 (great)
Overall: 5 (great)
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Great
Estimated Attendance: 501-10,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
Steady flow of art enthusiasts and buyers from before the show opened on Saturday to mid/late afternoon on Sunday. I was on a side street with much smaller crowds but think that made the visitors who came down our lane the more serious shoppers.

That side street also made it possible to show work on all sides, store extra stuff in the back, made it comfortable for show guests to view work.

Nice reception at check-in.

No sales tax on original art. Yay, Rhode Island!

Great weather both days.

Once accepted, you are juried in for three years. I think that's wonderful -- so people know they can see you and your work next year.

Fairly low booth fee but well attended show with willing purchasers.

Bad Things about this Art Fair:
Porta-potties.

The set-up on the Main Streets is way too tight and a bit chaotic with car traffic.

I only saw volunteers at the show once -- helping a fellow artist with booth sitting. Also, I received one show program with my packet -- but many patrons didn't have one/didn't know where to get one or how to locate artists they came to see. If more volunteers had been working the show, the program issue would have been solved.

Additional Commentary on this Show:
I'm new to this whole taking your art on the road business, so can't compare Wickford to much else. My price range is on the high side and I only sell originals. There were a lot of people who would have loved to purchase, but didn't have the budget to buy one of my works. Later in the day, I did see many of them with huge smiles on their faces and packages in their hands. They came to hunt and buy.

I connected with four new collectors (almost $5000 in sales at this show) -- who will likely purchase more over the years. Plus I gained many new enthusiasts. Met wonderful artist neighbors. I will definitely be going back.

I read reviews of show goers that don't paint nearly as pretty a picture as the scene experienced from my booth. Public restrooms were locked during the show and guests needed to use the porta-potties (like us). In addition, guests (not artists) needed to pay for parking, crowds were huge on the main show streets -- so folks got jostled around trying to look at the art.

Carrie Jacobson

Show Name: Wickford Art Festival
City and State: Wickford, RI
Your Medium: Painting
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: 3-5 times
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 4
Location: 4
Facilities: 1 (poor)
Ease of Participating: 4
Sales: 3
Overall: 4
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Okay
Estimated Attendance: 501-10,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
There's a good crowd, and people usually come to buy.

The quality of the work is quite high.

On the side streets, at least, set-up and take-down is easy.

There's a nice hors d'oeuvres spread at registration.

You can get a temporary RI tax permit for the weekend, and someone from the show comes around at the end to collect taxes, which I find very helpful.

Bad Things about this Art Fair:
There are some rotten neighbors who hate the show and are just plain nasty.

Facilities are located centrally, which means they are a hike from the outlying booths.

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
Bring large and small work. Bring shims. Be prepared for weather. Don't be dismayed if you are on a side street.

Additional Commentary on this Show:
The Wickford Art Festival, like many of the festivals I attended in July and August, was harmed, in my opinion, by the weather. If it wasn't sweltering this summer, it seems, it was cold and rainy, and that was the case in Wickford, which took place July 13 and 14.

I had a pretty good show, though not as good as I have in years past. I sold $1400 of paintings, followed by a couple commissions after the show. My small paintings sold first; then people bought some of the larger ones. My total was roughly seven times the booth fee of $240.

At Wickford, the main action is on the major street in town, which is Brown Street. The secondary action is Main Street. There are two or three small side streets, and I've been on one of them for the four years I've done the show.

It looks like the side streets are not the place to be, but the artists who are on those streets generally love them, and ask to be placed there year after year. Set-up and tear-down are much easier than on the main streets.

There's storage space behind the tents, and they are spaced far enough apart that I could hang paintings on both sides. On the two major streets, you are cheek to jowl with your neighbors.

While you get more traffic on the major streets of this festival, I have found that if someone is there to buy art, he or she walks the entire festival, including the side streets. The side streets are far from the port-a-potties, however.

The show had a new director this year, and he was very visible, introducing himself to people and solving problems as they arose. There were plenty of volunteers on Saturday, and while there were fewer on Sunday, they were flexible and willing to come back.

The quality of the work is pretty good in this show. It is mostly 2-D stuff, and I don't think there's jewelry.

When you are juried in in Wickford, you're in for three years before you need to be rejuried. I would definitely do this one again.

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