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Crystal Neubauer

Show Name: American Craft Expo Show and Sale
City and State: Evanston, IL
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) 5 (great)
Location: 5 (great)
Facilities: 5 (great)
Ease of Participating: 4
Sales: 5 (great)
Overall: 5 (great)
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Good
Estimated Attendance: 501-10,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
Easy load in and out. Very organized staff and easy fast response to needs. Located in an affluent area outside of Chicago. Show cost $15 at the door and I found that those who were willing to pay that were there as serious art collectors ready to buy. My sales were steady throughout the show.

Bad Things about this Art Fair:
While I live close enough to drive, the area may be short of hotels in the immediate vicinity for those who are traveling.
The booth fee only allows for 2 badges. Additional badges are $50 each. I needed a helper each day and to have a different person assist me in my booth each day, would require me to purchase two additional badges at another $100.

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
This is a top notch show with a national reputation. From talking to many of the older established artists there, each artist must be juried in each year. If you are passed over one year keep trying. I attended in 2011 as an emerging artist, applied each year since and was accepted again this year (2014).

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