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debbie dean

I have done this show for many years in a row. Great return business and snowbirds' buying. Don't think you have to have SW designs. Many customers are from Minnesota, Michigan, Washington, Canada and Iowa. Sales have gotten better every year, depending on the weather. I love the 5 days and feel it is worth it with each day netting about the same. Weather can be anything even snow or 90 degrees.Some spaces get a fair amount of wind.

Pauline Haas-Vaughn

Show Name: Tubac Festival of the Arts
City and State: Tubac, AZ
Your Medium: Glass
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: 3-5 times
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 5 (great)
Location: 5 (great)
Facilities: 4
Ease of Participating: 5 (great)
Sales: 5 (great)
Overall: 4
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Good
Estimated Attendance: 50,001+ people

Good Things about this Art Fair: very well organized and good clientele

Bad Things about this Art Fair: dusty

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show: be prepared for wind and rain. usually one day of the show has some weather

S Brian Berkun

Show Name: Tubac Festival of the Arts
City and State: Tubac, AZ
Your Medium: Photography
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: 1st time
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 2
Location: 4
Facilities: 4
Ease of Participating: 5 (great)
Sales: 1 (poor)
Overall: 3
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Okay
Estimated Attendance: 501-10,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair: The Tubac Festival of the Arts takes place in the town of Tubac, AZ which is known as an arts destination for most Tucson residents. Tour buses were bringing people in as a respite from the Gem and Mineral show which also takes place at this time in Tucson. Horse drawn wagons shuttled visitors from the parking into the show.

Bad Things about this Art Fair: Not all that glitters is gold. There was evidence of B/S, non-attendance of artists (just representatives), windy, dusty and lackluster sales do not add up to a good show. The show was a mix of quality and price points. Artists had to pay $6 a day for parking (although it was a fund raiser for a local school).

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show: I would not go far out of my way for this show. Artist comments from the past suggested that the 5 day run of this show is too long, I agree. Low end items sold but not at a brisk pace.

Additional Commentary on this Show (or about this form): A former Chamber of Commerce member confided, in essence, that the Chamber was filling spaces as at least one artist that was specifically not going to be let in was indeed let in.

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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