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Kathy Czopek

Show Name: Art Fair at Queeny Park
City and State: St. Louis (Ballwin) MO
Your Medium: Painting
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2012
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) 3
Location: 3
Facilities: 3
Ease of Participating: 4
Sales: 1 (poor)
Overall: 2
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Poor
Estimated Attendance: Not really sure.

Good Things about this Art Fair: This twice-yearly, indoor fair is run by the Greater St. Louis Art Association. The facility is convenient for moving in and packing up; pull right up to the big service doors, borrow their carts, unload, then move your vehicle. Volunteer "hostess" was very helpful. Generous 'perks' for artists - assistance, meals, etc. A steady crowd of local shoppers.

Bad Things about this Art Fair:Run by an art association - mostly members who are also exhibiting. Prizes were awarded primarily to members, and to artists who have shown the same body of work for many years.

Comparitively low standard for quality of work; several unprofessional displays and unprofessional artists.

8' x 10' exhibit area; no storage nearby.

Shoppers were largely mature white suburbanites, primarily interested in jewelry, wearables, and prints of traditional paintings and drawings. Sculptors and abstract artists reported low sales. Potters and jewelers sold lots of functional $6-$30 items; the potter near me had her best show ever. "Regulars" reported great sales to their "regular" customers. Creative paper collage artist, abstract potter and at least two painters did not make expenses. This show is not for everyone.


Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show: I do not recommend this show to emerging artists. Visit it first and see if the atmosphere seems right to you; it works for some, but many artists have tried it and vowed to never return. It's a very traditional crowd, and the quality of work is spotty - perhaps GSLAA members are guaranteed a spot. It's held in the spring and in the fall; the fall is reportedly a bigger draw.

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