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leslie laufman

Just did this show for the first time, encouraged by an artist review saying that the crowd was art savvy and interested in buying. Not so. At the show, I was told that my watercolors were the top of the line, art-wise, with very little competition. However only 2 sales all day - one print to one buyer and two framed originals to another - because I talked him into buying the second one half price! Very big crowd of dog-walkers and popsicle eaters. Checking out the occasional visitors who had purchased anything, most were small trinkets, only rare folks buying 2 dimensional art,
usually cartoon images of superheroes.

Genmarie Stiber

Show Name: Lakewood Arts Fest
City and State: Lakewood, Ohio
Your Medium: 3D mixed media
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2013
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: 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: Get there about 6:30-7 am to set up. It's on the street so there are no suprises as far as the terrain.
The show brought around coffee & bottled water, they came around to schedule booth sitters.
If the weather is good the customers will be there and not haggle with pricing. They seem to appreciate the artists and our hard work.
The quality of artist is nice - no junk or buy/sell at this show.

Bad Things about this Art Fair: It's very hard to get accepted in to the show.

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:There were a few cancellations that were filled by artists who just showed up. So if you don't get in you can chance it and show up early.

Additional Commentary on this Show: This was a fantastic show for me - like shows used to be. It was easy and fun. I will be back.

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