Art Fairs 101: Top Tips for Art and Craft Shows and Christmas Bazaars

The spring art fair season is in full swing, and most summer art festival deadlines have past, but now is the perfect time to research holiday art and craft shows and Christmas bazaars. Before you get started, check out these tips for making the most of fine art and craft shows. You may also need to read up on pricing your art.

You can research our entire art fair database on Artist’s Market Online, but here are some holiday arts and crafts shows to get you started:

HOLIDAY ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW
60 Ida Lee Dr.
Leesburg, VA 20176

Phone: (703)777-1368
Fax: (703)737-7165
E-mail: lfountain@leesburgva.gov
Website: www.idalee.org

About
Arts & crafts show held annually the 1st weekend in December. Indoors. Accepts photography, jewelry, pottery, baskets, clothing, accessories. Juried. Number of exhibitors: 95. Public attendance: 2,500. Free to public. Artists should apply by downloading application from website. Deadline for entry: August 31. Space fee: $110-150. Exhibition space: 10×7 ft. and 10×10 ft. For more information, artists should e-mail or visit website.

HOLIDAY CRAFTMORRISTOWN
P.O. Box 28
Woodstock, NY 12498

Phone: (845)331-7900
Fax: (845)331-7484
E-mail: crafts@artrider.com
Website: www.artrider.com

About
Fine arts & crafts show held annually in early December. Indoors. Accepts photography, wearable and nonwearable fiber, metal and nonmetal jewelry, clay, leather, wood, glass, painting, drawing, prints, mixed media. Juried by 5 images of work and 1 of booth, viewed sequentially. Number of exhibitors: 150. Public attendance: 5,000. Public admission: $7. Artists should apply by downloading application from www.artrider.com or can apply online at www.zapplication.org. Deadline for entry: early July. Application fee: $45. Space fee: $495. Exhibition space: 10×10 ft. For more information, artists should e-mail, visit website, call.

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY HOLIDAY ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW
319 MSU Union
East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone: (517)355-3354
E-mail: uab@hfs.msu.edu
Website: www.uabevents.com

About
Arts & crafts show held annually the 1st weekend in December. Indoors. Accepts photography, basketry, candles, ceramics, clothing, sculpture, soaps, drawings, floral, fibers, glass, jewelry, metals, painting, graphics, pottery, wood. Juried by a panel of judges using the photographs submitted by each vendor to eliminate commercial products. They will evaluate on quality, creativity and crowd appeal. Number of exhibitors: 220. Public attendance: 15,000. Free to public. Artists should apply online. Exhibition space: 8×5 ft. For more information, artists should visit website or call.

You can search for more shows near you on Artist’s Market Online. Just add your state and/or area code to the search parameters to narrow your results.

Finally, before you start hawking your wares, brush up on these tips for selling art the way your customer buys.

Keep creating and good luck!

Mary

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