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Art Display Systems for Art Festivals

by Moshe Mikanovsky on 7/1/2010 8:59:33 AM

 

This article is by Moshe Mikanovsky, Regular contributing writer for FineArtViews.  You should submit an article and share your views as a guest author by clicking here.

Last time, in My First Art Fair Checklist – Follow Up, I promised that I would dedicate this post for the display system at the art festival (or art fair, whichever term you prefer). My display system was of the “Made in Home Depot” variety and couple of readers commented that I should really invest in proper, professional display system.

I do agree that professionalism is key and important in displaying yourself as an artist, the respect you give your creations, and the respect you want to get from everyone viewing, and more importantly, buying your art.

But, and here I want to list several reasons, there are quite legitimate reasons why you may want to go a different route, not the most conventional or “academically” professional:

·         The budget factor. Not trying to raise the worn mantra that we are starving artists, therefore we can’t afford spending money on a professional system, some of us still have budget constraint. Whether it is your first experience doing an art festival and you want to try it out before you spend into it, or you honestly prefer to spend your budget on quality art materials and framing to create the best art you can possibly do, your budget might be squeezed and not much left for the display system - which is really, just the background for your artwork.

·         Do it differently. We like to say that artists can break every rule and still make great art. So why not with how you display your art? I have seen several displays that were just different and unique and that made me want to look at them. But maybe that’s not the best thing since the idea is to focus on the art really…

·         Practical means. Some DIY display systems are much easier to carry and transport and therefore could be ideal for artists who travel far, don’t have a car, live in the city and use the subway/taxi/bicycles, or all of the above. Imagine trying to carry around on top of your art also a big display system, professional as it might be.

·         Everything works. I have seen it myself, and I am sure many of you can testify, that also without the professional display system, artists sell their art! There are many reasons why art is sold, or not sold, at art fairs and festivals. But not having “the right” display is only one piece of the puzzle.

OK, so with no further due, here are few of the display systems I have seen during my first art show. I was amazed with the varied options I saw with only 90 artists showing in the park! I am sure there are many more excellent ways and when I’ll find more, I will keep you updated. So here we go:

The Double Twines

Couple of simple twines tied to the tent’s frame at the top and to the artwork’s back wire at the bottom. This is the simple version of The Double Chain (see below).

Pros: Very inexpensive and simple.

Cons: Can only carry one painting, which should be fairly light. Paintings sway in the wind.

 

Julia McNeely www.juliamcneely.com

The Double Chain

Couple of metal chains hang from the top of the tent’s frame. The hanging of the chains can be by cable ties (as seen in the pictures) or by double length of the chain wrapped around the frame. The artwork is hung on S hooks suspended at any of the chain’s links.

Pros: Inexpensive and simple. Can hold more than one painting on long chains.

Cons: I have seen paintings sway in the winds.

 

   

 

 

The Clothes-Lines

Two clothes-lines or similar twine is stretched across the width of the tent’s wall. The artwork is hanged off the clothes-lines using clothespins. Suitable for non-framed art on paper.

Pros: Inexpensive and unique look.

Cons: Might look too DIY/crafty. Doesn’t fit for all type of artwork. In this case the artwork are prints on wrinkle-free "peel and stick" cloth, so they are well protected and suited for this hanging system.

 

   

 

 

The Leaning Boards 1

Two 1”x2”x8’ wood strips, attached at the top with metal hinge. The top is leaning on the tent’s frame and the bottom is open couple of feet wide. Throughout the entire length of the wood strips, angled grooves were made in order to hang the art from. The wood can be pre-primed with white paint, or you can paint or leave natural. For extra stability, the top is tied to the tent’s frame with some twine.

Pros: Inexpensive and simple look. Can fit several paintings.

Cons: Stability might be an issue, but it seems quite stable. Need some DIY know how to make the grooves properly.

 

     

 

 

 John Visser, http://johnvisserart.com

The Leaning Boards 2

Wide boards, in this case old barn boards (over 100 years old!), leaning on the tent’s frame. To protect the frame, a foam material was used to wrap around the frame where the board is leaning against it, and the board is secured with some twine. For hanging the artwork, wooden pegs were installed in equal intervals.

Pros: Looks really nice! Old barn boards are not a must, although they make the difference, having a very unique look. More than one piece can be hanged on each board, and as extra touch, another board was made into a narrow table.

Cons: I won’t go out of the way to find or purchase these old boards, only if I happen to have them lying around. Stability might be an issue if someone kicks the bottom of the board. Quite bulky to carry and transport. Some DIY know how is required to install wooden pegs.

 

     

 

 

Jennifer Toliver, www.jennifertoliver.ca

The Leaning Boards 3

This one is made of metal railing that already comes with some holes in them. The railing was tied to the tent’s frame with bungee cords. S hooks are used on the holes to hang the artwork.

Pros: Inexpensive and easy to install. More than one painting can be hanged on each railing.

Cons: The look is quite cold and industrial.

 

   

 

 

Nicky Hindmarsh, nickyhindmarsh@hotmail.com

The Fencing 1

A metal fencing stretched across the width of the tent’s wall, attached at the side with some cable ties. In order to make the fence more stable and not buckle in, a long and narrow strip of hard plastic was inserted throughout a section of the fence. S hooks are used to hang the artwork.

Pros: Metal fence is durable and can carry multiple art.

Cons: Also a cold look and a bit industrial.

 

Scott Brewster

The Fencing 2

Similar to Fencing 1, but using a plastic fencing. I have seen someone using the orange color fencing in the past and it looked terrible. So if you opt to use this option, try black or white.

Pros: simple and inexpensive.

Cons: Wear and tear might be high. Looks like a construction area.

 

The Framed Fence

In this more elaborate usage of the fencing, they were stretched over wooden frames, stapled all around with a staple gun. The frames are attached to the tent’s frame, and to each other, with cable ties. In this example the frames are quite tall - taller than the lower portion of the tent’s roof structure. The frame panels had to be separated with a gap in the middle to fit in.

Note the special feature of this setup – the noodles. In each wall mid-section, a twisted noodle in inverted U shape is attached to the fence with cable ties. The purpose of the noodles is to stretch the tent’s roof outward, so that any rain falling on the tent will immediately spill over and not remain on the roof. I believe this can be achieved with other systems as well.

Pros: Can hang many paintings in many configurations. Not too expensive to setup.

Cons: Seems bulky to carry and transport. Require DIY know-how.

Steven Crainford, www.stevencrainford.com

The Fencing Rollup

I personally loved this system! In this display the 3’x15’ plastic fencing roll was cut to 5’ lengths. Each length of 3’x5’ was attached to a 1”x2”x3’ wooden strip on each side using washers and screws. Couple of eyelet screws were attached to one of these wooden strips. These were used to hang the fence from the tent’s frame, using a couple of large size S hooks. Similarly it can be hanged with cable ties or bungee cords. The nice thing about this system is that each fence is rolled up nicely around the wooden strip for carry and transport.

Pros: Light and easy to carry. Inexpensive and fairly simple to assemble. Can hold several paintings, depends on the size.

Cons: Need to make quite a few of these to cover all three walls, which might defer the size advantage. If it is not required (as in the picture), then it’s less bulky.

 

Jon Muldoon, www.jonmuldoon.ca

The Concrete Wire Mesh

Concrete enforcement wire mesh size 4’x8’, hanged from the tent’s frame with twine. The artwork is hanged using S hooks.

Pros: Inexpensive and light weight. Can hold many paintings, depends on the size.

Cons: the wire mesh rusts very easily, so it must be treated somehow beforehand, either painted over with rust resistance paint, or some anti-rusting spray. Edges can poke and scratch you. Not heavy but still bulky to carry and transport.

 

Moshe Mikanovsky, www.mikanovsky.com

The Gallery-in-the-Park

A gallery hanging system is attached to a 1”x4” board of similar length. Eyelets screws are attached to the top of the board, which is suspended from the tent’s frame using cable ties.

Pros: Small and simple.

Cons: Depends on the gallery hanging system, only one row of paintings can be hanged. Might be more expensive than the average DYI system, but needed to be compared with other professional systems.

The Coat Hanger

This DIY coat hanger style system is constructed of a 1”x1”x8’ wood strip attached to a small board for a base. The base is held with a small weight and the top of the strip is attached to the tent’s frame with wire. Hooks are attached to the front in intervals.

Pros: Simple and inexpensive.

Cons: Does not look very stable or fit for big and heavy paintings.

 

   

 

Sheetal Sehgal, www.sheetalsehgal.com

The Stained Glass Window

This system is quite unique. It is constructed of a wooden frame, and metal construction built together especially for this purpose. It’s easier to have a look at the picture and see what I mean. The final look is of a stained-glass window without the glass. The artwork is suspended off the metal-work with S hooks.

Pros: Special look that gave the booth a unique design.

Cons: Need to be very handy to create. Heavy for carry and transport.

Liz Menard, liz.menard@utoronto.ca

 

As you can see, there are so many creative ways to hang your art in a tent! I didn’t even mention The Easels Field and The Professional Grids. I am sure there are many more ways out there. True, being professional is very important and everyone should strive to present their art in the most professional way possible but if you are on a tight budget, want to try what an art fair is all about, or just want to be a bit different, why not try one of these displays? And if you have more ideas, please share them with us; we would love to hear from you.

Cheers

Moshe

PS Thank you to all the artists who allowed my wife and I to take pictures of their displays and use them in this post.

 



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Linda Moran
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Everything Moshe writes is loaded with great ideas, and I think this one is by far the best! I spent two art fairs going around with a camera, snapping pics of hanging/display systems - with the artist's permission, of course. But now in this article Moshe gives even more to think about. Now I have more pics to go with my thinking! This is invaluable.

Kathy Chin
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Moshe,

Thanks for the thorough look at various styles, the images really made a difference as did your "pros and cons." Thanks!
I used the standard grids for a Mother's Day show (without a tent.) Tried different hangers including "s" hooks, drapery pins, and the hardware purchased with the grids. The latter hooks worked the best as the drapery pins tended to scar the paper on the back of the images, and the "s" hooks were much more expensive. Have also seen people use the grids you hang clothes from in your closets...when it comes to buying more, that's probably what I'll do.
Moshe, some of the things you showed looked very interesting, and definite possibilities for the future!

Aline Lotter
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What a great collection of ideas! I wish I had them before I bought my Graphic Display System--at least I got the System second-hand at great discount. My problem now is how to dress the racks. The custom made covers are very elegant and expensive. I have been draping and pinning yards and yards of black fabric-- it is inexpensive and space-conserving, but a pain to set up. If I were handier with the sewing machine, I would convert those yards of fabric into slipcovers. I keep looking for short cuts--like glue and velcro. Do you know how hard it is to manage yards and yards of fabric to get the right measurements and right placement of velcro? Take it from me--it is hard!

Helen Horn Musser
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Moshe, another greeeat post; I looked for a model of what I use to exhibit. I don't think this was mentioned. I had carpenter build panels 5'by 3' with legs of 10''. He then put chicken wire in the open space of the panels. I then added burlap on one or both sides of the panel and spray painted them black. These panels had large eyelet screws which held them together at the side with large bolts and washers. Two on each side. The panels could than be linked together and are very versiltile for turning corners and placed like luvoured doors; will stand alone, and can hold several paintings depending on thesize of the paintings. I think it has been about 12 years I have used them and also allowed our art alliance to do many exhibits. Hope this is helpful. I would say these were not as expensive as buying retail panels and serve just as well

tom weinkle
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This is a great survey of what's happening in the field Moshe.

Thank you from someone who is starting to look into the options.

One thing I recently read was that some shows require a certain type (not brand) of display. I guess it is about quality of display in their eyes, and overall appearance of their show. Live and learn.

tom

Carol Schmauder
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Thanks for sharing all of these display systems, Moshe. There are certainly more alternatives than I have known about. My first booth consisted of 4' x 8' panels that were bolted together to form three walls (my dad created it) and holes were drilled through the panels and hooks were used to hang the paintings. It was a great booth; like walking into a room. Unfortunately, the years haven't been kind to it and I have replaced the system with grid panels that look nice when everything is set up. The important thing is that whatever system you use it should look professional and not detract from the art being displayed.

Helen Horn Musser
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Carol, That sounds very similar to the panels I use. Your Dad is a genius; I also was told how to do it

Carol Schmauder
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Helen: my dad is an inventor of sorts and the booth was very nice. I'm sorry it is gone. My husband could build one if he was the handy sort but......

Moshe: I forgot to mention a recent art fair I attended had an artist who had the most wonderful booth I have ever seen. Her tent was 15' x 10' and her display panels were covered in wonderful fabric. She had a desk that was director chair height and she had carpet throughout the booth. I can't imagine what the whole set up cost but it was very, very nice. Oh to have the money for such a set up.

Phyllis OShields Fine Art
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This adds to my great confusion in decision making, I've been looking for a couple of years putting off purchase trying to find the right art festival set up. I go to festivals all winter season in South Florida and see so many beautiful set up backgrounds for the paintings. The wind is a real issue with some booths, you cannot believe in Florida, the wind gusts pick up and things go flying. So I am looking at the booth that will stay steady and the background that is right for display of art. Oye!! Will file this see some possibilities here. Phyllis OShields

Carol Schmauder
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I don't know why the apostrophes always come up as quotation marks but it happens often when I post a comment. Of course it is feet, not inches.

Helen Horn Musser
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Sounds very exciting and inviting, Carol

Joanne Benson
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Moshe, Thanks for all the photos and ideas. What a wonderful post. I am definitely saving this one for future reference!

tom weinkle
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Joanne, you mean you don;t save ALL of them? teehee

tom

Marilyn Gilis
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Good post Moshe. Thanks for all the photos and ideas.

Sharon Weaver
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I have used the metal grids but instead of putting them flat against the sides I have them free standing in the center. This provides for twice the hanging space in a very compact way. I make sure the grids are safe by anchoring them with tent stakes. It gives four different sides of hanging and I can display over 30 paintings.

Max Hulse
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Moshe You are very creative with your
marketing skills as well as with your art
work.

You gave me ideas and solutions to problems
that I was unaware of.

Thanks for another good post.

Max Hulse

Moshe Mikanovsky
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thank you everyone for the great comments and additional ideas. Too bad comments cannot include images, but if you have photos, you could upload to your blogs and put a link in the comment, so everyone can see them.

We just returned from Canada Day fireworks with the kids, and they had a blast! For all my Canadian fellows - Happy Canada Day. And for all my American friends - Happy 4th of July.

Cheers
Moshe

JJ Jacobs
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Thank you for posting this column Moshe -- it's one of the best one's I've read to date on FASO!! Excellent information and I appreciate your photos and pros/cons. There are so many great ideas I'm not sure which one to try first but you can be assured I'll be using at least one of them in the very near future! Thanks again,
JJ

Joanne Benson
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Tom, Actually, I have an extensive email filing system for things that I usually never refer to again....LOL BUT every once in a while I do go back and dig something up! However, these blog posts are much too prolific to save....!

Sandy ASkey-Adams
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Hello Moshe:

Informative post. So glad you gave the cons on the displays that you show pictured.

I read with interest this post and looked at all the photos of the varied display set-ups. Quite a few are NOT very professional looking which can and do take away from the art work. I have done art shows for over 28 years and have seen it all.
If an artist wants to break into the art show circuit, do not cut corners. It shows and takes away the importance of the overall art work and professionalism.

I hate to say this, but, artists must also realize that most of the set-ups that are pictured would NEVER make it into a high quality Juried art exhibit, especially the one using clothes-pins and the one using easels..........Display systems do count also besides the art. The artist is judged on their whole set up, not just the art work. It has to look professional and not just thrown together or made by a handy-man, or easels just set up under a tent.
That is why juried art shows require photos of your display system or set up along with photos of your art work.
There are Graphic Display Systems artists can look into using and they are not that expensive. There are Armstrong Products also as well as other companies that sell display systems.

:)Sandy



Sandy ASkey-Adams
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BTW....Investing in the right canopy is VERY important also. Why on earth would you buy a tent that is not going to hold up in bad weather??? It is done all the time till the artist/exhibitor realizes they have lost far too much art work. The Easy Up is a terrible tent and does not hold up in winds and heavy rains. It can and does collapse..and some even leak.
The only thing it is good for is on a nice sunny day.
Always be prepared for bad weather and winds. It happens more than you think. AND use weights.

And as for covers on display panels, there are a few places who make them in different colors.
You invet all the time in doing your best work, so why not present it in the best possible way, meaning professionalism the whole way through.

:)Sandy

tom weinkle
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Sandy, Can you recommend some tents? As someone thinking about getting one for next season, I would appreciate any advice in terms of durability and ability to stand up to wind, etc

thx

tom (hurricane alley florida)

tom weinkle
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Joanne,

LOL, me too. I find many are new ways of thinking about issues, and others are affirmations. Either way, I have a ballooning email folder as well.

Aline Lotter
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The big reason for not investing in the best display system at the outset is uncertainty. Is this art festival thing really something I want to commit to? How many days in a year of doing this will earn the appropriate return on my investment? If I sell nothing in my first few appearances, should I give up on it? Wouldn't my time be better spent on producing the art, and my money on buying paint, etc.?

Jennifer Toliver
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Good article, I find the barn board helps secure the tent in windy conditions. We used velcro to secure the board rather than twine, it's attached to the boards and so the system is very easy and fast to assemble and take down

Sandy ASkey-Adams
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Hello Tom:

Here are some web stie for canopies. I have the Trimline that has skylights and awnings which I can put on the front (and do) and also on the sides when I hang work on the sides. My canopy is a 10 x 10 that can re-adjust into a wonderful 10 x 15. They also make 10 x 20's but did not feel that I needed the 10 x 20's. When I get two spaces I use the 10 x 15 wiht room toset up my table, etc...on the side. Since spaces are usually 10 x 20 if you get TWO spaces.

Here goes Tom and anyone else who wants to look professional and have a professional looking display with canopy.........http://www.flourish.com for canopies and display racks. THEY sell the canopy I have, the trimline...and also may still have the Crafthut which is a great canopy too.
Then there is the Show Off....some of my friends have it. (I prefer the Trimline.) http://www.artdisplaycentral.com it may also be at http://www.newvp.com
Also check out http://www.sunshineartist.com/services

You must get the weights too with cement for best protection against winds along with the twisted anchors that go into the ground. USE both when in a really windy place.
DO NOT buy the EASY UP because IT will NOT hold up to the high winds or heavy rain. When and if they do, consider yourself fortunate.

Tom, as far as the display panels go, if I were just now buying panels, I would invest in the ones that look like they have carpeting on them, they are the best and are gorgeous and come in different colors.


AND as far as not being sure what one is doing when they first start doing the art shows, well, what is that saying..... "IF you want to be successful, then look successful, and professional"
If one goes half-way (Some go less then even half-way) on setting up a display system then you will NOT get into the higher quality art shows where an artist can and most do make a good income. The better art shows are better advertised and more people with money to spend on art attend them.
One should take pride in not only their art, but the way they display it. When doing the outdoor art shows, that display is just as important.

Listen to those with the experience of doing the outdoor art shows for many years. They do know what they are talking about because of their experience. They were also once starting out and know the pitfalls of a less than right set up.
It is possible to make a living at this. WHY do you think so many do it? At at one day art show I made $10,000 before noon time. That amount is unusal in that short of a time, but I have heard of other artists making from $20,000 and up.
You will NOT see them using less than quality display systems. THEY know what attracts people to their booths...besides the art.

:)Sandy

Sandy ASkey-Adams
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OOPS, that $20,000 and up I mentioned in my last message is in a weekend with a two day show or three day show. Don't want anyne thinking that much before noon in a one day show. :)

:)Sandy

tom weinkle
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Sandy, Thanks! Very generous to share like this. helps all of us, and therefore the profession.

Your info is a great addition of info to Moshe's post. I'm impressed ...10K in one day or weekend is great anyway you look at it. And I understand that is about the art. You are right though A great display can make great art better, while a bad display will make great art worse. And so on.....

Sandy ASkey-Adams
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Another note...
When I first started doing outdoor art shows, which was around 1978 or so,,, early 1980's, it was figured that if an artist made $1,000 a day that was a good show. It has gone up since.
That amount went up as outdoor art shows became more popular and more people began attending them.
It is not unusual to hear of a wise artist with very good marketing skills making $6,000 in the first day of an art show though. They know what the people may be interested in. Right now because of the economy, many of the artists focus on smaller paintings so they can offer lower prices. Maybe 6 x 6's....10 x 10's, 12 x 12's...etc...PLus your standard small sizes such as 8 x 10's, 11 x 14's, etc...THAT does not mean they do not have larger pieces hanging up too.

YOU must have an attention getting piece or two or three hanging up to draw the people to your display too. AND the pay off there is that you can and will sell that larger piece to the right person, at the right time at the right price...and the right show.

Study marketing.....read book on marketing.....take some classes in marketing. Listen to those with experience. It all pays off.
Sometimes there isn't time to learn that marketing thru your own experiences. SO, take advantage of those who offer the advice and know thru many years of experience.

:)Sandy

Sandy ASkey-Adams
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You are welcome Tom....

AND Moshe...He is an amazing person to share so much...and to take the time to take all those photos and share them with everyone. Thank you Moshe.
He opened the door on Fine Art Views to the outdoor art show circuit.

There was a time when artists who did the outdoor art shows were looked down upon because other artists did not understand and did not KNOW or realize what they were truly all about. There was so much ignorance..or maybe jealous when hearing of what the artists were making for income.
Just because an artist does outdoor art shows does not mean their work is any less or that they are not in galleries or they are not searched out by galleries. Most artists doing the outdoor art shows are also represented by art galleries. AS a matter of fact, those ourdoor art shows help bring more people into the galleries who would be too shy or not want to go to the galleries because they thought it was beyond them..or too snobby. They find out otherwise.
Many art gallery directors attend the art shows looking for artists for their galleries also.

:)Sandy

Michelle McSpadden
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WOW...thanks to everybody for such great counsel. I'm new to the art festivals and this year have done 3 shows. I have been sharing a booth with other artists and we lovingly refer to our booth as the "ghetto booth" because we're just starting out and testing the waters. At each show, we noticed that large pieces were not selling at the shows, but the smaller works were. We had a few sales here and there, but nothing to really write home about, so we counted the experience of the event to be the most important part. I'm a little hesitant about shows this coming fall due to the high unemployment and bad economy. ????

Alma Drain
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This was a good article for ideas, since now we do not have a van for transportation we have to use the neon. which excludes my racks for display. So as i look for different ways to display, that will fit in the car trunk I do not have a website yet but will soon. i paint in oils and have pics on facebook. advice here if you are new to art shows please be sure to tie your art to edsels that you may be using. I havew seen amy works broken when a wind comes up.so a quick tie on back of art will save them .

Alma Drain
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Well that was my first blog so bear with me as i try to do better. I also use gal jugs filled with water or weights to hold down the edsels that is outside my tent, (painted pretty of course) and tie into tent legs so there is extra strength for windy days. I have one edsel i do painting demos on it always brings in people and will ask questions, some i answer but if too deep i ask them if they want to take a class . Having contact with people will help sell work, Almajo

Moshe Mikanovsky
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Excellent comments everyone. Sandy, your comments here and on the previous posts are invaluable in their importance. My experience is a field report from a newcomer, so I admit I have lots to learn. It is amazing to get mentored by someone who has done it for so long!

Thanks again
Moshe

Sandy ASkey-Adams
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Moshe...
I have said it before......You are terrific and very impressive in all the research you did before, during and after while working your first outdoor art show(s). You do know so much for someone just starting to do the art shows.
Newcomer or not Moshe....what you have learned and shared is truly helpful and wonderful to those thinking of getting into the outdoor art shows. It has made artists think.
We are all continuing to learn no matter how long we have been doing the outdoor art shows...there is always something 'New' that comes along, believe me.
Those of us who have done them for many years..well, yes, it is true, we have weathered more shows and know many things about doing them, BUT, a newcomer can have fresh ideas..and you have contributed soooooooooooo much.
One idea can always lead to another idea and another.
Maybe for anyone thinking of starting the outdoor art shows, they will know now that they may have to put some of that extra money aside to use for racks and a decent canopy. (IF one can find extra money with this economy.)
Some displays are going to work at least for awhile unless or until one decides they want to do the higher quality juried art shows.
Then you will want a list of all the art shows which can be found on zapplication and juried art services. They have their web sites. You join each one and they send you emails of all the upcoming art shows, even those that are not outdoor shows. I hope I get these web sites right.
http://www.zapplication.com and http://www.juriedartservices.com and then "Sunshine Artist" magazine also has a list of art shows.

I will recheck those two web sites.

:)Sandy


Donna Robillard
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I'll be more observant now when I go to fairs to really look at the various types of displays and see which work best and look best. Thanks for taking the time to share all this information with us.

Michael Cardosa
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Hi Moshe,

Thanks for sharing all that. Some of those displays were pretty interesting and imaginative! Once again it proves that necessity is the mother of invention.

Michael

georgeann Waggaman
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I use a similar but, I think, a little handsomer system. I create grids out ot the white coated 14" square grid boxes you can get at WalMart. They are used for storage boxes but can be assembled anyway you want. I make them in 4'x4" square, use their round connectors and stabilize with wire ties. I hang them from the tent bracing with two sided velcro straps. Use more velcro straps 3" long to hang pictures anywhere I want on grids. Tie with white clothesline lower outside corners of grids to weights on ground.
Pros: clean and stable, easy to transport, cheap
Cons: velcro only comes in black all the rest is white

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Correction, I make them in 4 FOOT squares not INCHES. Georgeann

Alma Drain
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for the person who cant find white velcro go to joanns fabric store they have it in white. maybe wall mart does i dont know for sure but you can buy it roll or by the foot....if one is not near you on line will work but have your coupn for 40 or 50 percent off its pricy.

Delilah
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My first art show was a real do it yourself display. Looking back it was awful but it got me out there and I really wanted to see if I could sell my work. I did very well for my firts show and I realized I need to get a better display if I was going to do this kind of shows.

I use a Flourish Display System and I highly recommend it. It is light weight fold into a very small space and travels well.

While I found all the ways artist were displaying at this show interesting most high end shows will not allow some of these types of displays.They are also very picking on the color and kind of tent. Only white and no EZ-ups. I currently have an EZ-up and long for the day when I can afford a better and more durable,water tight, dome tent. This is one reason some show ask to see a photo of the whole outside of your tent.

Sandy Askey-Adams
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Two more web sites for display systems and other related displays...

http://www.graphicdisplaysystems.com

http://www.armstrongproducts.com
(this one has coverings that look like carpeting and make a gorgeous presentation.)

I have both of these type of display systems.

:)Sandy

Alma Drain
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when i started to paint again after 20 something years i had nothing so ,off to home depot bought some 2x2 and pegboard painted them and it worked. but first show i done a neighbor artist had a set of display racks for sale bought them and next year i used them, even won first place (he always won so guess his racks brought me luck) so now after 6 years time to replace the old tent went to bjs found a complete kit for under $200. and ready to go. as artist we can do a lot with anything we find. Since i paint Florida scenes i use some palms to help set the mood. so if you are loking for racks ask at the next show you may just find something.

Nebojsa Jovanovic
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I made a frame using 3/4" EMT (electrical metal tubing) from Home Depot. I also bought a set of 3/4" canopy fittings (3 way flat corner fittings and 2 way T sliding fittings) to connect the poles.
It looks like a batting cage frame with three walls. It is very easy to install and the frame is sturdy so I can hang heavy peaces.
I install it inside my 10x10 canopy that gives me an independent structure so my paintings do not sway in the wind. Worth noticing this might be used as a stand-alone frame for indoor shows. This is a non-expensive solution and it worked well for my last windy show. If someone is interested I can provide more details.


Michael Cardosa
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Sandy,

Thanks for sharing those art display system links. Those were very helpful and I've saved the sites.

Thanks again,

Michael


Delilah
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Just artist helping artist some gave them to me years ago and I have been thankful ever since. Now if some one could help me get going on my first U-Tube video.LOL

Sophie Ploeg
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Gosh, I wish I had read this post last month before my ”?open studio”™ so I would have chosen a weather-proof setup! I had a tent/marquee with ”?leaning poles”™ (as your leaning boards) and it would have worked nicely, but it was just too windy. The ”?walls”™ of my tent were moving in the wind, the tent was shaking a bit and hence the leaning boards moved and fell over (gotten out of their ties which held them to the frame). No major damage, but I had to take the art out and move indoors.
Hopefully I”™ll use your suggestions when the weather is better!

Helen Horn Musser
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Sophie, So sorry to hear of your problems with your outdoor exhibit; I sure next time will be better.

Alma Drain
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When doing outdoor shows we learn as we go, I always have extra wire so i can tie mine down and help other artist to. i tie the back of my paintings to the display i am using. it really helps and use the weights from a work out bench easy to carry and pack. and a little paint they do just fine. I use a med gauge electral wire that stays where you put it. but in some shows u may need to hide it.

Alma Drain
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Yes those fancy tents are great but my ez up worked just fine, the first one i had lasted over 5 years and it was used a lot. i just bought a new one same kind, for 188.00 at bjs it came with sides carry bag weights everything u need. someday i will get the nice dome tent but for now ez up gets it done for me. key is take care of them, secure them. but dont loan them out someone who does not know how to put it up will get hold of it,

Barb
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This is great, I've been considering applying for a local show in the park, and this will come in so handy. thanks for another great article

Kyle V Thomas
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I am looking to sell my display tent. I have a 10'x10' Trimline booth with mesh panels and pro-gallery covers. The complete system. I've used it for only two outdoor festivals and it is in very good condition. If anyone is interested, please drop me an e-mail.

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Darin Wood
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I am a huge fan of do-it-yourself projects in order to cut costs. However, I also believe that time is money. When I found Graphic Art Displays all of my financial art show woes were gone. The set-up is fast. The supports are light and break down for easy transport. Work can be hung from the front and back of the display. It looks professional and sets up in minutes. I highly recommend it. They are located in Lebanon, PA

http://www.graphicdisplaysystems.com/accessories.htm

Lin Lenzi-Masters
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I am exhibiting for the lst time at an outside art festival. I was at such at a loss as far as set up goes receiving very little help from the committee. I searched the internet and made phone calls to different suppliers for days. Then I stumbled upon your website and was so relieved. Thank you for such great info for lst time exhibitors. You gave advice which was right on the mark. I also agree with so much that you wrote. I went to Walmart scouring different departments to get different perspectives and decided on the plastic fencing. It appears to be easy to use and the price was right. I too am concerned about costs in light of being retired. So at least I am on my way to putting this together, again thanks to your tips, insight and experience. Wish me luck. As we all know, art is in the eyes of the beholder, so I'll be interested to see what happens. But this is something I always wanted to do, so I give myself credit for at least participatng and having fun that day. But a great big thank you to you, who saved my days!!!

Peter Alfred
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