Art Festival Booth: Trial & Error


Where have I been lately? Helping my daughter prepare for her first ever art festival booth. Exciting! She entered a contest and was chosen as one of eleven area high school seniors to get to exhibit and sell their work at the Cottonwood Art Festival in Richardson Texas!
Things we learned:
• it’s a lot of work, way more than we expected
• it’s not cheap to mat, frame, make prints, business cards and postcards
• Texas weather is unpredictable (ok, well, we knew that already)
• don’t leave your unframed pieces out unprotected over night, even though protected from direct impact of the rain storm (under a closed tent) that happened over night, the moisture caused these pieces to warp (the framed under glass pieces were fine)
• which brings me to another lesson: try to do art to sell that doesn’t involve glass and frames! Canvas, jewelry, clothing, sculpture and accessories seem to be better choices, not paper or glass
• figured out how to take credit cards with cell phone (pretty easy and fun, once you get the device and app)
• it’s hard to decide what to charge for art
That’s all I can think of for now, but there were other lessons learned! Below are some photos from the festival. Overall, it was a good time, great experience and she made some money to be used toward college. So, yeah

Almost all set up
Taking the shuttle to the festival site
Booth-mates for the weekend… ready to show-and-sell their art

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s