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Now, for this month's article. Have you been wanting to get into art fairs, but aren't sure exactly what's involved? Well, we have some of the best answers for you this month from show veteran, Maria Arango.
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Art Festivals: Frequently Asked Questions & Other Practical Matters
by Maria Arango (12-year Show Veteran & Author of Art Festival Guide)
"I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man's."
- William Blake
When I first started the art festival guide I had a somewhat clear organization and, once I decided on the main points to cover, I kept to my outline more or less faithfully. During the course of art festivals, I would think of bits and pieces and almost all of them fit neatly into my chapters...almost. Another phenomenon that occurs in art festivals is that some of us get a lot of visits from artists that want to entertain the idea of embarking upon the art festival adventure. Most of them ask the obvious questions but some pose a few practical and sometimes not so obvious questions. There is so much more to know!
On an average year, whatever that may be, I figure I spend about 30% of my time making art, 30% selling art, 30% on the various business tasks and 30% taking care of the home front. If you notice, that adds up to 120%, not counting sleeping and eating, which is the appropriate amount of time to dedicate to making a living as an artist. Seriously, I have never worked so hard or so long on anything, although the rewards of making a living as a living artist are without question worth every minute of every day and the minutes in between. Nobody said it was going to be easy!
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