"The chief source of art is man's pleasure in his daily work, which expresses itself and is embodied in that art itself."
William Morris (1834-1896)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Crafts at Rhinebeck, NY

Here is what our 10' x 10' setup looks like...for those of you who have never seen us at a show.
We are scheduled to do seven fairs this year though we are wait listed for another four shows.
All the shows we participate in are juried fine crafts shows. This means that we apply for the shows we think we will sell well at and they decide whether or not to invite us based on digital photos of our work. Usually we required to submit 4-5 images sometimes along with a booth photo all online. There is a fee for each application and if accepted, a fee for the basic space we contract for... 10' x 10' in this case. It is competitive and now even more so because galleries are feeling the economic pinch and not ordering as much quantity of work.
Crafts at Rhinebeck was a local show for us, a real treat. It is just across the Hudson River from Kingston which is just south of Saugerties. The show is on the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in 4-5 of the buildings. It takes us about 40-45 minutes to get there which means we get to come home at night, a real plus. This year we decided to jury for it not only because it is a local show but also because it is a great way to advertise our participation in the Saugerties Artists Tour August 8 & 9.
The original American Craft Council show was held in Rhinebeck back in the 60's. That show became the current Baltimore ACC show in February.

Next weekend we'll go to East Aurora, NY for the summer show on the Roycroft Campus.

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