Jeff Kuhlman

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Show Notes 4

Posted by on December 8, 2018 at 8:40 AM

Ohio Wine Festival, held by North Market in the Short North of Columbus, Oh July 13-14. App is through North Market Vendor page, no fee, booth is $275. They do provide tents, but I used my own canopy. I did this show because I had to many open weekends in my schedule and being new too all of this I was behind on jury apps that are usually 6 months before. Lesson learned. The festival is very busy and very popular, but people do not expect to see anything but wine. That being said, I did okay and would consider doing it again. I do not how North Market feels about it, but having more art vendors seemed welcomed by the people attending. I sold mostly framed work which is always good for me. At that time my prints were pretty expensive and probably hurt my sales, it definitely has at other shows. My experience has proven that it is beneficial to appeal to a broad range of customers as long as you are covering your expenses and making money on the sale. My sales were $300, modest, I rode my bike to the show, got some commissions and exposure so it was worth it for me. 

Powell St Market, July 15, 2018. Held monthly by the chamber on Sundays. This show is hobby craft and anything close to contemporary craft or fine art does not belong. Fee is $40, setup is terrible, you are basically on the street with traffic going by all day. Customers are a mix of elderly looking for something to do and young couples with young kids also looking for something to do. Not a selling show. I would not do again. This show is local and I got to stay at home. 

German Village Art Crawl, July 21, 2018 held by German Village Haus. Jury fee was $45 which is way too much to pay for a one day show. Booth is $145 and the setup is in an alley. The weather was terrible which I am sure affected the show. German Village is an affluent neighborhood south of downtown Columbus, OH. I live there so for me it was easy to do this show. It is popular with open bars, entertainment and a lot of local artists. Quality of work is very good. My sales were $500, if it worked into my schedule to do a 1 day show in July I would try the show again. I think for me if it had not rained in the evening I would of hit a $1000 that night. But you never know, I think it is worth considering. I stayed at home so no travel feedback. 

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