Rules at the Art Shows
You may detect a little attitude about the enforcing of rules at the art shows in my last tip. That’s because it gets very tiring seeing the rules ignored by the promoters at almost every show I participate in. A rule states that none of your inventory should extend outside of your 10×10 space, but I see this happening at all shows. As I mentioned in the last tip that most shows require that you sell limited editions, but I don’t see that rule enforced. You are not suppose to offer product that you don’t make which are known as “buy and sell” in the art show business, but it appears in most shows.
When most promoters are told about artist breaking rules, they don’t want to deal with problems, so they look the other way and don’t enforce the rules, so like I said you do start to take on an attitude when you see this stuff going on. I have even heard of an artist that went to a promoter complaining about some of the rules that were being broken, and that artist never got back in that show again. So you have to be careful not to be considered a pain by complaining to the promoter, or you may find yourself black listed from a show.
There are a few shows that do enforce most of the rules, and I hear artist complain about them because they are tough and do enforce their rules. I know one female promoter that some artist refer to as a “bitch” just because she does enforce her rules. So some artists are really not happy when the promoters do enforce the rules, and also when they don’t enforce the rules. Promoters have a tough job keeping everyone happy. Personally I would rather they were tougher and enforce all the rules that are stated in their guidelines, but I don’t see that ever happening.
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