noel & people: if this is a repeat of already posted
about the status of the coconut grove show please delete now:
the coconut grove show apparently has not gotten wind of its sad
state of affairs regarding the artists, attendees & sales since it
was again rated the number one Fine Art Show in the country by the
industry flagship of auditing/reporting publications Sunshine
Artist. Sunshine Artist collects audits/reports from artists
exhibiting at such shows & annually ranks the top 100 in each
category: fine art; fine craft; traditional craft in its september
issue. okay, okay, to be honest, the Coconut Grove show did come in
4th in the Fine Craft Show category nationally behind the
Smithsonian show (1), the Philadelphia Museum of Art show (2), & the
Port Clinton Art show (3). arrrggh, the shame & degradation of
Sunshine Artist has audit/report forms in every issue, passes out
more at some shows & to grade the following criteria from 1 to 10:
overall sales; quality of work; balance [of categories exhibited];
prestige of show [perceived]; advertising; management [staff];
treatment [of artists by staff]; layout; judging & awards; parking;
artists' amenities; weather; & attendance. the resulting information
does not come from people strolling the shows or reading emails but
from those exhibiting at the show.
"It appears to be on its last legs for high-end fine art sales."
ummm, let's see the paltry totals here for the 2001 show, estimated
at $4,800,000.00, with average an exhibitor grossing: $15,074 - many
did less but also a lot did a quite a bit more than that average.
(don't you wish your 'last legs' carried home that amount?)
"Attendance has fallen to a fraction of its peak 5-7 years ago
... It tends to draw a 'strolling for something to do' crowd"
well, it seems that three quarters of a million people got up that
weekend & couldn't find anything to do so they strolled over to the
"Prints are not allowed to be sold by exhibitors, but the Festival
has a booth selling new and vintage framed posters (so much for
not confusing the public.)"
every show artist knows the ongoing debate on selling reproductions
just as every show artist knows that 90% of shows have sales of
posters that have been chosen from entries by exhibiting artists;
buyers cannot mistake a show poster for an original painting, photo
or other work as has happened with reproductions.
"A craft jeweler was robbed of his line in southern Florida last
year after hours at a show."
yes, this part is true; it is also true of many other locales &
shows. Sunshine Artist has article after article on security
successes & failures written by those involved.
noel, for the coconut grove show your concern is not hearsay from
those not involved (of the thousands who repeatedly aren't accepted
some aren't too complimentary about the show - unsugared vineyard
product?) but what you can do to get accepted. base your decision to
apply to any show not on "Good prize money, and a free breakfast and
lunch the best part of this show for many!" [plus $15,000 in sales]
but on reports from artists who were actually at a show; Sunshine
Artist has florida show reports in every issue; january issue lists
the month & page to find the previous year's report on the show you
good luck -
nope, don't even know a soul on the Sunshine Artist staff.