Beth makes a very good point about continuity. If you go to the show
with work that is strung and you did not show any strung material in
your slides, it could be a problem. I have to say, though, that I
have visited many shows where I have seen some blatant no-no’s in the
booth and no one seemed to mind (the person keeps getting accepted so
it must be ok). I visited a show in May and actually saw a person
exhibiting someone else’s work (really!!!).
That said, the Smithsonian and ACC shows (I have heard) have much
less tolerance for such and high standards. If my guess is correct,
you probably are not going to be submitting or showing strung beads
anyway. I’m a long way off from having the high quality needed for
these shows, but, for other shows, I have a certain strategy. First,
I always try to visit the show first to really see what’s what (this
may not be possible). Second, I try to say a very, very brief hello
to a couple of the exhibitors (to see if they’re friendly) Last, I
write to them later (never try to have long conversations at the
show…they are working) and ask what their experience is. Many are
extremely nice and very helpful. Don’t take it personally if they
can’t write back, you never know what might be the reason.
Best of luck with everything and go for it!
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