Put on your best smile, be gracious to the gushers and critics alike.
Enjoy the praise, think about the criticism, accept what is constructive
and discard the rest quickly. Don’t get dehydrated or starve yourself,
both usually make you snappish. If possible, make friends with the people
on both sides of you. Get a friend to sit with you. If your friend has
good people skills, let her/him do the selling. You can answer the
technical questions. After you make your booth fee, relax a bit.
A friend of mine and I do several shows together. (Our work is quite
different and we are from different parts of the state.) She does a great
job of promoting her own work and so do I. In fact I can wax lyrical
about her work but am somewhat more reticent about my own(until two years
ago, I mostly did exhibition and gallery pieces and no shows.) She does a
better job of selling my work than I do so we share the jobs and have a
good time visiting during the lulls(may they be infrequent). Good Luck!
Linda in now verdant, sunny upstate NY.