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Things To Do On Siesta Key

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Things To Do On Siesta Key! Siesta Key is an eight-mile-long barrier island off the coast of Sarasota, Florida,
that features a tropical atmosphere such as white sands, and several waterfront hotels, resorts and condos. Siesta Key is a wonderful find, such a great beach, great weather and wonderful people to meet.

Like most of the vacationers to the Key you will definitely want to check out the Siesta Key Beaches including the world famous Siesta Key Public Beach, rated as the 2nd best beach in all of Florida by cable-TV’s “The Travel Channel.” There are over 100 boutiques, A - Siesta Key Beach #1cafes, restaurants and bars in the Siesta Key Village. Siesta Key Village is not overly large to navigate by walking. It all lies within a 3 to 4 block area.

Types of Activities:

There are several water sports rental places, several boat tours and fishing charter businesses, Point of Rocks for shore shelling, scuba & snorkeling, gear rentals, kayaking & canoeing, parasailing & paragliding, dolphin & whale watching, fishing charters & tours, water skiing & jet skiing and much more.

Many activities in Siesta Key take place right on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Visitors can enjoy sunbathing, boating, sailing, beach volleyball, nature walks, swimming, cave exploring, watching street performers, bird watching and wildlife viewing. Siesta Key is home to several state-owned parks, and many offer beach access. These parks are idyllic destinations for picnicking, camping and hiking.

Events:

1_-_Siesta_Key_Farmers_Market_-_Village_CafeSiesta Key Farmers Market a best kept secret operates every Sunday morning in the Village. A great way to spend a vacation, seeing local artists and local businesses selling their products. It goes from 8am to 1pm  and most are closing up at 1pm so come early and hangout and listen to the live music!

A super way to spend Sunday morning! Have a tasty breakfast at one of the many restaurant choices in the village. Then visit the market before heading to the beach.

The market is located in the parking lot of the Davidson’s Pharmacy at the 5100 block of Ocean Blvd. The market includes many vendors such as fresh fruits and veggies by Yum Yum Tree, Fouta Spa towels, hand made pottery, Vinsoy hand made candles by Kim Johnson.

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In addition Tropical silk paintings by Rita Van Gorder, plant varieties of bromeliads by Jason Mellica, photography by Mike Lee Beck and renowned artist Lloyd Dobson Artist exhibiting tropical beach themed oil paintings with FREE shipping to the lower US 48 & Canada and many more vendors including live music.

After walking the beach come into the Village and check out some 1_-_the_hub_baja_grill_at_night_-_templateof the restaurants, bars and boutiques. One of my favorites is The Hub Baja Grill located at the stop sign. Pan-Latin fare & margaritas are the draws at this festive, tropical-themed eatery with live music.

Another favorite is The Cottage. The staff are friendly, you feel like 1_-_siesta_key_the_cottage_-_templatethey could be family. They have a couple of nice sitting options, I.e. front porch to watch the people walking by, inside if it’s too hot and the inner courtyard which has some great island music. The food is above average with some Asian and other influences. Great spot to meet folks.

If late night is your thing then The Beach Club is the place to go for late night dancing and socializing.

My Favorite Sunday “Funday” afternoon schedule is the following:

1) Breakfast sandwich from Alex’s Village Cafe booth at the Siesta Key Farmers Market.

2) Selling my paintings at the the Siesta Key Farmers Market.

3) Going to The Hub for a great lunch, island live music and adult beverages after leaving the Siesta Key Farmers Market.
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4) Late afternoon for reggae music by Desi Adams and great food at Gilligan Island Bar.1 - Desi Adams Playing At Gilligans

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Art On Siesta Key Florida

1_-_Siesta_Key_Farmers_Market_-_And_Additional_Vendors Art On Siesta Key, Florida by Lloyd Dobson Artist  is located on the beautiful west coast of Florida, Siesta Key is a little piece of paradise. Siesta Key is home to Sunny beaches with crystal-white, powdery sand that stretch for miles. Shops from the chic and elegant to the hip and funky with all sorts of fashion and a diverse collection of restaurants and eateries.

Every Sunday morning from 8am to 1pm you can find Lloyd 1_-_Siesta_Key_Farmers_Market_Booth_-_Me_PointingDobson’s tropical beach themed oil paintings at the Siesta Key Farmers Market located at 5104 Ocean Blvd in the Siesta Key Village. Lloyd ships FREE to the lower US 48 and Canada, which makes it convenient for the vacationers who want to have an original painting by a local artist hanging on their wall at home or office.

1_-_Siesta_Key_Farmers_Market_-_Crowds_If you are in the area February 25th and 26th, 2017, the 23rd Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival returns. You can take in the sand and the sea along Ocean Boulevard and Beach Road as you discover wonderful creations from more than 100 crafters exhibiting and selling their work in an outdoor gallery. From photography, paintings, sculpture, jewelry and more showcased from local and traveling crafters, your visit to Siesta Key is promised to be a feast for the senses. This spectacular weekend festival is not to be missed. The hours are 10am to 5pm both days.

Oil Paintings by Lloyd Dobson Artist. One of the most popular Art_-_#145516_-_Beach_Access_-_26x34themes for decorating a bedroom, den or bathroom is the beach. Because most people associate the surf, sand and sunshine with happy days, it’s a natural interior decor motif. Lloyd Dobson’s paintings hang in hundreds of private collections throughout the United States, Canada, the UK and Switzerland. If you have a favorite vacation, cruise or photo contact Lloyd Dobson Artist for a free quote and have him commissioned to recreate that memorable moment of joy and happiness. A PAINTING LAST FOREVER!

For additional information concerning Lloyd Dobson Artist you may visit www.LloydDobsonArtist.com where in addition to his gallery of available paintings you will find digital printed products of his paintings on items such as Gilcee, Canvas Prints, Prints, Shower Curtains, Throw Pillows, Coffee Mugs, Cell Phone Cases, Beach Towels, Tote Bags and much more.

Testimonials For Florida Artist Lloyd Dobson. Since moving to the Siesta Key – Sarasota, Florida area 10 years ago, Lloyd Dobson’s beach themed oil paintings hang in hundreds of homes and offices throughout the US, Canada,the UK and Switzerland. Collectors are talking about their experience with Lloyd Dobson Artist … take a look!

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Servandos Restaurant Supports Local Artist

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Servandos Restaurant Supports Local Artist by providing live art while you dine. Come in and enjoy original art at Servandos Restaurant at Lemon & 4th Street in Sarasota, Florida by local artist including Siesta Key – Sarasota artist Lloyd Dobson. The perfect complement to a sumptuous feast is inspiring art at this unique urban vibe restaurant. They celebrate the sensory by treating you to art that is as fresh and contemporary as their cuisine. If you eat with our eyes first, consider the original art your first course.

Discover why Servandos is the talk of Sarasota. They are 1_-_Servandos_Building_-_Daytime_#2serving revolutionary Pan American cuisine with a world flair. Dine at the Chef’s Table or enjoy the global menu-
Daily Specials such as Taco Tuesday- $2 Tacos and $3 Margaritas- Wednesday, $15 Prime Rib, Thursday, $20 Paella and Sangria, Friday- $35 Surf and Turf.

Be sure to compliment your meal with one of their specialty drinks, domestic & import beers, or fine wines. They also have live entertainment Sunday through Thursday 4pm to 10pm. Friday & Saturday 4pm to 2am.

1525 4th St. Sarasota, FL 34236
Website: www.servandossarasota.com
Phone Number: (941) 954-7400

Lloyd_Dobson_Profile_Sitting_On_The_BeachLloyd Dobson local Siesta Key – Sarasota artist can be scene painting every Wednesday & Thursday evening from 5pm to 8pm. Lloyd feels like beauty is essential to the well being of the soul. Lloyd’s work is designed to bring a sense of beauty, fun and inspiration to the everyday routines creating a palette of God’s tropical beach scenes.

Be sure to compliment your meal with one of their specialty drinks, domestic & import beers, or fine wines. They also have live entertainment every Tuesday through Saturday.

To create a moment in time when your mind is full of joy. Lloyd brings back the memories of this paradise area in his oil paintings with classical forms, attention to detail, elegant compositions and the eternal search for the Masterpiece.

Besides Servandos you can find Lloyd Dobson every Sunday, 8am to 1pm at the Siesta Key Farmers Market, 5104 Ocean Blvd in the Village, where you can buy affordable 1_-_SKFM_Booth_&_Me_-_05-22-2016original tropical beach theme paintings by this local artist.

You may find more of Lloyd Dobson’s art on his website www.LloydDobsonArtist.com where shipping is free to the lower US 48 and Canada. Or if you are visiting our paradise and wish to take a memory home or send as a gift, come visit Lloyd at Servandos on Thursday or Friday evenings 7pm to 10pm and free shipping is included.

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Tropical Art For Sale In Florida

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Tropical Art For Sale In Florida by Lloyd Dobson Artist. Lloyd Dobson an artist living in the Siesta Key – Sarasota Florida area was born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in Independence, Missouri. 
He studied art in high school and college where he was blessed to win numerous art awards and ribbons. In Missouri he studied under the late artist Andrew Thoman. After a year in college he migrated to Southern California.

Soon after moving to Southern California he continued his passion for oil painting and studied under California artist Bert Carter. In California he entered many art shows where he

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continued to win ribbons for his work, as well as selling oil paintings to hundreds of clients throughout the United States and Canada.

Lloyd’s work is enjoyed in private collections with some of the more notable collectors being Art Linkletter, Debbie Reynolds and Debbie Reynold’s mother. A couple of years living in California, Lloyd Dobson partnered with three other artist and opened a gallery in Laguna Beach, California. That same year opened a gallery and studio in Canoga Park, California where he taught oil painting as well.

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In 2007 he moved to Treasure Island, Florida where Florida’s west coast now seem to influence his paintings. In 2013 Lloyd Dobson moved to the Siesta Key – Sarasota area and close to his son, daughter-in-law and granddaughters and they have invigorated him to continue capturing God’s palette.

You can find Lloyd Dobson and his Tropical Art For Sale In Florida oil paintings every Sunday from 8:00am to 2:00pm at the Siesta Key Farmers Market in the Village on Siesta Key, Florida and the fourth Saturday of every month at the Lakewood Ranch Farmers Market from 10:00am to 2:00pm (8am to 12 noon through the summer months).

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Art On Siesta Key

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Art on Siesta Key is located in the Village through a weekly Siesta Key Farmers Market with artist Lloyd Dobson, an annual craft festival held in February, an annual Siesta Fiesta held in April and daily you can view some oil paintings at the Blu Que Island Grill in the Village.

1) Siesta Key Farmers Market

The Siesta Key Farmers Market is a hidden gem. It is a Sunday morning tradition since 2008 from 8:00AM to 2:00PM, the market offers a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, Jamaican prepared foods and pastries, hot breakfast, organic green tea, local plants, Italian olive oils, artisan breads, organic

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skin care products, clothing, jewelry, photography, pottery, fine art by artist  Lloyd Dobson, and live music.

The Siesta Farmers Market is family-friendly, and leashed dogs are welcome. Plenty of parking in the Village, since it’s Sunday morning!

Many of the market’s vendors offer vital information about local resources and create awareness in natural health and the environment. We hope you enjoy the Market on Sunday mornings throughout the year.

Farmers Market offers delicious spring greens, herbs and a variety of produce. Shoppers can also find a vast assortment of local, organic products and a “Taste Of The Village” with area restaurants serving farm fresh items from their menus.

What are you doing this Sunday morning??? Come visit us 8:00AM to 2:00PM Freshness waiting, lots of new vendors,

Siesta Key Farmers Market Every Sunday 8am to 2pm
Siesta Key Farmers Market
Every Sunday 8am to 2pm

music, Lloyd Dobson original oil paintings and in the Village great restaurants. And let us not forget Siesta Key Beach #1 USA.

A Milwaukee vacationer’s testimonial

“Loved the variety of handmade goods, pottery, organic products, unique natural soaps, produce, art, food and more at this Sunday market ! Found some unique gifts….they even had live music…”

2) Blu Que Island Grill – Original Art For Sale On Siesta Key

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Lloyd Dobson Artist

Come in and enjoy original art at Blu Que Island Grill on Siesta Key, Florida. The perfect complement to a sumptuous feast is inspiring art. at Blu Que Island Grill, They celebrate the sensory by treating you to art that is as fresh and

Blu Que Island Grill - Lloyd Dobson Artist
Blu Que Island Grill – Lloyd Dobson Artist

contemporary as their cuisine. If you eat with our eyes first, consider the original art your first course.

Lloyd Dobson local Siesta Key – Sarasota artist feels like beauty is essential to the well being of the soul. Lloyd’s work is designed to bring a sense of beauty, fun and inspiration to the everyday routines creating a palette of God’s Siesta Key beach scenes.

To create a moment in time when your mind is full of joy. Lloyd brings back the memories of this paradise island in his oil paintings. classical forms, attention to detail, elegant compositions and the eternal search for the Masterpiece.

For more information on the Blu Que Island Grill:

149 Avenida Messina, Siesta Key, FL 34242
(941) 346-0738
www.BluQueGrill.com

3) 19th Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival

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Siesta Key
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19th Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival is located on Ocean Blvd in the Siesta Key Village. This year the dates are February 7th-8th, 2015 – Saturday & Sunday 10:00AM – 5:00PM

For more information call 813-962-0388 or 561-746-6615
www.ArtFestival.com

4) Annual Siesta Fiesta in Siesta Village

The annual Siesta Fiesta in Siesta Village is April 11th & 12th, 2015 – From: 10:00AM to 5:00PM

The artists will line Ocean Boulevard with their professional display booths while the crafters will display their unique and affordable crafts throughout Siesta Key Village for a sidewalk craft fair.

All artists and crafters will be present for the duration of the show, available to discuss their work and inspiration. Ocean Boulevard will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at

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Annual Art Show

Ocean and Canal and running through to Beach Road.The event appeals to people of all ages including serious art buyers looking to add to their collections. With a wide variety of art mediums on display and prices ranging from $25 hand-designed earrings to $30, 000 metal sculptures, there is something for everyone.

For more information visit www.siestakeyvillage.org

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Lloyd Dobson Artist
Siesta Key Farmers Market
Every Sunday 8am to 2pm

You can find Lloyd Dobson’s oil paintings at the Siesta Key Farmers Market every Sunday morning, the Blu Que Island Grill, the Lakewood Ranch Farmers Market on the fourth Saturday of every month or on his website at www.LloydDobsonArtist.com

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Lakewood Ranch Farmers Market Review

Art_-_Lakewood_Ranch_Farmers_Market_#4Lakewood Ranch Farmers Market Review. The market had a fantastic turnout of people on it’s return after nearly three years. People from the area and close around have endorsed the return with enthusiasm and excitement.

The market offers a wide variety of vendors with fresh farm produce, organic products, arts & crafts which includes local Siesta Key-Sarasota artist Lloyd Dobson,

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spices & sauces and beverages and snacks to name a few of what you will see and enjoy as well as some live music.

Jen McCafferty is the owner of Jen’s MarketPlace and organizer of the Lakewood Ranch Farmers Market, Apollo Beach Farmers Market and The Largo Central Park Farmers Market. The Lakewood Ranch Main Street farmer’s market will be held on the 4th Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Art_-_Lakewood_Ranch_Farmers_Market_SignThe Lakewood Ranch is one of Southwest Florida’s most famous stretch of master-planned suburbia and covers the southeastern corner of Manatee County. Activity is everywhere and uniquely different from most communities. The Ranch does have a downtown entertainment district, which in this case lines and surrounds the aptly named Lakewood Main Street.

It’s where you will find these 20+ businesses offering everything from food and drink to surfboards and Hollywood films. On the first Friday night of every month you can come out and enjoy live music, dancing and much Art - Lakewood Ranch - Friday Nightmore on main street. Visitors to the pet friendly farmer’s market can also enjoy a bite to eat at picnic tables under umbrellas near the vendors, listen to guitar music from a local musician, and meet and mingle with the community.

Some of the local merchants lining up along the main street are American Shore Trading Company, Ana Molinari, Arts A Blaze Studio, Big Olaf Creamery, Ed’s Tavern, EL Lago Ranchero, Fannie May, Fast N Fresh, The Fish Hole, Hana Sushi Lounge, Lakewood Ranch Cinemas, MacAllisters Grill and Tavern, Main Street Bazaar, Main Street Trattoria, Paris Bistrot, Pastries By Design, Pinchers Crab Shack, Polo Grill and Bar, Station 400 and Vanessa Fine Jewelry. Hope I didn’t leave anyone out.

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So come visit us at the Lakewood Ranch Farmers Market the last Saturday of the month from 10:00am to 2pm. We’ll see you there.

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Art For Sale On Siesta Key Review

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Art For Sale On Siesta Key Review
 does not yield much information when typed into a search engines. Especially concerning local artist. This is what someone pointed out to me recently. When they searched for a particular local artist, nothing came up. Through the Siesta Key BlueWave website, I am committed to inform you about the Key’s artistic events.

This is my uncensored review on the subject and it is my intent to share the availability of Siesta Key art for sale. Before we review two local artist, let me share with you that art is not totally absent on the Key. There are two large fair events with traveling artist displaying their artwork, however finding local artist like the Siesta Key BlueWave artist Vanessa and Lloyd in the group tends to be lacking in the large venues.

The two annual art and craft fair events are held in February and again the end of April. There are over 250+ artist who line up on Ocean Boulevard with their professional display booths. They display their unique and affordable crafts throughout Siesta Key Village.

All artists and craft people were present for the duration of both shows, available to discuss their work and inspiration. The event appeals to people of all ages including serious art buyers looking to add to their collections. With a wide variety of art mediums on display and prices ranging from $25 hand-designed earrings to $30,000 metal sculptures, there was something for everyone.

In addition to the couple of events through the year You can visit the Siesta Key Farmers Market every Sunday from 8:00am to 2:00pm. There you will find representation of local

Art For Sale On Siesta Key Review
Art For Sale On Siesta Key Review

crafts as well as fine artist Lloyd Dobson and Vanessa Simonard. Siesta Key art for sale now becomes available for those seeking local artist.

Early 2014 Lloyd and Vanessa, neighbors near Siesta Key, decided to put their skills at work to the common effort of promoting Siesta Key’s cultural spirit as well as its natural habitat. Their vision is to make it very easy for everybody to find out what’s going on the Key.  Siesta Key BlueWave seeks to create a stronger sense of community for those who cherish this island and all that she offers.

Art For Sale On Siesta Key by Vanessa and Lloyd is inspired by the beauty of Siesta Key and through their sales donate to the environmental charity organizations to help maintain the beauty and preservation of this island paradise.

You can find out more by visiting http://www.SiestaKeyBlueWave.com

http://www.vanessasarasota.blogspot.com

http://www.lloyddobsonartist.com

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How Many Paintings Are Needed For Your Art Show?

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How Many Paintings Are Needed For Your Art Show? This a question that is predicated on the space that you will have available. Most outdoor art events spaces are limited between 10’x10′ and 10’x20′ spaces. The larger meaning you would register for two areas adjacent to each other.

My suggestion would be to have three different sizes of your art work. Large, medium and small as an example. With different sizes you are able to accomplish a couple of things. One is an exhibit that is more appealing and secondly allowing you to have several price points. A good rule of thumb would be between 20 to 30 pieces per 10’x10′ space. Another factor will be determined by the time you have to create the work needed.

study your exhibit space carefully and take pictures and measure the space. Make a scale drawing either on paper or computer of the wall/exhibit space (I’m assuming for flat work) and use “to scale” shrunk down cutouts or paste ups of your work and then start playing around with the layout of what you will hang. You may be limited in the number of pieces just by available space alone. Also, will you have access to track lighting, ambient light only and so on.

If you don’t have enough art work of your own, a great idea is to share your booth space with another artist that complements your work, as well as your art work with theirs. My experience has shown me that when colaborating with a partner you become twice as smart and that results in great marketing strategies to help both you and your partner’s success in your art show.Art - Generic Tent Display

If you are passionate about your art and enjoy sharring your creative talents with the world, you will figure out a way to create enough art inventory for your art exhibits. So now back to the question, how many paintings are needed for your art show? The answer as you can see varies from show to show and the area you will have available.

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Is Your Art Good Enough For An Art Show?

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Is Your Art Good Enough For An Art Show? Lets defines terms here. By ‘good’ in terms of an art show meaning interesting, engaging and that ultimately someone would be willing to transfer money from their bank account to yours to own it.

What’s the perennial question that a good half of all artists face?

It’s not a lack of inspiration, or the money to sustain oneself. From our survey, It seems that its simply – How do I get noticed?

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Art Show Lot of Traffic & Work

I have always had the mindset that, if I wanted something bad enough, as long as it didn’t defy God’s Law that I had the capabilities to accomplish the situation. Even though we are creative, sometimes we must come out of our cozy self-created wonderland and ask the question “Is my art any good?”

On the internet, you will find an overwhelming range of quality in art, everything from random pencil doodles scribbled on lined notebook paper to the most highly polished, professional artwork that exists. Since the range of quality is so massive, there really is no “standard” whatsoever for what should be shown publicly.  What it really boils down to is what your motivations are for showing your art. If you are looking to work professionally, my answer would be to get over it and get your work out there immediately. If you’re making art for yourself, then go with your instinct and do what you are most comfortable with.

Art - Visit Art ShowsWhen you finally do make the decision to show your work to the world, you have to brace yourself for the wave of comments that occurs and be ready to handle it.  Showing your art can be both incredibly rewarding and difficult at the same time. Every time you show your artwork publicly, it is like walking the plank. Putting your work out there is a big risk every time. I have had people say lovely, moving things to me about my work.  I have also had people make brutal, insensitive, comments.

I had a professor in graduate school who came up to me in person, completely unsolicited, one day and said to me ”I am very disturbed by what you do,” and then went on to describe in great detail what a terrible artist I was. I was so completely startled by his comments that I was left speechless. Fortunately I did not let that get me off course from my dreams, goals and accomplishments.Success - Man At Top Of Mountain

Are people really interested in your art? Do people stop and stare when they pass your art?

It is all relative of course. If you are a beginner artist then your art may not have reached it’s full potential yet, but there has to be a certain something about your art no matter what level of experience you have that makes people stop, look and get interested if you want to have any chance of success with your own art show.

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How To Have Success At Art Shows

Art - Successful Art ShowHow to have success at art shows. Like any business you need traffic and you need conversions, better known as buyers. One thing you must remember . . . It does not matter what business you are in! Whether you are in the art business, the restaurant business, the widget business or the fu-fu business. You are in the “People Business”

So you have always wondered what it would be like to be an artist and show and sell your work around the country at weekend art shows? Here are some tips that can increase your chances of succeeding.

1) Go Visit Some Art Events First –

You may not always have the luxury of visiting each and every art show before you apply for acceptance. After all, if you visit before applying, you’ll have to wait another year to participate (if you are accepted) and most of us are not that patient. However, when you can visit the show first and talk to participating artists, you will get a feel for whether or not this is a show in which you wish to participate. Be up front with the artists that you talk with and ask a few questions. Most will be happy to answer your questions if they sense your honesty and sincerity and you don’t distract them from those who visit their booth.Art - Visit Art Shows

Some events that bill themselves as art shows or even arts and craft shows end up with a lot of questionable “art” booths that are not really art at all. If the “art” show has more than it’s share of artists who make foam rubber alligators on a coat hanger or rubber band gun crafters, it’s probably not that high quality of art show. That is not to say that there is not a place for these products. There are many large festivals that attract huge crowds that have all kinds of vendors from artists and crafters to cosmetic salespeople to sausage-on-a-stick vendors.

Art - Juried Art Show - ArtCalendar dot comOn the other hand, a juried event will elevate the level of quality work that is shown, which should attract an audience that has a greater appreciation for art.  One such website for listings is www.ArtFairCalendar.com It may reduce the number of attendees, but those who do attend may be a more “qualified” audience. By qualified, I mean that they not only have a greater appreciation for art, but hopefully the means to purchase it if they like it.

2) Be Consistent With Your Art Work –

Even though you may be good at every artwork you ever produce, your audience of potential purchasers/collectors will likely identify you with a particular subject, a color, a style, a medium, a method of presentation, etc. Show a lot of whatever you enjoy doing the most and a lot of what seems to be connecting with folks the most. A bunch of random paintings of various subject matter with no distinctive style or color pallet in cheap mis-matched frames will not likely hold a potential buyer’s attention for long, even if the paintings are good. A hodge-podge of sculptures that look like they were made by ten different sculptors will not likely enhance your reputation. Consistency

This randomness does not help to identify what you are all about. I’m not advocating that you never try anything new or experimental, but you must make your art memorable to gain any kind of following. Consistency is the key. Look at the work of some of the more successful artists that you admire. What ties their work together and identifies it as their own? Subject matter or theme, style (the way they paint or sculpt), choice of colors used, size, framing? Any and all of these characteristics may apply. Don’t copy their work, but learn from it. If you are doing work that connects with an audience, folks will seek you out to buy your art, even after the show is over. It’s happened to me many times.

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3) Have Several Price Points –

Have Several Price Points
Have Several Price Points

Whether you choose to show only originals, or limited editions, or a combination is often dictated by the show guidelines. Sometimes, it is entirely up to you. If you have a body of work that connects with viewers, it obviously would be desirable to sell some of it. If you limit your offerings to large, expensive (whatever that means to you) original works, your potential market will be smaller and you will eliminate a number of folks who, otherwise, might like to purchase.

That may be OK if your work is selling for the prices you want on a regular basis. However, my experience is that having artworks at several price levels makes it possible for purchasers/collectors to enjoy ownership of some of my art in the “now” until they are ready to move up to more collectible, thus more expensive and profitable, pieces. This might be achieved through offering a number of sizes of original works, offering print or sculpture editions in two or more sizes, having some limited editions and some less expensive open editions, or even offering gift type products such as note cards or calendars with your art reproduced on it (if the show allows it).

4) Have a Clean and Professional Looking Display Booth –

There are a few generally accepted artist booth set-ups that are used at most quality shows. The standard size booth is often a 10×10, so many canopies, or tents, are made to this size. EZ Up, Flourish, ShowOff, and a few others seem to be the most popular. As your inventory and sales increase, you can always add on for a double booth space, when available. Though some brands of tents come in a myriad of colors, a white top is recommended. Some shows won’t accept anything else. Choose the one that suits your budget and make sure it has adequate sidewalls and leg weights in the event of in climate weather. If you show long enough, you will experience in climate weather.Art - Art Event Tent White

Have a tool box to contain such items as pliers, hammer, nylon connectors, wire, duct tape, clamps, small broom and other miscellaneous items that you may need over the course of the show. Once you have shown a few times, you will get an idea of what items are useful. Keep this and anything else that might distract from your art out of sight as much as possible.

5) Have Adequate Space For Your Potential Customers –

I have noticed that more people will actually come inside my booth exhibit and look longer if I stay outside my booth until I sense an interest in my work. I try to be very attentive, but I will only approach a visitor when I sense some kind of interest, however slight. Do not block your entrance by positioning yourself and your staff or friends and family where no one can walk in and look around.

Have Adequate Space For Customers
Have Adequate Space For Customers

Even if there are two of you and each is sitting at the side near the front of your booth, there seems to be an invisible barrier through which visitors will not pass. I have seen other ideas of where the artist(s) position themselves to encourage better “booth visitation,” and in a larger booth than 10×10 I could see where sitting over to the side at the back of the booth might work well.
However, in my own personal booth I don’t want my face to compete with my art. At this point, I am only incidental to the art. I did the art and I answer any questions and take the money. Otherwise, I don’t want to get in the way. Yes, I want the customer to remember me, but I first want them to see my art. When you make a sale of any significance, follow up with a handwritten thank you note.

Art Show Lot of Traffic & Work
Art Show Lot of Traffic & Work

Showing and selling your work at outdoor art festivals is hard work often accompanied by some expensive lessons. However, when you finally make that connection with folks who like your work and are willing to part with their money to own some of it, the rewards can be great, both financially and artistically.

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