After a busy weekend, we attended the annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival in the afternoon. If we’re in town over the 4th of July, we always make sure we spend a few hours there. Cherry Creek Arts Festival is internationally known, and brings in some amazing artists.
So I found a bunch of new artists to follow. Check out these amazing jewelry pieces made from sea glass in Hawaii. They were beautiful.
Before I get into several of the photographers we found, I thought I would give some tips on things to do if you’re at an art fair. Or maybe more appropriately, things not to do.
As we visited one booth, she had a sign hung near the back of her booth. It said:
No business cards. No brochures. No website.
She should have also put “no business” or maybe “going out of business very soon”.
When we visit art fairs, we pick up business cards from artists we enjoy. We may buy one or two items, but in many cases we head back home with several business cards in hand. I keep them on my desk, and browse through them again when I need gift ideas for birthdays, anniversaries, or the holidays. If I really enjoy an artists work, I also bookmark his or her site, and sign up for ezines or other offers they have.
If they keep in touch with me, I guarantee they’ll be at the top of my list when I’m thinking of buying a gift.
Being an artist – and getting into one of the top art festivals – shows you have talent. As an artist. But how successful your business will be solely depends on how active you are as a businessperson.
Barry Hendrickson Photography showcased his fine art collection of Ireland. His beautiful black and white images really caught our eye, and we always love experiencing a new location through the eyes on a photographer.
Just to prove you don’t have to have thousands of dollars in camera equipment to make a great living, check out Michael Bryant’s work. He shoots all of his images with a toy camera – a Holga camera – and film. His images were beautiful, and we loved the way he presented his work.
Every photographer has a style – for Alan his booth was all about brown tone images. They were warm and surreal – almost like you were dreaming. We loved his focus, and his presentation.
The first thing you notice about Todd’s work is the brilliant colors. I saw one of his largest prints as I was walking up, and had to move into the booth to study it closer. His images were sharp, and always focused on one area or feeling.