After last year's rain out on Saturday, and dismal sales, I'd decided this year would be the one where I'd decide whether to do Festival in the Park again. After this weekend, the decision is clear. Past years have been good, and I even won an Honorable Mention ribbon in 2008. The crowd was usually great, with many art enthusiasts looking for original art.
|Stan behind our tent at Festival in the Park, 2010|
Stan and I always ask each other what we've learned after each show. Here's our list:
1. Previously successful shows don't always stay that way.
2. It's important to know when to quit doing a show that isn't successful for us.
3. The economy has negatively affected art sales, especially in Charlotte (we already knew it; this just confirmed it in a big way).
4. It's time to look to other venues and markets for my work.
This is the last show of our year. For next year, I will be searching out other shows in different markets, and other avenues for getting my work "out there", as well as reevaluating the shows we've done in the past, so I won't have to make another report which begins: Worst. Show. Ever.