3 1/2" x 2 1/2" (8.9cm x 6.4cm)
mixed media on paper
$65 with FREE shipping and handling in the US
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The Naples National Art Festival is always an exciting show, and this was no exception. The new load in and load out procedures seemed to work, and an impressive number of volunteers were helpful and effective. Thanks to the new collectors and old friends who purchased my work or stopped by to visit. The pleasure of hearing about your joy in my paintings brings me great satisfaction.
My booth was well located by the back gate, and from what I could see, sales were light since few patrons carried bags or larger items. Although some exhibitors did very well, every exhibitor I spoke with said that art fairs sales are decreasing. Since many of the outdoor shows are expensive to get into, and three days of time and effort to do, many artists will be making hard decisions about participation in shows next year.
An article in the National Association of Independent Artist Autumn 2008, newsletter suggests that in addition to the economy, decline in art market revenue is affected by the fact that the younger generation does not purchase original art because they do not recognize it's value. The synopsis of concerns state that an aging population of dedicated collectors, increased appearance of flagrantly derivative and buy/sell work, additional agendas by producers, and lack of new, young craftspeople all are having an effect.
Does "American made" arts and crafts carry the same weight in the marketplace as it has in the past? What can we do to ensure the appreciation and continuation of the value of the arts to our society?