Where Contemporary Art Sizzles

Contemporary Artists, look at these shows and really hit your demographics.
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2018 Gold Coast Art Fair Info to Apply
Now celebrating its 61st year, the Gold Coast Art Fair is by far one of the most well attended art festivals in Chicago. Located within walking distance of the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, The Bean, and Buckingham Fountain, the Gold Coast Art Fair draws hundreds of thousands of art enthusiastsfrom Chicago and the surrounding suburbs annually.
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2018 artfest Michigan Avenue Info to Apply
Artfest Michigan Avenue takes place on Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue at the base of the iconic Chicago Tribune building. Michigan Avenue is in Chicago’s largest shopping district occupied by boutiques, restaurants, luxury retailers, residential buildings, and hotels. Wealth, education, and lots of foot and vehicle traffic makes this location a great place to show and sell your art.
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2018 Art at the Glen Info to Apply
Art at the Glen is held in the elegant Glen Town Center a spectacular mixed use development which boasts dozens of stores, cafes, restaurants and a 10 screen movie theater for visitors and the residents of the newly built condominiums, rental apartments and lovely single family home neighborhoods. Magnificent architecture, beautiful tree-lined streets and wide walkways make The Glen Town Center a special place.
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2018 Port Clinton Art Festival Info to Apply
More than 100,000 art savvy, loyal attendees and buyers visit this high caliber festival which celebrates its 35th year this summer.  Located in the affluent community of Highland Park, Illinois, the Port Clinton Art Festival is one of the most acclaimed art festivals in the country and is rated one of the top art shows in the United States by Sunshine Artist Magazine and a top show by Art Fair Calendar.
2018 Printer's Row Art Fest Info for Artists

Be part of a new cool vibe art festival in Chicago’s up and coming South Loop; a vibrant, diverse and inclusive community. The South Loop is a mosaic of people, neighborhoods and cultures. Held on Dearborn Street, from Harrison to Polk, the new Printer’s Row Art Fest will be a showing and selling opportunity for all artists and artisans!

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We have 20 other festivals this coming spring, summer, and fall!
Go to AmdurProductions.com to see them all and learn how to apply.
Applications are due January 26, 2018








How to Apply to Art Festivals

Follow these easy steps to apply today.
Applications are due January 26, 2018
1
Go to AmdurProductions.com
2
Find Shows that are Best for You
3
Click “Apply Now”
4
Upload 4 art images and 1 booth image
5
Submit!
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City of Chicago Art Shows

Chicago is a great setting to reach many demographics. Below are plenty of options for you to choose from!
Applications are due January 26, 2018.
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The Friday Art Markets May 11, 2018, June 22, 2018, July 13, 2018, August 10, 2018 take place at the Daley Center, in the heart of downtown Chicago. More than 500,000 people live in, work in, and visit this dense area every day. Great addition to any show schedule this summer!
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2018 Gold Coast Art Fair Info to Apply
Now celebrating its 61st year, the Gold Coast Art Fair is by far one of the most well attended art festivals in Chicago. Located within walking distance of the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, The Bean, and Buckingham Fountain, the Gold Coast Art Fair draws hundreds of thousands of art enthusiastsfrom Chicago and the surrounding suburbs annually.
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2018 Millennium Art Festival Info to Apply
The Millennium Art Festival takes place right off Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue on Lake Street next to some of the most famous buildings in the world including the Prudential Building and AON Tower. More than 175,000 people visit the area daily for work or play at the Chicago Art Institute, the famous Millennium Park, the “Bean” and more.
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2018 Southport Art Festival Info to Apply

The Southport Art Festival is held in the trendy neighborhood in the area known as Lakeview on Chicago’s north side. Great restaurants, clubs, stores and boutiques make for a lively business climate. Southport has a population of 47,821 in the immediate area and they spend more on household furnishings and gifts than the national average.

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2018 artfest Michigan Avenue Info to Apply

Artfest Michigan Avenue takes place on Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue at the base of the iconic Chicago Tribune building. Michigan Avenue is in Chicago’s largest shopping district occupied by boutiques, restaurants, luxury retailers, residential buildings, and hotels. Wealth, education, and lots of foot and vehicle traffic makes this location a great place to show and sell your art.

CLICK TO READ MORE & APPLY
2018 Printer's Row Art Fest Info for Artists

Be part of a new cool vibe art festival in Chicago’s up and coming South Loop; a vibrant, diverse and inclusive community. The South Loop is a mosaic of people, neighborhoods and cultures. Held on Dearborn Street, from Harrison to Polk, the new Printer’s Row Art Fest will be a showing and selling opportunity for all artists and artisans!

CLICK TO READ MORE & APPLY
We have 19 other festivals this coming spring, summer, and fall!
Go to AmdurProductions.com to see them all and learn how to apply.
Applications are due January 26, 2018








Tuesday Tip: Bigger isn’t Always Better

Big art festivals are not always better!

For new artists, try a show with 100 artists or less. These shows are more relaxed. For artists who are still figuring out how to display and how to sell, a small show is a nice environment to start with. New festival artists, check out these smaller shows to start with: Barrington Art Festival, Wild Art Show-Animal Themes, Wild Art Show-Nature Themes, Promenade of Art Arlington Heights, Art Center’s Festival of Fine Arts, Southport Art Festival, Lincolnshire Art Festival, Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival, Deer Park Art Show, Third Ward Art Festival, Highwood Starving Artists Show, and the Arboretum of South Barrington Art Festival.

Some more experienced professional artists may consider shows with 150 or less artists because their art will stand out more. In addition, the customer is more inclined to “come back” in a smaller show footprint. Professional festival artists, check out these medium-sized shows where you can stand out at: Barrington Art Festival, Promenade of Art Arlington Heights, Art Center’s Festival of Fine Arts, Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival, Millennium Art Festival, artfest Michigan Avenue, Glencoe Festival of Art, Art at the Glen, Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival, Fine Art Festival Oakbrook Center, Third Ward Art Festival, and Printer’s Row Art Fest.

Big shows are fun and exciting so if you have your heart set on a big show, we strongly suggest you have someone with you so you can take bathroom and lunch breaks and for security purposes. If you want to try a big show, we’d suggest Gold Coast Art Fair in Chicago and the Port Clinton Art Festival!








Tuesday Tip! Make a Video to Send to Your Followers!

 Tuesday Tip!
Make a Video to Send to Your Followers!

Set up a camera or smart phone in your studio and record yourself making a piece of art!

Here are some things you may need:
A “tri-pod” is a device to hold your camera steady so you can be hands-free to create your art! You can get inexpensive tri-pods online or at a local department store.

If your art takes a long time to create, you can convert the video into a “time lapse” video. “Time lapse” videos take your long video and speed it up so that it’s only a few minutes long. This is important because if your video is longer than 3 minutes, you will lose viewers. Some new phones have this feature on the video setting already. For more, search online “how to create a time lapse video” for some programs to help you!

Why Video?
Videos are so powerful. First, they reinforce that you are the artist and maker of your work without a doubt! Second, they substantiate the complexity of your process. Third, people love watching videos and seeing the magic of creation. Finally, they keep the attention of your followers which is incredibly hard to do.

Videos are useful in so many ways and time well-spent! You can use these videos in your social media, in your email blasts, and on your web site, too!

Happy creating!

Great Video Example


Karina Llergo, Painter








Great Gifts for the Holidays!

Jewelry makes the perfect gift! From fun earrings & necklaces, to cuffs & rings… jewelry is the answer. 

Coffee lovers will smile.  Hand made ceramic mugs will get your coffee lover’s day off to a great start. 

No more naked walls! Oil paintings are a timeless gift.  From contemporary to traditional, small to large…bring life to empty walls. 








Free Art Fest Boot Camp

Hosted by TAC

When: January 13, 2018 from 10AM to 12PM

Where: Highland Park Country Club | 1201 Park Avenue West, Highland Park, IL 60035

Who: Any and all artists are invite!

What: Please join us for a special FREE admission Workshop that will cover key topics for Artists’ success at Art Festivals.  Amy Amdur, of Amdur Productions will be the featured speaker.  Amy is the producer of over thirty annual Art Festivals across the country.  Amy will lead an overview session where she will cover:

  • Selecting your shows
  • How to select your jury images
  • Planning your booth display
  • Mock jury (deadlines apply*)

*If you wish to participate in the mock jury, please send 4 art images & 1 booth image to Caitlin@amdurproductions.com by January 1.*

Click Here to Save Your Seat!

We hope you can join us for this fun and educational session of how to grow your art business!

 








Tuesday Tip!

Keep it Fresh!
Update Your ArtZipper.com Pages with New Art Today!

Make the most of selling your art online… and have a selling page on ArtZipper.com. Already on ArtZipper.com?  Keep it fresh and upload more of your art images to ArtZipper.com. Then, share with your customers.
This will… 

  • Give your customers a reason to stay engaged with your selling pages
  • Offer more selection to your customers to buy
  • .New art images on ArtZipper.com appear first in the category when viewed!

Wish You Had and ArtZipper.com Account?

Sign Up Today! It’s Free, Fast and Easy!

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Tuesday Tip: Review 2017 Season to Prepare for 2018!

review your schedule.

 Tuesday Tip!

 Review Your 2017 Season

Take Out Your Show Notes and See Which Festivals You Want to Apply to Again

It’s time to review your year and plan for 2018!
For each show you were in, ask yourself…

  • How were my sales? What price range sold best?
  • Were customers engaged and interested in my work? (Keep in mind, often the public needs to see you a couple of years before they purchase.)
  • How was the weather that weekend and did it affect show attendance? If it rained, should I give in another chance?
  • Did I promote to my clients?
  • Is there a way I can reduce my expenses to make this show more profitable for me?

Once you have reviewed each show, you can make a better decision on whether to apply again or not.

TIP: If you didn’t take notes on your shows in 2017, get a designated notebook for all your 2018 shows and start then!








2017 October Brushstrokes

October 2017
Shop Now!
Artists, Click Here to Sell!
Save the Date!
The Jewelry & Gift Show
November 17, 18 and 19
Click to Join the Jewelry & Gift Show on Facebook
HOW TO BUY ART ONLINE at

ArtZipper.com

6 Tips For Buying Art Online

  1. Define your needs and wants. If you need art for your wall, measure the space(s) you have for art and refer to the dimensions of the pieces on line. 
  2. Do you have a budget for a new piece of art or jewelry? . If so, what is that budget? 
  3. Visit the online art gallery:  ArtZipper.com, and register by creating a user name and password.
  4. Click Shop Now to search for the type of art you are looking for.ArtZipper.com has categories to help you out! Art for the Wall, Sculpture, Jewelry, and more!
  5. Note what you love by pressing “Own It“. This will add the items you love into your shopping cart!
  6. Click on “Shopping Cart” on the top right of the web site to revisit your favorites. When you have your favorite(s), it’s time to buy!
Draw for the Troops
We’ve collected almost 1,000 drawings for the troops overseas!
Thank you to all our young artists who colored and drew for our Troops at festivals this past summer. 
This year, dozens of artists participated in the Green Ribbon Project and raised more than $2,000 benefiting these charities:

Bright Pink, Spinal Cord Injury, American Cancer Society, PADS Lake County, Autism Speaks, Face the Future, and the Art Center of Highland Park.

Thank you to the Artist Advisory Board who met October 17, reviewed the season and shared ideas for 2018. 

Artist Advisory Board Members in picture include left to right: Karina Llergo, Scott Fishman, James Cole, Diana Widman, Heather Hambrecht, Jill Scales, Dale Horn, Amy Manning, Candace Marsella, and David Dallison.
The Artist Advisory Board is a group of artists providing feedback on art festivals and related topics. 

Artist News and Announcements
Scott Fishman is busy planning his November trip to Cuba! He tours groups of people away from the over-crowded tourist areas and into the nearby streets, surrounding neighborhoods, and rural farmlands where the locals carry-on with their daily lives.

Click here to read more!

September Show Wrap-Up…

Third Ward Art Festival, Milwaukee
The Historic Third Ward, a group of wonderful artists, and our team came together for another successful year in Milwaukee’s Art District of Third Ward over Labor Day Weekend!
Deer Park Art Show
We had a group of very talented artists in a beautiful location and the support of the wonderful people of Deer Park and the surrounding cities! Not to mention the fantastic weather!
Highwood Starving Artists Show
This event was HOT! Hot deals on art, hot town, and some hot weather. See you next year!
Our 2018 Art Festival Season Schedule is Almost Here!
Keep a Look-Out for the Announcement Email

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