Real Apartment, Real Art

Real Apartment, Real Art

By: Amy Amdur 
Posters were great in college dorm rooms. Department store art was fine in our college apartments.  Now, you are a grown up (or so people tell you) and you have a real apartment. Your real apartment is where you sleep (most of the time) where you go after your real job, where you have your real friends over for real drinks. You have real furniture, and it is time for REAL ART.
So, where do you find real art?
One of the best places to find real art is at summer art festivals. There you can meet REAL artists, talk to them about their art, have a great experience, and make your real dollars go further. Amdur Productions does the heavy lifting for you. They screen artists who want to be in festivals so that you end up seeing a great diverse array of good REAL ART.
What is REAL ART?
Real art is made by people. Each piece, whether it is a painting, a photograph, a sculpture, piece of jewelry, a piece of furniture (think Chris Knight) has been made with love, passion and care by a person who is committed to (and  gets off on)  being an artist.
What are the kinds of real art?
There are a bunch of different categories of REAL ART. There is a broad category called painting…and the subject matter is endless. From super-realistic that looks like a photograph, to abstract flowing colors and everything in between.
There is a huge category called photography, which can be color, black and white, manipulated and more. (Think Shawn Kiefer)
 Shawn Kiefer 
There is REAL jewelry…which is made with LOVE and care by artists who design and fabricate (make) the pieces one at a time. 3D art covers furniture, glass (vases, paperweights, sculptures) sculptures out of all materials. 3D is the art that you can fill your real apartment with. Handmade tables (think Jeff Easley)
Jeff Easley 
cool vintage repurposed lights (think Mick Whitcomb)
Mick Whitcomb 

and amazing wood pieces (think Salem Barker).
 Salem Barker
How do I know what Real Art to get?
Walk an art show, see what turns your head and see what interests you. If the price is right (and think “I’m going to have this for a really long time”) then buy it and love it so that when you come home from your real job tomorrow, you can have a real drink, sit back on your real sofa and enjoy your real art.
-Amy Amdur, CEO of Amdur Productions

Sponsor Amdur Productions’ 2016 Art Festival Season!

Sponsor 1 or all 23 Juried Fine Art Community Events. Take advantage of on-site Activation reaching almost 1,000,000 prospects May through November. General Market and Hyper local Media reaching more than 45 million each season. Contact us for details and pricing at 847-926-4300 or email

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Shout-out to all the jewelers and accessory artists! Start the holiday season off showing and selling to eager shoppers at this unique 3-day INDOOR event. Includes electricity and pipe and drape. Jewelry, accessories, apparel and gifts. 80 booth max. Festival dates are November 18-20, 2016. Apply now before the January 25, 2016 deadline! Apply Now!

Held on the closed streets of collegiate downtown Evanston. Great layout, well-educated, art-loving crowd. Three selling days make this outdoor event a must. Easy load in/out. All media. 150 booth max. Festival dates are September 30 – October 2, 2016. Apply now before the January 25, 2016 deadline! Apply Now!

NEW Starving Artists Show Applications Open! Watch the Video!

The Starving Artists Show is a wonderful change of pace; a different type of show. Sell your odd pieces and clear your inventory at this end-of-season outdoor show. The fun event brings an eclectic crowd looking to buy unique art. This is a show where artists can discount, reduce, and generally sell off extra art inventory. Visitors come looking for bargains on everything from jewelry to ceramics to fine art. This unique art fair offers artists the opportunity to sell off their inventory at the end of the season; great art at great prices! Festival dates are September 24-25, 2016. Apply now before the January 25, 2016 deadline! Apply Now!

2016 West Loop Art Fest Applications Open! Watch the Video!

If you are looking for “urban”, this is your fest. Original, unique and emerging art of all media will be displayed and sold at this festival, from edgy to sublime, reasonable to extravagant…it is all here. Festival dates are September 17-18, 2016. Apply now before the January 25, 2016 deadline! Apply Now!

BRAND NEW Deer Park Art Show! Watch the Video!

This new show will juried feature fine art and fine craft for show and sale over a fall weekend in this show which is 37 miles north and west of Chicago. Deer Park is an elegant lifestyle center and home to many of the country’s best stores and restaurants. Festival dates are September 10-11, 2016. Apply now before the January 25, 2016 deadline! Apply Now!

2017 Chicago Art Show at Navy Pier Video!

Listen and watch as Director Amy Amdur talks about our BRAND NEW Chicago Art Show at Navy Pier, Chicago in 2017!! If you apply before January 25, 2016, you will get preferred pricing on BOTH the jury fee and the registration/space fee!

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People on the Move – Crain’s Chicago Business

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Lindsey, Elana, and Caitlin featured in Crain’s Chicago Business: On the Move

We’ve made some internal changes here at Amdur Productions!

Lindsey Galassini has been promoted to Vice President, Elana Cohen was hired to be Director of Public Relations, and Caitlin Pfleger has been promoted to Director of Artist Relations!

Thanks to Crain’s Chicago Business for this great article on our company’s movement. We have a solid team that’s ready for the art festival season!

New Festival Videos!

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Learn about our art festivals and find the best one(s) for you! Call with any questions at 847-926-4300.
Apply today at Juried Art Services and be a part of our 2016 art festival season.

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