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What makes an art festival a "Good One"?

Meagan Chaney Gumpert - Thursday, March 11, 2010
A few weekends ago I participated in my first outdoor art festival - The Winter Fine Art Fair at Tioga. I am member of the University of Florida student ceramic group H.O.T (handbuilt or thrown) Clay and the Gainesville Fine Art Association invited us to set up a booth at this year's event. The festival is in its third year, and growing. It rained all day Saturday, but the sun came out for beautiful Sunday afternoon.
Just prior to this, I met someone responsible for organizing a similar event in Ocala, FL. We began discussing festival ideas and planning and it got me thinking.

So, I am asking for advice from artists who have regularly participated in weekend festivals. I will be sharing your comments, so if you prefer, you can email me at

What makes a festival a "good one"?

If it's sales, then how did the organizing committee get the word out to buyers? Or do you believe your sales are independent results and do not coorlate with specific events?

Location? Maybe there really is something about escaping to South Florida in February.

Parking? scheduling? help/assistance? communication? reputation? size? quality of other artists exhibited? what is it?!

And, if any artists reading have participated in the Ocala Art Festival hosted in the fall by Fine Arts For Ocala, I would love to know if you have any specific ideas for improving this event.

I thank everyone in advance for your feedback! I am excited about getting more involved in my local art community and will appreciate any suggestions I can pass along to the committee.


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