JUST THOUGHTS we’re pondering:
“ It’s a juggling act”In our 17 years of dealing with exhibitors for ‘art in the park’ events, we’ve learned a ton of ‘stuff’ about staging these events - that includes what works, what doesn’t work, what you need - as in, a plan for what the event should look like in terms of visually, quality and quantity. We’ve looked at huge shows - big crowds don’t always mean big sales - and ‘little’ or medium shows may be the way of the future as opposed to the giants.
We’ve also learned that nothing lasts forever. We’ve made a ton of friends along the way, we’ve seen some extremely talented artists and artisans pass through our gate and we’ve heard from many about the pros and cons of our show: i.e. the good, the bad and the ugly - and we think we learned from it all! And we’re sad when they decide to move on.
One of the things the Artzscape Committee has been pondering - and it has come out more this year than other years - in our interface with exhibitor/artists- is our mandate for our jurying committee. We have spent much time in considering our criteria for jurying into the show and have come up with the following items:
- some of our exhibitors have been with the show since the beginning - and while we so appreciate that and their continued participation, we are also hearing that they, too, sometimes think that they need to have a break and/or ‘move on’ for a variety of reasons.
- we totally understand this as we, too, think that to keep our show fresh, new and innovative, we need to inject some ‘new talents’ and not take the easy way out and keep doing ‘the same old same old’ expecdting different results.l
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