I just got my postcard announcing the coming Slotin Arts Folk Fest. It’s touted as the “World’s Greatest Self-Taught Art Show & Sale” and it takes place right across I-85 every year at the North Atlanta Trade Center. I have been to it several times, and it is fabulous. I love it – and, one day, I would love to show there.
The problem is this: I don’t ever think ahead a year and and say, “Next year, I will exhibit,” and plan accordingly. I usually get the flyer and think “Oh, Folk Fest! I wonder if I should exhibit this year!” I go then to the Exhibitor Information page to find that price of booths are VERY high. Last year, I think it was $800 for a 10′ by 10′ booth – this year, it’s $900. I don’t think I have that much in inventory!! I know for sure that I don’t have that much stuff made. So, next year… maybe.
Another idea is to find two other artist and go in together. That might be do-able, but 10′ by 10′ is not a lot of room. This year, what I might do is put together a brochure and hand it out to folk art galleries with which I think that my art would be a good fit. Then, I need to visit some places in Atlanta and do the same.
My “problem” is that my work is very diverse. I have my collage art, which I know my mother would like to see me do more of. It’s from magazine images, and I love doing them, but I need to make a specific area to do so in my studio. The images need to lay out, so I can see what “goes” before I commit to a setting.
I also have what I consider my “bread and butter” – my various shrines. These are made with purchased note cards and post cards and have 3 basic subjects: the Blue Dog, the Virgin of Guadalupe, and Frida Kahlo. I have several styles, including mini shrines, made from wooden maze puzzles, to sheer shrines made from boxes I bought at Pier One to house incense and potpourri. Oh, and I have a LOT of incense… and potpourri. My Virgin of Guadalupe crosses also sell well.
Those items above, I consider “folk art”. I have some formal training in art from high school and college, but mostly, I see materials and think: “Boy, wouldn’t it be neat to do something with that!” That’s how I came up with my Loteria Story Boxes. And I have all manner of inventions, including the Pour Deux Baker – which is a set of baking dishes with recipes (I don’t have that up yet, and need to do so). Oh, there’s more, believe me. I haven’t even mentioned my CafePress shop…
I will stop my rambling for a while and go for a walk. I was up late the other night, brainstorming other projects and this morning we got up at 4AM to take my mother to the airport, so my body is very confused.