Artist Booth Shot for Art Festival
In my blog, I recently posted an article on my trip to Colorado Springs, CO to get a new booth set up. I sold my Mesh Panels and got some used Pro Panels. Don’t get me wrong, the Mesh Panel system is fantastic! but, it was taking me 6 hours to set up. See pics below of examples of how they looked.
Art Festival Display Gets Easier
The Pro Panel system has been in my bucket list for a few years now, but just couldn’t justify the extra expense. The last show I did, several artists around me had that system; they were set up and sitting back relaxing while I was still unpacking. Six hours and I had paid help. So, when I got back into Springfield, I started searching for used systems for sale. That’s what prompted the trip to Colorado Springs. They are really, really hard to find and the price was spot on good.
Setting Up Sample Art Fair Display in Your Garage
The weather stayed rainy and just not right to set up in my backyard, but I still needed to set up the system. To apply to juried shows, you have to provide a picture of what your booth will look like. The higher end shows want classy displays. So, I set up a small display in my garage. The image below is how it turned out. I had to take it into Photoshop and remove the garage door opener that was right dab in the middle.
Setting Up for Booth Shot in Your Backyard
Last weekend, the weather was really nice, so I set up my canopy and new Pro Panels. Three hours – THREE vs SIX! The pics below are the result. The reason there are two is for two different types of shows. Some shows/art festivals do not allow you to sell prints – originals only. So, if I apply to them, they can’t have the print bins. Whereas other art fairs allow you to and want to see how you display them.
Pro Panels vs Mesh Panels
Yes, that is the question I get asked a lot now. I’m not going to say that one is better than the other. The mesh panel system is cool in that it’s not closed in and the wind can come through. But, that also makes it harder to get definition of the artwork if the walls are see through. The mesh panels system is also easy to carry. The fit in bags. Pro Panels, the originals like I have, are 7 foot long and 38.5″ wide…not easy at all to carry. Lightweight, but just cumbersome. Transporting in my van was also a huge question mark. The back end is exactly 7.5′ long and these are 7′. Whew! Close.
Bottom line is that the Pro Panels won out for me and I’m just beyond happy with them. There’s no limit to the shows I can do now!