The holiday season brings with it the town’s annual bazaar. A place where artists are able to come and showcase on a casual level. What better gathering of beginning, intermediate and professional artists to mingle, learn and create inspiration among their peers? That’s all well and good but how does one participate in a holiday art bazaar?
One place to start would be to ask around the art community and find out what artists are coordinating the holiday art bazaar. There are times when contacting these people proves to be difficult. If that is the case, in the day of the bazaar show up early and locate one of the coordinators and ask if they have any available spaces for you to set up your showcase. As mentioned before, bazaars are on an informal basis so signing up last minute is usually not a problem when space is available. Spaces for specific art, such as jewelry making, are often limited so be sure to ask what art work merits a limited space. Assuming your booth and artwork are not on the ‘only so much space’ list, you will be given a space for your booth after paying the participation fee. Don’t freak out it only costs from twenty to twenty five dollars or possibly thirty, nothing steep. Another helpful tip is when nearing the end of the bazaar, the coordinators usually ask the artists if they’re interested in participating in other bazaars. Should you answer yes, they will give you the participation information. So, once the details are taken care of, the next thing to turn attention to is the people who visit your booth and view your artwork. This is where knowing your artwork as well as how to talk to people is a huge plus. The majority of viewers like to learn the back story of the piece they are interested in. When talking don’t forget to mention the media used, the style of the works and the subject matter. People are more likely to purchase artwork when they know that the artist is knowledgeable about their trade. This is how sales are made. Those who come to a bazaar are naturally curious about the works that they see, so it makes sense they’ll ask questions. Do your best to answer them but don’t feel obligated to answer a question that you don’t have the know how to answer. If you don’t know an answer, say so. Chances are the nature of the question is about a similar technique, style, media, etc. Bring the conversation back to your art. Most importantly, do not talk in circles. Don’t turn conversations into lectures. Vary your facts, details and highlights of the back story. Keep it interesting fun and light and express your own fun at the bazaar. When people see that the bazaar is fun for you they are more likely to be drawn to your booth. Obviously, this is a learn as you go type of showcase but this should be enough to get you started.
Holiday bazaars are fun and art filled days for everyone. Buying, selling, or browsing a bazaar is a perfect place to mingle and get some beautiful works of art that may not otherwise be available in the area. Get out there and experience some art, you never know where it will lead you.