An artists view
This is another view on the art shows in Breckenridge (regarding “One too many art shows,” SDN Sept. 22) I’m an artist and have participated in several of them.
Artists have overhead. We have space fees, jury fees, travel, lodging, food and tent expenses, display cases and walls, credit card processing equipment, tax license fees, business license fees, rent for work space, equipment to make our art and the cost of mailing postcards to clients promoting shows.
At the last Breckenridge show, the Labor Day Gathering at the Great Divide, I talked to each person who entered my booth space. More than half of them came to Breckenridge specifically for the art show. Several mentioned finding the show in Breckenridge on the web. Of interest were several who had returned for this show, having visited a previous show in Breckenridge. Each of the returning clients had come for a couple of days, staying in town, and one volunteered that she would like to own a place in Breckenridge. Many of my clients have vacation homes in Breckenridge. Others planned vacations from out of state to coincide with the show. The multiple shows feed return visits.
The 4th of July show is known as the one with art you can live with, opposed to the crowded and weird art show in Cherry Creek.
Usually some of the local galleries survey the talent at a show, looking for new artists to add to their gallery, or checking prices, or just looking for new ideas. I didn’t see any, and of the 20-some artists that I know well at the show, none of them were approached either. The local galleries are missing a bet when artists who sell (otherwise why would we do shows?) come to town. At least look at the competition, and maybe add some new talent to the galleries. Maybe meeting the artist is an important part of the purchasing experience.
As an artist, I appreciate the professional way the Breck shows are run. These are first-rate shows, and the town should be grateful that you get real art, not talking monkeys and cheap buy-sell stuff.
If Breckenridge doesn’t have art shows, some other place will. And the visitors will go there.
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