Juried Show Standards
We seek original work that is well-designed and fabricated. No sales representatives: we want you intimately involved in displaying and selling your work at our fairs. (A bona fide employee knowledgeable about your production is acceptable.) No kits or imports are allowed. No buy/sell items are allowed. If we discover any buy/sell work at an event, we will remove the exhibitor from the show.
Fill out our application carefully to indicate the items you make and plan to sell at one of our juried shows. There are many items that we need to ensure are only represented by one or two exhibitors. For example, maple syrup and CBD products fall into this category. No one should sell CBD items or maple syrup unless those items are listed as their primary offering. If you apply as a 2d artist for example and want to sell a small line of your jewelry, you need to indicate it on the application so we can confirm if okay. Note that in general it is not the norm for a juried artist to make and sell multiple types of items (such as jewelry, personal care items, and sweaters). Occasionally, we have partners (meaning husband/wife, wife/wife, husband/husband) who share a booth with two different items, but this does not extend to a partnership of, say, friends who want to get a split price on a shared booth! When in doubt, just ask and we will discuss.
One more note on buy/sell! We receive gorgeous photos every year of shops that represent beautiful items! The point of a handmade juried festival, however, is to represent individual artists who make or design what they sell. We have non-juried shows as well, and welcome buy/sell representatives to these.
Starting in 2023, we plan to require working studio photos for juried events. They will not need to be professionally made photos. These will be great for social media and the website, inspire a lot of patron interest, and also guarantee the juried artists do in fact make their work. The type of exception here would be, say, a company that uses a factory for t-shirts that the exhibiting artist conceptualized and designed from the ground up. We don’t aim to penalize success! (Past examples of these were Sol Mate Socks, Eat More Kale t-shirts, and several Specialty Food exhibitors).
Finally, your booth presentation should be professional. We do not require white tents and we do allow handwritten signs. However, any sign you display should be professionally written and have a classy purpose. If you are unsure what that means exactly, check with a neighbor or ask. We want to allow exhibitors to showcase their booth in flexible ways and hope these guidelines do not need to be hardened in the future. Please let us know, preferably while at the show and confidentially, if we need to address an individual exhibitor that you feel does not present in a professional manner and needs a redirect. There are many components to discuss so keep the conversation going with us. We do our best and appreciate our exhibitors and their professionalism and talent.