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Art show spots in demand
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Arts & Entertainment Editor   
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 09:20
Cracking the field for the Black Swamp Arts Festival's juried art show just keeps getting harder.
Brenda Baker, who chairs the annual event's visual arts committee, said the festival saw a 12-percent increase in the number of applications to participate in the juried show. That meant there were 286 applicants vying for 103 spots. Five spots are reserved for award winners from last year.
That competitive field, Baker said, comes despite reports from artists that the early part of the art fair season has been tough. And it comes after the booth fee for artists has increased to $275, up from $200.
Baker said the price hike was overdue, and represents "a fair price" given what other events charge.
The festivals layout with four booths grouped together gives every artist the added visibility and traffic flow of a corner booth, something other festivals often charge more for.
About 30 percent of the artist come from outside the area, including Florida and Texas. Many, Baker said, "heard about the show from other artists."
Last Updated on Friday, 26 July 2013 15:04
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