Arts and crafts festivals are one way to market your art or fine art craft. For some artists this is a way of life. For others it is a good way to supplement their art income by doing a few shows each year. It can be a grueling and exhausting, yet for some artists it is very profitable. If you think your work would sell well in the festival setting, try out a few local venues. An online site, Art Fairs Calendar.com, has an extensive listing of art festivals. http://www.artfaircalendar.com/art_fair/new-england-art-fairs.html Many of the on-line listing sites charge membership fees for information on festivals and calls for entry. Subscribing to one or more may be worth the fees in the time saved by searching. However, if you wish to enter or attend a specific show or two, paid subscriptions are likely not worth the expense. Most venues have on-line information and applications forms.
Now is the time to start your applications, if you wish to participate in the 2011 season. Most summer shows have March or even earlier deadlines. If you have not participated in a festival be prepared. Start with small local venues, unjuried if you are new to the process. Go to the shows you would like to enter and get a feel for the set-up and ask the participants how they are doing. Find shows where your art fits in.