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by bradipock on Wed Nov 07, 2012 12:01 pm
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I'm doing my first outdoor waterfowl festival in a couple weeks and trying to get some ideas for displaying work and what not. I've been doing several waterfowl banquets with some limited success, but this is gonna be a first for me.

The space will be 12x12, but confined to 10x10. As it is outdoors, I do have to provide my own tent and tables. I'm thinking baskets for some of the smaller, matted but not framed pictures and then some sort of standing display for the framed work. Also thought about putting together some calenders but need to check on pricing for that.

Can anyone share their setup or any other tips you have for an outdoor festival? Attendance will depend on weather, but anywhere from 8-10k people, possibly more.

by Andrew Kandel on Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:50 pm
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Never done one before but my friend Neil Corman, a Denver-based photographer, did a couple of blog posts about his set-up that I found helpful when I researched the idea of doing some festivals.


Hope it helps.

by bradipock on Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:46 pm
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Thanks Andrew. Good stuff there.

by flygirl on Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:03 am
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This is my art show booth display


by Carolyn E. Wright on Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:31 am
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by Kyle McDougall on Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:26 am
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I bought my tent from Costco and have been very happy with it. It's made by Impact Canopy and ran me about $300 CAD with a carrying case and 4 zip up walls. I've put the tent through a decent amount of shows already and it's held up great.

As for display walls Pro Panels are in my opinion the nicest/most professional looking for displaying photography. The only downside is that they are quite expensive. They are certainly an investment so you it all depends on how many shows you plan to do. I was a big fan of the Pro Panels but didn't want to spend that much so I ended up building my own replica's using an ebook that I bought off of Ebay. They look nearly identical and cost about 1/2 the amount of the ProPanels. The nice thing with making the panels yourself is that you can start out by making just a few and expand as you like.

Here's a link to the book: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ART-DISPLAY-PANEL-PLANS-CRAFT-SHOWS-MAKE-YOURSELF-/180700544546?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a12977e22

I highly recommend it.

For holding my matted prints I bought fold up canvas print bins online. These are light, don't take up much space when transporting and match the walls quite nicely.

I purchased mine here: http://www.framingsupplies.com/CanvasArtRacks.htm

Great prices and quick shipping.

Other then that I put a small desk in the corner of my booth with my portfolio and business cards etc. It really is important to keep your booth as open as possible and not make it cluttered. People like space when they are in a booth and don't want to feel like they are trapped. If possible it's nice to have two entrances in your booth, although this is only possible if a) there's no one behind you or b) if you have a corner space. I always sit outside of my booth on a chair as people seem hesitant to enter your booth if your inside, most likely because they think you are going to try to sell them something :D

Also, make sure you are prepared for weather as you never know what you are going to get. I stake my tent into the ground and then use a concrete block tied off of the roof at each corner. The last show I did we had some pretty high winds and I didn't have any issues at all. This is something that is very important. I've witnessed someone's tent launch off into the air and hit a car after some high winds.... not a good time!

Anyways, hope this helps, if you have anymore questions feel free to ask. Outdoor shows require a lot of prep work but are a blast to do, I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

I included a picture of my tent setup.

Kyle McDougall - Canadian Landscape Photographer
Website: http://www.kylemcdougallphoto.com/
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