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Blue Genie Art Bazaar 2017

Location:
6100 Airport Blvd.
Austin, Texas (South)

Event Dates: 11/24/17 - 12/24/17
Application Deadline: 8/11/17 Midnight CST
76 day(s) and 11 hour(s) remaining


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 6 (a booth shot is NOT required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $35.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.

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Event Summary

The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is a unique holiday art show featuring creative handmade gifts and art by local and regional artists. Open everyday from Black Friday to Christmas Eve, the Bazaar combines the convenience of retail shopping with centralized checkout stations, plus all the variety of an arts fair. 

The Blue Genie Art Bazaar (BGAB) is a juried show with more than 200 participating artists with all sales handled by BGAB staff. Rather than booths that are manned by the artist, our show is likened to a pop-up gallery or retail store. Artists are responsible for setting up their area, creating stock, and merchandising their work. Customers appreciate the centralized check out stations and low pressure sales environment, while the the artists have more time to produce their work. 
Artists are also encouraged to market to their patrons through social networks and promotional materials.

Visit bluegenieartbazaar.com or facebook.com/artbazaar for more information and pictures of the show.



General Information


2017 Application Schedule

May 1 - July 28: Regular Submission Period, $35 application fee

July 29 - August 11: Late Submissions Accepted, $45 application fee

September 1: Artist Notifications Sent

 

To begin the online application, you will need the following:

  1. Description of Materials/Technique: Brief statement of 1,000 characters or less that describes the materials and techniques used to create your artwork and your artistic background.
  2. Description of Work: One sentence description of your work. This will be used on the BGAB website to represent your work to the public.
  3. Prices: Your retail price averages (low/med/high) for primary merchandise types.
  4. Quantity: Estimate the quantity of merchandise you will have ready to sell.
  5. Booth type & electricity needs: Review the available display space types (see below) and indicate your preference. You will also be asked to indicate whether you require electrical access for your products (e.g. if you sell lamps or other items which require electricity to work).
  6. Photos: Please prepare six (6) product photos which represent what you plan to sell. For best results, photos should be standard JPG format, 72 dpi, 1400-1920 px on the longest side, and no larger than 2MB each. See Image Preparation Tips. 
    ​​​These images will be used on the BGAB website. We will only use images of your product, please do not submit artist photos or company logos.
  7. Payment: Have a valid credit card ready to pay the submission fee.
If you experience any technical difficulties with the online application, please consult the Zapplication Help Center. (BGAB Staff are unable to view in-progress applications.)

Once you have submitted your application and payment, you should receive an email from Zapplication confirming your purchase. This is the only “confirmation” email you will receive when submitting your application.
 

Requirements & Conditions
All artists must submit an application and all submissions are reviewed and selected through a jury process. Past participation does not guarantee a place in this year’s show. Only submissions completed by the final deadline will be considered for participation. Application fees are non-refundable regardless of acceptance.

All applicants will be notified of their jury status via email on September 1. Participating artists, or representatives, must be available for scheduled load-in. Artists, or representatives, must also be available for load-out or they can choose to pay BGAB a $100 fee to to have their items stored.

 

Shared Display or Multiple Artist Submissions

  • A maximum of (3) artists are allowed to apply for a display space together, but it will remain within our standard size parameters. How the display space is shared is up to the group.
  • Only (1) application is required per group. On your Zapplication My Profile page, select the Team button and fill out the names of your group members.
  • There needs to be a primary contact that is responsible for receiving all BGAB communication for the group. 
  • Each artist’s work must be represented on the application in the description and photos.
  • The group will be juried and accepted or rejected as a whole, rather than as individual artists.
  • The group with receive (1) PLU for the booth. We will not issue multiple PLUs for each artist.
  • Only one (1) check will be issued to the group.


Rules/Regulations


Jury Criteria

Each year we strive to include artists with handmade, high quality, unique artwork in a wide variety of mediums. We select artists who we believe are capable of meeting the demands of the show in terms of style, volume, and affordability. These are subjective criterion that are at the exclusive discretion of the jurors. The show attracts a diverse audience, but for the purposes of selection our jurors have a target demographic that represents the majority of our clientele. The target audience is 28-40 years old with a toddler-aged child. They live in Austin and appreciate the unique, creative, and relaxed style for which it is known. They like their gifts, attire, and home furnishings to reflect their personal style.



Booth Information


Display Spaces

Display space is different at the Bazaar than at other shows, please look over this information carefully.
 

Wall Construction

The booth layout is primarily comprised of 4′ x 8′ walls constructed from thin 1/4″ plywood over a frame of 1″ x 4″ lumber. All walls are painted white.
 

Types and Sizes

There are (3) types of display spaces available; please indicate your preference on your application. Indicating your preference does not guarantee you will be assigned that type of space. Final space assignments are at the discretion of BGAB Management.
 

1.) 8’ x 8’ Wall

The 8’ x 8’ Wall space is a wall space that is 8 feet wide by 8 feet tall with approximately 2 feet of floor space in front. Some spaces have taller walls and are usually assigned to artists working in two dimensions who could use more height. Tables used in 8’ x 8’ space should be no more than 2 feet deep by 6 feet long. Shelves and brackets may be screwed to the walls. Some 8’ x 8’ wall spaces may not be flat, meaning the walls may be perpendicular to each other forming a corner.
 

2.) 4’ x 8’ Wall

The 4’ x 8’ Wall space is generally a wall space that is 4 feet wide and 8 feet tall with 1-2 feet of floor space in front. Although tables can work in half booths, shelving is often a more effective way to display in a small space. Shelves and brackets may be screwed to the walls.

 

3.) Shelving Space

Shelving space refers to spaces on shared shelving provided by BGAB positioned in prominent areas throughout the show. Generally, artists with these spaces are given the equivalent of two levels of shelving about 4 feet long. Displays in these areas must be compact. Each shelf is about 10” deep and vertical space between shelves is about 14″. Dimensions may vary slightly.

Shelving space categorization is also used for other small displays we provide, such as clothing racks and jewelry cases. If you would like to use a clothing rack or jewelry case, select 'Shelving' on the application.

 


Display Design Guidelines

  • It’s a good idea to plan in advance for an attractive and well merchandised display. However, changes to the space may arise at the last minute, so you must be flexible and ready to find creative solutions.
  • You may cover walls with paper, fabric or anything removable. You may not paint the walls.
  • You may use screws, tape, staples, and pins to attach things to display walls, but not nails. Hammering on the walls can cause work to fall off the opposite side of the wall.
  • Shelves and brackets may be screwed to walls. Your shelves should be no more than 2 feet deep. If you plan to put significant weight on your shelves, it is a good idea to reinforce them with legs or extra plywood backing.
  • You may store extra merchandise at your display for restocking, for example, concelaed under a table or in a cabinet.
  • Most walls share a corner with another space. Corners must be respected and you may not block any part of your neighbor’s space.
  • Because walls meet at corners, the dimensions of your booth space may not be exactly 8'x8' or 4'x8'. Keep this in mind when planning your display.
  • We encourage you to include signage or information regarding yourself, merchandise or business, however, we ask that you not display information promoting another store, gallery, or show.
  • Your walls must be cleaned of all materials, including staples, at the time of load-out.


Product Pricing

  • This is a gift show and people are primarily shopping for affordable gifts.
  • By offering items at a vairety of price points, you'll increase your cances of making a sale. While shoppers may be attracted by the expensive, eye-catching items, they often end up buying the more affordable items.
  • It is a good idea to do some market reasearch to see if your pricing is in line with other people selling similar work at art fairs, in stores, or on Etsy and other sites. 
  • You may offer quantity discounts (ex: 3 for $20); that information needs to be included on your price tag.
  • You may change your pricing during the show, just make sure all tags are accurate!

 

Commissions & Fees

In addition to the application fee, artists will pay a commission on sales.


Commissions are categorized into three tiers based on the artist’s total show sales:

    •    Tier 1: $0-2,500 = 45%

    •    Tier 2: $2,501-$7,500 = 40%

    •    Tier 3: $7,501 and up = 35%


All sales are handled by BGAB; including collection and payment of sales tax. After the commission is deducted, payment will be mailed to artists by January 8, 2018. When you receive your check, you will also receive a statement showing your total number of sales, gross sales and net payment after commission. 

 

Security & Loss Prevention

Although we are committed to loss prevention, BGAB is ultimately not responsible for loss which can occur through unintentional damage, cashier mis-rings, or theft. BGAB cannot track inventory, though artists may keep an inventory of the products they stock; however, BGAB cannot accept any artist inventory reporting as a basis for claims of loss.

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