Dorothy Weber on sat 6 nov 99
We are looking for information about a show in Brandywine Delaware?
Pennsylvania? We heard that it was a decent show. Can anyone give us some
details where, how large, fine art/craft,who to contact? Anyone have any
experience with this one?
Thanks in advance
John Hesselberth on mon 8 nov 99
Dorothy Weber wrote:
>We are looking for information about a show in Brandywine Delaware?
>Pennsylvania? We heard that it was a decent show. Can anyone give us some
>details where, how large, fine art/craft,who to contact? Anyone have any
>experience with this one?
>Thanks in advance
You are probably referring to the Brandywine Arts Festival in Wilmington,
DE. It is held the weekend after Labor Day. It claims to have a fairly
good reputation with some caveats which will follow. I have done the
show the last two years, but do not plan to apply again. It is a mix a
"fine art" (e.g. 2 dimensional work) and craft. Notice I did not say
"fine craft". For example the booth across from me this year was selling
Mountain Booger Puppets--no joke. She had $5 finger puppets and $10
Mountain Booger puppets ( which were really marionettes--she apparently
didn't know the difference) and she sold out about 2pm Sunday afternoon.
I last saw her counting her 3 inch stack of bills while her spouse
surreptitiously dolleyed her booth to her van so they could make an early
escape. Meanwhile I and another potter, whose work I really like, sat
there with very poor sales.
Oh well, what can I say? Some people have it, some don't. That day I
didn't and she did. My overall impression though is that this show is
catering more and more to the $10 crowd. It brings in lots of kids and
dogs and parents who want to keep their kids entertained so they won't
sneak off and drown in the Brandywine Creek. So they buy them a $10
Mountain Booger puppet and some cotton candy. I think a low priced
production potter can do well there. A higher priced few-of-a-kind
potter can also do well if they already have a local reputation.
On the plus side, it is a beautiful setting alongside the Brandywine
Creek. Load in and out are a little difficult, but still in the
acceptable range. They do bring in a big crowd year after year. And you
don't have to collect sales tax!
If you are still interested after all that you can get an application by
sending an SASE to BAF, 2803B Philadelphia Pike, Suite 108, Claymont, DE
19703. Application deadline is 12/31/99.
Frog Pond Pottery
P.O. Box 88
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