Friday, January 7, 2011

Fit to Print -- Sunshine Artist Magazine and GIVEAWAY

11/For those of you looking to get into the juried craft show circuit, Sunshine Artist magazine will prove invaluable.


Sunshine Artist serves several purposes -- providing the reader with relevant articles for the artisan and crafter; spotlighting veteran crafters so readers can learn from their expertise; providing juried show reviews by the artisans, NOT the promoters; and providing listings of upcoming juried shows.

The business articles are timely and helpful, even if you haven't done your first craft show yet.  The current issue covers how to pick the right show by knowing your audience, and how to know what pieces to bring and whether or not to apply.

my booth at an outdoor show
I write for Sunshine Artist, reviewing shows in the areas I exhibit in, but the show reviews aren't limited to its paid reviewers.  Online, any artisan can anonymously rate a show, and in fact, the magazine depends upon these FastAudits.  Once a year, Sunshine Artist compiles their "200 Best" edition, which provides the 200 best shows for both art and craft.  Without the artisans' reviews, this edition wouldn't be accurate or possible.

this year's 200 Best edition


The reviews of shows in Sunshine Artist are important because they cover the shows without the rose-colored glasses of the promoter, but from the experienced eyes of the artisan.  You get the scoop -- from the averages of how much money was made, how difficult load in and out was, how helpful the staff was, and how the crowds were.  Ultimately, you have to make your own decision on whether or not to do a show, but this magazine can help you make that decision.



my husband setting up my show tent
Sunshine Artist isn't available on news stands, so you have to subscribe via their web site.  You can also visit their Facebook page by clicking here.  Keep in mind, the magazine only covers juried shows.

And to one reader, I'm giving away a free issue of the magazine -- just comment below, making sure you have an email address listed so I can get in touch with you!

Giveaway ends 1/14/2011

38 comments:

Stacie @ azoho.com said...

Ooooh- I'd love to check out this magazine. I love the concept of artist reviews- they've got the nitty-gritty dirt on each show!!!
stacie@azoho.com

Christine said...

Hi Lori! I didn't know you wrote for them! I probably need a subscription to this since I want to expand my show stuff. Would love to win a copy!

Alice said...

What a valuabel resource! Though I've never attended a jurried show, I've been burned more than once on shows that tout fabulous attendance and 'handcrafted only' rules, only to find just the opposite. I'm headed to their site now, but would love to win this issue!

Alice
thepetersons13@mchsi.com

Emakaye said...

You have a beautiful booth set up. I would love to glimpse this magazine.
Thanks for sharing.
Ema
ema@emakdesigns.com

Judy Lovell said...

Thanks for sharing that information, what an ideal way to find out about high end shows.

KJ said...

I would love a copy.

Linda Landig said...

I've just been in 3 juried shows, so I'm a relative newcomer. A subscription to Sunshine would be most awesome. llandig@msn.com

For My Sweet Daughter said...

I have never seen this magazine so I would love to check it out!
Great giveaway, thanks.
SHannon C

Cozy said...

After a break from doing shows for a couple years it would be great to have good information to get started again.
acozylife@msn.com

Cynthia said...

Your insight is very helpful and informative. This magazine sounds great. I have not done a show yet, but maybe, if I win this magazine, it will give me the push I need.
Thanks for the opportunity!

Diana P. said...

I got into my first juried shows this year so it will be an experience. I'm going to go check out their website as this could be super useful!

sundownbeaddesigns said...

Thanks for mentioning this magazine Lori...I've never heard of it and I do several juried show a year. I'd love to win a copy, however I might need to subscribe either way.

one-eared pig said...

What a wonderful magazine!

grover3047 @ yahoo.com

Jackie said...

I've also never heard of this magazine but would love to get a glimpse of a copy!
- Jackie
jaspersmama78@yahoo.com

Jennifer Cameron said...

I have never heard of that magazine before, but would LOVE to peruse a copy to see if it's something I would want to subscribe to. I only want to do a few shows a year, but want the ones I select to be great shows. Also, I need all the help I can get.

Cillaw said...

I would love this mag to check out!
Thanks for the heads up!
Cilla

fireflymyst said...

Thanks for the information. I would love to get a copy of this magazine.

Mel said...

What a great resource -- thanks for introducing it to us, Lori!

rockcreekcreations said...

It would be nice to win an issue of the magazine. Thank you for this chance!

Leslie Todd said...

I'd love to win a copy! I used to subscribe and need to renew now that I'm planning on doing more shows.

Connie said...

i'd love to win a copy!
crinwil2@yahoo..com

JeannieK said...

I don't know how you find the time to do everything you do.

Kim said...

What a wonderful resource! Am very curious to see what they have to say...

Tracy Statler said...

I've yet to do any shows. I have been afraid of the amount of work & $$ vs. return on investment factor. You have been a source of inspiration for me and I am thinking I am going to get it together to do my first one. Now I just have to choose! I'd love to read this magazine for more tips. Thanks for the info as always!
Tracy
http://www.makebraceletsblog.com

Sabine said...

Sounds like a great resource! Thanks!

Ann
mycriticaleye.com
annrishell@gmail.com

Lucid Moon Studio said...

Our local library carries this magazine, so I have briefly browsed it. I will have to check it out in more depth...sounds like a good resource. Thanks for the giveaway!

SallyAnderson said...

I swear you're a walking encyclopedia of how to do this business, and I love that you share it all! Thank you! I would love to win the sample issue and I'm going to their website now.
Cheers!
Sally

Kathy said...

What a great magazine! I had never heard of it. Thank you so much for sharing this and offering a giveaway.
Kathy

glassbead, isinglass design said...

This magazine sounds like just what I need. I don't want to go on the road, but I sure do need to find out about things that are happening close to home. Thanks for the info!

Paula Lee M. said...

Sounds like a great resource. Thanks for the info and I would love to win a copy.

Imaginative Jewelry said...

It would be nice to read this magazine. I think my email is on in my profile, if not... it can be found in my bio (in my blog). Thanks!

Patty said...

Great post, Lori! I'm always looking for tips. You are lucky to have such a helpful husband!

My email is patty at playswithfiredesigns.com

Anonymous said...

I would love to check out this magazine. Thanks for the post regarding it.

CoCoMiyoko@gmail.com

Michelle said...

Wowie Zowie! That is some great info. Thanks for all the info and advise you give.
Bead happy!
Michelle

Kate said...

Thanks, Lori! I always learn something from your posts. Love it!

Sharon said...

This magazine sounds very valuable! Thanks for the post and the giveaway!

DK said...

i haven't ever seen this magazine anywhere, either, but it seems like it would be a really informative and inspirational read.

Jennifer P said...

This magazine looks great! I'd love to have the chance to read it!
cspmom at gmail dot com