I asked the current and past FSAM artists in a recent survey what they would say to other artists considering coming to the market. Here are some of their responses. ~ Mitch
I would like to encourage artists to apply for many reasons. The knowledge you will get by just being able to be with clients face to face is enormous. The patrons are friendly and very encouraging. The artists at First Saturday Arts Market are very friendly and helpful. You will find a good family here.
Steve Harris at the October Market
Try it, you may find that you like it. I’ve told several artists, at bigger shows, and then have seen them turn up at First Saturday Arts Market, and enjoy it!
Show your stuff, baby….the world needs you. People who make things with their hearts and hands are the greatest balm to the soul. The world needs you, Houston needs you, I need you and you will never regret just throwing your hat in the ring!
I would say to give it a shot if you are giving the opportunity. I think your attitude goes a long way with sales. I had a couple visit my tent 3 times before they purchased a painting. Everytime they came I smiled, talked to them and interacted with them…be positive, but not too invasive, it goes a long way.
Nom Nom one of April Murphy's popular styles.
If you are looking to sharpen your festival skills, develop some key friendships and connect with a thoughtful public, First Saturday Arts Market is the place to do that. You can be a novice and not feel threatened. Mitch and his crew will take you under their wing and make you feel a part of the family.
John J. McGeough
Continue to grow with the Market as it will open new worlds to you as it did to me. Beautiful wood is a living, breathing thing which often tells the wood artist what it has to be.
First Saturday Arts Market isn’t a place to sell off your older works, your school assignments, or your cast-off experimental art – it is an art venue where true artists can display their best work, work that has reached a level of polish and refinement. It is a low-brow / high-end collection of dedicated artists, craftspeople, and artisans who take complete pride in their work and understand that this isn’t just a local market ~ it is one of Houston’s best treasures. It is a place of community: a great venue to meet others in our field who care about their craft, where extreme generosity and constructive criticism are given and taken well, a place where we all can continue to grow and expand our skill set and social circles.
FSAM is the best place to get your work seen and appreciated by the appropriate audience. It’s built its reputation well and we’re lucky as artists to have it as a platform to meet the public.
To other artists, all I can say is… If you think your art is unique enough to stand out, give it a shot. Not everyone gets into this or many other markets, but so long as you do ‘your’ work and it is unique to you, I don’t see you having many problems. If you don’t get into the ‘limited spots’ monthly, try for the White Linen Nights. Perhaps something more will come of it afterwards. Don’t give up easily and if you get turned down you don’t have to give up. We could be full-up on your kind of art. We don’t all get in each month. Some have to plan months in advance to be in each month. The important thing is to be unique.
If you are an artist wanting to get your artwork out there I would definitely give First Saturday Arts Market a chance. It’s where I did my first real show and had an amazing response from the people that came. Ever since, I’ve been doing First Saturday Arts Market every month or every other month and the sales get better and better. I even see a lot of repeat customers, which are the best customers.
No matter how many shows I do a year or where they take me, it’s comforting to have a show that I can call “home.”
After becoming part if First Saturday Arts Market I never looked back. I’ve been creating ever since! I continue to try new techniques and develop my own. I never know what I’ll think of in my garage aka studio. After becoming part if First Saturday Arts Market I never looked back. I’ve been creating ever since! I continue to try new techniques and develop my own. I never know what I’ll think of in my garage aka studio.
Lisa Chow at the November 2013 art market.
First Saturday Arts Market is a relaxed, supportive and FUN environment for first timers and seasoned pros to reach the extremely art-supporting Heights community.
First Saturday Arts Market is home. It’s where I’m comfortable, it’s where I learn things. Sometimes sales are good and sometimes not — such is the nature of the business, but it’s always a valuable experience.
Try it – it’s work, and it gets hot, but it’s Houston. The people are great and you’ll have a blast. Etc: First Saturday Arts Market is just plain fun, whether your’e attending as a patron or as an artist.
I remember when … I was so surprised by how much of a family the First Saturday Arts Market artists are. I was welcomed with open arms and provided help at every turn. It’s great to be so supported locally. It gave me the confidence to move forward and branch out. Not every show is like the First Saturday Arts Market family team!
You can’t keep creating work if you never sell it!” Come out, enjoy the fresh air, the amazing cupcakes, the music and cool people and make money and room so you can create more art.
This one is a no brainer; reasonable booth fees, friendly folks, help with set up and tear down, and just one day!
The question I am asked most often by newbie artists is who to trust when it comes to shows etc. etc. etc.. Since 2007 I have been telling them about First Saturday Arts Market and Mitch Cohen. There is an energy and an unspoken code of behavior that has everything to do with respecting other artists and maintaining a professional approach to this fine art event. Not stuffy…professional.
At First Saturday Arts Market I have bought and sold original artwork…made lifelong friends…listened to live music that rocked my world and laughed til I cried and cried til I laughed myself silly again. For all things fine and beautiful…give yourself the gift of a day(or night)at First Saturday Arts Market.
P.A.Mueller on the left with Mitch Cohen and artist Mary Wilkinson
Interested joining us at First Saturday Arts Market?
Some of the things you get include;
- Marketing and PR from seasoned pro, Mitch Cohen
- Permanent listing on the website with your own page
- Exclusive offers for FSAM artists
- A community of artists – private Facebook page to exchange ideas and tips
- Group discounts, like insurance & auto clubs!
What are you waiting for? Like Kiki says, ” … The world needs you, Houston needs you, I need you …”
Come on, BRING IT!