Testimonials


What artists say about AFSB:

"AFSB is a valuable tool for both experienced and inexperienced artisans. Greg's Opinion & Commentary are spot on and the exhibitor reviews add important information that is very helpful to us who navigate this large industry from year to year. Knowing the odds of acceptance, net sales, attendance, exhibitors' experiences, etc. is crucial when determining whether or not to apply to an event. I have avoided some costly mistakes by using AFSB. Thank you, Greg!"

Melanie Moore (Hair accessories) Malden-on-Hudson, NY

"I will never do another show without checking out your source again - even the ones I have been doing for 20 years."

Karen Antos (Painter) Dallas, TX

"I cringed when I shelled out the money the first time for the Sourcebook, but it has definitely been worth the bucks. Pick one good show or avoid one bad one that you were considering, and it's more than paid for. I love the email reminders on different deadlines on shows that I'm interested in and considering. Once drove half way to St. James Ct. when I remembered I forgot to pay the booth fee. No more. Buy it. It's objective and worth the money, (completely un-solicited testimonial and I'm not doing it for the "diamond" package. Already have it.)"

Rick Steingress (Printmaking) Georgetown, SC

"I use Art Fair Sourcebook for unvarnished insights about art shows that I can't get from other sources that take ad dollars from the shows. Before I commit my time and financial resources to traveling to a new show, I always check it out first on Art Fair Sourcebook."

Sarah Pollock (Painting) Port Matilda, PA

"I love Art Fair Sourcebook as the reviews from Greg and the artists are right on the mark. Giving back to the artist community is key, so reviewing shows for other artists is just one good way to do it."

Peter Togel Seneca, SC

"We have earned 30-50% more money through the years by evaluating which shows are right for us using our AFSB "bible" (because we read it daily). When we don't use it or ignore what we have learned from it we are sorry every time."

Vernon and Karen Leibrant (Woodturning) Everson, WA

"I am new to the craft show/art fair scene and finding a resource like the Art Fair SourceBook has been very valuable. There are so many factors that play into the success and ease of a show and being able to review other artists experiences helps me to decide which shows I will apply to each year."

Denise Harrison (Handcrafted Jewelry) Bend, OR

"The SourceBook has opened my eyes to a World of information about art fairs that I didn't know existed. There is more information regarding more shows, in one place, than I've ever been able to find by searching other locations - and, still, never finding all the details that are in SourceBook."

Don Mabry (Oval wood boxes and carriers) Ft. Worth, TX

"I piddled around for a year trying to decide whether to sign up for the Sourcebook....I see that now as wasted time. The wealth of information that I get when I can look up a show and see not only its history, but also how my media (2D) will stack up against what else is in that show, is invaluable. A good friend and subscriber, David Wolter, told me he didn't do a show without consulting the Sourcebook and it made me take a second look. Yeah, it's an expense, but don't eat the junk food at the art fairs and buy this instead.... a much better alternative."

Marge Luttrell (2D Mixed Media) Knoxville, TN

"We use your book as our bible and don't even consider doing a new show until we check the SourceBook first. You've saved us from many costly mistakes. Thank you."

Thomas Langan (Wood) Roslyn Harbor, NY

"We would not be in business if not for the SourceBook."

Andrea Wilkes (Jewelry) Covington, LA

"If you can't afford to buy the SourceBook, you shouldn't be in this business."

Patrick Whalen (Photography) Brooksville, FL

"My sales went up 40% when I started using AFSB instead of Sunshine Artist."

William Colburn, Jr. (Sculpture) Fairhope, AL

"We haven't missed a deadline since we started using the Art Fair SourceBook five years ago."

Rick Loudermilk (Printmaking) Austin, TX

"My SourceBook made me over $10,000 last year alone."

Kevin Russell (Paper) Phoenix, AZ

"Because of the higher caliber shows I've learned about through your book, I have doubled my sales. It's an invaluable tool."

Elaine Rader (Jewelry) Duluth, GA

"We enjoy your publication and consider it more accurate and more informative than Sunshine Artist OR The Harris List."

Nick Lees (Sculpture) Fairhope, AL

"It's the most comprehensive book of its kind I've ever seen and I'm grateful for it. As an artist starting out, it's wonderful to have the information you publish so I can really be careful about the shows I try for. As an oil painter, I've paid to be in a jewelry dominant show! It's so much better than finding out the hard way. You're a genius! I'm telling all my friends!"

Wheat Elder (Painting) Salem, IL

"I TRIPLED my income the first year I used the SourceBook!"

Pat Bouchard (Printmaking) Rocky Mount, NC

"I started out using Sunshine Artist Magazine but quickly learned how unrealistic it is much of the time. Your publication was recommended to me by other experienced artists and has been a great help. It does a great job of letting new artists know what shows to apply to and when. I'm very glad to have found your publication; it has been a great help to me as a newcomer to the art fair circuit."

Rodney Furgason (Wood Sculpture) Topeka, KS

"It's a great resource. I make great money by following it. Using the web site is like driving a high performance race car! Thanks for the improvements and for heeding our inputs. All the sorts and field narrowing features work great. It's getting harder and harder to find things to complain about, but I'll find something! Keep up the great work."

Mark Lewanski (Glass) Portland, MI

"I passed on the SourceBook for years because of the cost. Now that I've got it, it's been worth every penny I invested."

C.A. Harris (Leather) Mount Victory, OH

"Greg,
Your source of art show information is the best I've ever seen. However, at age 81 my wife and I are slowing down a bit on art shows. This year we are doing three local shows that we've done repeatedly for several years.  I heartily recommend the Art Fair Source Book to artists looking for a source of reliable and accurate information."

Ed Cook (Miniature paintings) Illinois

"I think your product is by far the most useful thing I've ever come across for planning my show schedule. The online reviews from artists who were in the show are priceless information. I wish I had signed up a few years ago when I was starting out.  I'm in my third year now.  The first two years I spent way too many weekends on shows that were a complete waste of time.  Now that I'm signed up it's been great to read how other artists did at shows and their thoughts before even applying.  This is an amazing tool and I wish I'd been using it earlier"

Cameron Gillie (Photography) Madison, WI

"AFSB is a great source for determining which shows are worth doing.  Time is a precious commodity and you may as well spend it at an art show where you product is going to sell."

Carlos Davis Melbourne, FL

"I need time to focus on building my inventory of art to sell.  AFSB's website with the Diamond Service helps me keep track of show dates, application deadlines, and even helps in deciding when to cancel shows is inventory is sold/low. I get distracted easily, it's nice being able to navigate info using one source. If the show has a website, the information I need is typoically spread all over ... and I can't be spending hours looking at fascinating photos while I'm looking for prior day setup, electricity, or simply the dates of the show. The websites are laid out 100 different ways, just having all the websites listed reliably is a HUGE help. Thanks Greg for providing this service and continually improving and streamlining it.

At my high prices, my client base needs to be impressed with how far I'm going to spread the word about my work.  AFSB allows me to search for and plan shows to do on the way out and the way back from top shows all the way across the country; I can say "yes" to a show three or four days away, because I'm doing three top shows with a total of 9 days travel."

-Charles Tersolo (Painting) Boston, MA

"I just bought the SourceBook, and I can't believe I haven't used it all these years. It was worth every penny."

Patrick Dragon (Ceramics) Marquette, MI

"I tell people ... would you rather spend $100, $200, $300 on a SourceBook subscription or LOSE $1,000 going to ONE TERRIBLE SHOW.”  It's got all the information we ask our show friends for ... ALL in 1 place, with numerous viewpoints which help sort through the gray areas."  Sam Hitchman (Ceramics) - January 6th, 2016

"The SourceBook is a one stop shop for all show data."  
                                            -Jason Pavalonis (Photography) - January 14th, 2016

AFSB contains tons of info about the shows that cannot even be found in the show prospectus or website.  I appreciate having all the info in one location where I can find it easily. 

- Charlene Marsh (Painting) - January 14th, 2016

"Great value.  An X-Ray of the art fair scene."

Yoram Gal (Painting & Printmaking) Old Jaffa, Israel, January 5, 2016

I liked being able to order just the part of the country I need
- Richard Russell (Painting) - January 13th, 2016

“Don't waste time or money on crummy shows.  AFSB helps me get the research done to i.d. shows with potential." 
- John West (Wood) - December 31st, 2015

AFSB provides a wider range of shows than either Zapplication or any of the other art show websites. 
- Dusty Shutt (Jewelry) - December 31st, 2015

If you need to find out about shows, I consider this publication "The Bible" of them all. It is aimed more at contemporary artists than say “Sunshine Artist”, which I believe is aimed at more traditional arts & crafts. 
- Scott Matyjaszek (Photography) - January 5th, 2016

"Art Fair Sourcebook has continued to help me navigate through the many show options available by sharing the ‘REAL TRUTH' through its show surveys completed by the participating artists."
- Stephanie Saint-Thomas (Jewelry) - January 2nd, 2016

"AFSB has INVALUABLE info in a consolidated location, about many show factors, incl. set-up details, electrical, booth layout, as well as the expected show attendance/revenue." 
- Marianne Shepardson (Painting) - January 13th, 2016

"AFSB will SAVE YOU A TON OF MONEY.  It's a fantastic tool for planning your show season, the perfect tool for FINDING THE RIGHT SHOWS for your particular medium and needs."
-  Hunter Brown (Sculpture) - January 5th, 2016

"It gives detailed information about each art fair but also about various art categories and how they have done at the fair.  Things keep changing, and AFSB does a great job of keeping up!"
-  Rachel Derstine (Fiber / Decorative) - December 31st, 2015

"I would encourage any artist to purchase a subscription to AFSB because it is the best and most comprehensive guide out there." 
- Richard Kolb (Metal) - January 4th, 2016

"If you are going to travel to far away festivals you need as much info as possible to make a wise decision and Art Fair SourceBook is a great place to gather more information - the statistics are good and the reviews are helpful. It is expensive but if you find two or three good shows then it is worth it."
- Layl McDill (Sculpture) - January 4th, 2016

"If you want to make money in this business, I would subscribe!"  

- Daniel Callahan (Wood) - January 6th, 2016

"If you are new in the business, AFSB can be a real time saver."  

- Paul Lambrecht (Wood) - January 4th, 2016

"It is the only objective resource we have found when it comes to selecting juried fine art shows to participate in."  

- Michelle Fahmy (Jewelry) - December 31st, 2015

"AFSB gives you a fuller picture of whether or not a show is a good fit for your artwork. "

- Joan Schulte (Photography) - January 6th, 2016

"The show reviews are VERY ACCURATE and from that point of view alone, it's WORTH ITS PURCHASE PRICE.  Just AVOIDING 1 BAD SHOW can easily SAVE $1,000 or more in fees, travel and time!"  

- Paul McClain (Painting) - January 3rd, 2016

"If one is changing up their shows, you need AFSB.  If you do the same old thing year after year, don't bother." 

- Anne Wooster (Printmaking) - January 4th, 2016

"AFSB gives an updated view of our industry.  It is current,accurate and is a needed tool in order to navigate the year in marketing our art. " 

- Gregory Strachov (Painting) - December 31st, 2015

"I like how you provide the average money made at each show plus how many applications were sent in. It is also helpful to know what type of art sells best at each show.  I subscribe to many of the state editions.  It is very helpful information.  You can't get this kind of honest info and reviews anywhere else.  Thanks for everything!"  

- Jolyn Hecht (Photography) - January 6th, 2016

"AFSB is currently the best and most complete source for evaluating the quality of shows prior to exhibiting at them."  

- Nathan Hunter - (Fine Craft Furniture) - January 1st, 2016

"Gives info/data to compare art shows apples-to-apples, instead of relying only on word of mouth and art show organizers' message.  It’s awesome to be able to search shows on criteria instead of trying to find and collect info from across web."  

- Erica Leep (Painting) - December 31st, 2015

"Purchase a subscription if you want to make money selling your art." 
                                   - Annie Turbin (Wearable Fiber) - January 14th, 2016

"I have found the Art Fair Source Book to be a tremendous help to me when preparing my schedule for the year. I used to blindly try out fairs and waste a lot of time and money finding out which fairs were not right for me or what I sell. With AFSB I can save a lot of time because of the ratings that compare average sales minus costs.

The first year I used AFSB, my gross sales went up by $22,000 over the previous year, so it was well worth the price. And I think AFSB deserves credit for all of the hard work putting all that information together for us."

William Waite (Puzzle maker) Wisconsin