True story - the Manchester Arts Market is currently totally full for the 2015 season. Thus, we have taken the application for that market down for the moment. Should more space become available, we will repost the application. Space is still available at Concord Arts Market, where we simply have a bigger space.
It's a very busy month here at Granite State Arts Market HQ. As you may have read in the Concord Monitor, we are holding an indoor market in March. Four Saturdays of handmade goodness - at our favorite coffee shop, True Brew. Some may not realize that True Brew has a large bar area, and we will be filling that area to the brim with 10-12 makers each week! Legwarmers, tea towels, paintings, cards, furniture, clothing, pottery and more...it'll be a lovely collection each week. We are calling it "march marché" and I can't wait to see you there.
Also in the works: Manchester Arts Market! That's right - starting in July and running into August, MAM will be running in conjunction with Intown Manchester's movie and music series in downtown Manchester, NH! More details will come next week once they're all completely confirmed. We'll also have an application up here on the website for people who are interested in selling.
And finally - over the years, I've gotten so many questions from new vendors, about every aspect of market life. Well...I've put them into a book (see the cover below) ! It's a little over half way done now and will be finished well before the market season starts. The plan is to offer it in print and digital formats. Once it's ready I'll be notifying my mailing lists and making sure it's easy to purchase here at the markets website.
More soon...and happy spring to all!
This is a repost of a post from our former Concord Arts Market blog, from back in 2013. It's a classic, and a good reference...enjoy!
You may be a market veteran, or you may be working on gearing up for your first market, but it never hurts to revisit the topic of tent weights. Tents weights are addressed on the Vendor Info page on each of our market websites, and they are referenced in the set-up emails that go out to vendors each week. This email, however, provides more detail about methods for weighing down your tents.
WHY ARE TENT WEIGHTS IMPORTANT?
Tent weights aren't really intended to protect YOUR tent. They do, in the face of reasonable gusts, keep a tent from flying away, that's true. But when a tent flies away, the least of your worries should be "oh no, I lost my tent". The larger potential problems include tents busting the windows and property of nearby businesses, your tent smashing into the tent of another vendor and destroying their inventory or injuring them, tents going through car windshields, tents causing traffic accidents that could injure or kill people, or indeed, a tent hitting and either injuring or killing someone.
In a high wind situation, your tents weights (as we learned recently thanks to Artmageddon 2013) are actually likely to damage your tent...however, they will help to prevent property destruction and injuries.
SO HOW DO I WEIGH DOWN MY TENT?
There are many ways to weigh down a tent. All tent weights must be attached to the tent. That means clearly and firmly attached to the weight AND clearly and firmly attached through the tent frame, not just around a leg. Rope, clothesline, bungee cords, nylon strapping and many other strong materials can be used to attach them.
HOW MUCH WEIGHT DO I NEED? Concord Arts Market and Kitty Productions,LLC requires at LEAST 25-lbs of weigh on EACH LEG of your tent. Many other events require a higher amount (if you have 40-50 lbs on each leg you should meet the requirement for most events).
CAN I JUST REST MY WEIGHTS ON THE FEET OF MY TENT?
No. This will do absolutely nothing to secure your tent when a gust comes through.
CAN I JUST TIE DOWN A COUPLE OF LEGS OF MY TENT?
For best results, you need all legs weighted.
CAN I JUST TIE THE ROPE AROUND THE LEGS?
No. This will not secure your tent. The weight must be attached through the frame of the tent.
BUT I CAN'T CARRY 25 - lbs OF WEIGHT?!
Neither can I. That's why you will want to bring larger numbers of smaller weights. Make your weights lighter and just make more of them, so that you achieve the cumulative weight.
WHAT ABOUT JUGS OF WATER?
You can use them. Some people find that large, office sized water dispenser jugs work. You can also use gallon jugs - however, you need to know that a gallon of water weighs just about 8 - lbs. That means you need at least four of them tied securely to each corner of your tent frame. It looks like a giant cluster of grapes if you hang them, and it can create a trip hazard if you pile them on the ground. I would not call this an ideal option.
OMG, THIS ONE TIME, MY TENT TRIED TO FLY WITH WEIGHTS ON!
True, it can happen. There are two ways to deal with this type of situation.
Contact the market if you have any questions about how to weight your tent.
In order to better synergize with other arts events in the downtown Dover area, during the warm weather months, we have moved Dover Arts Market to Friday nights! Dover's monthly Art Walks are on the first Friday of the month, and the Chamber's wonderful music series downtown runs throughout the summer. So mark your calendars, come on down, check us out, check THEM out, check out the fantastic downtown shops in Dover, grab some dinner at one of the many fine restaurants in the vicinity...all that good stuff. See you there!
Here in the wee hours, as I continue with our website enhancements and comb over the Artist Services page, I find myself thinking about what it all means, how I got here, and why I do what I do.
Let's work backwards: I do what I do, because I have been where you are. Because I am an artisan myself, in addition to having been different types of artist. I have had to wrestle with questions of how to find an audience for my work. As a musician, when I was young, I was reliant upon teachers to provide venues for me. I was still learning, and it was a natural relationship. As a theater artist it was a question of reaching an audience and bringing them into a theater to see my work. Especially in the beginning, I relied heavily upon producers and producer/directors to do that work for me. There's nothing wrong with relying upon others - there are many types of creative endeavor that naturally involve teamwork. But there is an empowerment that comes to the artist who understands the process of promotion, and it was while working in theater that I began to notice these processes more, and watch how others approached them.
At the very least, that type of noticing begins to give you an understanding of the work that goes into that process. It also gives you a chance to start taking ownership of your own piece of the work - if you are engaged in what you do, you can begin to use the materials provided to you by venue and show producers, to tell people about your work. The benefit to the work itself is exponential, when each person who is participating is also promoting the work (this is also true of market type venues, or group gallery shows).
By the time I made the transition from performing artist to artisan, I'd had a chance to learn a lot about arts promotion from some very talented people. And I also realized that on my own, as an artisan, I did not have a team to back me up. I had to learn to promote my own work, or it would not find an audience. I started with tools that I was familiar with from my performing arts experience, and went on to learn much more about marketing, design, social media, different types of venues, and so much more.
In serving other artists - providing not just services, but service - I get to pass along all of that great experience. If only I could have known how cool that would be while I was putting on makeup in those claustrophobic little dressing rooms, or sitting in my basement apartment back in 200_, alone, staring at my creations hanging on my wall, and plotting their escape into the big, bad world!
An evolution has been in progress behind the scenes, for some time, at Granite State Arts Market - you're just seeing it rise to the surface now. You may have noticed some aesthetic and functional changes to the website. We will also, very soon, be offering more. We have come a long way since the first arts market season of 2008. Our resources for artists are about to become much richer, and very accessible to a variety of audiences.