Guidelines for the Craft Area
The purpose of the Crafts Area is: 1.) to contribute to the quality of rural life for Maine craftspeople by giving them a place to sell their work, and 2.) to encourage craftspeople to use Maine resources in ways creatively compatible with the goals and objectives of MOFGA.
General Guidelines for Crafts
1. Applicants must read and abide by the general guidelines for the Common Ground Country Fair.
Jurying Process For Crafts AreaApplicants will receive scores in three areas: 1.) questions; 2.) slides; 3.) on-site observations. 1. Questions
Acceptance to Crafts Area
1. The Crafts Area Coordinator accepts a predetermined number of applicants with the highest scores. There are no category (medium) quotas in the Crafts Area, although the Coordinator reserves the right to balance the categories if needed.
Who May Apply: The Crafts Area is open to individual craftspeople that reside in Maine and who make high-quality work that is original in design and concept. As an organization dedicated to protecting the environment by promoting organic agricultural practices, MOFGA is especially attracted to crafts that use non-polluting, organic materials and processes whenever possible.
How To Apply: Submit a completed application with four slides [Slide #4 must be of your most popular Item] and a $10.00 processing fee by the postmark deadline, January 28, 2006. Mail your application to:
Common Ground Country Fair, PO Box 170, Unity, ME 04988-0170.
Items You Wish to Sell: It is not necessary to list every specific item you wish to sell. For example, if you are a potter, you can say "tableware" for plates, bowls, cups. But if you are a potter and you have been experimenting with woodcarving, you will not be allowed to sell those items unless they are listed on your application. This is to protect other vendors and prevent the introduction of low quality, unjuried products (see #3 under Selection Criteria below).
Slides: Your slides must be representative of the type of work you plan to sell. Naturally, everyone wants to send slides of their most unusual and special work, but at Common Ground we value the craftsperson who offers a group of items that range in price from the low to high end. Therefore, a slide of one of your most popular items is required (see #2 under Selection Criteria below). If you haven't had this slide taken, do it yourself, today, so you can meet the postmark deadline. It doesn't have to be professionally done, but it must be included.
Problems we have with slides are decreasing (O Happy Day!). Thank you to those of you who make the effort. However, there are always new applicants and recalcitrant returnees who need to read this:
1) Please do not send "fat" slides, as they do not fit in the 140-slide carousel trays that we use. If you do, you will be juried solely on the slides that can be projected.
"Recognized Craftspeople" do not have to send slides, since their work is not juried.
Slide Tips. We want to see the work, up close and against a non-distracting background. Shots taken against outdoor props such as the woodpile, generally don't work. Remember, a great photo is totally different from a great slide for jurying.
A special note for artists and photographers: You may submit 2 small (9" x 12" max) pieces of work in addition to slides if you wish. These will be returned to you. No other samples of work will be accepted.
If you are accepted or put on the waiting list, your slides will not be returned until the Fair.
Booth Sizes and Demonstrations: All booths are 10' x 10', whether inside or outside, straight or corner. Frontage of booths is accurate, especially inside the tents. You have 10 feet of frontage. We have allowed only a few inches to spare. On the depth, you will have a few feet behind your booth for storage.
Wide booths have been left off the application because they will no longer be offered except to the few Recognized Vendors who already have them.
Demonstration space has been left off the application as well. If you wish to demonstrate from an outside booth or a tent space that is on an outside corner you are free to do so as long as you do not need additional electricity and do not cause congestion in the aisles. Demonstrations that require electricity must be cleared by the Crafts and Electrical Coordinators.
Attachments: Do not send any attachments. They make our job more difficult and they do not improve your chances of being accepted.
To help you get accepted, we offer the following. All things being equal:
1. The person who has more hands-on involvement in the creation of his/her craft from start to finish will be chosen over the person who has less. Here are some examples of whom we will choose in certain categories:
Basketry: the person who gathers, splits or otherwise processes the materials they weave over the person who buys the materials;2. The person who offers a range of items from very expensive one-of-a-kind museum quality work to small, inexpensive production work, will be chosen over a person who only or mostly offers very high end work. This is a criterion that is different from those of other shows and it may be why certain very good crafts people are sometimes not accepted to Common Ground. The Fair Steering Committee (FSC) feels strongly that it wants fairgoers to be able to afford the crafts. However, the most popular, inexpensive items must be made with the same attention to craftsmanship. Slide #4 must be a slide of one of your most popular Items.
3. The person who concentrates on one medium usually fares better in the slide jury than someone who works in several media. Perhaps it implies professionalism or seriousness about developing skill in one's chosen medium.
4. The person who uses non-polluting, organic, Maine materials and/or processes will be chosen over the one who does not.
5. Recognized Craftspeople - In 1997, the FSC revisited the issue of automatically accepting certain long time vendors in the Crafts area. After much discussion the Committee decided to continue to have unjuried vendors for the sake of loyalty to those vendors. The new policy allows any craftsperson that has been accepted for 7 out of the last 9 years (including at least one of the last two years) to be automatically accepted for the next year, if he or she completes the application.
Fee: Enclose the $10 processing fee.
Signature: Don't forget to sign your application and get it postmarked no later than January 28, 2006.
Questions or Comments: Call or email Leslie Burhoe, 685-9805, email@example.com.
For general information about the Common Ground Country Fair contact the Fair Office. Mailing address: PO Box 170, Unity, ME 04988-0170. Phone: 568-4142. Fax: 568-4141. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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