Tell Me Why: “No Picture Taking” Signs in Artists’ Booths


This blog post is inspired by a few comments that were posted on our facebook fan page. We LOVE it when artists and patrons have meaningful conversations in response to one of our posts.

So… to answer your question – Why do artists have “No Picture Taking” signs in their booths?

The reason is: many of the artists have copyrighted work. These artists have spent hours upon hours of their time to create each master piece individually. Taking a picture of their work can allow a person to duplicate or use the other artist’s creative idea. Also, if the work happens to be photography – someone can easily make prints and not pay for the artwork.

Creating and selling artwork is what many of these artists do for a living. It wouldn’t be fair to not compensate these artists for their work.

Hyde Park Village Art Fair

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For nearly three decades, Howard Alan and American Craft Endeavors have allowed more than 10,000 artists to exhibit their original work to millions across The United States. When our company began, our art and craft shows showcased a handful of exhibitors. Today, a typical Howard Alan or American Craft Endeavors event features 100-300 talented artists and fine crafters. No matter where you are, you are sure to find one of our stellar events nearby. Our shows take us to destinations like Aspen, Chicago, Alexandria, Vail, and Fort Lauderdale…just to name a few! Our great outdoor venues, fantastic crafters, and talented artists allow us to consistently be ranked among the top art and craft shows in the country. Visit a show and see for yourself why we are the very best!

2 responses »

  1. It’s great to enjoy looking at art work at an art fair…. but if you want to enjoy it any longer than the actual event…. you must buy it!

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