Fine Craft as a Business – Your Craft Show Experience: From Application to Exhibition to “I DID IT!”

Location: PA Guild of Craftsmen (PGC), 335 N. Queen St., Lancaster, PA, 2nd Floor  (In person and via Zoom).

Our PGC has created two brand new Fine Craft Fairs for 2024.  The changes we made make these shows easier for our exhibitors – lower booth fees, pipe and drape included, and easy-to-access indoor venues – and enticing for shoppers – easy-to-find locations with good parking,

Let’s help you do your best to be accepted to our shows and be your most successful!

This workshop highlights several aspects of preparing for and exhibiting at a juried craft show with 3 topics:

  • How to apply for shows
  • How to properly display your work
  • How to interact with folks at shows, including neighbor artists and shoppers.

Description: This is a two-part session.

Morning Session:  10:00 -11:45 a.m., (In person and via Zoom) – Topics to be covered:

  • Make a good impression when you apply
    • Critical application information
    • What juries do
  • Make a good impression when you exhibit
    • Booth design tips
    • Show etiquette
    • Customer interaction tips

Afternoon Session:  12:30 to 2:00 (estimated time) (in person only on-site) This will be a hands-on coaching session using attendee sample booth setups

  • Participants will bring and set up some of their booth props (that they currently use or what they plan to use) and a sampling of their work
  • Participants should also bring several photographs of their booths, set up at shows if they have them.

Presenter:   Paula Lewis, Master Artisan, and past vice president of Standards.  Paula has served on the PGC standards committee, floor juries, and show juries for over a decade.

PGC’s Fine Craft As A Business program assists PGC members and others in navigating the business world so they can be successful in running an art/craft business and/or participating in a craft show.  We do this by offering workshops and a Mentor Program to help people set up, maintain, or expand their art/craft business and to enrich their business skills in general. Workshops are open to both PGC Members and the public. The Mentor program is open only to PGC Members.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: 

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen does not provide cash refunds for the cancellation of classes unless the class is canceled by the instructor or the Guild.

In order to request a withdrawal from a workshop, students must contact the Guild by phone at 717-431-8706 or contact us here at least 7 days prior to the class. Students who request a withdrawal at least 7 days prior to the class will receive a credit that can be used toward another workshop. No refunds or transfers will be given to cancellation requests made with less than 24 hours’ notice of the class.

Please note that we are unable to provide refunds for missed classes due to personal scheduling conflicts. If you are sick with Covid-19 or believe that you may have been recently exposed, please email

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