What is The Artery?
The Artery is a traveling urban art market that pops up in unexpected vacant spaces throughout the Fox Cities, providing Wisconsin artists with a platform to sell their work, meet fellow makers, and drive the creative economy in Northeast Wisconsin forward. You can expect 30-40 curated handmade art vendors, brunchy craft cocktails and coffee drinks, yummy food, and festive tunes – with some holiday magic sprinkled on top.
What makes The Artery different?
The Artery is a carefully curated, transient art market that brings its own unique style and vibe to vendors and attendees alike through art, music, food, performance, and a few quirky surprises.
When + Where is it happening?
- Dates for 2019 are yet to be determined
Contact Kristen Greiner with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m a potential vendor, tell me the details…
As we travel to different locations, each market comes with its own unique set of challenges and opportunities. The specific details of set-up, take down, and logistics are sent to accepted vendors prior to the event. That being said, here are some answers to common questions:
- There is no fee to apply.
- Applicants must have a handmade or one-of-a-kind good to sell. Direct sales or MLM booths will not be considered.
- The Artery is a curated (juried) market. Applications are reviewed by our committee and selected based on a variety of factors including (but not limited to) style, originality, whether a good/artist is unique to or located in the region, space limitations, duplication of product type or genre, and a healthy mix of both new and previous vendors.
- A wide variety of unique and innovative vendors is important to us.
- Past participation does not guarantee acceptance. Everyone is encouraged to apply. Our vendors are comprised of seasoned crafters, artists, freelance designers, performance artists, small business owners both online and off, and a spectrum of full and part time makers. Show us what you got!
LOGISTICS: Typically, there will be access to the space for set-up both the day before and early morning the day of the event. Specific instruction and times will be provided via email to confirmed vendors prior to the event. We expect all vendors to be fully operational 15 minutes prior to start time, and to remain open for the entirety of the event.
DISPLAYS: You will be expected to provide all of your own tables, chairs, shelving, décor, etc. Our vendors get very creative with their space and this is much appreciated! We want the space to be beautiful, inviting, and festive. We trust that vendors will come prepared and make the space their own.
SPACE: Our vendors are allowed a minimum 8’ x 10’ booth (10′ x 10′ if space allows). We will always do our absolute best to accommodate requests for placement. For the most part, you will be side-by-side or back-to-back with your neighbors.
WALL SPACE: We will normally have some booths that back up to a wall, and some that will not. You can certainly request wall space if it’s important to your setup, but we cannot promise its availability for everyone.
ELECTRIC, WATER, & WI-FI: For the most part, there will be access to both water and electricity on site, but not every booth will be directly adjacent. Please indicate any electricity requirements on your application and we will do our best to accommodate you. You will always need to provide your own extension cords. WI-FI is not guaranteed and most likely will not be available. You may have to rely on a data plan if you are using a square or other credit card processing device.
LIGHTING: We like to install string lighting for some twinkly ambiance, but for the most part our locations will have overhead, fluorescent lighting. Gross, we know, but pretty standard fare for vacant commercial spaces.
CASH: Please bring your own cash or change for customers. If you accept other payment methods (Square, check, etc.) that is great! Please do keep track of your earnings so we can collect that info after the event to show our supporters and future supporters the economic impact of our programs in the community.
PARKING: Different for each location – but this is definitely a top consideration when choosing the space.
LOADING & UNLOADING: We will provide location specific details for times, parking, unloading prior to the event. This market is held indoors, and you will need to bring your own carts or helpers to unload your gear from your vehicle (outside) to your booth (inside).
WEATHER: Within reason, we will proceed with the market despite winter weather. Having said that, the safety and well-being of vendors and attendees is our priority, and we will communicate any weather related changes via email and Facebook as soon as those decisions are made.
FEE: The cost to participate is $40. You will be expected to pay in advance via CC by calling our offices (920-734-7101) or by cash/check at 125 N. Superior St. Appleton WI 54911 . You will not be invoiced until your application has been reviewed and accepted by our committee.
HUMAN STUFF: We will do everything in our power to make everyone’s experience as positive and rewarding as possible, but we are humans and we do screw up sometimes. Don’t be afraid to speak up, but please be kind.
SOCIAL MEDIA: If you are participating, don’t forget to share this event with your friends and family on social media. You can find our Facebook page here.