For me, 2009 rocked. Sales of my fractals were up from 2008 which was also a good year. No complaints from the art show circuit from me. Many of my artist friends had similar reports to tell for the year but other (unfortunately) did not.
2009 was a year for affordable art. Nearly everyone who sells into the high end market took a hit. That is completely understandable considering nearly every newscast doom and gloomer talking head was predicting the end of the financial world as we knew it. People were loosing their jobs, their homes, their savings and faith in the system.
Even though it appeared that crowds at most of the festivals I attended were strong, I think many people were there to look, take in the ambiance, listen to the music and possibly plan for future art purchases. Those artist who offered unique, affordable art were usually the ones smiling during load out. This is a cycle. My friends who sell high ticket items will have their day once again, hopefully in 2010.