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Allan Leon
  • Chapel Hill, NC
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To price-label or not question

Started this discussion. Last reply by DORI SMITH Jan 5. 46 Replies

Newbee here getting ready to launch in 2018. I do unique mixed media 2D flat art that sells in the range $450 - $750. I'm leaning towards not posting the prices next to each piece on the theory that…Continue

Question about jury photo rules

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Zirinsky Dec 15, 2017. 2 Replies

Festival art newbee here getting ready to make the plunge in 2018, with a couple of jury application photo questions.1. in general, are there rules about your artwork signature being visible on the…Continue

Newbie with jury image size question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Berman Jan 8. 14 Replies

I'm a newbie art fair artist getting ready to apply to some 2018 events via Zapplications with a question about image size. Unclear to me if the required image size must be 1920 pixels square, or if…Continue

Wanted - Trimline or comparable to rent, Chapel Hill, NC area

Started Aug 22, 2017 0 Replies

Anyone within reasonable driving distance of me willing to rent me your tent to do a photo shoot? I have 8-10 framed art pieces, each weighing approx 5/6 lbs, in need of a proper booth photo shot…Continue

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Larry Berman replied to Allan Leon's discussion Newbie with jury image size question
"That's OK but the shadow make it look like it's floating in the air. The rug should be visually laying on the ground (background) so the tassels should have a minimal shadow "against" the tassels because they are laying on the…"
Jan 8
Lyra y Jose replied to Allan Leon's discussion Newbie with jury image size question
"Thanks Larry for all the time you take to answer newbie questions.  We don't understand very well what's required-we read as much as we could and sent him some of the articles we found.  We hope he understood, but I can't be…"
Jan 8
Larry Berman replied to Allan Leon's discussion Newbie with jury image size question
"It's an esthetics question and there is no definitive answer. If your artwork isn't rectangular or square and requires a background, the graduation could improve the image presentation. But if your artwork is square or rectangular, you…"
Jan 7
Lyra y Jose replied to Allan Leon's discussion Newbie with jury image size question
"Now I'm completely confused.  I read an article on this site suggesting graduation background-and that is what we just paid (a lot of money) for someone to do for us.  Is this inadvisable only for Zapplications or all juried entries?"
Jan 7
DORI SMITH replied to Allan Leon's discussion To price-label or not question
"With my experience, every time I open my mouth, I get in the way. I don't think I have ever been able to talk someone into buying my art.  Most of the people that buy my high end paintings tap me on the shoulder, I turn around, they say…"
Jan 5
David S. Hoornstra replied to Allan Leon's discussion To price-label or not question
"The customer attitude Barry voiced is very understandable at fairs like Ann Arbor, where the buyer has to invest a considerable block of time and effort just to get to your booth. I walked that fair for years before being in it. Once you're…"
Dec 30, 2017
Kaytee Sumida replied to Allan Leon's discussion To price-label or not question
"Yep. It happens-- as I said above, I've witnessed it.  Per Larry Sohn's advice re: having a database printout-- that's better than just an "unsupported" price quote, but it would be even better yet if that db was posted…"
Dec 30, 2017
JoAnn VanDeCarr replied to Allan Leon's discussion To price-label or not question
"Heard once from a customer they would not shop where prices were not posted.  Felt that the quote would be higher if they looked affluent and a stupid number if they did not look serious"
Dec 30, 2017
Larry Sohn replied to Allan Leon's discussion To price-label or not question
"Agree with good customer relations. My customers are always my allies. We are sharing in my / their artwork. Perhaps they are shocked by how low my prices are. I've been told, many, many times they thought it would be more, especially when they…"
Dec 29, 2017
Carol M Dobbins replied to Allan Leon's discussion To price-label or not question
"I have always errored on NOT surprising perspective customers.  I prefer to have them as allies in my processes and work, so I spend the time discussing how much fun it was to experiment with the new process and how excited I am to watch each…"
Dec 29, 2017
Larry Sohn replied to Allan Leon's discussion To price-label or not question
""...I dont have the time or energy  to waste on you...." ???? Means what?"
Dec 28, 2017
Larry Sohn replied to Allan Leon's discussion To price-label or not question
"Each of my pieces is individually priced. So a collective price sign wont work. As I have a lot of pieces, with various prices, when a customer asks a price, I do my lookup in my database, right in front of them. Showing them the pages. They can see…"
Dec 27, 2017
Barry Shandler replied to Allan Leon's discussion To price-label or not question
"I think it depends on the person walking into your booth.  As for me, I go to stores, flea markets, garage sales, estate sales, as well as walk around the show.  No price .... I leave.   I dont have the time or energy  to…"
Dec 27, 2017
Kaytee Sumida replied to Allan Leon's discussion To price-label or not question
"If there are no prices on pieces, I get the impression that the seller will "give" a price in response to an inquiry based on what s/he thinks the person asking will pay. I've seen/heard that at trade shows... and low end…"
Dec 27, 2017
greta anthony replied to Allan Leon's discussion To price-label or not question
"Personally if the prices aren't listed I just don't ask, it irritates me to no end if I have to ask how much something costs. I end up just walking out of the booth."
Dec 21, 2017
David S. Hoornstra replied to Allan Leon's discussion To price-label or not question
"Always a title. For years I titled based on apparent content, not my intent. But now I realize the buyer wants to acquire something that was made AS IF YOU MEANT IT. For me, a good title can add value if it is right on, whether by being the answer…"
Dec 20, 2017

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At 9:58am on August 18, 2017, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Allan,

Welcome!  We're thrilled to have you joining our community of artists and artisans and hope you'll take a look around and make yourself at home.  Thanks for signing up and best of luck as you move forward.

At 12:24pm on August 24, 2017, Connie Mettler said…

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