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Barry Bernstein
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Booth Background Color is Important

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Christian Aug 21, 2017. 6 Replies

Great Grab Bag Revisited--Canopy Banners.Net

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Jun 21, 2017. 2 Replies

IRS Scam Hits Artists

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What Happened to the South Florida Shows?

Posted on February 23, 2017 at 11:08am 8 Comments

I've been reading reviews and comments about both ArtiGras and Coconut Grove. I'm disappointed by what I am reading because at one time South Florida was the premier place to sell your work in February and March. So, I started thinking about it and all the things that made Coconut Grove great started coming back to me. Here it is:

I have an emotional attachment to the Coconut Grove…


Temple Beth El Review and Award Winners

Posted on February 1, 2017 at 12:00pm 4 Comments

I did the Temple Beth El fund raiser Art Fair for the first time this year. This event has a stellar reputation among career artists because they bring in the money. Their members do a pre-buy in the form of purchase awards and they support the event. The week before the show I talked to one of the committee members who told me they had $145,000 in money spent in purchase awards. They take 35% of your sales, less than a gallery. It is set up as a gallery. I'm not…


Royal Oak Farmers Market Holiday Show Potentially a Great Show

Posted on December 5, 2016 at 5:30pm 11 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of doing the Royal Oak Farmers Market Holiday Show. It was a winner for a first time event and it has the potential to be one of the better shows in the Metro Detroit area. This show is put on by the Guild. This is the same group that has its own Ann Arbor Show, the two Birmingham shows and a few others within a hundred miles of Ann Arbor.

First a little history. This show was started a couple of years ago as the Ann Arbor Holiday Show. It was…


HAE Sarasota, A Pleasant Surprise

Posted on February 18, 2016 at 5:30pm 5 Comments

Over the years, I have been as critical as anyone regarding the Howard Alan Shows. I think he has too many shows and has diluted the market, at least here in Florida. This is exacerbated by the fact that many other promoters saw HAE's success and have copied his business model leading to a further dilution of the market. No show is special now because there are so many of them.

To compound the problem, all the big…


St Louis, The Perfect Show or We Partied Like It's 1999

Posted on September 13, 2014 at 2:30pm 16 Comments

OK!! So maybe it wasn't the perfect show. The perfect show would pay us to be there because of all the money artists generate by coming. That's not going to happen any time soon. However, there were so many things to like about this show that it is as close to being perfect, in 2014, as a show can get. I complain a lot that shows are not like they were in the 1980's and 90's. Most of you don't know what that means because you started doing shows after 2000.

The whole time during this…


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At 4:07pm on February 4, 2009, Jan Kaulins said…
At 10:53pm on February 4, 2009, Jan Kaulins said…
Barry! Glad to see I can communicate with you. Your old email address bounced back several times so I guess it's no good. You must have changed it trying to avoid the law, or an old girlfriend or a hired assasin or something I figure. It's been colder than all get out downstate too, so you're not the Lone Ranger. Are you doing any MI show this year? Would be good to get to see you and hang out and bit and hone up on my baseball statistics. Hope all's well with you. Jan
At 3:42pm on February 24, 2009, marilu patterson said…
hey barry......I just do you like my photo???????????
At 3:44pm on February 24, 2009, marilu patterson said…
great artist page barry!!!!!!
At 5:53pm on February 24, 2009, Nels Johnson said…
Barry do you know Pat Dragon a ceramicist from Marquette. I reconnected with him this weekend at Naples. I have his number and email if you would like it. Aloha, Nels Johnson

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Barry Bernstein commented on Larry Berman's blog post I scored a "1" at the Krasl Jury
"You all can thank me and a few of us, some who have been banned from this site, for the transparency in the jury scores. This was started by Sara, when she was the director. We sent her and a number of other show directors a list of things we would…"
Mar 12
Barry Bernstein commented on Meg Mettler's blog post Call for Artists: 57th Annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
"Too bad I have Cherry Creek, Ann Arbor, and probably Des Moines. I'd like to try this show. It looks like fun. I sold/talked to a number of people, while I was in Florida, who recommended this event. Toronto--Cuban cigars, good food, good wine,…"
Feb 26
Barry Bernstein replied to Mark Zirinsky's discussion I have to pick one of two shows
"I'd hate to recommend one over the other. I've never done BAM so I can't comment. There is no way you can do both. If you think you can drive 800 miles a day after doing Ann Arbor, buy some life insurance and make me the benefactor. I…"
Feb 26
Barry Bernstein replied to Scott Zuziak's discussion Old Town Art Fair OR Lakefront Festival of Arts
"Connie, the parking for Old Town is right near the show. Once you set up parking is easy. Maybe there is an airbnb nearby that isn't too expensive. Which one is 3 days? I didn't bother applying to Old Town."
Feb 12

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