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Barry Bernstein
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  • Marquette, MI
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Barry Bernstein's Discussions

Great Grab Bag Revisited--Canopy Banners.Net

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler on Wednesday. 2 Replies

IRS Scam Hits Artists

Started this discussion. Last reply by greta anthony Jul 17, 2016. 3 Replies

Podcast This Week: Many Good Points

Started this discussion. Last reply by carrie jacobson May 21, 2016. 1 Reply

 

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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…

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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…

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Royal Oak Farmers Market Holiday Show Potentially a Great Show

Posted on December 5, 2016 at 5:30pm 6 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…

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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…

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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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Comment Wall (39 comments)

At 4:07pm on February 4, 2009, Jan Kaulins said…
Yo!
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 joined............how 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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Connie Mettler replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Great Grab Bag Revisited--Canopy Banners.Com
"Thanks for this plug for canopybanners.net, Barry. Jeff Christlieb has been a supporter of this site for several years and his banners are very nice. Will you post a photo of your booth looking fabulous at Des Moines? and I am assuming you'll…"
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Barry Bernstein replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Great Grab Bag Revisited--Canopy Banners.Com
"Very rarely do I get excited about anything show related, except maybe doing a top show like Ft Worth or Des Moines. However, I am excited to be doing the Des Moines Arts Festival this weekend. I'll be using my new banner from CanopyBanners.com…"
Tuesday
Barry Bernstein commented on Linda Tenukas's blog post Displaying Gallery Style
"I looked at your work. Having a gallery look is the only way you should be displaying. It's the only way I have ever displayed my work. It says you have a lot of respect for your pieces which are all one-of-a-kind. Forget trying to please…"
Jun 10
Barry Bernstein posted a discussion

Great Grab Bag Revisited--Canopy Banners.Com

You all missed it and I want to thank you. Your loss is my gain. I didn't win an initial prize and had forgotten about the grab bag for the remaining prizes. I had wanted to pick something remaining on that Monday(?) morning when Connie would post the remaining prizes. I remembered it in the afternoon and when I went to the list of what was remaining, everything I wanted was gone. However, there was one thing that I always wanted for my booth, but, had always put off, and that was a banner. I…See More
Jun 9
 
 
 

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