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Catherine Nocon
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APOLOGY

Started this discussion. Last reply by Catherine Nocon on Thursday. 7 Replies

Good morning fellow artists. It is 8:11am (ET) and this is the first thing I'm doing on my computer. I posted a thread yesterday about a event I took place in on Saturday and in my comment I said…Continue

Booth Photo and results of 1st art show.

Started this discussion. Last reply by DORI SMITH on Wednesday. 6 Replies

I had posted earlier asking about posting a photo and obviously, I figured it out. So, when you pull up my name, there's the photo right there of my booth. I love how this group covers a wide range…Continue

Posting a photo

Started May 14 0 Replies

Good Morning everyone. Just had my first art show this weekend and would love to post photos. How do I do this? A photo is downloaded on my computer here at work...can someone "walk it thru" for me?…Continue

Framed artwork or Matted only?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barrie Lynn Bryant Mar 2. 10 Replies

I am gearing up for doing my first art show this summer. Original watercolors. Currently, I am matting up my artwork and am considering selling this way rather than framing. My thought is that I'll…Continue

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Catherine Nocon replied to Catherine Nocon's discussion APOLOGY
"Thank you Connie. I am getting a lot out of the replies to my posting. Good stuff! Yes, like Chris, you also, NAILED it. Judges, please just spend a few minutes with the Artist & really view their work. Not a unreasonable request. And I…"
Thursday
Connie Mettler replied to Catherine Nocon's discussion APOLOGY
"After reading this, Catherine, I typed into the search box on the top of the page "judging at art fairs" ... volumes have been written on this topic. The system I like the best is that finally quelled complaints from artists that their…"
Wednesday
Catherine Nocon replied to Catherine Nocon's discussion APOLOGY
"Thank you Chris! I just sent a "feedback" email to the organizer of the event and very respectfully let her know of how I perceived the judges, also letting her know that NO JUDGE came in my tent...of course, that, I am not completely sure…"
Wednesday
Chris Fedderson replied to Catherine Nocon's discussion APOLOGY
"Cathy, I just read this apology post and your original post ripping the judging... if you were to delete any post it would be your apology!  The way most shows "judge" is a travesty.  Not because I'm not winning (I actually…"
Wednesday
DORI SMITH replied to Catherine Nocon's discussion Booth Photo and results of 1st art show.
"I like that phrase you just used... “framing is an investment in marketing, even if the pieces are not selling”. Well said."
Wednesday
Mary Britsch replied to Catherine Nocon's discussion Booth Photo and results of 1st art show.
"I see these things happening all over, and I am grateful we have had good experiences with judges. Re: the framed art - I strategically select the framed art to draw people in, even when the matted pieces are selling much more. Customers will give a…"
Wednesday
Jan Herman replied to Catherine Nocon's discussion APOLOGY
"I have just completed my 2nd winter season doing fine art shows in Florida.  My 2D work is all framed because it is painted fabric. Frames are a risk, of course. I win some, lose some because of it, I am sure. My frames would be considered…"
Tuesday
Catherine Nocon replied to Catherine Nocon's discussion APOLOGY
"Thank you Larry. I'm a sensitive person by nature, so, if I feel like something I did or said was a tad over the top, I'll follow up with explanations and/or an apology. Again, thank you for understanding. Your 2nd paragraph, about the…"
Tuesday
Larry Berman replied to Catherine Nocon's discussion APOLOGY
"Nothing to apologize for. I read your post and understand your frustration. The larger shows have spent years trying different ways of making sure that all artists get seen by the judges. It started with a colored dot on your booth sign. Then it was…"
Tuesday
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Tuesday
Catherine Nocon replied to Catherine Nocon's discussion Booth Photo and results of 1st art show.
"I hope that the organizers ask for feedback from the artists so that next years event will be better. Where was your booth? I was on Warwick Blvd in front of Act II. One thing that I KNOW I will do differently next year, is to sit IN my booth! I had…"
Tuesday
Pamela Wiggins replied to Catherine Nocon's discussion Booth Photo and results of 1st art show.
"Catherine, I too was at the same event. It was my first show also. I agree the judges and planners just did not do what they stated in the program. One of the prizes was supposed to be for “ first timers”. No mention of that at the award…"
Tuesday
Catherine Nocon replied to Catherine Nocon's discussion Booth Photo and results of 1st art show.
"Thank you Dori for taking the time to read my rather lengthy post! And despite my emotions and reactions, you are right, its not about IF I got an award, for me and this Show, it was about the judges actually LOOKING at my work, be it 10 seconds or…"
Monday
DORI SMITH replied to Catherine Nocon's discussion Booth Photo and results of 1st art show.
"I acknowledge all your emotions and thought process from doing your first art show.  It’s pretty funny to see artists go through different stages of over analyzing everything.  I do it too. if I were you, I wouldn’t give a…"
Monday
Barrie Lynn Bryant replied to Catherine Nocon's discussion Framed artwork or Matted only?
"Good to hear the update, and good luck with your show, photoraphing your art, and showing it in great frames! WOOHOO!"
Mar 2
Catherine Nocon replied to Catherine Nocon's discussion Framed artwork or Matted only?
"3/2/18 UPDATE: Again, thank you everyone for your comments and suggestions. I love this site!! I was not selected for the show I wanted to do, but instead of stewing over it, I am choosing to learn from it. I emailed one of the organizers of the…"
Mar 2

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Watercolors
Years in the Art Fair Business
0
First show ever
Can't remember. It was 40+ years ago.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
No one. Found it online.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
Have done 5 marathons.

Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 8:59am on January 3, 2018, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Catherine,

Welcome to AFI!  We're delighted to have you joining us here and hope you'll find the site to be beneficial.  Thanks and best of luck as you move forward.

At 9:33am on January 3, 2018, Christina L. Towell said…

I got a late start myself and am still learning.  Reading the blogs about various shows and gleaning as much info as I can from the other artists here has helped my confidence level immensely...hope it does for you as well.  Btw, congratulations on running five marathons, that's just incredible!

At 10:00pm on January 10, 2018, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Catherine. We’re so glad you joined us. I hope you’ll find the site helpful and that you’ll share your ideas and experiences, ask questions and join the discussions. The site is only as good as the members make it. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike.

Please stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself. Then read the "Getting Started" for tips to make the site easier to navigate.

Many topics have already been discussed. We suggest you try a search of your topic before you post your question. Click the SEARCH tab at the top of the page and “search” for your topic: tents, jury fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, the name of a show, etc. You might find that someone has already asked and answered your question.

Check out our code of conduct to understand the rules of the site.
Each of us is unique and has a gift to share that can help someone else. We all look forward to your sharing on ArtFairInsiders.com.

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