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Christina L. Towell
  • Ferndale, MI
  • United States
  • Fiber
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Detroit Urban Craft Fair

Started Dec 8, 2014 0 Replies

Well, I went, I saw, I was underwhelmed...not to say that there wasn't some really unusual, creative and interesting stuff there, there was but as far as fiber artists, I only saw one booth that had…Continue

Ridge Fine Art & Handmade Wares Show

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Nov 26, 2014. 3 Replies

I attended this show last saturday, November 22nd, which happened to be right next door to where I live in the basement of a Presbyterian church.  As inauspicious as this sounds, it was truly a…Continue

Maybe Next Time?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christina L. Towell Oct 21, 2014. 15 Replies

So, I recently applied for my first big juried Craft Fair and waited for what seemed like an eternity for them to close the application process and let me know whether I was in or out.  In fact, I…Continue

Tags: not getting into the show, rejection

Hot Fun in the Summertime

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pat Sorbini Apr 22, 2014. 17 Replies

Just out of curiosity, what shows / art fairs are you most looking forward to doing this year and why?  Are there some that you intentionally avoid?  How come?  Continue

 

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Christina L. Towell commented on Rosie Sherman's blog post Artanado- The worst show ever
"Thanks for sharing this, Rosie, such a disappointment..."
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Christina L. Towell commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Throwing in the Towel
"Sad news but it sounds like you're making the right decision for you and your wife.  Hope you can find buyers for your instruments, they sound lovely."
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Susi Schuele left a comment for Christina L. Towell
"Thank you! I'm looking forward to the camaraderie, info and inspiration!"
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"Hi Christina! Thank you for the warm welcome. I am looking forward to learning more from you and everyone here on this site. "
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JOHN GLASS left a comment for Christina L. Towell
"Thank you Cristina. Very helpful so far. I hope to do an art fair someday."
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"Thank you Christina"
Feb 8
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"Thank you for the warm welcome Christina!!! It proves that this community is a blessing!! I've been reading through the site for a while and learning a lot! I've only done one show so I am excited to learn from fellow veterans with lots of…"
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"Thank you very much :D"
Feb 2
Lisa Therese Benson left a comment for Christina L. Towell
"Thank you Christina for the warm welcome.  I am just beginning outside art shows and am looking forward to learning from others here.  I looked at your photos, beautiful work."
Feb 1
Ellen Kantro left a comment for Christina L. Towell
"Thanks for welcoming me Christina. I hope this site proves helpful. I don't see a lot of activity but I am not yet too well acquainted with it.  I appreciate your note. "
Jan 30
Christina L. Towell replied to Michael Dennis's discussion Newby Question
"Hi Michael, First of all, welcome!  Secondly, perhaps applying under both mixed media and jewelry is confusing the app. process.  Do you use "mixed media" in the making of your jewelry or is it a separate art?  Maybe you…"
Jan 29
Christina L. Towell commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post Sarasota Fine Arts Festival Jan. 14 and 15, 2017
"Enjoyed your review, Craig and Sara.  Going to Sarasota (Long Boat Key) next month to visit friends who have a condo there.  I think we went to St. Armands Circle last year when I was there, and in fact, The Salty Dog sounds familiar, I…"
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"Thank you Christina. I'm glad to have joined!"
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Dave Laskowski left a comment for Christina L. Towell
"Thank you for the welcome."
Jan 20
Loc Tran left a comment for Christina L. Towell
"If you ever want to know about the t-shirt biz, feel free to ask. I feel very fortunate for having falling into the business by accident.  But eventually I would like to do some art fairs too... hopefully sooner than later."
Jan 18
Loc Tran left a comment for Christina L. Towell
"Thank you Christina! I've been reading this site for a couple of years now and I thought I should finally start contributing. Although I'm not an 'art fair artist'... I have been doing something similar... I screen print my…"
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Profile Information

Your Medium
Fiber
Years in the Art Fair Business
Three
First show ever
The Old Granary ~ A Gathering on the Lawn ~ 2011
What is your website?
http://Handbasket Originals on Etsy
What are the best things about art fairs
Networking, meeting and talking with buyers, connecting with other artists, selling.
Best show ever and why
D.I.Y. Festival in Ferndale, MI
Great show, lots of people, food, and quality art.
Worst show ever and why
Strawberry Festival in Coldwater, MI
Lots of people but only interested in food and junk.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Constance Mettler / Art Fair Newsletter Editor
What is one fun fact about yourself?
My alter ego and business name is Helena Handbasket...pronounced Hell in a Handbasket.

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Thanks and Giving Artist Market - Pleasant Ridge, MI

Posted on November 23, 2015 at 9:59am 9 Comments

This was my first real show and I didn't really know what to expect.  I was attracted to it because it's close to home, the booth fee was only $30, which included one 6' table and two chairs and I was able to bring along another table of my own.  The show hours were also appealing, 6 to 9 on Friday evening and 10 to 4 on Saturday.  So, not a huge investment, great location, affluent area...all good, right?

So, on Friday evening they had appetizers and wine for show-goers and…

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Funky Ferndale, D.I.Y. and Rust Belt Market

Posted on September 30, 2015 at 9:42am 7 Comments

Well, Funky Ferndale was indeed funky, exciting and chock-a-block with art lovers last week-end.  The D.I.Y. Art Fair takes place east of Woodward Ave. on Nine Mi.Rd. (in Ferndale, MI) and extends on through the city's library parking lot.  I don't believe this is a juried art fair but I could be wrong about that...it is, however, delightfully quirky and attracts hordes of Ferndale hipsters and arty types.  On the other side of Woodward, also on Nine Mi.Rd., is the juried Funky Ferndale Art…

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What Am I Doing This Week-End...I Thought You'd Never Ask

Posted on July 26, 2015 at 9:11am 2 Comments

Maybe I missed it but I couldn't find the discussion on What Are You Doing This Week-End, so I decided to start my own...on Friday I had a consultation with my Art Mentor, Andrea Rosenfeld.  For those of you not familiar with her, she started the Detroit Art and Business Institute (D.A.B.I.) and works with artists to help them with the business side of art, something I clearly need help with...so with her good advice, I'm off and running.  In fact, I was contacted on Saturday by someone I…

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How's Your Day Today...How's Your Day Tomorrow?

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 5:01pm 4 Comments

My two-year old grandson likes to ask the question," how's your day today, grandma?"  "How's your day tomorrow?"  We're tickled that not only is he concerned about how our day is going but that he's thinking ahead to tomorrow as well.  This query caused me to think about the general status of Art Fairs 2015.  How is it going so far for those of you out on the road and have you been able to predict how it will be "tomorrow"?

Is the concensus one of a general uptick in the…

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At 9:03am on February 20, 2017, Susi Schuele said…
Thank you! I'm looking forward to the camaraderie, info and inspiration!
At 9:55am on February 17, 2017, Susan E Wright said…

Hi Christina! Thank you for the warm welcome. I am looking forward to learning more from you and everyone here on this site. 

At 6:07pm on February 8, 2017, JOHN GLASS said…
Thank you Cristina. Very helpful so far.
I hope to do an art fair someday.
At 6:04pm on February 8, 2017, Debbie Smith said…
Thank you Christina
At 10:51am on February 7, 2017, Betsy williams said…
Thank you for the warm welcome Christina!!! It proves that this community is a blessing!! I've been reading through the site for a while and learning a lot! I've only done one show so I am excited to learn from fellow veterans with lots of talent and experience...... like you!!
At 11:36am on February 2, 2017, Lisa Therese Benson said…

Thank you very much :D

At 1:07pm on February 1, 2017, Lisa Therese Benson said…

Thank you Christina for the warm welcome.  I am just beginning outside art shows and am looking forward to learning from others here.  I looked at your photos, beautiful work.

At 7:49pm on January 30, 2017, Ellen Kantro said…

Thanks for welcoming me Christina. I hope this site proves helpful. I don't see a lot of activity but I am not yet too well acquainted with it.  I appreciate your note. 

At 1:22pm on January 20, 2017, Marlene Barnes said…

Thank you Christina. I'm glad to have joined!

At 11:51am on January 20, 2017, Dave Laskowski said…

Thank you for the welcome.

 
 
 

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