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Christopher Alexander
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Making Art, Jewelry or Soap?

Started May 8 0 Replies

We have been writing a lot of policies already this year for artists who make and sell artwork, jewelry and personal care products (soaps, lotions, etc.). If this sounds like you and you might want a…Continue

Pacific Fine Arts Festivals

Started this discussion. Last reply by mendy marks Mar 21. 1 Reply

Just curious if anyone on Art Fair Insiders has OR plans to attend any of the Pacific Fine Arts Festivals events. Seems like there is a decent following and we have been hearing a lot of positives…Continue

Business Conducted - Mobile Device

Started this discussion. Last reply by greta anthony Mar 1. 2 Replies

Do most artists now conduct the majority of their business from their phones/tablets? Like taking payments, maintaining social media presence, maintaining their websites, etc.Seems like nowadays…Continue

Art Fair Challenges and Rewards

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Feb 27. 9 Replies

What are some of the biggest challenges that an artist might face when preparing for and attending an art show?On the other side of the coin, what would an artist define as an accomplishment after…Continue

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Christopher Alexander posted a discussion

Making Art, Jewelry or Soap?

We have been writing a lot of policies already this year for artists who make and sell artwork, jewelry and personal care products (soaps, lotions, etc.). If this sounds like you and you might want a reasonable quote for home business insurance, simply let us know!Chris AlexanderRLI Insurance Companywww.insuremyhomebiz.comSee More
May 8
mendy marks replied to Christopher Alexander's discussion Pacific Fine Arts Festivals
"I have done PFA shows for years. Dana and Troy are good people and run very good shows, which range from small sidewalk events to large downtown venues. I am from the Bay Area so do not need to travel far to participate. I have done well over the…"
Mar 21
Christopher Alexander posted a discussion

Pacific Fine Arts Festivals

Just curious if anyone on Art Fair Insiders has OR plans to attend any of the Pacific Fine Arts Festivals events. Seems like there is a decent following and we have been hearing a lot of positives surrounding these events. They have some specific insurance requirements which we can accommodate and seems like a growing outfit to watch.Chris AlexanderRLI Insurance Companywww.insuremyhomebiz.comSee More
Mar 20
greta anthony replied to Christopher Alexander's discussion Business Conducted - Mobile Device
"I do a some posting while on the road so it's from my phone or tablet. I do have a chromebook that I edit my website with and print out any information I should need. The last time I checked the analytics of my website the mobile views far out…"
Mar 1
Richard L. Sherer replied to Christopher Alexander's discussion Business Conducted - Mobile Device
"Website is primarily for information because most of my work is custom. There are no direct sales from it. I use laptop at home and ipad on the road for most internet work. I got my first cell phone this year, primarily for safety when I travel to…"
Feb 28
Christopher Alexander posted a discussion

Business Conducted - Mobile Device

Do most artists now conduct the majority of their business from their phones/tablets? Like taking payments, maintaining social media presence, maintaining their websites, etc.Seems like nowadays everyone has a website and a decent social media footprint. The last several events that I attended still seemed largely dominated by "cash only" but did not know if that was due to the event size, regional location or simply the artists preference.Chris AlexanderRLI Insurance Company…See More
Feb 28
Richard L. Sherer replied to Christopher Alexander's discussion Art Fair Challenges and Rewards
"I've been doing shows since the early 1990's.  I do 5-6 shows during the summer at Colorado resort areas with maybe Jackson. WY or another Colorado show thrown in. Challenges: 1. First quarter finances of paying booth/jury fees and…"
Feb 27
Tina Hospers replied to Christopher Alexander's discussion Art Fair Challenges and Rewards
"Thank you, Kathleen - great info and advice!  I welcome all of it.  Tina"
Feb 27
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Christopher Alexander's discussion Art Fair Challenges and Rewards
"Hi Tina,  My husband and I have been doing art fairs for only about 13 years, not nearly as long as some of the others on this site.  We try to stay if we can, but in the end, it's the artists who know what's intolerable for…"
Feb 27
Christopher Alexander replied to Christopher Alexander's discussion Art Fair Challenges and Rewards
"Hi Tina, We can definitely discuss a policy comparison if you might be interested. Please give me a call when time permits. Chris Alexander RLI Insurance Company www.insuremyhomebiz.com 844-249-2684"
Feb 27
Tina Hospers replied to Christopher Alexander's discussion Art Fair Challenges and Rewards
"As a newbie, I have purchased an annual policy through ACT - we recently took our first order through a major retail outlet (9 stores) and they required this insurance, though I knew I'd need a policy for the forthcoming shows we hope to get…"
Feb 27
Christopher Alexander replied to Christopher Alexander's discussion Art Fair Challenges and Rewards
"Thanks for the comments Larry. I can definitely see how the weather and related circumstances can be challenging. This is very useful and something that I  can take to my folks. We will keep the group updated if we ever expand the policy to…"
Feb 12
Larry Sohn replied to Christopher Alexander's discussion Art Fair Challenges and Rewards
"CAs to outdoor shows, coming to terms with the idea that, many months in advance, we are paying money up front to apply. Then a lot more money, well in advance for booth fees. Then travel expenses etc. Often puttin a lot into the promoters…"
Feb 12
Terri Einer replied to Christopher Alexander's discussion Art Fair Challenges and Rewards
"One of the biggest challenges for me is the set-up.  If I do not have a helper, it is essential that I am able to pull up next to my booth location to unload.  My own daughter questioned me one time when I asked for her assistance at a…"
Feb 12
don crozier replied to Christopher Alexander's discussion Art Fair Challenges and Rewards
"challenges? I would say weather is number one, followed by poor sales and poor booth site (off to the side of the main traffic flow, next to a stinky food booth, etc) accomplishments? healthy sales, making new friends and renewing…"
Feb 10
Christopher Alexander posted a discussion

Art Fair Challenges and Rewards

What are some of the biggest challenges that an artist might face when preparing for and attending an art show?On the other side of the coin, what would an artist define as an accomplishment after the art show is all said and done?I am genuinely interested in the responses as I enjoy attending art shows and meeting various artists along the way... Chris AlexanderRLI Insurance Companywww.insuremyhomebiz.comSee More
Feb 9

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Craft Show Advice for the First-Time Seller

Posted on February 23, 2016 at 4:00pm 1 Comment

Craft Show Advice for the First-Time Seller

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Author:  Chris Alexander

Congratulations! You’re on your way to your very first craft show! Once there, you’ll be meeting people who will like and potentially help you endorse your products. However, you might be a little nervous about what to expect or what to bring with you. You…

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At 10:40am on May 30, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to ArtFairInsiders.com, Christopher. I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to getting to know you.

When you have a chance, please add a photo to your profile and stop by the Discussions area to introduce yourself. We all look forward to your participation here. Also visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!

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