"You can get by temporarily with an EZ UP -- we always had one in reserve that we would use when the weather forecast was stellar. Especially if we were doing a one day show, up would go the easy tent, weighted, of course. Another idea for you…"
"Is this barn rebuilt from the storms a year or so ago, Greg? Looks very new and I see you are protecting your show vehicle so it is ready to roll out. It has to be expensive to ship to Alaska, how did you do that?"
"Ha, ha ... isn't it great to be of retirement age, Dick, and still going strong? Good for you. Me too. Taxes still not filed, people sick all around me. My brother, Vietnam vet, welder, etc., finally released to join our parents. My accountant…"
"Spring finally reaching northern Indiana this weekend, surely a pleasure after extended below freezings and floods. Where are you, Larry? I wasn't aware of the meteor showers last night, we had clear skies.
Sounds like you have plenty to…"
"Hi Cindy, there are some big shows happening this weekend in art fair world. Perhaps the best is in Fort Worth on Main Street. Me, I'm still finishing my taxes and tracking why my credit card was frauded this week and fixing all my automatic…"
"Too bad you're moving away, Nels. You could get on that Arts Alliance board and show them how to run a show! Bet you could turn it around. Probably you won't do it next year because you won't be able to sleep in your own bed. I hope…"
Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair 2001 - best sales ever at an art show, lots of money flowing in the streets of Ann Arbor. We went home and paid all our bills!
Worst show ever and why
As beginners, grasping at anything, got talked into an "art show" at Boysville, a fundraiser at a rural boy's reformatory. The first day we pocketed $5 in sales. Instead of spending the night we cancelled our hotel reservation and went home.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
I started ArtFairInsiders.com to build an online community around the nation's art fair business so artists and others could connect with one another for mutual support and fellowship.
Hi Connie -- It's the number one entry if you google my name (C. L. Cunningham) and links dirrectly to the website. No biggie, but please make sure it is available on this site and linked as you think best so it won't be confusing to others. Thanks and good luck with this exciting new venture!
Yes, we are all aware of each other and most of us started during the 90's as I did. There's probably 30 of us still rotating through the circuit, reeling from the double whammy of a slow economy and music industry CD sale declines--however there are still some of us who just love doing what we do and are dedicated to toughing it out. The most well-known singers on this circuit include Pacific Coast's Jean Sidwell and Pat Surface--and I see both of them each winter in Florida. I personally sing and keyboards are my first instrument, but I also contribute guitar to my albums.
Thank you for respecting music as a part of the Art Show Community!! It is an honor to start this group and to gather information about the state of music retail at the shows--- we can help each other find and choose good venues, and how to support the artist community at large.
Thank you Connie!
I used to do 47 shows per year (no kidding) but I cut back this year and "only" am doing my best 30. I did Grand Haven/Muskegon/Orchard Lake as my Michigan tour and really enjoyed all of them. I have spent the extra time at home working for the mainstream Country Music Publishing industry here in Nashville and working on new music.
Things are looking better here in Tennessee as we have at least one city with gas prices at $1.95/gal!
I run Arts, Beats & Eats in Pontiac and Russell has been there just about every year. The Sidwell's were there for the first time this year and I didn't get a chance to visit, but stopped by their booth several times to listen. Very nice.
I believe the musicians add an ambiance to the festivals that is refreshing, sort of a like a medieval street fair, especially at evening events when the music swells up out of the night.
Any chance you have these other's email addresses? It would be great to add them to this community.
Since you live in Nashville, any chance you know my good friend, Jack Stoddart?
Thanks for the heads up on my video I was in youtube pulling videos a few nights ago.I may have accidently put that one private I'll try and fix it tomorrow. I'll let you know when I do.
You must be a night owl too:)
Looking foward to meeting everyone, and learning what I can about art fairs!
Hi Connie--I am an EarthAngelsToys.com artist but of course have a lot of other friends in the folk art (or whatever you want to call it) world--and also a lot in the altered art world. I'll be sure to blog about this site and I'll bet we can get others interested... thanks!