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Craig Roderick and Sara Beck
  • Jasper, AL
  • United States
  • Photography
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Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's Discussions

Mesh Panels and Gallery Wraps for Sale

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dale Thurston Jan 23. 1 Reply

We have a set of white Flourish mesh panels for sale. They are two years old and for the past year all we have hung on them is price tags as our art work is heavy and hangs from the tent frame. There…Continue

Review: River Clay Fine Arts Festival Decatur, Alabama

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Lockridge Nov 15, 2015. 4 Replies

We thought we would share our experience at the River Clay Fine Arts Festival which was held this past weekend in Decatur, Alabama. This was our third fair, so our frame of reference is limited. This…Continue

Tags: Decatur, Alabama, Festival, Art, Clay

Humidity and Photographs Do Not Mix...Now What?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Peggy Sue Zinn Jun 30, 2015. 9 Replies

In retrospect I should have probably seen this coming.  We did our second show last weekend and as one would think it was hot and humid in Alabama in June.  It was way hotter than normal but we are…Continue

When Does a Photograph Cease to be a Photograph and Become Digital Art?

Started this discussion. Last reply by April Davis May 24, 2015. 11 Replies

I have been struggling with how to frame this question for the past week.  Before I give it my best shot, we want to thank everyone who has contributed content to this site.  We have done extensive…Continue

 

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Craig Roderick and Sara Beck posted a blog post

Arts Alive Florence, Alabama May 20-21

Last weekend we were in Florence, Alabama for Arts Alive. It was a positive experience for us and our sales exceeded our expectations going in. Florence is a city of about 40,000 in the northwest corner of the state. It is located on the Tennessee River and is adjacent to Muscle Shoals. There is a rich musical heritage here. This show was recommended to us by a couple of artists friends familiar with our work. We were somewhat skeptical since it is a relatively small city and we tend to do…See More
12 hours ago
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post Magic City Art Connection..Where Our Good Weather Luck Ran Out
"glad you had a good show in spite of the weather.  I have fond memories of taking batik classes at the art museum."
May 3
Craig Roderick and Sara Beck posted a blog post

Magic City Art Connection..Where Our Good Weather Luck Ran Out

The Magic City Art Connection (MCAC) was held in Linn Park in Birmingham, Alabama last weekend.  It is a local show for us and was our best grossing show last year.  We were looking forward to a repeat. It was not to be. The show is a three day event, Friday and Saturday from 10 - 6 and Sunday from 10 - 5. You have to dolly in from one of the streets bordering the park on a staggered schedule. Load in was non eventful.  There was plenty of room for our trailer.  We paid for a premium location…See More
May 2
Donald Golden commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post 4 Bridges Arts Festival Chattanooga, Tn. Great Show in a Great City
"Totally agree with the above and it was a real pleasure meeting Craig and Sara, especially considering we were artists with somewhat similar artwork, but not even a whiff of competitiveness or ego from either of them.  How refreshing!!! …"
Apr 26
Kendra Bennett commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post 4 Bridges Arts Festival Chattanooga, Tn. Great Show in a Great City
"Excellent review Craig. It was great to meet so many people that I see here on AFI. This was my 2nd year in Chattanooga and my sells were up this year. Crowds seemed to be lower on Sunday but I'm sure the weather played a part in it. I had one…"
Apr 25
Connie Mettler commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post 4 Bridges Arts Festival Chattanooga, Tn. Great Show in a Great City
"The key to hosting a successful art fair: "this is the biggest art event of the year.  If I don't come today I have to wait a whole year." Yes! I do remember the days when art fairs were such important events that everyone…"
Apr 25
Al Scovern commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post 4 Bridges Arts Festival Chattanooga, Tn. Great Show in a Great City
"I would say ditto to most everything Craig and Sara have said. This is a terrific show in every way, easy to do, absolutely warm and friendly customers, great art and very good buying energy. My only point of difference is that my sense was of a…"
Apr 25
Jeri Vitello commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post 4 Bridges Arts Festival Chattanooga, Tn. Great Show in a Great City
"Thanks for writing such a comprehensive review.  I have little to add other than it was a genuine pleasure meeting you and Sara.  May all of your shows (from this point forward) exceed your expectations."
Apr 25
Craig Roderick and Sara Beck received a gift from Connie Mettler
Apr 25
Jacki Bilsborrow commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post 4 Bridges Arts Festival Chattanooga, Tn. Great Show in a Great City
"What a great review. It was so good I want to make it down to this one sometime. It sounded almost perfect. The rain was the only drawback for me but it sure didn't sound like it bothered anybody. Thanks for sharing."
Apr 25
Robert Wallis commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post 4 Bridges Arts Festival Chattanooga, Tn. Great Show in a Great City
"" I did not have one person pull out their cell phone to show me their outstanding photo."That along with no questions of 'Is this a painting?" would make it a perfect show :-)Excellent review!"
Apr 24
Craig Roderick and Sara Beck posted a blog post

4 Bridges Arts Festival Chattanooga, Tn. Great Show in a Great City

Last weekend we participated in the 4 Bridges Art Festival in Chattanooga, Tn., a city of about 180,000 people at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains along the Tennessee River.  The Association for the Visual Arts runs the show and supports a very vibrant arts community.  There is a lot of civic pride in Chattanooga.  The downtown has been totally transformed since our last visit about 10 years ago. There are new condos and apartments going up everywhere you look to the point that it was…See More
Apr 24
Craig Roderick and Sara Beck commented on John Leben's blog post Great Lakes Art Fair - Novi, Michigan - Great Show!
"John, It was great to finally meet you, and your booth looked wonderful so all of the hard work was worth it. We got in at the last minute after making a phone call to the organizers. We were unable to apply through the normal process due to my…"
Apr 11
Nick Cantrell commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival Another Take
"Glad to contribute. The Arts and Crafts booths are arranged in the center lane of the road in a quad with little space, as mentioned. I think this layout contributes to the sidewalk sales and "interlopers". The Chamber of Commerce puts…"
Mar 23
Karen Holtkamp commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival Another Take
"Your post is perfect, Nick.  Thanks for the good info!"
Mar 23
Nick Cantrell commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival Another Take
"The other show is billed as the "Eastern Shore Art Center Outdoor Art Show" or ESACOAS.  ESAC facebook page website: ESAC Website I like that there is zero chance of being next to someone selling noisemakers, pop-guns, puppets,…"
Mar 23

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Your Medium
Photography
Years in the Art Fair Business
Just Starting
First show ever
Art in the Park Jasper, Al.
What is your website?
http://www.AmericanRoadTripPhotography.com
What are the best things about art fairs
Meeting other people, seeing their work, and getting direct feedback from the public.
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What is one fun fact about yourself?
We have four rescue dogs that we feature on some of our greeting cards.

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Arts Alive Florence, Alabama May 20-21

Posted on May 22, 2017 at 4:26pm 0 Comments

Last weekend we were in Florence, Alabama for Arts Alive. It was a positive experience for us and our sales exceeded our expectations going in. Florence is a city of about 40,000 in the northwest corner of the state. It is located on the Tennessee River and is adjacent to Muscle Shoals. There is a rich musical heritage here. This show was recommended to us by a couple of artists friends familiar with our work. We were somewhat skeptical since it is a relatively small city and we tend to do…

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Magic City Art Connection..Where Our Good Weather Luck Ran Out

Posted on May 2, 2017 at 8:55am 1 Comment

The Magic City Art Connection (MCAC) was held in Linn Park in Birmingham, Alabama last weekend.  It is a local show for us and was our best grossing show last year.  We were looking forward to a repeat. It was not to be. The show is a three day event, Friday and Saturday from 10 - 6 and Sunday from 10 - 5. You have to dolly in from one of the streets bordering the park on a staggered schedule. Load in was non eventful.  There was plenty of room for our trailer.  We paid for a premium…

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4 Bridges Arts Festival Chattanooga, Tn. Great Show in a Great City

Posted on April 24, 2017 at 9:30am 7 Comments

Last weekend we participated in the 4 Bridges Art Festival in Chattanooga, Tn., a city of about 180,000 people at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains along the Tennessee River.  The Association for the Visual Arts runs the show and supports a very vibrant arts community.  

There is a lot of civic pride in Chattanooga.  The downtown has been totally transformed since our last visit about 10 years ago. There are new condos and apartments going up everywhere you look to the point…

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Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival Another Take

Posted on March 21, 2017 at 8:23am 8 Comments

Margaret covered most of the essentials in her post but we wanted to provide a little more information about our experience.  At the outset, I want to make it clear I do not intend to be bitchy or disagreeable in any way.  My intent on writing these reviews is to provide specific information about shows that we do in order to assist others in deciding if they want to apply in the future. I try to do so in an entertaining way.  But I am so upset at what happened at this show that I might seem…

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At 10:41am on April 15, 2015, Christina L. Towell said…

Hello Craig and Sara,

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  We're delighted to have you join us and hope you'll find the site especially helpful to newbies (there are plenty of us here). Thanks for signing up and rescuing dogs too, love that!  Best of luck to you both.

At 9:13am on April 17, 2015, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi, you're so welcome...yes, we are both from the Detroit area originally but moved to south-central Michigan in 1999 (Coldwater) to restore a Queen Anne Victorian home and convert it to a B&B.  We operated that business for 8 years and then when our son started to have a family, we moved back to be closer to our two new grandsons, which has been wonderful.  I managed the Laura Ashley Shop on Washington and State, in A2, for 8 years before moving to Coldwater.  I loved working there and still have good friends in the area.  

I'm trying to think of some good shows happening around here in the Fall, I'm sure there are some but probably your best bet is to just check here periodically as Connie will be posting all that information on the site.  Best of luck to you and keep us posted...

At 4:18pm on April 18, 2015, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Craig & Sara.  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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Craig and Sara, congrats on being awarded the Post of the Week - 7/24/2016
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