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Craig Roderick and Sara Beck
  • Jasper, AL
  • United States
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Art Fest Midwest

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barry Bernstein Jul 14. 2 Replies

Is there anyone out there that did Art Fest Midwest in Des Moines a couple of weeks ago that would be willing to give us a report?  I did a search but did not locate anything current.Continue

Coolers

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robin Chard Jul 15. 12 Replies

Does anyone out there have a cooler that works well and is on wheels? We had a small fabric cooler with a plastic interior that just did not do the job.  I got tired of drinking warm water by mid…Continue

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

 

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Jacki Bilsborrow commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post River Clay Fine Arts Festival Decatur, Alabama
"What a nice show!  It sounds great.  I like how they get locals to come lend a hand, too.  This show sounds like a keeper.  And the award, what a nice bonus! Enjoy the wedding.  That sure is a long haul all the way to…"
Oct 3, 2016
Christina L. Towell commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post River Clay Fine Arts Festival Decatur, Alabama
"Congratulations, Craig and Sara!  Enjoyed your review and the picture of your Best of Show ribbon, sounds like it was one worth doing..."
Sep 30, 2016
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post River Clay Fine Arts Festival Decatur, Alabama
"Sounds great!  Congratulations on your award.  What a great surprise for you both!  Hope that the wedding is a delightful break from art fairs."
Sep 28, 2016
Suzan Buckner commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post River Clay Fine Arts Festival Decatur, Alabama
"I LOVE THIS SHOW!! It is one of the only shows that I do, that makes the artist their NUMBER ONE PRIORITY!! It turned out excellent for my second year in a row, and my only complaint would be about the HEAT..but, even with the 97 degree…"
Sep 28, 2016
Craig Roderick and Sara Beck posted a blog post

River Clay Fine Arts Festival Decatur, Alabama

Last weekend was the 2nd annual River Clay Fine Arts Festival in Decatur, Alabama.  We were there for the first festival last year, making this our first repeat show. Decatur is located in north central Alabama on the banks of Wheeler Lake, a part of the Tennessee River system. The site is the park surrounding city hall in the downtown area and adjacent to a new arts center located about a block away. There were approximately 80 artists.  From our observations the quality of the work was very…See More
Sep 27, 2016
Connie Mettler commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post Arts, Beats, and Eats Royal Oak, Michigan Labor Day Weekend
"The whole event was Brooks' idea. He loved the Ann Arbir Art Fair and hoped to turn the event into a destination event. Artists made good money until the economy tanked. I know artists who made $10000 plus the first year of this show."
Sep 20, 2016
Jim Parker commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post Arts, Beats, and Eats Royal Oak, Michigan Labor Day Weekend
"One year when the show was in Pontiac, L. Brooks Patterson, the Oakland County exec, bought a piece from me. He offered to drop my house and pick it up, burnt after several weeks of phone tag, and scheduling conflicts, I said that I would bring it…"
Sep 20, 2016
Craig Roderick and Sara Beck replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend? Sept. 16-18, 2016?
"So Robert,  How did it go in Springfield?  That's my home town and was thinking of applying to that show so we could combine it with a visit with my mom and sister.  Did not work out for this year but maybe next if there is a…"
Sep 20, 2016
Connie Mettler commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post Arts, Beats, and Eats Royal Oak, Michigan Labor Day Weekend
"Thanks, Craig for the report. You may know I was on the organizational board that started this event as the "arts" representative. The hours are long but we always worked to do what we could to make the artists feel welcome. You have to…"
Sep 16, 2016
Craig Roderick and Sara Beck posted a blog post

Arts, Beats, and Eats Royal Oak, Michigan Labor Day Weekend

Before too much more time has passed I wanted to share our experience at Arts, Beats, and Eats this past Labor Day weekend. It was a good show for us in that we made pretty good money and we had a great time doing so.  The event is in its 19th year and as the name suggests combines music, food and art in a community celebration.  Its current venue is several blocks of downtown Royal Oak, a trendy community north of Detroit.  There is a minimal charge to get in, $3.00 before 11am and $5.00…See More
Sep 14, 2016
Craig Roderick and Sara Beck replied to Vera Foley's discussion Silicon Lightworks with Lithium Battery has anyone used this lighting system?
"We have been using this system as well and love it. It is so compact and easy to use.  We also use the universal mounts on the poles of our Trimline.  We have found that two lights per wall is not quite enough light for us.  We…"
Sep 12, 2016
Craig Roderick and Sara Beck replied to Robert Wallis's discussion Where are you this weekend of 9/9-9/11?
"Sorry Connie my mistake...we are in Birmingham, Alabama this weekend and Birmingham, Michigan next weekend.  We had a good first night and hope to continue the momentum on Saturday. I should not go on line until I have had my second cup of…"
Sep 10, 2016
Craig Roderick and Sara Beck commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Lake Forest Art Fair--Great Art but spotty sales
"Nels, As newcomers we do appreciate your blogs! The hardest part of this business for us is determining where to go to have the best chance of success. Thanks."
Sep 9, 2016
Craig Roderick and Sara Beck replied to Robert Wallis's discussion Where are you this weekend of 9/9-9/11?
"We will be at Art Walk in Birmingham, Al. Friday evening and Saturday.  Set up starts at noon when the temp will have climbed into the 90s.  It is still summer here in the south.  Thanks again for the suggestion on digitally matted…"
Sep 9, 2016
Craig Roderick and Sara Beck commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Prizewinners: Arts, Beats & Eats
"We were in booth 132 on Lincoln Street.  It was our first time at this show and we did OK sales wise.  Because of a snafu involving a TV interview the previous morning we were too tired to make it to the awards breakfast.  Connie, if…"
Sep 7, 2016
Craig Roderick and Sara Beck commented on Nels Johnson's blog post It is the belly dancers--It must be the Woodland Park Art Show in Lexington
"We were by the pool and did hear some of the music acts but were not in position to see the belly dancers.  That explains some of the odd outfits we saw walking by Sunday afternoon. We had a good show with mostly our more conservative images…"
Aug 25, 2016

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Just Starting
First show ever
Art in the Park Jasper, Al.
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http://www.AmericanRoadTripPhotography.com
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Meeting other people, seeing their work, and getting direct feedback from the public.
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We have four rescue dogs that we feature on some of our greeting cards.

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Omaha Summer Art Festival June 9 through 11, 2017

Posted on July 3, 2017 at 5:53pm 1 Comment

Before too much more time has passed, I wanted to share my experience at the Omaha Summer Arts Festival which took place from 6/9 through 6/11 2017. Having been in St. Louis the weekend before and travelling north to central Illinois for a family visit for a couple of days, it was a short 400 mile drive to Omaha. I meandered along the back roads of northern Missouri taking in scenery that I had not previously experienced. It was a beautiful sunny day and I enjoyed the ride immensely. Load in…

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Webster Art Fair, Webster Groves Mo., June 2-4, 2017

Posted on June 24, 2017 at 11:49am 3 Comments

For the past three weeks we have been traversing the Midwest, and in the process, doing three shows: Webster Art Fair in Webster Groves just outside of St. Louis, the Omaha Summer Art Festival, and finally Talbot Street in Indianapolis. It was our first experience at each event so I cannot make year to year comparisons. But for what it is worth, here are our experiences starting with the Webster Art Fair.

Webster Groves is a small city of approximately 23,000 residents about 10 miles…

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Decatur Arts Festival, Decatur, GA.

Posted on May 29, 2017 at 9:36am 4 Comments

We were excited to be called off the wait list for this show. It is run by the Decatur Arts Alliance with a large dedicated staff of volunteers. Decatur is a city of about 20,000 on the east side of Atlanta within the 285 beltway. The show is situated in the very beautiful downtown on streets surrounding the historic courthouse which is now a history center. There are any number of trendy restaurants, bars and shops in the area. No vacant real estate..always a good sign.

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Arts Alive Florence, Alabama May 20-21

Posted on May 22, 2017 at 4:26pm 6 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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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.

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Craig and Sara, congrats on being awarded the Post of the Week - 7/24/2016
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