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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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Christina L. Towell commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post Webster Art Fair, Webster Groves Mo., June 2-4, 2017
"Thanks, Craig...enjoyed hearing about this show and glad that you did fairly well and survived the heat and rain, you're a trooper!"
17 hours ago
Craig Roderick and Sara Beck posted a blog post

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

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 south of…See More
yesterday
Donald Golden commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post Decatur Arts Festival, Decatur, GA.
""We just love your work" is followed closely by "we bought from you last year" and is preceeded by "I just don't have any wall space left" on my list of jaw clenching, teeth gritting things to hear at a show! …"
May 31
Craig Roderick and Sara Beck commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post Decatur Arts Festival, Decatur, GA.
"It was great to meet you two as well.  It is always nice to put a face with a name.  Thanks for all of the advice...much appreciated."
May 30
Melanie Rolfes commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post Decatur Arts Festival, Decatur, GA.
"Great review. I am so happy you wrote it. I have reviewed twice in the past, Marge did one last year and now your input. I think it is best when a review can be done from many points of view. It was wonderful to meet the two of you. We love your…"
May 29
Robert Wallis commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post Decatur Arts Festival, Decatur, GA.
""I just love your work!", and I always think "Then buy the damned thing!". I had a bunch of those this past weekend :-("
May 29
Craig Roderick and Sara Beck posted a blog post

Decatur Arts Festival, Decatur, GA.

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.Check in times are…See More
May 29
Sandra J. Atkins-Moran commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post Arts Alive Florence, Alabama May 20-21
"It's sad that someone would not realize that your comments were tongue-in-cheek.  Lighten up, folks."
May 25
Larry Sohn commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post Arts Alive Florence, Alabama May 20-21
"Absolutely... the satisfaction....the costs....the good feeling...the court time........the lesson it would serve.... the lost show time while incarcerated......the euphoria of breaking that thing in front of them..... Decisions,…"
May 25
Sandra J. Atkins-Moran commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post Arts Alive Florence, Alabama May 20-21
"Valid points.  I should correct my comment about the quality of cell phone images.  However, the public perception of their quality does cause all of us many problems an does facilitate the aforementioned theft.  The people who do…"
May 25
Larry Sohn commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post Arts Alive Florence, Alabama May 20-21
"I would not agree with the statement about cell phones taking pro quality images. Unfortunately for us pro photographers, some others believe they do and therefore do not understand the difference. The cell phone may capture the composition. They…"
May 25
Sandra J. Atkins-Moran commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post Arts Alive Florence, Alabama May 20-21
"Also count among thieves the patrons who walk through a show,take pictures, then go home and make prints for their own or commercial use.  Cellphones now take professional quality images. Beware!"
May 25
Joel Lockridge commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post Arts Alive Florence, Alabama May 20-21
"Congrats on a decent show despite the weather. I hate to hear the thieves hit so many people. Nothing worse in my mind than a thief."
May 24
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
May 22
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

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Photography
Years in the Art Fair Business
Just Starting
First show ever
Art in the Park Jasper, Al.
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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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Webster Art Fair, Webster Groves Mo., June 2-4, 2017

Posted on June 24, 2017 at 11:49am 1 Comment

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…

Continue

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.

Check in…

Continue

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…

Continue

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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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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