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Cindy Welch
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  • Houma, LA
  • United States
  • Tumbled Travertine, Solvent Ink,…
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Cindy Welch's Discussions

Spring Arts Festival (Gainesville, FL)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barrie Lynn Bryant Nov 16. 8 Replies

I received a post card for the Spring Arts Festival in Gainesville, FL. The dates ... April 7-8, 2017. It has some association with Santa Fe College. It is a 49 year old show. I am wondering if this…Continue

Tags: Santa, Fe, College, Festival, Arts

Budding Photographer

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kirk Bergman Oct 30. 18 Replies

Our daughter is a budding photographer,  mostly taking photos of sunsets and flowers.  There are evenings where we become sunset chasers as opposed to storm chasers!  LOL What advice would you give…Continue

Tags: photography, photographer, amateur

Shadows on the Teche (Fall 2017)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cindy Welch Oct 10. 6 Replies

We went to New Iberia, LA, for an art and craft show that is all handmade. We have done it before and loved it. However it had been about a year since we did it because of the demise of our tent in…Continue

Tags: art, show, fair, arts, crafts

What Are You Doing This Weekend, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2017?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Little Sep 25. 3 Replies

Okay, I know it's only Monday and some of us are still reporting on what we did this past weekend.    However, I look forward to hearing report about what is coming up.This coming weekend is the last…Continue

Tags: weekend, plans, doing, you, are

 

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Cindy Welch commented on Oscar Matos Linares's blog post Be positive and no doubt yourself.
"Right after posting I realized this video showed up, I have subscribed to Eric's videos because they are consistently positive and encouraging. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN9TcXoK-u0&feature=em-subs_digest"
3 hours ago
Cindy Welch commented on Oscar Matos Linares's blog post Be positive and no doubt yourself.
"Oscar and Connie, You both make some very good points.  I am encouraged by your remarks to work harder, smarter, find new avenues to sell, and improve my skills.  I tend to be a "second guesser" about so many things.  As…"
3 hours ago
Cindy Welch replied to Kirk Bergman's discussion Questions about indoor setups
"We have done shows that are "under cover", but not a strictly "indoor" show and tents were allowed. We were just in a show this weekend that was held in an old cottonseed mill. It can be closed up and locked for security and…"
Monday
Cindy Welch commented on Reid Watts's blog post Is your pricing keepin up with inflation?
"I have been in this business only since 2013. Even in that short time I know the cost of living has gone up but how much? I don't know. I went up on the price of my longest running item, tumbled travertine coasters early in doing them. My…"
Monday
Cindy Welch replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Naughty or Nice? Here Comes our 6th Annual Secret Santa Exchange
"Joined this morning!!!  Yay!"
Monday
Barrie Lynn Bryant replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Spring Arts Festival (Gainesville, FL)
"Gainesville should make the cut if you are in the area the week before and the week after it. I'll explain about that after I first state that one of our biggest customers and fans turned friends live there and first saw us and our work at…"
Nov 16
Cindy Welch replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Spring Arts Festival (Gainesville, FL)
"Considering it's about a 9 hour trip and we are currently lining up several within a 3 hour drive, I say Gainesville won't make the cut for this spring."
Nov 13
Joel Lockridge replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Spring Arts Festival (Gainesville, FL)
"You've done it? Let us know before we do!"
Nov 10
R. Seidel replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Spring Arts Festival (Gainesville, FL)
"Don’t travel far for it."
Nov 10
Joel Lockridge replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Spring Arts Festival (Gainesville, FL)
"I also got the postcard. I may give it a try."
Nov 9
Cindy Welch replied to Lisa Firke's discussion Belated intro
"Nice to meet you, Lisa! Welcome."
Nov 6
Cindy Welch replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Spring Arts Festival (Gainesville, FL)
"The distance is quite a bit for us. We have not traveled that far for a show, just for a show. We are traveling about 6 hours this weekend for a show. However we have my dsil & dfil in the area and we are staying with them. Dsil is working our…"
Nov 2
R. Seidel replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Spring Arts Festival (Gainesville, FL)
"Check the listing of artists, by medium, on the show’s website. The show was overloaded with jewelry, IMHO. The awards are generous, and some high-quality artists do the show. But, I don’t think that it’s wise to travel far for…"
Nov 1
Kendra Bennett replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Spring Arts Festival (Gainesville, FL)
"I did this show last year for the 1st time. It was a fantastic show for me. Set up was fairly easy Friday night before they had a nice dinner on Sat at the awards presentation. Take down wasn't to bad either. Now as with any show not everyone…"
Nov 1
Cindy Welch replied to Kirk Bergman's discussion 2 types of photography in 1 booth
"Since I am not a photographer I cannot address your question, but your photos are beautiful."
Nov 1
Cindy Welch posted a discussion

Spring Arts Festival (Gainesville, FL)

I received a post card for the Spring Arts Festival in Gainesville, FL. The dates ... April 7-8, 2017. It has some association with Santa Fe College. It is a 49 year old show. I am wondering if this a good show financially. Do they bring in a shopping audience?It is a 9+ hour drive for us so it would be a big investment of time, gas lodging for having to go down a day early and possibly stay over.Another concern is Florida's recovery after the hurricane. Not living in Florida, we have not heard how it's going.See More
Nov 1
Cindy Welch commented on JEFF LEEDY's blog post Tell me the truth. Are Art Shows dying or not?
"I came into doing art/craft after the last big recession in 2008 so I have no pre-2008 figure to compare of my own.  I do know, as many of you, that how the economy is doing greatly affects our well being at shows. Houston -- I have never…"
Nov 1
Kirk Bergman replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Budding Photographer
"go to www.improvephotography.com. ; All a beginning photographer needs."
Oct 30
Robert Wallis replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Budding Photographer
"Good advice :-) Gadget freaks bug the daylights out of me. As a juror, I see too many photographers listing their Canon/Nikon latest model and their printer model. I just shake my head, then want to shake them and ask, "That's nice but…"
Oct 25
margaret luttrell replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Budding Photographer
"Hey Cindy, I am not a photographer now.....but I was for many years and I taught photography both darkroom and digital for 16 years at a private prep school...I sent many a photographer out into the world. All this technical talk might not be where…"
Oct 25

Profile Information

Your Medium
Tumbled Travertine, Solvent Ink, Challk Paint, Metal, Resin, Wood, Glass
Years in the Art Fair Business
Since December 2012
First show ever
At a local church
What is your website?
http://www.cynthiawelchdesigns.com
What are the best things about art fairs
Getting to show/sell something I've created!
Getting to meet awesome people
Being outdoors at shows
Best show ever and why
Southdown Plantation Marketplace in Houma, LA
We have a good day in sales, it is the closest to my home (less than 5 minutes)
Worst show ever and why
In general, shows at churches .... they almost never have properly advertised for artists/crafts people nor for shoppers, leading to little to no foot traffic
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Internet search
What is one fun fact about yourself?
Been married to the same awesome man since 1979!!

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Review: Vintage Market Days of Mississippi

Posted on April 5, 2017 at 10:09am 10 Comments

This past weekend my husband, our daughter and I had a booth at Vintage Market Days (VMD) in Brandon, MS, near Jackson.  This was our first ever VMD event.  I had applied to the one in southeast Louisiana but was wait listed due to my category being full.

VMD is a franchise based promoter that has been doing shows around 5 years.  They started off in middle America, Oklahoma I think.  Promoters buy a franchise or a given area to run a bi-annual show, spring and…

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Bust of a Show

Posted on March 19, 2016 at 9:22pm 31 Comments

We had that show that is near my house.  It has been a bad weekend all around for the artists, the organizer, the shoppers, EVERYONE.  Oh, and the weather was a major player too.  Where do I start. 

Let's start with the weather.  It was predicted it would begin…

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Trunk Sale vs. Craft Show

Posted on December 9, 2015 at 5:19pm 17 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I hosted a trunk sale in my home.  I had mentioned it here on AFI and Connie mentioned blogging about it so here I am.  Specifically Connie had suggested blogging trunk sale vs. a craft show.  This is my first blog here so try to be forgiving if I don't pull it off well.  <smile>

I have been doing my craft, making travertine tile coasters, trivets and plaques for 3 years this month.  I actually got into this coaster business somewhat accidentally. …

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Comment Wall (6 comments)

At 6:37pm on June 14, 2014, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Cynthia.  I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please add a photo of yourself and stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. 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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At 10:17am on September 3, 2014, Linda Patrick said…

Hi Cynthia!  We have been in Memphis visiting grandkids.  You can see my jewelry at Laurindalee's Paper Bead Jewelry on Etsy or Facebook - Laurindalee's  or my home page on facebook  Linda Myer Miller Patrick.   My son lives in Metairie and manages Rick's Sports Bar on Bourbon.  To find those festivals just look under a search for festivals in Alabama.  Look for Elberta Sausage Festival, Daphne Jubilee Festival, Strawberry Festival in Loxely Alabama.  It just takes some time doing the legwork.  Love your coasters!

At 5:51pm on November 20, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Cindy Welch a gift
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Happy birthday, Cynthia. Thanks so much for being such a great team player here. Hope the next year is your best ever and dreams come true.
At 11:15pm on December 01, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Cindy Welch a gift
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Congrats on being awarded the Post of the Week - 12/1/2014.
At 9:48pm on December 15, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Cindy Welch a gift
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Congrats on being awarded the Post of the Week - 12/14/2015
At 9:18am on June 27, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Cindy Welch a gift
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Cindy, I can't tell you how much I (and others) appreciate your upbeat and helpful comments and posts on AFI. Many thanks. I hope all your family's health problems are going away. Really soon.

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