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David Forster
  • East Wenatchee, WA
  • United States
  • Photography
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Medium Grey Propanels for Sale in Washington State

Started this discussion. Last reply by barbara clark on Wednesday. 4 Replies

HelloAfter 12 years of doing shows full time I am completely getting out of the art show business. I have lots of items to sell. Here is the full list9- Pro Panels, 38" wide, 7 feet tall. These 9 pro…Continue

Tags: Adjustable, Print, Bin, Extenders, Shelves

Booth Image for 2016

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Little Feb 8, 2016. 5 Replies

I am entering my 10th year of participating in art fairs, mostly in the western U.S.  I will also admit that I have struggled over the years with producing a high quality booth image.  I normally…Continue

The joys of the art show profession

Started this discussion. Last reply by LaTrece Coombs Mar 11, 2012. 6 Replies

HelloAs I am writing this I am in the process of getting ready for the long drive to Houston, Texas to do the Bayou Art Festival.  I feel fortunate that I was able to get off of the wait list to do…Continue

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barbara clark replied to David Forster's discussion Medium Grey Propanels for Sale in Washington State
"Are you willing to ship the 10x10 set up plus desk to california?"
Wednesday
Mandy Paul replied to David Forster's discussion Medium Grey Propanels for Sale in Washington State
"Hi David - I may be interested in the adjustable print bin, could you post or send a pic? Where in Washington State are you located?"
Oct 19
Oscar Matos Linares commented on David Forster's blog post Landscape Photography is it dead or is it dying a slow death at art shows?
"Hey Lawrence you should let me know. The show was bad for second year in a row. I gonna put Loring Park to rest in peace. I only manage 450 and since I am staying with a friend so it does not hurt that muchon the wallet. I was going already with low…"
Jul 31
Lawrence M. Sawyer commented on David Forster's blog post Landscape Photography is it dead or is it dying a slow death at art shows?
"Oscar, how was Loring Park for you? I stoped for a moment at your booth this morning, before we opened, and we said "hello" but I didn't have time to chat. That was me. Was the show good? My sales were quite slow today and I ended up…"
Jul 31
judy hoch commented on David Forster's blog post Landscape Photography is it dead or is it dying a slow death at art shows?
"Have you thought about how you display your work? Ten fabulous pictures in a row look like 10 pictures. If you present your work in such a way that the customer can imagine how it would change a room, then you have placed the piece in the clients…"
Jul 27
Oscar Matos Linares commented on David Forster's blog post Landscape Photography is it dead or is it dying a slow death at art shows?
"Steve, I am happy with 35,000 to 50,000 in net income per year. That is good for me. Traveling time is not something I consider an expense. I do not buy equipment if I do not need or is time upgrade. How you expend in your equity if your…"
Jul 27
Connie Mettler commented on David Forster's blog post Landscape Photography is it dead or is it dying a slow death at art shows?
"Good point, Britt. Is it all about the bottom line? I remember thinking I was working for about minimum wage at times and yearned for a real job. But in the end it did work out. Hard work, perseverance, imagination were needed and that job could not…"
Jul 27
Barry Shandler commented on David Forster's blog post Landscape Photography is it dead or is it dying a slow death at art shows?
"I don't think landscape photography is dead.  I do think it has been severely wounded because of many reasons and has hit a much lower level and will stay there forever.  Once Office Depot sells 24" X30 " printers…"
Jul 27
Britt Hallowell commented on David Forster's blog post Landscape Photography is it dead or is it dying a slow death at art shows?
"But will you love what you do more than working at McDonald's? Allison, you are so unique! I've never seen another photographer like you. Yeah, photographers do have it bad in this arena. Lime Connie said, we all have some deal to deal…"
Jul 26
Steve Sawusch commented on David Forster's blog post Landscape Photography is it dead or is it dying a slow death at art shows?
"It has seemed that traditional photographers and traditional painters have generally not done very well in Colorado this year. Many of us are scratching our heads. And yes, you need to shot what sells/know your market (even sold a mesa arch today to…"
Jul 21
Connie Mettler commented on David Forster's blog post Landscape Photography is it dead or is it dying a slow death at art shows?
"Alison, Hal and Oscar say it perfectly! You can't have that canyon shot (e.g.), no matter how good it is, and expect to get into the shows, or even sell it to someone who has been there. Make sure your work doesn't look like everyone…"
Jul 21
Larry Sohn commented on David Forster's blog post Landscape Photography is it dead or is it dying a slow death at art shows?
"David, When trying to jury for art shows it can be difficult. As the photog who submits truly different, original work and, at times, not accepted. Then I go to the show or research and see some of what was accepted is just as has been stated. The…"
Jul 21
Oscar Matos Linares commented on David Forster's blog post Landscape Photography is it dead or is it dying a slow death at art shows?
"David I am year seven of my current work. On the first three years everything look great but by now it is hard to add new images to the series. The main thing is look for a differnt and unique style. Also money wise I  think that most…"
Jul 21
Hal Moran commented on David Forster's blog post Landscape Photography is it dead or is it dying a slow death at art shows?
"For reference, I only do 4-5 art fairs per year around my mid-west area. (At 60 years old I still work full time) Photography is my medium, and much of my work is rural landscapes. I have seen steady sales over the past 15 years or so. I also…"
Jul 21
Alison Thomas commented on David Forster's blog post Landscape Photography is it dead or is it dying a slow death at art shows?
"That photograph of the sun rising through the arch - I don't remember the exact number but something like 100 or even 200 or more photographers show up on that given day to take that photograph.  Why?  Why would I want to fight for…"
Jul 21
karen cooper commented on David Forster's blog post Landscape Photography is it dead or is it dying a slow death at art shows?
"David, this is a very interesting commentary. I wonder if painting has it's version of the same story, with the advent of "you too can paint a Jackson Pollock" thinking?  And is the glut in one specific medium, or of shows in…"
Jul 21

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Years in the Art Fair Business
5 years
First show ever
Leavenwoth, Washington art in the park
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Landscape Photography is it dead or is it dying a slow death at art shows?

Posted on July 20, 2017 at 10:40pm 14 Comments

Hello

I writing this blog post at the close of my career at being artist who sells photography at arts shows.  In the past 12 years I seen a lot of changes in what type of photography is being accepted at various 'A' shows and 'B' shows across the country.   There was a time early on when I was making really good money doing 15 to 20 shows a year.  Then of course the recession hit and then all of sudden to make that same type of money I ended having to double the amount of shows I…

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At 1:06pm on October 14, 2011, Connie Mettler said…
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