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Donald Lee
  • Wixom, MI
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  • Drawing,Painting,
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Art Fair past hour bar crowds

Started this discussion. Last reply by Heather Jordan Aug 19, 2014. 13 Replies

OK so I did my third artfair, Milfored memories.  In this show and in the last show I noticed that I seem to do pretty good with the bar going crowd. Milfored seems to be rather up scale and the bar…Continue

Tags: security, guards, hours, after, crowds

I am Donald and Hello to you people.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Diane Wright Mar 26, 2013. 14 Replies

          Hello everyone  I am Donald Lee or sometimes I go by "Follow The Don"the artist from outer space. I have been drawing and painting for 10 years or so and have gotten my bacher degree in art…Continue

Need a tent and stuff

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karole Bowlds Mar 17, 2013. 20 Replies

I need a tent and stuff. I need a tent for 2d works. I was wondering if there was something in between the expansive trimline, light dome or craft hut lines and the cheap ez pop up tents. Also was…Continue

Tags: ez, pop, hut, craft, light

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Heather Jordan replied to Donald Lee's discussion Art Fair past hour bar crowds
"In Traverse City MI in the summer time the sun doesn't set until very late. If I remember 9:30. It was weird at first but in the height of the summer people stay out late."
Aug 19, 2014
Robert Wallis replied to Donald Lee's discussion Art Fair past hour bar crowds
"You place yourself at risk for robbery and the presence of inebriated or impaired judgment people around the other artist's tents is a recipe for trouble. A drunk came out of a bar at 2:00 in the morning at a show in Elkhart years ago, missed…"
Aug 19, 2014
Alison Thomas replied to Donald Lee's discussion Art Fair past hour bar crowds
"I agree with Richard.  It has to be harder on security especially with a club crowd on a main street.  Now not only do they have to keep an eye on the tents but they have to keep an eye on you."
Aug 19, 2014
Donald Lee replied to Donald Lee's discussion Art Fair past hour bar crowds
"michigan around Brighton and thanks for the help"
Aug 18, 2014
Jacki Bilsborrow replied to Donald Lee's discussion Art Fair past hour bar crowds
"Donald, what state are you in?  I have come across one show that started in the evening and went late.  Whether there were clubbers around or not, I don't know.  Let me know where you are."
Aug 18, 2014
Donald Lee replied to Donald Lee's discussion Art Fair past hour bar crowds
"I will have to look into the bar owner idea. Or set up near a bar owner may be fun. I can see what you mean perhaps there are a lot less security at night.I still would like to see show's that can last all day and night if booth owner decides…"
Aug 18, 2014
Donald Lee replied to Donald Lee's discussion Art Fair past hour bar crowds
"Perhaps bar crowd is the wrong word. They were more like club goers or something then drunks, Nearly everyone I saw was not drunk, perhaps they had a drink or two but they were not falling over or anything like that.Besides think about this people…"
Aug 18, 2014
Donald Lee replied to Donald Lee's discussion Art Fair past hour bar crowds
"That is a good idea"
Aug 18, 2014
Pat Sorbini replied to Donald Lee's discussion Art Fair past hour bar crowds
"I believe most shows are operating under a permit from the town and the hours are set to accommodate traffic, security, etc. Staying open when everyone else is closed down causes them problems dealing with you when they should be dealing with a…"
Aug 18, 2014
Richard L. Sherer replied to Donald Lee's discussion Art Fair past hour bar crowds
"IMO this is pretty unprofessional. Show hours are show hours.  I would be irritated that folks coming out of bars after midnight would be stumbling around the artist's tents be getting into mischief and causing mayhem for the security…"
Aug 18, 2014
Greg Little replied to Donald Lee's discussion Art Fair past hour bar crowds
"Have you thought about asking the bar owner if you could set up a table inside the bar? It just might be something that would draw a little extra attention for his bar."
Aug 18, 2014
Donald Lee replied to Donald Lee's discussion Art Fair past hour bar crowds
"painting and charcoal sometimes realistic sometimes surreal and abstract at times would describe my work. Oh but you see this show is on mainstreet so the people are walking down the street past the tents any way. I just was the only tent with its…"
Aug 17, 2014
Jacki Bilsborrow replied to Donald Lee's discussion Art Fair past hour bar crowds
"Donald, what kind of art do you do?  I can see why the security people don't want you open around 1:30 am.  Being open you attract people to come into the tent areas where they are trying to keep people out.  Enough damage has…"
Aug 17, 2014
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Art Fair past hour bar crowds

OK so I did my third artfair, Milfored memories.  In this show and in the last show I noticed that I seem to do pretty good with the bar going crowd. Milfored seems to be rather up scale and the bar going crowd seems to be mostly mid 20s and 30s with money, or at least more money then I have.  The trouble I have is these bar going crowds that seem to love my work and sometimes buy my work only come out or are mostly out around closing. First day at milford memories I stayed open up to 1.30 am.…See More
Aug 17, 2014
Diane Wright replied to Donald Lee's discussion I am Donald and Hello to you people.
"A lot may depend on price points.  Look into Oddmall in Hudson, OH.  A lot of unusual stuff but not high price points.  I also have friends who do Zombie festivals - not that all their things are zombie stuff but the patrons seem to…"
Mar 26, 2013
Donald Lee replied to Donald Lee's discussion I am Donald and Hello to you people.
"HHHMmmmm perhaps a book of  some of my works with the stores that go along with them or something, good idea."
Mar 26, 2013

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At 8:59pm on March 5, 2013, Connie Mettler said…

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