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James A Veenstra
  • Manton, MI
  • United States
  • Glass, copper
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What's the best EZ Up for doing fairs?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Sohn on Wednesday. 2 Replies

I know that EZ up is not the favorite nor best tent for doing art fairs, but my daughter is looking at getting in at a very cheap entry-level. I have heard some positive comments from easy up folks…Continue

Wanted: Used Eaton Weights

Started Jan 16, 2016 0 Replies

I'm looking to buy four used Eaton weights. Thanks.Continue

Tags: buy, tent, to, wanted, weights

Habor Springs Michigan Fourth of July Art Fair

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barry Bernstein Feb 20, 2015. 2 Replies

Has anyone done this one day show, and if so, what are your thoughts?  Thinking of applying as it is fairly close and easy to do.  Thanks.Continue

Tags: Michigan, Springs, Harbor

Danger in turning down shows in which you have been accepted?

Started this discussion. Last reply by James A Veenstra Jan 8, 2014. 3 Replies

It's time to start sending in applications to jury in for spring and summer shows.  This will be my first significant "assault" in quite a few years.  I intend to apply to a number of shows that take…Continue

Tags: down, turn, decline, accepted, jurying

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Larry Sohn replied to James A Veenstra's discussion What's the best EZ Up for doing fairs?
"I have found the Undercover R-2 Professional, to work very well. Reasonably priced. Very sturdy.  Has a lot of good features. getundercover.com"
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Wendy Merkle replied to James A Veenstra's discussion What's the best EZ Up for doing fairs?
"I bought a Euromax on eBay and used it for 7 years.  The ratings for wind etc are right in the adds.  Its about $300."
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What's the best EZ Up for doing fairs?

I know that EZ up is not the favorite nor best tent for doing art fairs, but my daughter is looking at getting in at a very cheap entry-level. I have heard some positive comments from easy up folks defending their tents in Wind and rain and wonder what kind or model of EZ up they use or any tips for using them. She has 45 pound weights for each leg. Thx
Aug 9
James A Veenstra replied to P.M.Reed's discussion Finale Tent For Sale
"Is this still available?"
Aug 9
James A Veenstra replied to Gary Haynes's discussion Lighting Setup from a Deep Cycle Marine Battery
"Hi All: I've been running deep cell battery for LED lights using power inverter for several years and get about 8 to 10 hours out of it.  I ran across an artist in FL this winter who was running LED floods in regular sockets straight from…"
May 10, 2016
James A Veenstra replied to Gary Haynes's discussion Lighting Setup from a Deep Cycle Marine Battery
"Hi All: I've been running"
May 10, 2016
James A Veenstra posted a discussion

Wanted: Used Eaton Weights

I'm looking to buy four used Eaton weights. Thanks.See More
Jan 16, 2016
James A Veenstra commented on Daryl Cohen & Kevin Frosch's blog post Breckenridge Mountain Art festivals???
"I'm considering one of the Breckenridge shows and am looking for some more recent feedback. Looks like 2012 was last posted. Any of you guys have more recent info? Thanks. Also, Mary commented on a downtown Denver show. Which show exactly is…"
Jan 14, 2016
James A Veenstra commented on Daryl Cohen & Kevin Frosch's blog post Breckenridge Mountain Art festivals???
Jan 14, 2016
James A Veenstra commented on James A Veenstra's blog post Howard Alan Events in FL - What's your feedback on them?
"I need to decide between the HAE Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts (Feb 13 & 14) or the South Miami Rotary Art Festival (Feb 20&21).  I work in glass and copper and subject matter is nature, wildlife, landscape, and sporting…"
Dec 18, 2015
Marti Johnson commented on James A Veenstra's blog post Howard Alan Events in FL - What's your feedback on them?
"I am new to the Florida market. So appreciate all the comments. May I ask which of the HA shows are the older, better established events? Thanks much"
Dec 15, 2015
James A Veenstra commented on James A Veenstra's blog post Howard Alan Events in FL - What's your feedback on them?
"Interesting detours to other shows Allan and Melanie. These thoughts you present are still useful for FL shows as well as others I think. I think overall, there probably is no hard and fast rule for exactly what to expect, considering the broad…"
Dec 15, 2015
Allan Tuttle commented on James A Veenstra's blog post Howard Alan Events in FL - What's your feedback on them?
"Ugh. Just trying to be helpful and eek out general truth in the context of what makes a good show. So that it may be helpful to others. That's all."
Dec 15, 2015
Melanie Rolfes commented on James A Veenstra's blog post Howard Alan Events in FL - What's your feedback on them?
"Allan this thread is suppose to be about Florida shows so maybe your question can be continued on another post. But no I don't like Old Town the party atmosphere doesn't work well in my favor for sales. Most of the big shows with all the…"
Dec 15, 2015
Allan Tuttle commented on James A Veenstra's blog post Howard Alan Events in FL - What's your feedback on them?
"Yes, quiet is nice.  I never liked it either to be honest, but Old Town has music, do you not prefer that show?  Ft Worth has Music and food.....you don't like that one?  My paintings are all original as well and not cheap…"
Dec 14, 2015
Melanie Rolfes commented on James A Veenstra's blog post Howard Alan Events in FL - What's your feedback on them?
"Allan I much prefer shows that don't have music, kids stuff, alcohol. I love a show that is just about the art. I don't want any distraction for the patrons. That is what works best for me but I am original only and my price points start…"
Dec 14, 2015

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Glass, copper
Years in the Art Fair Business
12
What is your website?
http://www.eaglass.com
What are the best things about art fairs
Interacting with people.
Worst show ever and why
Midland, MI....tornado.
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Howard Alan Events in FL - What's your feedback on them?

Posted on December 8, 2015 at 4:30pm 31 Comments

Does anyone have feedback, pro or con, on Howard Alan Shows? I'm trying to figure out what to expect and if I should look for alternatives. I create original copper overlay and etched art glass, and most of my work is in the $150 to $1000 range.

I'm looking to escape Michigan's winter for a month or so in Florida and have applied and been accepted into the 10th Annual Coconut Point (Bonita Springs) Feb 20,21; Stuart 26th Annual Downtown Festival of the Arts, Feb 27,28; and West Palm…

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At 8:03pm on January 15, 2013, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to ArtFairInsiders, James. I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please 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 2:37pm on April 15, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow said…

Happy Birthday James.  I hope you are having a great year.

At 2:02pm on June 5, 2013, Damian Koorey said…

hi James,

How's the shows going? Did you get in up north?

Let me know if you want to try a day or two in Art on the Star--we could use a good etcher!

best wishes,

Damian

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