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Jan Raven
  • Female
  • Saint Paul, MN
  • United States
  • Jewelry - silver and gold wire
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Jan Raven's Discussions

Did anyone else have a heart attack about the set up time for the Third Ward show in Milwaukee?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hannelore Jundt-Pritchard Aug 28, 2013. 3 Replies

Chances are that not many (or any) of you reading this have done this relatively new show produced by Amdur Productions. It is held in the historic Third Ward area of downtown Milwaukee, and this…Continue

Tags: up, time, set, Wisconsin, Ward

State Income Taxes....

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lynda Wallis Mar 31, 2011. 13 Replies

So!  Anyone else brave/foolish/honest enough to fill out income tax forms for all the states in which you earned income?  This is the first year I am attempting to do so, and to be honest, I am not…Continue

Tags: state, tax, income

Sales Numbers - Why the mystery?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jennifer Donald Oct 7, 2010. 19 Replies

This may be a huge can of worms, but I will go ahead and open it because I am curious.  What is behind the resistance to actually stating your sales numbers at a show?  I recently wrote a blog post…Continue

Tags: income, sales

Any suggestions on my newest booth shot?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Megan Martin Aug 18, 2010. 14 Replies

I will be having my newest booth design professionally photographed next week and am looking for any final suggestions that will be easy to implement.  I've attached a collage of my last four booths,…Continue

Tags: jurying, booth


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Profile Information

Your Medium
Jewelry - silver and gold wire
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Arts @ The Oval, Roseville, Minnesota
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Getting to see and explore other parts of the country.
Best show ever and why
The War Eagle Fair, October 2010. SALES, SALES, SALES!!
Worst show ever and why
Indoor craft show at the Blaine Sports Center (MN). "Did you really make all this??" got old very quickly. I actually only did this show to work the bugs out of a new booth redesign, so my expectations were low to begin with. Definitely not "my people!"
Who referred you to Please be specific.
I found AFI through a Google search. I don't remember what I was searching for at the time.

Latest Activity

Barrie Lynn Bryant commented on Jan Raven's blog post ArtSplash: Labor Day Weekend in Sioux City, Iowa
"I'm bumping this up to see if anyone has news about this show in more recent years. Anyone? Application deadline is within the next week. Looks like this might be a fun show to do. And it's in my neighborhood: just 700 miles from home.…"
Jan Raven replied to Linnea Lahlum's discussion Advice on a smartphone for someone who has never had one?
"I second the vote for an iPhone. I resisted smartphones for years, but finally relented a few years ago and now I wonder why I waited. I have an iPhone 5s (still on my first smartphone!). It is very intuitive to use. My boyfriend always seems to be…"
Apr 5
Jan Raven replied to Leah Gillette's discussion HAE July-Aug Colorado Shows - Misc. Questions
"Another thing about the Difficult Campground you should consider: It is the only campground close to Aspen and also fills up. Apply to the shows early, then as soon as you are accepted, go online and reserve a space if you want to camp instead. It…"
Apr 5
Jan Raven replied to Leah Gillette's discussion HAE July-Aug Colorado Shows - Misc. Questions
"I have done the Howard Alan Colorado circuit for several years and will be there this year as well. First, since you are already planning for it, I would advise applying right away in December when the applications are up on Zapp. I have friends who…"
Apr 5
Jan Raven commented on Sharon Lee's blog post Tampa FL. Jewelry display tables, glass panels and models for sale Feb 24-27 2017
"I am thinking about tweaking the design of my booth and may want the black earring displays, and *possibly* some pieces of glass. I am in MN right now but will be in Florida next week for three weekends of shows. I could get to Tampa easily. I will…"
Feb 17
Jan Raven replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Naughty or Nice? 5th Annual Secret Santa at AFI
"Is it too late to sign up? If not, please add me!"
Nov 30, 2016
Jan Raven replied to Julia Taylor's discussion Newbie with wind/weight issues, please help
"Weights above the ground: yes and no, I think. If the weights are firmly attached to the leg, then the weight of the weight is added to the weight of the tent, PLUS, there is the benefit of additional friction on the ground. With my method (see my…"
May 25, 2016
Jan Raven replied to Julia Taylor's discussion Newbie with wind/weight issues, please help
"I have a Trimline tent, use 45# sandbags (the nice looking black canvas bags made by EZ-Up), and I also do shows in the summer in the Colorado Rockies. I have been in VERY windy conditions and have had no issues whatsoever. Here are a few…"
May 25, 2016

Jan Raven's Blog

ArtSplash: Labor Day Weekend in Sioux City, Iowa

Posted on September 14, 2010 at 7:47pm 3 Comments

After enjoying this site for several months, yet still wishing there were reviews on the shows I was interested in doing, I have finally decided to get my butt in gear and write my own reviews, no matter how flawed or incomplete they may be. This is my first, but I intend to work my way backward through the year to give my impressions for other shows.… Continue

Comment Wall (12 comments)

At 8:44pm on November 18, 2009, Connie Mettler said…
Hello Jan,

Great to see you here at ArtFairInsiders. I look forward to your participation in this network. Please add some photos, join some discussions, tell us about your art fair experiences and invite some of your friends to join us. It is a great community. I'm glad to see you have already started to make yourself at home. We're so pleased you are here.

Can you take a minute and introduce yourself at the Welcome discussion area? We'd like to meet you.

All the best,

p.s. My top tip for maximizing this site is to be sure to click on the "Follow-Email me" link at the bottom of each discussion. That way the system will automatically email you whenever anyone responds to a topic that interests you. It's a great time saver!
At 8:47pm on November 19, 2009, Jack A. Evert said…
Of course! I was curious, plus I may be getting back into artfairs. I have a couple of small ones in the next couple of weeks. The Gallery where I show and sell most of my stuff recently closed. I was in Mpls a few weeks ago, a couple days working up at Hazelden and later applying for a 3/4 job at Hennepin, but did not get it. I thought it would be the occasion to set up a studio in MN., possibly hooking up with my friend, Jasper Bond, in St. Cloud. I was even truck shopping! Bet you have some miles on yours. Have not really checked out this site, so time will tell. Hope you are doing well. Jack
At 10:36pm on November 22, 2009, Jenny Levernier said…
Hey Jan,
You are the third person to invite me. I thought it was time. Just got home from from Madison. I'll call you tomorrow and fill you in.
At 5:51pm on January 18, 2010, Jenny Levernier said…
Hey Jan, Nice hart pins! Good job.
At 10:32am on January 19, 2010, Larry Jelf said…
Jan: Your work is very different. That is great. I have done some silver and gold
myself with lost wax. In fact, our wedding rings (now well worn) were made by me.
I have also made the setting for some articles for people, stones, ancient artifacts, etc.
I also like your professional presentation of your work. How would someone buy from you
through this site? Those earings #1 would look great on my wife if within my price range.
Christmas is coming 2010 and thinking ahead is great.

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