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Jeff Owen
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  • San Jose, CA
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  • Sculpture
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First show ever
Almaden Art and Wine
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What are the best things about art fairs
Best show ever and why
Southwest Art Festival, Indio, CA
Worst show ever and why
Saratoga Art and Wine / No clients
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A google search for: art fair booth hanging system

Jeff Owen's Blog

Review of San Diego Festival of the Arts - 2017

Posted on June 16, 2017 at 12:33am 5 Comments

Hi all,

The San Diego Festival of the Arts is a large show held in downtown San Diego on the waterfront in a park called Waterfront Park.

The jury selection of artists is very good with top quality artworks and no toe-rings, T-shirts, or soap-on-a-rope booths to be found.

Booth spaces are not too expensive, for California, and there is no commission charged on sales.

The show is setup in quads and some artists (quite a few) get the full quad for their…


Some Thoughts on Shows

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 10:30am 5 Comments

Before the show:

•Eat a good breakfast.
•Pick up some flowers for your booth (your gallery).
•Keep your space clean – sweep and dust.
•Price everything clearly.
•Say good morning to your neighbors.

During the show:

•Smile all day.
•Never sit in or around your booth.
•Don’t use your Smartphone except for taking cc’s.
•Engage everyone who walks by. “How are you folks…

Indian Wells Art Festival - 2017

Posted on April 4, 2017 at 7:54pm 5 Comments

The Indian Wells Art Festival (IWAF) is held at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens at the corner of Washington Street and Miles Avenue in Indian Wells, CA. The venue is superb, very upscale.

The artwork at the festival is among the best of the best. Large scale stone sculptures, monumental steel sculptures, and fine art paintings are the "standard" at IWAF.

There are approximately 200 artists from all over the world who come to this show.

Load in is…


Scottsdale Waterfront Show, Thinderbird Artists, Scottsdale, AZ, 2017

Posted on March 7, 2017 at 11:05pm 1 Comment

Scottsdale Waterfront show in Scottsdale, AZ.

2017 was my first time doing the Waterfront show in Scottsdale and it was a success. Thunderbird Artists really does know how to put on a great show. No buy and sell, no T-shirts, no soap-on-a-rope. Just high quality fine art and the best of the best.

Load in can be tough because you have to either dolly in or use the golf carts. It all went smoothly. I was given a wonderful space near the fountain and had plenty of room to…


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At 8:45am on February 22, 2012, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to, Jeff.   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 10:38am on February 24, 2012, Jacki Bilsborrow gave Jeff Owen a gift
Thank you, Jeff, for your Lafayette Art & Wine Festival Review. Thanks for helping us to add more West Coast reviews for our West Coast artists. Your help is very much appreciated.
At 10:10pm on June 07, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Jeff Owen a gift
Jeff, thanks so much for all your support. It is appreciated!
At 9:04am on June 12, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Jeff Owen a gift
Many thanks for your pledge, Jeff. I really appreciate the support from you and so many others that keep our website alive and well and bringing you all the news from art fair land.
At 11:20pm on July 09, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Jeff Owen a gift
Jeff, thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2015 Pledge Drive.
At 12:32am on June 27, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Jeff Owen a gift
Jeff, Thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2016 Pledge Drive.
At 8:48am on July 03, 2017, Connie Mettler gave Jeff Owen a gift
Thank you, Jeff, for this support of our website. I hope it is helpful to you and you flourish in the business.

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