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Jeff Owen
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  • San Jose, CA
  • United States
  • Sculpture
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Jeff Owen commented on Jeff Owen's blog post Review of San Diego Festival of the Arts - 2017
"It was held June 10-11, 2017. Here is their website: http://www.sdfestivalofthearts.org/ showing a good photo of the grounds. Thanks Connie."
Jul 3
Connie Mettler commented on Jeff Owen's blog post Review of San Diego Festival of the Arts - 2017
"Solid review, Jeff. Thanks so much. I know next to nothing about California shows so this is really helpful. There is a lot in the review about the setting up and the parking ... really helpful because as we know setting up in cities, parking issues…"
Jul 3
Jeff Owen received a gift from Connie Mettler
Jul 3
Beth Zoschak commented on Jeff Owen's blog post Review of San Diego Festival of the Arts - 2017
"I am a jewelry artist and it was my first year for this show.  I want to agree with Jeff's review but go a little further to commend the management.  I was not able to set up on Friday so I notified the proper person and was told that…"
Jun 21
Christina L. Towell commented on Jeff Owen's blog post Review of San Diego Festival of the Arts - 2017
"Thanks for your review of this show, Jeff.  Sorry you didn't do as well as last year but, like you say, weather can play a part...in any event, other artists will learn a lot about this show from reading your recap, thanks again."
Jun 19
Melanie Rolfes commented on Jeff Owen's blog post Review of San Diego Festival of the Arts - 2017
"Great review. Love to hear about west coast shows. I went to SDSU and have friends who live in little Italy. Would love doing this show."
Jun 16
Jeff Owen posted a blog post

Review of San Diego Festival of the Arts - 2017

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 booth for (I believe $850). I got a double for…See More
Jun 16
Denise Johnson commented on Jeff Owen's blog post Some Thoughts on Shows
"Love your "After Show" tips Jeff.  It's hard not to be in a rush have to keep telling myself.."it's not a race." HA!"
May 17
Barrie Lynn Bryant commented on Jeff Owen's blog post Some Thoughts on Shows
"Read applications thoroughly before applying and subsequently all the communication from the show once accepted. Be informed and on top of things. Arrive early and don't close until the posted closing time."
May 17
Mark Zirinsky commented on Jeff Owen's blog post Some Thoughts on Shows
"Remember to have fun with it!. You are showing your work, most people never have that opportunity. If you are up for it, you can joke and clown around with people a little. "The inspiration for that design? I hacked it from V Putin". "
May 17
Julia Szabo commented on Jeff Owen's blog post Some Thoughts on Shows
"An additional thought: be nice to the Art Fair staff even when things don’t go that smoothly.  "
May 16
Richard L. Sherer commented on Jeff Owen's blog post Some Thoughts on Shows
"I would add that being in good physical condition makes shows a lot easier. I am 73 and Jean is 70. We can do an 8 hour set up and not feel really tired at end of day. Year round we do yoga and weight/aerobic conditioning with personal trainer…"
May 16
Jeff Owen posted a blog post

Some Thoughts on Shows

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 ?”•Never “sell” your work, let people buy it.•Talk less, listen more.•Make sure your booth is not a cave, nobody goes into caves.•Wear…See More
May 16
Jeff Owen replied to Barrie Lynn Bryant's discussion Anyone Got Sedona Art Festival News? in the group SW Artists
""Hi Barrie. The Sedona show is held on a baseball field, at the High School. It's a nice venue with all the booths on grass. You cannot drive on the grass so you have to dolly your work to your space, not too bad. I made money at this…"
May 11
Christina L. Towell commented on Jeff Owen's blog post Indian Wells Art Festival - 2017
"I enjoyed your review, Jeff, it sounds like a wonderful venue (if not too windy) and the 'good shoes' are definitely a bonus...thanks."
Apr 8
Barrie Lynn Bryant commented on Jeff Owen's blog post Indian Wells Art Festival - 2017
"Thanks for the update. We'll keep this show in mind for next year. WOOHOO!"
Apr 6

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Your Medium
Sculpture
Years in the Art Fair Business
16
First show ever
Almaden Art and Wine
What is your website?
http://www.jeffowen.com
What are the best things about art fairs
Sales
Best show ever and why
Southwest Art Festival, Indio, CA
Worst show ever and why
Saratoga Art and Wine / No clients
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
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…

Continue

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…
Continue

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…

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

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At 10:38am on February 24, 2012, Jacki Bilsborrow gave Jeff Owen a gift
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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