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Barrington, Illinois Art Festival May 26-27, 2018

Started May 29 0 Replies

Just survived and returned from Barrington Art Festival.  Survive may not be an exaggeration!  It was brutal.  Temperatures were 93 during Friday set up, 97 on Saturday and 98 on Sunday.  Thank…Continue

Holland, Michigan Tulip Time Artisan and Craft Festival

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fletcher Dean May 12. 5 Replies

Just returned from the Tulip Time Artisan Festival.  I promise that I will always review all shows equally, good and bad.  This time just happens to be a bad experience.First, I am sure that the show…Continue

Tulip Time Art Fair-Holland, Michigan

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fletcher Dean May 7. 6 Replies

Anybody else doing this fair?  Sure hope it warms up.Continue

Perplexed About A Wait List

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jill Dunn Apr 11. 15 Replies

I received notice that I am #1 on a wait list for a Chicago area art fair.  That's all well and good.  What I have a question about is why would this same art fair still be soliciting late…Continue

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Jill Dunn posted a discussion

Barrington, Illinois Art Festival May 26-27, 2018

Just survived and returned from Barrington Art Festival.  Survive may not be an exaggeration!  It was brutal.  Temperatures were 93 during Friday set up, 97 on Saturday and 98 on Sunday.  Thank goodness for Italian ice!Barrington Art Festival was an Amdur Production.  It was well organized for both set up and tear down.  The Amdur people stopped by the booth several times during the show to check on our health and well being.  Several times, Amdur staff brought bags of ice by the booth.  It was…See More
May 29
Jill Dunn replied to peter brown's discussion attaching banner to tent
"I just purchased this on Etsy.  I haven't put it up yet but it looks like it will work on my EZ Up."
May 24
Fletcher Dean replied to Jill Dunn's discussion Holland, Michigan Tulip Time Artisan and Craft Festival
"I know I posted a review earlier but can't find it. Want to confirm what Jim has here. This was a craft show with very little art. And it was strictly cash and carry. If they could spend the $20 in their pocket, they might. But I took only two…"
May 12
Fletcher Dean replied to Jill Dunn's discussion Holland, Michigan Tulip Time Artisan and Craft Festival
"I think 125 true artists was generous. Depends on the definition, of course, but she's correct that the majority was craft ... and then food."
May 12
Connie Mettler replied to Jill Dunn's discussion Holland, Michigan Tulip Time Artisan and Craft Festival
"Yes, I agree. Artists have to be careful and "read between the lines" and search for reviews so you can avoid surprises. Sometimes they are unavoidable and worth the risk, one of the definite hazards of this business.  I attended this…"
May 8
Fletcher Dean replied to Jill Dunn's discussion Tulip Time Art Fair-Holland, Michigan
"It was strictly a cash-and-carry crowd. I'll do a show review later but I was surprised that the show was so much craft and so little art. I barely covered expenses, to be honest. Of the three tents around me, two said they wouldn't bother…"
May 7
Jill Dunn replied to Jill Dunn's discussion Tulip Time Art Fair-Holland, Michigan
"Hope you did well.  Lots of people but not many serious art buyers. Weather was a dream."
May 7
Jill Dunn replied to Jill Dunn's discussion Holland, Michigan Tulip Time Artisan and Craft Festival
"Out of 250 booths, there may have been 125.  I don't have problems with events like this, but when you call it a juried event, that is going a little overboard."
May 7
Connie Mettler replied to Jill Dunn's discussion Holland, Michigan Tulip Time Artisan and Craft Festival
"Thank you, Jill, for your fair and balanced review. It seems to me that with your price points this should have worked for you. How many “artists” do you think are in the show?"
May 7
Jill Dunn posted a discussion

Holland, Michigan Tulip Time Artisan and Craft Festival

Just returned from the Tulip Time Artisan Festival.  I promise that I will always review all shows equally, good and bad.  This time just happens to be a bad experience.First, I am sure that the show was a tremendous success for the organizers.  The weather and the crowds were big and steady.The event had an unusual load in time, 8:00 on Friday evening.  This was because there was a large Dutch Dancing show in Centennial Park until 7:30.  This made it difficult to get unloaded and set up before…See More
May 6
Jill Dunn replied to Jill Dunn's discussion Tulip Time Art Fair-Holland, Michigan
"Looks like 65 and sunny on Saturday.  Tulips are blooming!"
May 3
Jill Dunn replied to Jill Dunn's discussion Tulip Time Art Fair-Holland, Michigan
"Just bought a new display system and I am a little nervous about setting up after 8:00 PM.  I do like that I can pull right up in front of the booth and drop everything off, at least where I am."
Apr 27
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Jill Dunn's discussion Tulip Time Art Fair-Holland, Michigan
"It's a very nice & very well-attended show especially if you don't have to hotel it ~ (Hotels on the East Coast of MI. are ridiculous!!) you will be pleased with the amount of customers actually going not only see the beautiful Tulips,…"
Apr 26
Fletcher Dean replied to Jill Dunn's discussion Tulip Time Art Fair-Holland, Michigan
"Hi Jill. I'll be there. It will be my first time and I'm not sure what to expect. Looks like set up could be difficult. You have any experience there? And, yes, looks like highs in the upper 50s (which is a lot better than it has been in…"
Apr 25
Jill Dunn posted a discussion

Tulip Time Art Fair-Holland, Michigan

Anybody else doing this fair?  Sure hope it warms up.See More
Apr 23
Connie Mettler left a comment for Jill Dunn
"Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Jill. We’re so glad you joined us. I hope you’ll find the site helpful and that you’ll share your ideas and experiences, ask questions and join the discussions. The site is only as good as the members…"
Apr 15

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Jewelry
Years in the Art Fair Business
2
First show ever
Lubeznik
What is your website?
http://www.lilylanedesigns.com
What are the best things about art fairs
Meeting people.
Best show ever and why
Too little experience.
Worst show ever and why
Porter County, Indiana Art and Craft Holiday Show. Leaking roof. Muddy parking. Too much like a flea market.
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What is one fun fact about yourself?
I like to juggle cats.

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At 9:11am on April 4, 2018, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Jill,

Welcome to AFI!  We're delighted to have you joining our community of artists and artisans and hope you'll find the site beneficial.  Thanks so much for your subscription and best of luck as you proceed.  "Fun Fact"...what?

At 6:20pm on April 11, 2018, Brian Brook said…

I've said to many of my friends, in relation to art fair applications and acceptance,  that you're only as good as your last pic

At 7:54pm on April 15, 2018, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Jill. We’re so glad you joined us. I hope you’ll find the site helpful and that you’ll share your ideas and experiences, ask questions and join the discussions. The site is only as good as the members make it. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike.

Please stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself. Then read the "Getting Started" for tips to make the site easier to navigate.

Many topics have already been discussed. We suggest you try a search of your topic before you post your question. Click the SEARCH tab at the top of the page and “search” for your topic: tents, jury fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, the name of a show, etc. You might find that someone has already asked and answered your question.

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