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John Kraft
  • San Rafael, CA
  • United States
  • Mixed Media
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How Windy is Too Windy

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dale A. Dahlberg III Jun 14. 8 Replies

Doing one of my first shows tomorrow with an EZUP Tent and ProPanels 10x10... Show is in Oakland and weather says gusty winds ranging 20 up to 30 MPH... This is in an open parking lot and I have the…Continue

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Review appreciated - New Booth Shots/Options

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Kraft Feb 24. 7 Replies

Hi, everyone!I recently purchased pro panels and a tent and just this morning, between rain storms, was able to have a couple booth shots taken. I'd really welcome any thoughts or feedback on which…Continue

How best to keep light art from leaning out from walls

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Berman Feb 15. 5 Replies

Hi, all... A fairly naive question, but I just purchased a pro panels 10x10 and the nice adjustable hangers... The issue I'm having, which I'm sure is quite common, is the lighter work hangs out from…Continue

Will 7 foot pro panels fit in Toyota Highlander?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Wallis Jan 30. 7 Replies

I know this is a very specific question, but I'm hoping to buy the standard pro panels at 7 feet. I have a Toyota Highlander that appears to have only a 72 in. back bay, but I wonder if the legs are…Continue

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Dale A. Dahlberg III replied to John Kraft's discussion How Windy is Too Windy
"Glad to see everything worked out and that you had a successful show!"
Jun 14
John Kraft replied to John Kraft's discussion How Windy is Too Windy
"Thanks everyone!  I did end up adding more weight. That combined with being in a center spot and having the tent anchored to the Pro Panels with the PP provided hooks helped a lot... Had to share this pic of a happy customer. :) Thanks…"
Jun 14
Richard L. Sherer replied to John Kraft's discussion How Windy is Too Windy
"A jeweler who flies to some of his outdoor shows passed this on to me. Go to Home Depot and buy 5 gallon buckets of dry wall wud. Use them as weights over the weekend then return them to Home Depot for refund after show. I have endued 45 mph gusts…"
Jun 11
Judy Christian replied to John Kraft's discussion How Windy is Too Windy
"You are prob done with your show by now- 20-30 mph winds are doable with your canopy. Follow other's suggestions for weight, and pound your canopy legs into the parking lot. I never have any sides on mine and I believe that also helps."
Jun 11
Greg Little replied to John Kraft's discussion How Windy is Too Windy
"You definitely know it is too windy when you see your tent going down the street..."
Jun 10
Janet McGregor Dunn replied to John Kraft's discussion How Windy is Too Windy
"The least amount of weight I ever have on my tent is 35-40 lbs per leg. If it's going to be windy I double up."
Jun 10
Greg Little replied to John Kraft's discussion How Windy is Too Windy
"You should definitely get more weights. 12 lbs per leg is a drop in the bucket...especially when 20- 30 mph winds are expected. If not for your own tent, do it for the sake of the other tents around you."
Jun 10
Robert Wallis replied to John Kraft's discussion How Windy is Too Windy
"Yeah, go to Lowe's or Home Depot and buy 4 bags of pea gravel. They're about 50 pounds a bag and very cheap. Wind a rope around them, tie it, and take other end up to the top of the frame, and pull it tight before tying off."
Jun 10
John Kraft posted a discussion

How Windy is Too Windy

Doing one of my first shows tomorrow with an EZUP Tent and ProPanels 10x10... Show is in Oakland and weather says gusty winds ranging 20 up to 30 MPH... This is in an open parking lot and I have the hooks that pull the tent down to the panels and 4 sand bags each with only about 12 lbs. of sand for each leg of the tent.So my question is..."Am I nuts?" Am I asking for major trouble and damage to the set up and the artwork with the scenario above.  Any feedback or tips appreciated!Best,JohnSee More
Jun 10
John Kraft replied to John Kraft's discussion Review appreciated - New Booth Shots/Options
"Thank you, Larry.. Much appreciated!"
Feb 24
Larry Berman replied to John Kraft's discussion Review appreciated - New Booth Shots/Options
"You have the same picture on the wall as in the bin. One needs to change. Also, the top heights need to match all around the booth so the jurors eyes flow.Larry Berman"
Feb 24
John Kraft replied to John Kraft's discussion Review appreciated - New Booth Shots/Options
"Revised below... Though my concern now is given these are resined pieces the lack of any reflection is suspect. I'm having these reshot today so perhaps with better images it can work - I'd love to hear your thoughts on the preliminary…"
Feb 24
John Kraft replied to John Kraft's discussion Review appreciated - New Booth Shots/Options
"I understand what you mean regarding PS. And I can make those tags disappear too, but doesn't the lack of any tags make the hang look unfinished? I can look elsewhere on the site for advice regarding labels but what I have has seemed…"
Feb 24
Larry Berman replied to John Kraft's discussion Review appreciated - New Booth Shots/Options
"Never use Photoshop and make it look like you used Photoshop. You can leave the white tags but they distract and cause the jurors to spend a little more time looking at the booth.Larry Berman"
Feb 24
John Kraft replied to John Kraft's discussion Review appreciated - New Booth Shots/Options
"Thanks very much for the feedback and advice, Larry! I was definitely unsure about inclusion of the white tags. Would those not be typical? Curious what the ideal method is.  WRT the glare I have the ability to composite clean photos, but…"
Feb 24
Larry Berman replied to John Kraft's discussion Review appreciated - New Booth Shots/Options
"Number Three is better because there are no flare circles and it has a bin for reproductions. But it can be improved. Arrange all the paintings so that the tops are at the same height and remove the white price/name signs. Next time use a lens hood…"
Feb 24

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Years in the Art Fair Business
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LA - too long ago to remember.
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Artist with two engineering degrees.

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At 10:15am on January 27, 2017, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi John,

Welcome to AFI!  We're thrilled to have you joining our community of artists and artisans and hope you'll find the site helpful, inspiring and fun!  Thanks and continued success.

At 4:27pm on February 8, 2017, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, John. 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.
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