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John Leben
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  • Saugatuck, MI
  • United States
  • Digital
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John Leben's Discussions

For Sale: 10 + 2 Graphic Display System Display Panels - $500

Started Aug 9, 2016 0 Replies

I have ten 7-foot tall 37.5 inch wide sectional panels covered with black fabric from Flourish and two 7-foot tall 19.5 inch wide sectional panels, also covered with black fabric from Flourish. I…Continue

Looking for Used ProPanels in Midwest

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Leben Aug 19, 2016. 2 Replies

I'm in the market for light gray seven foot Propanels with all the needed attachments. I need nine of them. I'll probably wind up taking out a second mortgage (HA) and buying them new from Propanels,…Continue

Digital Printmaking

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Leben Apr 17. 22 Replies

Although the "Digital" category is gaining more widespread acceptance in the art world (and the art fair circuit), as a digital artist, I continue to battle misconceptions in the public eye. I…Continue

 

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John Leben received a gift from Connie Mettler
Jun 28
Melanie Rolfes commented on John Leben's blog post Old Town Art Fair in Chicago: Terrific Show!
"Great review. Hope to meet you in person in Des Moines"
Jun 19
John Leben commented on John Leben's blog post Old Town Art Fair in Chicago: Terrific Show!
"Connie: Since I opened a gallery in Douglas, Marcia and I are trying to be smarter about the outdoor shows we do. We have to balance the cost of hiring people to man the gallery with the expected revenue from the shows. And sometimes Marcia stays…"
Jun 19
Connie Mettler commented on John Leben's blog post Old Town Art Fair in Chicago: Terrific Show!
"A fine and balanced review once again, John, especially in the light of understanding and explaining the controversy about digital/original and the impact that giclees have had on the originals market. It isn't all about making it cheaper and…"
Jun 19
Judy Christian commented on John Leben's blog post Old Town Art Fair in Chicago: Terrific Show!
"Thanks for posting your review. I have never done a Chicago show, but I could get myself there. Good to hear that you did so well."
Jun 19
C.C. Barton commented on John Leben's blog post Old Town Art Fair in Chicago: Terrific Show!
"Hi John,   I'm glad you had a great show and equally happy that Old Town is allowing your medium to exhibit now.  There needs to be something for everyone at shows, in price point, medium and style to make it interesting and…"
Jun 19
John Leben posted a blog post

Old Town Art Fair in Chicago: Terrific Show!

I'm a digital artist. I sell limited edition prints of my digital paintings in multiple sizes. Its only in the last couple of years the Old Town Art Fair has accepted digital artists, or even printmakers. This show has traditionally been an "originals only" show. I'm delighted that I finally got to participate in this, the grand-daddy of all art fairs. I did very well at this show with twice the sales on Sunday than on Saturday, but this wasn't the case for all artists.As I mentioned above, I…See More
Jun 18
Christina L. Towell commented on John Leben's blog post Belleville: One of the Best!
"Wonderful, positive review!  So glad you did well and shared this with us, thanks."
Jun 2
Kendra Bennett commented on John Leben's blog post Belleville: One of the Best!
"This was my 1st year at the show. Great review John. Best show ever in so many ways they really make you feel welcome. I too am keeping my fingers crossed about applying next year."
May 29
John Leben posted a blog post

Belleville: One of the Best!

I can't say enough good things about this terrific art fair! It takes place in a small town in southern Illinois only a few miles from St. Louis. I have no idea how they do it, but they bring people out to the show in droves, and they all seem to have money in their pockets to spend on art. But first a couple of qualifications. Not every artist did well at this show. Our neighbor, a very talented painter, was very disappointed. I am a digital artist selling limited edition prints. Could be that…See More
May 26
John Leben received a gift from Connie Mettler
Apr 19
Jacki Bilsborrow commented on John Leben's blog post Great Lakes Art Fair - Novi, Michigan - Great Show!
"Great review and how lucky are you winning an award and growing your sale with each year? This sounds like a great show and a great fit for you.  Thanks for sharing."
Apr 18
John Leben replied to John Leben's discussion Digital Printmaking
"I'm delighted that my post about digital art, which was first posted in 2011, has suddenly generated so much interest. There are a lot of facets to this discussion, and everyone has an opinion. I continue to be a digital artist and I've…"
Apr 17
Robert Wallis replied to John Leben's discussion Digital Printmaking
"I've started doing some work that combines photography and poetry, and found that to be a hard sell to some of the jurors. At the St. Louis mock jury, I was told by the jurors that they didn't feel qualified to comment on the work but did…"
Apr 17
Matt Ganote replied to John Leben's discussion Digital Printmaking
"Application had a strait up "2D Digital Art", category so that's what I went with."
Apr 17
Larry Sohn replied to John Leben's discussion Digital Printmaking
"As I politely tried to convey, it was the idea stated, that was addressed. If the person stating so was not proficient in expressing themselves, clearly, that is unfortunate. I was explicit, defined and exacting in my explanation. Furthermore any…"
Apr 16

Profile Information

Your Medium
Digital
Years in the Art Fair Business
Off and on for 30 years
First show ever
Old Burton Place art fair in the 60s. Now the wells street art fair.
What is your website?
http://Www.lebenart.com
What are the best things about art fairs
To be able to sell my art and make a living on my own terms.
Best show ever and why
Recently, 2009 DES Moines art fair. Why? Perhaps because people attending looked forward to it every year and attended with the intention of purchasing something, unlike cities like Chicago that have an art fair every week-end so none of them are considered a special event.
Worst show ever and why
I remember a show in Muskegon, Michigan a few years ago when I didn't sell anything.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Connie

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Old Town Art Fair in Chicago: Terrific Show!

Posted on June 18, 2017 at 11:00am 5 Comments

I'm a digital artist. I sell limited edition prints of my digital paintings in multiple sizes. Its only in the last couple of years the Old Town Art Fair has accepted digital artists, or even printmakers. This show has traditionally been an "originals only" show. I'm delighted that I finally got to participate in this, the grand-daddy of all art fairs. I did very well at this show with twice the sales on Sunday than on Saturday, but this wasn't the case for all artists.

As I mentioned…

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Belleville: One of the Best!

Posted on May 26, 2017 at 9:56am 2 Comments

I can't say enough good things about this terrific art fair! It takes place in a small town in southern Illinois only a few miles from St. Louis. I have no idea how they do it, but they bring people out to the show in droves, and they all seem to have money in their pockets to spend on art. But first a couple of qualifications. Not every artist did well at this show. Our neighbor, a very talented painter, was very disappointed. I am a digital artist selling limited edition prints. Could be…

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Great Lakes Art Fair - Novi, Michigan - Great Show!

Posted on April 10, 2017 at 10:30am 7 Comments

I've been doing this show for many years. Its a show that many of us midwest artists want to succeed. Why? Because its the first show of the season for many of us in these parts. Its indoors, so weather is not a factor. Its in a great venue and its easy to do. By this time of the year a lot of us artists are running on empty. We need some money to pay the next batch of booth fees and an early April show that can pay some of the bills is very welcome.

It turned out that way for me,…

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Brooksville: Nice Venue, but Dismal Sales

Posted on March 13, 2017 at 1:41pm 6 Comments

Brooksville was the sixth and final art fair in our winter swing through Florida. It is a small art fair and I didn't expect much when I signed up. And, guess what? I didn't get much either.

This is a laid back art fair which assigns you a space and pretty much leaves you alone. We set up on Friday and were able to keep our van right in back of our booth for the entire setup. In fact, on Sunday we parked in the same place, in back of our booth, all day, so break down was also a…

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Comment Wall (22 comments)

At 12:03pm on May 30, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to ArtFairInsiders.com, John. I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to getting to know you.

When you have a chance, please add a photo to your profile and stop by the Discussions area to introduce yourself. 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!

Best wishes,
Connie Mettler

p.s. The best way to make this system easy to use is to click on the "Follow-Email me" link at the bottom of each Forum discussion that interests you. That way the system will email you automatically whenever anyone responds. It's a great time-saver.
At 7:15am on May 10, 2011, Nels Johnson said…
John on your post about 4 Bridges you mention it was your first time doing it, then you say you sold $2K-to$5K that is quite a range.  There is a big difference between a $2K show and a $5K show.  Which figure was more likely?  Just wondering.  Personally, I wouldnt travel all that way for $2K.
At 4:34pm on June 07, 2011, Connie Mettler gave John Leben a gift
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Many thanks for this support, John!
At 3:04pm on June 02, 2012, Connie Mettler gave John Leben a gift
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Many thanks, John, for your continued support.
At 4:23pm on June 02, 2012, Connie Mettler gave John Leben a gift
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Thank you for your generous support!
At 11:40am on September 10, 2012, Daniela Lo Presti gave John Leben a gift
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Thanks for sharing your story.
At 3:01pm on October 17, 2012, Connie Mettler gave John Leben a gift
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Happy birthday, John. I hope you are thoroughly enjoying this beautiful fall day, walking the Lake Michigan shore and celebrating your life. Best wishes for a great year!
At 5:08pm on February 04, 2013, Connie Mettler gave John Leben a gift
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A gold trophy to you for all your contributions to the community at AFI -- your generosity and sharing and good thinking skills are a gift to all of us. Many thanks.
At 11:38am on March 25, 2013, Connie Mettler gave John Leben a gift
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Congrats on your Post of the Week Award - 3/25/13.
At 9:43pm on June 06, 2013, Connie Mettler gave John Leben a gift
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John, thanks so much for all your support. Your help is appreciated!

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