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John Leben
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  • Saugatuck, MI
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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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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
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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
Barrie Lynn Bryant replied to John Leben's discussion Digital Printmaking
"Take a look at the artists in the Digital category at Main Street Fort Worth happening next weekend. You'll find a few that even discuss how they combine their photographs to make their art. I'd say there's still a large group of…"
Apr 16
Larry Sohn replied to John Leben's discussion Digital Printmaking
"Matt, What category did you apply in? Did you apply in the 2D art / Digital art, category? If so that is good. did you enter in the photography category? If so..."
Apr 15
Matt Ganote replied to John Leben's discussion Digital Printmaking
"I work entirely on the computer to create my images.  Myself and several others that make similar works (digital aviation art) have debated if it's art or not 'til we are blue in the face and never came to a conclusion.  I…"
Apr 15
Monte Phillips replied to John Leben's discussion Digital Printmaking
"You just cherry picked and quoted out of context.    "NO! "...The 'art' is the idea..." is false. The "ARTWORK is being sold. That is the completed "WORK". If it were just the idea being sold…"
Apr 15
Larry Sohn replied to John Leben's discussion Digital Printmaking
"I would disagree with this concept completely, as it applies to today's, fine art shows. A) In those days the aforementioned artists did not, publicly inform the work was the product of others. They took the credit themselves. Building their…"
Apr 14
Monte Phillips replied to John Leben's discussion Digital Printmaking
"...were you aware that many of the greatest artists in history had their works done mostly by apprentices?  Think DaVinci, Michelangelo etc.   The 'art' is the idea, how the artist brings it to fruition is wide open.   "
Apr 13
Monte Phillips replied to John Leben's discussion Digital Printmaking
"Good article but you got a couple of important facts wrong.   Yes, pigment based ink lasts a long time; however, there is no evidence that they will last 200 years(those are marketing claims by mfrs),  Dye based inks are now claimed…"
Apr 13
Larry Sohn replied to John Leben's discussion Digital Printmaking
"There is nothing wrong with Digital art. It can be a legitimate art form. Unfortunately, I often find it being marketed or passed off as photography. Some shows have rules about it however it is, often, abused even then. It is difficult to explain…"
Apr 12
R. C. Fulwiler commented on John Leben's blog post Great Lakes Art Fair - Novi, Michigan - Great Show!
"I'm happy to hear you had a good show in Novi.  I remember the frustration at Bonita Springs.  I'm looking forward to visiting your Gallery and I thank you for the invitation to exhibit with you.  See you in early May."
Apr 12

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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Belleville: One of the Best!

Posted on May 26, 2017 at 9:56am 0 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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My Lucky Streak Ended in Bonita Springs

Posted on March 7, 2017 at 10:28am 2 Comments

I've exhibited at various Bonita Springs Art fairs over the years, including at the mall many years ago. I've done well there in the past off and on, but never great. Two years ago was the last time I did Bonita and took home $4000. I was a happy camper. This year I did around $950. This is my poorest showing in 4 years at any show. I'm jealous of you artists who were at Gaparilla. I was wait-listed this year.

I can't complain too much because the four previous art fairs were good for…

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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!
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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!
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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.
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John, thanks so much for all your support. Your help is appreciated!

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