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Judy Christian
  • Bellefonte, PA
  • United States
  • ceramics
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How to take a year off from a show?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Christian Jun 19. 3 Replies

When everyone who sees you at a show tells you that they bought from you in the past, and they love their PAST purchases-How do you take a year or two off, then return?I have been able to do this…Continue

Need info Health Ins for self employed

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Christian Jan 19. 12 Replies

The last time that I had health ins for my husband and myself was in 2008 through an insurance agent for $10,000 emergency plan.We are currently insured under my husband's plan at his work, but he…Continue

Tags: Employed, Self, Insurance, Health

Buying a second chip reader

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cindy Welch Nov 28, 2016. 11 Replies

Since we are talking about the square in another thread, I wondered- did everyone get a second chip reader for a backup?I plan to. Has anyone been able to get one for free?My first chip reader cost…Continue

Tags: reader, chip, square

Simple Square Question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Little Jul 21, 2016. 34 Replies

Just got back from my first art show using the new square setup with the chip reader. Everything worked fine, and I want to thank everyone for discussing things here.Every card that we took was with…Continue

Tags: reader, chip, square

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Judy Christian replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Taking the Plunge for a Cargo Trailer
"Hi Cindy, Did you get your trailer and how do you like it? Judy"
Friday
Judy Christian commented on Ron Mellott's blog post Being told our position on a wait-list
"I am saying this with a smile, not meaning to offend anyone- Can you believe that we actually feel gallant and that we are doing the honorable thing when we don't ask for our $500 booth fee money returned when we need to cancel? And accept that…"
Jul 20
Judy Christian commented on Ron Mellott's blog post Being told our position on a wait-list
"Thanks, Connie. After sharing all of that, I forgot to get to my point. I never thought that any of that should hurt my  future chances of getting back into those shows, probably primarily because the shows still had my booth fees- which I…"
Jul 18
Judy Christian commented on Ron Mellott's blog post Being told our position on a wait-list
"Thanks, Ron, I think that you meant me. I have always been completely truthful with show promoters.   I have cancelled due to running out of stock. Pottery has to go through all of the processes, by the kilnload. I have been honest about…"
Jul 18
Judy Christian commented on Ron Mellott's blog post Being told our position on a wait-list
"Karen, thank you for taking the time to post all of that. Ron, It is no better on the other end, as the artist cancelling. Five years of caring for 3 aging parent in my home- I had to cancel for a parent's heart attack,  a stroke, cancer…"
Jul 17
Judy Christian commented on Al Scovern's blog post A Bad Year?
"Ten-fifteen years ago I did not see anything new at the shows in ceramics, and customers did not seem to mind, they were still purchasing the usual stoneware. Now I see a lot of new and interesting work which has taken a different direction than…"
Jul 11
Judy Christian replied to Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's discussion Coolers
"That's interesting, Larry. I freeze several bottles of water and use them along with some ice to keep things cold. It takes longer for the bottles to thaw, and when we want to drink that water, we have to let them sit out of the…"
Jul 10
Judy Christian replied to Nadira Charaniya's discussion Jewelry artist seeking advice
"I suggest going to some of the websites of shows that you are interested in applying and see if they have any photos of jeweler's work. That would be the photos that were accepted into their jurying. Here is one to get you…"
Jul 7
Judy Christian replied to Rachel McKinney's discussion Looking for Advice on Building Tent Weights
"We made the pvc weights years ago- still use them.  The only thing that I would change is make 2 smaller ones for each corner as they would be lighter and easier to carry."
Jun 27
Judy Christian replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Moving Up to a Bigger Booth
"I have had a few neighbors who had two 10 x 10's and set them up with one tent behind the other, when there was room in the back of the booth. I would love to do that, as with pottery and my check out area, I need the back space.  Also…"
Jun 26
Judy Christian replied to Rick Braveheart's discussion BOSTON MILLS: TENT WITHIN THE TENT?
"I would set up my tent inside, thinking that I cannot count on someone else's to cover me in the event of a bad rain. But you could check the weather on that first.  Best wishes for a good show. I'm on their waitlist. If I would get…"
Jun 20
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
Judy Christian replied to Judy Christian's discussion How to take a year off from a show?
"Thanks for the replies. I guess that there are so many shows in such a wide variety, that there is no set way to do this? I have had more than one promoter email me when they they did not receive my app for that year, wondering what happened to me-…"
Jun 19
Richard L. Sherer replied to Judy Christian's discussion How to take a year off from a show?
"The shows I do are run by local arts or civic organizations. It doesn't hurt to let them know you are alternating their show with another or just taking a year off to keep sales from getting stale. In resort areas of CO and WY you have local…"
Jun 15
Greg Little replied to Judy Christian's discussion How to take a year off from a show?
"I can't imagine anyone needing to explain anything to a promoter if they did not apply to any show...unless they might be very good friends with the promoter. People get juried out of shows that they have done often because the promoter might…"
Jun 15
Judy Christian posted a discussion

How to take a year off from a show?

When everyone who sees you at a show tells you that they bought from you in the past, and they love their PAST purchases-How do you take a year or two off, then return?I have been able to do this with a few smaller shows, but it was due to personal circumstances - care of and passing of parents. Considerate promoters, right back to the same good spot, never missed a beat when I returned.But when I have missed a year because I felt I had "sold out" to that area, not so good when I returned, or…See More
Jun 15

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Two PA shows- Mt. Gretna and State College- short report

Posted on March 13, 2017 at 12:31pm 7 Comments

Just a quick post with a little info on two shows.

Anyone, please feel free to add or comment.

Mt. Gretna Art Show, Mt. Gretna, PA

Jenifer VonStein posted a bit back on Mt. Gretna Art Show.

Thought I would add. I have done this show about 7-8 times over the past 10 years.

This show is a two day mid August. Situated in scenic Mt. Gretna, PA.

Wonderful setting.  Trees, grass, decent food and background music.

Apps are on Zapp :…

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Reston VA Show, a short report

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 9:27am 22 Comments

Two things:

1. Beautiful show, great work, great presentation, great food, great looking crowd,

in a sophisticated area (DC). Perfect. Show committee did a wonderful job here. Everything was great.

2. Sales. Not. 

The customers that I had all told me the same thing---they WALKED from their condo to the show!

This show was too good to not be visited by people from the greater DC area- where were they?

 For a $500 booth fee, $50 jury…

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Manayunk Art Show 2013

Posted on June 24, 2013 at 9:00am 38 Comments

Here are a few thoughts on the show, while they are fresh in my mind:

Manayunk, June 22, 23, 2013.

 

Large street show, variety of work, good quality and some ok work.

Nice area, nice atmosphere.

Interspersed in between booths- commercial booths- 5 Hour Energy, Geiceo, etc.

Also gave out tons of free yogurt near me- tons, so people were carrying entire BOXES of cold yougurt, hands full, and I would say no longer shopping as they just received some…

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At 8:32pm on October 6, 2011, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to ArtFairInsiders.com, Judy.   I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

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At 7:44pm on August 20, 2014, Nate Feinberg said…

Thank God for you.   I thought that I was strictly alone regarding my comments.  As old as I am I am still stunned that some people (very, very few) are watching The Ed show!  I am open to all opinions within reason and listen to different discussions but I do not tolerate stupidity-and that is what we have so much of.  I am honored to be your friend and please keep in touch.

Nate

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