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Judy Christian
  • Bellefonte, PA
  • United States
  • ceramics
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Boston Mills- has anyone heard?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sonja Jones Mar 5. 5 Replies

I read that the jury results were to go out Feb. 28.I have not heard anything.So, has anyone received their results, or was there a delay?I emailed but no reply yet.Thanks.JudyContinue

Tags: jury, Mills, Boston

Good News- Getting Your Number for Wait List

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Sohn Dec 14, 2017. 1 Reply

I am on the wait list for SC Artisphere. I contacted the show to get info as well as my place number for the list, which was given to me. Very nice.I'm opened Zapp to apply to another show and I see…Continue

Tags: number, list, wait

Business confrontation over my pottery style, use of terms- need advice

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Christian Oct 16, 2017. 23 Replies

I haven't thought this out- just quickly posting-I'm going to be vague here because I don't know if this will turn into a legal problem.I was just notified by email by a third party, for a company…Continue

Tags: trademark

How to take a year off from a show?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Christian Jun 19, 2017. 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

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Judy Christian replied to Tara Sage's discussion Are art fairs a good starting point for unknown artists?
"Hi Tara, This is just an attempt to help you sort out your thinking: If you are serious about trying to do art shows-even just "trying them out" you should be approaching this like trying anything in that you have to just bite the bullet…"
May 27
Judy Christian replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion Shows in Western NY State??
"I stayed at the Colonial Motel in Portageville, 3 or 4 times.  Phone is/was 585-493-5700. Looks like the last time I was there was 2010 or so, only because it does not fit into my schedule. Hotel was small, safe, middle price range, no food…"
May 19
Judy Christian replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion Shows in Western NY State??
"Nova, There are two ways to get into Letchworth, a north and south end. I always came from the south, but that is the longest, driving about 15 or more mile of park until you reach the show area. Also outside the south end of the park there are very…"
May 14
Judy Christian replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Please Help: Do you know of any volunteer run shows?
"Allentown Art Festival is a long running show in Buffalo. I believe that it is all volunteer."
May 10
Judy Christian replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion Shows in Western NY State??
"Well, then I assume that you have visited these shows, so you already know a bit about them. When I did Sonnenburg, the weather was nice. It was easy to do, easy set up and tear down. Art show. Not busy, not a lot of traffic, but steady, my sales…"
May 10
Judy Christian replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion Shows in Western NY State??
"Will you be staying overnight for either of these two shows? I was going to provide info on the areas if you were."
May 10
Judy Christian replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion Shows in Western NY State??
"I have done Sonnenburg and Letchworth, will you be staying at hotels for either? I will post more later,  Judy"
May 10
Judy Christian replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion Art Fair Postcards
"There is a show that I do every year and really like. Last year they emailed me a file of a postcard for their show with a large photo of a piece of MY work on it, dates and time for show, etc. They sent EVERY EXHIBITOR the same thing- a file of a…"
May 8
Judy Christian replied to steve mill's discussion Thanks & hit a sharp turn on way to first show.
"I suggest taking cash and checks for your first show, and finding out where the closest ATM is located. I remember doing about 3 shows some years ago , before square without taking cards, and people will go to the ATM if it's close. Also you…"
May 1
Judy Christian replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion New Jersey Juried Art Fairs...
"Thanks for letting us know. I should look at their shows as I now live closer to NJ. I'm in State College area, PA."
Apr 27
Judy Christian replied to Carol Knox's discussion Strategies for the Seasoned Artist
"My husband is close to retiring. He has his own career but does all of the shows with me, and helps me with a few other things. I am a few years older then him and our plans are for me to keep working, with him helping with my business. I read or…"
Apr 26
Judy Christian replied to Kyra Richter's discussion Yet Another Booth Discussion
" When I started we didn't have tents! My first tent was a KD Majestic and it is what I still use. It has been reliable. I realize that starting out can be scary, but you can change your mindset and believe in yourself, your work, and your…"
Apr 24
Judy Christian replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you doing this weekend? (April 21-22, 2018)
"I love the studio photos! My studio is not a barn but an upstairs addition to our self standing 2 car garage, so my space is equal to a 2 car garage minus the steps area. I can access it from the back also as it is built into a hill. I did not work…"
Apr 23
Judy Christian replied to Barry Shandler's discussion Ohio Mart
" Here is one. I only recognize one person, and it is someone from the area who did not previously do art shows. Hope that helps!"
Apr 18
Judy Christian replied to Barry Shandler's discussion Ohio Mart
"Hi Barry, Do you know of a list of the artists from last year? If I saw one I may be able to help. I used to live about 10 miles from Stan Hywet and was familiar with the show, and knew people who did it. I never did it as I did Yankee Peddler in…"
Apr 18
Judy Christian replied to Nova Mac's discussion zapp offline?
"I couldn't get on earlier, but just did now."
Apr 15

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Three CT Shows in 3 years - Short Report

Posted on August 30, 2017 at 11:12am 0 Comments

Please feel free to comment or make any opinions, thank you.

Dates, may not be exact, just posting from memory.

Three small shows along the CT coast, all in small scenic pleasant towns. Easy to do. 

1. 2015 -Guildford CT, Craft Expo, mid July. Set up easy Fri morning for me. Grassy center of town green area. Show Hours were easy- Fri from 3-8 pm or something like that. Sat and Sun, no long hours. Tear down easy.

Fee for customers. Quality was good, booth fee…


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 :…


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…


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, Judy.   I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please add a photo of yourself and stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. 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!

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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.


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