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Kathleen V. Smith
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  • Chicago, Illinois
  • United States Minor Outlying Islands
  • jewelry/stained glass
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Wrong Deadline Date For Lakeshore Art Fest (Muskegon, MI.)July 7-8-2017!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kathleen V. Smith Feb 13. 1 Reply

Hello,I was going to apply here & when I went to their site to register, it said something like they were no longer taking applications. I looked at their dates, & it said deadline was Feb…Continue

We are needing to purchase an awning for a 10X10 EZ up.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kathleen V. Smith Oct 22, 2016. 4 Replies

We prefer to buy a new one, however if someone is selling one & it is clean, white, & in good condition, please post a picture! Thanks! Kathleen & StevenContinue

MY FAVORITE ART FAIR!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kim Evans Sep 19, 2015. 5 Replies

Hello Fellow Artists!We all have our favorite Art Fairs & it would be interesting to know what yours is too.  Ours is Fine Art at the Village in Rochester Hills this week-end~Aug 1 & 2!…Continue

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Marine Battery Lights System~Info. NEEDED Please.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Wallis May 3, 2014. 10 Replies

Hello~I NEED to know how to do this~could someone help me with this please?!Some areas do not have electric, or accept generators.  THANKS! Continue

 

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Kathleen V. Smith replied to Julie Manfredi's discussion Retiring & selling everything
"HI Julie~Would either of your 2 awnings (IF) you still have them fit an E-Z-Up? If so, we are interested~also we live in Arlington Heights, Il. Is it possible to see pictures? Thanks, Kathleen Smith"
Mar 1
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Has ANYONE been notified yet from LAUMEIRE, ST. LOUIS?!
"Hi Jeri, Oh YES, In fact several times a day. I called-got a man in a recording saying he was the "event coordinator." I thought "Marie" used to have that position...(?) Perhaps he runs the show differently? I'm not calling…"
Feb 15
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Wrong Deadline Date For Lakeshore Art Fest (Muskegon, MI.)July 7-8-2017!
"I should tell you, it said March 1st, 2017 as DEADLINE from CALL FOR ARTISTS. I'm not sure if it says March 1st for deadline anywhere else as well too. Thanks~Kathleen Smith"
Feb 13
Kathleen V. Smith posted a discussion

Wrong Deadline Date For Lakeshore Art Fest (Muskegon, MI.)July 7-8-2017!

Hello,I was going to apply here & when I went to their site to register, it said something like they were no longer taking applications. I looked at their dates, & it said deadline was Feb 1st, 2017~felt I should let you know.Kathleen SmithSee More
Feb 12
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Ron Mellott's discussion Shows Extending Application Deadline
"Greg, So Sad, but you make sense~very good points including the bag of worms... Katheen Smith"
Feb 12
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Ron Mellott's discussion Shows Extending Application Deadline
"NO~YOU WOULD THINK SO (I USED TO FEEL THIS WAY TOO) & PERHAPS SOMETIMES THIS IS THE CASE, BUT CERTAINLY NOT IN MANY CASES....THIS IS NOT FAIR TO ARTISTS. IT WOULD AT LEAST HELP CONSIDERABLY TO LET THE ARTISTS KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON!"
Feb 12
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Ron Mellott's discussion Shows Extending Application Deadline
"YES, It is very frustrating on the Artist when you hear nothing even days after the notification date.  Other deadlines are always coming, & I am never one to "double book" because I did that once & had to decline~was NEVER…"
Feb 12
Stewart Rein commented on Kathleen V. Smith's blog post We would appreciate your suggestions on buying a tablet for taking credit cards with a new square chip reader
"We use our phones to record sales.  We primarily use Square's bluetooth reader as it doesn't have to be plugged into our phones.  This works because the vast majority of our customers have chip cards.  When a customer…"
Nov 15, 2016
greta anthony commented on Kathleen V. Smith's blog post We would appreciate your suggestions on buying a tablet for taking credit cards with a new square chip reader
"I use an LG gpad v815, it takes a Verizon SIM and has a stylus. So far its been great will work with the contactless reader and the swipe reader. It's on the Verizon tablet plan 2gb of data $35 every 2 months. They make an att version I believe…"
Nov 13, 2016
Kathleen V. Smith commented on marge luttrell's blog post Thoughts this November.
"Hi Judy Christian~This was a great article indeed with a lot of common sense. It's good that your Son is getting involved as it will be his generation & the generations to come that it will affect. Thanks for posting this too Judy, Kathleen"
Nov 12, 2016
Kathleen V. Smith commented on marge luttrell's blog post Thoughts this November.
"Kevin Knittel~Oh, I see. it's OK for OTHERS to express their thoughts on the election & Donald Trump & sales because of the election, but I CAN't? It does't work that way.  You see, we ALL have a voice. I have NEVER…"
Nov 11, 2016
Kathleen V. Smith commented on marge luttrell's blog post Thoughts this November.
"After working HARD every day on the Trump Campaign since he announced he was running, I am so proud & so happy for our Country on so many levels!  Listen, I came back on this site (have to say I missed it Connie) with ART in mind-not…"
Nov 11, 2016
Greg Little commented on Kathleen V. Smith's blog post We would appreciate your suggestions on buying a tablet for taking credit cards with a new square chip reader
"I have a wi-fi hot spot from Consumer Cellular. My wife and i can both use our tablets and phones through it and it will accomodate 8 or 9 devices on our one data plan. Consumer Cellular is also my cell phone provider. It has only a month to month…"
Nov 9, 2016
Judy Christian commented on Kathleen V. Smith's blog post We would appreciate your suggestions on buying a tablet for taking credit cards with a new square chip reader
" Bernard, It might be your plan. Ours is a family plan including two smartphones plus my phone."
Nov 8, 2016
Bernard Zalon commented on Kathleen V. Smith's blog post We would appreciate your suggestions on buying a tablet for taking credit cards with a new square chip reader
"$10 a month? They're charging me &20!"
Nov 8, 2016
Judy Christian commented on Kathleen V. Smith's blog post We would appreciate your suggestions on buying a tablet for taking credit cards with a new square chip reader
"I'm also not much of a phone person, esp in public, so I have my phone put away during shows. It's not on me, it's far away from me. I don't want to be bothered with it at shows."
Nov 8, 2016

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Your Medium
jewelry/stained glass
Years in the Art Fair Business
30
First show ever
I started in 1976 at the Mn. Renaissance Festival.Pounding spoon rings and selling my stained glass.My first actual art show was Excelsior Art Fair in Mn. 1980.
What are the best things about art fairs
Showing my artistry to persons who appriciate the work I do is the best part.Art shows are also a fun venue to make the sales which enable me to continue making my art pieces.I also enjoy the travel and meeting all kinds of people and other artists.
Best show ever and why
Laumeier Art fair in St. Louis was a great show.The entusiasm of the patrons has never deminished thru the years. Even with incliment weather, tons of rain and a couple tornadoes to the north of us, people came out to the show.Sunday, the last day of the show after the great flood, it was sunny and Beautiful out.The staff was rushing to artist tents spreading staw to try to make us comfortable in the three inches of standing water in our booth.I readied my self for a slow day, but low and behold all kinds of ladies showed up dressed in their sunday best, carrying their shoes in one hand, the mud squishing up between their toes.In the other hand they had thier pocketbooks and they came to buy.What a bunch of troopers.
Worst show ever and why
Unfortunatly, I can't remember the name, I guess we try to forget, but also in St. Louis. a three day show we decided to do.The attending artists, which we had checked on the artist list were well qualified and had nice professonal booth set ups.Twelve dollars for patrons to get in the door.They looked but didn't buy from us or anyone else.Sat,no one showed.WE were in a huge sports complex.Sun,Rams football game.70,000 people walked by our doors, none of them interested in art. and they used all the parking for miles.Hardly any one came through the doors.An artist next to us got lucky.He did beautiful Santas out of recycled mink coats.He hadn't sold a single one.A store owner came through after the game and puchased almost all of his stock for window display in his store.The only sales we saw for the whole show.More research was definatly required on our part.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
We had the joyous opportunity of meeting Connie when we did the Greektown arts festival years ago and have turned to her sometimes for advice on applying to different shows.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I ALWAYS follow my dreams~~!!!

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We would appreciate your suggestions on buying a tablet for taking credit cards with a new square chip reader

Posted on November 3, 2016 at 11:57pm 35 Comments

~Also we want to go pre-paid with no contract. your suggestions will be appreciated! Thanks so much. Kathleen Smith & Steven Hedstrom

HI~ We are needing to purchase an awning for a 10X10 EZ UP.(WHITE)

Posted on October 18, 2016 at 2:00am 3 Comments

We prefer to buy a new one, but if you have a used one that's white, clean & in good condition, please send a picture on here, Thanks!  Kathleen & Steven

ARIZONA ART/CRAFT FAIRS~Nov~May!

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 1:45pm 2 Comments

Hi~We are already in some of the larger Art Fairs in Arizona, & are waiting for other acceptances, but we will be there for 6 months, & we would like to also do those what I call "bread & butter" shows in between the larger ones.  I know there are a lot of "sites" out there, but it's always better to get any recommendations or opinions on promoters or shows.  Looking at sites as you all know is like looking at words. I can research to a POINT, but it is always better to hear from…

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At 9:54pm on April 27, 2011, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to ArtFairInsiders.com, Kathleen. I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.


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At 11:26pm on May 19, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Kathleen V. Smith a gift
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Thank you, Kathleen, for referring Damian Koorey to Art Fair Insiders.

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