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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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New Jersey Juried Art Fairs...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kathleen V. Smith Mar 22. 13 Replies

Hello!  We have friends who tell us we need to do some New Jersey Art Fairs (+ we want to visit each other!).  He mentioned Smithville, NJ., but I was wondering if anyone knows any JURIED Art or…Continue

I'M ASKING FOR THE NEWEST IDEAS FOR A MARINE BATTERY SET-UP!! THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR IDEAS!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mandy Paul Apr 26, 2017. 14 Replies

WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A MARINE BATTERY WITH US FOR ALL SHOWS-ELECTRIC IS NOT ALWAYS AVAIL., & IF IT IS, IT IS TOO EXPENSIVE! SOMETHING WAS POSTED A LONG TIME AGO ABOUT THIS BUT WE WERE HOPING…Continue

weight restrictions these days for canopies

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kathleen V. Smith Apr 2, 2017. 10 Replies

Hi! I am rephrasing this question & thanks Larry for answering the previous question I had up as you are always so helpful-appreciate it. I have heard from other Artists that some promoters are…Continue

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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kathleen V. Smith Feb 13, 2017. 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

 

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Kathleen V. Smith replied to kara unland's discussion frustration and feeling like the biggest loser
"Annette Piper~YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH!!!  You simply have to find your own "Market,"  & that could be a Festival, Home Show, Art Fair in a very quaint place, or whatever...You may just have to do a lot of…"
12 hours ago
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Ron Andrews's discussion suggestions on how to prevent tarnishing on silver jewelry
"Best advice for this is to call RIO GRANDE 1-800-545-6566. We buy ALL our Silver there & really have very little problems with our Sterling. We like the look of Argentium Silver (a bit more white look) less chance of "tarnishing" if…"
Mar 31
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Linnea Lahlum's discussion Art on the Riverfront, Grand Haven MI: mid August?
"I think you are referring to the Coast Guard Show...years ago you could get in only IF you knew someone in the Coast Guard or were IN the Coast Guard, BUT that may have changed. "
Mar 31
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion New Jersey Juried Art Fairs...
"Thank you Carol for the info.For some reason, July has been a problem this year-not sure WHY!  We applied at Haddonfield in July~(fingers crossed!) I'm now looking for something before or after to make our trip hopefully worthwhile from…"
Mar 22
Judy Christian replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion New Jersey Juried Art Fairs...
"I second Connie's advice on Rose Squared. I did a show with them back when we were all getting started, in NJ. It was nice working with them."
Mar 20
Carol Bloomgarden replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion New Jersey Juried Art Fairs...
"Yeah, Peter's Valley might be what you're looking for, as well as the RoseSquared shows, depending on your price point.  I am a 2D mixed media ($60-$2000) and for me the RoseSquared (Brookdale, Anderson Park and Verona) were nice but…"
Mar 20
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion New Jersey Juried Art Fairs...
"Thanks again Connie-will do!"
Mar 19
Connie Mettler replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion New Jersey Juried Art Fairs...
"Also, Cissy Gianella who owns/runs J.C. Promotions in New Jersey (several shows) might have one that fits your needs. Visit callsforartists.com for the links."
Mar 19
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion New Jersey Juried Art Fairs...
"I have friends in Burlington & in Union City where we lived a short time & I will tell them about your home. It's beautiful & nice yard & very spacious Connie.  No none of us are getting younger. I like to say…"
Mar 19
Connie Mettler replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion New Jersey Juried Art Fairs...
"I have moved from our wonderful home in Coldwater to Fort Wayne where I have family and old friends. After Norm died it seemed everyone else did also! None of us getting younger. If you know anyone who wants a home in a sweet centrally-located town…"
Mar 19
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion New Jersey Juried Art Fairs...
"Hi Connie~First of all, thank you so much for all you do for the Artists! You are a Godsend all, &  especially to the"newbies" of which I have sent many to your site!  Yes, I like Sugarloaf, but this year their dates are…"
Mar 19
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion New Jersey Juried Art Fairs...
"Hi Judy~This looks like a very high quality show alright! This may conflict, but I am making notes of this as well if not for this year-for next! Thank you so much-much appreciated & hope to see you too down the road! Kathleen & Steven"
Mar 19
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion New Jersey Juried Art Fairs...
"Hi David~Thank you so much for the information. We don't have a lot of dates avai.,but I will most definitely look this up!  If we can't this year, I will hang onto this information. That was so kind of you to help-hope we see you…"
Mar 19
Connie Mettler replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion New Jersey Juried Art Fairs...
"I'd bet, Kathleen, that you know about the Sugarloaf shows. Some of them are in New Jersey. Also, a small promoter who I believe does some nice quality events in nice location is Rose Squared. They've been around for a long time and are…"
Mar 19
Judy Christian replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion New Jersey Juried Art Fairs...
"Take a look at this one: http://www.morristowncraftmarket.org/index.html I have never done it, but when I moved to PA and looked into shows, I put this one away for later.  My schedule conflicts with it's date.  There is also a…"
Mar 19
David Woeller replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion New Jersey Juried Art Fairs...
"Before I retired from shows, I had done the Wheaton Festival of Fine Craft in Millville for about 6 years,. They keep the quality up and treat the Artists very well. It was always one of my best selling shows (Photography). Here is a link to the…"
Mar 18

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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.


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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Connie Mettler


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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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