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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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Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Little Apr 27. 5 Replies

I like to go thru Zapplication-but I have been noticing with some of the shows "You can apply up to 20 times...WHY would ANYONE apply 20 times...SERIOUSLY??!!!!!!!Continue

New Jersey Juried Art Fairs...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Christian Apr 27. 15 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


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


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


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Kathleen V. Smith replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you doing this week? August 14-18, 2018
"We're looking forward to doing the FLATS in Cleveland again!!!"
Aug 15
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Flats Festival for the Arts experience?
"The Flats is a very good show for us. HAE knows how to advertise to bring in an Art-minded crowd. It is a trendy area as well with plenty of $$$ & if you have what they like, money isn't an issue. There are many expensive condos on the…"
Aug 9
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Connie Mettler's discussion In Memoriam - Doug Durkee
"Connie, I'm sorry, I misunderstood Patty-my fault. His space may have an Artist, however, she is nice enough to leave his name on the brochure as a tribute to him. I just spoke with Kira & there may be more information to follow for the…"
May 16
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Connie Mettler's discussion In Memoriam - Doug Durkee
"Thank You Connie for the beautiful & accurate words. Dougs' Daughter Kira told me earlier today that he had no pain & he went quickly...With a heavy heart, I lost today one of my very best friends. ART was his Heart & Soul & he…"
May 8
Kathleen V. Smith replied to steve mill's discussion Thanks & hit a sharp turn on way to first show.
"I'm with you Steve~I tossed my smart phone-don't want it-don't need it! I just have a cheap pay as you go phone-NO CONTRACT!  My Steve has a smart phone, but hardly ever uses it-he uses his cheap one more too-LOL.  As far as…"
May 2
Greg Little replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Zapplication
"Just think of an additional application fee for each application and it becomes clear."
Apr 27
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
Colin Murray replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Zapplication
"Money, money, money. Its all about greed. "
Apr 27
Elaine Steele replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Zapplication
"Twenty is probably just a ridiculous number entered so the artist can apply as they wish with no trouble and the director won't ever have to go in to the system to fool with it.  "
Apr 27
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Zapplication
"Thanks Larry. I can understand what you mean about submitting separate apps. from a single profile. Yes, I too feel 20 is a bit MUCH!  Evanston dates which I just got...In RED says that booth fees were due in MARCH 2018, & yet they are…"
Apr 26
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion New Jersey Juried Art Fairs...
"Hello Judy! YES~Janet & Howard of Rose Squared are a couple of the NICEST & most professional people I ever met! They know how to advertise & are very helpful in respecting Artists' needs.  They are also very careful & firm…"
Apr 26
Larry Berman replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Zapplication
"It's a feature that shows are now taking advantage of. We used to have separate profiles for different mediums or styles if we wanted to submit multiple applications to the same event. Now zapp lets us submit separate applications from a single…"
Apr 26
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Jill Dunn's discussion Tulip Time Art Fair-Holland, Michigan
"It's a very nice & very well-attended show especially if you don't have to hotel it ~ (Hotels on the East Coast of MI. are ridiculous!!) you will be pleased with the amount of customers actually going not only see the beautiful Tulips,…"
Apr 26
Kathleen V. Smith posted a discussion


I like to go thru Zapplication-but I have been noticing with some of the shows "You can apply up to 20 times...WHY would ANYONE apply 20 times...SERIOUSLY??!!!!!!!See More
Apr 26
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…"
Apr 19
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

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Your Medium
jewelry/stained glass
Years in the Art Fair Business
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 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


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, 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
Thank you, Kathleen, for referring Damian Koorey to Art Fair Insiders.

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