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Arts at the Gardens, August 18-19

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lynnette Shelley Aug 31. 5 Replies

This past weekend I participated in Arts at the Gardens at Sonnenberg in Canandaigua NY.Thoughts on the show (from a first year rookie):This was a small show, with about 90 or so artists. Beautiful…Continue

Thoughts On My Very First Art Fair

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kristy Guenther Sep 3. 12 Replies

Did my first show this weekend (Corn Hill Arts Fest in Rochester, NY) and thought I would share my experience (Sorry in advance- this is going to be long!). I'd love to hear anyone's…Continue

Selling Art Prints

Started this discussion. Last reply by Derek T Collins May 18. 3 Replies

I did a cursory search for this topic but there are so many posts about prints, that I think it would take a while to find an answer! Sorry if this has been discussed before.I am going to be selling…Continue

Shows in Western NY State??

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Christian May 19. 8 Replies

All of the shows I'm doing this summer/fall are in Rochester NY and the Finger Lakes areas. I was wondering if anyone has done any of these shows and whether they liked them:Corn Hill Arts Festival…Continue

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Kristy Guenther replied to Missy Elam Chavez's discussion What constitutes as "original" art?
"Anything reproduced is not an original.  I have original paintings hung in my booth, and then I have a table of all reproductions- including prints, cards, and stickers. Anything like that that is printed multiple times would not be an…"
Sep 4
Kristy Guenther replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion Thoughts On My Very First Art Fair
"I DEFINITELY did not have enough inventory. That is my biggest takeaway so far from the 3 shows I've done thus far- i need lots more stuff, more for people to choose from, more to look at to keep people in my booth longer. Although each show is…"
Sep 3
Pat Sorbini replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion Thoughts On My Very First Art Fair
"I did Corn Hill for a number of years until I started getting a better show on a regular basis. It is a fun show, but it never was my audience. I agree with that advice. You need to find your customer. He/she may not be at Corn Hill. I believe that…"
Sep 3
Lynnette Shelley replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion Arts at the Gardens, August 18-19
"THose are really lovely. Congrats on your sales"
Aug 31
Kristy Guenther replied to Terri Einer's discussion I'm interested in purchasing...Rant
"I work in an office and have to deal with lots of people who don't know how to follow simple directions, or read instructions thoroughly. I've definitely had to smile and bite my tongue one too many times....sigh....lol."
Aug 24
Kristy Guenther replied to Terri Einer's discussion I'm interested in purchasing...Rant
"I can definitely understand why you're frustrated. Honestly though, I'd rather deal with some dumb questions and get a sale out of it when I answer graciously, than not have people show any interest at all! But I'm just starting…"
Aug 24
Kristy Guenther replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion Arts at the Gardens, August 18-19
"I've done 3 shows. All of the shows I'm doing this year are in Western NY, less than an hour from where I live. I've been told that NY, especially Rochester, is not the best place for shows right now economically, but having a full…"
Aug 24
Connie Mettler replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion Arts at the Gardens, August 18-19
"Thanks, Kristy. It sounds like you got some validation for your work which has to be encouraging. What did you learn from those particular purchases? How many shows have you done so far and do you think you'll apply next year? How far away…"
Aug 24
Bernard Zalon replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion Arts at the Gardens, August 18-19
"I did it three years ago.  The best thing about it was the bathrooms."
Aug 24
Kristy Guenther replied to David Bornancin's discussion Today's Art Work - What do people Want?
"Yes! I do wildlife art, and when I have more than one person say they are looking for a specific animal, I'd be crazy not to put that on my to-do list of upcoming paintings."
Aug 23
Judy Christian replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion Arts at the Gardens, August 18-19
"Glad that you had a decent show. I almost mentioned those bathrooms but thought that surely they didn't actually have them every year- we need more shows to ditch the porta pots for those! It sounds about the same as to when I was there, which…"
Aug 22
Kristy Guenther posted a discussion

Arts at the Gardens, August 18-19

This past weekend I participated in Arts at the Gardens at Sonnenberg in Canandaigua NY.Thoughts on the show (from a first year rookie):This was a small show, with about 90 or so artists. Beautiful location, and the weather was decent for most of the weekend, apart from some sprinkling rain Saturday morning.Setup on Friday was very easy, and the spaces were 12'x12', leaving plenty of room in back of the tents for storage (when using a 10x10 tent). Load-in went easily, although it rained quite…See More
Aug 22
Kristy Guenther replied to David Bornancin's discussion Today's Art Work - What do people Want?
"Carol, I've only done 3 shows total so far, and am already starting to see in effect a lot of what you've mentioned. Only on my 3rd show did I finally sell 2 original paintings (to people who weren't friends or family). The rest of my…"
Aug 22
Kristy Guenther replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you doing this week? August 14-18, 2018
"I'm working on finishing a painting to bring to a show this weekend, Arts at the Gardens at Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua NY. This will be my first time at this show so I have no idea what to expect. I am changing around my booth setup a…"
Aug 15
Kristy Guenther replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Whatcha doing this week, July 24-28, 2018?
"Webster is a suburb on the north-eastern side of Rochester, and very close to Lake Ontario. It's a very nice town! The Waterfront Festival was originally held in Canandaigua for 41 years, but moved up to Webster in 2015"
Jul 25
Kristy Guenther replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Whatcha doing this week, July 24-28, 2018?
"Got a local show this weekend, Waterfront Art Festival in Webster NY. It's calling for a chance of rain but I hope it's not too heavy! Then I will have 3 weeks until the next show, which will be nice. Your workspace sounds wonderful.…"
Jul 24

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Acrylic Paint
Years in the Art Fair Business
1
First show ever
My first show will be this summer, the Corn Hill Arts Festival in Rochester NY!
What is your website?
http://www.kguentherart.com
What are the best things about art fairs
I will know this summer 2018! I have been accepted into 3 so far
Best show ever and why
Yet to be discovered!
Worst show ever and why
Yet to be discovered!
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
I found the site while searching on Google for advice on applying to art fairs. I've found a lot of useful info on this site so far!

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At 9:02am on April 30, 2018, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Kristy,

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  We're thrilled to have you joining our community of artists and artisans and hope you'll find the site helpful as you begin this journey.  Thank you for signing up and best of luck as you move forward.

At 10:36pm on May 2, 2018, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Kristy. We’re so glad you joined us. I hope you’ll find the site helpful and that you’ll share your ideas and experiences, ask questions and join the discussions. The site is only as good as the members make it. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike.

Please stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself. Then read the "Getting Started" for tips to make the site easier to navigate.

Many topics have already been discussed. We suggest you try a search of your topic before you post your question. Click the SEARCH tab at the top of the page and “search” for your topic: tents, jury fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, the name of a show, etc. You might find that someone has already asked and answered your question.

Check out our code of conduct to understand the rules of the site.
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