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Kyra Richter
  • Stevensville, MI
  • United States
  • Watercolor, Digital
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FOR SALE 10 X 10 Display Canopy Craft Hut

Started Jul 9 0 Replies

Foot surgeries have changed my ability to be able to handle something like this on my own. Also, changes in my situation have made it no longer possible for me to upgrade my vehicle to fit the canopy…Continue

Tags: Craft, Hut, canopy, booth, tent

Yet Another Booth Discussion

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kathleen J. Clausen Apr 25. 14 Replies

Hello all, I am new to the Art Fair Scene. I have been stalking the canvas booth and panel discussions as well as used sales (here and on Craigslist) and websites for all brands mentioned here. I can…Continue

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FOR SALE 10 X 10 Display Canopy Craft Hut

Foot surgeries have changed my ability to be able to handle something like this on my own. Also, changes in my situation have made it no longer possible for me to upgrade my vehicle to fit the canopy and prop panels I had also purchased. This heavy duty Craft Hut canopy includes a sta bar, the awning, all the walls, all the pins clips, etc needed to set it up. I bought it used and I used it for one fair only. It also had an issue with zippers, so small openings had to be made on a wall to allow…See More
Jul 9
Kyra Richter replied to Catherine Nocon's discussion Booth Photo and results of 1st art show.
"Interesting. At my first show, most people wanted my framed art. There were a couple prints I had only as matted prints and not framed. They asked me if I had it framed. I guess it really depends. Next show I framed and only the matted sold! Hahaha!…"
Jun 20
Kyra Richter posted an album

Digital Art

My digital paintings and illustrations of octopuses.
Jun 20
Kyra Richter posted photos
Jun 20
Kyra Richter replied to Joseph Magnano's discussion the number one American Art Fair
"This is a very entertaining thread indeed. There is a lot of frustration being voiced here. Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I believe, so is art.  I find it interesting that there was a comment about Museums and original art. Most…"
Jun 20
Kyra Richter replied to Mark cahill's discussion Looking to Buy ProPanels - Chicago Area
"Mike, I wish they were knockdown but they are not. They are 8 panels. The photo shows my set up but there are eight 8' tall panels with all hardware. I just bought them but unless I were to rock this art thing and make $ to have better…"
Jun 7
Kyra Richter replied to Mark cahill's discussion Looking to Buy ProPanels - Chicago Area
"They are 8 panels. "
Jun 7
Kyra Richter replied to Mark cahill's discussion Looking to Buy ProPanels - Chicago Area
"I have dark Greg pro panels. I’m in SW Mi. They don’t fit in my Durango so I can’t use them for shows unless I rent a different vehicle and that’s expensive! "
Jun 5
Kyra Richter replied to Tara Sage's discussion Are art fairs a good starting point for unknown artists?
"I’m not sure how it happened, but I got into 12 of the 14 shows I applied to, all with a “booth” shot of a mock setup in a corner of my living room of how the booth would be set up within the canopy. Just a couple shows emailed me…"
Jun 5
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Kyra Richter's discussion Yet Another Booth Discussion
"Best of luck, Kyra!"
Apr 25
Kyra Richter replied to Kyra Richter's discussion Yet Another Booth Discussion
"Great recommendations. You guys talked me into it though, I did end up buying a slightly used good quality tent. I figure if I'm doing 10 shows this summer I better be well equipped. I love this forum because everyone is so willing to share…"
Apr 24
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
Bobby Weiss replied to Kyra Richter's discussion Yet Another Booth Discussion
"If you bought a good condition tent that is used, and then treated it well, you could probably sell it little to no loss within 2 years. Trimlines are sturdy. I bought some parts new and, after the shipping I thought... next time I need parts…"
Apr 23
Dean Myton replied to Kyra Richter's discussion Yet Another Booth Discussion
"If you go the ezup route, buy 2 and keep one with you as a spare.  Be prepared to loose your work once if it is weather sensitive and make heavy weights out of 4" pipe and concrete with eye hole hardware on the top.  Tie them to the…"
Apr 23
Kathy Scofield replied to Kyra Richter's discussion Yet Another Booth Discussion
"I have been exhibiting for less than a year. I have an abccanopy pop-up 10 x 10 that I purchased on Amazon.  Do not purchase the Ozark tents or other tents that are a lot less stable. I know that price has a consideration for your budget but…"
Apr 23
Fletcher Dean replied to Kyra Richter's discussion Yet Another Booth Discussion
"That's some good advice right there, Len. Have never thought about bungies on the weights. Makes sense."
Apr 23

Profile Information

Your Medium
Watercolor, Digital
Years in the Art Fair Business
0
First show ever
This May 2018
What is your website?
http://thelfpproject.com
What are the best things about art fairs
So much other art to see and share, people, colors.
Best show ever and why
I can't answer yet, as this is my first year showing.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Online search.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I used to be a commercial diver in nuclear power plants after 15 years as a recreational dive instructor and cave diver. My digital octopus paintings are a nod to those times.

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At 8:44am on March 12, 2018, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Kyra,

Welcome to AFI!  We're thrilled to have you joining our community of artists and artisans and hope you'll find the site beneficial.  Thanks so much for subscribing and best of luck as you move forward.

At 10:10pm on March 14, 2018, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Kyra. 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.

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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.

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At 3:11pm on March 15, 2018, Michael onweller said…

Yes still have it call me it's easier 810 441 6798 michael

At 3:21pm on March 15, 2018, Michael onweller said…

I'm in Michigan east of flint 20 minutes  off  69 freeway

At 1:46pm on March 16, 2018, Michael onweller said…

Kyra are yu interested  in tent yu said yu where seems like yu said that to a lot of people just cking if yu really are

At 2:40pm on March 16, 2018, Kyra Richter said…

I am interested. For that reason I am looking around for a good deal :) I have contacted three people I think. I've also been reading up on booths to see what my best bet is. Cost, material, etc. Because most of my shows will be here in the Midwest and we know how the weather is, I think I have to go for something sturdy, which is more costly, so I have to make sure I am making a good choice. 

At 9:54am on April 23, 2018, Christina Ruth Smith said…

I looked at the images you posted here and your work has a lovely gentle charm! I like it very much and I know there is a market for it.  Your work will appeal to the sweet fantasy people and to folks looking to decorate a child’s room.  There aren’t very many artists doing that so you won’t have a ton of competition.  I’ve made a living doing shows for the last forty years and could not have done it without making prints of my work.  If you need to find a printer go to your local shows and ask artist with prints who they would recommend.  A lot of artists do their own but not everyone.  Prints will give you a more affordable price range increasing your chance of sales.  Be careful how you frame your pieces.  Presentation does matter!

Buy the pop up tent and ask experienced artists how to secure it.  There are tricks to making a tent stay on the ground!  Buy the better tent as soon as you can - just start learning.  You don’t have to have pro panels.  Your work would be at home on old distressed screen doors.  Get creative and thrifty.

Begin learning how to sell with your local shows.  Talking to your potential customers makes a big big difference - engage with them and don’t give up.  Many customers will first walk a show and later come back to buy.  You don’t know who’s coming back so don’t get discouraged and stop talking.  Often a 10am show doesn’t start buying till 1 or 2 in the afternoon.

Good luck and I hope to see you on the street somewhere!

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