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Larry Berman
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Larry Berman commented on Debbie Barnett's blog post web site hosts
"Actually it's probably next to impossible to get found unless you advertise it to your potential customers when you do shows. Or you probably need to hire a company that specializes in web site promotion. The template web sites offer links to…"
6 hours ago
Larry Berman replied to Dawn Middleton's discussion Art Show Application App
"You wouldn't need approval to access data through zapp because the app would have to log into the artist's profile and then access the information. The artist would choose which show to add to their app and then enter the required…"
Larry Berman replied to Dawn Middleton's discussion Art Show Application App
"Possibly but it would also need to be able to upload images directly into your account on zapp and jas and possibly Entrythingy. Otherwise any database program would work. Larry Berman"
Larry Berman replied to Linnea Lahlum's discussion Weird size format for jury, what file size to choose?
"This is an example of image requirements from someone who doesn't understand image sizing. They are falsely assuming all artwork fits a 6x9 proportion. Best you can do is make them 2700 long dimension, sRGB color space and save at a maximum…"
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Feb 15
Larry Berman replied to peter brown's discussion Big vs little update
"I'm not going to get into your not understanding how this business works, others already have. But I will suggest going to the ZAPP conference where the largest number of art show directors will be in one location and make your case to them.…"
Feb 15
Larry Berman replied to Sherry Pelletier's discussion Newbie question about "body of work"
"The sunsets as a theme are a cliché. I'd mix some of them with the other pieces. Larry Berman"
Feb 13
Larry Berman replied to Julie Roe's discussion Arts Festival Conference 2018?
"You need a wifi connected camera, like an iphone. There's a link on your Facebook page to live video. From Google:How do you do a livestream on Facebook?In the Facebook app, begin to compose a status as you normally would.On iOS, a list of…"
Feb 13
Larry Berman replied to Tina Hospers's discussion Would Appreciate a Booth Review - Newbie!
"Square up the front corners of the booth. The bottom row on the left side looks leaning over. Put something behind the frames so they don't lean. The back wall can use two horizontals under the three pieces to make the wall look fuller. The…"
Feb 13
Larry Berman replied to Peter Geiger's discussion New booth shot would like some input
"The floor looks strange. There are wrinkles on the fabric walls. The side walls can be squared up and the paintings above the guitar on the French wall look out of place. If at all possible booth shots should be taken during the day when natural…"
Feb 12
Larry Berman replied to Scott Zuziak's discussion Old Town Art Fair OR Lakefront Festival of Arts
"First time applying and getting into two top shows. Congratulations. I'd easily pick Lakefront over Old Town. Besides the potential being much better at Lakefront, it's indoors (large tents that you can drive to your space in) and not as…"
Feb 9
Larry Berman replied to Ryan Moyer's discussion Lights in booth photo? Double booth?
"Not frowned upon or anything like that. If you take the picture during the day you don't need lights because everything can be adjusted afterwards. If you do want to use the lights, take it with and without the lights because once you turn on…"
Feb 8
Larry Berman commented on Sonja Jones's blog post St. Louis Art Fair Mock Jury 2018
"Before Cindy moved on to greener pastures (Sausalito Art Festival) she provided me with statistics showing that by attending the St. Louis mock jury, you stood a better chance of getting accepted into the show. Larry…"
Feb 6
Larry Berman replied to Julie Roe's discussion Arts Festival Conference 2018?
"I assume you're referring to the zapp conference. The best part of the conference for artists is the mock jury. If at all possible, try and get your images into the jury. It's probably too late but check zapp and see if it's still…"
Feb 4
Larry Berman replied to Julie Holman's discussion Booth flooring questions
"You can get a piece of gray carpet from Lowes or Home Depot for under $100. At that price, if it becomes wet and could ruin your inventory in the vehicle, just throw it away and start again. Larry Bermanhttp://BermanGraphics.com412-401-8100"
Jan 31
Larry Berman replied to Lyra y Jose's discussion Craft Producers Shows-why the high entry fee?
"Paradise City in Northampton can be a very good show depending on your market. It's a large female double income community with disposable income. Larry Berman"
Jan 30

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Over thirty years experience doing over a thousand art shows. Now I do consulting with artists helping them improve their jury images, booth slide and presentation. Jury slide photography of artwork.

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Every girl wants a pink convertible

Posted on December 14, 2017 at 4:54pm 3 Comments

Happy Holidays everyone

Doesn't every girl want a pink convertible? Originally we were going to do a holiday picture with a sleigh large enough for the pups to sit in. That concept will now be put on hold until next year. We came across a pink mini cooper convertible and that became the new holiday picture. The car is 24x36 inches by about 20 inches tall. Xena is dominant in the picture with Elvis taking the back seat.…


How to Photograph a Lamp

Posted on June 29, 2017 at 7:11am 0 Comments

How to Photograph a lamp

Help Getting Accepted into Art Shows - Part 5

My next article consists of tips on how to take photographs of a lamp, or any object that is lit from within.

link to the article on the discussion forum

To see the examples of my art photography or improved jury…


Cell Phone Photography Tips

Posted on June 6, 2017 at 11:07pm 5 Comments

Help Getting Accepted into Art Shows - Part 4

No, I haven't gone over to the dark side and still recommend using a real camera to photograph your artwork or booth for jurying. But I have been investigating getting better quality pictures from my iphone camera. And by better quality, I don't mean improved composition. I mean technically improved pictures with less blurriness (sharper) and better exposure.

My next article consists of tips on how to take better pictures with…


The Care and Feeding of Your Jury Images

Posted on May 31, 2017 at 5:08am 0 Comments

Help Getting Accepted into Art Shows - Part 3

Once upon a time there was an artist who sold his paintings every weekend at art shows. He took a few pictures of his paintings, and for the few shows that required it, hung his paintings on the fence next to his house and took a “display” picture. The film was dropped off at the corner drug store where he picked up the slides three days later. He filled out a paper application, included two checks, a few 35mm slides and a self-addressed…


Rent Your Display

Posted on May 23, 2017 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

Rent Your Display

I added the option to list display equipment for rent in the For Sale and Trade forum. If you have display equipment sitting around that you only use a few times a year, why not have it generate some extra money for you. I rent my Pro Panels out a few times a year and they have paid for themselves a few times over.…


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At 9:39am on October 24, 2009, Connie Mettler gave Larry Berman a gift
Here's a gift for you, Larry, to help you keep all discussions rolling on the Internet. Thanks for keeping folks on their toes.
At 11:47am on November 02, 2009, Connie Mettler gave Larry Berman a gift
Thanks for these tips, Larry. I did some more streamlining of it last night and will use this info too. Keeping it simple and understandable is important.
At 2:22pm on February 15, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Larry Berman a gift
Thanks for referring Dawn to the site!
At 2:21pm on March 09, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Larry Berman a gift
Congratulations, Larry. You have chosen you as an "art star" for your continuous generosity in sharing your expertise, personal experience, and friendly support to the members of this community.
At 4:42pm on July 16, 2010, Larry Berman said…
Hi Joseph, contact me directly by e-mail or telephone.

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At 11:21pm on July 22, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Larry Berman a gift
Thank you for your referral of Linda and Jim!
At 4:29pm on August 20, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Larry Berman a gift
Thank you for referring Leslie to the site!
At 12:53pm on August 25, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Larry Berman a gift
Thanks Larry for referring Kathryn Riechert to our group. Your help makes this a great site for artists.
At 10:39pm on August 28, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Larry Berman a gift
Thank you Larry for referring David johnson to Art Fair Insiders. We appreciate all you do.
At 8:59pm on September 28, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Larry Berman a gift
Tahnks, Larry, for referring Franki Martin to Art Fair Insiders.

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