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Larry Sohn's Discussions

On Site phone number Ann Arbor South U

Started Jul 18 0 Replies

Does anyone know the on site, phone number, for the Ann Arbor South University, Arft Fair?Cell phone - Maggie Ladd?Continue

Tags: Ann, Arbor:, Contact:, University:, U:

Ann Arbor selling beach scenes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Berman Jul 16. 1 Reply

Does anyone have experience to share of Ann Arbor Art Fair?Specifically: Do Beach type scenes move well?Normally I would not bring them, no matter how good, to a high end fair.However, if it is a…Continue

Tags: matter, sales, subject, photography, Arbor

Promoter responsibilities and solutions

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Hoyt Jul 17. 16 Replies

What responsibilities do we attribute to the promoter for alleviating a problem at the shows?What solutions should they employ?Recently at the show in Rockville, MD we had a situation.This show is…Continue

Tags: complaint, harass, promoter, disrupt, religion

Painters source and disdain

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Sohn Jun 29. 34 Replies

I am curious, how many painters, or other mediums of art, use a photograph of the subject matter, to work from.So many painters, I have encountered, know that they cannot paint quickly enough to get…Continue

Tags: painting, compare, critique, painter, art


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Latest Activity

Larry Sohn replied to Catherine Robertson's discussion Selling equipment for art fairs
"Catherine, What a pleasure chatting with you, just a few minutes ago. May the galleries treat you well. Larry"
Sep 8
Larry Sohn replied to Chris van atta's discussion Artist Statement for Zapplication
"My response is limited to the category / medium of "Photography" In conversations with show directors I have been given conflicting answers. Examples of what they have told me: I'm sick of reading..."shot with a Cannon XYZ at…"
Sep 8
Larry Sohn replied to Chris van atta's discussion Artist Statement for Zapplication
"Julie, While I agree with what you state.  I note the OP stated "artist statement", whereas you seem to reference the "Materials and methods" statement. This is an are of concern for many. If the show wants a M&M…"
Sep 8
Larry Sohn replied to Barbara Lee's discussion Complete Black Propanel 10x20' Booth and Accessories for Sale
"As there is no list of parts. No list of specs. No price. However "price is negotiable" Ok... I'll offer $100, including shipping."
Sep 7
Larry Sohn replied to Chris van atta's discussion Artist Statement for Zapplication
"You answered this, yourself... "I am used to writing about myself as a artist." That is what you can do.  It can be a challenge to place the best information in just 500 characters. Remember, spaces count as characters. Artist…"
Sep 5
Larry Sohn replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Back Home from Mobile, AL
"Most shows I do, will not allow "25% Sales" or other posted markdowns."
Aug 27
Larry Sohn replied to Blaine Owens's discussion Mesh Panel Options
"I have several sets of these. Mine are aluminum. I can't see why anyone would want steel. Mine will hold all the weight I would try to put on them. Steel rusts. Although aluminum can oxidize, it will not rust like steel. "
Aug 27
Larry Sohn replied to Kathy Klenk's discussion Application fees
"In most shows that I have done, I never pay a booth fee with the application. The normal process, for me, has been to pay the jury fee, when applying with the application. Then if I am accepted, I then pay the booth fee. I do not have an application…"
Aug 26
Larry Sohn replied to Kathy Klenk's discussion Application fees
"Kathy, Are you using the wrong terminology? Application fee VS Booth fee? I have never paid over $100 "application / jury fee". Now booth, almost always."
Aug 25
Larry Sohn replied to CA Kaminski's discussion Signing a triptych
"I sign them all. Even though they are a set, as they are not attached to each other, they might be separated. Therefore, as each is a piece of artwork from you, sign each one. I also attach a COA (Certificate of Authenticity) to my work. When it is…"
Aug 14
Larry Sohn replied to Sherry Pelletier's discussion How do you organize your trailer?
"Are the "user installed brakes" the same as the "factory installed" systems? What about the Brake controller?"
Aug 12
Larry Sohn replied to Sherry Pelletier's discussion How do you organize your trailer?
"I wasn't sure about the side to side VS centered, over the axles as someone had said to center it. Not sure if that had to do with handling or structural integrity of axles and wheels? I've also considered having a ladder installed and…"
Aug 11
Larry Sohn replied to Sherry Pelletier's discussion How do you organize your trailer?
"Very good Reid, One of the reasons I want a tandem axle. I'll still have to be cognizant of load balancing, however it should be a little more forgiving. I would think the poles, up top, would be offset by the collective weight of bins of…"
Aug 11
Larry Sohn replied to Sherry Pelletier's discussion How do you organize your trailer?
"I have also considered the route of another vehicle. Sprinter or other. However I'm too frugal (cheap) to spend for acquisition, insurance, registration etc. lots of benefits for the extra vehicle - lots of extra costs. So trailer it is. Also…"
Aug 9
Larry Sohn replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you doing this weekend? August 6-11, 2018
"Getting out more artworks (ordered at shows). Researching trailer ideas. Deciding where to travel to explore, be inspired and get ideas for more artwork. No Shows YEEEEEEAAAAAAHHHHH!  A well needed break."
Aug 9
Larry Sohn replied to Sherry Pelletier's discussion How do you organize your trailer?
"With some of the great bin ideas, I see for the trailers, I wonder of one drawback... With all the bins, the only option is to transport bins 4 times. 1)Into show, 2)back to trailer during setup, 3) back to show, 4) Back to trailer for breakdown and…"
Aug 9

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Your Medium
Photography - Natural, unaltered, not heavily post processed.
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
My first gallery type showing would have been in the early 70's. I won best in show.
What are the best things about art fairs
Chance to get first hand public feedback on your artwork. Opportunity to mix and mingle with buyers. Chance to intermingle with other artists - only if you can get away from your booth long enough. Working shows by myself, rarely affords such. Creates a lifestyle of travel which brings it's own rewards such as exploration. Particularly great for my medium allowing me chances to photograph in diverse areas.
Best show ever and why
St James for the fantastic treatment the staff and local neighbors give to the artist. So welcoming, helpful and generous. Although Mt Gretna was close. In St James, even though we had heavy rains they did all they could to help, gave us carpeting, helped with our booths. Feeding us. Even helped breaking down my booth in the mud. Could not ask for more. Very organized and concerned.
Worst show ever and why
Not sure I want to list it here.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Various art show venders
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I am an enigma wrapped up in an anomaly. I am also a walking book of misinformation.
Photography, exploration and travelling aimlessly is not a job - it is a labor of love and a way of life for me.

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At 10:25pm on August 9, 2016, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Larry. 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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At 9:06am on April 28, 2017, Nels Johnson said…
Larry, I have always been in the original show, by the fountain, it is still the best show of all of them, I would stay away from fourth street, fifth is the next best choice. sJ is a low end sales show, for me it is hard to make $3500 anymore, I am about ready to drop it after 25 years. Hope this helps a little.
At 8:07am on June 22, 2017, Connie Mettler gave Larry Sohn a gift
Thank you, Larry, for referring Hollie Graze to Art Fair Insiders.
At 11:14am on July 03, 2017, Connie Mettler gave Larry Sohn a gift
Thank you, Larry, for this support of our website. I hope it is helpful to you and you flourish in the business.
At 9:00am on August 2, 2017, Dale Thackeray Fink said…
No, no relation to Larry Fink.

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