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Lawrence M. Sawyer
  • Andover, MN
  • United States
  • Photography
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Display panels for the newcomer!

Started Aug 28, 2016 0 Replies

I built a few print display panels from the plans that Ernie Kleven sells. They worked well for me for the first year, but I then got really serious and bought a big set of Pro Panels. My home-made…Continue

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Anyone using 8' tall panels?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kelly Brown Jun 3, 2015. 5 Replies

I'm looking for feedback on whether I should set up my booth with 7' panels for displaying my photographs vs. 8' panels. I personally like the feeling of being in a booth that's eight feet tall, as…Continue


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Krasl feedback?

Posted on December 6, 2017 at 10:22am 6 Comments

I know folks have mentioned Krasl here, and on ArtShowReviews, but I can't find anything more recent than 2013. Anyone have any recent experience or feedback?

Thanks in advance. 


Art in Bayfront Park in lovely Duluth, Minnesota

Posted on August 21, 2017 at 10:49am 4 Comments

Quick recap of a very weird weekend. Bayfront Park in Duluth, MN is a great setting right on Lake Superior. New management of this show seems to have fixed lots of things that were being handled poorly in past years. Load in and out are easy...for an extra 50 bucks you can park your trailer right behind your booth! They did a superb job of keeping the artists flush with water and snacks. Booth sitters were readily available as well. 

Attendance was maybe 12,000, maybe. Might have been…


Loring Park is a darned nice place for an art fair.

Posted on July 31, 2017 at 4:09pm 4 Comments

This show used to be on the same weekend as Uptown Art Fair but it's been moved to allow customers to give Loring all of their attention. The demographics here are pretty favorable, as locals live in condos and apartments near downtown Mpls. So they certainly have walls but obviously few will have yards. Keep that in mind if you sell wind chimes or twirly things for the garden. If you have all price points covered and a good selection of truly different, high quality art, then you have…


Unique opportunity available for photographers in upper midwest

Posted on August 17, 2016 at 2:30pm 2 Comments

I only added the upper Midwest part of the title because you'll want to bring all your gear to this event, if you are admitted, so driving will certainly be easier.

Here's the deal: I'm a founding member of an event in its 5th year. It is absolutely unique in format, and there are two openings available. The event is called Retreat on the Rocks. It takes place on the shore of Lake Superior, always coinciding with the annual, 1-day only lighting of Split Rock Lighthouse. That time…


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At 5:16pm on August 5, 2013, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Lawrence.  I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please add a photo of yourself and stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. We all look forward to your participation here. Also, visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!

Many topics have already been discussed here before you joined us. You might like to try a search of your topic before you post your question. Just put your topic, canopy tents, jurying fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, etc, into the search bar at the top of the right side of the page. You might be surprised that someone has already asked your question.

We also ask that all new members take a few moments of their time to read the code of conduct. You will find it at There are a few guidelines that all members will need to follow because , as in any social community, we all need to work together.

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Thank you, Lawrence, for this support of our website. I hope it is helpful to you and you flourish in the business.

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