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Lawrence M. Sawyer
  • Andover, MN
  • United States
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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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Lawrence M. Sawyer replied to Donna Valenti's discussion Flourish Trimline Tent, Mesh Walls, everything you need, needs a new home...
"Donna, I'm in Minneapolis. I have a Fedex Ground account with really great rates to a commercial address, which I have. So shipping to me would be pretty cheap, relatively, and I'd give you my Fedex account number to use.  please…"
Jul 9
Lawrence M. Sawyer commented on Lawrence M. Sawyer's blog post Marion Arts Festival has it pretty much figured out.
"I can do better, yes. But there are many factors that play into my perception of a show. Ease of set-up, audience enthusiasm, whether or not my work is unique in the show mix, etc. Probably the biggest factor is whether or not people buy off my…"
Jul 9
Barrie Lynn Bryant commented on Lawrence M. Sawyer's blog post Marion Arts Festival has it pretty much figured out.
"I'm just playing around with the expenses for this show based upon reading your review. And then I'm wondering if it was really that profitable directly? It might have been, but feeling good about a show and how we are treated is also…"
Jul 9
Lawrence M. Sawyer replied to Donna Valenti's discussion Flourish Trimline Tent, Mesh Walls, everything you need, needs a new home...
"Would you sell the mesh panels separately and ship them? Thank you ! Larry"
Jul 8
Lawrence M. Sawyer commented on Lawrence M. Sawyer's blog post Marion Arts Festival has it pretty much figured out.
"Marion, Iowa. Very close to Cedar Rapids."
May 23
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on Lawrence M. Sawyer's blog post Marion Arts Festival has it pretty much figured out.
"Where is the Marion Arts Fair?"
May 23
Connie Mettler commented on Lawrence M. Sawyer's blog post Marion Arts Festival has it pretty much figured out.
"Yes, I get it, Lawrence. Over the years you've written several very helpful reviews. And yes, the negative reviews are very helpful and can save you money and time. One of the reasons shows work in tourist areas (and why shows can flourish in…"
May 22
Lawrence M. Sawyer commented on Lawrence M. Sawyer's blog post Marion Arts Festival has it pretty much figured out.
"Connie, I almost didn't write this, because there's only room for 50, and it's easy to circle the wagons.  But I find these reviews sooooo valuable...actually the really negative ones are even more valuable than the "it was…"
May 22
Connie Mettler commented on Lawrence M. Sawyer's blog post Marion Arts Festival has it pretty much figured out.
"I love one day shows! The audience knows they only have a limited number of hours to come and it is put on many calendars as "must attend." We did one in northern Michigan in Charlevoix for many years. As it dawned the buyers were already…"
May 22
Lawrence M. Sawyer posted a blog post

Marion Arts Festival has it pretty much figured out.

Here's a quick recap from the tiny in size, but big-hearted Marion Arts Festival. It's a one-day show but that's all it needs to be!It's a tiny show, 50 artists exactly. It is very tightly curated with exactly zero duplication of subject matter between artists. If you get in your work will stand out. They are superb at jurying and making sure each artist in the show is unlike any other. Zapp to apply. It took me three years to get in. Communication is plentiful and crystal clear as to what is…See More
May 21
Connie Mettler commented on Lawrence M. Sawyer's blog post Krasl feedback?
"and here's a reply, Larry, that landed in my inbox from a resident of St. Joe, MI, where Krasl is located: krasl is in my back yard in mich... I rented my mich condo and have been here the last 2 years..  I did not show there but I…"
Dec 10, 2017
Lawrence M. Sawyer commented on Lawrence M. Sawyer's blog post Krasl feedback?
"Yowza. "
Dec 8, 2017
Lynn McAleer commented on Lawrence M. Sawyer's blog post Krasl feedback?
"Lets just say I made enough to pay the mortgage for 5 months!! LOL :D"
Dec 8, 2017
Lawrence M. Sawyer commented on Lawrence M. Sawyer's blog post Krasl feedback?
"Thanks to both of you. Nels, I tried an initial search but it's hard on this site. But I was pretty sure you had blogged about it. Lynn, I appreciate that feedback...I assume sales were good?"
Dec 8, 2017
Lynn McAleer commented on Lawrence M. Sawyer's blog post Krasl feedback?
"It was a Fantastic show for me this year. The staff was wonderful getting everyone in and out. There are always a few "bullies" who block the way with big arse trailers....they dealt with this in a stern but kind way. A very large…"
Dec 8, 2017
Nels johnson commented on Lawrence M. Sawyer's blog post Krasl feedback?
"If you check my blogs, you will find plenty of info about Krasl. BTW, I have blogged about almost every important show in the country, you just have to do research of my blogs."
Dec 7, 2017

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Marion Arts Festival has it pretty much figured out.

Posted on May 21, 2018 at 11:38am 7 Comments

Here's a quick recap from the tiny in size, but big-hearted Marion Arts Festival. It's a one-day show but that's all it needs to be!

It's a tiny show, 50 artists exactly. It is very tightly curated with exactly zero duplication of subject matter between artists. If you get in your work will stand out. They are superb at jurying and making sure each artist in the show is unlike any other. 

Zapp to apply. It took me three years to get in. Communication is plentiful and crystal…

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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. 

Larry

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…

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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…

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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!

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