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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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Lawrence M. Sawyer replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Free to a good home: Frames & Glass
"Thank you– metal frames are not something I've used in a long time, but I have some ideas as to how to put them back into the rotation. "
Oct 11
Lawrence M. Sawyer replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Free to a good home: Frames & Glass
"I sent you a message. "
Oct 10
Lawrence M. Sawyer replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Free to a good home: Frames & Glass
"Connie, I'll take it. I have a friend in Grass Lake who may be able to get it for me until I can meet up with him. Is Grass Lake far from you? Thanks, Larry Sawyer"
Oct 10
Lawrence M. Sawyer commented on Lawrence M. Sawyer's blog post Art in Bayfront Park in lovely Duluth, Minnesota
"No question, I am re-thinking how to be present different images in my "collections." Small subjects are fine printed smaller. Not tiny, but smaller. They can be jewel-like, but the subject has to match the scale. The trick with…"
Aug 26
Lawrence M. Sawyer commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained...Cheyenne Arts Festival
"All the logistics and amenities in the world don't pay the bills, but they do make failure a little more bearable. Will you do it again?"
Aug 23
Christina L. Towell commented on Lawrence M. Sawyer's blog post Art in Bayfront Park in lovely Duluth, Minnesota
"That does sound like a good plan, though, and I've heard it said right here on this site that we have to keep changing our game and become more flexible, so maybe it's worth a try?  Keep us posted..."
Aug 23
Lawrence M. Sawyer commented on Lawrence M. Sawyer's blog post Art in Bayfront Park in lovely Duluth, Minnesota
"Not unless I can find out first how many other photographers are doing it. I know that's not normally how it works, but I'm not kidding when I tell you that photography was saturated at this show. Actually I have a strategy in mind were I…"
Aug 23
Christina L. Towell commented on Lawrence M. Sawyer's blog post Art in Bayfront Park in lovely Duluth, Minnesota
"Thanks, Lawrence, I wonder if any other AFI members were there and what their take-away was...were there other events happening concurrently?  Well, like you say, a "head scratcher"...do you think you'll try again next year?"
Aug 23
Lawrence M. Sawyer posted a blog post

Art in Bayfront Park in lovely Duluth, Minnesota

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 under 10K.…See More
Aug 21
Layl McDill commented on Lawrence M. Sawyer's blog post Loring Park is a darned nice place for an art fair.
"I was at both Loring and Uptown this year and would say it was true that I had a lot of repeat customers at Uptown but the case was more that they were buying from me twice- which was great!  My sales at Loring were down this year from other…"
Aug 10
Christina L. Towell commented on Lawrence M. Sawyer's blog post Loring Park is a darned nice place for an art fair.
"Sounds like a winner, thanks for your review, Lawrence...glad you did well."
Aug 5
Lawrence M. Sawyer commented on Lawrence M. Sawyer's blog post Loring Park is a darned nice place for an art fair.
"Thanks for that info, I didn't realize so many people would still be hitting both shows. Uptown is huge. "
Aug 2
Oscar Matos Linares commented on Lawrence M. Sawyer's blog post Loring Park is a darned nice place for an art fair.
"This has always been a Saturday show no matter what. I was hoping for a change but did not happen. Since the move to this weekend the show has gone from avg of 2k to 550 for this year. It may work as preview to Uptown but 3 to 5 people walking away…"
Aug 2
Lawrence M. Sawyer posted a blog post

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

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 a shot…See More
Jul 31
Lawrence M. Sawyer commented on David Forster's blog post Landscape Photography is it dead or is it dying a slow death at art shows?
"Oscar, how was Loring Park for you? I stoped for a moment at your booth this morning, before we opened, and we said "hello" but I didn't have time to chat. That was me. Was the show good? My sales were quite slow today and I ended up…"
Jul 31
Lawrence M. Sawyer replied to Denise Johnson's discussion Art In Bayfront Park Duluth MN Good Show?
"Yeah, I'm debating too. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?"
Jul 12

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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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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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Quick and dirty review: The Wayzata Art Experience

Posted on June 26, 2016 at 11:47pm 7 Comments

I just completed the Wayzata Art Experience and want to share while it is all still fresh. 

First, this show is on no one's radar. At all. There are no reviews anywhere, so I emailed a few folks who participated previously. They said it wasn't great and that I should proceed with caution. Wayzata (Why-zet-uh) is about 40 minutes from my home north of Mpls. It sits due west of Mpls, and for a $190 booth fee, I thought, "I'll roll the dice." The show is right on Lake Minnetonka on the…

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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.

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