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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

Tags: sale, Ernie, Kleven, for, Panels

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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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
Lawrence M. Sawyer commented on Lawrence M. Sawyer's blog post Krasl feedback?
"Yowza. "
Dec 8
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
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
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
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
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

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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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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.

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