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M. Scott Phifer
  • Springfield, MO
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  • Soft pastels, acrylics, pen and ink
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Totally new to art shows

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler May 17. 4 Replies

Hey everyone!I have just recently decided I can actually do some art shows.  Going to start local and then see what happens.  The problem is I am trying to figure out what all I need and where I…Continue

Hey All. New here and completely clueless. LOL

Started this discussion. Last reply by M. Scott Phifer Jul 2, 2013. 14 Replies

Hello everyone. I am very interested in taking part in shows and festivals.  We have several local shows that I want to begin with and since I know very little about fairs and festivals, I messaged…Continue

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Connie Mettler replied to M. Scott Phifer's discussion Totally new to art shows
"There are many lists of things you need to do the shows. You'll be amazed at what you need. Search the site for "lists of things needed for shows", something like that. Or search for James Parker -- he did an amazing list some years…"
May 17
Mary Britsch replied to M. Scott Phifer's discussion Totally new to art shows
"If you want to take credit cards, you need to sign up with Square.com or another provider. Heavy weights for the tent corners - you can make these with PVC and concrete with eyebolts embedded."
May 16
Kristy Guenther replied to M. Scott Phifer's discussion Totally new to art shows
"I would check Amazon for gridwall- I got free shipping getting mine from there.  Tablecloths for the tables  Racks to go on the tables to display prints, etc. Something to hold cash so you can make change Signage, price labels... I'm…"
May 15
Larry Berman replied to M. Scott Phifer's discussion Totally new to art shows
"Clear bags for backing and wrapping for prints. 5 foot tall for grids is too short. They need to be at least 6foot. larry Berman "
May 15
M. Scott Phifer posted a discussion

Totally new to art shows

Hey everyone!I have just recently decided I can actually do some art shows.  Going to start local and then see what happens.  The problem is I am trying to figure out what all I need and where I might be able to find some of it.  I have purchased a tent and I know where I am getting my prints from.  Other things I have thought of1) bags and backing boards for prints2) display walls (…See More
May 15
M. Scott Phifer replied to M. Scott Phifer's discussion Hey All. New here and completely clueless. LOL
"Thank you some things to think about.  "
Jul 2, 2013
Kale Van Leeuwen replied to M. Scott Phifer's discussion Hey All. New here and completely clueless. LOL
"I was new last year and I had nothing but my work.  If you can find a show nearby that has an emerging artist category, that may be the way to go.  I did Westport Art Fair last year as an emerging artist, which meant I didn't have to…"
May 24, 2013
M. Scott Phifer replied to M. Scott Phifer's discussion Hey All. New here and completely clueless. LOL
"I had never thought of showing up early and talking to people and checking things out.  I will do that next time there is a show around here.  There is a craft festival here in September called Apple Cider Days.  I will make sure I do…"
May 24, 2013
Chris Pawlik replied to M. Scott Phifer's discussion Hey All. New here and completely clueless. LOL
"Welcome to the forum.  Besides getting all the items to sell at a show there is all the work you need to do just to send in an application.  You need good photos of your work and a booth shot.  If you can find someone willing to lend…"
May 23, 2013
M. Scott Phifer replied to M. Scott Phifer's discussion Hey All. New here and completely clueless. LOL
"Thanx for the advice."
May 23, 2013
M. Scott Phifer replied to M. Scott Phifer's discussion Hey All. New here and completely clueless. LOL
"Thanx Pat."
May 23, 2013
Alison Thomas replied to M. Scott Phifer's discussion Hey All. New here and completely clueless. LOL
"I had some very informative talks with artists before I started doing shows.  The trick is to arrive on Sunday morning before the show opens and look around for artists who are not busy getting ready for the day.  Always say up front what…"
May 23, 2013
Pat Falk replied to M. Scott Phifer's discussion Hey All. New here and completely clueless. LOL
"Hi Scott!  Great to have you here.  I sold my old Lite Dome on Craig's List a couple years ago. So you could check there too.  Or maybe you know someone who can borrow you a tent.  You need a tent, display panels of…"
May 23, 2013
M. Scott Phifer replied to M. Scott Phifer's discussion Hey All. New here and completely clueless. LOL
"Thanx Annette. I previously have been going to art shows just to enjoy the art.  Recently I have started to pay attention to how things are set up.  I will look into renting stuff for my first couple of shows.  Never thought of…"
May 22, 2013
M. Scott Phifer replied to M. Scott Phifer's discussion Hey All. New here and completely clueless. LOL
"Until recently I have been going to the Art Shows to just to enjoy the art, but lately I have been going and looking at the set ups and stuff.  I don't talk too much to the artist because I am don't know how many are going to be…"
May 22, 2013
M. Scott Phifer replied to M. Scott Phifer's discussion Hey All. New here and completely clueless. LOL
"Thanx Connie.  I hope I learn a lot from this site.  I really feel like I am ready to start with festivals and stuff, but other than knowing I need a tent, display panels and several piece of artwork and prints, I am not sure where to…"
May 22, 2013

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At 11:23pm on May 19, 2013, Connie Mettler said…

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

When you have a chance, please 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.

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