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Melanie Rolfes
  • Female
  • Atlanta, GA
  • United States
  • Steel plate
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Melanie Rolfes's Discussions

Greatest art supply resource for artists

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alison Thomas Feb 2. 4 Replies

ok the question on what tent to buy comes up ALL the time.  I can not recommend Flourish enough.  Of course their trim line tent is awesome. We have two 10’, 2 15’ and a 20’ plus everything else they…Continue

Cottonwood Art Festival Richardson TX

Started Oct 12, 2017 0 Replies

This was our first time showing at Cottonwood. The show is in a park surrounded by modest middle class homes and community. Richardson is a suburb of Dallas. We usually don’t do suburban shows…Continue

10'x15' Trimline question

Started Oct 2, 2012 0 Replies

Does anyone use a 10'x15' trimline?  I love it when I show with a friend and we do a double trimeline booth, but we only do that at a few shows.  I don't think I can fit or deal with two trimlines on…Continue

Screw ups and embarrassing moments in front of clients

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Aug 22, 2012. 8 Replies

 Anyone have any good stories to help me feel better? I had a consult at a clients home today and I really screwed up, actually screwed it up with a screwdriver.I was meeting with a client for a…Continue

 

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Melanie Rolfes commented on Nels johnson's blog post Houston Bayou Art Show—Finally, something good to talk about
"Nels we had a solid show, first time for us.  Set up Wednesday and broke down Monday.  Long time to be away from home but we rented a 3 bedroom Airbnb with other artists so cheap to be there.  And I chilled out at Rothko Chappel on…"
Apr 19
Melanie Rolfes commented on Nels johnson's blog post Houston Bayou Art Show—Finally, something good to talk about
"Great review I was hoping you would do one.  We were in the back in 600 area and the golf carts were going back and forth filled with large 2d Saturday and Sunday.  There is an art pick up booth and when you sell something big the show…"
Apr 19
Melanie Rolfes commented on Wallace Fuller's blog post Transit Van Outfitting
"I would suggest going to some shows during set up and breakdown and check out the different build outs from artists.  Everyone is usually excited to show off their buildout.  I know a lot of us have had to change our initial build outs…"
Mar 29
Connie Mettler commented on Melanie Rolfes's blog post Zapp Conference and Coconut Grove Art Festival (CGAF)
"Excellent review, Melanie. I get so overwhelmed at the conferences, seeing old friends, renewing acquaintances, meeting new people, making reports, learning things for myself, maybe getting some photos or a video. The time flies I missed some of the…"
Feb 23
Melanie Rolfes commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Report from Florida: 2018 Arts Festival Conference
" Barrie the “limbo” (I like that term for this situation), works for some apps but not all.  There are different ways a show can choose app order.   I believe Connie is referring not to the order the jury sees your app,…"
Feb 22
Melanie Rolfes commented on Melanie Rolfes's blog post Zapp Conference and Coconut Grove Art Festival (CGAF)
"Marge you know I don’t have it down pat.  As soon as any of us think they have a handle on this business it changes.  It was great to see you."
Feb 22
margaret luttrell commented on Melanie Rolfes's blog post Zapp Conference and Coconut Grove Art Festival (CGAF)
"Thanks for the review Melanie and thanks for the feedback from the Zapp Conference. My experience with Coconut Grove was just so-so. I made expenses but not a lot more. There were so many people but saw so many without anything in their hands…"
Feb 22
Melanie Rolfes posted a blog post

Zapp Conference and Coconut Grove Art Festival (CGAF)

We just returned home from an amazing week in South East Florida.  We attended the Zapp Conference in Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton and showed at Coconut Grove Art…See More
Feb 21
Melanie Rolfes commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Report from Florida: 2018 Arts Festival Conference
"Connie, actually the feedback from all the artists work and apps was very helpful.  As far as our individual apps...as collaborative/2 artists we disagree on what images to apply with.  Also trying to introduce a new line of work it really…"
Feb 20
Melanie Rolfes commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Report from Florida: 2018 Arts Festival Conference
"Nice summary Connie.  We loved it and it’s a bonus since we get a chance to visit with you.  This year was even better then last years.  Just got home from CGAF.  I will have more comments to add."
Feb 20
Nels johnson commented on Melanie Rolfes's blog post St Armands Circle Art Festival, Sarasota FL
"As always, the Girl from Steinhatchee nails it. congrats"
Feb 5
Paul Flack commented on Melanie Rolfes's blog post St Armands Circle Art Festival, Sarasota FL
"thank you Melanie, nice job."
Feb 5
Christina L. Towell commented on Melanie Rolfes's blog post St Armands Circle Art Festival, Sarasota FL
"I enjoyed reading your recap of this show, Melanie, as I've been to St. Armand's Circle on a couple of occasions.  My good friend has a condo on Longboat Key and we've gone in to St. Armand's for lunch and shopping...so…"
Feb 5
Melanie Rolfes posted a blog post

St Armands Circle Art Festival, Sarasota FL

St Armands Circle Art Festival is the last weekend of January.   There is another one I believe in November but this review is about the January show.   This was our first time at this show, first time in Sarasota and our first show of the year.    What a beautiful area.  The show is in the park at St Armands Circle.  This is a…See More
Feb 4
ZuSheng Yu commented on Melanie Rolfes's blog post MOCAs Boardwalk Art Show, Virginia Beach VA
"Hi Melanie, Positive aspects of being an artist, I like it! Great reviews! "
Feb 3
Alison Thomas replied to Melanie Rolfes's discussion Greatest art supply resource for artists
"They really understand the business. Every time I order from them they ask me when is your next show?, when do you need it by? and it has arrived on time every time.  They also keep records on what was bought for your tent.  When I bought…"
Feb 2

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Steel plate
Years in the Art Fair Business
8
First show ever
Inman Park Festival
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Art Lovers
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Zapp Conference and Coconut Grove Art Festival (CGAF)

Posted on February 21, 2018 at 8:17pm 3 Comments

We just returned home from an amazing week in South East Florida.  We attended the Zapp Conference in…

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St Armands Circle Art Festival, Sarasota FL

Posted on February 4, 2018 at 5:53pm 3 Comments

St Armands Circle Art Festival is the last weekend of January.   There is another one I believe in November but this review is about the January show.   This was our first time at this show, first time in Sarasota and our first show of the year.    What a beautiful area.  The show is in the park at St Armands…

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Review: Turtle Creek Arts Festival, Dallas TX

Posted on November 25, 2017 at 5:30pm 2 Comments

Turtle Creek Arts Festival in Dallas Texas is the second weekend of November.  This was the inaugural show.  The show takes place in Reverchon Park next to Katy trail.  Turtle Creek is a very high end area of Dallas, in the middle of the city.  Many artists won’t do a first year show but I…

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Bayou City Art Festival Downtown Houston TX

Posted on October 16, 2017 at 3:30pm 4 Comments

We are driving from Houston as I write this on our way to New Orleans to enjoy some good food and drinks after finishing up two Texas shows. The Houston show was this past weekend. It was very impressive that the organizers and the city were able to not only go on with the show but to do it up to the standards of past…

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Comment Wall (32 comments)

At 1:41pm on September 18, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to ArtFairInsiders.com, Melanie. 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 to your profile 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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Connie Mettler

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At 9:37pm on September 28, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
Melanie

I am going through the list of members and need to tell you that first and last names are a requirement for being a member of this site. Failure to post this within 24 hours of receiving this message will mean a suspension from the site. We know you will understand the importance of identifying oneself in a social situation such as ArtFairInsiders. Thanks so much.
Connie
At 6:57pm on May 2, 2011, Annette Piper said…

Hi Melanie :)

Where are you planning to visit (what states) during your travels downunder later in the year?  I will try and find you a show down here for you to have a look at :)

Cheers

Annette

At 4:25pm on June 07, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Melanie Rolfes a gift
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Many thanks for this support, Melanie!
At 4:25pm on June 02, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Melanie Rolfes a gift
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Thank you for your generous support!
At 10:09am on January 23, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Melanie Rolfes a gift
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Many thanks, Melanie, for being a member here, participating in the discussions and adding such great content. You are one of the reasons this site is so helpful to so many people.
At 11:33am on June 06, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Melanie Rolfes a gift
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Melanie, thanks so much for your continued generous support. I really appreciate it.
At 10:43pm on September 16, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Melanie Rolfes a gift
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Congrats of winning the Post of the Week Award - 9/16/2013.
At 9:54pm on October 19, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Melanie Rolfes a gift
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Congratulations, Melanie, the members have chosen your post about the Alexandria show as "Post of the Month" for Sept. 2013. Many thanks for your continued participation here and helpful information.

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