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Peggy Crago
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  • Englewood, CO
  • United States
  • ceramics
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Peggy Crago replied to Larry Sohn's discussion It has been said before - Flourish
"They are great.  The Trimline is worth the extra work to set it up.  I always recommend it because in 20 yrs. of doing shows, it has never succumbed to the hurricane force gales Colorado is famous for, even when my next door neighbors…"
Feb 9
Peggy Crago commented on Connie Mettler's blog post 10 tips to tune up your website for the New Year
"Thank you. That is good information."
Jan 1
Peggy Crago commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
"I also lost money there even though I live a half hour away. Never been a good show for me, yet there's always great work there. How? Always very light attendance, low buying energy."
Sep 25, 2017
Peggy Crago replied to Larry Berman's discussion The importance of a good booth picture
"I would love to do that.  Probably later in the year, though, since I'm just starting a string of shows.  I do have Elements and do a limited amount of photo editing, just for product photos for my website, not jury images.  I…"
Jun 16, 2017
Peggy Crago replied to Larry Berman's discussion The importance of a good booth picture
"Thank you!  My photographer does an excellent job but lives 50? miles away plus my work changes.  It would help if I could update my booth shot more often."
Jun 15, 2017
Peggy Crago commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Just Thinking Out Loud...What If?
"Promoters need to be more accountable for how they spend the fees they charge the artists.  Too many of them run shows that are consistent duds for the artists, but they rely on a long list of us who apparently are desperate and willing to put…"
Mar 7, 2017
Peggy Crago commented on Mary Taglieri's blog post This 2017 season Florida shows
"I agree, Karen.  You just described my life.  I continue out of love of the craft, almost a compulsion."
Feb 23, 2017
Peggy Crago commented on Loc Tran's blog post People really do NEED art.
"I used to put inspirational sayings & poetry on some of my work.  I had reactions such as someone bursting into tears and other strong emotions, and they would buy the work.  I stopped making it because sales were slow for it overall,…"
Jan 23, 2017
Peggy Crago commented on Robert Wallis's blog post Talbot Street Art Fair, June 14-15, 2014
"Thanks, that's another consideration.  I can't afford to travel that far (from Denver)  to "pay my dues" on some dead-end location.  I've gotten to the point where I think artists need to have more clout…"
Jan 16, 2017
Peggy Crago commented on Robert Wallis's blog post Talbot Street Art Fair, June 14-15, 2014
"How did potters do at this show?  It often seems that sales for us don't correlate to sales for wall art, jewelry & wearables. "
Jan 13, 2017
Peggy Crago commented on Dave Grabarczyk's blog post How far is too far to walk to set up your booth?
"I'm willing to put up with a lot if sales are really good; but poor to mediocre sales with a big hassle... so long!"
Jun 13, 2016
Peggy Crago commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post New Twist On Scams
"Ingenious.  But, yes, the grammar and the promise of great fortune - after you send them money - are the tip-offs."
May 25, 2016
Peggy Crago commented on carrie jacobson's blog post Daniel Ng Death
"I did know him and his wife, Sandra.  We were neighbors at a show in Golden and I especially connected with Sandra and have stayed in touch.  Both were cheerful and sweet and had a reputation for helping others.  She said, considering…"
May 16, 2016
Peggy Crago commented on Dave Piper's blog post Bayou City Going Away Party
"Thanks for the insightful review. I've done those shows and wondered why, in a city as big and wealthy as Houston, I never did well enough to make it worth the drive from Denver."
May 4, 2016
Peggy Crago commented on carrie jacobson's blog post Huffhines - Another Class Act
"Wow, I would apply to this show just because of this.  I'm burnt out on contracts that are all on the show producer's side, especially the ones that give no booth refund once the payment has been made.  Or the ones who don't…"
Nov 2, 2015
Peggy Crago commented on Connie Mettler's blog post and the Golden Dolly Goes to ...
"What a creative, fun and thoughtful idea!"
Sep 11, 2015

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Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
some awful thing in a church basement with the big seller being baseball caps with neon flashing signs on them; but then Strawberry Days in Glenwood Springs
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Sales (hopefully) but also the other artists.
Best show ever and why
Crested Butte AF - sales, location, artist treatment, in-state
Worst show ever and why
Too many to list with high compliments, low sales
Who referred you to Please be specific.
I think I found it on google while looking up for reviews on a show I was thinking of applying to.

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At 9:52pm on April 11, 2013, Connie Mettler said…

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

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