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R. Michael Wommack
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  • Langhorne, PA
  • United States
  • pastel
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R. Michael Wommack's Discussions

Are email scams getting more sophisticated?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barry Bernstein Jul 26, 2011. 16 Replies

Ann Arbor the Original

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R. Michael Wommack commented on geri a. wegner's blog post Lakefront Festival of Art, Milwaukee, WI, 6-15-17. They get it.
"This show is a pleasure to do. The location is stellar, the show is well run. Breakdown can be a little , challenging, with a tendency of the larger trucks getting stuck under the tent. This is my fifth year doing this show, and sales can be all…"
Jun 19, 2012
R. Michael Wommack replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend -- June 1-3?
"I will be at Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. Booth #9. The heat that was recently here is gone."
May 30, 2012
R. Michael Wommack commented on Nels Johnson's blog post THE NAPLES NATIONAL ART FAIR AT CAMBIER PARK--ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE
"Nels, you are right about large pieces. I was in the "Circle of Lost Artists", and you are also right about the traffic there. I was able to sell a couple of my largest pieces and became a fan of this show. It is really important to be on…"
Feb 29, 2012
R. Michael Wommack commented on John Leben's blog post Scam Warning
"They are getting way more sophisticated. This email came to me with the subject line referencing a specific work on my web site. Check out the wording. I am thinking if I respond, they sell my email address "this guy responded, have at…"
Jan 12, 2012
R. Michael Wommack replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion What Florida shows are you doing?
"After not going back to Florida since my experience at Coconut Grove in 2008 (we were neighbors, Barry), I am giving it another try. I will be at Coconut Grove and Naples National. Crossing my fingers..."
Jan 4, 2012
R. Michael Wommack commented on Nels Johnson's blog post ESCALATING BOOTH FEES--IN THIS RECESSION WHAT ARE THEY THINKING?
"After a couple of years of lowering the booth fees at Main Street Fort Worth because, according to the email I would get from the show, of the number of applications they would get. I thought this was quite nice of them to do, to lessen the burden…"
Nov 22, 2011
R. Michael Wommack commented on Kimberly Merck- Moore's blog post Main Street Fort Worth Jurying
"I just tried to view the Des Moines jury streaming live tonight. Being so far away from most of the juries I would be in, I hoped streaming would be informative. Unfortunately, the exposure of the video camera was so off, all you could see was white…"
Nov 16, 2011
R. Michael Wommack replied to Steve Cambronne's discussion Art City Austin Festival
"I did this show and wrote a review...   This year this show is the weekend before Fort Worth. I think this show is worth doing if you have another show to do in TX back to…"
Nov 14, 2011
R. Michael Wommack replied to Lisa Ben-Zeev's discussion Coconut Grove vs. Artigras?
"Anyone have any advice as to where to stay for Coconut Grove? It seems the hotels in the area are sky high, and Priceline hasn't worked for me yet."
Nov 12, 2011
R. Michael Wommack replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend -- September 17 & 18?
"Rittenhouse Square in Philly booth #9. I really like the fall show."
Sep 15, 2011
R. Michael Wommack commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Saint Louis Art Fair--Smell the roses and the good sales
"Good to see you, Nels. I will second everything you say. It was my best show this year, and if I had more large pieces, it could have been better. This show is a pleasure to do."
Sep 14, 2011
R. Michael Wommack replied to Dean Russell Thompson's discussion Houston Bayou Memorial Park Question
"I have stored stuff behind my booth, as does just about everyone. I would second Jim in that you should not go crazy, but this show is not cramped at all. There are some booths that have a steep ditch behind them. If you look at the map of the…"
Aug 17, 2011
Barry Bernstein replied to R. Michael Wommack's discussion Are email scams getting more sophisticated?
"Ghack!! I had it wrong about how scammers got your email address. It's not through FB and Google who have a real interest in keeping that info private.  In truth, every time you sign up for a site that requires a name and password you run…"
Jul 26, 2011
Barry Bernstein replied to R. Michael Wommack's discussion Are email scams getting more sophisticated?
"Caroline, unfortunately, I am still recovering from a 17 day marathon art fair trip which included 10 show days 3 days of travel and 3 setup days.  You can believe I'm not going to try that again. I'm still exhausted.  When I…"
Jul 26, 2011
Caroline Kwas replied to R. Michael Wommack's discussion Are email scams getting more sophisticated?
"Genuine real human beings sound, well, genuine, in a bona fide artwork request.  They do not say, "Hello my dear one", "I was examining your site", "I need some art".  They don't ask to "please…"
Jul 25, 2011
courtney gillen replied to R. Michael Wommack's discussion Are email scams getting more sophisticated?
" I once got so fed up with these scams that I replied,  with a website.  It was not my website,  it was for various "adult" products.  The next day  I received a lovely order for over $200 worth of…"
Jul 25, 2011

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Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Talking directly to the patrons. Traveling the country.
Best show ever and why
The Plaza in Kansas City this Fall. A few people who saw my work in Brookside came on Friday and bought, got home to an order to ship my largest piece to San Francisco.
Worst show ever and why
Coconut Grove 2008 - Goose eggs...
Who referred you to Please be specific.
stumbled on the site searching the internet

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Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia

Posted on June 6, 2011 at 9:30pm 2 Comments

I know there have been reviews of this show before, but here is my 2 cents worth.


Philadelphia is a city with only a handful of Art Festivals for a local artist to choose from. There is Rittenhouse Square, which is limited to fine art only (Photography is excluded). There is the Museum Craft show in November which is mostly craft, obviously, and there is the Manayunk Art Festival, open to all. I think maybe this is a good thing, as there isn't any festival fatigue that I hear…


Art City Austin. TX review

Posted on April 7, 2011 at 8:30am 1 Comment

This is my first time doing this show in downtown Austin. The show takes place along the main street, Ceasar Chavez Blvd, that runs along the Colorado River. The river separates the downtown area to the north, and south Austin, which has been evolving into a funky, artsy area. I have been told south Austin wasn't that desirable years ago.


When I told my art festival friends I was doing Austin, I was getting lots of concerned looks. I got a lot of "good luck"s and even one "I…


Bethesda Row in the Washington DC area

Posted on October 18, 2010 at 9:47pm 4 Comments

There are a number of shows in the DC area, Reston, Alexandria, and 2 in Bethesda, and more I am not aware of. Washington has the advantage of being somewhat recession proof (probably an overstatement) because the federal government does well when the economy is not good. I have always thought this is a good venue in all economic climates. So here is my review;

First, the logistics. This is a Saturday morning setup, always not fun. Most of us had 6 AM load…

The Plaza Kansas City - a review

Posted on September 28, 2010 at 8:50pm 8 Comments

This was my first time at this show. I do pastels that range from $450 to $3200. I had heard lots of good things about this show, and did not get in last year when I applied. I have to say that I found the good things to be true.

First, the logistics. Set up is on Friday morning. We all got staggered times to load in, and it was very smooth getting in. The show is on wide streets, and the booths are in the middle with a couple extra feet on the sides and back. It was a…

Bellevue Museum of Arts Show - Forget what I said last month...

Posted on August 2, 2010 at 9:03pm 7 Comments

Some of you remember my post about my "trend" of people not buying higher priced (relatively) 2-D work. (I am a pastel artist with a higher price range). I made a comment about the spewing oil well, and maybe that was depressing patrons.

Well, the well has been capped for almost 3 weeks, and I made the very long trip to Bellevue, WA to do the BAM Artsfair with much trepidation.

In my case, the fear was for naught. First, about the show. It is…

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At 9:03pm on December 05, 2009, Connie Mettler gave R. Michael Wommack a gift
Really beautiful work, Michael. Thanks for sharing it and joining art fair insiders. I look forward to your participation.
At 8:29pm on October 21, 2010, Connie gave R. Michael Wommack a gift
Thank you, Michael, for referring Larry Stephenson to Art Fair Insiders.
At 5:07pm on June 07, 2011, Connie Mettler gave R. Michael Wommack a gift
Many thanks for your support, Michael!

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