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Richard L. Sherer
  • Franktown, CO
  • United States
  • Leather
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Richard L. Sherer's Discussions

Steamboat Springs, CO

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Jul 8. 2 Replies

Jean and I are sitting in 50 degree low humidity shade along the Yampa River. Check in starts in about 1 1/2 hours at noon. I haven't been here for two years as we were doing Jackson, WY show…Continue

Estes Park Art Market, 2017

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barrie Lynn Bryant May 26. 1 Reply

My first show of the summer Colorado season is under way. We knocked 30 minutes of our normal 8 hour set up time, then kicked back on the deck of our cabin and wath clouds boil up above Longs peak…Continue

HILLTOP ART FAIR 2017, PARKER, COLORADO

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Apr 29. 8 Replies

I'm getting ready for my first little one day art show at my church this Saturday, 4/29/17. It's a precursor to my summer 2-3 day summer shows in Colorado resort areas. Last year we had snow as you…Continue

ART MARKET OF ESTES PARK, MAY, 2017, ACCESS ALERT

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Apr 17. 2 Replies

 Art Market of Estes Park, CO, 2017This is just a heads up for out-of-state artists who may be attending this show.  US HWY 34 from Loveland to Estes Park is closed for construction in Big Thompson…Continue

 

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Latest Activity

Richard L. Sherer replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What Are You Doing This Weekend, Aug. 18-20, 2017?
"I'll try to get down to #63 to say Hi. I am in #16 at the other end. "
11 hours ago
Richard L. Sherer replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What Are You Doing This Weekend, Aug. 18-20, 2017?
"We just finished a 2 Tecate Mexican dinner after setting up at Golden Fine Arts Festival, 9:00-5:30. Heading home as we decided last year to commute on this one 1:10 to Franktown. The dogs will be delirious."
yesterday
Clayton Bell commented on Richard L. Sherer's blog post Tubac, AZ: Tubac Fall Arts & Crafts Festival, Nov, 3,4,5, 2017
"The Feb show is good for me, so I tried the November show this year.  Bad decision.  They laid the show out identical to the Feb show ...only there were half the number of artists.....Very spread out and very little buying from the small…"
Jul 26
Richard L. Sherer posted a blog post

Tubac, AZ: Tubac Fall Arts & Crafts Festival, Nov, 3,4,5, 2017

I got a postcard from subject show today with an extended deadline (red flag IMO).  I did the February show in 2011 and was curious if anyone has done this one. I think it has been around only a few years since 2014(?). There is my review and additional comments about Tubac Feb show on this site.See More
Jul 25
Richard L. Sherer commented on Joel Lockridge's blog post Ever had another artist screw you over?
"Bad Apples and naming them: A very similar incident just occurred in the small yet international community of trick riders (gymnastics on fast horses). A person had sold a saddle to a young guy who had not completed a $1000 payment. She posted the…"
Jul 23
Richard L. Sherer commented on Richard L. Sherer's blog post Art in the Park, Steamboat Springs, CO; July 8-9, 2017, Review
"Thank you Joel"
Jul 20
Joel Lockridge commented on Richard L. Sherer's blog post Art in the Park, Steamboat Springs, CO; July 8-9, 2017, Review
"Excellent review! I don't travel quite that far, but this is good info."
Jul 20
Richard L. Sherer commented on Joel Lockridge's blog post Ever had another artist screw you over?
"There are always a few bad apples around.... hope they all stay in the east and midwest. I have traded with other artists for over 20 years and have always had good experiences and have been able to add art to our home I normally could not…"
Jul 20
Richard L. Sherer commented on Al Scovern's blog post A Bad Year?
"One word struck me in Peter's comment; "complacency". It stuck me that Steamboat Springs show last week probably has gone downhill after 47 years by the arts council figuring that the local wealthy will just show up as they always…"
Jul 17
Richard L. Sherer replied to Denise Johnson's discussion Where to winter?
"Check the art show reviews section and specific blogs on this site. The ones that come to mind are the balloon festival in Albuquerque and another show in Las Cruces. I have not done either but researched them at one time. There is always something…"
Jul 17
Richard L. Sherer replied to Denise Johnson's discussion Where to winter?
"Don't overlook souther New Mexico or Big Bend region of West Texas. They are less populated than southern AZ. Northern part of both AZ and NM have snow in winter."
Jul 16
Richard L. Sherer commented on Richard L. Sherer's blog post Art in the Park, Steamboat Springs, CO; July 8-9, 2017, Review
"Thank you."
Jul 15
Nels Johnson commented on Richard L. Sherer's blog post Art in the Park, Steamboat Springs, CO; July 8-9, 2017, Review
"You give one of the most thorough and insightful blogs ever. My hat salutes you and your great saddles."
Jul 15
Christina L. Towell commented on Richard L. Sherer's blog post Art in the Park, Steamboat Springs, CO; July 8-9, 2017, Review
"Wow, Richard, what a terrific recap of Steamboat!  Yes, maybe this will help some of our throng just starting out and hopefully others will weigh in too.  Too bad your sales were disappointing but we appreciate that you are willing to…"
Jul 14
Richard L. Sherer replied to Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's discussion Coolers
"Without a fridge to freeze water bottles overnight, I have filled the bottles with motel ice."
Jul 14
Richard L. Sherer replied to Sharon Warren's discussion What's the funniest thing you've ever seen a man do while shopping?
"One wall of my booth is all holsters, gun belts, and rifle slings. Guys gravitate there (and so do some women) but I chuckle at the women standing with the kids outside the booth tapping her foot."
Jul 12

Profile Information

Your Medium
Leather
Years in the Art Fair Business
22
First show ever
Michael Martin Murphy's Westefest, Copper Mtn., CO
What is your website?
http://sherersaddlesinc.com
What are the best things about art fairs
Making money, expanding client base
Best show ever and why
Steamboat Springs. CO, mid 1990's: sold custom saddle and wrote order for another. Abotut $10K at today's prices.
Worst show ever and why
La Cantera, San Antonio, TX, 2011: profitable but poorly promoted and few if any buyers. A couple high end sales saved the day.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Just got an email from you guys.

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Tubac, AZ: Tubac Fall Arts & Crafts Festival, Nov, 3,4,5, 2017

Posted on July 25, 2017 at 5:30pm 1 Comment

I got a postcard from subject show today with an extended deadline (red flag IMO).  I did the February show in 2011 and was curious if anyone has done this one. I think it has been around only a few years since 2014(?). There is my review and additional comments about Tubac Feb show on this site.

Art in the Park, Steamboat Springs, CO; July 8-9, 2017, Review

Posted on July 12, 2017 at 4:21pm 5 Comments

General

I hope the analysis in this review will be helpful to artists new to the business.  This was the 43rd annual Art in the Park.  Steamboat Springs is better known as a ski destination and a number of Olympic skiers call it home.  During the summer, river activities, cycling, hiking and golf are popular resort activities.  A lot of wealthy people have summer homes in Steamboat Springs, and many own horses.  Access to Steamboat Springs is by I70 and US40 from Denver,…

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ESTES PARK, CO, ART MARKET, MAY 27-29, 2017

Posted on June 2, 2017 at 10:53am 2 Comments

ESTES PARK, CO, ART MARKET, MAY 27-29, 2017

This was the 16th annual Art Market produced by the Art Center of Estes Park.  You can apply to the show on Zapp. The jury fee is $30 and standard booth fee is $300.  The application deadline is the first of March.

 

GEOGRAPHY, CLIMATE, DEMPOGRAPHICS

Estes Park is the eastern gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park.  Access from Denver and I-25 is by US-34 through Big Thompson Canyon or US-36 up the St. Vrain…

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COLORADO SUMMER SHOWS

Posted on January 2, 2017 at 10:16am 17 Comments

FYI: Application for the Estes Park Labor Day show is up on their website. Applications for the Estes Park Memorial Day show and Steamboat Springs are up on Zapp. Nothing yet from Golden. The cycle begins anew. 

Comment Wall (37 comments)

At 10:45am on July 4, 2012, Connie Mettler said…

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At 4:25pm on August 07, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Richard L. Sherer a gift
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Many thanks, Dick, for your support of this website. I really appreciate and even more appreciate your presence here and all your contributions to this community.
At 11:52am on October 29, 2012, Barbara Pool said…

Thank you. Have enjoyed very much reading your posts.

At 9:14am on November 5, 2012, Karole Bowlds said…

Thanks for friending me Richard!! I have enjoyed the discussions, and your perspective as a leather Artist!! I met some really nice leather Artisans at a Celtic Festival when I was a teenager...fascinating watching them demo their work!! And as I needed a bracelet with my name (odd spelling, so had to have special ordered) my Mum & Da had one made for me...I STILL have it and wear it now. As a matter of fact, my daughter teethed on it, so it now has baby teeth imprints in it!! Your work is amazing...I peak at your saddles every now and again, wishing we still had horses, so I could get a saddle...they are gorgeous! See you on the Forums and Blogs!!

At 5:22pm on November 16, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Richard L. Sherer a gift
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Dick, Have I thanked you for all the great info you have added to AFI? I so much appreciate it. You take time and add such thoughtful and useful content. Many, many thanks! You deserve a gold medal ;)
At 11:39pm on November 18, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Richard L. Sherer a gift
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Congrats on winning the Post of the Week Award for your Three Part Series on Researching Shows - 11/19/12.
At 2:26pm on January 14, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Richard L. Sherer a gift
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Congrats, Dick, for winning post of the month for your 3 part discussion on How I Research Shows. Thanks for being a member here and for all your generous participation and friendliness.
At 5:08pm on February 04, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Richard L. Sherer a gift
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A gold trophy to you for all your contributions to the community at AFI -- your generosity and sharing and good thinking skills are a gift to all of us. Many thanks.
At 6:13pm on May 15, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow said…

Thank you Richard for your show review on www.artshowreviews.com.  We really appreciate your help.

At 2:26pm on June 04, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Richard L. Sherer a gift
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Richard, thanks so much for all your support. You're an angel!

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