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Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals

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

A Close Look at Credit Card Processing Fees for Left Brainers Only

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Little Aug 12, 2016. 5 Replies

Although most artists use Square for processing credit cards, I use Clover Go, a First Data product offered by First Bank where I have maintained my personal and business accounts for over 30 years.…Continue

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ARTISTS RUN OFF WITHOUT PAYING SALES TAX

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sharon Brush Aug 4, 2016. 16 Replies

I have been doing the Golden Fine Arts for over 10 years and always paid my sales tax at the end of the show. It was never a big deal and no city licensing was required. The only problem I ever…Continue

Duck Tape Problem Solved

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Christian Dec 19, 2016. 12 Replies

I have been using duck tape to secure my PVC pipe weights to booth legs and to bind up various lengths of 1" steel conduit used for the booth frame. Problem one was the appearance of residual duct…Continue

Park Hill Art Festival, Denver CO

Started this discussion. Last reply by Camryn Forrest May 19, 2016. 1 Reply

May 20-22, 2016. Deadline has passed but just saw ad for it in Denver Post local supplement. It has good demographics. FYI for 2017.Continue

 

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Richard L. Sherer replied to carrie jacobson's discussion How old are YOU? Where are the young artists?
"Really old post from 2013. I'm 73 now, still working full time in studio and doing my 4 good shows during the summer with Jean now 70. Still climbing 14teeners too. Tough workout with trainer yesterday carrying 25lbs overhead for 50 yards and…"
Friday
Richard L. Sherer replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Doing Shows during Holiday weekends
"I do 3-day Memorial Day and Labor Day shows in Estes Park, Colorado, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. All have been very good shows for me financially plus they are mini vacations for us too. I have written reviews for several years for…"
Mar 16
Richard L. Sherer replied to Sharon Warren's discussion What kind of men purchase art jewelry for themselves?
"Here it is again. Men buy silver/gold, plain and engraved buckles and buckles sets in the $150-$800 price range, silver money clips, silver mounted hat bands. and out west silver bolo ties with/ without stones. The horse owners buy silver mounted…"
Mar 11
Richard L. Sherer replied to Sharon Warren's discussion What kind of men purchase art jewelry for themselves?
"Why is this posted three times? I replied to one but it doesn't show up on other two. Que lastima!"
Mar 9
Richard L. Sherer replied to Sharon Warren's discussion What kind of men purchase art jewelry for themselves? in the group Midwest Art Fair Business
"buckles, buckle sets, money clips. silver mounted hatbands, silver mounted spur straps for a specialized market.  "
Mar 8
Barrie Lynn Bryant commented on Richard L. Sherer's blog post COLORADO SUMMER SHOWS
"Golden is a good looking show. But booth fee is nearly double the Cheyenne show. I'm establishing a great following in Cheyenne, so I'll need to return there to develop further. There are no awards in the Cheyenne show, but it's an…"
Mar 5
Barrie Lynn Bryant commented on Richard L. Sherer's blog post COLORADO SUMMER SHOWS
"The application or Golden, CO is available on zapp and is due April 14 with the show being August 19 and 20. I'll be doing the Cheyenne Arts Festival that weekend and then speeding my way toward home early Monday since August 21, 2017 is total…"
Mar 4
Barrie Lynn Bryant commented on Richard L. Sherer's blog post COLORADO SUMMER SHOWS
"I applied to Estes Park Memorial Day yesterday. Might apply for Estes Park Labor Day, too. Also applied for Crested Butte a few days ago despite already knowing that hotel fees will be $200 per night. Now I'm going to apply for a Professional…"
Mar 4
Richard L. Sherer commented on Oscar Matos Linares's blog post When artist call themselves high-end artists;
"In my world, the term "crafter" as in leather crafter carries the connotation of part time, non-professional, and ameature. High-end saddle makers have always been considered as artists, even in the 19th century shops. They were and are…"
Mar 1
Richard L. Sherer commented on Oscar Matos Linares's blog post When artist call themselves high-end artists;
"Pricing, One-of-a-kind work, exclusive clientele, meant to discourage the "tire kickers"."
Mar 1
Richard L. Sherer replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend? February 24-26, 2017
"I have two saddles to finish by March 15  for client who will be in Colorado for a trick riding clinic. They are moving along with the fronts put on today. I still have not had time to work on summer show inventory other than get all of the…"
Feb 26
Richard L. Sherer commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Call for Artists: Art Fair Jackson Hole - 2 Shows
"Good show. I reviewed it for 2015 1nd 2016"
Feb 25
Richard L. Sherer replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend? February 17-20, 2017?
"We have been having a couple weeks of 60-700 weather at 7000’ SE of Denver so I have been attacking a pile of logs with the chain saw for a couple hours a day. I had a memorial service at church on Saturday that left me depressed and…"
Feb 19
Richard L. Sherer commented on John Leben's blog post Florida Art Fairs vs Arizona & California Art Fairs
"Thanks Barrie. A couple things I can add. I have been told that if your are a C or S corporation, CA wants an $800 tax deposit up front. Travel in the mountain states is not easy as roads follow valleys and only cross mountains in a few places.…"
Feb 17
Richard L. Sherer commented on John Leben's blog post Florida Art Fairs vs Arizona & California Art Fairs
"Thanks Barrie. A couple things I can add. I have been told that if your are a C or S corporation, CA wants an $800 tax deposit up front. Travel in the mountain states is not easy as roads follow valleys and only cross mountains in a few places.…"
Feb 17
Richard L. Sherer commented on John Leben's blog post Florida Art Fairs vs Arizona & California Art Fairs
"Check into SW Group. Check reviews for Tubac, Scottsdale and Tempe. I did Tubac and Scottsdale and did well ($1K minimum per day) but not well enough for me to travel there versus work on orders in studio."
Feb 11

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.

Richard L. Sherer's Blog

COLORADO SUMMER SHOWS

Posted on January 2, 2017 at 10:16am 6 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. 

Estes Park Arts and Craft Show, September 2016, Estes Park, Colorado

Posted on September 9, 2016 at 5:00pm 6 Comments

Estes Park is the gateway to the east side of Rocky Mountain Park.  There are many summer homes in the area and it is a destination for a broad spectrum of nationalities, income levels, and interests.  I started doing this show in 2010, and I have done it every year since then.  I also do the Memorial Day show in Estes Park.   The show is produced by the Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary, Inc. and they do an all-around EXCELLENT job!!!!  The town is packed for the weekend, and leading up to the…

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GOLDEN FINE ARTS FESTIVAL REVIEW, Golden, Colorado, August 20-21, 2016

Posted on August 24, 2016 at 12:57am 7 Comments

 

This was the 13th consecutive year that I have done this show.  Golden is the county seat for Jefferson County whose motto is “Gateway to the Rocky Mountains”.  Golden is known for the Colorado School of Mines and the Coors Brewery.  The weekend of the art show is the time that students are moving into…

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REVIEW: Art Fair Jackson Hole, WY, July 8-10, 2016

Posted on July 12, 2016 at 11:00pm 6 Comments

There are two summer Art Fair Jackson Hole shows.  One is in July and the other is in August (8/12-14/2016).  Both are produced by the Art Association of Jackson Hole, WY. This review is for the July 8-10, 2016 show, but I would expect similar data for the August show.  This show was established in 1965 and this year was its 50th anniversary. 

APPLICATION AND SHOW SETTING

     You apply to this event on Zapp.  The jury fee is $35 and a 10X10 booth space is $395.  The…

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Comment Wall (36 comments)

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

Welcome to ArtFairInsiders, Richard.   I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

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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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