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

Art Fest at Castle Rock, CO, September 9-10, 2017 How Was it?

Started Sep 13 0 Replies

I saw that AFI'er Brian Bekun did this one. I'm curious as to how it went this year.   I am considering sharing a booth with my journeyman for a show next year and this one would be an add on at the…Continue

Estes Park Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show, September 2-4, 2017, Estes Park, CO

Started Sep 7 0 Replies

Estes Park is the gate way to the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park.  There are many summer homes in the surrounding mountains and valleys, and it is a popular destination for metro Denver.…Continue

Golden Fine Arts Festival photos

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Aug 26. 2 Replies

There are lots of dogs, infants and toddlers at Golden.…Continue

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

 

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Richard L. Sherer replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you doing this weekend? Dec. 9-10, 2017?
"I'm working on three trick saddles that are scheduled for end of year completion. I also have one other under construction that I wanted to make  and a rebuild that can be completed this winter. I finished up the last belt order from…"
Dec 9
Richard L. Sherer replied to Christopher Alexander's discussion Insurance Requirements at Art Fairs
"I have used State Farm for decades to insure in-home studio, business, home owners and auto. Business policy covers shows and no hassles or questions about who pays if I should ever need to file a claim for loss at home on road or at show. "
Dec 8
Richard L. Sherer commented on Walt Bennett's blog post Has anyone seen this? Tax reform and small business
"In the longer term, i.e. next seasons shows, it will be interesting to see if the generally public increases or decreases their show purchases. When  they get hit farther out it could be bad, as their rates increase. It pays to stay on top of…"
Dec 6
Richard L. Sherer commented on Walt Bennett's blog post Has anyone seen this? Tax reform and small business
"If you area Sub S your pass thru rate goes down"
Dec 6
Richard L. Sherer commented on Walt Bennett's blog post Has anyone seen this? Tax reform and small business
"Good suggestion Melanie.  To better communicate with my accountant I took I took two semesters of accounting at community college. Second semester of corporate accounting was less useful than first of general accounting. There was no accounting…"
Nov 29
Richard L. Sherer commented on Walt Bennett's blog post Has anyone seen this?
"I can't find the post on Facebook anymore, and I tried to find "Jim Anthony" without success. In this day and age we need to deal with facts that can be confirmed. Please post if you find an original resource for this tax change as it…"
Nov 26
Richard L. Sherer commented on Walt Bennett's blog post Has anyone seen this?
"I can find nothing in Snoops or online about loosing small business expense deductions. One changer is the rate for pass through income for Sub S. I was pretty incensed when I read the Facebook post but would like to see his source. Is he a Russian…"
Nov 26
Richard L. Sherer commented on Reid Watts's blog post Is your pricing keepin up with inflation?
"I built and sold my first full flower carved saddle in 1962 for $325, top price at the time. I was 18 and three years into my apprenticeship. That same saddle today would sell for over $6,000. If something wasn't selling, rather than lower the…"
Nov 21
Richard L. Sherer commented on Chuck Morris's blog post Signature on metal
"For soft metals, a signature stamp can be laser cut accurately Mine has letters about 1/16"high and is accurate."
Nov 13
Richard L. Sherer commented on JEFF LEEDY's blog post Tell me the truth. Are Art Shows dying or not?
"My comments are for newcomers who might be turned off from doing shows by the negativity of this thread by us "old timers". First look at the geography of where the negative comments are coming from. Shows, like artists and art businesses,…"
Nov 7
Richard L. Sherer commented on JEFF LEEDY's blog post Tell me the truth. Are Art Shows dying or not?
"I keep my eyes and ears open when artists pay sales tax at shows. Jewlers have turned in sales of plus $10K, but keep in mind their cost of materials. I look for consistent returns on shows I do and that is a minimum of $1.2K per day. If I…"
Nov 1
Richard L. Sherer commented on JEFF LEEDY's blog post Tell me the truth. Are Art Shows dying or not?
"Art shows are still money makers for some mediums in some geographic areas. Doing fine out west with fine craft."
Oct 30
Richard L. Sherer commented on Geoff Coe's blog post Downtown Sarasota Craft Festival (Oct. 28-29, 2017): "Soft Launch" to FL season is DOA
"Very happy to see a review among all the tents and panels for sale. Thanks for taking the time Geoff."
Oct 30
Richard L. Sherer replied to Greg Little's discussion Engraved Brass Tags
"Vigor used to make a non motorized scratch engraver. Operated like a pantograph. I would check with local trophy engravers to see what used engravers might be sitting around in their shop."
Oct 26
Richard L. Sherer commented on Reid Watts's blog post Your rig may be overloaded
"Just an observation, I have been doing body work on my '88 suburban and '2013 Subaru. Also read that some PU's are going to aluminum bodies. The difference in thickness of steel body parts is alarming to me. I'm patching and…"
Oct 15
Richard L. Sherer commented on Reid Watts's blog post Your rig may be overloaded
"I checked it out with my mechanics, and truck handles much better."
Oct 14

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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Golden Fine Arts Festival 2017, Golden, CO, August 19-20, 2017

Posted on August 25, 2017 at 12:00pm 3 Comments

This was the 27th annual Golden Fine Arts Festival and the 14th continuous year I have participated in the event.  Golden, CO is at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.  It is home for the Colorado School of Mines, a top engineering school, and the Coor’s brewery.  Students were returning to school the weekend of the show.

The show is set up for three blocks on 11th Street and over 130 artists from 20 states occupy 160 booth spaces.  There…

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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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Comment Wall (37 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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