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

What does this mean?, Carbondale, CO

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Aug 3. 6 Replies

Does anyone who did Carbondale Mountain Fair know what this means in this years packet: "In the meantime, if you don't already use a point of sale app, please start looking into it. Use of a point of…Continue

Carbondale Mountain Fair, Carbondale, CO, July 27-29, 2018 Review

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Aug 3. 3 Replies

Carbondale Mountain Fair, Carbondale, CO, July 27-29, 2018Fees: Jury $20, Booth $350Medium: Leather: plain and hand carved equestrian, K-9,personal leather goods and gun leathers.Price Range: $16 set…Continue

Alpine Art Affair, Winter Park Colorado, 2018 Review

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Jul 20. 3 Replies

Alpine Art Affair, Winter Park, CO, July 14-15, 2018Fees: Jury $20, Booth $175, City Tax License $60Medium: Leather: plain and hand carved equestrian, K-9,personal leather goods and gun…Continue

FLOURISH GIFT CERTIFICATE SOLD

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Sohn Jun 16. 6 Replies

It sold and is no longer availableContinue

 

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Richard L. Sherer replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you doing this week? August 14-18, 2018
"My client from Scotland provided images of mythical Celtic Wolf and rock drawing of a Celtic bull for her images. She also sent me images of the Celtic Tree of Life and knots which I worked with. Search the internet."
7 hours ago
Richard L. Sherer replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you doing this week? August 14-18, 2018
"Word of mouth by clients coming to US for clinics or performing with troupes, and trick riders going to Australia to hold clinics. I also built 15 saddles for Cavalia ( the equestrian Cirque Soleil) in 2008-09 which exposed my work to international…"
21 hours ago
Richard L. Sherer replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you doing this week? August 14-18, 2018
"White has been the traditional color for rodeo trick riders since the pre-WWII era. I personally think it is the most popular colo so the female trick riders can do a variety of colors with their costumes. I am looking at doing custom costumes when…"
yesterday
Richard L. Sherer replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you doing this week? August 14-18, 2018
"I'm dividing my studio time between 5 saddles, special order work and gettin inventory rebuilt for Estes Park show Labor Day weekend. Saddles: sew linings on two sets of fenders and assemble with stirrup leathers, sew lining on one seat.…"
yesterday
Richard L. Sherer replied to Larry Berman's discussion How to Delete When Sold
"Go to "OPTIONS" box at top of Discussions and select "Delete""
Monday
Richard L. Sherer replied to David Bornancin's discussion Today's Art Work - What do people Want?
"Belt sales are always strong: people gain weight, loose weight, and buy cheap Walmart belts that last a couple weeks. Holsters: people are still buying guns and prefer leather holsters to nylon etc. Flasks and canteens: people are still drinking,…"
Aug 8
Richard L. Sherer replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you doing this weekend? August 6-11, 2018
" I'm redrawing saddle fender design for trick rider in Australia. First one had three red roses in center with turquoise fantasy feathers emerging from them.Now she wants three separate roses with fantasy feathers as stems and foliage.…"
Aug 6
Richard L. Sherer replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Whatcha doing this weekend, August 3-5, 2018?
"Putting together orders is a good idea for artists to get best pricing and shipping cost. I ordered about 24 sides of leather (12 cows worth) last week from tannery in St. Louis.  It included some leather for the journeyman I trained who has a…"
Aug 3
Richard L. Sherer replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Whatcha doing this weekend, August 3-5, 2018?
"We got home from  Carbondale, CO show Monday after taking a back road around Glenwood Canyon. Nice paved/dirt trek with mountain grades, one track in places and Colorado scenery. I love driving on mountain roads with loaded truck. I'm…"
Aug 3
Richard L. Sherer replied to Richard L. Sherer's discussion What does this mean?, Carbondale, CO
"I think the reveneurers are scounging for every penny of revenue they can find. In almost 30 years of doning shows in the west, I have never had my licenses checked, but I always have them in the booth."
Aug 3
S Brian Berkun replied to Richard L. Sherer's discussion Carbondale Mountain Fair, Carbondale, CO, July 27-29, 2018 Review
"I did this show years ago, late '80's or early '90's? A lot of "hippie" artists with pottery before the days of the fancy show tents, stuff was just cobbled together from whatever. It didn't impress me enough to go…"
Aug 3
Jacki Bilsborrow replied to Richard L. Sherer's discussion Carbondale Mountain Fair, Carbondale, CO, July 27-29, 2018 Review
"Wow, that hail!  That was a lot but nice it didn't seem to scare the shoppers away.   Tye dye cops!  That was a little hard to imagine.   Thanks for the thorough review.  You always seem to find the best…"
Aug 3
Richard L. Sherer replied to Richard L. Sherer's discussion What does this mean?, Carbondale, CO
"After a day and multiple responses on Facebook sites, the consensus is that state taxing agencies are after their tax revenue from shows, knowing some artists don't pay and some of these events are large sources of local and state revenue. This…"
Aug 2
Becky Crane replied to Richard L. Sherer's discussion What does this mean?, Carbondale, CO
"I am midwest, and I know a bunch of people who haven't gotten to accepting CC yet.  I know probably 90%-plus of my sales are CC anymore, but it may vary a lot by price point and the type of shows folks do too. I do agree that it feels…"
Aug 1
Richard L. Sherer replied to Richard L. Sherer's discussion What does this mean?, Carbondale, CO
"That's the least onerous reply I have received. They also ask for your FEIN when you pay sales tax.The best explanation I have received is tax collection agencies cracking down on shows to report sales tax from all participating artists.…"
Aug 1

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

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 (41 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.

When you have a chance, please add a photo of yourself and stop by the Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. We all look forward to your participation here. Also, visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!

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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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