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Rick Wallace
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First show in 48 hours - I'm a wreck

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rick Wallace May 14. 15 Replies

Still have 175 pieces to mount and bag, buy grid walls, and figure out what to price the 233 originals i'll be taking. First show ever and I just started drawing again after a near 30 year break…Continue

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lighting a 10x10 tent, first artshow

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Hart May 11. 1 Reply

Attending my first show this weekend, and it runs right up til 10pm... so I need a lighting solution for a 10x10 tent (electricity provided)... looking at 25 foot strands of 15w bulbs (not led)...…Continue

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Rick Wallace replied to Rick Wallace's discussion First show in 48 hours - I'm a wreck
"yes it was a good first test. learned a few things, found out what supplies I'm missing, and got some good feedback. It was so loud most of the conversations were shouting battles so I'm going to be more cautious about what kind of…"
May 14
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Rick Wallace's discussion First show in 48 hours - I'm a wreck
"Congratulations!  What a great first show!"
May 14
Barry Bernstein replied to Rick Wallace's discussion First show in 48 hours - I'm a wreck
"Calling yourself a vendor is an insult to you and to all exhibitors at art fairs. Keep that in mind. Vendors sell funnel cakes and turkey legs. You're now a professional. Take yourself seriously."
May 13
Kristy Guenther replied to Rick Wallace's discussion First show in 48 hours - I'm a wreck
"Wow, you did much better in sales than you originally expected, that's awesome! Was it an enjoyable experience overall?"
May 13
Rick Wallace replied to Rick Wallace's discussion First show in 48 hours - I'm a wreck
"My first festival turned out to be much more music driven then art, it was a small festival in the middle of downtown Dallas, and very much a younger-hardrock feel. Plus I was the only vendor selling artwork, with maybe the exception of one other…"
May 13
Don Hart replied to Rick Wallace's discussion lighting a 10x10 tent, first artshow
"What I use to light my booth is track lighting like this  Track lighting kit with R20 led light bulbs these bulbs run between 8 and 12 watts depending on the bulb. I use several of the tracks to light the booth and connect them with track…"
May 11
Rick Wallace replied to Rick Wallace's discussion First show in 48 hours - I'm a wreck
"I expect to only sale 3-8 pieces, so my expectations are low. I do plan on doing 3-6 more shows this summer so I'll just play the long game and not even consider markdowns. I'll probably do better at more dedicated art festival - this one…"
May 11
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Rick Wallace's discussion First show in 48 hours - I'm a wreck
"DO NOT MARK THINGS DOWN!!!   Even if things don't sell at this show, give them another chance before you start marking down.  I think the trading cards sound great.  Will kids be able to tell that you have something in their…"
May 11
Connie Mettler replied to Rick Wallace's discussion First show in 48 hours - I'm a wreck
"Relax and watch the flow. Maybe no one will even come into your tent. If you sold 100 pieces of work you'd be a star. I'd not set my expectations too high. Play with your prices, see what feels right. Check your neighbors and see what they…"
May 11
Rick Wallace replied to Rick Wallace's discussion First show in 48 hours - I'm a wreck
"Thanks for all the feedback! I think we will price all artwork based on size, i.e. 5x7's all the same, 8x10's the same etc - except for the really big sheets (20x16 and larger). I'm sure the first show is always the most difficult,…"
May 11
Barry Bernstein replied to Rick Wallace's discussion First show in 48 hours - I'm a wreck
"Pray for rain!! That saved me at my first show. Unfortunately, this type of event isn't going to help you learn what to do at a real show. Nevertheless here are a few tips: 1) Relax. There isn't much you can do now anyways. You should not…"
May 10
Kristy Guenther replied to Rick Wallace's discussion First show in 48 hours - I'm a wreck
"To me it makes sense to me to just put a label on the bin if everything in the bin is the same price. Then if you had stuff hanging up, price those individually? But I haven't done a show yet (first one is this summer). I feel like some of this…"
May 10
Rick Wallace replied to Rick Wallace's discussion First show in 48 hours - I'm a wreck
"I know I'm being a bit slow - I thought If I labeled the bins the artwork is in (large Ikea white plastic, low edge bins that people can flip thru the mats) with the price (say $55 each) then if I wanted to change the price I won't have to…"
May 10
Connie Mettler replied to Rick Wallace's discussion First show in 48 hours - I'm a wreck
"Price everything. I hate to ask people what the price of something is and often will walk away when I might have purchased. I'd say everything the same size should be the same price. My definition of expensive is thinking beyond my own…"
May 10
Rick Wallace replied to Rick Wallace's discussion First show in 48 hours - I'm a wreck
"thanks, you sound like a veteran. Since it's my first time I don't even know what constitutes expensive, but I do plan on getting there 2 hours before opening so I can "look" around. Still having the debate (also) of whether just…"
May 10
Connie Mettler replied to Rick Wallace's discussion First show in 48 hours - I'm a wreck
"Just depends on what kind of music there is what kind of audience it will draw, Rick. Do not be afraid to have some more expensive pieces. Show your best work, do not go chasing the $$, it never pays. Do what you do best and stand by it. Then, see…"
May 10

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May 12, 2018
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took a 30 break from handdrawn artwork, what a waste

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At 8:54am on May 9, 2018, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Rick,

Welcome!  We're delighted to make your acquaintance and hope you'll take advantage of everything the site has to offer.  Thank you so much for subscribing to our newsletter and best of luck as you move forward.

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