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Robbie Curnow
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  • Salem, OR
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  • Jewelry
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Bend Summer Festival 2014 Has anyone done this show or attend?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lisa Foster Mar 23, 2014. 3 Replies

Bend Summer Festival 2014 (Oregon)Heldat Drake Park Show Dates: 7/12/14 - 7/13/14 Application Deadline: 6/20/14   Has anyone done this show or attend?Continue

Tempe festival of the Arts Spring 2014

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robbie Curnow Nov 12, 2013. 5 Replies

Tempe festival of the Arts Spring 2014I just got accepted into this show, but I just had a very bad away show due to high expensive and poor sales. I am jewelry, so I wondering now if Tempe can be a…Continue

Anyone heard of or done the Red River Revel Arts Festival

Started Feb 22, 2012 0 Replies Red River Revel Arts Festival8 days long or you can do the first four days or the second four days.101 Crockett Street, Suite C •…Continue

Info need for The Waterways Woodlands Texas Show

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robbie Curnow Feb 24, 2012. 3 Replies

Any information or experiences you've had at the waterwayswoodllands art festival show in Texas would be greatly appreciated. Ijuryed in this year and I'm making a very long haul to Texas. I…Continue

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Robbie Curnow replied to Mark Zirinsky's discussion I have to pick one of two shows
"We have done BAM for 10ears it is always our best show of the year, huge numbers. We are jewelers and have a following of collectors that come to the show to buy from us. We also live on the West Coast. For seven years we lived just down the street…"
Feb 26
Judy Goodwin replied to Robbie Curnow's discussion Columbus Art Festival in the group Midwest Art Fair Business
"Hi Robbie, We make jewelry also (low end costume-like jewelry $20-$35) and participated last year.  We netted about $6,500.  We were happy with our booth location (not on the bridge) and seemed to have good traffic.  Like any art show…"
Feb 23
Robbie Curnow added a discussion to the group Midwest Art Fair Business

Columbus Art Festival

Hello, I am a Jeweler and I live in Oregon. I know I’m not a mid-west artist, but I was accepted to the Columbus Art Festival this year. Has anyone in this group done this show? I have heard good and bad things about the show. My expensive would be high to attend. I would need to make at least $7500 to make it worth while. Is this possible? I have heard weather can ruin the show. High heat, humidity, wind, rain, but people stay and buy in all weather. I have heard it’s just 400,000 beer…See More
Feb 23
Robbie Curnow commented on Nels johnson's blog post First show of the new year—Downtown Naples on Fifth Avenue.
"Nel, Pardon my ignorance of the East Coast shows especially Florida. I am a Jeweler on the West Coast and would like to do a few winter shows next year in Florida. I’ve tried looking up the Naples show you did. There are many shows in Naples.…"
Jan 12
Robbie Curnow commented on Walt Bennett's blog post Has anyone seen this? Tax reform and small business
Dec 6, 2017
Robbie Curnow replied to Ruth Finkenbiner's discussion Sedona - Oak Creek Arts & Craft festival in the group SW Artists
"From what I could find it seems to be a first year show?"
Nov 21, 2017
Robbie Curnow commented on Connie Mettler's group SW Artists
"We too hand trucked out through the lower food court and down the side ramp. Got everything loaded and out of there by 8:10pm. I wasn't about to get in the load-out line after our experience with load-in. They screwed us over at load-in. Making…"
Jun 22, 2016
Robbie Curnow commented on Dave Grabarczyk's blog post How far is too far to walk to set up your booth?
"I've done five blocks on a hill before. Prefer not to do that again. I guess it depends on what you are up for. I agree with the show having helpers to unload, but I've only done two show that provided helpers before."
Jun 13, 2016
Robbie Curnow commented on Connie Mettler's group SW Artists
"I'm talking about Washington & Oregon shows."
Apr 24, 2016
Robbie Curnow commented on Connie Mettler's group SW Artists
"Hello out there! Is anyone else experience thier worst start to a show season ever! We've done three show so far. One okay new to us show, the 2nd a long stand good show 70% down and now our 3rd show always a decent money maker - we are 50%…"
Apr 24, 2016
Robbie Curnow commented on C.C. Barton's blog post 2015 Bellevue Art Museum July show - Review wanted for 2D
"Barrie, I'm not sure if you're referring to humidity in the Florida areas keeping you from attending shows there. Seattle is rainy but it does not have humidity. In the summer it's usually around the 70s one year we had freak weather…"
Feb 13, 2016
Robbie Curnow commented on C.C. Barton's blog post 2015 Bellevue Art Museum July show - Review wanted for 2D
"Last year was better than 2014, but not the same attendance and energy as previous years like 2010 to 2013. We had a different booth location than perious years - two down towards the opening inline. People complained they couldn't find us."
Feb 10, 2016
Robbie Curnow commented on C.C. Barton's blog post 2015 Bellevue Art Museum July show - Review wanted for 2D
"Actually, you were our neighbor for several years at BAM!!"
Feb 10, 2016
Robbie Curnow commented on C.C. Barton's blog post 2015 Bellevue Art Museum July show - Review wanted for 2D
"I am not a 2-D artist but I have done the Bellevue Museum Arts Show for eight years in a row. Yes 2014 was unusually low in attendance and buying energy was down. Last year in 2015 it was slightly better but not the same attendance and energy as…"
Feb 10, 2016
Robbie Curnow commented on Larry Berman's blog post Testing Your Jury Images
"I uploaded images but didn't know what to do after that."
Feb 8, 2016
Robbie Curnow commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Next Podcast: 10 Reasons "You Didn't Get In"
"I attract my own clients. I do some lower end shows where I'm the most expensive jeweler and do well. I was at a show this fall where they juried in a lot of highend artist and we all had a bad show because the public wanted $50 and under."
Feb 3, 2016

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Meeting clients that understand your work.
Best show ever and why
Bellevue Museum Arts Fair, buying energy and the level of art lovers that come & buy.
Worst show ever and why
Sometimes the worst show will bring custom clinets later and make them some of the best shows. You just never know!
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At 8:35am on November 8, 2011, Connie Mettler said…
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