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Robert Wallis
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  • Indianapolis, IN
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Propanel extensions proving to be a hassle, looking for an easier solution.

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Tunney Jul 24. 7 Replies

This is the first season I've added the 20" extensions to my 7 foot Propanels. What I thought was going to be an easy add-on has turned out to be a giant PITA. My old step stool turned out to be too…Continue

Where are you this weekend of 9/9-9/11?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Sep 12, 2016. 22 Replies

I'll be at Penrod Arts fair in Indianapolis this Saturday. getting up bright and early tomorrow morning and plan to get a good start on the Friday set up that officially starts at 9:30. Hope to get…Continue

Yet another scam

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Wallis Sep 2, 2016. 5 Replies

Here's one I received this morning. These people must count on the recipient being dumber than a box of rocks. I told them to go to my bookkeeper, Helen Waite, for payment."Hello Robert…Continue

Anyone having trouble with ZAPP?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Wallis Apr 10, 2016. 4 Replies

I"ve spent a couple hours trying to check out an application on ZAPP. I completed the application for the Bloomington, Indiana 4th Street show but when attempting to check out, it just brings up the…Continue

 

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Robert Wallis commented on John Leben's blog post Key West Old Island Days Festival - Worth Going?
"Connie, my wife and I are considering just going and not dealing with an art fair. The difference between driving there in a Toyota Corolla vs an E350 van is considerable in terms of gas money. It would probably be wiser to go when the fair takes…"
Nov 20
Robert Wallis replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Naughty or Nice? Here Comes our 6th Annual Secret Santa Exchange
"Signed up again :-)"
Nov 20
Robert Wallis commented on Reid Watts's blog post Is your pricing keepin up with inflation?
"My bottom price items are still $20. When I started in 1988, I had 8x10 pieces in small metal frames for $20. Nowadays, those pieces are digitally matted with a backer and no frame. I tried raising and lowering prices; higher prices and lower sales;…"
Nov 20
Robert Wallis commented on John Leben's blog post Key West Old Island Days Festival - Worth Going?
"I had planned to apply for that one and make a 1-2 week vacation around it, but spaced the deadline by a couple of days :-(I think Nels does this one."
Nov 20
Robert Wallis replied to Kirk Bergman's discussion Questions about indoor setups
"My advice is to use 30 inch wide panels as those will give you the most flexibility on indoor set-ups. Propanels has adjustable bars to help stabilize the walls when outdoors. They can be used indoors as well and an extra bar across the front will…"
Nov 18
Robert Wallis replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Print Racks
"For larger tubing 3/4-1", check out TV antenna mast stock. It typically has one swaged end to enable stacking for tall masts."
Oct 30
Robert Wallis replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Print Racks
"Just as an aside, the interior width can be expanded by placing the sides of the bin to the side of the front, not behind. It gains just enough room to place two sets of 18x24 mattes pieces side by side with one horizontal and one vertical. I have…"
Oct 27
Robert Wallis replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Budding Photographer
"Good advice :-) Gadget freaks bug the daylights out of me. As a juror, I see too many photographers listing their Canon/Nikon latest model and their printer model. I just shake my head, then want to shake them and ask, "That's nice but…"
Oct 25
Robert Wallis replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Budding Photographer
"Certainly agree with color space. While Adobe RGB has the best color gamut, it's only as good as the lab. The lab where I have my canvas prints done specifies sRGB and for the most part can't tell the difference except for one piece that…"
Oct 19
Robert Wallis replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Budding Photographer
"For color labs, there are two I can recommend; H&H Color lab for metal and paper prints, and Denny Mfg for canvas prints under their Denny Novelty group. Both require setting up an account before placing orders."
Oct 18
Robert Wallis replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Budding Photographer
"Key thing is to shoot, get feedback, shoot more, and get more feedback. One of the best places to do this is 1X.com. The FB groups are pretty much worthless when it comes to meaningful critiques and feedback. The same goes for Deviantart.com and…"
Oct 18
Robert Wallis commented on Jeneen Hobby's blog post Advice on print racks
"Another possibility is a hanging file from either Staples or Office Max. I've used that in the past and they will hold an 18x24 vertically. Those are the steel grid shelving style of file holder. They break down to a small box but require…"
Oct 16
Robert Wallis commented on Jeneen Hobby's blog post Advice on print racks
"I use two 44" Propanel racks. One has the adjustable height and the older one is the standard unit. I've set the older one up with the side panels to the left and right of the front panels. It takes the rack slightly out of square but it…"
Oct 15
Robert Wallis commented on Reid Watts's blog post Your rig may be overloaded
"I thought I might toss out this video I ran across a while back that shows the effects of improper loading.https://www.facebook.com/grownmenstuff/videos/1880365532213332/"
Oct 15
Robert Wallis commented on Reid Watts's blog post Your rig may be overloaded
"I thought I might toss out this video I ran across a while back that shows the effects of improper loading.https://www.facebook.com/grownmenstuff/videos/1880365532213332/"
Oct 15
Robert Wallis replied to Melanie Rolfes's discussion Cottonwood Art Festival Richardson TX
Oct 15

Profile Information

Your Medium
photography
Years in the Art Fair Business
28
First show ever
Talbott Street Art fair
What is your website?
http://www.eclecticimages.net
What are the best things about art fairs
meeting the customers and knowing where the work is going
Best show ever and why
4th Street in Bloomington, IN, An art concious crowd
Worst show ever and why
Metro Arts Two Rivers Expo in DesMoines , Iowa, in 2008. Drove about 800 miles to get there, horrible load in (really, really horrible), I was back in the rear of the place with a big sign that said "Children's Section" so what few people did come to the show didn't go back there. I sold the lowest amount I had in 20+ years, almost skunked, and lost about $1000 doing the show. The a little over a week after I get back I have a major heart attack probably brought on by the strenuous load in process. Small wonder I have litle warmth for that show. Then I get a letter the following year reminding me the deadline was approaching, so I sent an email declining. I get another one back asking if I would reconsider and what was wrong. So I told them. Never heard back from them ;-)

Number two on the list; This year's Hopkins Art Festival in Minnesota. Sold even less then Des Moines, but only lost $800 this time, so I guess that means the economy is getting better.

Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Lee Hill
What is one fun fact about yourself?
The adult interest school where I was teaching in the early 80's had long ran my beginning and portrait classes. Students kept on asking for a figure photography class. I assumed since the classes were generally held in rented spaces in churches for the most part that was not going to fly.

I mentioned it to the school registrar, and he said try it anyhow. I wrote up a syllabus for the church board of trustees, outlined the sequence of the 6-week course (six meetings), stressing the fine art aspect of it using the appropriate language, and it was approved by a main stream denomination church.

So for several years I taught a nude photography class in a church.

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Round the Fountain, Lafayette, IN 5-27-2017

Posted on May 29, 2017 at 1:15pm 3 Comments

This is a mid size and very selective one day show in downtown Lafayette arranged around the courthouse. I've yet to see the fountain, but haven't gone looking for it. This year was a bit more problematic due to construction, and the booths were in different locations. For some that was a blessing as a bunch of spots required hauling stuff up a long set of steps. Those spots were eliminated this year.

I was located around the corner from last year's location. Two streets were able to…

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Oldham Arts on CityPlace 2016 - Lagrange, Kentucky- November 12&13

Posted on November 23, 2016 at 12:30am 7 Comments

This was a small indoor show, for the most part, held in a civic center in Lagrange, Ky, about 22 miles north-east of Louisville just off I-71. It was divided across two civic buildings or small convention halls with about 72 artists there.

About ten artists were located outside on the portico of the buildings, where they were afforded free electricity and reduced booth fee. These locations required a tent. The weather was a bit iffy for the outside venues, fairly chilly on…

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Art on the Commons, Kettering, Ohio 8/14/2016

Posted on August 16, 2016 at 6:00pm 10 Comments

Last year was the first time I tried this show. It wasn't spectacular but there was a decent return for the effort and sales were worthwhile enough to make a return trip.



It's a one day show put on by the local arts organization in conjunction with the city government. the show is arranged around a large fountain in a city park. You have to dolly in from the street, but there are two one way streets either side of the venue, so it's not difficult and it's on concrete all the…

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Cherokee Triangle Art Fair, Louisville, KY, 4/30-5/1, 2016

Posted on May 8, 2016 at 8:41pm 12 Comments

This show has always been at the mercy of the springtime weather, being held the weekend before the Kentucky Derby. Some years the weather is balmy, sunny, and warm; sometimes cool and damp, sometime cold with frost on the grass in morning and needing space heaters. Sometimes, like this time around it was cool and rainy with the emphasis on rainy. Saturday was rainy most of the day with deserted aisles except for a few moments when the rain and drizzle stopped. Sunday had about half a day…

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Comment Wall (23 comments)

At 8:36am on September 13, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Robert Wallis a gift
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Robert, what great advice about the booth set up! Thanks for being here and adding such useful information to the site. You are one of the people who make the site work. Many thanks.
At 8:04am on February 20, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Robert Wallis a gift
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Great job, Robert, on all that solid advice for Dolly Ramot. Thanks for your generous sharing and for being a member here.
At 6:28pm on March 05, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Robert Wallis a gift
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Congrats, Robert, on winning the Blog Post of the Week (3/54/12).
At 12:12am on August 22, 2012, Shannon Blosser-Salisbury said…
Robert (or do you prefer a nickname?), you are too kind. I definitely have been having a great time making my art and I hope the fun continues doing shows. Hope to see you out there!
At 11:14am on October 25, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Robert Wallis a gift
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Stellar comment on earning a living at the shows, Robert. Thank you for this very useful exchange full of great information. AFI appreciates it ;)
At 5:48pm on November 05, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Robert Wallis a gift
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Congrats on winning the Blog Post of the Week Award - 11/5/12.
At 11:58am on February 21, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Robert Wallis a gift
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Impressive! Robert, this is such a gift for everyone who is at all serious about the shows. A lot of this has not been presented before and is wonderful evergreen content that should help many.
At 4:01pm on February 25, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Robert Wallis a gift
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Congrats Robert on the Post of the Week Award - 2/25/13.
At 4:44pm on March 22, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Robert Wallis a gift
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Congrats, Robert! Your wonderful series about the image workshop in St. Louis was voted best info on AFI for February. Thank you so much for all the time you spent on this.
At 10:04pm on June 10, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Robert Wallis a gift
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Robert, thanks so much for all your support. It is appreciated!

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