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Robin Chard
  • Female
  • Louisville, KY
  • United States
  • Silver & Gems
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Robin Chard replied to Linnea Lahlum's discussion Madison Chautauqua (Indiana) booth location suggestions?
"People tend to just go up and down the 3 streets and not miss anything. I haven't heard of any bad spots."
Aug 22, 2016
Robin Chard commented on Robert Wallis's blog post Cherokee Triangle Art Fair, Louisville, KY, 4/30-5/1, 2016
"Sorry to hear that Sherrie! I'm in Paducah,  Lowertown,  on meds!  Ill let you know how this show goes. Its my first year here. They sure know how to treat artists here. They really work at making you feel special and welcome.…"
May 12, 2016
Robin Chard commented on Robert Wallis's blog post Cherokee Triangle Art Fair, Louisville, KY, 4/30-5/1, 2016
"Glad I saw this post, I wanted to get back and see you guys again before the show ended but couldn't.  I was way down from last year. Sales were like pulling teeth, i don't know why.  2 days later I am in the emergency room with…"
May 12, 2016
Robin Chard commented on carrie jacobson's blog post Huffhines - Another Class Act
"Last year I did a Christmas High school show. And before you roll your eyes, it's their 36th year and they have 300 booths and a waiting list! Anyway there were some issues with weather and the county school board said they couldn't open…"
Nov 4, 2015
Robin Chard commented on William Lee's blog post Can you make money at Art Fairs???
"Yes. But I second everything Richard says. It's a buisness. You have to really examine the costs of your expenses. I'm in jewelry and I'm shocked at the people who don't know what they have in a piece. I mean just materials! Many…"
Nov 4, 2015
Robin Chard replied to Robert Wallis's discussion "I could have done that" and "My kid could have done that"
"I loved the PBS video. Lots of great thoughts. Its funny, is ce I went into smithing, I NEVER hear that. Thank God. So I dint have to beat anyone in my tent. Not that I would, well maybe."
Sep 8, 2015
Robin Chard commented on kara unland's blog post Big Bear Lake Art on the Lake Fine Art Festival---Not
"OMG! I was scared for you after reading the first paragraph and it went downhill from there! (I know you were there.) This business has a HUGE learning curve. Because what works for one won't for someone else. Best of luck to you. You have…"
Sep 7, 2015
Robin Chard commented on Ron Mellott's blog post The Jury Process: Part 2 - Consistent Body of Work etc. etc. etc.
"I think in the old days, with paper applications, the shows were better in detailing what they were looking for in Artist's work. I have trouble with local friends not understanding how the bigger shows judge and complaining about not getting…"
Sep 4, 2015

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Your Medium
Silver & Gems
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Greensboro's farmers curb Market! My space looked like a jewelry yard sale!
What are the best things about art fairs
All the other Craft people!
Best show ever and why
A last minute day and a half show, some woman called out of the blue and needed to fill a couple of booths at an educational conference. You would have thought these women had never seen jewelry before. God bless them.
Worst show ever and why
This year at Nuse River Festival. My car broke down on the way there. (towing$) (repairs$) Had to take a fifty dollar cab ride to the thing $! left the top of my tent in the car! it was so hot I almost passed out! My jewelry was too hot to touch! Well it went downhill from there.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Just found it on the web.

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At 10:50am on April 4, 2010, Paulisa Winsong said…
Thanks, Robin, for the compliment on my wraps. No, right now, I am buying all my fabric. Most of it is chanille, polyester/nylon blend, cotton or ultrasuede, and a little silk. I am about to embark on experimenting with dying fabric. At the Bayou City Art Festival this past weekend, a booth had some of the most beautiful shawls hand dyed. So now I'm inspired! Have a great Easter Sunday.

P.S. Love your work
At 7:48pm on April 4, 2010, geri a. wegner said…
Robin, I really like your work. There are a couple of pieces I am interested in. Do you have a website where I can see more of your work?
At 7:56pm on April 10, 2010, geri a. wegner said…
I just realized I hadn't heard back from you. I asked you about the fish bracelet but made the mistake of commenting on the picture directly. Let me know if you want me to ask all my questions again!!
At 11:31am on July 30, 2012, Stacey Pritchard said…

Really like the photos of your work. Looks like we share a love of natural rough stones. And thanks again for the awareness on the trademark. Since part of my background is in ceramic sculpture, I had been thinking about getting a mark, and now I know a bit more about what and how I should go about it for the jewelry. 

At 9:28am on August 14, 2012, Debbie Moyer said…

Hey new friend!  I know the feeling - there is never enough time to make all the jewelry pieces that we want, or try out new techniques.  Someday you will just have to set aside some time to try some etching - it is really fun to do.  I call it my doodle work - I draw all the designs on the metal by hand with Staedler luminace red markers - the work better than sharpies.  What is great is that if you don't like it you can just sand it off & draw again.  

Keep the peace.....

At 1:25pm on September 11, 2012, Karole Bowlds said…

Hi Robin!

Love your posts and really love your work- you have great insights into the marketing portion of this lovely ride we call Artfairs!! I live in a rural State, so doing the Ag Fairs, which are plentiful here was a natural transition here. Next month is my transition month- my final outdoor show is October 13th. After that, it's all inside til Christmas. Then after that3 months of almost no shows except for my monthly Art Walk. I hope to expand into more of those! As each of my surrounding communities does them on different evenings (First Tuesdays, Third Thursdays, Final Fridays) it would be at least one per week! I Like the Art Walks because they specifically target people interested in  the Arts and hand crafts. And very community oriented!

Hope your season is going well- we are currently gearing up for fall winter shows- and the weather is definitely getting chillier!! Had some wild wind gusts at my outdoor show this weekend- the worst I have ever dealt with- about 70 mph, and I was right on the Bay. Had to close up early due to my tent having some damage, and jewelry being blown away! Off to the studio- time to work! Have a good week


At 1:52pm on January 22, 2013, Kathleen J. Clausen said…

Hi Robin,

I'd love to be friends and share about shows.  Where are you located and where do you do shows?  I love your photos!

Kathy C.

At 8:08pm on March 12, 2013, Michelle Robison said…

Thank you it always means a lot from another artist!

At 10:20pm on August 05, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Robin Chard a gift
Thank you, Robin, for referring Kathy Creech to Art Fair Insiders.
At 10:23pm on August 25, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow gave Robin Chard a gift
Thank you, Robin, for your review of the AFB Woodland Art Fair. We appreciate your willingness to help.

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