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Robin Chard
  • Female
  • Louisville, KY
  • United States
  • Silver & Gems
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Room share for Madison Chautauqua

I'm trying to decide if I should drive back and forth to home, or get a hotel room. I can't wait much longer. I can get a 2 queen bed room for 100 a night. Any nice lady artist interested? Sept. 25, 26 check out 27th. Let me know Thanks
Jul 22
Robin Chard replied to Bobby Weiss's discussion Heat Reflective Coating on canopy?
"I don't know about the one you are talking about, but just wanted to share an experience. I was in the street in June on the pavement and it was hot, hot, hot. On my way home I went by harbor freight and bought a silver tarp that I put over the…"
Jul 21
Marie Solon Coerver replied to Robin Chard's discussion Help for friends who aren't making it
"Wow - I made a lot of mistakes starting out.  Learned by watching others.  I'm putting together a list of tips for some friends just starting to do fairs and shows.  I would welcome any suggestions.  Even pretty basic stuff,…"
Jul 21
Alicia Eskanos replied to Robin Chard's discussion Help for friends who aren't making it
"Chris, This is lovely. Thank you. As a 'beginner artist for business' it can be extremely frustrating. I am coming up on my one year anniversary and a question I have been asking myself today {it's a rather gloomy day and I think I am…"
Jul 17
C.C. Barton replied to Robin Chard's discussion Help for friends who aren't making it
"Hi Larry, I just wanted to chime in and thank you for some invaluable help you gave me years and years ago (probably a decade or more) when I asked you for advice about photographing my hand painted etchings for slides (obviously a long time ago -…"
Jul 17
Robert Wallis replied to Robin Chard's discussion Help for friends who aren't making it
"I guess I should have said I won't be in the Madison Chataqua, or Midway. I'll apply to Francisco's Farm in Midway again next year. I have a couple of shows in October; a new little on Monument Circle in Indy, then the last one of the…"
Jul 17
Wendy Jensen replied to Robin Chard's discussion Help for friends who aren't making it
"Alison,  I like what you say here. i am one who has done a couple of shows with little success.  I posted a booth shot and started a discussion…"
Jul 17
Robert Wallis replied to Robin Chard's discussion Help for friends who aren't making it
"My next three shows are in August starting with a little one in Noblesville, IN on the first weekend, then following week in Kettering, OH, then Levi Commons up in Toledo, OH. After that, it'll be the Garlic Festival on Labor Day weekend in…"
Jul 17

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Your Medium
Silver & Gems
Years in the Art Fair Business
6
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 ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Just found it on the web.

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At 8:59am on January 17, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Robin Chard a gift
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So great to see you back on AFI, Robin! Thank you. You've always been so helpful. Missed you. Hope all is well with you.
At 1:28am on December 16, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Robin Chard a gift
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Thank you, Robin, for referring Ashley Steenman to Art Fair Insiders.
At 9:38pm on February 03, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Robin Chard a gift
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Thank you, Robin, for referring Randi VerBerkmoes to Art Fair Insiders.
At 8:31pm on September 11, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Robin Chard a gift
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Thank you, Robin, for referring Vicki Gentry to Art Fair Insiders.
At 10:23pm on August 25, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow gave Robin Chard a gift
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Thank you, Robin, for your review of the AFB Woodland Art Fair. We appreciate your willingness to help.
At 10:20pm on August 05, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Robin Chard a gift
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Thank you, Robin, for referring Kathy Creech to Art Fair Insiders.
At 8:08pm on March 12, 2013, Michelle Robison said…

Thank you it always means a lot from another artist!

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 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

Karole

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.....

 
 
 

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