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Ron Mellott
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Ron Mellott replied to Ron Mellott's discussion Breakdowns and Repairs at or enroute to events
"Out of curiosity - is your policy - personal - or - business?   My experience with the insurance companies I use (Geico, USAA, Progressive) is business vehicles are not covered - only personal.  "
Feb 25
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Ron Mellott's discussion Shows Extending Application Deadline
"Greg, So Sad, but you make sense~very good points including the bag of worms... Katheen Smith"
Feb 12
Greg Little replied to Ron Mellott's discussion Shows Extending Application Deadline
"As far as extending application deadlines...There is no QUALITY CONTROL" for applying to a show online...only guidelines.. and after that point it is up to the show promoters to sort out what they feel is a fit for their show and what is not.…"
Feb 12
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Ron Mellott's discussion Shows Extending Application Deadline
Feb 12
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Ron Mellott's discussion Shows Extending Application Deadline
"YES, It is very frustrating on the Artist when you hear nothing even days after the notification date.  Other deadlines are always coming, & I am never one to "double book" because I did that once & had to decline~was NEVER…"
Feb 12
Judy Christian replied to Ron Mellott's discussion Shows Extending Application Deadline
"If a show needs more applicants, it would be considerate to be more specific as to what they are still looking for- what categories.  This way they wouldn't have to collect any extra money for filled categories."
Feb 9
Shelly Leitheiser replied to Ron Mellott's discussion Shows Extending Application Deadline
"I don't know the answer to this, but this has happened to me too: "extended deadline" and then not being accepted into the show/art fair. This has only happened to me in the last 3-4 years as jury fees have gone up. Like you, my…"
Feb 8
Linnea Lahlum replied to Ron Mellott's discussion Shows Extending Application Deadline
"Why do they do it? Because they can. This is not unusual now. Ever since online jurying made it possible.   A few years ago I was wait listed from a show, only to find it was still accepting applications. Rather a slap in the face. Emails sent…"
Feb 8

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The Jury Process: Part 2 - Consistent Body of Work etc. etc. etc.

Posted on August 28, 2015 at 1:07pm 10 Comments

Let me premise this one by a wonderful quote from someone a few of you may have heard of:

God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things. - Pablo Picasso

Think God would make it past most juries these days?  Sure doesn’t seem like he has a “cohesive body of work” according to many jurors.  Guess he never had to face an…


The Jury Process: Part I - What Makes a "Good Juror"

Posted on August 27, 2015 at 8:29am 7 Comments

Now remember - these are just my thoughts and opinions from my experience and internal workings as an artist.  The point is not to discuss, support or argue with ME personally - but to think about and comment on these IDEAS.  And so importantly, ADD to the discussion other ideas and perspectives not broached here.  Growth the discussion with your view.  Just urge staying on point throughout.

Okay, onward. 

So many facets to this question it is somewhat intimidating.  Excluding…


The jury process: Introduction

Posted on August 27, 2015 at 8:17am 3 Comments

I am posting three separate discussions on the issue of jurors and jurying at shows.  Please, do not write or respond on this particular discussion – it is intended only as the intro to the other three discussions.  This came about – besides the years of being an artist and previous good discussion on this site as recently as a few years ago – as a result of two comments made by artists responding to a post by a great friend of mine, Rich Fulwiler, in his blog “Total Disconnect”.  Most…


Sometimes bad things happen - and bad guys get caught.

Posted on April 8, 2013 at 2:02pm 14 Comments

This past Saturday at the Fairview Fine Art Festival (Paragon Fine Art Festivals) an artist had a $4000 original painting stolen from inside their booth. A tragedy no one wants to experience.  The next morning the director, Bill Kinney, went down to the security office and asked to view the security videos from the streets.  As it turns out no one had entered or exited the site.  This left one possibility – the high-end condominiums adjacent to the site.  After viewing additional security…


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At 4:36pm on February 23, 2009, Kenneth Marine said…
Hi friend , Julie just told me she signed me up for this. Are you also on facebook? I'm learning how to type all over again after about 20 yrs of not using any of this stuff. later
At 5:29pm on May 26, 2009, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome back, Ron. Great post about AA! Thanks for that contribution. I was pretty surprised that no one commented on it.

Hope you have not been ill, but it looks as though you are back in full strength today. This site is progressing and good people are joining and sharing. I can only check in now and then but am hoping enough members will chime in to keep it alive and make it grow.
At 1:06am on July 30, 2009, Greg Heihn said…
Hey Ron. Went to your website and your show schedule was for 2006. Are you coming to MN anytime soon?
At 7:30pm on October 28, 2009, Pauline Ross said…
I just looked at your photography. Very beautiful. You don't have any east coast shore photos. There are several bird sanctuaries up and down the coastline you might consider. Also Chincoteague with the ponies. Sometimes the sunrise can be awesome as well as moonrises. It is very flat otherwise.
At 7:40pm on November 5, 2009, Pauline Ross said…
Think you are 550 million years too late to watch trilobites do ancient right of passage. lol Go for horseshoe crabs.
At 11:41am on April 14, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Ron Mellott a gift
Great to see back here, Ron!

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