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Ruth Jellema
  • Rockford, MI
  • United States
  • three-dimensional mixed media
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Downtown Naples, FL - 10 pm closing?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Christian Jun 27, 2014. 5 Replies

Has anyone else received a survey from the Naples Art Association?  This March the fifth avenue show had the hours extended to 7 pm.  For me and everyone around me the extra hours were a total waste…Continue

Tags: closing, late, FL, Naples

Art on the Star - Michigan

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joan Tweedell Aug 7, 2013. 3 Replies

Has anyone done Art on the Star this summer?  We participated in the first weekend, but have been all booked up ever since.  Everyone was very enthusiastic and optimistic that first weekend and I…Continue

3 Rivers Pittsburgh booth location

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christine Green Apr 27, 2012. 10 Replies

Does anyone have information about spaces at this show?  It is already very confusing with different locations and different dates.  Now they have added even more locations!Continue

Boston Mills application

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ruth Jellema Feb 21, 2011. 6 Replies

Can anyone tell me how to apply to Boston Mills this year?  I did the show last year and just realized I hadn't gotten any info. for this year.  I googled and got the website with all the info.…Continue


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Ruth Jellema replied to Connie Mettler's discussion I've been asked: What shows have original work only?
"I'm curious about the writer of this e-mail.  They say "photographer next to us" which makes them sound like an exhibitor not a buyer.  Also, I was at Naples and did not see buy/sell.  I didn't see the whole show,…"
Ruth Jellema commented on Elaine Clapper's blog post need advice on weights for ez up tent
"check Connie's blog"
Ruth Jellema commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Holding down the booth: Part 2, on cement
"I really dislike the way most weights look.  I was recently next to someone who had wrapped her PVC with leopard duct tape - totally blended with her booth.  There are so many patterned duct tapes - I'm looking for one to blend with…"
Mar 23
Ruth Jellema commented on Ellen Ruckstuhl's blog post Possible Fraud
"Don't even open an e-mail like this!  It's obvious by the language that it's a scam.  I get them constantly - that's what the delete key is for."
Mar 19
Ruth Jellema replied to Linnea Lahlum's discussion Beating a dead horse? Sent to Royal Oak Art fair (Michigan)
"Excellent letter.  I had this show on my list for possible application but hadn't gotten to the point of reading the details.  The things you're asking about are the very things that make me NOT apply."
Mar 10
Ruth Jellema replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Gasparilla
"Just curious - wasn't there a link posted here that showed something being spread on the park the day after the show to get it ready for the next weekend?  Couldn't that have been used for Saturday?"
Mar 9
Ruth Jellema replied to Jenn Millspaugh's discussion What is your goal for a show?
"Personally, I think the goal of X amount  times booth fee is old-fashioned and silly.  That's what we used to say back when we also thought Sunshine Artists was the absolute bible of art fairs. Booth fee is only one factor to…"
Feb 12
Ruth Jellema replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Here Comes Santa!
"Hooray!!  Santa found me in Florida!  Thanks so much, Larry - both for the beautiful mug and your persistence in getting it to me."
Jan 9
Ruth Jellema replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Here Comes Santa!
"Hasn't arrived - will keep you posted."
Jan 8
Ruth Jellema received a gift from Connie Mettler
Jan 8
Ruth Jellema replied to Tim Dardis's discussion Show Reviews?
"Tim, I had the same problem.  Went to the reviews several times and never could find a review.  Then I discovered that if you scroll to the very bottom and look over to the far right, you will find the word "comments" in tiny…"
Jan 2
Ruth Jellema commented on Geoff Coe's blog post Spirits and artwork dampened in Coconut Point (Bonita Springs FL , Dec 27-28, 2014)
"So, back to Coconut Point. . .  For me, each day started dismally - everyone walking by at least 3 feet from the front of the booth, afraid to come anywhere near.  Then a brave few wandered in, and then there were sales.  Last year I…"
Dec 31, 2014
Ruth Jellema commented on Scott Pakulski's blog post Holiday Art Fair
"Just another bit of perspective.  The show looked good.  Several people around us were unhappy about the early morning set-up and lack of any extra space - 10X10 exactly.  To me it was very poorly attended although everyone agreed…"
Nov 22, 2014
Ruth Jellema replied to Kevin Duval's discussion Trying to line up my first string of Florida shows... Feb-Mar
"Sometimes a Howard Alan show is still listed on ZAPP, but when you actually click the link it will tell you if it is closed."
Nov 14, 2014
Ruth Jellema commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Next Podcast: The No Mistake Art Fair Career - 10 Tips from the Experts
"Are you going to also post the ten points from Bruce?  Enjoyed the podcast a lot - learned that after all my years in the business I really know a lot, but there's always a new idea or slant on something old - but my hotspot lost charge…"
Nov 12, 2014
Ruth Jellema commented on Barrie Lynn Bryant's blog post Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival AWARD WINNERS
"Thanks for posting the photos.  I noticed that your jury photo looks almost exactly like your actual booth - I really liked that.  I feel that the shows want us to be pretty dishonest in our booth shots if we want to get it and I…"
Nov 11, 2014

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Ann Arbor

Posted on July 24, 2011 at 7:15pm 11 Comments

Just back from Ann Arbor and spending a quiet Sunday recovering.  I sent off an "Ann Arbor  report" e-mail to my family and realized it would work as a blog here.  For reference - I'm in the Guild show on State Street and have been there for a long time.  Just bear in mind this report was geared for family.  Hope this makes me worthy of the red dot Connie brought me!


Tuesday - high of 96

Our setup time was noon. We were all psyched up - cooler full of Gatorade, plans to…


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At 3:59pm on January 08, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Ruth Jellema a gift
Happy new year, Ruth. Thanks so much for playing Secret Santa with us again this year. Hope it was fun for you and the new year makes your dreams come true.
At 10:00am on January 12, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Ruth Jellema a gift
Thanks for being a Secret Santa, Ruth. Happy new year to you and David.
At 9:24pm on August 21, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Ruth Jellema a gift
Hi Ruth, thanks for your recent participation here at AFI. You have made some very friendly and helpful comments that I am sure the recipients appreciated. We're in this together and I appreciate it.
At 9:25pm on June 06, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Ruth Jellema a gift
Ruth, thanks so much for all your support. Your help is appreciated!
At 1:42pm on April 14, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to, Ruth. I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to getting to know you.

When you have a chance, please add a photo to your profile and stop by the Discussions area to introduce yourself. We all look forward to your participation here. Also visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!

Best wishes,
Connie Mettler

p.s. The best way to make this system easy to use is to click on the "Follow-Email me" link at the bottom of each Forum discussion that interests you. That way the system will email you automatically whenever anyone responds. It's a great time-saver.
At 9:15am on April 9, 2010, tom gross said…
Welcome to the site Ruth,
it is great to have your expertise to call on when someone post a difficult question on the discission board! This is a great site to connect with art friends!


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