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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. 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 commented on Barbara Pitorak Bloom's blog post How do you handle your cash at venues?
"Saturday night we were leaving the Birmingham, MI show, driving down the street, and maybe 2 blocks from the show I spotted a youngish  female exhibitor heading to her vehicle.  She had a backpack on her back, a bag in her left arm, and,…"
Sep 22
Ruth Jellema replied to Joel Anderson's discussion Custom made panels - feedback please
"Totally agree - nothing stronger than pro panels attached to a light dome.  There is no sway."
Sep 15
Ruth Jellema commented on Alan Anderson's blog post Do you dress for failure?
"My personal hang-up: men of a certain age in tank tops! PLEASE DON'T."
Sep 11
Ruth Jellema replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend? August 29-Sept. 1, 2014?
"city and state, please"
Sep 3
Ruth Jellema commented on Connie Mettler's blog post What's Wrong with this Picture? #3
"Yikes!!  Sadly, a not uncommon photography booth."
Aug 18
Ruth Jellema replied to Kelly Bort's discussion Cataract Surgery
"If you have had lasik it can be more difficult to get the correct measurements for cataract surgery.  Bring it up with your surgeon and make sure they know what they're doing!"
Jul 4
Ruth Jellema replied to Kelly Bort's discussion Cataract Surgery
"Has anyone suggested monovision? - one eye corrected for distance, one for close-up.  I have worn this kind of contacts for years and don't wear glasses.  My sister just had cataract surgery and this is what was done."
Jul 3
Judy Christian replied to Ruth Jellema's discussion Downtown Naples, FL - 10 pm closing?
"As I like to make an issue about security, I will throw this out for you- the longer the show hours, the less hours for the show promoters to be concerned about overnight security. I have heard comments about another show that I do that stays open…"
Jun 27
Michelle Robison replied to Ruth Jellema's discussion Downtown Naples, FL - 10 pm closing?
"Maybe they're looking for a reason to sell electricity to the exhibitors? that's crazy, bad enough to sit around until 7, let alone until 10? We had a show in Michigan, went from , 5-9pm preview day,on Friday ... then 9am-9 pm 2nd day ,…"
Jun 27
Connie Mettler replied to Ruth Jellema's discussion Downtown Naples, FL - 10 pm closing?
"This is not good for anyone! Maybe restaurants and food vendors. Why don't you contact them? Who do they think they are, Ann Arbor?? "
Jun 27
Michelle Robison replied to Ruth Jellema's discussion Downtown Naples, FL - 10 pm closing?
"That's insane. I used to live there, show isn't good for sales, but a good write off for a vacation.. 7pm , for what to keep sitting around...  vacation write off not good enough reason to do the show with hours until 7..I bet…"
Jun 25
Ruth Jellema commented on Karen Holtkamp's blog post Beachwood-Lyndhurst Art Festival, Cleveland, OH, May 31-June 1
"Lora, are you saying that you didn't do the show this year - that you did it 2 years ago?  Also, wondering if you were in the craft fair rather that the art fair."
Jun 4
Ruth Jellema commented on Karen Holtkamp's blog post Beachwood-Lyndhurst Art Festival, Cleveland, OH, May 31-June 1
"I believe this show was part art and part craft - any fine craft would be considered art, and the craft fairly low end.  I wasn't there, but this is how a few HA shows work."
Jun 4
Ruth Jellema commented on Dale Yakaites (Yak)'s blog post Racine, WI Monument Square Art Show
"I had a very similar experience at this show.  I had no expectations - just applied on a whim.  Sales started very slowly for me and I was prepared for a bad show.  Then people started buying.  I sold some very nice pieces and…"
Jun 4
Ruth Jellema replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Southwest Show Information Needed - ASAP
"I attended the Sawdust Festival a few times when my sister lived in Seal Beach.  Bought a great raku vase pretty cheap and the artist shipped it home for me.  It's a little unsatisfying as an art festival because many of the artists…"
May 29
Ruth Jellema replied to Susan Parry's discussion As I promised- a review of 4 Bridges--with some added questions
"Yikes!  Do you really think fine craft folks can easily create something to capture "gift and impulse buyers" - that doesn't cost much as well???  That's pretty insulting.  What world are you living in? If I could…"
May 11

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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 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!

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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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