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Ruth Jellema
  • Rockford, MI
  • United States
  • three-dimensional mixed media
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Ruth Jellema's Discussions

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

Round the Fountain in Indiana

Started this discussion. Last reply by phillip hall Dec 13, 2010. 4 Replies

Does anyone have any information on applying for the Round the Fountain show in Lafayette, Indiana?  I've heard good things about it, but can't seem to track down how one actually applies.  Also, how…Continue


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Latest Activity

Ruth Jellema replied to sandhi schimmel gold's discussion The perplexing rejection letter...
". . .and then there is the opposite - shows that can't even be bothered to send you a rejection e-mail because of course we have nothing better to do than repeatedly check ZAPP."
Ruth Jellema commented on Melanie Rolfes's blog post Spring Festival on Ponce
"Doesn't it depend on how you define "craft"?  It's certainly not a matter of price.  A lot of fine craft has very high prices.  A lot of painters have cheapo prints and note cards.  For this reason I avoid any…"
Apr 8
Ruth Jellema commented on Geoff Coe's blog post The Good Times Roll--for most of us--in Englewood (March 29-30, 2014)
"This was my first time at Englewood.  As Geoff said it was a snap to do - laid back, no stress.  Contrary to Geoff, it was my worst show of the season.  I had a primo location - right next to Nels!  My feeling was that this was…"
Apr 1
Ruth Jellema commented on Alan Anderson's blog post Are so many crafters/artists/vendors new?
"I always plan my set-up ahead and even when shows say you have to drop off and not set up until your vehicle is out, it's often not necessary.  Just like the shows that say absolutely no storage outside your booth when actually everyone…"
Mar 31
Ruth Jellema commented on Alan Anderson's blog post Are so many crafters/artists/vendors new?
"Totally agree, Alison. It is rare - thank goodness! - to have to unload and get out.  Alan, am I correct that you are a jeweler?  Life is very different if you have large, bulky, etc.  It is extremely cumbersome to have to find a…"
Mar 31
Ruth Jellema replied to Sabrina Zhou's discussion Anyone heard jury results from Crosby Festival of the Arts yet?
"Totally agree, Laura.  I was also told the notification was late because the jury met later because of weather.  I can see where that could happen, but late notifications can cause huge problems.  It seems like it would be about a 1…"
Mar 25
Ruth Jellema replied to Sabrina Zhou's discussion Anyone heard jury results from Crosby Festival of the Arts yet?
"I received 2 e-mails - one an acceptance and one a rejection.  I've decided to go with Boston Mills."
Mar 24
Ruth Jellema commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Call for Artists: 33rd Annual Lakefront Art Festival
"I already did!"
Mar 21
Ruth Jellema commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Call for Artists: 33rd Annual Lakefront Art Festival
"I have heard of this show so took a look at their information.  There was a $30 jury fee up until Jan. 31.  Apply now and it's $60!!!  Don't think I'll apply."
Mar 21
Ruth Jellema commented on S. Travis Lindenbaum's blog post Las Olas II - a Howard Alan event
"We had a very weird Las Olas.  Saturday had great weather, good crowds and almost no sales.  It was my worst Las Olas day ever.  Most of my neighbors were having the very same experience and none of us could figure it out. …"
Mar 4
Ruth Jellema replied to Larry Berman's discussion Utility Insurance
"Very interesting - I never heard of utility insurance.  Our meters are attached to our buildings so maybe it isn't relevant.  Anyway, it seems as if the water people would be responsible in your case."
Feb 14
Ruth Jellema replied to Jim Swallow's discussion Boca Museum Show February 8-9 UnProfessional
"Sorry about your bad experience, but many thanks for sharing it."
Feb 11
Ruth Jellema replied to Francois S.Dorleans's discussion Being robbed, Safety, Security & Horror stories. Jewelers beware.
"I can't believe people still use cash boxes.  I still occasionally see someone walking to the artist parking area carrying one of those metal boxes.  Even if it's empty you're making a target of yourself."
Feb 10
Ruth Jellema replied to Barbara Pitorak Bloom's discussion Great Lakes Art Fair in Novi Michigan
"It is a show struggling for survival.  I have done it a few times - never juried in but called at the last minute and got a double booth for the price of a single.  I have always made expenses, but not much more.  They are currently…"
Feb 3
Ruth Jellema replied to Jim Swallow's discussion Boca Museum Show February 8-9 UnProfessional
"I'm not a lawyer, but I don't think they can legally do that.  You entered into a contract with them - finalized when you paid your fee.  If you are not given a space you deserve way more than your entry fee back.  Whether…"
Feb 3
Ruth Jellema replied to Karen Holtkamp's discussion Why Lurkers Don't Write
"Well, Karen, I'm not much of a singer, but I AM having a beer.  Thanks for your post - very well said.  I cringe when I read some comments because I think the one it's directed at will never post again.  Also, when someone…"
Jan 31

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Grand Haven Michigan Coast Guard Festival
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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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