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

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 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
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
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
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
Ruth Jellema commented on Barrie Lynn Bryant's blog post Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival AWARD WINNERS
"How about a photo of your booth as well?"
Nov 10
Ruth Jellema replied to Patsy Reeves's discussion Naples Art Fest Jan 24 & 25th 2015
"The website says the deadline is October 20 - not November 20.  Which is correct?"
Oct 21
Ruth Jellema commented on Connie Mettler's blog post This is how we do it ...
"What does anyone think is the best way for people to actually sign up?  Is there a clipboard hanging by this sign? Some sort of book?  Are people comfortable signing up on a list that has other peoples signups?"
Oct 16
Ruth Jellema commented on Monica Langowski's blog post To dumb it down, or not dumb it down... for the sake of a sale
"Thanks, Stephen - well put.  You saved me having to write a post myself."
Oct 9
Ruth Jellema commented on Monica Langowski's blog post To dumb it down, or not dumb it down... for the sake of a sale
"If you are saying that you reproduce the work of other artists without their permission, then you have already compromised your integrity."
Oct 9
Ruth Jellema commented on Monica Langowski's blog post To dumb it down, or not dumb it down... for the sake of a sale
"Don't make something you don't want to make - it probably won't sell anyway!  Personally, I think it's a fun break to make little crafty/seasonal things once in a while."
Oct 8
Ruth Jellema replied to Cynthia Welch's discussion Shadows on the Teche---Review
"Where is it?"
Oct 6
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

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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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Connie Mettler

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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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