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S Brian Berkun
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Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock, The Good, The Bad and Ugly

I've been on and off with this show for years. Two years ago it was good (relative to this show) and last year it was worse than ever, I was stuck in a corner in the back and NO ONE ever goes to the back corner! This year the show was moved to the east side of the outlet mall on the north side of town. Some visitors were reported to have said they went to the old site and didn't know that it had been moved, no signs to speak of...Some folks I talked to said that they hoped the show would go…See More
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Connie Mettler commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained...Cheyenne Arts Festival
"right ... but would an artist have made that choice?"
Sep 7
S Brian Berkun commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained...Cheyenne Arts Festival
"The eclipse may have had something to do with it also as Casper was in the path of totality and not far from Cheyenne, just speculating of course!"
Sep 7
Connie Mettler commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained...Cheyenne Arts Festival
"I get it for you and the distance, plus you just reinforced my pitch when shows ask me how are my local lists for their shows and I always say that my artist lists are not broken down by region because you never know when someone wants a vacation in…"
Sep 7
S Brian Berkun commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained...Cheyenne Arts Festival
"The show is well run. Mostly localish artists but some came from, Idaho, Nebraska, Montana, Tennessee! If it was much further than 2 hours I wouldn't have done it."
Sep 6
Connie Mettler commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained...Cheyenne Arts Festival
"Just getting a chance to read this. Thanks for all the details. Really thorough. Makes me want to visit Cheyenne. Sounds like they run a very nice show. Do you think most of the exhibitors were locals? And, if so, or not, how far do you think a…"
Sep 6
DORI SMITH commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained...Cheyenne Arts Festival
"I enjoy reading your reviews."
Aug 26
S Brian Berkun commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained...Cheyenne Arts Festival
"Most likely not, I've had more than my fair share of failures! ;-P"
Aug 23
Lawrence M. Sawyer commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained...Cheyenne Arts Festival
"All the logistics and amenities in the world don't pay the bills, but they do make failure a little more bearable. Will you do it again?"
Aug 23
S Brian Berkun posted a blog post

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained...Cheyenne Arts Festival

Got back from the Cheyenne Arts Festival on Monday in where? Cheyenne, WY. The Festival takes place inside and in front of the historic train depot in downtown Cheyenne which, in and of itself, is quite quaint. Cheyenne being less than 2 hours away from Denver, I thought I'd try something different.Just The Facts...Show Hours and Dates: Cheyenne Arts Festival, Cheyenne, WY. August 18-20 (about the third weekend in August) Friday 5-9, Saturday 9-8 and Sunday 11-5. Art, crafts, music, kid…See More
Aug 23
Layl McDill commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Pearl Street Arts Festival, Boulder Colorado
"I was there last year (2016) and was expecting better.  I was on the mall in a really nice spot but I would agree the buyers just weren't there.  I did crack $1500- I think it was closer to $2000.  If you do several CO shows this…"
Aug 10
Nels Johnson commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Pearl Street Arts Festival, Boulder Colorado
"Sorry to hear that"
Jul 30
S Brian Berkun commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Pearl Street Arts Festival, Boulder Colorado
"No"
Jul 29
Nels Johnson commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Pearl Street Arts Festival, Boulder Colorado
"So, just curious, did you crack $1500 in sales?"
Jul 29
S Brian Berkun posted a blog post

Pearl Street Arts Festival, Boulder Colorado

This show was two weeks ago so sorry for the lack of timeliness but, seeing as it is already over, it doesn't matter anyway! I skipped this show last year (2016) for some reason, most probably as it wasn't that great the year before.Just the facts:Show Hours and Dates: Pearl Street Arts Festival, Boulder Colorado, July 15 - 16.  Sat 10- 6, Sun 10 -5. Applications now are being taken on Zapp.Logistics:The show is set up in two locations, you can opt for the Pearl Street Mall with setup on…See More
Jul 27
S Brian Berkun replied to Chau Nguyen's discussion Need shows within driving distance from Livingston, Montana in the group SW Artists
"Affordable Arts, a one day show, has been a consistent show for me since year one with an uptick in business last year when all other shows were !@#$ ! I am staying close to home this year due to uncertainty of prospects. Last year was not good at…"
Apr 27
Lawrence M. Sawyer commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Scottsdale Arts Festival 2017
"THANK YOU for the review. My impression of Scottsdale is that there's sun and money there...thanks for setting me straight. Although one has to remember, this is just one reviewer, but every data point helps paint the picture. Thanks…"
Mar 24
Christina L. Towell commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Scottsdale Arts Festival 2017
"Great detailed recap, Brian, too bad it wasn't a better show for you and others...it does make you wonder about the months ahead, doesn't it?"
Mar 24
Steve. Apple commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Scottsdale Arts Festival 2017
"I  walked the show since i have never been and live within 100 miles,  Spoke to quite a few artists and some said they were doing fantastic (i had my doubts) but most were disappointed. Only saw one booth that may have been buy/sell,…"
Mar 23
Barrie Lynn Bryant commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Scottsdale Arts Festival 2017
"Yikes! Thanks for the review, Brian. WOOHOO!"
Mar 22

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Your Medium
Photography
Years in the Art Fair Business
32
First show ever
Pearl Street Fair, Denver. It was 1982 (I think?) Colorado was in one of its bust cycles in the oil industry and at $35 for an 8 x 10 framed print I couldn't giv'm away!
What is your website?
http://sbrianberkun.zenfolio.com
What are the best things about art fairs
Being with other creative individuals.
Best show ever and why
Park City Utah 2006, great enthusiasm for my work which was expressed in purchases and compliments!
Worst show ever and why
Breckenridge, CO (year?) Memorial Day weekend show, it rained, it snowed, it was miserably cold, there may have been 12 people who came to look at the show in a big parking lot. Had to load out with everything wet. Yet, there was one other photographer who praised my work and suggested I raise my prices! ;-)
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Steve Appel

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Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock, The Good, The Bad and Ugly

Posted on September 23, 2017 at 1:57pm 0 Comments

I've been on and off with this show for years. Two years ago it was good (relative to this show) and last year it was worse than ever, I was stuck in a corner in the back and NO ONE ever goes to the back corner! This year the show was moved to the east side of the outlet mall on the north side of town. Some visitors were reported to have said they went to the old site and didn't know that it had been moved, no signs to speak of...Some folks I talked to said that they hoped the show would go…

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Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained...Cheyenne Arts Festival

Posted on August 23, 2017 at 1:00pm 8 Comments

Got back from the Cheyenne Arts Festival on Monday in where? Cheyenne, WY. The Festival takes place inside and in front of the historic train depot in downtown Cheyenne which, in and of itself, is quite quaint. Cheyenne being less than 2 hours away from Denver, I thought I'd try something different.

Just The Facts...

Show Hours and Dates: Cheyenne Arts Festival, Cheyenne, WY. August 18-20 (about the third weekend in August) Friday 5-9, Saturday…

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Pearl Street Arts Festival, Boulder Colorado

Posted on July 27, 2017 at 4:00pm 4 Comments

This show was two weeks ago so sorry for the lack of timeliness but, seeing as it is already over, it doesn't matter anyway! I skipped this show last year (2016) for some reason, most probably as it wasn't that great the year before.

Just the facts:

Show Hours and Dates: Pearl Street Arts Festival, Boulder Colorado, July 15 - 16.  Sat 10- 6, Sun 10 -5. Applications now are being taken on Zapp.

Logistics:

The show is set up in two…

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Scottsdale Arts Festival 2017

Posted on March 22, 2017 at 12:30pm 4 Comments

It had been 6 years since the last time I participated in this show, even had a different portfolio of work to show, but the results were little better then the last time. I even had a better booth location, or so I thought.

Just the facts:

Show Hours and Dates: Scottsdale Arts Festival. March 10 -12.  Fri & Sat 10- 6, Sun 10 -5

Logistics:

The show is set up inside the the Scottdale Civic Center Park which has meandering…

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Just Thinking Out Loud...What If?

Posted on March 6, 2017 at 4:21pm 18 Comments

Okay, I know this will never happen in any big way, so don't sweat it, and those of you who disagree with my rambling musings, it's just a thought, I was thinking.

Recently got back from the Fountain Hills Not So Great Fair and whilst I was standing around freezing and waiting for the occasional buyer to manifest I had a thought. Occasionally I have more than one but I did have this one...Booth fees are way out of control and my first experience with shows that charge a commission was…

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At 10:03pm on July 23, 2012, Connie Mettler gave S Brian Berkun a gift
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Congrats on winning the Blog post of the week award - 7/23/12.
At 1:29pm on August 20, 2012, Connie Mettler gave S Brian Berkun a gift
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Thank you, Brian, for referring Ann Troth to Art Fair Insiders.
At 9:15pm on March 18, 2013, Connie Mettler gave S Brian Berkun a gift
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Congrats Brian on your Post of the Week Award - 3/18/13.
At 6:15pm on May 15, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow said…

Thank you for your review at ww.artshowreviews.com.  We really appreciate all your help.

At 5:56pm on June 03, 2013, Connie Mettler gave S Brian Berkun a gift
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Congrats on winning the Post of the Week Award - 6/3/2013.
At 10:15pm on June 05, 2013, Connie Mettler gave S Brian Berkun a gift
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Brian, thanks so much for all your support. It is appreciated!
At 10:47pm on September 15, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow gave S Brian Berkun a gift
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Thank you Brian for your review on the Colordao ArtFest at Castle Rock. We really appreciate all your help.
At 9:50pm on December 09, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow gave S Brian Berkun a gift
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Thank you Brian for your review of the Tempe Festival of the Arts. We appreciate your help in getting more Southwest show reviews for our West Coast members.
At 9:45pm on May 04, 2014, Jacki Bilsborrow gave S Brian Berkun a gift
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Thank you, Brian, for your review of the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts. We appreciate all your help.
At 9:53pm on May 29, 2014, Jacki Bilsborrow gave S Brian Berkun a gift
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Thank you, Brian, for your review of the Estes Park Art Market. We are so thankful to have AFI members like you.

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