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S Brian Berkun commented on JEFF LEEDY's blog post Tell me the truth. Are Art Shows dying or not?
"I'm going to run for office and do campaign fundraisers!"
Oct 31
S Brian Berkun posted a discussion

Local Denver Artists Looking for a Thanksgiving Show?

Got this "last minute" announcement from the promoter of the Park Hill Arts Festival. There is usually a small summer show outside of the Masonic Lodge in Denver but this time he is promoting a show inside the lodge around Thanksgiving. If anyone has an interest in it...go to this site:http://www.parkhillartfestival.com/See More
Oct 30
S Brian Berkun replied to C.C. Barton's discussion Help! Trying to reassemble my C and H Mat Cutter Squaring Arm after a move
"Here is a pic of mine."
Oct 30
S Brian Berkun replied to C.C. Barton's discussion Help! Trying to reassemble my C and H Mat Cutter Squaring Arm after a move
"Years ago I called C & H, they have a guy that knew everything there was to know about them and he was very helpful, can't remember his name although it was like Lars are something like that? Anyway from your picture the squaring arm has a…"
Oct 30
S Brian Berkun replied to Jerry Scavezze's discussion Does any know the dates for the 2018 Cheesman Park show in Denver.
"Not specifically but usually the end of July?"
Oct 30
Barrie Lynn Bryant commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
"We did Castle Rock once...2011? Some folks say to me that there's a large tech population there, and I say that that demographic never helps me. They might have expendable income, but it isn't for what I do. Never is. I avoid that…"
Sep 30
Richard L. Sherer commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
"Thanks for the review Brian. They turned me down back in the '90s and I never applied again. I will probably apply next year sharing a booth with the journeyman I trained as a "break in" for him. It will be after my main show season,…"
Sep 29
Peggy Crago commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
"I also lost money there even though I live a half hour away. Never been a good show for me, yet there's always great work there. How? Always very light attendance, low buying energy."
Sep 25
Mark Zirinsky commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
"Likewise, I was thinking of attending this show, it is also local for me, but I came to the conclusion that it is a) too close to the Sausalito Show (where i was this year), and b) it just does not seem like a place where there would be…"
Sep 25
Cindy Welch commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
"Thanks for the review.  I have done shows that I have stopped doing ... not big enough, no advertising, etc.  I agree that sometimes it's  hard to know when to stop doing a show.  I have sat out of a local show for well over…"
Sep 25
S Brian Berkun posted a blog post

Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock, The Good, The Bad and The 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
Sep 23
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

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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! ;-)
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Steve Appel

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

Posted on September 23, 2017 at 1:30pm 5 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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Comment Wall (18 comments)

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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