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Old Town Art Fair OR Lakefront Festival of Arts

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Feb 12. 9 Replies

Hello. I am a newbie to art fairs.  This summer will be my first.  I was accepted at the Old Town Art Fair and the Lakefront Festival of Arts.  I can only pick one due to budget and inventory…Continue

Newbie... Please critique my booth & photos

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alison Thomas Oct 3, 2017. 11 Replies

Hello. I am new to art fairs and plan to apply to Artisphere sometime next week. Hoping for any advice on my booth and pictures. Couple notes: - I do not have a lot of work to show at this time…Continue

Intro from newbie, Chicago :)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott Zuziak Sep 27, 2017. 7 Replies

Hello all.  I am a wood carver / craftsman from northern IL.  I currently own a small studio offering hand carved signs and woodworking services (Lazy River Studio), but I'm seeking to make a…Continue

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Connie Mettler replied to Scott Zuziak's discussion Old Town Art Fair OR Lakefront Festival of Arts
"Hi Barry. Yep, the first year we tried to get into Old Town and Lakefront we got it. We were blown away! Didn't always happen after that. As to this: "Seriously, it is easier to get into Old Town, than Lakefront." You are right. Both…"
Feb 12
Barry Bernstein replied to Scott Zuziak's discussion Old Town Art Fair OR Lakefront Festival of Arts
"Connie, the parking for Old Town is right near the show. Once you set up parking is easy. Maybe there is an airbnb nearby that isn't too expensive. Which one is 3 days? I didn't bother applying to Old Town."
Feb 12
Barry Bernstein replied to Scott Zuziak's discussion Old Town Art Fair OR Lakefront Festival of Arts
"If you were in the clay category, I would say Old Town because I am just on the wait list for Lakefront and I want your space. Perhaps the wait list is not by category. If I was totally honest I would say Lakefront. The greedy person inside me says…"
Feb 12
Scott Zuziak replied to Scott Zuziak's discussion Old Town Art Fair OR Lakefront Festival of Arts
"Thanks everyone for the advice.   I am not 100%, but I’m leaning toward Milwaukee.  Barry, i am in between old town and Milwaukee and will stay at my house... maybe we will be able to meet? :)  So the travel is not a concern.…"
Feb 10
Barrie Lynn Bryant replied to Scott Zuziak's discussion Old Town Art Fair OR Lakefront Festival of Arts
"Wow. It looks like he lives an hour from both shows, right smack in between them! I had first posted that he was an hour north of Old Town, and since I don't frequent the area I didn't consider that that is exactly the same distance to…"
Feb 10
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Scott Zuziak's discussion Old Town Art Fair OR Lakefront Festival of Arts
"Wow Scott!  Those are beautiful!  What kind of wood is it?"
Feb 9
Connie Mettler replied to Scott Zuziak's discussion Old Town Art Fair OR Lakefront Festival of Arts
"Oh no, what a hard decision, Scott. Two good shows. I'd put the choice down to which is most convenient for you. Expenses in Chicago are high (although the last time I was there i found a hostel not too far away). It is congested, parking is…"
Feb 9
Barrie Lynn Bryant replied to Scott Zuziak's discussion Old Town Art Fair OR Lakefront Festival of Arts
"I will be at Lakefront. Hope to see you there."
Feb 9
Larry Berman replied to Scott Zuziak's discussion Old Town Art Fair OR Lakefront Festival of Arts
"First time applying and getting into two top shows. Congratulations. I'd easily pick Lakefront over Old Town. Besides the potential being much better at Lakefront, it's indoors (large tents that you can drive to your space in) and not as…"
Feb 9
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Old Town Art Fair OR Lakefront Festival of Arts

Hello. I am a newbie to art fairs.  This summer will be my first.  I was accepted at the Old Town Art Fair and the Lakefront Festival of Arts.  I can only pick one due to budget and inventory constraints.  Can anyone offer advice as to which would be a better fit for myself and my work?  I am a wood carver and sculpt flora/fauna.  Attached are pics. Thanks in advance!ScottSee More
Feb 9
Scott Zuziak commented on Britt Hallowell's blog post Bethesda Row Arts Festival Review, October 14-15
"Great info. Thx for all the details. :)"
Oct 18, 2017
Connie Mettler left a comment for Scott Zuziak
"Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Scott. We’re so glad you joined us. I hope you’ll find the site helpful and that you’ll share your ideas and experiences, ask questions and join the discussions. The site is only as good as the members…"
Oct 3, 2017
Alison Thomas replied to Scott Zuziak's discussion Newbie... Please critique my booth & photos
"I think the booth is beautiful as are your pieces. But you need more work. At the very least two more pieces at each end of the tables would look better."
Oct 3, 2017
Judy Christian replied to Scott Zuziak's discussion Newbie... Please critique my booth & photos
"I see why you want to present your booth with your floor and tables as it shows that your end result will be a nice classy booth. But- somehow you will have to resolve the lack of inventory. Some shows may be concerned that you may run low on…"
Oct 3, 2017
Scott Zuziak replied to Scott Zuziak's discussion Newbie... Please critique my booth & photos
"Thanks for the the input and stories!  :)  I'm honestly a little bummed that you all think the tables are too much, but I see your point.  took me well over 100 hours to build the table display, specifically for this booth... and…"
Oct 3, 2017
Scott Zuziak replied to Scott Zuziak's discussion Newbie... Please critique my booth & photos
"Thanks Kathleen.  I will try several different layouts as you describe and see what looks best.  Thanks much for the input!  Putting my booth together has been a lot more difficult thank I anticipated... but I am enjoying the…"
Oct 3, 2017

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At 9:27am on September 27, 2017, Christina L. Towell said…

Hello Scott,

Welcome!  We're delighted to make your acquaintance and hope you'll find the site informative, inspirational and fun!  Plenty of expert advice here for newbies. Thanks for subscribing and best of luck as you move forward.

At 10:35pm on October 3, 2017, Connie Mettler said…

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