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Shoshana Matthews
  • Female
  • Pocomoke City, MD
  • United States
  • fiber - handwoven clothing
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Shoshana Matthews commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post Sarasota Fine Arts Festival Jan. 14 and 15, 2017
"Great review.  I do several Sarasota shows and find the cheapest way to stay there is through Airbnb.  Have had some nice rooms with lovely hosts, and we can usually stay for under $75/night.  For Sarasota "in season"…"
Jan 22
Shoshana Matthews commented on Geoff Coe's blog post Not a Chamber-of-Commerce weekend on Sanibel: Tornado Tales, and more
"All I can say is in 22+ years I've never had a run of weather like this!!  Glad I'm not doing a show this weekend -  weathered the tornadoes in Cape Coral and Sarasota 2 weeks in a row.  Did go to the farmers' market…"
Jan 23, 2016
Shoshana Matthews commented on Geoff Coe's blog post Show Review: Seawall Art Show (Portsmouth, VA 2015)
"Of course.  But with clothing they like to touch it and try it on."
Aug 27, 2015
Shoshana Matthews commented on Geoff Coe's blog post Show Review: Seawall Art Show (Portsmouth, VA 2015)
"On the other hand, I still get queries from my customer base there as to when I'll be doing the show again.  They collect my stuff from year to year and aren't happy that we're not coming up north for it anymore."
Aug 27, 2015
Shoshana Matthews commented on Alan Anderson's blog post Havre de Grace Art Fair debacle
"Did the show years ago with my husband's photography. All 12 photographers were in booths 1-12.  After we cried we laughed.  Made few sales but saw a lot of buy/sell junk.  Most of the awards that year went to local buy/sell…"
Aug 17, 2015
Shoshana Matthews commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Holding down the booth: Part 2, on cement
"And many times bright orange is the only color available in ratchet straps that are long enough and wide enough to tie down a booth."
Mar 24, 2015
Shoshana Matthews commented on Patricia Sadler Trainor's blog post Broke arm, cancelled, show collects double booth fees
"It's been the practice for years.  A few years ago I had emergency open heart surgery.  Called a couple of shows from my hospital bed.  Never got one cent back."
Nov 6, 2014
Shoshana Matthews commented on Reid Watts's blog post How can this be?
"The top 100 is a popularity contest.  No advertising required.  No subscription required.  It's based on the ballots artists submit each September.  So take that top 100 with a few grains of salt."
Sep 14, 2014
Shoshana Matthews commented on Alan Anderson's blog post As Promised - Havre de Grace Art Fair Review
"Sounds like things haven't change much since I did this show years ago.  Only tried it once!"
Aug 18, 2014
Shoshana Matthews commented on sandhi schimmel gold's blog post Please Help my Friend...and Fellow Art Festival Artist
"Sandhi, let me know about fabric needs, too.  Won't be hard to get a package off to her when she's ready."
Jul 19, 2014
Shoshana Matthews commented on Geoff Coe's blog post The Good Times Roll--for most of us--in Englewood (March 29-30, 2014)
"Sorry to hear there was manufactured work.  I applied, but didn't get in."
Apr 1, 2014
Shoshana Matthews commented on Bill McLauchlan's blog post Mercato: Naples, FL March 2014 Review
"I live locally and for the first time in years I didn't see any ads for this show. Maybe I'm glad I didn't get in this year. Venice wasn't that bad!"
Mar 4, 2014
Shoshana Matthews commented on Robin Chipman's blog post No Paragon Shows for me
"I don't usually comment here, but I have to get my 2 cents in.  I've been on the show circuit for 20 years, doing 45 shows a year for many of those.  I do primarily fine art shows as that's where my high end hand woven…"
Jan 21, 2014
Shoshana Matthews commented on Mark V. Turner's blog post WOW....Guess I wont be applying to Artscape Baltimore this year
"Don't forget the alcohol.  There's so much being sold (and consumed) that a large part of the crowd is pretty drunk by mid-afternoon."
Jan 15, 2014
Shoshana Matthews commented on Geoff Coe's blog post Coconut Point "New Year's Weekend" Show (Dec. 28-29, 2013)
"I had exactly the opposite sales pattern - lousy in Saturday, gangbusters after 2 pm on Sunday.  Wound up doing a little better than last year, but until Sun. afternoon wasn't sure I'd get that far.  You're right about deep…"
Dec 30, 2013
Shoshana Matthews commented on Kathleen J. Clausen's blog post The Stars were out at the Sanibel Masters Art Fair.
"Not a problem.  Either spelling is a correct transliteration."
Dec 5, 2013

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fiber - handwoven clothing
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
12 years ago
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Survey for Mid-Atlantic winter show

Posted on August 24, 2009 at 7:40pm 0 Comments


As full-time artists, we've made our living on the show circuit for the last dozen years, but we've continued to have trouble finding a decent Fine Art show in January. So, in discussion with several other artists, we've decided that it's time to take the bull by the horns and create a January or February Mid-Atlantic Fine Art show, provided that we find enough artist interest. That's where you come in - please help us by responding to this survey. No obligation, of… Continue

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