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Sonja Jones
  • Gates Mills, OH
  • United States
  • Acrylic, watercolor
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Suggestions for gallery walls?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sonja Jones 3 hours ago. 14 Replies

I am getting ready to "up my game" and invest in a more professional display, and wondered if the community could give me advice on what type of display walls they like.  I am an acrylic and…Continue

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Newer Artist Looking for Good Mid-level Show in Ohio

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sonja Jones Dec 17, 2017. 13 Replies

Hello All,  I'm relatively new to showing.  I've done fours shows, but all have been small, local art and craft type venues.  I'd like to tackle a more art dedicated show at a mid-level, but not sure…Continue

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Sonja Jones replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Suggestions for gallery walls?
"Thanks for sharing your experience with them, James.  I received my flourish mesh walls recently, and am just waiting for a nice day to set up my tent and try them out for booth shots! I think they should be plenty strong enough for my pieces,…"
3 hours ago
James Looram replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Suggestions for gallery walls?
"Strongly recommend Flourish mesh walls. This past summer was first experience with fairs. Did five of them. Sold five abstract paintings 16x20. Started with heavy steel mesh panels. SO hard to carry, transport, set up and take down. Half way thru…"
6 hours ago
Sonja Jones replied to Susan McCulley's discussion One theme, 2 mediums? plus wall space room for notecards.....
"Thanks for asking this question, Susan.  I'm in a similar situation, where I do wildlife art in two different mediums, have done all smaller shows, and sell note cards, greeting cards, calendars, and prints as well as original…"
Jan 12
Sheila Lamberson replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Suggestions for gallery walls?
"Thank you so kindly Sonja!"
Jan 9
Sonja Jones replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Suggestions for gallery walls?
"Wow, beautiful display!  Your work looks very good against that black!"
Jan 9
Sonja Jones replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Suggestions for gallery walls?
"Your panels look great, Joel, and I did consider making some panels myself, also.  But I was worried about the weight and the amount of space they might take up in my vehicle.  I was considering the Pro panels that I saw could be broke…"
Jan 9
Joel Lockridge replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Suggestions for gallery walls?
Jan 9
Sheila Lamberson replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Suggestions for gallery walls?
"I switched to black mesh walls this past year from grid walls and really like how quickly I can set them up. Plus they really make my paintings pop."
Jan 9
Larry Berman replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Suggestions for gallery walls?
"That's what I decided to do. I used white mesh walls and had a friend sew Velcro tabs at the top of white fabric to back the walls. Larry Bermanhttp://BermanGraphics.com412-401-8100"
Jan 8
Sonja Jones replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Suggestions for gallery walls?
"Thank you, again, for the advice.  I just ordered the white mesh panels and had them cut for the back door option.  I really liked the look of the black mesh, but thought many of my black framed works would not show up well against it.…"
Jan 8
Larry Sohn replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Suggestions for gallery walls?
"Not only acceptable but admired. I've had plenty of other artists admire my black mesh walls and look into getting them for themselves. The only potential drawback to the mesh, as far as I've been able to find and I believe has been…"
Jan 8
Larry Berman replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Suggestions for gallery walls?
"Mesh walls and Pro panels hold the same status for art shows and juries. Make sure to hang and photograph your booth so it looks professional. Larry Berman"
Jan 7
Sonja Jones replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Suggestions for gallery walls?
"Thank you, Larry and Larry!  Sounds like the mesh walls might be best for me.  Light weight, easy set up, lower cost, and packs easier.  Do you know of any potential drawbacks?  Are the mesh panels considered acceptable for most…"
Jan 7
Larry Sohn replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Suggestions for gallery walls?
"Larry is correct. If you choose the Black, mesh walls from Flourish, they are different from the White. The black have a double wall. Mesh inside / woven outside. This greatly reduces the backlighting problem. You hang artwork on the inside with S…"
Jan 7
Larry Berman replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Suggestions for gallery walls?
"Mesh walls take up far less space in your vehicle than a set of Pro Panels. The only trade off is the possibility of backlighting so it's wise to keep your canopy walls lowered behind the mesh walls, or back the mesh with a solid fabric the…"
Jan 6
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Suggestions for gallery walls?

I am getting ready to "up my game" and invest in a more professional display, and wondered if the community could give me advice on what type of display walls they like.  I am an acrylic and watercolor artist, so I would be displaying a variety of framed pieces and canvas.  Most of my pieces 16 x 20 or smaller.  I currently have an EZ up brand tent.  I'm not sure whether to go with a mesh wall, like those offered by Flourish, or with the panel display system like Pro Panels.  I drive a midsize…See More
Jan 6

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Your Medium
Acrylic, watercolor
Years in the Art Fair Business
1
First show ever
Gingerbread House Art and Craft Show
What is your website?
http://sonja-jones.pixels.com
What are the best things about art fairs
Validation of my artwork.
Best show ever and why
So far, the second time I did the Gingerbread House Art and Craft show. After a year of showing, I learned a bit about shows and marketing, and I had my highest sales to date.
Worst show ever and why
The Chagrin Falls Avant-garde show was my worst. The booth fee was high for me at the time, and I didn't sell a single item. Bad weather kept the crowd size down, but I don't know if I would've done better even so.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Discovered this site while surfing the web for advice on art fairs.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I love dachshunds.

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At 9:17am on November 11, 2017, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Sonja,

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  We're thrilled to make your acquaintance and hope you'll find the site to be informative, inspirational and fun!  Thanks for signing up and best of luck as you proceed.

At 8:48pm on November 20, 2017, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Sonja. 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 make it. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike.

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