Art Fair Insiders

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Stephen L Schwiesow
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  • Council Bluffs, IA
  • United States
  • color photography
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Your Medium
color photography
Years in the Art Fair Business
1st year
First show ever
November 2014
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
I have only done two. The best thing besides selling? Meeting new friends!
Best show ever and why
Of only 2 shows, the better one was indoors, in a smaller community (very congenial), and interested people.
Worst show ever and why
Of only 2 shows, the bad one was indoors, in a large venue, I had been placed in a back (large) room out of the flow of traffic, and only sold one item in 2 days.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Just scrolling through looking for new and used canopies, panels, etc. for getting started on outdoor art fairs.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I am retiring in 2 weeks from education (school psychologist).

Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 10:13am on May 9, 2015, Christina L. Towell said…

Hey Stephen,

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  We're delighted to have you join us here and hope you'll find the site beneficial.  Thanks and best of luck to you as you begin this new journey.

At 4:58pm on May 13, 2015, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Stephen.  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.

  • Please stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself. Then read the "Getting Started" for tips to make the site easier to navigate.
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At 12:30am on August 12, 2015, Michele King said…

Hey Stephen,

Did your other two shows go better for you?

I just did my first show at Stone Harbor (outside) and barely paid my booth fee.  Very disappointing.  I am a jeweler and wondering if the internet sites are hurting art fairs in general.

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