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Susan Spohn
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  • Salida, CO
  • United States
  • Painting
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Susan Spohn commented on Larry Berman's blog post Hijacked Computer
"Also, if you have a PC it is good to use Carbonite to back up all your files/images. I can access all my files from any computer using Carbonite... so what is stored on this present computer doesn't matter so much, if it dies, it dies. I still…"
Nov 13, 2015
Susan Spohn commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Affordable Arts Festival Denver, does it again!
"I have participated for 3 years at the AA. (painting) My first year was fantastic, and my last 2 years have been good. I was skeptical of this show at first... but it has been wonderful to sell older works. I have clients who come back to this show…"
Sep 11, 2015
Susan Spohn commented on Mark V. Turner's blog post Staged Booth Photos and the Jury Process - well why do you take them and why weight them so highly?
"IF a booth image is required, I believe it should be a shot from an art show WITH the ARTIST in the photo. This would do a lot to reduce the number of reps at shows. Some artists do several shows on each weekend, and hire someone to do those extra…"
Aug 5, 2015
Susan Spohn commented on Art Fair Videos's blog post The Most Interesting Artists in the World
Dec 8, 2014
Susan Spohn commented on Nels Johnson's blog post GREAT GULF COAST ART FESTIVAL (Pensacola)--THE GREAT DUST-BOWL--STILL A GREAT SHOW FOR MANY
"Entertaining read."
Nov 14, 2014
Susan Spohn commented on Bill Coleman Entertainment's blog post PalletFest - a Denver up-cycle, re-purposed festival.
"Loved the photos of the pallet sculptures. Thanks."
Oct 17, 2014
Susan Spohn commented on megan mckinnon's blog post art in the park, garden city kansas
"This show used to be pretty good for a one day show. We haven't done it in many years now. (at least 8) The show was the only one around for about 100 miles and folks did come to shop and see it. But looks like things have changed."
Oct 13, 2014
Ken Smith commented on Susan Spohn's blog post Salida Arts Festival- first year (Show Review)
"I did Salida Riverside last year and Jerry's Salida Arts Festival show this year.  I can honestly say that this show was light years ahead of Riverside.  My sales were fantastic and as of this post (5 shows later) was my second best…"
Aug 20, 2014
John Kennington commented on Susan Spohn's blog post Salida Arts Festival- first year (Show Review)
"I second the all positive comments about the Salida Arts Festival. One great thing Jerry Scaveezze did was provide everyone with empty collapsible water 'bottles', and he or his helpers regularly stopped by with a water container to refill…"
Aug 14, 2014
Connie Mettler commented on Susan Spohn's blog post Salida Arts Festival- first year (Show Review)
"I spoke with an artist who participated in Ann Arbor. Although her sales not so good at Salida, she was very impressed that the people who working on the show were not also participating, reinforcing the idea that Jerry and his crew are not there…"
Jul 18, 2014
Jerry Scavezze commented on Susan Spohn's blog post Salida Arts Festival- first year (Show Review)
"Thank You, Susan Spohn and C.C. Barton for your kind reviews of my first attempt at hosting a show. Like any show, there were bright spots and dim ones. One photographer had the 2nd best show of his career. A drum maker told me he feels like the day…"
Jul 16, 2014
C.C. Barton commented on Susan Spohn's blog post Salida Arts Festival- first year (Show Review)
"Great review, Susan!  I also live in Salida and although I've retired myself from participating in any outdoor show which requires a canopy, I did walk the show Saturday morning and thought it looked terrific.  It's a beautiful…"
Jul 16, 2014
Richard L. Sherer commented on Susan Spohn's blog post Salida Arts Festival- first year (Show Review)
"I'm still "mining" the resort areas. That's a pun as many of them started out as gold or silver mining camps in the late 19th century. There are some I haven't done as I know I need to change my booth set up to the…"
Jul 15, 2014
Connie Mettler commented on Susan Spohn's blog post Salida Arts Festival- first year (Show Review)
"I talked with Jerry Scavesse at the Old Town Art Fair (as I drooled over the jewelry in his cases). He seems to know what to do and what this show needs, so it is great to hear Susan that it worked. First year shows can be tough, but this one had a…"
Jul 15, 2014
Susan Spohn commented on Susan Spohn's blog post Salida Arts Festival- first year (Show Review)
"First year for the Salida Arts Festival, Richard. The Steamboat Springs festival has been going on for a long time. You may have done well in Salida as there were not any leather booths, and there are ranchers here who may need saddles. I believe…"
Jul 15, 2014
Richard L. Sherer commented on Susan Spohn's blog post Salida Arts Festival- first year (Show Review)
"I posted a review of Steamboat Springs, CO for this same weekend. In reading it, would you say Salida was on a par with, better, or not quite there yet?"
Jul 15, 2014

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Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Crested Butte Art Festival, Crested Butte, CO
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
input about art
Best show ever and why
Crested Butte, CO - First show and it was great!
Worst show ever and why
Quite a few... normally, no customers and promoter unresponsive to needs of artists. They take the money and run.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Found it online researching some mesh panels.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
Still doing some art shows despite physical limitations.

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Salida Arts Festival- first year (Show Review)

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 12:03pm 9 Comments

Event Dates: 7/12/2014 - 7/13/2014

Location: Centennial Park


410 West Rainbow Blvd

Salida, CO 81201


Application is on ZAPP

The inaugural “Salida Arts Fair” is one of the premier arts destinations in Colorado. The small town of Salida is known as an arts…


Estes Park under water

Posted on September 12, 2013 at 2:00pm 19 Comments

Wow, I canceled my participation in the Estes Park Fine Art Festival earlier this morning. I didn't want to make a 6 hour drive up there through these floods and mudslides... but now the situation is much worse. Here is a video of downtown Estes Park taken this  morning. Hoping everyone in Estes is safe.



Manitou Springs-Commonwheel Labor Day Festival

Posted on September 9, 2013 at 10:32am 3 Comments

Due to all the flash flooding, this venue was changed from Memorial Park to Field's Park by the tennis courts. This show has been going on for nearly 40 years in the Memorial Park location, which is central to the downtown area and gets foot traffic from the tourist downtown.

The committee did a good job moving the show. Field's Park is a nice park with more grass and trees than Memorial Park. However, there is a lot less parking and the park is hidden, not viewable from the main…


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At 10:24pm on June 12, 2013, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Susan.  I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please stop by the Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. We all look forward to your participation here. Also, visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!

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