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Wendy Zumpano
  • Gurnee, IL
  • United States
  • Drawing - graphite
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Trimline vs Lightdome?

Started this discussion. Last reply by April E Murphy Mar 10. 7 Replies

 

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April E Murphy replied to Wendy Zumpano's discussion Trimline vs Lightdome?
"This is SUCH great information to read. Making that jump right now to dome type tent and have been dragging my heels because I am unsure what will work for me. I am a very fit 58 yr old so bending etc is not a problem but was concerned about height…"
Mar 10
Linnea Lahlum replied to Wendy Zumpano's discussion Trimline vs Lightdome?
"Glad you still like it, Wendy! FWIW, I use front and back awnings constantly. I don't think side awnings were an option when I bought mine: but a good choice for someone with 2D art.   The vents, seldom. You pretty much have to decide…"
Jan 18, 2016
Wendy Zumpano replied to Wendy Zumpano's discussion Trimline vs Lightdome?
"I did get the showoff and I've loved it!  It's a great tent.  In retrospect, I would have chosen a top with vents and optional awnings for the sides as well."
Jan 18, 2016
Lisa middleton replied to Wendy Zumpano's discussion Trimline vs Lightdome?
"Hi Wendy, after all these years, which tent did you decide on? thanks, Lisa"
Jan 18, 2016
Wendy Zumpano commented on Oscar Matos Linares's blog post Third Ward (Amy Amdur Productions) and more
"Me too, John.  I didn't do any Amdur shows this year because my favorites went up $50 each.  That just seems like an awfully significant increase.  And for what reason?  Just because we'll pay it?  I didn't…"
Sep 4, 2013
Jacki Bilsborrow left a comment for Wendy Zumpano
"Thank you Wendy for your review of the Riverside Arts Weekend.  We appreciate all your help with www.Artshowreviews.com"
May 26, 2013
Wendy Zumpano commented on Brett G. Hall's blog post Reflections of a newbie after Art Fair #2
"That is the right attitude!  When you are enjoying the art fair experience, the patrons will stay in your booth a little longer and hopefully pick up on your positive vibrations.  You'll learn a little more with each show, make…"
May 10, 2013
Wendy Zumpano posted a blog post

a little weekend reading

I have been a poor AFI contributor lately!  I took on some side work to supplement my portrait business and the late winter has been surprisingly hectic, unlike the arctic tundra I usually face this time of year. I finally made time to write a blog post, and I hope you'll enjoy this story about my latest portrait subject, which is a subject that touches many of us. …See More
Apr 19, 2013
Carla Bank commented on Wendy Zumpano's blog post Artistic Genes?
"My mom could do anything, she was so crafty, she had glitter in her veins. SHe will build furniture, put wall paper all over the house, every time she saw something in a store, like an amazing artistic mirror she will say "I can make that"…"
Jan 25, 2013
Virginia Dauth commented on Wendy Zumpano's blog post Artistic Genes?
"No hats but have a nice wooden box that she won as an award from School for her dressmaking talents. Love the pieces of copper jewelry that I have. Alas, in  one of my brothers "get Rid " of moods tossed the wooden head form that my…"
Jan 24, 2013
Wendy Zumpano commented on Wendy Zumpano's blog post Artistic Genes?
"That's so cool, Virginia... do you have any of the hats your mom made?  I would love that.  I have drawings in my hallway that my sons each did around 5-7 years old and one I did around the same age, too.  Fun when it runs in the…"
Jan 23, 2013
Virginia Dauth commented on Wendy Zumpano's blog post Artistic Genes?
"My Mother as well, Was a creative person, Back in the day, she made her own hats ( about in the 30's ) and was able to sew suites, coats,dresses, you name it with perfection. She was also a wonderful knitter, She learn from her mother so she…"
Jan 23, 2013
Elle Heiligenstein commented on Wendy Zumpano's blog post Artistic Genes?
"I come from an artistic family as well.  My mother is extremely creative.  Whether its decorating, crafting or sewing, something I never learned from her, although I wish now I had, my mother can create or compose about…"
Jan 22, 2013
Richard L. Sherer commented on Wendy Zumpano's blog post Artistic Genes?
"I was the first Ph.D and only the second college degree in my family. The odd ball kid that apprenticed as a saddlemaker starting at 15 (1959). Fast forward early 1990s after my mother died I found in her DAR papers Saddlers and harness makers back…"
Jan 22, 2013
Wendy Zumpano replied to John Smith's discussion We would appreciate some feedback on our booth
"Larry can digitally rearrange your frames so they are even, I bet!"
Jan 22, 2013
Wendy Zumpano posted a blog post

Artistic Genes?

I wonder how many artists have artistic families? I get my hand to eye skills from my father, who designed the moving walkways at airports during his days as a Chief Mechanical Engineer. I wrote a blog entry about him and a wonderful friend of his who supported me when I was first starting out as a full time artist. http://www.pencilenvy.blogspot.com/2013/01/dinner-with-skip.html…See More
Jan 22, 2013

Profile Information

Your Medium
Drawing - graphite
Years in the Art Fair Business
4
First show ever
Lake County fairgrounds
What is your website?
http://pencilportraitcards.com
What are the best things about art fairs
friendship and expertise of other artists, enthusiasm and encouragement from patrons, profit, exposure, recognition, sunshine on the best days and commiserating in the rain on the worst days
Best show ever and why
Adler Center in Libertyville, IL because I received six commissioned portrait orders with photos at the show.
Worst show ever and why
Basement of Catholic school... ONE family walked through. All the vendors bought from each other.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
I've never left a show!

Wendy Zumpano's Blog

a little weekend reading

Posted on April 19, 2013 at 5:49pm 0 Comments

I have been a poor AFI contributor lately!  I took on some side work to supplement my portrait business and the late winter has been surprisingly hectic, unlike the arctic tundra I usually face this time of year.

 

I finally made time to write a blog post, and I hope you'll enjoy this story about my latest portrait subject, which is a subject that touches many of us.

 …

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Artistic Genes?

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 9:30am 6 Comments

I wonder how many artists have artistic families? I get my hand to eye skills

from my father, who designed the moving walkways at airports during his days as

a Chief Mechanical Engineer. I wrote a blog entry about him and a wonderful

friend of his who supported me when I was first starting out as a full time

artist. …



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Applying to Art Shows gives me Agita

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 12:19pm 11 Comments

Why is it so hard every year to apply to art shows?  I feel so nervous about it, I find myself doubting everything... my work, my display, my show choices, the money.  My whole career!  Wouldn't it be easier just to go back to the corporate world and get a steady income? 

 

If any Chicago artists want to compare show choices with me (or tell me what to do!) I'd be so grateful.  It feels like such a crap shoot and facing all that cash out the door panics me.

 

I'll…

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A cautionary Christmas story

Posted on December 8, 2012 at 3:09pm 5 Comments

I am chained to my easel drawing dogs, grandkids, families, homes and the like to be discovered under my clients' trees, hopefully with much happiness. I promised myself I wouldn't goof around writing my blog until I was done! But I'm a born procrastinator. I hope you have a minute or two to enjoy and I wish you all a wonderful holiday season.…

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Artwork on note cards?

Posted on November 10, 2012 at 2:15pm 6 Comments

Do you sell your 2D art on notecards?  I highly recommend it.  I think that art show patrons like to support the art that they appreciate, even if it is a small way.  Greeting card carousels are not expensive and card sales have made the difference from a miserable show and a decent one for me.  I print my cards myself, but would love to find an economical volume printer.

 

I wrote in my blog about the evolution of custom pencil portrait cards.  I cracked myself up writing it,…

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Comment Wall (6 comments)

At 9:14am on June 10, 2009, Linda Anderson said…
Hi Wendy,
Did you do the Deerfield show? I think you were right next to me? I had the nautical photos..... Great that you joined this group. I've learned so much here myself - it's wonderful. Have a great show season.
Linda Anderson
At 3:10pm on June 10, 2009, Linda Anderson said…
Hey Wendy - I just posted a plea for artists on a Holland Michigan show that was cancelled due to too few applicants. Not far for you & would be great experience - One day show..... please check it out & let me know if you are interested. Thanks
At 7:29pm on March 26, 2010, jean donald mothersil said…
thanks i just realy love your art work,you a true master
At 12:37am on May 6, 2011, Carla Bank said…

Hi Wendy,

Are you doing the Barrington Show? I am and I read you did it last year. I am SO excited about it, hope to see you there :)

At 12:27pm on May 14, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Wendy Zumpano a gift
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Congrats Wendy on your Blog Post of the Week Award for 5/7/12.
At 10:24pm on May 26, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow said…

Thank you Wendy for your review of the Riverside Arts Weekend.  We appreciate all your help with www.Artshowreviews.com

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