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Leo Charette
  • Williamsburg, VA
  • United States
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Leo Charette replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Hello ... and a question
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I am probably in a minority on this board, a member who is both an artist traveling the show…See More
Apr 19
Leo Charette commented on Steven Lloyd's blog post Call For Artist : The West End Art Festival at West Broad Village, Richmond VA
"What? Only one art show in Richmond and none in the Fall? 1) What about the 43rd Street Festival…"
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"Thanks everyone for your comments. Refunding artists their booth expense was the right thing to do…"
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Leo Charette commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Call for Artists: 47th An Occasion for the Arts
"I am the Artistic Director for the show, a volunteer position (it is my turn to give back) but I…"
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Leo Charette replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are doing this weekend, July 10-12?
"A lot of Mid-West representation in this list, so let's add a Northeast show. Wickford Art…"
Jul 8, 2015
Leo Charette replied to Larry Berman's discussion Norm Darwish Passed Away
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May 11, 2015
Leo Charette replied to Katie Koenig's discussion Framing Paintings for an Art Festival
"You might want to consider using a simple floating frame (e.g. Nielsen Bainbridge). No need for a…"
May 5, 2015
Leo Charette replied to Terry McCray's discussion Transporting your art to your booth site
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Apr 28, 2015
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Apr 23, 2015
Leo Charette replied to Jennifer K. Hamilton's discussion Art Show Reviews - what do you get from them, could they be better
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Leo Charette replied to John Lamar's discussion What's up with Belleville?
"It looks like they just put up a brand new site... you must have caught them in transition."
Apr 2, 2015
Leo Charette replied to John Lamar's discussion What's up with Belleville?
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Apr 2, 2015

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That Queasy Stomach

Posted on March 26, 2011 at 4:00pm 8 Comments

It's like a roller-coaster, up, then down, and betwixt the stomach gets all queasy. It's jury time. The multiple $30-$40 apps and the sound of hard earned money being flushed to the silent abyss for judgment, yea or nay. The nays come without comment or score, just a cold encouragement to try again next year. Like Lucy pulling the ball away at the last moment from Charlie Brown ..Whoosh.. Thump!

Thank God for the few yeses but only after a pile of nos. A local…


Fourth Street Festival, Bloomington, IN --- great weather, friendly folks, nice show!

Posted on September 7, 2010 at 12:30pm 3 Comments

Labor Day Wknd 2010: This was my first time at the Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts. This is a good, solid show and the weather was PERFECT both days. It was nice to do a show that made a good profit. The show is well managed and the community is involved! The…


Cleveland Caravan: Willoughby, Medina, Akron, Lakewood and Chardon, OH (+Cain Park)

Posted on August 10, 2010 at 1:00pm 22 Comments

We hear a good deal about the national shows and I have written a few reviews this year, but there are a good many smaller local shows in our communities that have long successful histories. I would like to focus on a few from the Cleveland area. These are the mom-and-pop shows that have dedicated volunteers, who want nothing more than to bring good…


Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff, St. Joseph, MI

Posted on July 12, 2010 at 11:00am 0 Comments

The Krasil Art Fair on the Bluff was a very good show for me... especially Saturday. What a fabulous venue... you…


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At 8:55pm on October 01, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Leo Charette a gift
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At 5:57pm on June 07, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Leo Charette a gift
Many thanks for your special support Leo. I truly appreciate it.
At 4:09pm on March 12, 2012, Bill Sargent said…

Hi Leo

    Somehow I missed your request earlier.  The Decatur show has been OK.  The best thing to do is go ahead with it and see what happens with your work.  As I've often put it, it's a frog worth kissing.  While you're there check out the various areas for a space request the next time you apply.  They may or may not pay attention.  I think the street is the best selling location but you have to set up that morning.  

   I'd give it at least two years in a row before deciding whether it's your kind of crowd.  

  Good luck,


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