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Joel Lockridge
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Shoppe Artisan, Atlanta 2016

Started Dec 12, 2016 0 Replies

Shoppe Artisan brands itself as a busy, highly-marketed upscale art and craft show. Located in the Cobb Galleria Centre in northern Atlanta -- an inside show so weather was not going to be a factor.…Continue

Tags: Artisan, Shoppe

Asheville NC Fine Art Show - May 20 & 21, 2017 presented by Hot Works

Started this discussion. Last reply by Craig Roderick and Sara Beck Dec 5, 2016. 1 Reply

Anyone have an opinion on this show? Rather expensive, so I'd love some insight before applying.Continue

Anyone try the Edison Art Festival?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patty Lindquist Jan 10. 5 Replies

Looking at some shows for the early months of the year. I normally don't do Florida shows, but financially I may have to.Has anyone heard of the Edison Crafts on the River?  Any advice?…Continue

Purina Diet

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Hoyt Jan 28, 2016. 2 Replies

I have a pair of dogs & was buying a large bag of dog food at Wal-Mart, waiting in the check-out line.A woman behind me asked if I had a dog. On impulse, I told her that no. I was starting The…Continue

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Latest Activity

Joel Lockridge commented on Cindy Welch's blog post Review: Vintage Market Days of Mississippi
"It was for the show in MS. That alone throws a red flag -- nobody wants ME that bad, LOL."
Apr 16
Joel Lockridge commented on Cindy Welch's blog post Review: Vintage Market Days of Mississippi
"I was hoping someone would review this show. They sent me no less than a dozen emails wanting me to apply. I looked into it a bit, and no matter what questions I asked the show, the answers just weren't forthcoming. I suspected it would be a…"
Apr 16
Joel Lockridge commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Lake Mary-Heathrow Art Show--do not go near it
"Good stuff. I was at the Bloomin Fest that weekend, and while the art was okay, the sales were meh all weekend."
Mar 24
Joel Lockridge commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Fairhope......Art Fun in the Deep South for some!
"Margaret, it sounds like your booth was close to mine by that description. I was nearly in front of that bow tent. I'm sorry your show didn't go better for you! I did pretty well, and this is a favorite show of mine. I also love the local…"
Mar 21
Joel Lockridge commented on Barry Bernstein's blog post St Louis, The Perfect Show or We Partied Like It's 1999
"Outstanding review. I've done a few shows around St Louis, but not that one. Maybe I need to head west again!"
Mar 1
Joel Lockridge commented on Oscar Matos Linares's blog post When artist call themselves high-end artists;
"I CALL myself an artist, but many people don't think so. With my woodwork they call me a "crafter" and usually speak down their nose as they do it. My prices are low to mid range."
Mar 1
Joel Lockridge replied to Michael Skeen's discussion Fans!!!
"Rigid is the better fan by far. True variable speed, 4amp battery, and on high it is twice as powerful as the Ryobi two-speed. However, they're devilishly hard to find. I had to special order mine and I'm so glad I did. Rumor has it they…"
Feb 27
Joel Lockridge commented on Oscar Matos Linares's blog post Arti Gras 2017 really, did I just got r...... by the show
"Wow. Y'all make me glad I didn't apply to this one. I am so broke most weeks I have to drive straight back the night after the show, no hotel, just a nap in the truck if needed. The thought of buy/sell at a show drives me nuts. Kudos to…"
Feb 24
Joel Lockridge commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post St Stephens Art and Craft Festival
"Ouch. Fantastic review of a mediocre show. Glad to hear you made a decent profit overall!"
Feb 24
Joel Lockridge commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Throwing in the Towel
"Sad news. I was lucky enough to compliment his amazing work once."
Feb 23
Joel Lockridge replied to Christiane Hampel's discussion 10 x 10 TrimLine Tent with awning and starbar set for sale $500
"I'll be in Lakeland next weekend and Leesburg the weekend after that. Still interested."
Feb 21
Joel Lockridge commented on Rosie Sherman's blog post Artanado- The worst show ever
"Yikes, I'm sorry to hear that! But thanks for letting us know!"
Feb 20
Joel Lockridge commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Downtown Dunedin Craft Show--Howard Alan--How I lost my art show virginity
"I was there for that show, too. I was the one who complained recently about how they keep the show applications open until last minute, even when the show is full, adding people to the wait list. I'm happy to say this was a good show for me,…"
Feb 20
Connie Mettler commented on Joel Lockridge's blog post Howard Alan Events - greed and no frills
"A phone call to his office will always be handled in a fair manner. He couldn't have been in business all these years if he wasn't treating people well. All of their policies are well spelled out on their website. We had a credit with him…"
Feb 1
Barry Bernstein commented on Joel Lockridge's blog post Howard Alan Events - greed and no frills
"You happen to be in the minority from all the artists that I have contact with. Howard Alan has a stellar reputation with most of the career, long time artists. He is extremely loyal to the artists who do his shows. You are talking about the St.…"
Feb 1
Ruth Jellema commented on Joel Lockridge's blog post Howard Alan Events - greed and no frills
"Which show are you talking about?  The Sarasota show I know of isn't until Feb. 11-12."
Feb 1

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Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Meeting people who love handmade items
Best show ever and why
Magic City Art Connection -- my first multi-day show.
Worst show ever and why
I'll leave this blank, but I didn't sell a thing all day.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I cut off a finger with a table saw, but they put it back on.

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Howard Alan Events - greed and no frills

Posted on January 27, 2017 at 10:16am 8 Comments

It's frustrating for me to be sitting here on the couch right now when I thought I would be on the way to an art show in Sarasota.

Why? The infamous "wait list" of Howard Alan events and the bottomless greed from applications they accept.

I applied to this show because another show I had scheduled for this weekend also fell through. I saw this one was still open and accepting applications and thought, "Great! This show is still open!" Since I had never been rejected from a…


2016 Summer Shade Festival, Atlanta GA

Posted on August 30, 2016 at 9:37pm 2 Comments

2016 Summer Shade Festival, Atlanta, GA

August 27-28, Grant Park

This show had me in such high hopes. Professionally done Artist Handbook, emailed out in plenty of time. Option to purchase an ad in the Festival Guide.

There was smooth check-in, excellent communication with the volunteers, and smooth load-in. The artists around me were excellent, in my opinion. Good proximity to the port-a-johns, an "intersection" of the sidewalks, and a local craft beer tent. I was near…


Salt Fork Festival, Cambridge OH

Posted on August 15, 2016 at 11:35pm 7 Comments

Salt Fork Festival, Cambridge OH, August 12-14, 2016.

Cambridge Ohio is quite a distance for a show for me. I try to stay within about 8-9 hours of home. This one was a little further, but I was able to break up the drive by staying with my father-in-law north of Cincinnati for the night.

This show made me feel like I had been "Zapped," if you know what I mean. It advertised a three-day show, juried art show, with lots of artist amenities. There were nice artist amenities.…


Boca Raton Artrageous show

Posted on November 2, 2015 at 9:13pm 5 Comments

Boca Raton "Artrageous" Art and Fine Craft show

This show took place October 10-11, 2015.

I was prompted to write this and another blog post and review these two shows after my return from the show today. 

First, I will say that I was in one of this promoter's shows in Kentucky and it was a very good day. I was encouraged to try another of their shows and it turned out this one was in South Florida. I was rejected from the "art" section and they suggested I apply to the…


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At 9:01am on September 8, 2014, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Joel, welcome to AFI!  Ouch!  I don't know if I'd call that a "fun" fact but wow, so glad they were able to reattach your finger...has it affected your work at all? Which is beautiful, by the way...thanks for joining our communtiy, I hope you find it wishes for continued success.

At 11:51pm on September 8, 2014, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Joel.  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!

Many topics have already been discussed here before you joined us. You might like to try a search of your topic before you post your question. Just put your topic, canopy tents, jurying fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, etc, into the search bar at the top of the right side of the page. You might be surprised that someone has already asked your question.

We also ask that all new members take a few moments of their time to read the code of conduct. You will find it at There are a few guidelines that all members will need to follow because , as in any social community, we all need to work together.

Best wishes, Connie Mettler

p.s. The best way to make this system easy to use is to click on the "Follow-Email me" link at the bottom of each Forum discussion that interests you. That way the system will email you automatically whenever anyone responds. It's a great time-saver.

At 4:58pm on June 29, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Joel Lockridge a gift
Joel, thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2015 Pledge Drive.
At 10:00am on November 05, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Joel Lockridge a gift
Thank you, Joel, for all your recent postings. They are so helpful to so many and keeps this site alive and helpful. Please keep it up. I hope to meet you one day. Best, Connie
At 12:04am on June 22, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Joel Lockridge a gift
Joel, Thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2016 Pledge Drive.

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