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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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Joel Lockridge commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Running an art fair - not for the fainthearted
"I went ahead and applied. Here's hoping! My work isn't that expensive, so I have to sell a good bit of volume just to break even."
Jan 11
Joel Lockridge commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Call for Artists: Ann Arbor Street Art Fair
"I am looking at applying to this, but is it still worth the huge booth fee? 12 hour drive for me."
Jan 11
Joel Lockridge commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Running an art fair - not for the fainthearted
"I was looking at applying to this show, but is it still worth that huge booth fee? It's a 12 hour drive for me."
Jan 11
Patty Lindquist replied to Joel Lockridge's discussion Anyone try the Edison Art Festival?
"probably why no one responded as having done it!  lol "
Jan 10
Joel Lockridge commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Call for Artists: 56th Columbus Arts Festival
"Has anyone here done this show?"
Jan 10
Joel Lockridge replied to Joel Lockridge's discussion Anyone try the Edison Art Festival?
"I didn't see that. Thanks Patty!"
Jan 8
Patty Lindquist replied to Joel Lockridge's discussion Anyone try the Edison Art Festival?
"From their photos on the website, showing plants and decorative hooks on a board, a blue tent, I would say this is a low end craft fair.   Looking at the list of vendors, the Girl Scouts, Costco, and "Sea treasures"  should tell…"
Jan 7
Joel Lockridge replied to Laurie Russell's discussion Sugarloaf Crafts Festivals Reviews
"Any updates on anyone who has recently done a Sugarloaf show?"
Jan 5
Joel Lockridge commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post Kentuck Festival of the Arts October 15 and 16, 2016
"Glad it worked out for you. I've been rejected three years in a row. Maybe next year!"
Oct 25, 2016
Joel Lockridge commented on Layl McDill's blog post What's the Worst Art Fair Mistake you've made?
"That's great! I travel all over the place. My biggest fear for a show is to head to the WRONG one on the wrong weekend!"
Oct 24, 2016
Joel Lockridge commented on Nels Johnson's blog post St. James Court Art Show--yeah it is the original, but it's age is showing
"This was my first year for the show. I was on the court, inner section, and I honestly had a very good show. You can't control the weather, but the people were very nice and I did well with my woodwork."
Oct 8, 2016
Christina L. Towell commented on Joel Lockridge's blog post 2016 Summer Shade Festival, Atlanta GA
"Enjoyed reading your critique, Joel, sorry it wasn't a better show for you but like Paul said, by reviewing it honestly, you've helped other artists make up their minds about it.  It sounds like they're doing it right but the…"
Sep 1, 2016
Joel Lockridge commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Over $20K in art Stolen from Booths at Park City Festival
"One sharp box cutter equals quick entry to any tent, zip ties or not."
Aug 31, 2016
Paul Flack commented on Joel Lockridge's blog post 2016 Summer Shade Festival, Atlanta GA
"Don't ever feel bad about writing bad reviews...you just saved an artist a ton on money. I wish there was a way that you could track back and see exactly what each reviewer was selling. Sure some folks will do well in some places, but, trends…"
Aug 31, 2016
Joel Lockridge posted a blog post

2016 Summer Shade Festival, Atlanta GA

2016 Summer Shade Festival, Atlanta, GA August 27-28, Grant ParkThis 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 the center of the…See More
Aug 30, 2016
Joel Lockridge commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Over $20K in art Stolen from Booths at Park City Festival
"This is awful, and indeed a breach of trust. You paid to be there, they promised security at night. Two isn't enough. I've seen shows with 10 or more. I make it a point to eat local somewhere nearby, take my time, and then stroll back…"
Aug 30, 2016

Profile Information

Your Medium
Wood
Years in the Art Fair Business
20
First show ever
1994
What is your website?
http://www.bourbonpens.com
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 ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Google.
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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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…

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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.…

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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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Delray Beach Delray Marketplace Art & fine craft show

Posted on November 2, 2015 at 9:00pm 9 Comments

Delray Beach Delray Marketplace Art & Fine Craft show

I can nearly copy and paste my previous post about the Boca Raton show for this one.

Zero artist amenities: No water for artists unless you paid to rent their tent. No booth sitters, rude staff. No evening before show setup, which means you have to set up starting at 5 am, and I had to go searching for someone to let me know where I would be setting up. No volunteers helping to unload to speed the…

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At 12:04am on June 22, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Joel Lockridge a gift
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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
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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!

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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 useful...best wishes for continued success.

 
 
 

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