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margaret luttrell
  • Knoxville, TN
  • United States
  • mixed media/encaustic
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ouch..this could hurt

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Wallis Sep 12, 2014. 25 Replies

Hi Guys,I know the members of this forum are savvy in getting to shows and handling the expenses better than I am, since I am just getting back to showing again this past Fall.Consequently, I landed…Continue

American Craft Council Show in Atlanta/March (???)

Started Feb 16, 2011 0 Replies

I'm doing the ACC Show next month for the first time and was wondering what to expect. Any input will be greatly appreciated. I seem to have a good booth spot but boy, it's an expensive show to do…Continue

 

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margaret luttrell commented on Melanie Rolfes's blog post Coconut Grove Art Festival, Miami FL
"Melanie so glad the show was great for you....Last time I did it was 2013 and haven't even applied since then because it was so expensive. Sounds like you have it down though.... and with the crowds and buyers it makes me want to apply next…"
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margaret luttrell commented on carrie jacobson's blog post Show Review: Uptown Art Festival, Minneapolis, MN 2016
"Hey Carrie, Glad you did great at the show....always nice to see those big pieces go out of the tent....Thank you for the great review. "
Aug 22, 2016
margaret luttrell commented on Anne-Marie Hyatt's blog post Counterfeit at Manayunk
"Great idea Len.....simple and you are right....they sure don't want any evidence....And Anne-Marie? That is so "$#$%$" up! I am so sorry it happened to you."
Aug 1, 2016
margaret luttrell commented on Melanie Rolfes's blog post Art on the Square Madison WI
"Great review as always Melanie......Thanks.....the pictures look insane!"
Aug 1, 2016
margaret luttrell commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Ann Arbor--Put a fork in it, it is done!
"Did the "Original" last year.....and I think once was enough...even though the weather was cool part of the time......Thanks Nels....tight and right on target as usual."
Jul 30, 2016
Kathleen V. Smith commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Naperville Woman's Club 37th Annual Art Fair .....just meh
"Hi ALL~I basically agree with everyone! We didn't need hotel (thank GOD) as we are local, but the people that were there were just NOT buying. We made over expenses, but I could have thought of better things to do that week-end as the weather…"
Jul 22, 2016
Christina L. Towell commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Naperville Woman's Club 37th Annual Art Fair .....just meh
"Excellent review, Margaret, too bad it didn't work out for you but now you and everyone else knows that the Riverwalk Show is the one to do in Naperville.  The abundance of new artists should be a red flag anywhere, I guess, the veteran…"
Jul 22, 2016
margaret luttrell commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Naperville Woman's Club 37th Annual Art Fair .....just meh
"Might have Jackie.....It really is beautifully taken care of and a lovely place.....Seemed like a lot of regulars were there and it was a conservative buying crowd."
Jul 20, 2016
Jacki Bilsborrow commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Naperville Woman's Club 37th Annual Art Fair .....just meh
"Sorry Margaret about the show.  You tried it.  Did the Settlement part seem to bring more people interested in the history of the area instead of art?"
Jul 19, 2016
Bari Tarmon commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Naperville Woman's Club 37th Annual Art Fair .....just meh
"What I meant by changes in my approach were my point of view and how I did business before and my results and how they were affected since I purchased and read Mckenna Hallett's "The E's of Selling System" and have employed the…"
Jul 16, 2016
Bobby Weiss commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Naperville Woman's Club 37th Annual Art Fair .....just meh
"Bari, Congratulations on having a good show. You said something curious... would you mind expounding on what the personal changes in your approach were that you feel led to better results? Thank you."
Jul 15, 2016
margaret luttrell commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Naperville Woman's Club 37th Annual Art Fair .....just meh
"I agree with all the above....it was a terrific place to show...but everyone said on Saturday the crowds were down and then Sunday they didn't engage...just out for a walk. I did see some packages go by but they were mostly small. I am so glad…"
Jul 15, 2016
Bari Tarmon commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Naperville Woman's Club 37th Annual Art Fair .....just meh
"I did this show for the third consecutive year. I had not done well in previous years but this time was a charm. I made 5 sales and had the best show in my 4 years of shows. I can understand the disappointment other had. There is just no way to tell…"
Jul 15, 2016
Elizabeth Kline commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Naperville Woman's Club 37th Annual Art Fair .....just meh
"I was there too. The people who were there seemed very enthusiastic and appreciative of the art - but like you, I barely made expenses. They just weren't buying. I breathed a sigh of relief that I broke even, basically - didn't happen…"
Jul 15, 2016
Slobodan Blagojevic commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Naperville Woman's Club 37th Annual Art Fair .....just meh
"A point about promoting: I live there and get weekly emails from local newspapers, listing events in the town for the week. In "what's happening this weekend" section, this show wasn't even mentioned. I also didn't make the…"
Jul 15, 2016
Slobodan Blagojevic commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Naperville Woman's Club 37th Annual Art Fair .....just meh
"Correction: booth fee $280 and jury fee $30"
Jul 15, 2016

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Your Medium
mixed media/encaustic
Years in the Art Fair Business
off and on since 1982
First show ever
Los Olas Art Fair(the original) in 1982
most recent-2010
Beaux Arts 2011
What is your website?
http://www.margeluttrell.com
What are the best things about art fairs
not giving 50% commission away-
getting paid that day
seeing who buys your art and feeling a personal connection.
Best show ever and why
Coconut Grove Art Festival 1985
I was young- green and it was such a high to sell your work there. I don't think I realized how big it was until I got down there from Tennessee.
Worst show ever and why
Can't say I have ever had a worst show. Never been rained out but that is because I have a big gap between then and now, and I'm just starting the show circuit again.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Saw it on the web-

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Naperville Woman's Club 37th Annual Art Fair .....just meh

Posted on July 14, 2016 at 9:09am 18 Comments

Just a short review of the last show I did in Naperville, Illinois. It was the only show I had scheduled for this month and since I had done well at Old Town I thought that heading back to the Chicago area would be more of the same. That's the thing about this business.....it takes you high and then it BAM...slaps you right in the face. Ha! 

Naperville Woman's Club Art Fair is located in Naperville Settlement, a re-enactment of a early mid-west village with all the "feels".…

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Thanks for a wonderful prize!!!

Posted on June 15, 2016 at 8:06pm 2 Comments

Just wanted to get a shout out to the guys at "Flourish" who so kindly accommodated me when I was lucky enough to win the third prize, the Mesh Panels,  in the Fund Drive Auction.

Honestly, I hardly ever win anything. In my twenties I won a car in a "Paint a Body" contest.....That's the biggest thing I can remember. This was just as good! I love that so many of us were able to win something. How many times does that ever happen.

And most of all Thanks to Connie, who keeps this…

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Old Town: There is a reason it's #1...

Posted on June 13, 2016 at 10:23pm 14 Comments

This past weekend I was at Old Town, this year's AFI listed #1 show. I was a bit skeptical since I was there last year and just did ok, no great shakes. Not that is was bad, but sometimes when you do a show for the first time the payback isn't as good as your expectations.

That didn't stop me from sending in my money this year when I happily got accepted. The show is well organized and about two weeks before, you get a packet with all that is necessary to be able to understand what…

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Decatur (Ga.) Arts Festival.....has it all together.

Posted on May 31, 2016 at 9:42pm 14 Comments

It's always a pleasure, when you drive up to load in for a show and three people say to you."How can we help". Kind of takes you aback...doesn't happen too often.

The Decatur Arts Festival is so well organized and is outfitted with such a great volunteer staff, that I knew from the moment I got there that this would be a show I would want to come back to. Once everything was unloaded and put on the sidewalk by the volunteers, I went to park and came back to set up. It was all very…

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Thanks for the great story about State College, Marge, with all the details. The good writing pulled in a lot of comments. Always a good thing. Best to you and congrats.
 
 
 

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