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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 Connie Mettler's blog post 2017 Prizewinners: Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
"I am so glad that Ken Tutjamnong won Best of Show...He was across from me at Gasparilla along with being the nicest guy, I could not take my eyes off his work ...it is truly stunning. So happy for him."
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margaret luttrell commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Fairhope......Art Fun in the Deep South for some!
"This sounds like the show to do.....Thanks for the heads up Nick......Your dinner alone makes me want to apply....much better than canned peas, cabbage and frozen fish patties......Just sounds like a higher end show all around. "
Mar 23
Nick Cantrell commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Fairhope......Art Fun in the Deep South for some!
"The Eastern Shore Art Center's Outdoor Art Show coincides with this event, adding another 150, or so, artists. To the consumer, it appears to be one big show. However, I've found over the years that there is a more stringent jury process…"
Mar 23
Len Jagoda commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Fairhope......Art Fun in the Deep South for some!
"Paul - Money is tight and purse strings had gotten tighter over the last several years; although I have noticed a more positive attitude and increase in commissions in the last 4 or 5 months. I don't have Barrie's good fortune; my…"
Mar 21
Paul Flack commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Fairhope......Art Fun in the Deep South for some!
"Nice review, maybe I missed it, but, it is a two-day show at most. Probably would work best as a one day show. Three days is unnecessary torture. "
Mar 21
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
Barrie Lynn Bryant commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Fairhope......Art Fun in the Deep South for some!
"By the way, the two originals I spoke of went to Auburn and Montgomery homes."
Mar 21
Barrie Lynn Bryant commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Fairhope......Art Fun in the Deep South for some!
"I did well at the Chamber of Commerce sponsored event both years and loved their hospitality. I liked doing Fairhope in conjunction with Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts, but went to Winter Park instead in 2014 where I actually didn't sell as…"
Mar 21
Cindy Welch commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Fairhope......Art Fun in the Deep South for some!
"Len, I know you are right about how they would not be there w/o the show. Due to no tent right now I am turning my sights towards indoor shows.  As of now, there is really no feasible place for scabs or interlopers to set up right outside the…"
Mar 21
Len Jagoda commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Fairhope......Art Fun in the Deep South for some!
"Margaret - I wouldn't worry about being politically correct. The important thing is making your point.  Interloper might be perceived as a more gentle word but it doesn't change the meaning. I like your use of the word…"
Mar 21
margaret luttrell commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Fairhope......Art Fun in the Deep South for some!
"Cindy the amount of people on the fringes showing their work was pretty excessive in my area. Catty-corner from me on a lot next to a storefront were two large tens full of children hair bows and buy/sell sun dresses. Even most of the stores that…"
Mar 21
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Fairhope......Art Fun in the Deep South for some!
"Marge, I always enjoy your reviews for the candor, information, and your easy writing style.  I'm sorry that you didn't do well at this show, and that Winter Park didn't take you this time. It reminded me of a show where I…"
Mar 21
Len Jagoda commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Fairhope......Art Fun in the Deep South for some!
"Cindy, I am sure that they did but without the show the people wouldn't be there in those numbers at all.  If they allowed the scabs and show moved, they would have nothing. The problem is having the guts to tell them allowing the scabs by…"
Mar 21
Cindy Welch commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Fairhope......Art Fun in the Deep South for some!
"Len, I don't know but maybe the merchants had something to do with this?  As a draw to get people in front of their business?"
Mar 21
Len Jagoda commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Fairhope......Art Fun in the Deep South for some!
"Candid reviews like this one are very helpful - so thank you Margaret. Your review included a hint of something that I wish was included in more reviews. You mentioned your medium and some clues about your style as well as what you saw that seemed…"
Mar 21
Kendra Bennett commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Fairhope......Art Fun in the Deep South for some!
"It's ok I do understand and I am truely sorry you didn't have a better show. You really didn't offend me it's just something people from our side of the bay contend with on a daily basis trying not to be "Mobile". I…"
Mar 20

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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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Fairhope......Art Fun in the Deep South for some!

Posted on March 20, 2017 at 10:49pm 17 Comments

It was the 65th year of the  Fairhope Arts Festival this past weekend. In a cute suburb of Mobile Alabama, the show hosts 236 artists throughout the town's main cross streets. It's 300 dollars to participate with a prize chest of over 10 thousand dollars. The show is a three day event that starts at ten each day and ends at 6 on Friday and Saturday and then on 5 on Sunday.

Load in on Thursday at 6 pm was pretty uneventful and was easy to maneuver as was load out. The show is set up in…

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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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At 11:41am on July 8, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to ArtFairInsiders.com, Margaret. I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to getting to know you. Happy Birthday!!!

When you have a chance, please add a photo to your profile and stop by the Discussions area to introduce yourself. 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!

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 5:10pm on June 07, 2011, Connie Mettler gave margaret luttrell a gift
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Many thanks for your support, Margie!
At 6:11pm on March 28, 2013, Connie Mettler gave margaret luttrell a gift
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Thank you, Margaret, for referring David Wolters to Art Fair Insiders.
At 7:27pm on April 10, 2013, Connie Mettler gave margaret luttrell a gift
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Many thanks for all your recent contributions here at AFI, Marge. I really appreciate your wealth of experience, sense of humor and generosity in sharing. This is how we make this site go 'round ;)
At 10:27pm on May 27, 2013, Connie Mettler gave margaret luttrell a gift
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Congrats Margaret on winning the Post of the Week Award - 5.27/2013.
At 9:55pm on June 06, 2013, Connie Mettler gave margaret luttrell a gift
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Margie, thanks so much for all your support. Your help is appreciated!
At 9:10pm on December 02, 2013, Connie Mettler gave margaret luttrell a gift
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Thank you, Margaret, for referring Judy Sells to Art Fair Insiders.
At 10:58pm on May 09, 2014, Connie Mettler gave margaret luttrell a gift
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Thank you, Margaret for referring A. Denise Rollings-Martin to Art Fair Insiders.
At 4:14pm on June 11, 2014, Connie Mettler gave margaret luttrell a gift
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Thanks so much for your pledge again, Margie. I appreciate it and it really helps me with my mission of supporting the artists so they can earn a living in this crazy business.
At 7:55am on July 22, 2014, Connie Mettler gave margaret luttrell a gift
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Thanks for your thorough review of the CPFA, Margaret. Hope you'll get closer to Michigan next year so we can meet. I appreciate your participation on AFI so much.

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