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I scored a "1" at the Krasl Jury

Quite a few artists posted about their Krasl jury scores on some of the Facebook art show forums. I even received two phone calls from artists asking me to check to see if something was wrong with their images.

So many artists posted about receiving one or even two of the lowest possible score of a "1" out of "7" that it makes me wonder if the people doing the jurying knows what that means, or what instructions were given by the director.

Years ago I was interviewing a show…


Added by Larry Berman on March 1, 2018 at 7:00pm — 86 Comments

Every girl wants a pink convertible

Happy Holidays everyone

Doesn't every girl want a pink convertible? Originally we were going to do a holiday picture with a sleigh large enough for the pups to sit in. That concept will now be put on hold until next year. We came across a pink mini cooper convertible and that became the new holiday picture. The car is 24x36 inches by about 20 inches tall. Xena is dominant in the picture with Elvis taking the back seat.…


Added by Larry Berman on December 14, 2017 at 4:54pm — 3 Comments

How to Photograph a Lamp

How to Photograph a lamp

Help Getting Accepted into Art Shows - Part 5

My next article consists of tips on how to take photographs of a lamp, or any object that is lit from within.

link to the article on the discussion forum

To see the examples of my art photography or improved jury…


Added by Larry Berman on June 29, 2017 at 7:11am — No Comments

Cell Phone Photography Tips

Help Getting Accepted into Art Shows - Part 4

No, I haven't gone over to the dark side and still recommend using a real camera to photograph your artwork or booth for jurying. But I have been investigating getting better quality pictures from my iphone camera. And by better quality, I don't mean improved composition. I mean technically improved pictures with less blurriness (sharper) and better exposure.

My next article consists of tips on how to take better pictures with…


Added by Larry Berman on June 6, 2017 at 11:07pm — 5 Comments

The Care and Feeding of Your Jury Images

Help Getting Accepted into Art Shows - Part 3

Once upon a time there was an artist who sold his paintings every weekend at art shows. He took a few pictures of his paintings, and for the few shows that required it, hung his paintings on the fence next to his house and took a “display” picture. The film was dropped off at the corner drug store where he picked up the slides three days later. He filled out a paper application, included two checks, a few 35mm slides and a self-addressed…


Added by Larry Berman on May 31, 2017 at 5:08am — No Comments

Rent Your Display

Rent Your Display

I added the option to list display equipment for rent in the For Sale and Trade forum. If you have display equipment sitting around that you only use a few times a year, why not have it generate some extra money for you. I rent my Pro Panels out a few times a year and they have paid for themselves a few times over.…


Added by Larry Berman on May 23, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Taking Professional Jewelry Photos

Help Getting Accepted into Art Shows - Part 2

My next article is detailed information on how to take good jewelry photographs describing the camera and lighting equipment and some tips on how to use it.

The most difficult type of artwork to photograph is jewelry. That’s because of it’s small size and that it can have many reflective surfaces. And because of it’s small size, it’s very difficult to keep the entire piece in focus. Also the jewelry medium is the most…


Added by Larry Berman on May 23, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

Help Getting Accepted into Art Shows

Help Getting Accepted into Art Shows

I finally got around to listening to the podcast on reasons why you don't get into shows. Listening to the three show directors discuss ways to help your chances of getting into shows made me realize I need to republish some of my articles here on Art Fair Insiders.

The three factors discussed in the podcast are, 1 - your images, 2 - your booth and 3 - the artist statement.

I'll start with my article on how to photograph…


Added by Larry Berman on May 21, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

Here's our new holiday card. Our puppies have been taking flying lessons this year.

old cards can be seen here.

Larry Berman…


Added by Larry Berman on December 12, 2016 at 6:42am — 1 Comment

Professional Photographs of Jewelry

I've been really busy lately, including having rotator cuff surgery three weeks ago. But this weekend I finally had time to write an article that's been on my mind for a few months now. From time to time I get asked by jewelers how to take their own professional quality pictures of their work. So I wrote a detailed article about the equipment I have and some tips on how to use it.…


Added by Larry Berman on October 26, 2016 at 8:48pm — 7 Comments

New Discussion Forum - Ask the Photographer

There's a new forum on Art fair Insiders called Ask the Photographer.

I've been working with artists for years, walking them through getting better jury images of their artwork. Here are examples of my own jury image photography.…


Added by Larry Berman on May 12, 2016 at 10:26am — 2 Comments

What's Your Dream Show

Captain's Log, stardate 2821.5. In the Star Trek episode “The Galileo Seven”, Spock is adrift in the Galileo shuttlecraft with almost no hope of being rescued by Captain Kirk and the Enterprise. By jettisoning the remaining fuel of the shuttlecraft and igniting it, he is essentially sending out a Hail Mary pass.

After doing two miserable shows last year, I had decided I wouldn't do any shows this year (and maybe not ever…


Added by Larry Berman on April 25, 2016 at 7:00am — 16 Comments

Moody Blues Fans

I think most artists are old enough to appreciate this.

A cool story. I know many artists who have who have sold artwork to celebrities or have seen celebrities walking shows they have exhibited at. But this is a different kind of situation.

Last week I got a call to scan artwork to create high resolution digital images for reproduction. The artwork I scanned were drawings by guitarist Denny Laine, one of the founding members of the Moody Blues in the mid 1960's.…


Added by Larry Berman on April 24, 2016 at 1:32pm — 5 Comments

Bill Kinney - A Different Kind of Show Director

Bill Kinney is a new breed of show director, coming from years of experience selling his own photography at art shows. His diverse background brings many skills to the table, making his shows in demand by some of the higher end artists on the circuit. Read about Bill's philosophy on art events and his ideas on how to fix and rescue the art fair industry.…


Added by Larry Berman on April 4, 2016 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

2016 Broad Ripple Open Jury Review

2016 Broad Ripple Open Jury Review

Larry Berman

Added by Larry Berman on February 25, 2016 at 7:34pm — 2 Comments

Testing Your Jury Images

Testing Your Jury Images

There have been a number of posts recently about your presentation and how competitive the application process is.

My web site is one of the best resources for artists applying to art shows. It's a two part web site. One part offers free ZAPP and JAS formatting. The other part gives you a way to test…


Added by Larry Berman on February 4, 2016 at 4:05pm — 5 Comments

Happy Holidays Everyone

Happy Holidays

I'm usually more efficient and post this earlier but I've been really busy.

Last year our puppies went skiing for the holidays and this year they went to the beach on vacation.…


Added by Larry Berman on December 22, 2015 at 6:17am — 4 Comments

Hijacked Computer

 I got an e-mail from an artist that had their computer hijacked Wednesday by installing an Adobe Flash update that turned out to be a virus. There was a segment on the Today show about it this morning and they recommend paying the money to get your files back. All the files on the computer are encrypted and the hijackers want $500 within 96 hours to get everything back. 

She can't afford $500.

I've been working with her for over ten years and can provide a…


Added by Larry Berman on November 12, 2015 at 4:00pm — 14 Comments

Bodies vs. Buyers

When artists do not cover their expenses it is often because there were not enough qualified buyers at those events. This has happened to all of us. The issue is simply “bodies vs. buyers”, a concept we are all intimately familiar with. In a time where artists are failing at record numbers, the Show Director’s responsibility should be that of a ‘conservationist’. By ‘conservationist’ I mean how does the show; 1 - protect the artists as a national and cultural resource and, 2 - perpetuate the…


Added by Larry Berman on October 2, 2015 at 9:54am — 6 Comments

New For Sale Forum

Groups will be removed by Oct 4th. Artists wanting to buy or sell art fair related equipment or supplies, should post to the For Sale forum:


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Added by Larry Berman on September 30, 2015 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

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