Wheaton, IL

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Years in the Art Fair Business


First show ever

Illinois Paddlefest, Aurora, IL

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What are the best things about art fairs

Getting to show, share and hopefully sell my artwork with/to others, meeting other artists.

Best show ever and why

Woman's Club Art Fair in Napervile, IL. Beautiful setting, lots of visitors, great promotion for the fair, great support.

Worst show ever and why

Just had one this past weekend: Sheffield Music & Garden Walk, Chicago. Art show portion was completely missing from any promotion on website, signage and brochure and map. Location was relegated a half a block away from festival to a church property and only 11 artists were present. No assistance or info given for parking, artist amenities. A handful of visitors came by and practically no sales for anyone! First booth started packing 4 hours into show, the rest of the artists which came from far away, gathered in protest and demanded to speak to someone in authority which only happened by 3pm, after a number of flunkies came by to apologize but could offer nothing. The rep promised to return the $380 in booth and jury fees (no one came to jury the show anyway). Then, a violent thunderstorm came through after which one tent had collapsed and others, including me, decided we'd had enough. By the time I was packed up, close to the closing hour, only 6 booths remained and had no visitors at all! This was a total fiasco and a shameful display of total lack of care and organization for a big city fest promoters to have lured artists from as far away as New Mexico.

Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.

I did a web search and found this site.

What is one fun fact about yourself?

I like to tell detailed stories (maybe not so much fun for everyone...)

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  • Sorry for the delay. I will be working on it over the next few weeks. I would like in my hand writing a logo and similar for my business name, followed by my name/title in a sans-serif font but not arial that can be easily enlarged, passed on to be embroidered and similar to start with.

    And I will be looking for a compliment of my finished goods business - Gypsy Winds (I own the domain) and a third one representative of my dog that has his own following - Louie Larsen

    Sincerely, Carol Larsen

    My regular email: carol@weavingstudio.com

    My website at the moment using a standard font for the temp logo - www.riversedgefiberarts.com

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  • Hello Bari,

    Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  We're delighted to have you join us and hope you'll find the site helpful, inspiring and fun!  You seem like a promising candidate for doing some show reviews on here...we like details.  Thanks and continued success.

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