Chicago, IL

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Years in the Art Fair Business


First show ever

A farmer's market in Berwyn, IL

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What are the best things about art fairs

The interaction with clients and the positive feedback from customers and other artists alike.

Best show ever and why

Ravenswood Art Walk in Chicago. It's a very open and accessible show. Artists from all disciplines and skill levels are allowed to show work, providing there's space. It's a great show to start off at because you get so much feedback from other artists and I learned so much. I made the most sales at that show the first time I did it and now, 13 years later, it's still consistently one of my best shows.

Worst show ever and why

Logan Boulevard Art Fest in Chicago. No one showed up and the promoter had no buy in from the local arts organizations. They claimed the show draws 30,000 participants and if there were 300 over the weekend, I'd be surprised. I packed my stuff out on Saturday evening and didn't go back on Sunday and I'm glad I didn't because it poured. I wrote a letter to the show promoter and explained what I thought were the problems. I asked for a credit toward another show the following year and he actually gave it to me.

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

Hmmm, I think I found it on a web search for an art fair calendar posting.

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  • Thanks for the fine message on the site, Gayle. We all like to know we are appreciated. I appreciate your participation because as you well know, none of us are in this business alone. Best to you.
  • Congrats Gayle on being awarded the post of the Week - 7/13/2015.
  • Thank you, Gayle, for referring Margaret O'Meara to Art Fair Insiders.
  • Thank you, Gayle, for referring Mary K. Heilman to Art Fair Insiders.
  • Thank you, Gayle, for your review of the Arts in Bartlett Art Show. We appreciate your help.
  • Thank you, Gayle, for your review of the Hyde Park Community Art Fair. We appreciate your help.
  • Thank you, Gayle, for your review of the Elmhurst Art in the Park. We appreciate your help.
  • Congrats on winning the Post of the Week - 4/15/13.
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