Altamonte Springs, FL

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Years in the Art Fair Business


First show ever

Uptown Art Expo, Altamonte Springs, FL

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What are the best things about art fairs

Meet customers, talk to fellow artists

Best show ever and why

Mayfaire by the Lake in Lakeland, FL 2018. Won a big award, made some nice sales...a great end to an otherwise mediocre year!

Worst show ever and why

Well, there are many I'd like to forget. Probably ArtsFest Stuart. They had huge fencing blocking off the show area, were charging a hefty admission, and had an aerial gymnastics display going on behind my tent that people couldn't tear themselves away from. Complete disaster!

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

found it online

What is one fun fact about yourself?

I quit my full-time job as a corporate marketer/graphic designer in 2019 to pursue my photography business full time!

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  • Baby steps, indeed...I know them well.

  • Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Karen.  I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

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  • Karen, thanks...did you see the blog post about all the gear you'll need for a show? It's somewhat daunting but you should definitely check it out and copy it so you'll know what to take with you when you get your first gig.  What kind of tent did you order and from whom?  Just curious...

  • Hi Karen, welcome to Art Fair Insiders! Ah, a fellow newbie...do you have any shows lined up or are you still testing the waters?  I haven't done an art show yet myself but have applied for one in December, here in Detroit.  A little nervous but at least it's indoors and I don't have to buy a tent yet...waiting to hear whether I made the cut or not, applications end tomorrow...in any event, good luck to you and please take advantage of all the information that is here for you...thanks and good luck!

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