Indianapolis, IN

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Years in the Art Fair Business


First show ever

Talbott Street Art fair

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What are the best things about art fairs

meeting the customers and knowing where the work is going

Best show ever and why

4th Street in Bloomington, IN, An art concious crowd

Worst show ever and why

Metro Arts Two Rivers Expo in DesMoines , Iowa, in 2008. Drove about 800 miles to get there, horrible load in (really, really horrible), I was back in the rear of the place with a big sign that said "Children's Section" so what few people did come to the show didn't go back there. I sold the lowest amount I had in 20+ years, almost skunked, and lost about $1000 doing the show. The a little over a week after I get back I have a major heart attack probably brought on by the strenuous load in process. Small wonder I have litle warmth for that show. Then I get a letter the following year reminding me the deadline was approaching, so I sent an email declining. I get another one back asking if I would reconsider and what was wrong. So I told them. Never heard back from them ;-)

Number two on the list; This year's Hopkins Art Festival in Minnesota. Sold even less then Des Moines, but only lost $800 this time, so I guess that means the economy is getting better.

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

Lee Hill

What is one fun fact about yourself?

The adult interest school where I was teaching in the early 80's had long ran my beginning and portrait classes. Students kept on asking for a figure photography class. I assumed since the classes were generally held in rented spaces in churches for the most part that was not going to fly. I mentioned it to the school registrar, and he said try it anyhow. I wrote up a syllabus for the church board of trustees, outlined the sequence of the 6-week course (six meetings), stressing the fine art aspect of it using the appropriate language, and it was approved by a main stream denomination church. So for several years I taught a nude photography class in a church.

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  • Thank you, Robert, for this support of our website. I hope it is helpful to you and you flourish in the business.
  • Congrats on being awarded the Post of the Week - 5/8/2016
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  • Thanks for the tip. Is there a better location for driving to your booth?  I don't want to dolly.

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  • Thanks so much, Robert, for your continued support and for all your helpful advice. Many of us appreciate it and you make a difference here.
  • It was great to meet you and your wife this weekend. We do a lot of the same shows but you know how hard it is to get away from your Booth! Anyway good luck with re-thinking your line of photos. I wish I had a formula but I am always surprised at what the public thinks is art. I will look for you in the future (fair warning!) also here is the link to the church show http://woodlandchristianlex.org/Arts_Festival.htm I've never done it before but have had friends who have. Less traffic but well who knows, I'll try it once. But next year - Woodland! (ta da!)

  • You're a star, Robert. Many thanks for all of the helpful information and useful tips you've contributed to AFI. You are an important member here and I appreciate all you do.
  • Happy new year, Robert. Thanks for playing Secret Santa with us again this year. Hope the new year bring you many blessings.
  • Many thanks for your pledge, Robert. I really appreciate the support from you and so many others that keep our website alive and well and bringing you all the news from art fair land.
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