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Robin Ragsdale
  • Female
  • Ballwin, MO
  • United States
  • metal & stone jewelry and…
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Robin Ragsdale's Discussions

Midwest Salute to the Arts?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elle Heiligenstein May 2, 2013. 8 Replies

My Feet Hurt!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rhonda Newsome Apr 2, 2012. 31 Replies

Entrance fees?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Colin Murray Jan 30, 2012. 10 Replies


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Profile Information

Your Medium
metal & stone jewelry and Photo Retouching for Artists
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
GSLAA Spring Art Fair
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
I love meeting art lovers!
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Nancy Koehler because she also does fairs and loves this site.

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Social Media Slander

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 12:43am 8 Comments

Recently, an art fair friend of mine suffered unfounded accusations of forgery and/or copying from a person he has never met. These claims were posted on his business Facebook page. The language was a bit vile. An art fair show director looked at his page to see more of his work (beyond his jury photos) and saw this post. The director called my friend for clarification and was satisfied with the answers, yet it could easily have gone the other way. My friend removed the offensive post, but…


My First Experience as a Jury Member

Posted on January 31, 2012 at 11:28pm 9 Comments

I was asked to be a jury member for a state wide artist association. Artists from my state were applying for membership in the association, not for a show, so it was different than the jury process for art fairs. Still, it was very interesting. Here is what I learned:

1) Sharp, clear photos are extremely important. Some were a bit out of focus, made even worse when projected.

2) Detailed descriptions of technique and materials were more helpful than artist history or…


Time lapse video

Posted on January 19, 2012 at 1:09am 12 Comments

I made a time lapse video of setting up for a show. Turned out OK for my 1st little movie. It's embedded at the bottom of my tips page.


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At 9:25am on June 6, 2012, Carol Wilson said…

Here's what I used at my last show.  Note that there is nothing on the tent walls, which I intend to resolve.  :)  This is not the best picture, but the sun was shining directly in.  Good for displaying jewelry, but not so good for photos.  Needless to say, I always welcome constructive comments!

At 4:04pm on June 5, 2012, Carol Wilson said…

The last time I posted here I was admiring your booth and video, Robin.  I'm happy to say that I have changed/upgraded my booth.  I found some very nice, sturdy racks where the legs come off for easy stacking and transporting.  I bought enough to form an L-shape and they are about 33" high.  So far, so good.  Now I need to do something with my tent walls.


At 3:03pm on February 7, 2012, Carol Wilson said…

Your time lapse video is very nice, Robin, and your booth display is quite elegant!  I've been looking for an easier way to do shows than lugging my heavy tables around.  I don't want to replace them with tables, but with something like you show in your video, where it collapses into a smaller container for transport.  What are those white units you use?  Where did you get the?  If you don't mind sharing...

Carol Wislon

At 10:40am on January 25, 2012, Connie Mettler said…

Thanks for the gift, Robin. I really love what you have done with this page...probably the prettiest one I've ever seen.

At 11:47pm on January 24, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Robin Ragsdale a gift
Thank you, Robin, for referring Yvonne Kuennen to Art Fair Insiders.
At 12:51pm on January 16, 2012, Lisa Marie Crisman said…

I think all they cared about was $.  It's a great area for an art fair.  Hmmmm, maybe we should think about organizing it! 

At 12:10pm on January 16, 2012, Lisa Marie Crisman said…

I agree!  It was ridiculous what they were asking for booth, AND electric!  I hope they get something fixed because CWE has always been very good for me, sales wise.

At 11:54am on January 16, 2012, Lisa Marie Crisman said…

I've thought about joining the GSLAA also.  Seems like a great group!  Have you heard anything about CWE this year?

At 11:29am on January 16, 2012, Lisa Marie Crisman said…

Hi Robin!  I did the Spring Art Fair at Queeny Park last year, and did not do well.  There were tons of people, I don't know what happened, but, it has scared me off from repeating this year.  I may try the fall Queeny Park art fair.  I've done lots of other St. Louis Art Fairs, and done very well.  I'm thinking about expanding my radius from St. Louis to 350 miles this year.

At 10:00pm on December 23, 2011, Kathleen J. Clausen said…

Glad to welcome you to AFI! 


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