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Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals

Al Scovern
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  • Belfast, ME
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  • Ceramics
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Thanks to Richard and Connie

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Jun 20, 2018. 2 Replies

i just got back from an art fair road trip to find this beautiful canteen made and donated to the AFI drawing by Richard Sherer.  Which, obviously, I won.  Though I live in Kentucky I don’t own a…Continue

Ingot Canopy Weights for sale

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Sohn May 31, 2017. 3 Replies

16 Ingot Canopy Weights for sale (4 sets) $60.00 per set or $200.00 for all 4 sets. I'm in Lexington Ky and can try to coordinate an exchange with our show schedules.

Free-- Anybody need tent weights?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Al Scovern Feb 22, 2016. 2 Replies

I've got 8 sand bag tent weights made by Flourish-- each can weigh up to 40 lbs with sand or gravel-- that I don't need any longer. If you're willing to pay postage you can have them. If anyone is…Continue

Beginner's Questions About Load-in

Started this discussion. Last reply by Vojna Bastovanovic Casteel Apr 25, 2018. 8 Replies

Hello everyone.  My name is Al Scovern and I’ve been digging into the archives of AFI for the past few months, a project that’s been immensely helpful.  Many thanks to all of the generous…Continue

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Al Scovern commented on margaret luttrell's blog post "It's Getting Hot In Here"
"Great post Marge because this is a real and worsening problem.  It’s a health challenge for artists who, tending to be just a bit on the older side, may be more susceptible to heat/humidity/pollution related difficulties. And it’s a…"
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Your Medium
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Artisphere, Greenville SC
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Great booth neighbors.
Best show ever and why
Cherry Creek. Best customers. Record sales.
Worst show ever and why
Broad Ripple. See my first post. Ughh.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Clair Renzetti, a great art patron and dear friend.

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A Bad Year?

Posted on July 10, 2017 at 10:39pm 23 Comments

Just got home from Krasl, my 7th show of the year. A great spot for an art fair, a little resort town on Lake Michigan, beautifully run, so it feels more like being on vacation. Easy. Got off to a great start on Saturday but then things fizzled out so my sales ended up being just adequate. Like most of 2017. 4 Bridges in Chattanooga (okay), Southlake in Dallas (hideously bad), Three Rivers Pittsburgh (an okay profit but not worth 5 long days in a difficult show), Old Town Chicago (horrible… Continue

A Tale of Two Cities

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 8:00pm 6 Comments

The following should be taken with a very large grain of salt. Better yet maybe an entire salt block because my impressions couldn't come from a place of less experience. I'm about to report on the first two art fairs that I've ever done.

I got my initiation in Greenville SC at Artisphere, weekend before last. Greenville has a beautiful and vibrant downtown and booths are set up in a long line down both sides of picturesque Main Street. This set up made for an easy load in (even…


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At 10:22am on January 12, 2015, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Al,

Welcome to AFI!  We're delighted to have you join us and hope you'll take advantage of all the useful information to be had here.  Thanks and best of luck to you in the future.

At 9:01pm on January 22, 2015, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Al.  We’re so glad you joined us.  I hope you’ll find the site helpful and that you’ll share your ideas and experiences, ask questions and join the discussions. The site is only as good as the members make it.  We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike.

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At 11:06pm on June 08, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Al Scovern a gift
Congrats on being awarded the Post of the Week - 5/25/2015
At 1:19am on June 27, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Al Scovern a gift
Al, Thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2016 Pledge Drive.
At 1:04pm on July 10, 2017, Connie Mettler gave Al Scovern a gift
Thank you, Al, for this support of our website. I hope it is helpful to you and you flourish in the business.
At 1:37pm on June 4, 2018, Richard L. Sherer said…

Hello Al, I see that you selected my 1.5 quart canteen as your prize. I can email you pictures of what I have made up and others of what can be done for price range quoted. Send me your email address so I can get this in the queue., Dick

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