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Alison Thomas
  • Female
  • Louisa, VA
  • United States
  • Photography / Digital Art
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Alison Thomas's Discussions

An obscure warning

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler May 6, 2020. 3 Replies

De-stash sale tent parts and pro panels

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alison Thomas Feb 21, 2016. 7 Replies


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Alison Thomas replied to Raoul Duke's discussion Artists Bill of Rights
"I don't mind being next to jewelers or painters but if I'm next to tin can airplanes and hand painted name plates I'm in the wrong show.  I don't mind being next to an artist with a lower price point as long as it is unique…"
Jun 12, 2020
Alison Thomas replied to Raoul Duke's discussion Artists Bill of Rights
"Addressing number 1 - I don't want to be right next to other photographers, especially if all the photographers in the show are together.  It becomes a race to the bottom price wise.  I do agree that plants and vinyl siding belong…"
Jun 11, 2020
Alison Thomas replied to Mark Loeb's discussion Practice Safe Art - How to handle an art fair in 2020
"If you have the capability you might consider renting Trimline awnings (thinking that Trimline is the most common tent).  My work cannot be in direct sunlight.  When you say three sides open is that counting the front?"
Jun 3, 2020
Alison Thomas replied to Judy Christian's discussion Stimulus- Has anyone received or know of someone who got theirs?
"My sister on social security got hers almost immediately.  I thought we would get ours quickly since we file online but I forgot that we haven't gotten a refund in over 15 years.  I went on the website and added our bank info but it…"
May 20, 2020
Alison Thomas replied to Kimberly Salvati's discussion Future of Shows?
"That is totally up to you but I am over 60 and have asthma so I'm not going out until it is safe for me.  The majority of my customers are also older.  You are right though.  I think shows will come back as soon as they are…"
May 20, 2020
Alison Thomas replied to Kimberly Salvati's discussion Future of Shows?
"I think they will be back as soon as there is a vaccine.  I have been working my way towards doing fewer shows, adding galleries, pushing my website and I was considering stopping this year with everything that is going on but I drove the van…"
May 19, 2020
Alison Thomas posted photos
May 14, 2020
Alison Thomas replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.
"I'm pretty much figuring if something doesn't change I'm out for 2020.  I'm reading about an ice cream store and a bakery shutting down because people were so rude about having to wait.  A person got shot because he…"
May 12, 2020
Connie Mettler replied to Alison Thomas's discussion An obscure warning
"Well, Alison! What a development. Thanks for the warning."
May 6, 2020
Alison Thomas replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Would You Do the Show?
"I do hope that shows that do happen, if any, will change some things to make it safer for us.  I'm really apprehensive about pole to pole setups and short setup times with everyone setting up at once.  There was an interesting…"
May 6, 2020
Alison Thomas replied to Annette Piper's discussion Artist Marketing Formula - Paid Program - Has anyone done it?
"I took the CreativeHive class last year.  I think it was 997.00  To me it was worth the money but a lot of parts I wasn't able to utilize.  If you are already on Shopify and MailerLite it won't do a lot of good since a lot…"
May 6, 2020
Barrie Lynn Bryant replied to Alison Thomas's discussion An obscure warning
"Such a strange "obscure" warning. Since alcohol evaporates so quickly, how in the world did the gloves catch fire due to the presence of alcohol? Wyoming Whiskey here in my little town of Kirby, Wyoming, population 92, has recently…"
May 6, 2020
Greg Little replied to Alison Thomas's discussion An obscure warning
"Many sanitizers use alcohol as part of their mixture. Spraying on your gloves and lighting a cigar? Not me..."
May 5, 2020
Alison Thomas posted a discussion

An obscure warning

Some local distilleries are make sanitizing spray to help with the cause.  My husband's job got some.  He sprayed his gloves and went to light his cigar and caught his gloves on fire. Be careful.See More
May 5, 2020
Alison Thomas replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Would You Do the Show?
"I currently have four shows on my schedule plus one application outstanding and one wait list.  In 2019 I started to move away from doing a lot of shows.  I got my work into two galleries and a gift shop and did a solo show at my art…"
May 5, 2020
Alison Thomas replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.
"The new Howard Alan show in Charlottesville, VA has been cancelled."
May 5, 2020

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Lake Mary - Heathrow
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Best show ever and why
Alexandria - Best sales
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Alison Thomas's Blog

Digital Art vs. Photography Categories

Posted on August 30, 2015 at 8:15am 32 Comments

Is the digital art vs. photography line moving and isn’t it time the shows updated their categories?  I do heavily digitally modified photography.  Recently I was faced with this choice:

Digital art - Two-dimensional work created by the artist using computer technologies. May include scanned images, from the artist or other sources that have been non-trivially modified through the use of computer programs.

Photography - Two-dimensional work created by the artist that includes…


Crozet Spring Arts and Crafts Festival (Virginia)

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 9:52am 3 Comments

What a difference a new director can make.  The paint your own picture people were gone.  The dye your own scarf people that had been heavily advertised for last year’s fall show were gone.  It was better organized this year, as in the booth spaces were marked when I arrived at the appointed set up time.  Any artwork used in advertising was credited.  They have come a long way from a few years back when they used the artwork of an artist who wasn’t even in the show on their website.  I don’t…


Richmond Arts in the Park 2014

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 7:46am 8 Comments

I've done previous reviews on this show so I'm not going to rehash what I've already written.  Do a search for my previous blogs if you want to get further information.

This is a jury by check show and at first glance looks like it is not going to be very profitable for fine art.  But there is a lot of fine art here and most of it is segregated in what is fondly or not so fondly called the dust bowl.  Booths in the dust bowl are on grass which quickly succumbs to the many feet of the…


Longs Park - so sad

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 5:47pm 10 Comments

I was really excited to get into this show. I had high hopes.  I even bought a double booth space and put up the 15' for the first time.

First of all the show is a joy to do from almost every aspect.  Unfortunately that missing aspect was sales.  Setup is easy and leisurely.  Staff support is wonderful.  When I first go to my space there was supposed to be someone next to me but a bush in the area made it impossible for both of us to set up in the space and the staff…


Blowing Rock Review

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 9:33am 3 Comments

This show is not for sissies.  It is a one day show held once a month from May – October.  I did July.  It was good for me.  The people were great.  They didn’t say “I’ll be back.”  They bought on the spot.  They didn’t glance around the booth, grab a card, and say “beautiful work” while exiting the booth.  They had insightful comments.  It was an incredibly enjoyable show to do.  The people putting on the show are kind and helpful and very organized.  The logistics are another…


Comment Wall (8 comments)

At 7:13am on April 18, 2010, barbara hollosy said…
I'm just a lowly handler...just the way I like it, exercise and just work 3hrs a day there. I've worked there for 13yrs, I do love the schdule 'cause I can be home by 10a and then go to studio to make beads. Weekends off for shows, so that's nice too~
At 5:37pm on November 27, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Alison Thomas a gift
The Gold Medal to you, Alison, for all your helpful information on this site. Thanks for everything!
At 9:36pm on January 26, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Alison Thomas a gift
To Alison for her levelheadedness and coolness quotient in understanding how to defuse. Good going, girl.
At 1:31pm on March 16, 2011, Dann Jackson said…
Alison, I don't think I've run into you at a show yet. But, could be wrong. I noticed your comment about your sales goes into your Quickbooks on Monday. I travel to shows now showing artists Intuit's new GoPayment credit card system. Didn't know if you're familiar with it and that it will sync your sales automatically into your Quickbooks account. P.S. I love your photos.
At 2:22pm on January 07, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Alison Thomas a gift
Alison, your helpful comments are just great. Thanks for your suggestion to Rich Terry. Sounds like a great place for him to start. I appreciate your participation here, a lot!
At 9:40pm on June 10, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Alison Thomas a gift
Alison, thanks so much for all your support. It is appreciated!
At 9:54pm on July 22, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Alison Thomas a gift
Congrats Alison on winning the Post of the Week Award - 7/22/2013.
At 1:48pm on September 23, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Alison Thomas a gift
Thank you, Alison, for referring Leslie Klein to Art Fair Insiders.

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