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Amy Furgiuele
  • Female
  • Peoria, IL
  • United States
  • art jewelry - lampwork (glass) and…
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Amy Furgiuele's Discussions

Have you ever cancelled out of a show and if so, why?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Megan Horan Jul 13, 2011. 17 Replies

At a show not too long ago, I heard another artist mention that he had decided to cancel out of the rest of his shows this summer (since his sales had been so low so far), try and get back any booth…Continue

Tags: cancellation, show

Displaying Jewelry... put it under glass or let it breathe in the open?!?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brett Garrett Feb 25, 2013. 18 Replies

I was going to post this in a couple of the jeweler's forums and then realized that lots of other folks look at and buy jewelry, so I'd be missing out on some information from people not in my media!…Continue

Tags: presentation, displays, cases, jewelry

So... how do we appropriately review shows for this summer?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Munks Jun 9, 2011. 33 Replies

I had an interesting discussion with a couple of other artists this weekend.  Like MANY of you, we sat at a show with non-existant crowds the first day (Yes, it was beastly hot like a lot of other…Continue

Tags: promoters, reviews, shows, art

The Naperville, IL Women's Club Juried Fine Art Fair that happens in June... anyone ever done it?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Linnea Lahlum Apr 2, 2011. 2 Replies

While I am familiar with the Naperville Riverwalk show that happens in September, I hadn't heard of the Women's Club Fine Art Fair that occurs in June.  Has anyone ever done this show and has…Continue

Tags: June, Women's, Guild, fairs, art


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Profile Information

Your Medium
art jewelry - lampwork (glass) and silver
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
I started out sticking my toe in to the water of things by doing local farmer's/Saturday markets. Once I had enough courage, my first real show was the Quincy, IL Midsummer Arts Faire, where I won an award! It was a great way to get started!!
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
I love getting to meet other creative artists and getting to meet new, interesting people. The hardest day at an art show is still 100 times better than the hardest day in the office!
Best show ever and why
Hard to say... Love doing the Quincy show, as their group takes such amazing care of the artists and really treat us like royalty. Love doing my St. Louis area shows because they are so darn profitable!
Worst show ever and why
GOLD COAST ART FAIR 2010! Too many artists, horrible set up, HORRIBLE sales and just all around everything bad.... First and hopefully only show where I ever lost money in doing it.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Joined to comment (i.e. warn others!!) on Gold Coast Art Fair

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Excellent shows to do in the St. Louis area

Posted on September 8, 2010 at 2:54pm 0 Comments

Well, I'm in the center of Illinois so I might as well check "both ends", right?? So, on that note...several artists and I have been talking about the abundance of shows in the St. Louis area, but we've also heard that many are "not like they use to be" and that others aren't exactly as they are advertised. So, then... what ARE some good shows in the St. Louis area and do you consider them more art or craft based? We're all looking to start our application lists for next year and we'd love to… Continue

Excellent shows to do in Chicago

Posted on September 8, 2010 at 2:52pm 11 Comments

Several artists and I have been talking about the abundance of shows in the Chicago area, but we've also heard that many are "not like they use to be" and that others aren't exactly as they are advertised. So, then... what ARE some good shows in the Chicago-land area and do you consider them more art or craft based? We're all looking to start our application lists for next year and we'd love to hear from those of you with first hand knowledge... thanks!!

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At 11:47pm on August 24, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to, Amy. I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please add a photo to your profile and stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. We all look forward to your participation here. Also visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!

Best wishes,
Connie Mettler

p.s. The best way to make this system easy to use is to click on the "Follow-Email me" link at the bottom of each Forum discussion that interests you. That way the system will email you automatically whenever anyone responds. It's a great time-saver.
At 9:58am on March 25, 2011, Connie Mettler said…

Amy, thanks for asking and the kind words...however, I don't know much about either of these events and would suggest you ask the question in the forum where you should find people who can be more helpful. Alternatively, have you joined the Chicago area group (bottom of the page in "groups)...ask there also.


From my limited experience I would go to Deerfield...good organizer and an affluent area. But we did use to show in Naperville, nice place and decent buying at the fall Riverwalk show. Try asking some of the other people also...or reach out to members like Linnea Lahlum who lives in this area. Good luck.

At 11:41am on March 25, 2011, geri a. wegner said…

Hi Amy, 

I don't know anything about Naperville other than it is supposed to be one of the best places to live in the US.  As for Deerfield, Patti Stern has done it (last year in fact) and she can give you the kind of info that an artist would know.   I go every year because parking is easy, it is one of the first shows of the season and I usually find something to buy.  It isn't in my top ten favorites which is why I think Patti can give you a better idea even though her medium is different from yours.  She may also know Naperville.  Hope this helps.  Good luck and maybe I will see you this summer.

At 11:33pm on March 25, 2011, Linnea Lahlum said…

I did Deerfield a few years ago. Since it’s very close to where I live, the year before I’d gone to check it out. I talked to several artists I knew and they were having a decent show. Not great, but decent. So I did it the next year. But that year the promoter greatly expanded the show, and moved it from a compact and visible parking lot to one long street nearby, that runs along the commuter rail tracks. Visibility was much less in that position, as it was “end-on” to the adjacent busy shopping street. Between the expanded number of artists and the reduced visibility, attendance and sales suffered.


My sales were poor, and artists I talked to, several of which had done the show for several years, were very angry. I think it can be an okay show, IF the size stays small, back at original levels. I’d have to verify the number of artists before considering it again, and make comparisons with the number of artists in prior years. People were pretty vocal, if she had any sense at all, she’d have brought the number back down. This was probably her best show, and she shot it in the foot.


Naperville I did years ago, several times. I did pretty well. But it used to be the second week of July. This year, for the first time, it is being held the first week of June. Not sure why. The first week of June has too many shows in the Chicago area as it is, notably 57th Street. But come to think of it, Naperville people would probably not go all that way anyway. It’s in a very nice setting, sharing the grounds of a living history museum. I don’t know anyone who has done it recently enough to speak about sales.


Hope this is helpful.

At 3:18pm on March 29, 2011, Linda A Shields said…


Thanks for the encouraging comment. Well said! I have been doing some of my best work since I started linking up on this site. Rather amazing how interacting with brilliant people stirs your brain! LOL

I raise a hypothetical glass to all of our future artistic efforts: May they be Bold, Beautiful and bring us Bounty!



At 3:01pm on April 25, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Amy Furgiuele a gift
Go for it, Amy! Wonderful comments and helpful information flowing forth from you. Many thanks for your participation. Send me your mailing address, I'll send you a Red Dot.
At 11:05am on April 27, 2011, Linda A Shields gave Amy Furgiuele a gift
Thanks, Goddess!
At 11:03pm on May 05, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Amy Furgiuele a gift
Thank you, Amy, for referring Brock E. Eddleman to Art Fair Insiders.
At 11:09pm on May 05, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Amy Furgiuele a gift
Thank you, Amy, for referring Joe Landon to Art Fair Insiders.
At 2:03pm on May 10, 2011, MICHAEL ALAN STIPEK said…


I'll see you there at Deerfield!

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