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Barb Walker
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Barb Walker replied to Connie Mettler's discussion 2021 Show Cancellations & Postponements
"I'm very sorry to learn of Old Capital's cancellation.  Any artist wanting a top-ranked fine art show in Springfield, IL should apply to Art Spectacular at the Carillon Sept. 11-12, 2021.  Deadline is 5/31/21.  Art…"
Mar 18
Barb Walker replied to Connie Mettler's discussion 2021 Show Cancellations & Postponements
"Here's some GOOD news! Art Spectacular at the Carillon - 9/11-12/2021 - Springfield, IL ...  is ON! It's held outside in beautiful Washington Park Botanical Gardens. It was also held in 2020 with CDC regulations and was successful. We…"
Feb 12
Barb Walker commented on Cloe Martins's blog post New Art in the New Mold
"Someone, please explain the process for the works that are created that can then be printed.  I want to understand if this is 'original' artwork.  Thanks!"
Jan 27, 2020
Barb Walker commented on Jeff Owen's blog post Show / Event Setup / Booth Assignment
"From a promoter's viewpoint, in addition to Richard's valid suggestion, maybe it's because of the requests and complaints that come with advance notification.  Many considerations go into our booth assignments:  media…"
Jan 15, 2020
Barb Walker replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Promoter signage responsibility - No Photos
"As a promoter it is challenging to know the 'best' way to discourage photography of artwork.  I don't think gate signage will help because at Art Spectacular at the Carillon in Springfield, IL  we have signage at the gates…"
Oct 25, 2019
Barb Walker replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Effect change at Fine Art Shows
"As the founder of Art Spectacular at the Carillon in Springfield, IL, I want to let you all know that at least one promoter is equally concerned about 'vendors' who are NOT true "artists" (making their own artwork), who…"
Aug 5, 2019
Barb Walker replied to Meg Mettler's discussion Friends like you keep us going
"Ny name isn't listed - Barb, Art Spectacular at the Carillon"
May 28, 2019

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Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
2006 Art Spectacular at the Carillon
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Providing great artists a fantastic venue to show and sell their original artwork.
Best show ever and why
2016 Art Spectacular at the Carillon - experience! Ranked #44 in the Best 200 Art Fairs in the U.S. by Sunshine Artist Magazine in Sept. 2016.
Worst show ever and why
2006 Art Spectacular - Learning the ropes and VERY cold!
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Found it on web.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
Being a Grandmother ... and producing one of the best art fairs in the United States!

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At 11:30pm on November 13, 2016, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Barb. 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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