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Barb Walker
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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
Barb Walker replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Notification...
"Thanks, Kathleen!  I definitely do respect and care about 'my' artists!  We treat them with respect, help and free food/beverages all weekend.  Art Spectacular is my life and my passion.  Art Spectacular is staffed…"
Mar 18
Barb Walker replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Notification...
Mar 18
Barb Walker replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Notification...
"As the promoter for Art Spectacular at the Carillon (Springfield, IL), I think this is unacceptable!  Come on, promoters ... how would YOU like to be treated that way?  With Art Spectacular's application deadline of 3/31, my practice…"
Mar 18
Barb Walker replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Promoter responsibilities and solutions
"As the promoter of a small (50 artists) juried fine art fair, Art Spectacular at the Carillon in Springfield, IL, I can tell you what MY reaction would be.  Since I am on-site from 'gates open" until "gates closed", I would…"
Jun 27, 2018
Barb Walker replied to Linnea Lahlum's discussion Life Insurance: keep or discontinue?
"We opted to plan and pre-pay for our funerals and keep less insurance.  We were surprised to find out that IF we end up in a nursing home and run out of money - the State could claim payment of our life insurance, even though not the…"
Mar 30, 2018
Barb Walker replied to david jessup's discussion Still waiting?
"I also prefer "application" fee - and that's what it's called in Art Spectacular's application, exactly because of the "so much more" involved.  Thanks, Connie!"
Mar 16, 2018
Barb Walker replied to david jessup's discussion Still waiting?
"You asked for a response from a show director.  As a show director of a small, highly respected show, I've been reading this thread with great interest.  One aspect of the jury process which I haven't noticed is the influence…"
Mar 16, 2018

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Your Medium
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.

Please stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself. Then read the "Getting Started" for tips to make the site easier to navigate.
Many topics have already been discussed. We suggest you try a search of your topic before you post your question. Click the SEARCH tab at the top of the page and “search” for your topic: tents, jury fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, the name of a show, etc. You might find that someone has already asked and answered your question.
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