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Barbara Pitorak Bloom
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  • Cleveland, OH
  • United States
  • silk
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Buy sell vendors at juried art festivals

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sheila Lamberson Aug 14, 2019. 13 Replies

i am wondering how large operation buy sell jewelry sneaks into juried are fairs.  Over the weekend there were two vendors that clearly had high volume of the same merchandise, that they seemed to…Continue

Tags: buy/sell

Has anyone participated in the KRASL Artisan Market?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barbara Pitorak Bloom Jan 5, 2016. 5 Replies

I applied months ago to participate (or at least display my work) at the KRASL Artisan Market in November - and low and behold today I received acceptance to both applications.  What i am wondering…Continue

Tags: Market, Artist, KRASL

Cautionary Tale

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christina L. Towell Jul 10, 2015. 6 Replies

Have you ever received an email that seems far too good to be true?  In late May I received an email and began a short dialog with someone who indicated they are a shop owner and expressed interest…Continue

Tags: art, email, scam, tale, cautionary

Alternatives to hotel/motel when traveling

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barbara Pitorak Bloom Oct 12, 2015. 14 Replies

My husband and I travel occasionally for art shows, and love staying at nice places. Recently we learned of an alternative that is world wide, and quite delightful. It's called airbnb.com. , a…Continue

 

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Barbara Pitorak Bloom replied to Chris Umhoefer's discussion Does anyone make significant sales online, and if so, how and where?
"We had a slow first week, but our website came whirling up in sales the past two weeks at a pace like that approaching Christmas sales.  Our business is a husband and wife duo, I paint silk, and my husband makes wonderful cold processed soap.…"
Apr 4
Barbara Pitorak Bloom commented on scott hartley's blog post hold virtual art fairs.
"Several events in northeastern Ohio have done the virtual show online with good response. A potter friend sold tons of mugs and bowl sets. My guess was people liked the idea of their purchase being delivered directly to their home via mail."
Mar 23
Barbara Pitorak Bloom commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Show Cancellation: Great Lakes Art Fair, Novi, MI
"Awe that’s sweet"
Feb 12
Barbara Pitorak Bloom commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Show Cancellation: Great Lakes Art Fair, Novi, MI
"We participated for 4 years, and oddly as the economy improved our sales dropped. We opted to not participate last year due to a very low foot traffic and poor buyer energy.... I suspect it had a lot to do with the show being paired with the circus…"
Feb 12
Sheila Lamberson replied to Barbara Pitorak Bloom's discussion Buy sell vendors at juried art festivals
"I was at Sugar Creek Arts Festival in Bloomington, IL last month when my booth neighbor, who is a jeweler, told me about a buy/sell booth that was selling jewelry from China. She had suspected this was buy/sell after seeing this same person at…"
Aug 14, 2019
Tina Hospers replied to Barbara Pitorak Bloom's discussion Buy sell vendors at juried art festivals
"I guess what frosts my cookies is getting waitlisted for these high end shows to later find out that they let in buy/sell over our handmade and designed artworks.  We were invited to 8 out of our 10 waitlists this year and once there, I…"
Aug 14, 2019
Carol Joy Shannon replied to Barbara Pitorak Bloom's discussion Buy sell vendors at juried art festivals
"This is the unfortunate pattern of shows.  If they get their booth fee, they really don't care.  A few years ago I had to provide pictures of myself painting (to prove it was my work) for our local "water festival" -- but…"
Aug 14, 2019
Richard L. Sherer replied to Barbara Pitorak Bloom's discussion Buy sell vendors at juried art festivals
"Even the renowned Cherry Creek isn't immune. A few years back a buckle guy who designed buckles and had them made in China got in. His belts were really poor quality even in the photos posted: crappy leather, unfinished edges, ..... stuff…"
Aug 14, 2019
Richard L. Sherer replied to Barbara Pitorak Bloom's discussion Buy sell vendors at juried art festivals
"In the medium of leather, it is often the production shops that get in, even when call for artists restricts number of employees in "studio". It is pretty obvious that jurors have not gone to a web site which describes how parts for bags…"
Aug 14, 2019
Jane Shaffer replied to Barbara Pitorak Bloom's discussion Buy sell vendors at juried art festivals
"I understand (but don't approve) of letting in the buy/sell at shows having trouble filling their spots.  But I don't understand why shows are letting in buy/sell when they are turning down truly handmade art and have waitlists."
Aug 14, 2019
Susan Williamson replied to Barbara Pitorak Bloom's discussion Buy sell vendors atjuried art festivals
"Sorry, it did sound racist, didn't it? It was factory produced items. I have to say they were beautiful. They had tags on them with the company name. The people selling them were sales reps, there were 3 of them. When visiting other booths the…"
Aug 13, 2019
Larry Sohn replied to Barbara Pitorak Bloom's discussion Buy sell vendors atjuried art festivals
"Re Susan Williamson stating "...seeing China Made and Chinese people in a booth at an art fair in Rochester, MI. I lost all respect for the show." I would not find anything wrong with that. If these people were Chinese and made the items,…"
Aug 13, 2019
Cindy Welch replied to Barbara Pitorak Bloom's discussion Buy sell vendors atjuried art festivals
"There is a local show (not fine art) that purports to be "all handmade."  I saw a lady who had a bunch of bags for sale.  Think of the bag company 31?  It was similar to that style.  I asked if she made all the…"
Aug 13, 2019
Susan Williamson replied to Barbara Pitorak Bloom's discussion Buy sell vendors atjuried art festivals
"I remember seeing China Made and Chinese people in a booth at an art fair in Rochester, MI. I lost all respect for the show. I wasn't an artist yet (still trying to be) but as Barbara said, it frosted my cookies. "
Aug 13, 2019
Larry Sohn replied to Barbara Pitorak Bloom's discussion Buy sell vendors atjuried art festivals
"Unless we police this better, it will be the end of Artists representing work they actually made themselves, at the shows.  The promoters need to have better motivation for keeping the shows pure. I have brought up cases where the supposed…"
Aug 13, 2019
Barbara Pitorak Bloom replied to Barbara Pitorak Bloom's discussion Buy sell vendors atjuried art festivals
"Thank you - I agree. I am saddened to see this on the rise... I often am juried into museum shows and last fall a museum actually won best in show, and he imports this woodworking from Africa...I can understand smaller and less sophisticated shows…"
Aug 12, 2019

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Your Medium
silk
Years in the Art Fair Business
4
First show ever
a church craft show - eeeek!
What is your website?
http://imagesinbloom.wordpress.com
What are the best things about art fairs
sense of community, willingness to share knowlege and insight between the artists, meeting people.
Best show ever and why
Tremont Art @ Culture Festival, for 9 years I helped to set the festival up, but the day i was one of the artists was a breakthrough for me. it was also very profitable.
Worst show ever and why
weather was the big issue with Woodsstock, held in Shedel Gardens... it rained from 9a to 3p on an event that went only until 7pm.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
web search
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I love to just get lost in the creation process of my work, and loose all sense of time.

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Made in Ohio at Hale Farm (Labor Day Weekend)

Posted on September 15, 2016 at 10:40am 6 Comments

Made in Ohio is always labor day weekend, held in the historic living museum known as Hale Farm and Village.  Hale is a representative of an 18th century Ohio farmland village, made of buildings brought to the property.  From the parking lot you can see the Hale house and Barn, and through a short trail you walk into a village green lined by vintage homes and buildings.  For labor day weekend this bucholic sight is embellished with 100+ white tents filled with amazing art, handcrafted…

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Great Lakes Art Fair 2016 - Are you going?

Posted on April 4, 2016 at 10:09am 8 Comments

We are scurrying to get those last minute details done, the van packed, the dog sitter ready, and we plan to roll out to Novi for the Great Lakes Art Fair.  We like to find art fair insiders where we go... so i am wondering who will be there?  Hope we can cath up, say hello, and get to know you.  We are in booth 507.  Drop a line if you will be there!

Has anyone done the KRASL Art on the Bluff Festival?

Posted on March 9, 2016 at 8:54am 10 Comments

I would love to talk with artists that have been accepted to the annual art festivl.  Two years running i have buffed up my booth, taken what i believed to be amazing photos, wrote precise descriptions, and bam, rejected.  In the body of the rejection email KRASL made it clear that people are rejected often several years running, and please try again.   It baffles me.  Granted i work in wearable fiber and wonder often if that is a limiting factor.  

They do invite artists to attend…

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Has anyone done the "spring fling" in Northville Michigan?

Posted on December 30, 2015 at 2:43pm 6 Comments

I am looking for a show to jump start spring- saw this one on zapplication, touting it is in its 37th year. And I know not much more about it. Have you participated? Have any thoughts or recommendations?

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At 6:10pm on April 12, 2016, Joyce Roebke said…

I have done this show with very high expectations that failed to materialize.  This show seems to be slipping downhill more every year.  The  name is Great Lakes Art Fair, not Great Lakes Home Show or Great Lakes Business Expo, so why are there so many commercial vendors in this show. This venue holds a home show very close in dates to this Art Show and that is where the businesses should be.  I respect they are trying to make a living, (and pay a very high fee to attend).  But shoppers of fine art/fine craft shows come to find treasures they can't find in regular retail stores, and they want to do it in a relaxing atmosphere where they can look, touch, admire and converse with those who create the product.  They don't expect to be aggressively approached, yelled at, have things shoved in their faces, comments made regarding their interest or lack of interest in home improvement business,  It seems that every year this show draws new artists/crafters that believe they are paying a high exhibitor fee for a high caliber show with quality items to purchase.  They end up with sales $$$$ barely meeting expenses, so they don't return.  The shoppers don't like the atmosphere and they don't come back.  The show survives on artists/crafters who take a chance and end up losing money.  If artists/crafters are being juried for any show, there should not be businesses in attendance that do not supply to the art/craft market.  There are shows that are 1/4 of this price that you can make double or more than is possible at this show.  Unless they overhaul the guidelines of this show, I would not recommend and hope that no more artists/crafters get burned by this one.  Price it under $100 booth fee to more closely achieve expense/income ratio.

 

At 10:32am on April 11, 2016, Thad and Catherine MacKillop said…

I'm so sorry Barbara that we didn't see you comment before the show.  I hope you had a good one.  We were definitely down from last year, but I think the weather had a lot to do with it.  Take care and good luck on your future shows!

At 3:08pm on February 22, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Barbara Pitorak Bloom a gift
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Thanks for everything you do on AFI, Barbara. Your post has won "Post of the Month." Have a great 2015 and keep us up to date here on AFI.
At 10:14am on January 14, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Barbara Pitorak Bloom a gift
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Thanks so much, Barbara, for all your recent comments and sharing of information. This is exactly how we keep this community alive and helping others -- its goal! Right?
At 7:00pm on September 15, 2014, Jacki Bilsborrow gave Barbara Pitorak Bloom a gift
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Thank you, Barbara, for your review of Made in Ohio Art & Craft Festival. We appreciate your help.
At 12:09pm on September 03, 2014, Jacki Bilsborrow gave Barbara Pitorak Bloom a gift
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Thank you, Barbara, for your review of Yorkfest 2014. We appreciate your help and are thankful to have a member like you.
At 12:35am on September 03, 2014, Jacki Bilsborrow gave Barbara Pitorak Bloom a gift
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Thank you, Barbara, for your review of the Made in Ohio Art & Craft Festival. We appreciate all your help.
At 11:24pm on August 05, 2014, Jacki Bilsborrow gave Barbara Pitorak Bloom a gift
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Thank you, Barbara, for your review of the WoodsStock Music & Art Festival. We appreciate your help.
At 8:12pm on April 15, 2014, Jacki Bilsborrow gave Barbara Pitorak Bloom a gift
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Thank you, Barbara, for your review on the Great Lakes Art Fair. We appreciate your help.
At 9:54pm on October 20, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow gave Barbara Pitorak Bloom a gift
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Thank you Barbara for your review of the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival. We appreciate all your help.
 
 
 

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