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Bari Tarmon
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Light Dome tent + Display panels for sale (I’m in Illinois)

Started Jun 4, 2018 0 Replies

Light Dome tent and Graphic Display panels for sale (I’m in Illinois)Posted by…Continue

What I DID this past weekend, September 17 &18, 2016

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cindy Welch Sep 20, 2016. 1 Reply

I tried out a show for the first time, Art In Central Park in Decatur, IL.This show has an optional Friday evening two hour preview and VIP program whereby art patron have committed to purchasing at…Continue

Things I see at shows...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cindy Welch Sep 20, 2016. 1 Reply

Typically at art shows, artists take breaks in part to grab a bite to eat. They usually do so discreetly. I for instance grab a fruit bar or a sandwich I brought with me and stand behind the back of…Continue

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Bari Tarmon replied to Bari Tarmon's discussion LightDome tent for sale with extras
"Sorry, I only saw this today (May 24th). I have not been active with art fair business in the recent months. For some reason I thought that interested parties would contact me directly regarding this sale. I have just sold the tent and panels."
May 24
Bari Tarmon replied to Mike A Wardynski's discussion Looking for suggestions from photographers on what types of prints sell best.
"Hi Mike, I mostly sell framed 19x13 photos, matted to 24x18 and framed either in black or white wood frames. I found that maintaining a mostly uniform presentation and size makes the art stand out rather than the presentation platform. I have a few…"
Apr 12
Paul Roberts replied to Bari Tarmon's discussion LightDome tent for sale with extras
"Is this tent still for sale? I am interested and live in Chicago.  "
Mar 20
Bari Tarmon replied to kara unland's discussion frustration and feeling like the biggest loser
"Hi Kara, Though you wrote your piece in January, it rang very true in my mind now at the end of May, when I should be preparing for this season’s art shows this summer.  I feel for you and perfectly understand how frustrating it is when…"
May 29, 2018
Bari Tarmon replied to Ben Cooper's discussion Wanted: Trimline, Showoff or similar 10’ x10’
"Hi Ben, i live in northern Illinois (West of Chicago) and am in the process of selling my Light Dome tent from Creative Energies. I know the distance between our locations is a bit far but if you happen to participate in Chicagoland art fairs this…"
May 28, 2018
Bari Tarmon replied to Kirk Bergman's discussion 2 types of photography in 1 booth
"I am probably on the extreme side of the issue as I have a very mixed subject and style collection in my booth. My images range from straight photos to artistic renderings in watercolor or graphic styles. My subjects range from marine to landscape…"
Nov 7, 2017
Bari Tarmon replied to Hal Moran's discussion What do you think...?
"I agree with you that 40% is too high. I wonder sometimes if "operating expenses" is not just another term for greed. My work typically sells for similar prices as yours so any upfront fees for showing and displaying the artwork eats up so…"
Oct 9, 2017
Bari Tarmon commented on Don Hyson's blog post Naperville, IL 58th Annual Women's Club Art Fair
"I too did this show for the fourth year in a row. Last year I did OK but this year I made $8.50 after all the expenses! I was also put in a different area than in previous years, the crowded area of 60 booths that were lined up in three back to back…"
Jul 6, 2017
Bari Tarmon replied to Larry Berman's discussion Care and Feeding of Your Jury Images
"Thanks for all the info. I have been giving similar advice to anyone who asked me about photographing their artwork. I was also asked to shoot some artwork for fellow artists at a show specifically for application purposes. I'm glad you…"
Jun 1, 2017
Brenda Helt commented on Bari Tarmon's blog post An Odd Year
"Because art fair optimism is lovely, but art fairs aren't for all of us, and that kind of positivity can bankrupt some of us . . ."
Mar 8, 2017
Brenda Helt commented on Bari Tarmon's blog post An Odd Year
"Bari, if you want to chat off-site, I'm at  :)"
Mar 8, 2017
Bari Tarmon commented on Bari Tarmon's blog post An Odd Year
"Hi Brenda, I had to chuclkle when I read the "keep trying" part. Many a time I've been told: "keep up the good work" or: "great artwork, really love it" and they never consider buying any... I started to upload a…"
Mar 8, 2017
Brenda Helt commented on Bari Tarmon's blog post An Odd Year
"I'm in a similar situation, Bari, with a similar number of fairs over the course of about 5 years with similar disheartening results.  I sell work, but never enough to cover the costs of doing art fair business.  I determined…"
Mar 8, 2017
Bari Tarmon commented on Bari Tarmon's blog post An Odd Year
"Hi Suzanne, I have used rental minivans (a Town & Country and a Dodge Caravan) before and they worked fine. I drove one to Mystic, CT and back (from the Chicago area). As I mentioned before, rentals are expensive and the consideration to…"
Mar 8, 2017
Suzanne Beavis commented on Bari Tarmon's blog post An Odd Year
"Have you considered a mini van Bari? That's what use. I have 3 sides of break down panels and 4 desks. Plus other stuff. But it all fits thanks to my husband's ingenuity."
Mar 7, 2017

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Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Illinois Paddlefest, Aurora, IL
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Getting to show, share and hopefully sell my artwork with/to others, meeting other artists.
Best show ever and why
Woman's Club Art Fair in Napervile, IL. Beautiful setting, lots of visitors, great promotion for the fair, great support.
Worst show ever and why
Just had one this past weekend: Sheffield Music & Garden Walk, Chicago. Art show portion was completely missing from any promotion on website, signage and brochure and map. Location was relegated a half a block away from festival to a church property and only 11 artists were present. No assistance or info given for parking, artist amenities. A handful of visitors came by and practically no sales for anyone! First booth started packing 4 hours into show, the rest of the artists which came from far away, gathered in protest and demanded to speak to someone in authority which only happened by 3pm, after a number of flunkies came by to apologize but could offer nothing. The rep promised to return the $380 in booth and jury fees (no one came to jury the show anyway). Then, a violent thunderstorm came through after which one tent had collapsed and others, including me, decided we'd had enough. By the time I was packed up, close to the closing hour, only 6 booths remained and had no visitors at all! This was a total fiasco and a shameful display of total lack of care and organization for a big city fest promoters to have lured artists from as far away as New Mexico.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
I did a web search and found this site.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I like to tell detailed stories (maybe not so much fun for everyone...)

Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 9:26am on July 22, 2015, Christina L. Towell said…

Hello Bari,

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  We're delighted to have you join us and hope you'll find the site helpful, inspiring and fun!  You seem like a promising candidate for doing some show reviews on here...we like details.  Thanks and continued success.

At 11:58pm on July 22, 2015, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Bari.  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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At 9:54am on August 17, 2015, Carol Larsen said…

Sorry for the delay. I will be working on it over the next few weeks. I would like in my hand writing a logo and similar for my business name, followed by my name/title in a sans-serif font but not arial that can be easily enlarged, passed on to be embroidered and similar to start with.

And I will be looking for a compliment of my finished goods business - Gypsy Winds (I own the domain) and a third one representative of my dog that has his own following - Louie Larsen

Sincerely, Carol Larsen

My regular email:

My website at the moment using a standard font for the temp logo -

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An Odd Year

Posted on March 6, 2017 at 1:14am 12 Comments

This will be my 5th year of art fairs. I hope it won't be my last. I had been doing 4 to 6 shows every summer but this year I will (hopefully, as I have not been confirmed yet) be doing only 2.

Doing only two shows per season sounds pretty pathetic but it's all I can afford to invest in booth fees and truck rentals this year. I stuck to two favorite shows that are less than 10 miles away and hope to make some profit. (My wife also retired)

I can't afford the upkeep of a… Continue

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