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Barry Bernstein
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Barry Bernstein Jul 29, 2020. 6 Replies

Bayou City Unbelievable and Extremely Grateful

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Birmingham, Birmingham, Greatest City in Alabam.'..

Posted on April 28, 2021 at 3:05pm 14 Comments

You can travel 'cross this entire land.There ain't no place like Birmingham. That's from a Randy Newman song.

I haven't written a review in a long time, but, I have a week before I get to Greenville SC for Artisphere. I'm sitting in a coffee shop on  the border of Georgia and South Carolina in Lavonia Georgia, population 2600.

I just did the Magic City Arts Festival. I had never been to this show before, so, I didn't know what to expect. If fact, I have never been to…


What Happened to the South Florida Shows?

Posted on February 23, 2017 at 11:08am 8 Comments

I've been reading reviews and comments about both ArtiGras and Coconut Grove. I'm disappointed by what I am reading because at one time South Florida was the premier place to sell your work in February and March. So, I started thinking about it and all the things that made Coconut Grove great started coming back to me. Here it is:

I have an emotional attachment to the Coconut Grove…


Temple Beth El Review and Award Winners

Posted on February 1, 2017 at 12:00pm 4 Comments

I did the Temple Beth El fund raiser Art Fair for the first time this year. This event has a stellar reputation among career artists because they bring in the money. Their members do a pre-buy in the form of purchase awards and they support the event. The week before the show I talked to one of the committee members who told me they had $145,000 in money spent in purchase awards. They take 35% of your sales, less than a gallery. It is set up as a gallery. I'm not…


Royal Oak Farmers Market Holiday Show Potentially a Great Show

Posted on December 5, 2016 at 5:30pm 11 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of doing the Royal Oak Farmers Market Holiday Show. It was a winner for a first time event and it has the potential to be one of the better shows in the Metro Detroit area. This show is put on by the Guild. This is the same group that has its own Ann Arbor Show, the two Birmingham shows and a few others within a hundred miles of Ann Arbor.

First a little history. This show was started a couple of years ago as the Ann Arbor Holiday Show. It was…


HAE Sarasota, A Pleasant Surprise

Posted on February 18, 2016 at 5:30pm 5 Comments

Over the years, I have been as critical as anyone regarding the Howard Alan Shows. I think he has too many shows and has diluted the market, at least here in Florida. This is exacerbated by the fact that many other promoters saw HAE's success and have copied his business model leading to a further dilution of the market. No show is special now because there are so many of them.

To compound the problem, all the big…


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At 4:07pm on February 4, 2009, Jan Kaulins said…
At 10:53pm on February 4, 2009, Jan Kaulins said…
Barry! Glad to see I can communicate with you. Your old email address bounced back several times so I guess it's no good. You must have changed it trying to avoid the law, or an old girlfriend or a hired assasin or something I figure. It's been colder than all get out downstate too, so you're not the Lone Ranger. Are you doing any MI show this year? Would be good to get to see you and hang out and bit and hone up on my baseball statistics. Hope all's well with you. Jan
At 3:42pm on February 24, 2009, marilu patterson said…
hey barry......I just do you like my photo???????????
At 3:44pm on February 24, 2009, marilu patterson said…
great artist page barry!!!!!!
At 5:53pm on February 24, 2009, Nels Johnson said…
Barry do you know Pat Dragon a ceramicist from Marquette. I reconnected with him this weekend at Naples. I have his number and email if you would like it. Aloha, Nels Johnson

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Barry Bernstein commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Just Sayin', Does Ann Arbor Still Have it?
"Connie, I forgot to mention that Jessica Stoddard Ladd was also on Main. She won best of show in painting and Kristen won in jewelry."
Jul 21
Barry Bernstein commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Just Sayin', Does Ann Arbor Still Have it?
"I've seen Walt and Ruth at a show before. Only us codgers would remember them. Ann Arbor is the place where I see long time art fair artists. It was great seeing Jan aka Antlerroo, and Chris, and both you and Kozzo. And, last but not least…"
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Barry Bernstein commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Economic Impact of the Ann Arbor Art Fair - 2021
"After I got out of college I ran a shoe store on South University for a couple of years. We had 7 stores around the state and we would bring all the left over shoes for every store to sell during the art fair. The most dead money, and hardest thing…"
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Barry Bernstein commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Just Sayin', Does Ann Arbor Still Have it?
"I, in turn, agree with what Jim said. Thursday and Saturday were good. I was in the first block between Huron and Washington and our load out was much easier than his block. Jim, was that Karen who was walking around? I was calling her Nicole and…"
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