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Barry Bernstein
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Barry Bernstein's Discussions

Would You Do the Show?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Zirinsky 20 hours ago. 3 Replies

Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jacki Bilsborrow yesterday. 101 Replies

Latest from the East Lansing Art Fair

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barry Bernstein Mar 12. 1 Reply

 

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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St Louis, The Perfect Show or We Partied Like It's 1999

Posted on September 13, 2014 at 2:30pm 16 Comments

OK!! So maybe it wasn't the perfect show. The perfect show would pay us to be there because of all the money artists generate by coming. That's not going to happen any time soon. However, there were so many things to like about this show that it is as close to being perfect, in 2014, as a show can get. I complain a lot that shows are not like they were in the 1980's and 90's. Most of you don't know what that means because you started doing shows after 2000.

The whole time during this…

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Comment Wall (40 comments)

At 4:07pm on February 4, 2009, Jan Kaulins said…
Yo!
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 joined............how 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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Mark Zirinsky replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Would You Do the Show?
"Barry et al, Also having a scientific background, and a business background, I have the same concerns: a) when will shows reopen, b) when do we feel comfortable doing a show, and c) will the customers come? Right now, I conclude we simply…"
20 hours ago
Reid Watts replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Would You Do the Show?
"This is the best article I have found to date outlining what might happen in the near future: https://www.govexec.com/management/2020/03/four-possible-timelines-life-returning-normal/164134/?oref=ge-rail-most-read-hp . I hope it helps inform your…"
21 hours ago
Jacki Bilsborrow replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.
"The Mayday Underground Crafts + Art held the end of April in Rochester, New York has been canceled.  However, because they are concerned about artists losing so much of their income this spring, they posted an online photo album of the artists…"
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Don M Meinders replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Would You Do the Show?
"Barry,    I think this is the internal struggle going on within all of us artists/craftsmen that depend entirely on shows for their living- so much is still unknown and still unfolding. I live in North Carolina and our Governor has just…"
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