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Barry Vangrov
  • Atlanta, GA
  • United States
  • Photography
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Telfair in Savannah a good show?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kathryn Riechert May 29, 2011. 1 Reply

Anyone have experience with the Telfair Art Show in Savannah? It's run by the Telfair Art Museum so I'm thinking it might draw the fine art crowd. App deadline is coming up so I need to make a…Continue

Pigment Ink Photos Considered "Reproductions" ?

Started this discussion. Last reply by MICHAEL ALAN STIPEK Apr 21, 2011. 19 Replies

I received the welcome pack today for Barefoot in the Park in Duluth, Georgia. There is a Reproduction Policy that states:"Any artwork, including photographs, that are produced by mechanical means…Continue

Ticket Cost to ACC Shows Out of Hand?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dann Jackson Mar 14, 2011. 4 Replies

I just got back from attending the Atlanta American Craft Council show. My wife and I scored a couple of free tickets but the ACC is now charging $13 to get into the show. Every year they seem to…Continue

Athens, GA Xmas Show Anybody?

Started Aug 10, 2010 0 Replies

Anybody familiar with the Athens, GA Christmas Art and Craft show in November? Be nice to do an indoor show during Xmas shopping season. Booth fees are a bit on the high side but not bad if its a…Continue

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Barry Vangrov replied to Sara Hoffland's discussion Booth shot review
"Yes the back wall is too bright and the pedestals are too dark but also the grass and the left and right sides are too dark - basically the overall lighting needs to be evened out. Also the right side cropped to the edge of the tent post. It can all…"
Jan 2, 2016
Barry Vangrov replied to Pat Sorbini's discussion Would like advice from photographers
"Your stepson is absolutely correct. You are thinking backwards by starting out in auto and moving into manual. If you start out only shooting auto you'll never learn even the basics of photography such as the relationship between aperature and…"
Feb 1, 2015
Barry Vangrov replied to Colleen Williams's discussion Georgia Art Fair Info, please?
"Decatur is definitely worth doing - well run, established, high quality and well attended. Alpharetta is a small neighborhood show - I wouldn't recommend it if you have to travel. I've never done Inman although I've attended a couple…"
Sep 18, 2014
Barry Vangrov replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Annual Yellow Daisy Festival
"This is strictly a craft festival and not a very high end one. It's huge, difficult logistics and runs for 4 days. Nice location on wooded paths in a park setting - although it turned to mud this year. If you have inexpensive household or yard…"
Sep 18, 2014
Barry Vangrov replied to Denise DiGiglia's discussion Request for suggestions for drape color and booth critique
"The booth setup is fine - looks clean and professional. I might lower the frames on the right side a few inches. As far as the photo setup: Move slightly to the left to get a straight-on angle, crop the sides just inside the tent leg, the bottom to…"
Jun 12, 2014
Barry Vangrov commented on Larry Berman's blog post Booth Pictures at Three Rivers and Artwork Photography
"Hi Joan. I photograph artist's booths and artwork in Atlanta. I'm the preferred photographer for the Atlanta Foundation For Public Spaces (AFFPS) which stages several Atlanta area festivals. You can see samples of my work at:…"
May 11, 2014
Barry Vangrov replied to Nancy Lee's discussion Need Booth Advice - Please!
"I use a Caravan tent and I use the Flourish Sta-bars with it. Caravan legs are steel so they are much heavier and sturdier than an EZ-Up. (The legs are square not hexagonal so I'm not sure what Robert is referring to.)  With good…"
Jan 22, 2014
Barry Vangrov commented on Thomas Pettengill's blog post Zapp Images of Photography
"The easiest way to be sure your image is right for ZAPP (or web) viewing is to use the "Save for Web" option in your image processing program after you've edited and resized it per Robert's instructions. That will put the file…"
Dec 30, 2013
Barry Vangrov replied to Kelly Bort's discussion Worried about work fading in the sun
"Canopies by sells a reasonably priced awning that fits on any tent. It's wider and works much better than the EZ-Up awing."
Jun 23, 2013
Barry Vangrov commented on Melanie Rolfes's blog post Buckhead Spring Arts and Crafts Festival
"Melanie, I agree with you about the problems caused by trailers at shows like Chastain or in Piedmont Park with narrow one way traffic. Not sure that the answer is to make them wait but what about asking on the application which artists are bringing…"
May 13, 2013
Barry Vangrov commented on Melanie Rolfes's blog post Buckhead Spring Arts and Crafts Festival
"Melanie - with all of those setup hassles apparently I did the right thing passing on the show this year. Loadout at Chastain is always a bit of a hassle but it sounds like it was worse than normal. I'll still do the fall show. I went up to…"
May 13, 2013
Robert Wallis commented on Barry Vangrov's blog post Actual Show Sales Not Always A True Indicator of a Successful Show
"Good question, and one that's been asked for a long time. Don't expect an answer to that one from me. I wasn't expecting an artist statement to sell. Whatever happened, it must have been a product of the times and the alignment of the…"
Apr 29, 2013
Pat Falk commented on Barry Vangrov's blog post Actual Show Sales Not Always A True Indicator of a Successful Show
"Robert, So the question is:  WHAT IS ART?"
Apr 29, 2013
Robert Wallis commented on Barry Vangrov's blog post Actual Show Sales Not Always A True Indicator of a Successful Show
"I was at Uptown over 20 years ago. I kept hearing the same crap from the crowd over and over, "Hell, Bubba, you got yersef a 35 milly-meter cam'ra. Yew could do stuff like that." Finally the frustration got to me, and I wrote an…"
Apr 26, 2013
Jacki Bilsborrow commented on Barry Vangrov's blog post Actual Show Sales Not Always A True Indicator of a Successful Show
"Congrats Barry on that fantastic sale.  How wonderful for you.  Thanks for sharing it with us."
Apr 25, 2013
Michael Bryant commented on Barry Vangrov's blog post Actual Show Sales Not Always A True Indicator of a Successful Show
"Life is one long series of accidents and coincidences. What makes one successful or not is adaptability. Recognize the opportunities when they show up and take advantage of them. If I am obsessed and blinded by the setbacks and failures, I will miss…"
Apr 24, 2013

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Actual Show Sales Not Always A True Indicator of a Successful Show

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 5:36pm 9 Comments

I posted these two stories as part of a thread that Geoff Coe started about the dismal show he had in Jacksonville last weekend. Geoff asked me to start a new blog to share the "inspiring" stories so more people might have an opportunity to read them. These are copied from the original blog: 

1. "I did this show last year and it was exactly the same as Geoff described: Rain on Saturday, beautiful Sunday and nobody came out. I may have done $100 for the weekend. But on my way…


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At 3:32pm on August 20, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to, Barry. I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to getting to know you.

When you have a chance, please add a photo to your profile and stop by the Discussions area to introduce yourself. We all look forward to your participation here. Also visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!

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At 1:58pm on September 1, 2010, Becky Estey said…
Very nice website!

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