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B. David Kay
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  • Arlington Heights, IL
  • United States
  • Photography
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Midwest Artist Group

Started this discussion. Last reply by B. David Kay Dec 17, 2015. 2 Replies

Making expenses at a show?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Hoyt Jul 16, 2013. 12 Replies

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B. David Kay commented on JEFF LEEDY's blog post Tell me the truth. Are Art Shows dying or not?
"Larry, you touched on many areas here.   Let me share my thoughts.  Lots of buzz in the industry of lower income since the recession.  Wasn't that around the same time as the number of show in a given area increased? …"
Nov 1, 2017

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Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Kirk School in Palatine IL
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Getting my photography out to the public and meeting people
Best show ever and why
Green Lake WI. Very good sales and the customers were very realistic.
Worst show ever and why
Yorktown Mall shops. IL
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Show agreements/contracts

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 5:42pm 19 Comments

Hi to all,

I am writing this to make all Artists, crafters and vendors aware of agreements/contracts issued by show promoters.  In talking with several other artists, it seems that a lot of them do not really read the fine print.  I can not say strongly enough that you need to read and understand what you are signing.  If you are not sure what it says, ask your lawyer.  It is very important. 


The shows that I am talking about are in the Chicago suburban area, but this…


Galena IL Counry Fair 10/6-7/2012

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 11:36pm 2 Comments

Just thought I would give all a quick update and review on this event.  We had mixed emotions going into this show.  However, we thought it would be worth another try.  This event is a country fair type of atmosphere in a local park.  The park area is hilly so it can be difficult for load in and load out.  Sometimes you are fortunate to find volunteers with ATV's and trailers to assist you.  However, this year, they were few and far between.  So we had to haul all of our items to our spot…


Septemberfest - Schaumburg IL review

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 1:17pm 6 Comments

Septemberfest in Schaumburg IL is a large festival which includes a carnival, large food area and main stage with bands and entertainment into the evening.  All are set on and around the grounds of the Schaumburg Municipal center.  The Arts and Crafts area consists of probably 250+ artists and crafters.  Well it has the possibility of having that many.  


We have done this show for about 4 years now.  Parking for guests is very limited, but they seem to come out for the show…


Septemberfest, Schaumburg IL 9/4-6/2010

Posted on September 12, 2010 at 10:55pm 3 Comments

We just finished doing Septemberfest in Schaumberg IL. We do black and white photography and must say that this was a great show for us. There was a lot of traffic and the people were shopping.

The show organizers have a unique way of doing the set up, but it works just fine. It does get a little hectic, but what show does not get that way when you are trying to set up.

Overall we were pleased with the show and the week end.

Bill and…


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