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Bonnie Blandford
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Bonnie Blandford's Discussions

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair - new rules

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Wallis Apr 13, 2015. 11 Replies

James Parker's show

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Parker Feb 8, 2015. 7 Replies

Check your ZAPP profile please

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barrie Lynn Bryant Oct 16, 2014. 4 Replies


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Bonnie Blandford replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Secret Santa Part II - 2019
"I received a beautiful pair of earrings from Pam Johnson of Limestone Art & Glass! She sent them timely but I just unearthed them from the huge container of mail today. Can’t wait to wear them! Thanks Pam!!!"
Jan 4, 2020

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Reeds Lake Clothesline Art Fair - Grand Rapids MI
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Bonnie Blandford's Blog

You took my breath away

Posted on October 3, 2013 at 1:06pm 16 Comments

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I had my world shaken by one person's images while jurying an art fair. Today was the jury for the art fair that Michael Kifer and I run in Kalamazoo Michigan. Because this is a different type of art fair (the Garage Sale Art…


After jurying 3 shows in two days, what I learned...

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 4:00pm 17 Comments

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You’ve applied to hundreds of shows over the years. You know what to do and not do with your images. ZAPP and JAS have made it really easy to quickly apply and not really think about it. BUT, when was the last time you went into ZAPP and checked your profile? Checked that all your information is correct? Checked your capitalization, spelling and punctuation? Have you checked your artist…


Old Town Art Fair & Compassion

Posted on June 2, 2011 at 10:00am 20 Comments

This entry is from my friend Lynn Fisher who does wonderful porcelain and stoneware work. I'm copying this to my blog (with her permission) because I think it's important that we bring to light how some shows deal with a tragedy in an artist's life. Luckily, it's not all shows...…


Garage Sale Art Fair 2011

Posted on March 2, 2011 at 9:31pm 3 Comments

This year was our 15th year and Jon Hecker put together this video using my little non-video camera. Without our artists there wouldn't be a show!!!

a new decisions

Posted on January 7, 2011 at 12:52pm 3 Comments

This month is deliberately free of shows to help me decide where I want my work to go next. Using 22k gold in the amounts I do is no longer an option so, what's next for me? After almost 35 years at this, can I still make a living this way? What do I need to change?

There have been discussions on Facebook among the jewelers/metalsmiths who use primarily silver about how they're dealing with the rising price of metal. Are they making changes in their… Continue

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At 2:38pm on October 07, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Bonnie Blandford a gift
Congrats on winning the Post of the Week Award - 10/7/2013.
At 5:04pm on February 07, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Bonnie Blandford a gift
Thanks, Bonnie, for your recent post with the solid tips about jurying. Your sane, seasoned point of view is helpful to many as they figure out this seeming obstacle course, pleased to have it here.
At 11:31am on December 17, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Bonnie Blandford a gift
Many thanks, Bonnie, for volunteering. Your expertise and time are much appreciated.

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