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Brandi Powell
  • Winterset, IA
  • United States
  • Painting
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Hanging Cradled Wood Panels

Started this discussion. Last reply by DANA J ECHOLS Sep 1, 2016. 8 Replies

Hello all - I have just started working with 1 5/8 in cradled wood panels and need some advice. I currently use HARMON HOOKS for smaller pieces under 12 x 12 and have the CABLE HANGING system from…Continue

Can you apply to a show 2 times in the same Category if the work is different?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brandi Powell Jul 26, 2016. 4 Replies

I am currently painting in two completely different styles. One style is more true to life proportions geometric style and one is a completely illustrative style - more like characters. Same color…Continue

Sales Techniques or Conversation Starters

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barrie Stark Aug 5, 2019. 31 Replies

I am fairly new to festival selling. The last time that I exhibited was 2007 & 2009 as an emerging artist at the Des Moines Art Festival, which is a super festival for sales/attendance. I have to…Continue

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Barrie Stark replied to Brandi Powell's discussion Sales Techniques or Conversation Starters
"I know for myself, if I walk into a booth and the vendor immediately starts in with questions about what are you looking for, or can I help you find something, it makes me want to stop looking and walk out. It feels pressured to me, and I can tell…"
Aug 5, 2019

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Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
2007 Des Moines Art Festival as an Emerging Artist.
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Meeting people and gaining clients who enjoy your work.
Best show ever and why
The Des Moines Art Festival for sure. The traffic was crazy and the buyers were completely supportive of Emerging Artists.
Worst show ever and why
Haven't really had a show that was overall terrible.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
I found your forum doing a search for an issue I was having.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I worked 10 years as as HR Administrator before going to art school at age 30.

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At 9:45pm on May 28, 2016, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Brandi. We’re so glad you joined us. I hope you’ll find the site helpful and that you’ll share your ideas and experiences, ask questions and join the discussions. The site is only as good as the members make it. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike.

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At 9:16am on May 27, 2016, Christina L. Towell said…
You are so welcome, Brandi...I know you'll find plenty of helpful information here as well as some terrific conversations, enjoy!
At 1:52pm on May 26, 2016, Christina L. Towell said…
Hello Brandi,
Welcome to Art Fair Insiders! We are so pleased to have you joining our community of artists and hope you'll find the site helpful, inspiring and fun! Thanks and best of luck as you move forward.

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