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Brian Billings
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  • Gilbert, AZ
  • United States
  • Acrylic
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Looking for booth critique

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Billings Jun 12, 2013. 7 Replies

It's already 110 here in Gilbert, AZ so, I had to set this up very early to not get too much light. Not sure which pic I like best and open to any feedback. In the first pic on the right back…Continue

Well the election is over...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Wallis Nov 9, 2012. 15 Replies

So does this mean that people are going to start spending money at art festivals now?!Hope so...and just in time for the Fall Festivals to take place, well in the Southwest anyways. And hopefully…Continue

Review for Scottsdales ArtFest on 5th Ave

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Billings Oct 24, 2012. 2 Replies

There was an option to set up on Thursday night from 6-7, check in was easy and I was able to park next to my space to unload. Set up was a breeze, although those with RV's had a hard time getting…Continue


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Your Medium
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Scottsdale Art Fest 5th Ave - Oct. 19-21, 2012
-First big show
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Selling art of course! Meeting other artists & collectors.
Best show ever and why
I'll wait on this one
Worst show ever and why
Pretty much all the small "monthly art walks" in the metro Phoenix area. You sell a little but nothing that someone can do full time.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
random find online

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Tempe Festival of the Arts review

Posted on April 8, 2013 at 12:46pm 4 Comments

This was my first time doing this show, so it was definitely a learning experience. It's located right by ASU on Mill Ave, a popular college hangout. Load in was Thursday night between 9pm and 9am Friday. Load in wasn't too bad other than the trailer a few cars in front of me falling into a small ditch with the construction going on in the area. Once I got thru I was able to park right by my tent, so unloading was pretty easy and the horrible techno music that was blaring from one of the…


Fountain Hills Great Fair Review

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 3:18pm 8 Comments

This was my first large show and what an experience. Thursday night was early set up, went pretty smooth except for the pick up truck that decided to block the path to exit. Other than that it was pretty easy. I was a little disappointed in the quality of the vendors. Of course there was buy/sell but even the hand made items were very "swap mart" like, for instance there was a booth selling marshmallow guns. Friday was the first day, it was a high of 64, that's cold for us near Phoenix. The…


Faking a Sale?

Posted on December 3, 2012 at 2:08pm 57 Comments

I went to see the Tempe Festival of the Arts this weekend. I went on Saturday (2nd day) afternoon and went into a painters booth and she had several works on her walls with a large sign marked sold. Her paintings ranged from $3,000-$8,000. My wife didn't think she may have actually sold them but put a sign up to get people talking and yes I saw people wispering about the sold signs. Now I don't think any artist would mark a painting sold if it wasn't really sold but my wife thinks people may…


The Arty in Las Vegas?

Posted on September 28, 2012 at 12:33pm 5 Comments

This sounds like an opportunity too good to be true and well you know what they say about that. It sounds like an amazing event for artists but when you look at their website there isn't that many artists, compared to what their saying. Does anyone know anything about this? Is it just another scam taking advantage of artists or is it a genuine opportunity?

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At 3:51pm on July 28, 2012, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to ArtFairInsiders, Brian.  I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.
When you have a chance, please add a photo of yourself and stop by the Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. 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 6:36pm on September 12, 2012, Lee Saxon Hay said…

Hey Brian Happy Birthday! All the best with your Fall shows to come!

At 8:00pm on September 12, 2012, geri a. wegner said…

Happy Birthday Brian.  Hope this year is your best year ever.

At 11:03pm on October 3, 2012, james shelago said…

what kind of work do you do? do you have a few pics? we are in the presido with a large foot traffic count. We get travelors from all over the world. I only have room for a few more artists. My permanent artists  (those with a one year contract) I charge 175 per month + 15 per cent commission. The artist usually makes a lot more under that plan. If I really like someones work but have questions if I could sell them, I go 40-60.............I take more risk but make a lot more. we are open 7 days a week except on Christmas. Artist friendly and two artists< my wife and I are the owners and sales people.

At 11:55am on December 10, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Brian Billings a gift
Congrats on winning the Post of the Week Award - 12/10/12.
At 5:08pm on February 04, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Brian Billings a gift
A gold trophy to you for all your contributions to the community at AFI -- your generosity and sharing and good thinking skills are a gift to all of us. Many thanks.
At 7:35am on June 06, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Brian Billings a gift
Thanks for your support, Brian. It is appreciated.

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