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Brian Billings
  • Gilbert, AZ
  • United States
  • Acrylic
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Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Fountain Hills, AZ
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What are the best things about art fairs
Talking with peaople about my art and meeting other artists.
Best show ever and why
Tempe Festival, big crowds and lots of sales.
Worst show ever and why
Fountain Hills, lots of buy/sell and lots of poor quality crafts. Next to me was a vendor selling pvc pipe marshmallow guns and another selling wind socks.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
seaching internet

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Booth review wanted

Posted on July 8, 2015 at 11:30am 9 Comments

It's been a while since I've done a…


Can festival goers handle more creativity?

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 7:47pm 13 Comments

As an artist, my brain is always coming up with different ways to create my paintings. I enjoy going to museums, gallerys and of course art fairs whenever I can and of course the fairs I'm attending. I notice a huge difference in the art you will see in a NY gallery compared to an art festival. In a New York type gallery you will see off the wall and extremely creative art, but at the festivals it's the same ol process. Sure it may be a different image or even a technique, but nothing really…


What about glass?!

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 11:22am 4 Comments

I paint on multiple layers of plexiglass to give the art a 3D look. The finish pieces have 4 layers of plexi with spacers between them and are about 1" thick. They look awesome, if you can see the work past that glare! The glare is bad in the house and can only imagine how bad it will be in my booth outdoors. I'm looking for a non-glare glass or acrylic product for the final layer to protect the work. I have looked at non-glare acrylic, but the one I tried is only clear if it's directly on…


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At 8:29pm on November 8, 2013, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, 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 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 10:10am on January 12, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Brian Billings a gift
Thanks for being a Secret Santa, Brian. Happy new year!
At 10:30pm on March 25, 2014, Jacki Bilsborrow gave Brian Billings a gift
Thank you, Brian, for your review of the 4th Avenue Street Fair. We appreciate your help.
At 2:11pm on June 11, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Brian Billings a gift
Thanks for the Pledge, Brian! I appreciate it so much.
At 11:14am on September 12, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Brian Billings a gift
Happy birthday, Brian, not only from me but from all the people who you have helped on AFI over the years. Your useful information and sharing has been a gift to many. Hope this is your best year ever
At 3:22pm on January 08, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Brian Billings a gift
Happy new year, Brian. Thanks for playing Secret Santa again this year with us.

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