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Brian Billings
  • Gilbert, AZ
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Brian Billings commented on Connie Mettler's group SW Artists
"Get news about Tempe? Glad to see whats her name out of there. Hopefully this will be a good change for the festival. Last time I walked it, it was getting pretty bad in quality."
Jul 1, 2016
Brian Billings commented on Connie Mettler's group SW Artists
"@Diana, sorry to hear you didn't do well. I did notice a big increase in sponsor booths this year also. It's sad, this use to be a really good show for artists of all ranges."
Dec 8, 2015
Brian Billings commented on Connie Mettler's group SW Artists
"Think they made a big mistake removing this group! Glad it's back. Steve told me about it, no email. So first show review, sorta. I have decided not to do the Tempe show this year and everyone was asking me why. Sales go down each year in the…"
Dec 7, 2015
Brian Billings commented on Connie Mettler's group SW Artists
"@Margaret, I hear nothing but great things from the Scottsdale Arts festival, especially from the fine artists. I have not done this show yet as it is very hard to get in. I do attend each year and seems to be very few new artists each year."
Dec 7, 2015
Brian Billings commented on William Lee's blog post Can you make money at Art Fairs???
"No, everyone here are millionaires and do it for fun, lol. It does amaze me how may people do art fairs at an older age and after retiring from a corporate job. Maybe it's too hard to do festivals and grow a family at the same time? That's…"
Nov 2, 2015
Brian Billings replied to's discussion Need your help To keep art fairs alive and well in Scottsdale Arizona, and everywhere!
"The problem with this promoter is that the art show is every Thursday and Sunday, yes every week! Plus they have a few 3 days festivals each year. Way too many shows if you ask me! I live in the Phoenix area and no longer do local shows because this…"
Oct 27, 2015
Brian Billings commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Saint James Court (Louisville)--Afraid the love affair is over at SJC--Sadly I must say,"Adeiu" to it
"Great review. I've noticed more and more art festivals sell mostly traditional and cliche art. Rarely do I see an artist selling something that another artist in the same show isn't. Seems the people who do like out of the box art find…"
Oct 6, 2015
Brian Billings commented on Jacquelyn Zajac's blog post Pro panel cart or how do you carry them ?
"First time I've seen this but would never pay that kind of money for that. Just looks like a furniture dolly with 2 handles. Looks like you could easily make this using a furniture dolly with larger wheels and conduit. Just might have to do…"
Sep 29, 2015
Brian Billings replied to Kent Durk's discussion Time to get a RV - Maybe?
"Here in Arizona it seems everyone has a RV (well over 60 anyways) and most shows have RV parking. Most times they do not allow you to bring it through the streets because they won't fit. The smartest thing I have seen people do is have a toy…"
Sep 23, 2015
Brian Billings commented on Connie Mettler's blog post 3 Reasons to Exhibit at Art San Diego
"@Connie have these type of shows been successful by the artists you know. I've always been curious about these big shows, but their BIG fee's always turn me away. Not to mention your competing with world known galleries and famous artists.…"
Sep 23, 2015
Brian Billings replied to Slobodan Blagojevic's discussion The most art fairs within a day drive?
"The West is the worst when it comes to that. I live in AZ and there are only a couple decent shows and your looking at a minimum 6 hour drive to get anywhere else. "
Sep 10, 2015
Brian Billings commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Affordable Arts Festival Denver, does it again!
"Thanks for the info Jim, I now have a better understanding of the show. I am a painter and I am gallery represented, so I already create smaller works just for festivals. Moving paintings from place to place they sometimes get damaged, stay in…"
Sep 8, 2015
Brian Billings commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Affordable Arts Festival Denver, does it again!
"I can't imagine too many large pieces available at $100 or less. Brian, do you know if there were any painters at this show? I can't imagine any artist selling an original painting for $100, but maybe prints or very small works?"
Sep 4, 2015
Brian Billings commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Call for Artists: Artisan Markets in Arizona
"I will warn people that these are local festivals, not worth traveling a long distance. It's all local or snowbird artists and typically the same artists at each festival. They recently took on the 5th ave festival which was run by a different…"
Sep 4, 2015
Brian Billings commented on Alan Anderson's blog post Outrageous application fees
"If their not on the top 10 list, they have no reason to charge that much for application or booth fee. Put in the work and create a top 10 show, then I understand and don't mind as much!"
Aug 28, 2015
Brian Billings commented on Melanie Rolfes's blog post Piedmont Park Arts Festival, Atlanta GA
"Get a cooler, cut round hole in top to fit a desk fan and place fan face down into cooler. On other side cut hole to place a 4" pvc elbow pipe and place in hole sticking out. Fill with ice and bottled water and you got yourself A/C! Cost about…"
Aug 21, 2015

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Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Fountain Hills, AZ
What is your website?
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.

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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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