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I have a great place to stay in Chicago.

Started this discussion. Last reply by CYNTHIA L. BOWMAN Sep 19, 2014. 8 Replies

I'm a jewelry designer in Chicago. and love to meet fellow artists.  I have a GREAT space to stay while doing your Chicago shows.  Prices range from $50-75 a night.  See the complete listing at:…Continue

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Housing in Chicago

Started Mar 9, 2014 0 Replies

Hello everyone,I'm new to AFI, but not to the arts community.I live in Chicago and have been housing arts for over 10 years.   During show season, I have accommodated up to 6 guests in a 3bdrm condo.…Continue

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Your Medium
jewelry-gemstones, metal, leather, wire, found objects
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
A very small natural hair expo in Milwaukee. I made $87 profit, and some good connections and photos of my work.
What are the best things about art fairs
The people !!Sharing my work with them and of course making $$$$$$.
Best show ever and why
A home show and art gallery show in D.C. My best sales, lots of contacts, it was out of Chicago and I learned a lot.
Worst show ever and why
A home show for a relative. 2nd lowest sales, and she just was not in to it.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
An artist friend
What is one fun fact about yourself?
Not sure how much fun it is, but I think it's interesting that I was an Air Force "brat" and grew up in Germany, Paris, California and Texas before returning to Chicago.


Housing in Chicago

Posted on March 10, 2014 at 11:09am 6 Comments

Hello everyone, I'm new to AFI, but not to the arts community. I live in Chicago and have been housing arts for over 10 years. During show season, I have accommodated up to 6 guests in a 3bdrm condo. I'm going to list in the AFI classifieds. I'd like some input on what YOU would be looking for in terms of temporary housing during a show. Type of accommodations? Price? Ammenities that are important? Thanks for your help. I hope to meet some of you soon.

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At 10:40pm on March 7, 2014, Kathleen J. Clausen said…

PMC is Precious Metal Clay, one of the main brands of metal clay.

At 2:49pm on March 7, 2014, Kathleen J. Clausen said…

Hi Cynthia,

Glad that you have joined AFI.  You'll find that people here are so nice and very helpful.  

I make PMC jewelry and fairly traditional wire wrap jewelry.  If you have any questions, I'd be pleased to try to come up with an answer.

At 3:29pm on February 9, 2014, Connie Mettler said…

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