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Carol Joy Shannon
  • Raleigh, NC
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Sad news

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Sep 8, 2015. 1 Reply

Some of you may have gotten to know RL on the show circuit the last couple years.  This posting on Facebook is by our mutual gallery in Beaufort.  He was a lovely man and we will miss him.It is with…Continue

Omaha in June

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carol Joy Shannon Mar 5, 2014. 4 Replies

I've been invited to the Omaha festival the first weekend in June.  I've read the blog post here, but wonder if any 2D artists have had any luck there.  Any input gratefully received!Continue

Downtown Disney - Festival of the Masters

Started this discussion. Last reply by Geoff Coe Aug 27, 2013. 3 Replies

Has anyone done this show who is willing to share some pointers?  Is it worth it?  What genres sell, don't sell?  Are there good and bad locations?  Price points?  Any info thankfully received!Continue

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Connie featured on Zapplication!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Aug 8, 2013. 6 Replies

Nice article about our own Connie Mettler, with a rockin' great photo from now and from the 80s!  Nice recognition, Connie!Continue

 

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Carol Joy Shannon replied to Barbara Pitorak Bloom's discussion Buy sell vendors at juried art festivals
"This is the unfortunate pattern of shows.  If they get their booth fee, they really don't care.  A few years ago I had to provide pictures of myself painting (to prove it was my work) for our local "water festival" -- but…"
Aug 14
Carol Joy Shannon replied to Jessica McCartney's discussion Illinois sales tax issues
"You need to use Square or something like it.  It's very very simple and the simple readers are free.  If you limit yourself to cash sales, you limit your sales.  If you have a smartphone you can use Square or Intuit or…"
Jul 1
Carol Joy Shannon replied to Jessica McCartney's discussion Illinois sales tax issues
"The other thing about putting your tax % into your payment system instead of your prices is that it will change.  If you do a different show in a different part of the state, or a different state, the % will be different.  You just change…"
Jul 1
Carol Joy Shannon replied to Catherine Nocon's discussion Zapplication
"Zapplication is the way MOST shows handle applications, so get as savvy about Zapp as you can.  There are a few others, like Juried Art Services, but Zapp is the largest and most used.  Check it all the time.  When I did 22 shows a…"
Jul 1
Carol Joy Shannon replied to Jessica McCartney's discussion Illinois sales tax issues
"If you're using Square, just put your sales tax rate into your Square.  The people buy the item at the price you put on it and Square adds your sales tax at point of sale.  No math required.  So when you plug in $22 Square adds…"
Jul 1
Carol Joy Shannon replied to Sarah Schoenfeld's discussion Brutal feedback, please?
"All the advice so far is good, and 3 things stand out to me.  Yes, table in front is BARRIER to business.  It's hard enough to get people to come in and look, they are scared to death you will try to sell them something!  I say…"
Jul 1
Carol Joy Shannon commented on Nels johnson's blog post Funky Ferndale Art Show—A money-maker For some
"Thanks Nels.  You always do a good job.  Very succinct and exactly what we need to know. "
Oct 1, 2018
Carol Joy Shannon commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Another art fair hit by the economy
"Yes, Connie, Artisphere seems to buck the trend.  It is a relatively new show (10 years old?) and in a booming area that has never had art shows of any kind before Artisphere.  They are VERY particular about the artists chosen, because…"
Sep 29, 2018
Carol Joy Shannon commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Another art fair hit by the economy
"I live in the southeast and we are being inundated with retirees.  (Don't harass me, I am in my late 60s myself, so I am not being critical.) BUT these people give me all these excuses (even in the gallery where I sell my work):…"
Sep 27, 2018
Carol Joy Shannon replied to David Bornancin's discussion Today's Art Work - What do people Want?
"The comments Barry made about the wood pieces are very applicable.  That's another way for a painter to make work more accessible.  People DO like the unusual presentations, and he's right: it isn't money.  It's…"
Aug 23, 2018
Carol Joy Shannon replied to David Bornancin's discussion Today's Art Work - What do people Want?
"Oh absolutely -- I wouldn't try to discourage you, and I hate to sound like a cranky old woman (which I am!). It's a very rewarding way to show your work.  You share your stories and the public shares theirs.  Making your niche…"
Aug 22, 2018
Carol Joy Shannon replied to David Bornancin's discussion Today's Art Work - What do people Want?
"The "smalls" sell.  Period.  Almost anything under $500 will move, but especially pieces under $100.  I have concluded that I need that big "signature" piece to get people into the tent, but they are rarely going…"
Aug 22, 2018
Carol Joy Shannon commented on Reid Watts's blog post Airbnb
"You couldn't pay me to use Airbnb!  Sorry.  I'm in my 60s and I've seen a lot.  I'd rather stay in a crummy hotel where I know the situation, than someone's property where they have a key etc.  I'm…"
Aug 22, 2018
Carol Joy Shannon replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Whatcha doing this week, July 9-15, 2018?
"Hope you still like winter! Belfast is really nice.  Probably the best area in Maine right now."
Jul 11, 2018
Carol Joy Shannon replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Whatcha doing this week, July 9-15, 2018?
"Good to see you're still working hard, Kendra!"
Jul 11, 2018
Carol Joy Shannon replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Whatcha doing this week, July 9-15, 2018?
"I'm with you, Cindy!  I grew up in Maine and moved to the south 50 years ago.  I would never go back and I can barely tolerate most of the yankees that have moved here!  Southerners are brought up right. "
Jul 11, 2018

Profile Information

Your Medium
painting
Years in the Art Fair Business
5
First show ever
Artsplosure, Raleigh, 2007
What is your website?
http://caroljoyshannon.com
What are the best things about art fairs
interaction with people about my work
Best show ever and why
Artsplosure 2012 - 90,000 people in two days and people were BUYING. I was hoarse from talking to so many thousands of people
Worst show ever and why
Hillsborough Art Festival (NC) March 2012: no advertising and the people who came thanks to artists advertising couldn't find it: the city wouldn't let organizers put up any signs! Good quality of work, too, but unlikely anyone will ever come back.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
I don't remember

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OKC - if you're up for 6 days!

Posted on May 4, 2015 at 11:00am 9 Comments

Still recovering from 8 days in Oklahoma City.  This has always been a good show for me, and this year I was the poster artist.  I had a good spot in the show, and it always gets good crowds.

A couple things were different this year, mostly because of construction beginning on Hudson Street, where the show has been held  for years.  The print tent was no longer,…

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I won!

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 8:09am 4 Comments

SO cool!  I like to donate to Connie's forum because I think it's a terrific resource for those of us in this business.  But this year I also won a prize!  In fact, I won an Amazon Gift Card for $100 -- and since I buy just about EVERYTHING on Amazon that is a really GREAT GIFT.  Thanks Connie and thanks Chris Taylor for donating the gift. 

Pre-Election Malaise

Posted on October 29, 2012 at 7:32pm 7 Comments

Getting ready to go to Dunedin this weekend, but wondering if it will be a "museum walk" like the last couple shows in this pre-election uncertainty.  It will be a nice spot and we will see some family in the process but the sales seem to have been fewer and further between the closer we get to the election.  I've seen others refer to this in reference to autumn shows in election years, but wonder what others think.  Bogus? Valid? 

Comment Wall (7 comments)

At 10:44pm on August 23, 2012, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to ArtFairInsiders, Carol Joy.  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!

Many topics have already been discussed here before you joined us. You might like to try a search of your topic before you post your question. Just put your topic, canopy tents, jurying fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, etc, into the search bar at the top of the right side of the page. You might be surprised that someone has already asked your question.

We also ask that all new members take a few moments of their time to read the code of conduct. You will find it at http://www.artfairinsiders.com/page/code-of-conduct. There are a few guidelines that all members will need to follow because , as in any social community, we all need to work together.

Best wishes,

Connie Mettler

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Carol JOy, thanks so much for all your support. It is appreciated!
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Thanks so much for your pledge again, Carol. I appreciate it and it really helps me with my mission of supporting the artists so they can earn a living in this crazy business.
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Thank you, Carol, for your review of the Westport Fine Art Festival. We appreciate your help.
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Carol Joy, thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2015 Pledge Drive.
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