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Caroline Kwas
  • Female
  • Gloucester, MA
  • United States
  • oil
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Caroline Kwas's Friends

  • Judy Bertram-Long
  • Carol F. Metzger
  • William D. Hobbs
  • Cam Chapman
  • lauren silvers
  • Becky Diestelkamp
  • Randy Sylvia
  • Colleen Apodaca
  • Charles Taube
  • Steve Failows
  • Jeanne Steck
  • Marta Crawford
  • Jobi Harris
  • Dawn Vertrees
  • Dann Jackson

Caroline Kwas's Discussions

RVing across the Country...some wild ideas!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Erin Curet Aug 31, 2012. 21 Replies

I just had to post this, because I'm actually amazed I got a response this quickly. Framer Dude and I are leaving for a 4 month show tour through MI and New England, and I've been racking my brains…Continue

International Opportunities?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Jun 9, 2011. 3 Replies

I've been mulling over ways to enter the international market and get European exposure.  Lo and behold, this email arrived the other day and I'm wondering if it's just another scam to part us…Continue

Any Update on Art History Channel?

Started May 4, 2011 0 Replies

Just curious...I was approached by them, saw the thread a few months back here on AFI, and gut said "scam".  Anyone heard about them airing the show?

Tags: Channel, History, Art

What's the deal with New England shows?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robin Kolb May 9, 2013. 43 Replies

Why aren't there many high end art festivals in New England?  Besides Bill from Paragon, who's fairly new, and Denise Morris Curt, why no biggies like a CocoGro or the South Florida string?  I'm…Continue

Tags: York, Massachusetts, shows, art, England


Caroline Kwas, Rockin' and Bloggin'

Profile Information

Your Medium
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Bridgehampton, NY
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
being around other artists and the freedom
Best show ever and why
Winter Park that just passed. In my 2nd year on the FL circuit, I felt like I "passed the test" of my rookie year, got to see all my new artist peeps that I've become friends with, plus I won an award!
Worst show ever and why
Howard Alan's Naples New Year's show 2009. No sales, big disappointment, horrible 5 am setup, booths crowded together, no people, SO and I had terrible fight...
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Sorry, can't remember. I might have gotten an email.

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Caroline Kwas's Blog

What has the world come to-robbing artists?

Posted on September 20, 2011 at 9:12pm 23 Comments

The past few months I've become more aware of a disturbing trend that seems to be on the rise-breaking into artists' booths at night.  I'm dwelling on this now by the cozy light of a campfire in nowhere, Rhode Island and a cold one in hand, and I'm...puzzled? vicariously violated? utterly astounded? all of the above? -by the fact that people are desperate enough to steal from the starving.  OK, most of us here…


Two gutterballs in a row...

Posted on September 19, 2011 at 7:02pm 63 Comments

I am licking my wounds right now and avoiding my credit card statements after the last two shows where I didn't even make expenses.  Two shows which by all research should have been at least paycheck shows, and I'm all out of Xanax.  What is an artist to do?

Setauket, a little village of wonderful demographics right next door to my hometown on Long Island, sorely disappointed in many ways, especially with the nighttime booth robberies.  But I'll address that in another blogpost.  I…


Mystic Show-Meet the Artisans, July 30 & 31

Posted on August 10, 2011 at 9:51am 5 Comments

This is one of several shows in Mystic, and this one is put on by Denise Morris Curt.  It’s a small show, about 60 artists, and I prefer the intimate atmosphere of a smaller show.  It’s on the village green next to the Old Mystic Village Shops, which provides a lot of foot traffic, and next to a restaurant, which provides the waiting for a table folks around 5 or 6. …


You know it’s going to be a bad show when...

Posted on August 9, 2011 at 8:49pm 17 Comments

You know it’s going to be a bad show when... arrive at the show at 6:30 am and there are homeless people sleeping in the park. leave your plastic coffee mug at your booth to visually mark your spot and it becomes a projectile in a…


Comment Wall (23 comments)

At 9:18pm on October 12, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to, Caroline. 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!

Best wishes,
Connie Mettler

p.s. The best way to make this system easy to use is to click on the "Follow-Email me" link at the bottom of each Forum discussion that interests you. That way the system will email you automatically whenever anyone responds. It's a great time-saver.
At 3:02pm on January 4, 2011, Marta Crawford said…
I am ok. Had a taugh time during the holidays with the flu and a nasty kidney stone. Got to cacth up on painting. Are you going to be at Images?
At 8:00pm on January 05, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Caroline Kwas a gift
Thank you, Caroline, for referring Marta Crawford to Art Fair Insiders.
At 4:51am on January 12, 2011, Jobi Harris said…
Thanks Caroline. I am not sure I will do many shows this coming year, but I think I will get a lot of inspiration from this group. I did vow not to join another social group, but just couldn't resist this one. I probably won't be too active until I can get out of "the job!"
At 2:40pm on February 13, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Caroline Kwas a gift
Thank you, Caroline, for referring Charles Taube to Art Fair Insiders.
At 5:56pm on February 16, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Caroline Kwas a gift
Thank you, Caroline, for referring Colleen Apodaca to Art Fair Insiders.
At 9:40pm on March 4, 2011, geri a. wegner said…
Hey Caroline, noticed you haven't posted any new reports lately. Hope everything is going well for you.
At 9:50am on June 13, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Caroline Kwas a gift
Happy birthday, Caroline! I hope you have a great day and this is just the first day of a wonderful year full of fun, friends and creative surprises.
At 4:09pm on July 27, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Caroline Kwas a gift
Thank you, Caroline, for referring Cam Chapman to Art Fair Insiders.
At 11:10am on August 01, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Caroline Kwas a gift
Thank you, Caroline, for referring William D. Hobbs to Art Fair Insiders.

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