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Catoctin Colorfest 10/2019 - Good, Bad & Worse

Started this discussion. Last reply by Julie Phillips Nov 7, 2019. 7 Replies

After having done the Catoctin Colorfest for the first time, I’d like to share the Good News, the Bad News, and the Worse News… Good News: the entire town gets into this event so participation and…Continue

Tags: Catoctin Colorfest Review, bad show

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Chris Fedderson replied to Don Seib's discussion The legal business of starting in the art festival world
"Welcome Don, Hope you're wearing your Big Boy Pants, cuz the doing-art-shows-for-a-living-life ain't for sissies!  ;-> So... I think most of us simply register a DBA (or not) with our local newspaper so that we can then get a sales…"
Jan 2
Chris Fedderson replied to Linnea Lahlum's discussion How to cut thick Gatorfoam board by hand?
"I probably used 100 or 150 only since those would be the 'general use' ones I would have had lying around.  Of course, 320 would be better from the standpoint of a very clean, smooth edge. Only question would be would it take a…"
Nov 29, 2019
Chris Fedderson replied to Linnea Lahlum's discussion How to cut thick Gatorfoam board by hand?
"Hello Linnea, Yea!  This stuff will sure argue with you!!  Many years ago I built some GatorFoam boxes (like jewelry box-sized) and think I cut it with a hand-held jigsaw and an extremely fine-toothed blade -- probably one for cutting…"
Nov 29, 2019
Julie Phillips replied to Chris Fedderson's discussion Catoctin Colorfest 10/2019 - Good, Bad & Worse
"The Show was @ the Balloon Fiesta on the grounds.  Yes a grueling schedule of long hours;made longer by the disorganized traffic to get into the park.  "
Nov 7, 2019
David Bornancin replied to Chris Fedderson's discussion Catoctin Colorfest 10/2019 - Good, Bad & Worse
"Wow, this is just extremely sad to hear but not surprising.  I hope they never do this to another Artist as well."
Nov 6, 2019
S Brian Berkun replied to Chris Fedderson's discussion Catoctin Colorfest 10/2019 - Good, Bad & Worse
"One year at the Rio Grande Festival Balloon Fest I was next to some guy demonstrating and selling fire starter sticks, no one saw me. However, which Balloon Fiesta show did you do? There are two shows one run on the grounds of the "Fiesta"…"
Nov 1, 2019
S Brian Berkun replied to Chris Fedderson's discussion Catoctin Colorfest 10/2019 - Good, Bad & Worse
"One year at the Rio Grande Festival Balloon Fest I was next to some guy demonstrating and selling fire starter sticks, no one saw me. However, which Balloon Fiesta show did you do? There are two shows one run on the grounds of the "Fiesta"…"
Nov 1, 2019
Chris Fedderson replied to Chris Fedderson's discussion Catoctin Colorfest 10/2019 - Good, Bad & Worse
"Hello Julie, A letter to the Balloon Fiesta certainly couldn't hurt... unless you are worried about a future retaliatory non-acceptance. We didn't have that issue with Colorfest. I will say though that a letter to them needs to be…"
Oct 28, 2019
Julie Phillips replied to Chris Fedderson's discussion Catoctin Colorfest 10/2019 - Good, Bad & Worse
"Thanks for the feedback.  Had a similar situation at the 2019 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and wondering if a response to their team would be worth my time.  "
Oct 28, 2019
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Catoctin Colorfest 10/2019 - Good, Bad & Worse

After having done the Catoctin Colorfest for the first time, I’d like to share the Good News, the Bad News, and the Worse News… Good News: the entire town gets into this event so participation and visitor-ship is huge!Bad News: the entire town gets into this event so the entire town looks, and feels, like a flea marketWorse News [and the reason for this review]: the management is incompetent, unreliable, untrustworthy, dishonest… all this is addressed in the below-attached letter I sent to…See More
Oct 23, 2019
Connie Mettler replied to Chris Fedderson's discussion Catoctin Colorfest 10/2019
"Thank you, Chris. This is such useful information and I appreciate your sharing it here. This is a great service to readers here. I especially love the letter you sent to the art festival organizers. This is a great service to the show organizers…"
Oct 23, 2019
Wendy Garver replied to Chris Fedderson's discussion Catoctin Colorfest 10/2019
"We drove up to this show to check it out and everything you said was what we saw. It was crazy! People were everywhere and there were a million yard sales happening along the road to get to the show. Everywhere I looked there was Buy Sell. We turned…"
Oct 22, 2019
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Catoctin Colorfest 10/2019

After having done the Catoctin Colorfest for the first time, I’d like to share the Good News, the Bad News, and the Worse News… Good News: the entire town gets into this event so participation and visitor-ship is huge!Bad News: the entire town gets into this event so the entire town looks, and feels, like a flea marketWorse News [and the reason for this review]: the management is incompetent, unreliable, untrustworthy, dishonest… all this is addressed in the below-attached letter I sent to…See More
Oct 22, 2019
Chris Fedderson replied to Veronica e Raj's discussion First Outdoor Fair - Supply Checklist
"Hello Veronica, Congratulations and welcome to "The Life" [I just made that up, but it sounds good]. Makin' a list, huh? Checkin' it twice, eh? Well, do know, this will not be a "one-and-done" thing though. This will be…"
Aug 19, 2019
Chris Fedderson replied to Sheri Kowalski's discussion What do you do with your inventory after you throw in the towel?
":-(   What a great closing shot... "What does the future hold?" Best of luck to you, Sheri.  You have a great talent; keep it alive; share it with your loved ones and the world.  We all will be better for it. --Chris…"
Jul 26, 2019
Chris Fedderson replied to TC Crumpton's discussion Including tax in price?
"Good call.  It will be easier for you in the long run; and at sales tax time, you won't have to do the math of backing out all the --possibly various-- tax monies for reporting/paying. Good Luck, --Chris Fedderson"
Jul 4, 2019

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Your Medium
Photography
Years in the Art Fair Business
30
First show ever
Who knows... it was 30 years ago! ;-)
What is your website?
http://www.MacroFinePhotography.com
What are the best things about art fairs
Direct sales and customer feedback for product refinement
Best show ever and why
Two shows/Two reasons:
Fountain Hills, AZ, 2002; this was our Peak Show (with a different product) before the Bush Economy ruined the direct sales art business. Literally - and I do mean literally - nonstop sales the first day and very brisk sales the other two. Grossed double our show average.

Lazy Daze A+C Festival, 2015; I won Best of Show - Photography!
Worst show ever and why
... That's a pain you forget... but any show that flat out lies about product mix (buy/sell), placement (removed off in a hidden blind alley), or any other aspect under their control.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
I really do not remember... probably a Google search for a specific show or a reference in an email...
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I don't have any formal education in Photography... or the Arts... I can't even draw a decent Stick-Dude!

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In-Booth Portfolios

Posted on June 20, 2019 at 3:49pm 4 Comments

Hello All,

A question for those of you who have a catalog or portfolio of "Other Available Artwork" in your art fair booth... Which do you have --or recommend-- a hardcopy or electronic presentation?  How do you have yours displayed in your booth... on a pedistal... on your desk... pull it out on request... other?

Thanks, in advance, for your input.

--Chris Fedderson

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At 2:50pm on February 2, 2016, Connie Mettler said…

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At 11:43am on January 27, 2016, Christina L. Towell said…

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