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Corey Johnston
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Application Process

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Berman Aug 1, 2012. 3 Replies

I have a question for those that have been around the biz a bit...  I applied for a show in mid June, and the notification date for the artists was for mid-July.  I read on the show's website that…Continue

Tent Questions

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lula Castillo Apr 27, 2012. 41 Replies

I'm finally getting around to purchasing my first tent, and so I decided it was my turn to add yet another question to the numerous tent-oriented quandaries here on Art Fair Insiders...  (Don't you…Continue


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Wearable Art, Dolls, Bags, Jewelry
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
I haven't participated in my first show yet, but it's scheduled for the end of June!! Ocean Beach Chili Cook-Off! I thought I'd join up here and get wise first. Haha!
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
I think the kinds of people that go to art fairs are more apt to purchase quirky, artistic niche items than other folk... They are more apt to be independent. And there's something about the character of those people that makes them unique, interesting, and endearing.
Best show ever and why
Someday, I'll let you know! But I have to say that the best Art Fair I've ever been to as an attendee was the Carlsbad Street Festival in April of 2011. Very eclectic crowd, and a beautiful day!
Worst show ever and why
I must say that personally, I am finding ArtWalk in San Diego to be less and less appealing... It has become, frankly, an excuse for corporations to "feel good about supporting the arts" but is getting to be less and less about art all the time... It's emphasis has shifted from an artist-based event to a corporate sponsorship write-off shell, and sadly it shows...
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Wrap Up of La Jolla Art and Wine Festival

Posted on October 15, 2012 at 1:26am 6 Comments

This was a good experience for me. I had a better second day than the first, and ended up earning over $1000--which may not seem like much to some but for me it was a huge accomplishement. I ended up selling a few of my bigger pieces, and made a lot of contacts for the future.

I also learned a LOT. Here's a summary of a few things I gleened from my first true "art festival":

1) Be nice to the event coordinator: they have a lot on their plate. One of the coordinators for… Continue

Some Thoughts on the First Day of the La Jolla Art and Wine Festival

Posted on October 13, 2012 at 11:30pm 5 Comments

Today was the first day of the two-day La Jolla Art and Wine Festival. As my first juried show, I didn't know quite what to expect. Gladly, I can say it wasn't bad at all!

Set up the night before was a bit stressful, but I think it was to be expected. This particular show is shifting away from it's original,…


Returning to Careers Past While Still Balancing

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 11:30pm 8 Comments

Well, I've had some big news lately, and my blogging absence reflects what is happening in my life...

I worked at the University of San Diego for 10 years before they revised the job description and I left.  For three years I developed my own business, designed around town and…


My First Experience Attending an Art Festival: The La Jolla Festival of the Arts

Posted on July 8, 2012 at 3:30am 11 Comments

I participated in my first large-scale street fair three weeks ago, the Ocean Beach Chili Cook-Off.  It drew 70,000 into the Ocean Beach area and featured several blocks of a variety of different booths from vendors and artists.  Several music stages were dotted throughout the event, as well as carnival rides and ponies.  It was a big,…


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At 2:08pm on September 24, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Corey Johnston a gift
Congrats Coerey on winning the Blog Post of the Week Award - 9/24/12.
At 9:28pm on September 22, 2012, geri a. wegner said…

Congratulations on your costuming professorship.  Your clothing is so beautiful, I can only imagine how much fun your costumes are.

Best of luck to you.

At 9:10pm on September 21, 2012, Jacki Bilsborrow said…

Corey, just wondering where you are?  Have you been gobbled up by some art show?

At 4:37am on April 2, 2012, Karole Bowlds said…


I haven't had Cable tv ,or satellite, since 1995. And I DO NOT MISS IT! As a newly divorced single Mom, I had a choice- feed and house the child and myself, or have entertainment. No choice really.

Now, in 2012,  it IS a choice. In looking back, I don't miss TV at all! I perfected my Craft, started my business, raised my child, got married.. I got on with LIFE. 

My child grew up with values. TV was not her constant companion or babysitter. BOOKS were.  She was not constantly bombarded with "you NEED to have this" commercialism, or the ever insidious couch potato syndrome.

I have a 20 year old daughter who has matured into a functioning, smart, independent member of society. She graduated earlier than her class, got out on her own, works Full time, saves her money, and is returning to school in the fall for Medical Assistant. No drug or alcohol addictions, no police record, no teen promiscuity or pregnancy. We talked, played board games, read books, interacted with each other.

In 2004, I re-married a wonderful man. He's a musician and Gamer- geek. My guitar man. Plays various instruments, including piano. Our home is filled with guitars and instruments, recording equipment, every game system on the market- a big screen TV- BUT NO CABLE or satellite dish..

We still play board games, video games, go to the movies, READ books, talk, walk, do things together. The idiot box has a definite back seat in this home.

We are computer literate, modern people who made a choice. We chose to keep our brains active, save our hard earned dollars for the better things in life, and I think our lives are much richer for it.

It is worth it. 

You will have so much time for perfecting your Art, growing your business, and in general, be much healthier, both mentally and physically. And much more alert mentally! I commend you!

At 11:21am on January 25, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Corey Johnston a gift
Happy birthday, Corey. I hope this is a great day for you full of fun and friends and that the upcoming year makes some of your dreams come true. Thanks for joining us here.
At 4:20pm on January 02, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Corey Johnston a gift
Congrats on the Blog Post of the Week award. It was very interesting.
At 8:43pm on June 7, 2011, Janeane Wilbur said…

Please do stop by when you're at the artwalk. I hope my display doesn't disappoint and end up to rickitty-rack, but I've been talked into doing it anyway:) Hopefully with the time I have until August I will come up with something at least neutral vs. distasteful (partly kidding). There is no way that I can afford pro-panels or new mesh etc.

Glad you're on here too. I'm sure we'll be able to exchange a lot of ideas. I'll also keep you in mind when I come across venues that may be up your alley. I know you mentioned on your profile that you liked the Carlsbad Street Fair and I could really see something like you are describing there.

If you have a chance, shoot a few pics along. I'd love to see what you are creating. Given that it sounds so different, you probably have a niche going on. People really enjoy unique creations, especially these days. Have you tried selling anything on Etsy yet? It's quite hard to get noticed there. I've been on for less than I month and it's really become a sad obsession. It's driving my husband crazy, and I've yet to sell a thing. I'm hoping that once I add prints instead of originals, along with some jewelry of my art that it will pick up.

I've met some nice people on Etsy that will spend time giving tips etc. On some teams there, but they don't get visited as much. Usually I run across someone that I convo and they are really nice about answering questions.

Someone mentioned something like the Bizarre Bizarre. I'll have to check the spelling again. Apparently it some sort of traveling art show. I'll let you know more after I look into that.


At 10:50am on June 7, 2011, Janeane Wilbur said…

Hi Corey,

Nice to meet you and to know a local here. Connie said there aren't many people from California on this site yet. We can pass along local info we learn. Have you decided on an event yet? I'm not very far along - just decided to do the Leucadia ArtWalk in August, but all I have are the paintings and the easy up.


At 10:59am on May 19, 2011, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to, Corey.  I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please add a photo of yourself and 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!

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 There are a few guidelines that all members will need to follow because , as in any social community, we all need to work together.

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