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Crystal Johnson-Overhuel
  • Female
  • Plainwell, MI
  • United States
  • Acrylics, Mixed Media, Lomography…
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New to Shows and a Couple of Questions!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Crystal Johnson-Overhuel Oct 11, 2011. 15 Replies

Hello all!My name is Crystal and I am new here, and new to the world of shows! I had a little store front studio, but have moved it to a spare room in my house. My questions are marketing / promoting…Continue

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Your Medium
Acrylics, Mixed Media, Lomography & Alternative Photography
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Featured artist, solo show, "Killer Kitsch" at SmART Shop Gallery and iron works. It was nerve racking... it was difficult for me to put myself out there for the very first time... but I survived and am learning to roll... it isn't so difficult!
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
The thrill of putting yourself out there, in front of so many people! Meeting other artists and talking with the viewers.
Best show ever and why
Probably the second art hop I was in. It drew in over 1,500 people, and for downtown Plainwell, Michigan, that number was amazing! Met so many new people, talked to other artists, which led to more shows,and meeting more people!
Worst show ever and why
I was scheduled for a solo show, and the day of it, I woke up with the flu... what a DRAG! Thankfully, I have great support from my daughter and mom (husband, too) and they went with my art and stayed!
Who referred you to Please be specific.
I found it via search engine!

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What Is A Good Meeting Point?

Posted on August 29, 2011 at 7:50pm 20 Comments

Ok, it is uncomfortable for me to talk about my art... but I am a friendly person. I am not comfortable sitting in the back of my booth, watching folks who MAY buy a piece of my work... and me MAYBE saying "I was thinking about a time when.... I created this piece."


HELP! I need an in between! First year of doing shows, and I am loving it...just am feeling awkward! Thank you all!


Self-promotion & Marketing

Posted on August 1, 2011 at 11:00am 2 Comments

Hello all!

I have a couple of questions... I am new to the art show world. I had a small store front studio/gallery (of sorts) up until 2 weeks ago. I converted one of our empty bedrooms in to a nice, convenient studio, which has me very motivated!



Belleville Michigan Show. Any of you doing this?

Posted on June 27, 2011 at 4:44pm 1 Comment

Took a leap of Faith, and have been applying to shows. I was accepted in to the ARTaffair show in Belleville, Mi. Curious if anyone else will be there?


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At 11:04am on June 30, 2011, Connie Mettler said…

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