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Dave Hinde
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  • Norfolk, VA
  • United States
  • Nature Photography
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Your Medium
Nature Photography
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
1st Chick's Beach Art Show, August 2006. This was a very informal gathering of about 12-15 local artists. I didn't do another show until the next year (2007). The second show got me started doing more shows.
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Meeting people and talking about your work. I do my photography to share my love of nature and wildlife with others.
Best show ever and why
That's a toss up. I love the Ocean View Art Shows and have participated in the everyone since2007. They are large shows, 60 to 70 artists, situated in a park along the Chesapeake Bay. The event is put on by artists, and 2012 will be the 50th year. My other favorite show is the Chic's Beach Art Show. Great support from the local community and always good sales.
Worst show ever and why
Probably the Virginia Beach Art on the Curve. The director owned a gift shop with a large front lawn, on a busy road to the Beach. She charged us to set up on the lawn on Memorial Day weekend, then did absolutely no advertising. Traffic was bumper to bumper, but no one knew there was an Art Show going on!
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Not sure how I found this site, but have been a member for several years.

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Chincoteague Island Easter Decoy and Wildlife Art Show

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:52am 1 Comment

Just got back from the Chincoteague Island Decoy and Wildlife Art Show. The show is held every year on the Friday and Saturday before Easter. This year had a great selection of Artists, and the crowds were pretty good, too. It was a nice weekend to visit the Island, with warm weather and good sunshine. Chincoteague has a lot of “summer” cottages owned by people in the Mid-Atlantic…


Currituck Art Extravaganza

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 8:07pm 3 Comments

This past Saturday was the annual Currituck Art Extravaganza. This is a small indoor show put on by the Currituck County, N.C., Arts Council. The show was just 5 hours long, but they had a steady stream of visitors, and I saw a lot of work being carried out the door. The Arts Council does a great job with this smaller show. They have a good balance of styles and just the right amount of Artists. Last year this show was my best one day show, and topped several two day shows I did. This year my… Continue

Art Awards Show, Virginia Beach, VA

Posted on February 22, 2010 at 1:37pm 0 Comments

I just finished unpacking from the Art Awards Show, in Virginia Beach, VA, and wanted to send a quick report. I was there with a group of volunteers from the Chesapeake Bay Art Association, so my review doesn't reflect any of the artists that had booth space there. We did have a booth for our Association, and sold a few prints there.

The Art Awards Show had the best variety and quality of work that I have seen at an Art Show in a long time. The Artists were all the best if their… Continue

Show Report: 47th Ocean View Art Show

Posted on October 12, 2009 at 10:48am 10 Comments

Just getting ready to unload the truck from the weekend's show at Ocean View, in Norfolk, VA. The show was a great one-day show - but it lasted two days! First, the location is Ocean View Beach Park, in Norfolk, VA. Despite the name, the park is on the Chesapeake Bay. It's a nice park with grassy fields and paved pathway winding through the middle. Chesapeake Bay Art Association has been putting on this show since 1962.

The weather didn't cooperate with us Friday or Saturday. Gusting… Continue

Comment Wall (12 comments)

At 7:15pm on June 20, 2009, Michelle Sholund said…
Dave, I am writing due to the post you left on the topic of show evaluations on the promoters group board... I have been looking to do some shows and thinking of branching out to VA. I don't have a show on the dates of the Ocean View Art Show and your post caught my attention. The question I have for you though is would my items fit into the event? I create all the work myself, but might not be considered "fine" art. I make my own potpourri, herbal bath teas and salts, air freshener sprays and even reed diffusers. I consider my work "nature" art. I also grow much of my own ingredients with the exception of dyed flowers and spices which I obtain from a New England supplier. But all the fragrances I make are original and all the potpourri (and other products) are my own original creations. I live and work from my own cottage style farm house in Reisterstown, MD and much of my work is all about capturing the bounty of what the Chesapeake Bay has to offer, especially when it comes to coastal living. To see photos of my work and info about my craft business check out . Thanks, Michelle.
At 10:17pm on June 20, 2009, Michelle Sholund said…
Thanks. What I do is, well, unique. I want to be in more high end events and already do juried shows. Only once have I been juried out, but it was because they were looking for more 2d art and sculpture type craft, my items don't fit that bill. This is something I totally respect, but as some shows are finding it hard to "fill spaces" due to the recession and deadlines (as it seems most applicants are jewelry makers or painters/photographers these days) my items tend to be a welcomed change offering a nice alternative. This is pretty much why I contacted you, perhaps what I do might get some people thinking outside the box especially since it is all made by me, Made in the USA. Who knows ??? :-)
At 2:08pm on December 18, 2009, Connie Mettler gave Dave Hinde a gift
Happy birthday, Dave. I hope the upcoming year will be your very best, so far! Thanks for being a member here and helping us all out with your sharing and information.
At 5:44pm on April 14, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Dave Hinde a gift
Many thanks Dave your continued participation on this site. We appreciate the East Coast reporting and all the helpful information you bring here regularly.
At 12:16pm on June 03, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Dave Hinde a gift
Thanks so much for all your support. It is very much appreciated! Connie
At 11:39am on July 23, 2010, Jacqueline Webster said…
Thanks, Dave! Nice to meet a fellow photog. I will let you know how Salida goes. It's just the second year for this festival, but I am looking forward to it and soaking in the hot springs at the end of the day!
At 10:49am on December 18, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Dave Hinde a gift
Happy birthday, Dave! Hope it is a great day for you and the upcoming year makes some dreams come true. We are missing you here at the ArtFairInsiders club...hope you are well.
At 10:59pm on January 29, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Dave Hinde a gift
Thank you, Dave, for referring Tim Rudziensky to Art Fair Insiders.
At 3:02pm on December 18, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Dave Hinde a gift
Happy birthday, Dave. I hope today is full of friends and love and the upcoming year will be your best one ever that makes dreams come true. Thanks for being a member here and for all your help.

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