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Dave Piper
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Dave Piper commented on Nels johnson's blog post Main Street Fort Worth—Killer Show even though we lost one day
"I have to be the happiest person ever to do Main Street Fort Worth.  This year, 2020 will be my 29th year out of 30.  Got rejected a couple of years ago. Don't know why but did not complain. My son and I make our sandals for twelve…"
Feb 14, 2020
Dave Piper commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Speaking Up: Talking to Show Organizers
"Wish we knew what show."
Feb 14, 2020
Dave Piper commented on Nels johnson's blog post Cape Coral Rotary Art Festival— My first one this year—YAWN!
"By the way... I may be the only person on earth that has done shows three years longer than Nels.  I love it when I get to visit with Nels at a show.  "
Feb 14, 2020
Dave Piper commented on Nels johnson's blog post Cape Coral Rotary Art Festival— My first one this year—YAWN!
"I did the Cape Coral show once a few years ago.  Hated everything about it."
Feb 14, 2020
Dave Piper commented on marirosa hofmann's blog post Anyone done the pecan street art festival in Austin tx
"Run far, far away.  I began doing it twice a year since 1986 and live 80 miles away.  I stopped entering about two years ago.  It is an import crap fest with 25% great, real art and fine craft that no one buys any longer.  Huge…"
Feb 14, 2020
"I did Des Moines once a few years ago and had a great show.  Big, big money.  You know those things you hear from people that seem to insinuate in person that they are big shots with the show...  Well, at that show, a supposed big…"
Feb 14, 2020

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Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
A little Cocoa, FL show on a sidewalk. It was the first show I ever saw and was held downstairs from my little $25 a month shop in old downtown Cocoa. That was the year we began to use the nick name "Cocoa Village".
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
The interaction with the people out front as well as the people next door.
Best show ever and why
Main Street Fort Worth. My best show EVER for twenty years in a row. Starting in 1990. Then, starting in 2010, my work was only good enough for the wait list. I guess I am not as cute as I used to be. So sad.
Worst show ever and why
A show run by a crazy woman in the south university area of Ann Arbor. I actually paid the fee to be in her show but was placed in an space that really was not in public view.
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Bayou City Going Away Party

Posted on May 2, 2016 at 9:02pm 16 Comments

Got home today from Bayou City Spring Festival in Memorial Park, Houston, TX.

I just live 205 miles from the show and I am not sure I should continue doing this show even though it is so close.

Now a little background.... this past weekend was my (I believe) 37th year in a row in the show.  If I lived 206 miles from the show I might just give it up.  My time at the show dates back to the old Westheimer Arts Fest. days.  The show was at deaths door some twenty years or…


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At 10:09pm on March 14, 2011, Jacki Bilsborrow gave Dave Piper a gift
Thank you, Dave, for displaying what this site is all about.
At 6:47pm on February 16, 2009, Connie Mettler said…
Hi Dave,

I was so disappointed when you did not come back to Arts, Beats & Eats in 2008. It was finally time for me to get some of your work and you didn't show. Any chance we can lure you back up here again?

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