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David S. Hoornstra
  • Ann Arbor, MI
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Flourish Trimline 10 x 10 complete setup for rent/sale – Michigan area

Started Jun 21, 2017 0 Replies

I'm cutting way back on shows so my canopy and its accessories are available most weekends. It's a 10 x 10, four sturdy 7-foot white vinyl walls; one with zippers for doors. Includes white mesh…Continue

Print/Reproduction Rules for 2-D Art

Started this discussion. Last reply by David S. Hoornstra Apr 24, 2017. 16 Replies

I’ve been at this about five years, only about five shows a year, invited back at State Street Ann Arbor every year. Looking to find my sweet spot, I check out fairs through my region.Several fairs I…Continue

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David S. Hoornstra replied to Mike A Wardynski's discussion Looking for suggestions from photographers on what types of prints sell best.
"I've only done art fairs as a painter, but as both painter and photographer, I have some suggestions. I think Bari's suggestions are all good ones, with one exception. I would print on all those surfaces EXCEPT canvas. Canvas is so…"
Apr 15
David S. Hoornstra replied to EVERETT KITTS's discussion WTB: Trimline 10x10 Canopy
"I have a Trimline canopy here in Ann Arbor that matches your description. It may be ten years old but you would have to look real close to see that. 4 Mesh panels in sizes to adapt to the various configurations at the 7-foot height. They are in…"
Aug 13, 2018
David S. Hoornstra replied to Judy Christian's discussion The V Word-
"After reading two pages of previous replies, I believe there's a more important point to be made. In critiquing a newbie artist's booth it was pointed out that consistent use of frames would enhance the look of professionalism. In…"
Aug 5, 2018
David S. Hoornstra replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Photographing artwork for website?
"it's not your camera's fault. I use a Canon T1i to shoot all my art. I have also used the T3i, which is better. But even at the best settings and perfect direct sunlight angle I MUST edit in Photoshop. This is because paintings do not have…"
Jun 23, 2018
David S. Hoornstra replied to Mark Zirinsky's discussion to post/not to post copyright notices in booth
"As an experienced graphic designer I have had reason to find out what resolution makes a good print. There are some pretty nice cameras out there but the possibility of someone getting a good enough image with a hand-held camera in an outdoor booth…"
Mar 5, 2018
David S. Hoornstra commented on Meg Mettler's blog post Call for Artists: 47th Annual Park Point Art Fair
"I did the Bayfront Duluth fair a few years ago. I'm curious how this one compares. I do representational landscape/seascape oil paintings. "
Feb 17, 2018
David S. Hoornstra replied to Julie Holman's discussion Booth flooring questions
"Carpet is better too as not so much of a tripping hazard at the booth entrance. I use the grey Lowe's carpet and duct-tape the front edge (after making sure the venue is OK with that). Outdoor, if it gets wet, I drape it over a fence if…"
Jan 31, 2018
David S. Hoornstra replied to kara unland's discussion frustration and feeling like the biggest loser
"I'm in a similar situation. I thought since my larger part-time job ended in 2012 I would venture into full-time art. I painted highly-detailed, realistic landscapes and did five shows a year with Ann Arbor (where I live) as my anchor show.…"
Jan 14, 2018
David S. Hoornstra replied to Allan Leon's discussion To price-label or not question
"The customer attitude Barry voiced is very understandable at fairs like Ann Arbor, where the buyer has to invest a considerable block of time and effort just to get to your booth. I walked that fair for years before being in it. Once you're…"
Dec 30, 2017
David S. Hoornstra replied to Allan Leon's discussion To price-label or not question
"Always a title. For years I titled based on apparent content, not my intent. But now I realize the buyer wants to acquire something that was made AS IF YOU MEANT IT. For me, a good title can add value if it is right on, whether by being the answer…"
Dec 20, 2017
David S. Hoornstra replied to Allan Leon's discussion To price-label or not question
"While I don't know whether "no price" would work for me, I wholeheartedly agree with Larry's point about not trying to judge the pocketbook of anyone you see in your booth, especially on the item of clothing. From the ones…"
Dec 18, 2017
David S. Hoornstra replied to Allan Leon's discussion To price-label or not question
"I think you've put your finger on it here for some of us. "Do your research." How? I have no idea what the right price for my stuff is. I only know I'll never make over $1 an hour as it is now priced and it doesn't sell."
Dec 18, 2017
David S. Hoornstra replied to Sherry Pelletier's discussion Can't decide on a site builder
"Thank you. had me worried there might be some other device. I put it after showing my stuff thinking that people wouldn't want to give up that info without seeing what I was about, but Paul Flack's site is a VERY impressive reversal of…"
Oct 27, 2017
David S. Hoornstra replied to Sherry Pelletier's discussion Can't decide on a site builder
"Thank you!"
Oct 26, 2017
David S. Hoornstra replied to Sherry Pelletier's discussion Can't decide on a site builder
"Didi you not see the header " Get updates and announcements? with a place to subscribe?"
Oct 26, 2017
David S. Hoornstra replied to Sherry Pelletier's discussion Can't decide on a site builder
"I used Mobirise for my site, 100% free (because I limited myself to free options although they offer upgrades of all sorts. My site:"
Oct 25, 2017

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Your Medium
oil painting
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Chelsea MI Sights n Sounds Festival 2012
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
People you meet, interactions about art
Best show ever and why
Ann Arbor State Street 2014, mainly because of the people visiting and the welcome by the organizers
Worst show ever and why
Craft and Fine Art Festival, Roslyn Harbor, NY, 2015. You could have ridden 2 bicycles through it side by side at any time.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
woodworker Michael Onweller
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I teach fencing and paint as my two main avocations, which makes me a martial artist.

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At 8:07am on November 5, 2015, Christina L. Towell said…

Hello David,

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, fellow Michigander!  We're delighted to have you joining us and hope you'll take some time to look around the site and make yourself at home.  Thanks for signing up and continued success.

At 2:47pm on November 6, 2015, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, David. We’re so glad you joined us. I hope you’ll find the site helpful and that you’ll share your ideas and experiences, ask questions and join the discussions. The site is only as good as the members make it. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike.

Please stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself. Then read the "Getting Started" for tips to make the site easier to navigate.
Many topics have already been discussed. We suggest you try a search of your topic before you post your question. Click the SEARCH tab at the top of the page and “search” for your topic: tents, jury fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, the name of a show, etc. You might find that someone has already asked and answered your question.
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