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Don Hyson
  • Winnebago, IL
  • United States
  • wood sculpture
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Your Medium
wood sculpture
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Edgebrook, rockford, il
What are the best things about art fairs
meeting nice people
Best show ever and why
Krape Park, Freeport, Il Good sales, only one day
Worst show ever and why
Naperville Women's Club. Two day show, lots of traffic but very few sales for me and those near me.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Artist at Naperville show
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I am a woodworker/woodturner and a perfectionist

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Greenwich Village Art Fair, Rockford, IL

Posted on September 19, 2017 at 9:45am 0 Comments

I attended this art fair for the first time this past weekend, September 16-17, 2017.  The traffic was excellent on Saturday and I did really well in terms of sales.  Traffic and sales were down for me on Sunday but all in all a good show...a little over $1000 for the weekend.  Met many nice people and was set up next to a photographer from Aurora, IL.  Dave Barnes and his wife Donna are very nice and made the weekend more fun.  I bought a photograph on canvas from Dave...picture of four…


Art in the Park, Freeport, IL

Posted on September 19, 2017 at 9:37am 0 Comments

This is a one day show the Sunday before Labor Day from 10-5:00.  I did this show last year and had almost $1100 in sales; did the show again this year and had almost $1000 in sales.  The show had only 30 vendors so sales of this magnitude seems very good to me.  Maybe my art fits well with the clientele.  I recommend this venue for other artists in the area.  The booth fee is only $65 if entry is early.  The show is also juried.

West End Art Festival, LaGrange, IL

Posted on September 16, 2017 at 9:56am 7 Comments

Weather was great for this fair.  Fairly steady crowd but not a huge number of lookers/buyers.  For me, a woodturner, the show was disappointing considering the distance traveled and the $300 set up fee.  I did about $260-280 in sales each day.  The one highlight was that I won a 2nd place ribbon and $150.  This was a first for me.

I attended three Chicago area shows this experiment. Given the set up fees and amount of sales among the shows, I will not likely risk…


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At 10:31am on July 5, 2017, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Don. 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.
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At 9:15am on July 4, 2017, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Don,

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  We're delighted to make your acquaintance and hope you'll find the site informative, inspirational and fun!  Thanks for signing up and best wishes for continued success.


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