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Don M Meinders
  • Otto, NC
  • United States
  • Acrylic/ watercolor
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Don M Meinders replied to Connie Mettler's discussion 2021 Show Cancellations & Postponements
"   To me the whole situation is lunacy. Open air art shows are being cancelled (due to inability to receive the OK from the authorities) in places where bars, restaurants, movie theatres etc. are open for business. Between you and me I…"
Feb 12
Don M Meinders commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Social Distancing and Face Mask Wearing Signage.
"I think that it is going to be left to our- own ingenuity. I recently redid my booth in anticipation for Fall shows (hopeful thinking). Across the front I have a "picket fence" with a gate in the middle on a screen door spring. On the…"
Jul 9, 2020
Don M Meinders replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.
"Hello,    Anybody have info on Woodland (Louisville, KY) in August?  They do not answer multiple emails or pick up the phone. Jurying date is way passed but ZAPP still shows "received" with no further information. Thanks, Don"
Jun 23, 2020
Don M Meinders replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Would You Do the Show?
"Good for You and Thanks!     As I am sure you are aware some shows are not refunding booth fees, some are offering partial repayment and/or a discount credit for next year. Some of my shows are NOT changing deadline on payments…"
Mar 30, 2020
Don M Meinders replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Would You Do the Show?
"Barry,    I think this is the internal struggle going on within all of us artists/craftsmen that depend entirely on shows for their living- so much is still unknown and still unfolding. I live in North Carolina and our Governor has just…"
Mar 28, 2020
Don M Meinders replied to Judy Christian's discussion Elephant in the Room- Thoughts?
"     Have had sooooo many thoughts about this and when you posted I decided to reply with my own two cents.   First, before I was a full-time artist, I worked many years as a Biologist in tropical countries. I think that my…"
Mar 18, 2020
Don M Meinders replied to Morgan M. Harris's discussion Good shows getting stale?
"As far as being a "salesman", I strongly recommend the two books by Jack White. He was an artist and a salesman extraordinaire!. Can find them downloadable on Amazon for about six bucks each."
Jun 21, 2019
Don M Meinders replied to Morgan M. Harris's discussion Good shows getting stale?
"Math nerd here.....if your price went up $8-9 per $100 that's a 8-9 percent (%) increase- not 1/4 % ...and I do not think that such a small increase would decrease your sales. After doing a dozen shows this year (both big and small) I have…"
Jun 21, 2019

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Your Medium
Acrylic/ watercolor
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Dillard, GA Art and Craft Fair
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
the people and talking to fellow artists
Best show ever and why
2015 Cashiers, NC Labor Day - $4000 in sales
Worst show ever and why
Asheville Art in the Park, June 2015 - $45 sales (rain all day)
Who referred you to Please be specific.
no one - web search
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I am happily bi-polar!!

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At 10:04pm on December 15, 2015, Connie Mettler said…

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