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The legal business of starting in the art festival world

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kathleen J. Clausen Jan 4. 12 Replies

Hi.I have mainly sold in my area at small shows, through my art guilds and some online through my website. Now I want to start applying for festivals both in my home state of New York and then…Continue

Lighting for inside canopy advice needed

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Sohn Dec 5, 2019. 3 Replies

Where do I find a good lighting setup for inside my canopy? Recently did a show and realized I definitely need to illuminate my paintings better. Thanks in advance

Top and bottom stay bars needed for pop up?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jan Herman Oct 6, 2019. 7 Replies

I have an ABC Canopy which is a pop up style. If I were to put mesh walls up, do I need stay bars at the top and bottom? Or does the top secure to the frame?Continue

What's right, what's wrong, what goes or what stays?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Sep 12, 2019. 10 Replies

I've read that the booth shot should not be crowded. Is this OK?I've read not to have a chair in the picture, so I left mine out. What about the table? Should I get rid of that and/ or the print bin.…Continue

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Don Seib replied to karen Swank's discussion Canopy Pop Up Tent and Flourish Mesh Panels for Sale
"Where are you located?"
Jan 10
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Don Seib's discussion The legal business of starting in the art festival world
"Hi Don, I don't do many shows per year, but I do shows in several different states.  I have found that the staff of the various Departments of Revenue are  extremely helpful, but often difficult to be connected to in a timely…"
Jan 4
Richard L. Sherer replied to Don Seib's discussion The legal business of starting in the art festival world
"I am Sub S corporation because of liability- saddles and horse tack besides art. Don't know about LLC but Sub S can be a real nightmare for out of state shows especially CA, TX, AZ from past experience. "
Jan 4
Don Seib replied to Don Seib's discussion The legal business of starting in the art festival world
"Thanks Ed! I’m seeing that state to state is totally different. Wow, pain in the hooskah! I guess for now I’ll just get a DBA then the tax ID. I’ll look into the insurance part next. Again, thanks a lot! By the way...blowtorch…"
Jan 2
Ed Collins replied to Don Seib's discussion The legal business of starting in the art festival world
"I have been doing art & craft fairs in Ohio and surrounding states since 1988. First is to get a vendors license for your home state. Ohio goes county by county with different rates for each of the 88 counties! You do have the option of getting…"
Jan 2
Don Seib replied to Don Seib's discussion The legal business of starting in the art festival world
"Thanks Chris and Bernard! Yes I realize going into this isn’t a walk in the park. I’m lucky enough to not have to worry about this being a make it financially or die trying situation. I retired from the manufacturing world after 30…"
Jan 2
Chris Fedderson replied to Don Seib's discussion The legal business of starting in the art festival world
"Welcome Don, Hope you're wearing your Big Boy Pants, cuz the doing-art-shows-for-a-living-life ain't for sissies!  ;-> So... I think most of us simply register a DBA (or not) with our local newspaper so that we can then get a sales…"
Jan 2
Bernard Zalon replied to Don Seib's discussion The legal business of starting in the art festival world
"I live in NYC and have been doing this for over 40 years.  All I've ever had is a sales tax license."
Jan 2
Judy Christian replied to Don Seib's discussion The legal business of starting in the art festival world
"I have been in business for many years and I don't recall ever registering my business anywhere. If your business is your legal name, plus another word or phrase, I don't believe that you have to register- such as if your name was …"
Dec 31
Cindy Welch replied to Don Seib's discussion The legal business of starting in the art festival world
"Don, I have done shows in Mississippi andnAlabama.  I didn’t have to get a license for Mississippi but did have to get one for Alabama.  A state rep was onsite for the paperwork and associated fees.  For this particular show in…"
Dec 31, 2019
Cindy Welch replied to Don Seib's discussion The legal business of starting in the art festival world
"Don, I have done shows in Mississippi andnAlabama.  I didn’t have to get a license for Mississippi but did have to get one for Alabama.  A state rep was onsite for the paperwork and associated fees.  For this particular show in…"
Dec 31, 2019
Don Seib replied to Don Seib's discussion The legal business of starting in the art festival world
"Thanks Cindy. Do you do shows outside of Louisiana too?"
Dec 31, 2019
Cindy Welch replied to Don Seib's discussion The legal business of starting in the art festival world
"I have not taken on LLC, etc.  I am operating as DBA and it has worked so far for me. i don’t know specifics about NY.  I live in Louisiana and our law can be very different since it’s based on Napoleanic law. i did register…"
Dec 31, 2019
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The legal business of starting in the art festival world

Hi.I have mainly sold in my area at small shows, through my art guilds and some online through my website. Now I want to start applying for festivals both in my home state of New York and then (hopefully) expand to other states.I have a few questions:To start collecting taxes will I need a Employer Identification Number?If so do I need to register my business name first? Do most artists (that would be you guys...lol) register as a LLC or is just a DBA alright?If I intend to show in different…See More
Dec 30, 2019
Larry Sohn replied to Don Seib's discussion Lighting for inside canopy advice needed
"I designed and built my own. Was a prototype. I have considered manufacturing them and bringing them to market. I sold the original. I believe the artist who bought them likes them. Not expensive but worked great for me and I'm very demanding…"
Dec 5, 2019
Larry Maynard replied to Don Seib's discussion Lighting for inside canopy advice needed
"Silicon Lightworks specializes in battery-powered LED lighting solutions for the trade show/art show exhibit industry. Used them for years. Expensive, but best there is...Call and talk with Eric...tell him I referred you."
Dec 5, 2019

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Your Medium
oils, watercolors, acrylics, pen and ink, or whatever!
Years in the Art Fair Business
5
First show ever
Art on the porches
What is your website?
http://donnysart.com
What are the best things about art fairs
the people I meet
Best show ever and why
Art on Porches in Syracuse, I sold most of my work!
Worst show ever and why
Don't want to say because they are improving. But it was a far distance to carry supplies, was not allowed to drive. No electricity nor WiFi. Then pouring rain stopped crowd and made packing up miserable. I sold 0!
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
found while surfing web for art show tent setups
What is one fun fact about yourself?
artist/musician that plays harmonica while painting!

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At 8:36am on June 23, 2019, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Don,

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  We're delighted to have you joining our community of artists and artisans and hope you'll find the site informative, inspirational and fun!  Thanks so much for subscribing to the newsletter and bst wishes for continued success.

At 11:48am on June 26, 2019, Connie Mettler said…

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