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Donna Gilbert
  • Gainesville, GA
  • United States
  • Clay - Functional
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Show change from 3 to 4 days

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Sohn Nov 9, 2018. 17 Replies

We are successful at most of our shows.  We make elegant functional pottery.  Our experience at four day shows includes South University, which is one of the top Ann Arbor Shows MI; Arts, Beats and…Continue

Tags: Art in the Park Plymouth, 4 day shows, 3 day shows

Estero FL, Fine Art Show Review?

Started May 16, 2016 0 Replies

I've looked in the reviews under state, "Florida" and month "November" and haven't seen any reviews for this "Hotworks" promoter's Estero FL show.  The promoter Patty Narozny also does the Boca Raton…Continue

Tags: November, Florida, Reviews

Artoberfest Winter Springs, FL

Started this discussion. Last reply by Donna Gilbert May 12, 2016. 2 Replies

Has anyone done this show?  Is it more of a beerfest than a buying public? It's the same weekend as Maitland's "Art Under the Stars" which is doubling its ad budget in 2016 and I'm considering going…Continue

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Profile Information

Your Medium
Clay - Functional
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Celebration FL
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
People appreciating our work and the ability to make a good living.
Best show ever and why
South University Ann Arbor Michigan 2004. We made a lot of money and the show was beautiful and the promoter Maggie Ladd is an expert, is onsite and with her organized helpers runs an artist friendly professional, easyto set up, & a great show.
Worst show ever and why
Cornelia GA, a tiny show in a place hard to find.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Delores Fawke, jeweler
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I was a professional actress who was hired often in the NY metropolitan area and eventually stopped acting because I didn't want to be on the road away from my husband and daughter. Now my daughter is married and my husband and I work & travel together.

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Application Photos: full range of work or not?

Posted on January 18, 2016 at 12:12pm 8 Comments

I am really perplexed about this especially regarding some of the top shows.  We're experienced artists at shows.  Often a promoter's instruction sheet, instructs artists to submit the photos representing the full range of their work which means if you are a 3D artist with functional ceramics, you are to show not only your more intricate items but also your "more ordinary," for lack of a better word items:  the ones that are  less complex to produce and less impressive and lower…


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At 7:46am on November 12, 2015, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Donna,

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  We're thrilled to have you join us and hope you'll find the site helpful, inspiring and fun!  Thanks for signing up and continued success.

At 8:33am on November 12, 2015, Christina L. Towell said…

Good luck, Donna!  And, yes, let us know how it travels.

At 6:30pm on November 13, 2015, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Donna. 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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