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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. 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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Larry Sohn replied to Donna Gilbert's discussion Show change from 3 to 4 days
"Ann Arbor?"
Nov 9
Donna Gilbert replied to Donna Gilbert's discussion Show change from 3 to 4 days
"Thanks for answering Carrie.  It's clear that we all have different buying patterns and preferences.  We just came back from the Great Gulf Coast Art Fesitival in Pensacola FL and I spoke to several artists there with high end 3D…"
Nov 9
carrie jacobson replied to Donna Gilbert's discussion Show change from 3 to 4 days
"I'm an oil painter, and like Larry, sometimes arrive at a show a day early, and almost always stay over the last night and leave for home early the next day. The extra hotel fees are pretty minimal, really, (one small painting) and I eat on the…"
Nov 9
Donna Gilbert replied to Donna Gilbert's discussion Show change from 3 to 4 days
"Your response makes me laugh.  We had a similar experience a few years ago.  "The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry."  I'd like to meet you in person and hope if your picture looks like you we might cross…"
Nov 7
Barry Bernstein replied to Donna Gilbert's discussion Show change from 3 to 4 days
"Donna, it turns out we will be at some of the same events in the spring i.e. Ft Myers, March Bonita. That formula works for a small business or a corporation with 1000 box stores across the country. Let's say your Schlockmarket stores are open…"
Nov 7
Donna Gilbert replied to Donna Gilbert's discussion Show change from 3 to 4 days
"Hi Barry, I thought I answered you before but it's not showing up so I'll try again.  Thank you for your comments; they're really factual and easy. MC=MR.  Love it.  It is interesting to hear it from an economics…"
Nov 7
Donna Gilbert replied to Donna Gilbert's discussion Show change from 3 to 4 days
"Setting up on downtown streets has to happen in the evening so the morning set up and half day won't work in this situation but it's an interesting option if it comes up again.  I know other shows that do the 1/2 day with a 2 and 1/2…"
Nov 6
Judy Christian replied to Donna Gilbert's discussion Show change from 3 to 4 days
"If you are a potter that sells, I can vouch that every minute of studio time does matter. We work by the kiln load.I fired my kiln Monday starting at 5 am. This is Tues and it won't be ready to open until after 2 a.m. Wed morning. I plan to be…"
Nov 6
Barry Bernstein replied to Donna Gilbert's discussion Show change from 3 to 4 days
"There is a formula one uses to determine whether to do a show, or run any business, that adds on hours. In this case it is a whole day. This comes straight from a 200 level college econ class. It's MC=MR. Or, marginal (additional) cost equals…"
Nov 6
Donna Gilbert replied to Donna Gilbert's discussion Show change from 3 to 4 days
"So much work to do now that we just got back from an out of state show that I'm going to give a general reply that I hope covers all your input.  And I thank everyone who shared their experiences and thoughts.  Of course we've…"
Nov 6
Larry Sohn replied to Donna Gilbert's discussion Show change from 3 to 4 days
"Not neccesarily just tourists. What about people who do not work a 9-5 M-F, job? People with more available time and disposable income. This might include seniors, self employed, work from home, non-working spouses, executives and other…"
Nov 3
Bobby Weiss replied to Donna Gilbert's discussion Show change from 3 to 4 days
"Yea I guess count me in there... I've have not done many 4 day shows but that's pretty much a week show when it's all said and done. Traveling back and forth is usually the majority of a day if not more.  It wouldn't be hard…"
Nov 3
Larry Sohn replied to Donna Gilbert's discussion Show change from 3 to 4 days
"At almost all of my "away" shows, I stay over an extra night. It takes me so long to breakdown and pack out, I just sleep over and start fresh the next day. Also it alows me more time to explore the area I'm in. Sometimes, I arrive a…"
Nov 2
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Donna Gilbert's discussion Show change from 3 to 4 days
"Hi everyone, Donna, I agree about extra costs being an issue.  Sometimes studio time is an issue for me (I make jewelry), but equally if not more important for me is the energy it takes to do a show.  3 day shows can be a bear for me,…"
Nov 2
Larry Sohn replied to Donna Gilbert's discussion Show change from 3 to 4 days
"Donna, My "studio time" is a mixture. As my medium is photography, the world is the initial part of my studio. While I travel for shows, it affords me the opportunity to do some shooting. Yes, I need to return to home for my developing,…"
Nov 1
Donna Gilbert replied to Donna Gilbert's discussion Show change from 3 to 4 days
"Thanks for answering Larry.  We artists are all different with varied needs.  The artists I've spoken to at shows that have changed from 3 to 4 days say they haven't seen bigger profits.  That's our experience too.The…"
Oct 31

Profile Information

Your Medium
Clay - Functional
Years in the Art Fair Business
15
First show ever
Celebration FL
What is your website?
http://www.PotteryForLiving.com
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 ArtFairInsiders.com? 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 went...safe travels.

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

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