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Elle Heiligenstein
  • Belleville, IL
  • United States
  • Mixed Media Sculpture
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Presto Chango, the ol' media switch!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Camryn Forrest Apr 11, 2014. 3 Replies

Hi Friends.....      The other day I was leafing through a course schedule that came in the mail from our local community college and ran across the schedule for the art classes.  I was pleasantly…Continue

Happy to be back!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lorraine McFarland May 15, 2014. 20 Replies

Hello friends...For those of you who wondered where I went all of a sudden last fall....I had to take a break from art and from being involved with most of everything to care for my husband who…Continue

Winter's coming, what to do?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Billings Jul 25, 2013. 18 Replies

Hi all!I am already starting to plan for the winter even though its late July. I am interested to know how you make it through December, January and February when there aren't many shows. I know…Continue

Hello, the kiss of death!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lorenzo Cassa Aug 27, 2013. 29 Replies

Hi friends....Something I have noticed a lot lately at shows is when I greet people in my booth with a pleasant "hello" and a smile, they exit with great speed. What's the deal? It's like hello is…Continue


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Your Medium
Mixed Media Sculpture
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
FestForAll Baton Rouge, LA
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Traveling, the patrons, the other artists, the joy of doing the shows
Best show ever and why
FestForAll, the thrill of the first sales
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Larry berman

Elle Heiligenstein's Blog

The Perfect Artist Friendly Show Part One!

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 11:03pm 24 Comments

Hi Friends.....

     Call me crazy, but I am in the very early stages of conceptualizing starting a fine art and craft show in my local area.  We have a very good response to art here, as many know from the Belleville, IL Art on The Square.  Anyway, as I am planning, researching and gathering data, I have some ideas that I would like to put forth and am open to feedback from fellow artists.  Here are some early thoughts...


1.  Autumn show, held in September or October,…


The Distraction Factor

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 11:13pm 17 Comments

I was inspired by Jennifer's post about Bayou City to discuss The Distraction Factor..........


     Well, friends, we have all experienced this at one show or another.  You arrive, unload, sleep and start the first day of the show with high hopes.  As day one begins, you notice the crowds are moving fast, people are there, but they all seem to be in one area.  The area at the other end of the show, about a block or so from where all the artist are.  What are they all doing…


Show Review: Summer Art Fair Ann Arbor, MI (The Guild) 2013 Part Two

Posted on July 21, 2013 at 2:30pm 14 Comments

I met a very nice potter from Indiana, whose name escapes me, that showed me where to park on the street where there were no meters.  With his help, I found a spot for the first day. 

The second day of the show (Thursday) is where the fun began.  I went to the area that I had parked in on Wednesday and there were no spots left.  I had heard there was a parking garage near the area of the show that I was in, so I plugged that into the GPS and found it.  I parked and paid $12.00 for the…


Show Review: Summer Art Fair, Ann Arbor, MI (The Guild Show) 2013

Posted on July 21, 2013 at 1:30pm 35 Comments

Hi Friends....Here is my review of Ann Arbor 2013!

First, let me say that this was an experience like no other I have had before.  I will summarize first by saying that I will do it again, it was profitable, it was grueling and it is not for the faint of heart!  If there is a proving ground for art fair artists, Ann Arbor would be it.  I am going to review the show like I always do and this time I am going to throw in some musings I had along the way.  Keep in mind that I and…


Comment Wall (10 comments)

At 11:22pm on October 30, 2012, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to ArtFairInsiders, Elle.  I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please add a photo of yourself and stop by the Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. We all look forward to your participation here. Also, visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!

Many topics have already been discussed here before you joined us. You might like to try a search of your topic before you post your question. Just put your topic, canopy tents, jurying fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, etc, into the search bar at the top of the right side of the page. You might be surprised that someone has already asked your question.

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At 4:43pm on February 04, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Elle Heiligenstein a gift
Congratulations, Elle. You've won a Star for being newcomer of the year at AFI! We appreciate your enthusiasm and generosity a lot.
At 10:42am on April 10, 2013, Larry Schneider said…

Elle..... Dont let it bother you.  On my last two day show I sold $1,500 on Saturday.   On Sunday I had one $89 painting sale.  I had tons of compliments  however and many said my booth was their favorite.  What happened?  I dont know.   You can even have great and terrible in one show.

At 11:41am on May 7, 2013, Donna Potts said…

Thank you so much for the positive comments. It means so much to all of the staff and I will forward to them.  Once I figure out I am going to add to your post.  Show was a challenge but with the help of all the artists and community we got it pulled off. 

At 5:58pm on June 10, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Elle Heiligenstein a gift
Congrats on winning the Post of the Week Award - 6/10/13.
At 1:16pm on July 02, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Elle Heiligenstein a gift
Thank you, Elle, for referring Lucinda Benton to Art Fair Insiders.
At 11:31am on July 25, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Elle Heiligenstein a gift
Congratulations, Elle. The members have chosen your review of the Columbia art fair as "post of the month." Thanks for all you contributions to the site.
At 11:08pm on July 29, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow gave Elle Heiligenstein a gift
Thank you, Elle, for writing a review on the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff. We really appreciate your willingness to help us.
At 4:08pm on March 31, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Elle Heiligenstein a gift
Elle, we miss you at AFI, but your memory still lingers. The members voted you the Most Generous and Helpful. We look forward to your return. Thanks for all your help.
At 7:45pm on April 14, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Elle Heiligenstein a gift
Congrats Elle on winning the Post of the Week Award - 4/14/2014.

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