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Ernie Komarek
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  • Fort Collins, CO
  • United States
  • Acrylic, Oil, Mixed Media,…
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Ernie Komarek Aug 21, 2015. 30 Replies

I am posting this picture of my booth that I took at the Fort Benton "Art on the Levee" show last month. This is not meant to my booth shot for Zapp applications, but I thought I'd post it before I…Continue

My First Booth Design - Tear it up Folks

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ernie Komarek Sep 2, 2014. 7 Replies

This is my first booth with home made display panels. I'd love to hear your comments, good and bad (especially the bad). I know it's just a starter display until I get some mileage on the art fair…Continue

Newbie from Colorado

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ernie Komarek May 13, 2014. 6 Replies

Hi, I'm Ernie Komarek, new to art fairs and ArtFairInsiders. I look forward to learning everything I can about art fairs and selling art. Art has been my hobby for many years and I'm ready to make it…Continue


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Your Medium
Acrylic, Oil, Mixed Media, Watercolor, Graphite, Pastel
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Farmers Market in Great Falls, MT
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Connecting with old friends and meeting new ones.
Best show ever and why
The next one.
Worst show ever and why
Art in the Park, Loveland, CO. Very poor sales.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
google search
What is one fun fact about yourself?
My nick name "erninator" came from an over-confident 18 year old Karate student laying down on the mat at my feet during Karate class. He learned a couple valuable lessons - "I'm not Bruce Lee" and "50 year olds are to be taken seriously".

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At 12:50pm on March 22, 2017, Ernie Komarek said…

I've heard good things about Boseman, too. The one in Billings is one to avoid according to the locals. Ft. Benton was so much fun. It's like driving into the 60's, with whole familys enjoying the fair together. Didn't see many kids with phones in their faces. Parade of mostly vintage cars went right past our tent with hay wagons carrying members of each graduating class since the 50's. The park is where the Steamboats docked on the Missouri River. Lots of historic stuff and next to the museum. The former mayor bought one of my paintings and invited us back.

At 12:36pm on March 22, 2017, Barrie Lynn Bryant said…

Hello, Ernie. Thanks a million for your comment on my page. Get well soon, friend! My wife and I will investigate that Ft. Benton, MT show. We're also considering Sweat Pea Festival in Bozeman for the first weekend in August, but it costs a bit more than the Ft. Benton event. Still looks pretty good. There aren't many like Ft. Benton offering lower fees like that. We haven't been in that area of Montana for a long time and look forward to it.

Thanks again and god speed. Warm regards, Barrie

At 4:09pm on June 29, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Ernie Komarek a gift
Ernie, thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2015 Pledge Drive.
At 3:31pm on July 7, 2014, joe watkins said…
Thats a great way to start Ernie.
I did Jay and Lynn Contway's shows for years, Geat Falls is a good market for western/wildlife art.
Good luck in your future shows!
At 4:34pm on May 11, 2014, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Ernie.  I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

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