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Fletcher Dean
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Softwalls from Flourish?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Sohn Apr 4. 3 Replies

Anyone using the fabric softwalls from Flourish? Not the mesh walls but the colored ones that fit over the mesh.I'm interested in what your experience is, how pleased you are, how you attach your…Continue

Tags: walls, soft, Flourish

jury images - consistency or variety?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Wallis Feb 12. 7 Replies

Two shows this year that I am interested in have later deadlines and give me the opportunity to submit in a new medium I've never submitted in before. Which raises a question for me ... do jurors…Continue

Out of state taxes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Peggy Crago Jan 2. 4 Replies

I've mostly done art shows in Michigan since I started. Part of it is simply trying to figure out an art fair formula that works for me and part of it is that I (thank God!) have a day job that makes…Continue

Changing mediums and booth shot

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mindy Colton Jan 2. 3 Replies

I've been doing shows for about four years now - photography has been my medium and I have a good show setup, good booth shot, etc. My booth shot looks professional and full, if you know what I…Continue

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Fletcher Dean replied to Ted Martin's discussion Booth to crowded?
"Great reminder, Sandra! Thank you. Makes me want to go back and review my own setup with that in mind."
Apr 15
Fletcher Dean replied to Ted Martin's discussion Booth to crowded?
"Hey Ted, First, good luck! I started with photography four years ago and I'm still learning what works, what doesn't, which shows are best for me, which aren't. So keep pushing if you enjoy it. A few things I would say about tent…"
Apr 14
Fletcher Dean replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Has anyone had experience with the Toledo Zoo "Wild About Art" show?
"Stay away. The folks are pleasant enough but there are no sales. Nada. I take that back: I sold one $20 print. Some artists left after the first day. It was the same all over. If you think about it, you understand why. The people who are there are…"
Apr 11
Larry Sohn replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Softwalls from Flourish?
"Have you ever seen, in person, the Flourish "Black Softwalls"? They look great to me. The comparison to the White is night and day.  The Black look classy, Gallery look. I have received a lot of compliments on my booth, with them. If…"
Apr 4
Fletcher Dean replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Softwalls from Flourish?
"Larry - you're right. I think Flourish calls these their ProGallery Covers - they attach to the mesh walls. I like the ease with which the mesh walls go up - but hate the white and want to add a more elegant gray."
Apr 4
Larry Sohn replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Softwalls from Flourish?
"I believe your terminology might be different than what is used by Flourish. "Softwalls" refers to the double-walled mesh that they make. One side is mesh and the other side is a more tightly woven material so that it is a double thick…"
Apr 4
Fletcher Dean posted a discussion

Softwalls from Flourish?

Anyone using the fabric softwalls from Flourish? Not the mesh walls but the colored ones that fit over the mesh.I'm interested in what your experience is, how pleased you are, how you attach your price tags. Really, any experience you have. I won't be using them to hang art - I hang from the top pole - but to cover up the white mesh walls which I find to be too white.Thanks!See More
Apr 3
Fletcher Dean replied to Chris Bohannon's discussion How to transport Stabars
"I have the bag but haven't used it in forever I prefer to bungee certain poles together and put them on a cart I load directly onto my trailer. I used the bag once or twice, but all of the poles inside of one bag is heavy by yourself. "
Apr 3
Fletcher Dean replied to Ron Gage's discussion What inventory to sell/bring to a show
"Hey Ron - It's the million dollar question. OK, maybe the thousand dollar question. i'm in either my fourth or fifth year - they're all running together - so some old hands will have more reliable thoughts but my bottom line is: you…"
Mar 21
Ron Gage replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Saginaw Art Fair Review
"As a former Saginaw resident, I look forward to doing this show this year (2019).  Thank you for the review Fletcher!  Hopefully, I'll see you there! Here's hoping for a good show for us both!"
Mar 20
Fletcher Dean replied to Larry Sohn's discussion It has been said before - Flourish
"Hey Larry, For me, it was a perfect combination of 'oh crap' factors just as the fair was entering its final hour. We didn't expect any bad weather then all of a sudden the organizers told us we had 30 minutes. I got my art off the…"
Mar 12
Fletcher Dean replied to Larry Sohn's discussion It has been said before - Flourish
"Agree with all about the folks at Flourish. But ... a bad wind can still take you down. I found that out this past season when a squall came in to Tawas Bay in Michigan and grabbed my Trimline (weighted down) and threw it 30 yards down the beach.…"
Mar 11
Fletcher Dean replied to Jennifer Stefanek's discussion Booth Shot Feedback Requested
"Look full, neat, complete. Nice. For shows, I agree with the post that said the bottom third is a dead area. I put a few things down that low, but you might want to consider a long table you could cover with cloth instead of the two shelves you…"
Feb 27
Fletcher Dean replied to John Wagenman's discussion Trimline: Frosty vs skylight
"Never too much light. You'll appreciate the back door in many ways - an escape route, an extended place to sit and ponder about where all the customers are, an added avenue for a much-needed breeze on a warm day, an easy way to get sun on a…"
Feb 21
Robert Wallis replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion jury images - consistency or variety?
"Keep it as a consistent body of work. That's the recurring theme I keep hearing at mock juries and workshops. I submit two different bodies of work if it's a tough show to get into. Each body of work has a different booth shot."
Feb 12
Sonja Jones replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion jury images - consistency or variety?
"I've done two mock juries, and as others have stated, consistency across the body of works is more important."
Feb 12

Profile Information

Your Medium
Photography
Years in the Art Fair Business
2
First show ever
East Lansing
What is your website?
http://www.iconphotographystudios.com
What are the best things about art fairs
Meeting people
Best show ever and why
Alden B. Dow Arts Fair - Sales.
Worst show ever and why
Anything with wine - just drinkers, no buyers
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
The Internet
What is one fun fact about yourself?
My day job is speechwriting.

Comment Wall (4 comments)

At 8:54am on April 12, 2017, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Fletcher,

Welcome fellow Michigander!  We're thrilled to have you joining us and hope you'll take advantage of all the helpful and entertaining information to be found here.  Thanks so much for signing up and best of luck for continued success.

At 9:35am on April 12, 2017, Fletcher Dean said…

Thanks Christina! I'm a bit of a newbie - this is my second year. But I'm eager to continue up the learning curve and think this group can help tremendously! Best!

At 4:43pm on April 13, 2017, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Fletcher. 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.

Please stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself. Then read the "Getting Started" for tips to make the site easier to navigate.
Many topics have already been discussed. We suggest you try a search of your topic before you post your question. Click the SEARCH tab at the top of the page and “search” for your topic: tents, jury fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, the name of a show, etc. You might find that someone has already asked and answered your question.
Check out our code of conduct to understand the rules of the site.

Each of us is unique and has a gift to share that can help someone else. We all look forward to your sharing on ArtFairInsiders.com.

Best wishes, Connie Mettler

p.s. The best way to make this system easy to use is to click on the "Follow-Email me" link at the bottom of each Forum discussion that interests you. That way the system will email you automatically whenever anyone responds. It's a great time-saver.

At 6:00pm on April 13, 2017, Fletcher Dean said…

ah-ha. That's good advice, Connie! Thanks for that ... and the welcome.

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