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Moving encaustic pieces to and from shows?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Randy Koepsell on Thursday. 2 Replies

I have my first show where I'm selling encaustic coming up next month. And I'm flummoxed about the best way to transport my work. I've moved photography in the past and have the homemade silver bags…Continue

Tags: set-up, transportation, encaustic

Would I be crazy ... ?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cheryl Dorris on Thursday. 7 Replies

I've been slowly trying to change mediums from photography to mixed media (encaustic). I recently applied in both categories to a local show where I typically have done well as a photographer. And I…Continue

New Booth Shot

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fletcher Dean Sep 19, 2020. 1 Reply

Hi guys.I'm changing mediums whenever we have art fairs again. Going from photography to mixed media.As a result, I'm trying out some new booth shots. Feedback on this one? Anything is helpful. My…Continue

Artlicious in Adrian MI - House to share

Started this discussion. Last reply by Meg Mettler Sep 4, 2019. 1 Reply

I know this discussion board doesn't get much traffic ... but what the heck.I'm in Adrian Mi for the Artlicious Art Fair. It's a Friday/Saturday show and I have an airbnb house for that Friday night.…Continue

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Cheryl Dorris replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Would I be crazy ... ?
"Thanks anyway! I know of another couple of shooters in the same situation, and it's not a fun one. And agree with having enough inventory right now to stock a tent. Alas. Good luck to you!!"
Thursday
Fletcher Dean replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Would I be crazy ... ?
"That's a toughie. I'm in the same situation. I have enough framed photography - and bin prints - to easily stock a tent. And I love photography - bought by first camera more than 40 years ago with $$ from mowing lawns. But photography is…"
Thursday
Cheryl Dorris replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Would I be crazy ... ?
"Similarly, but not, I'm trying to change mediums from photography to drawing (smaller pieces). While I haven't applied to a show yet in my new medium, I'm trying to figure out what to do/where to sell all my existing photography…"
Thursday
Randy Koepsell replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Moving encaustic pieces to and from shows?
"I had to look up encaustic. It looks like a textured painting? I built large wooden boxes with casters. Inside I have thin hardboard dividers. The divider's are covered with cheap fleece and wide enough for two pieces. My artwork is slipped…"
Thursday
Larry Berman replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Moving encaustic pieces to and from shows?
"Have you seen the gallery pouch from Frame Destination. Larry Bermanhttp://BermanGraphics.com412-401-8100"
Thursday
Fletcher Dean posted a discussion

Moving encaustic pieces to and from shows?

I have my first show where I'm selling encaustic coming up next month. And I'm flummoxed about the best way to transport my work. I've moved photography in the past and have the homemade silver bags for those and they work great. But my encaustic?My work ranges from 4'x4' to 6"x6". Some is framed but even some of my large pieces (4'x2') are not. The small ones i can figure out - but does anyone have experience safely transporting encaustic work, especially larger pieces? Thanks! ~ FletchSee More
May 2
Richard L. Sherer replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Would I be crazy ... ?
"Sounds nuts to me but would depend on how much traffic you have at one time. Get help. Jean has been my helper for over 20 years. Eight hours to set up ($50K of merchandise including 600 belts on the walls) and about 4 hours knock down. Sometimes…"
Apr 30
Cindy Welch replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Would I be crazy ... ?
"I bribe my husband into helping me... I promise to feed him!  LOL We always go for a nice dinner at the end of the day.  The food usually includes a steak dinner one night."
Apr 29
Fletcher Dean replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Would I be crazy ... ?
"Words of veteran, Larry! I don't think I could do it alone. I'd have to have an assistant (which means I'd have to bribe my wife!). "
Apr 29
Larry Berman replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Would I be crazy ... ?
"Both in the same tent with clear separation would be a less expensive alternative. And you wouldn't be running back and forth answering questions. Larry Bermanhttp://BermanGraphics.com412-401-8100"
Apr 29
Fletcher Dean posted a discussion

Would I be crazy ... ?

I've been slowly trying to change mediums from photography to mixed media (encaustic). I recently applied in both categories to a local show where I typically have done well as a photographer. And I got accepted into both. Here's the question: Would I be crazy to try to do both in a pair of tents side by side? I'm thinking yes ... but another part of me thinks: why not? (I mean, other than the fact that I'd have twice the set-up and have to find another tent!)Advice from my more experienced art…See More
Apr 29
Fletcher Dean replied to Kristen Nazzaro's discussion Table display ideas?
"I've used a simple folding table with a black table cloth that falls to the bottom. Keeps it neat and gives you some extra storage underneath. I typically limit that to biz cards and, sometimes, a small art bin for my smaller (8x10) prints. Too…"
Feb 12
Fletcher Dean replied to Kristen Nazzaro's discussion Basic Question on Booth Set Up
"Kristen, I'm a photographer up in Michigan. Happy to talk with you about my experiences. Been doing shows for five years and learned a ton. Totally changed my setup, printing, exhibiting, etc. If you're willing to put in the work to do a…"
Feb 2
Fletcher Dean replied to Kristen Nazzaro's discussion Basic Question on Booth Set Up
"Can i give an "amen" to this, Connie? I started doing art fairs five years ago and was amazed at how open and helpful other artists and crafters were. I learned the most from the first guy I was set up next to - it was a art/craft fair and…"
Feb 2
Fletcher Dean replied to Kristen Nazzaro's discussion Business requirements for shows - please help!
"I sooo wish I had known this ... "
Jan 29
Fletcher Dean replied to Kristen Nazzaro's discussion Business requirements for shows - please help!
"Others may disagree but here's what I'd do: * Go to your county clerk's office (at least that's what you do in Michigan) and apply for a business license. It's quick and easy. You'll probably want to do this anyway…"
Jan 29

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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.

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At 11:24am on September 9, 2020, Christopher Newell said…
Fletcher, iam in Seminole, Florida. Thirteen miles south of Clearwater
At 6:00pm on April 13, 2017, Fletcher Dean said…

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

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.

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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 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.

 
 
 

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