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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

Saginaw Art Fair Review

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Feb 6. 6 Replies

So ... this was a weird but promising show. After on-again, off-again starts, the folks in Saginaw launched a new version of their art show. The 2018 version - a Friday/Saturday show on Aug. 10-11 -…Continue

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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…"
4 hours ago
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
jill neal replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion jury images - consistency or variety?
"I agree with applying in two categories.  I have several styles myself, one that is more commercial, and one that is fine art.  It took me a while to figure this out!  Sometimes I have been accepted in both categories, than ask for a…"
Feb 12
Fletcher Dean replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion jury images - consistency or variety?
"Good advice there. Thanks."
Feb 11
Dennis Angel replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion jury images - consistency or variety?
"Definitely DO NOT apply with different bodies of work.  In the better shows the jurors will interpret that as being inconsistent and you won't be taken seriously.  If you have different work, your best option is to submit two separate…"
Feb 11
Mindy Colton replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion jury images - consistency or variety?
"Those aren't styles. They are themes."
Feb 11
Mindy Colton replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion jury images - consistency or variety?
"In better shows, mixing abstracts and landscapes will get you a no."
Feb 11
Fletcher Dean posted a discussion

jury images - consistency or variety?

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 like to see a consistency of style ... or is it ok to show a variety of styles. Example: all landscapes or all abstract or a mix?
Feb 10
Connie Mettler replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Saginaw Art Fair Review
"This is an area of the state, Linnea, that isn't oversaturated with shows. If they keep it small and make it good, it has a chance of working for artists. Plus, while you're there you can take a little extra time and go to the beaches on…"
Feb 6
Fletcher Dean replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Saginaw Art Fair Review
"Yes. In Michigan - a little less than 2 hours above Detroit."
Feb 5
Linnea Lahlum replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Saginaw Art Fair Review
"What STATE is the show in? I am guessing Saginaw is in Michigan, but I could be wrong! "
Feb 5
Fletcher Dean replied to Otis Harville's discussion Marine Battery Booth Electricity Allowed or No?
"I hate to say never assume ... but I have also used this set up for three years w no issues. I keep mine in my tent - in a battety box - and put my invertor on a seperate stand. Good for two long days for 2 tracks of leds plus sometimes a fan and…"
Feb 4
Peggy Crago replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Out of state taxes
"Shows let you know what licenses to apply for and usually how to pay afterwards.  That can vary.  Texas wants all sales taxes at year's end, other states want quarterly returns whether you were there or not, although you might be able…"
Jan 2
Richard L. Sherer replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Out of state taxes
"It can be complicated if you are a C or S corporation too. Don't know about LLC's. Texas was a real zoo for my S corp and they kept thinking I was a TX business after doing just 2 shows there.  AZ refunded my sales tax by mistake then…"
Jan 2
Steve Sawusch replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Out of state taxes
"Each state is different. I hear California can be really bad. "
Jan 2

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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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