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Artlicious in Adrian MI - House to share

Started this discussion. Last reply by Meg Mettler Sep 4. 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

Thanks Red River!

Started Jun 14 0 Replies

I've used Red River photography paper in my business for years. So imagine what a happy boy I was when I won a $100 gift certificate from them during the Pledge Drive. Wahoo!I typically use their…Continue

Tags: photography, inkjet, paper, river, drive

Where do you sleep?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fletcher Dean May 5. 14 Replies

A recent question about Belle Isle - where the poster said they would have to incur travel costs - made me remember a question I've been meaning to post: What do most folks do for sleeping…Continue

Tags: costs, airbnb, hotels, travel

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

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Fletcher Dean replied to Joey Welsh's discussion Cargo Van vs. Pickup w/ trailer
"Great Point. I'll roll my art inside the garage if it's going to be super hot. And I pack it all up over winter. "
Nov 4
Fletcher Dean replied to Joey Welsh's discussion Cargo Van vs. Pickup w/ trailer
"Points by others are good. I've had a trailer for four years. A few times I looked at those with a cargo van with envy. Mostly that's when I'm trying to back up! But overall I'm happy. I do art fairs only during the summer so I…"
Nov 4
Fletcher Dean replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Compare Art shows to corporate work
"I still live in the corporate world. Been corporate for nearly 30 years. The benefits - literally and figuratively - are worth it. As the sole income-earner, I need those little things like health care benefits, retirement, etc.  I've been…"
Oct 24
Nancy Falco replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Red River Pecos River Gloss 7x10 Greeting Cards and Envelopes for Sale
"Sounds good, how do we proceed ?"
Oct 14
Fletcher Dean replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Red River Pecos River Gloss 7x10 Greeting Cards and Envelopes for Sale
"Hi Nancy, I estimate shipping at around $20 (going by weight and dimensions) ... but I'd be fine with $15 if your taking it all. Fletch"
Oct 14
Nancy Falco replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Red River Pecos River Gloss 7x10 Greeting Cards and Envelopes for Sale
"I would buy all if you could tell me the shipping costs. I am in Bradenton, fl  34211 Thanks Nancy"
Oct 14
Fletcher Dean replied to James Wales's discussion Artist inside or outside their booth?
"A high chair - so you're not looking up at your customers - works best. I often sit in my tent. I have a Trimline with a back door and - especially when it's hot - will sit more in the back door area than inside my tent. Sometimes even…"
Sep 28
Fletcher Dean commented on Nels johnson's blog post Lake Forest Labor Day weekend art fair—Fair but not great for most
"Great review, Nels. As a photographer, I get the edit question all the time and I think your response is spot on! And, like you, I like to give art away. Every show, when a young person shows interest, I try to give away a couple of…"
Sep 20
Meg Mettler replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Artlicious in Adrian MI - House to share
"I love that show, Fletcher. I hope it does well for you. I'm posting this on our FB page also right now. Thanks for checking in here and using this section of the site. It should be used much more (:"
Sep 4
Fletcher Dean posted a discussion

Artlicious in Adrian MI - House to share

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. But there's just me and it seems a waste not to see if another artist needs an inexpensive but clean place to stay. There aren't many hotels around Adrian and this home is Happy to share the costs. There are two bedrooms - each with a queen bed - and one bathroom. Cost to share would be $55. I'd…See More
Sep 4
Fletcher Dean replied to Mike A Wardynski's discussion What type of photographic prints sell best at art shows?
"You do great work, Mike. Really nice. Love the sand pics - they're very delicate. (Unless I'm mistaken, your 'Boardwalk Characters' is at the Grand Prismatic, yes? My wife shot our kids on that very walk and we also have it in…"
Aug 11
Fletcher Dean replied to Susan Williamson's discussion Hi I'm new here.
"Long-time listener; first-time caller. I get it.  What I have found is that (the vast majority of) artists are so willing to help and talk. There really is room for you. Go to art fairs. Talk to the artists. Stand back and see which booths…"
Aug 5
Fletcher Dean replied to Tony DeCoste's discussion What makes up the perfect show? From the artists perspective...
"Great list! I would add: * Forget the prizes - they affect very few. I would rather they spend the money on advertising. (I say this as someone who just won a prize this past weekend. Take my money and print some flyers or a banner!) * Plan load-in…"
Aug 5
Fletcher Dean replied to Jim Dalton's discussion What's the worst question you have been asked at an art fair?
"You win. Hands down!"
Jul 8
Fletcher Dean replied to Diana Augustine's discussion Battery Lighting for Dummies
"Diana - it isnt as difficult as you might fear. You just need a few things: 1. A deep cell agm marine battery. These are used becase they are built for devices - like trolling motors or lights - that drain them slowly. I bought mine on Amazon. Here…"
Jul 8

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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.

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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