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Gayle Weiss
  • Chicago, IL
  • United States
  • Jewelry
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Big Rewards for Free Travel

Started May 3, 2017 0 Replies

I'm not sure if this will be a good suggestion for many of your readers, but I have had tremendous success with bonus credit cards. I just recently returned from 4 months in Asia and am about to…Continue

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Art in the Park, Lake Odessa, MI

Started Jan 29, 2016 0 Replies

Hi there fellow artists!Does anyone have any experience with the Lake Odessa, MI Art in the Park show?It's a one day event on the first Saturday of August, and I was curious about the weather and…Continue

Glenwood Arts Fest, Chicago, IL

Started this discussion. Last reply by Linnea Lahlum Aug 21, 2015. 2 Replies

Well, I just got home from the Glenwood Arts Fest in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood. This was my 9th year and I've been through torrential downpours, wind storms, chilly weather and blistering…Continue

Death of an Art Fair

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kathleen V. Smith Jul 10, 2015. 17 Replies

So, I just got home from a weekend show in New Buffalo, MI called "Artigras." The show itself is only 4 years old and Amy Amdur ran it for the first 2 years. Last year (2014) she couldn't find enough…Continue


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Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
A farmer's market in Berwyn, IL
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
The interaction with clients and the positive feedback from customers and other artists alike.
Best show ever and why
Ravenswood Art Walk in Chicago. It's a very open and accessible show. Artists from all disciplines and skill levels are allowed to show work, providing there's space. It's a great show to start off at because you get so much feedback from other artists and I learned so much. I made the most sales at that show the first time I did it and now, 13 years later, it's still consistently one of my best shows.
Worst show ever and why
Logan Boulevard Art Fest in Chicago. No one showed up and the promoter had no buy in from the local arts organizations. They claimed the show draws 30,000 participants and if there were 300 over the weekend, I'd be surprised. I packed my stuff out on Saturday evening and didn't go back on Sunday and I'm glad I didn't because it poured. I wrote a letter to the show promoter and explained what I thought were the problems. I asked for a credit toward another show the following year and he actually gave it to me.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Hmmm, I think I found it on a web search for an art fair calendar posting.

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An Open Letter to the Jury (Part II)

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 10:08pm 38 Comments

An Open Letter to the Jury:

Part II:The Artists' Statement:

Again, our conversations have evolved quite a bit on this issue. As juries have become more and more anonymous through the use of application software like Zapp Management and Art Thingy, the conversation between artist and jury is, at most, limited and often entirely missing. Often, it isn't until you've been accepted and payment has been made before a bio and statement are even requested.…


An Open Letter to the Jury (Part I)

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 4:00pm 21 Comments

Dear Jurors;

My name is Gayle Weiss and I am a Chicagoland jewelry designer with 12 years of art fair experience. Erin Malloy was kind enough to offer to forward this email for your consideration. The reason I am writing is to foster a meaningful discussion around the criteria for show acceptance. Because having a conversation without input from the decision makers who most impact our outcomes is just plain…


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At 11:22am on August 24, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Gayle Weiss a gift
At 11:05pm on July 20, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Gayle Weiss a gift
Congrats Gayle on being awarded the post of the Week - 7/13/2015.
At 8:42am on July 08, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Gayle Weiss a gift
Thank you, Gayle, for referring Margaret O'Meara to Art Fair Insiders.
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Thank you, Gayle, for referring Mary K. Heilman to Art Fair Insiders.
At 7:08pm on August 22, 2014, Jacki Bilsborrow gave Gayle Weiss a gift
Thank you, Gayle, for your review of the Arts in Bartlett Art Show. We appreciate your help.
At 3:54pm on June 17, 2014, Jacki Bilsborrow gave Gayle Weiss a gift
Thank you, Gayle, for your review of the Hyde Park Community Art Fair. We appreciate your help.
At 3:46pm on May 11, 2014, Jacki Bilsborrow gave Gayle Weiss a gift
Thank you, Gayle, for your review of the Elmhurst Art in the Park. We appreciate your help.
At 1:53pm on April 15, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Gayle Weiss a gift
Congrats on winning the Post of the Week - 4/15/13.
At 9:29pm on April 11, 2013, Connie Mettler said…

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