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Hal Moran
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  • Saint Charles, MO
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Retirement from art fairs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cindy Welch 8 hours ago. 1 Reply

Well after several decades of "part time" art fairs, this year will be my retirement tour for art fairs. I haven't posted much on this site, but would like to thank those who contribute. I've learned…Continue

A few thoughts from a part timer

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott J. Morgan Feb 17. 19 Replies

I just wanted to share a few thoughts (totally my own) on things I've observed over the past 15-20 years of art fairs and other venues where I've exhibited. If it helps anyone, that's icing on the…Continue

What do you think...?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Oct 11, 2017. 16 Replies

I only attend about 4 local art fairs per year, but I send artwork (usually 3-6 pieces) to various group or solo exhibits about 8-12 times per year.This past weekend I delivered a piece of artwork…Continue

Why the "sameness?"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Wallis Apr 23, 2017. 4 Replies

I tend to view artists, generally, as iconoclasts - at least the myriad of artists I know, including myself. So, I wonder, if all artists are encouraged to "be themselves, be unique," why do art fair…Continue

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Cindy Welch replied to Hal Moran's discussion Retirement from art fairs
"I would love to hear also. Happy retirement and wishing you Godspeed in your journey."
8 hours ago
Hal Moran posted a discussion

Retirement from art fairs

Well after several decades of "part time" art fairs, this year will be my retirement tour for art fairs. I haven't posted much on this site, but would like to thank those who contribute. I've learned a lot from you all.I'm retiring, not because I'm tired or worn out but, for other considerations. (If circumstances were different I'd keep going until I drop.) I have several disabilities that are exacerbated by stress, excitement, and just life in general. These are the issues that influenced my…See More
9 hours ago
Hal Moran replied to GEROME BONNER's discussion What 2D Sizes Sell Best for YOU?
"Hey, Gerome. For what it's worth... I've been doing art fairs for several decades, but only local to my state of MO. Right now I'm settled in on 20x30, 24x36, and a few 32x48 inch canvas wraps. I also show some on metal. 16x24s…"
Feb 18
Scott J. Morgan replied to Hal Moran's discussion A few thoughts from a part timer
"love it!!! anybody doing Paradise City, Marlborough in March? would love to experiment with this concept."
Feb 17
Karl Wertanen replied to Hal Moran's discussion A few thoughts from a part timer
"Cheers my friend! I wish more artists had your attitude. Seems most of my shows I'm surrounded by extremely negative, snarky and ungrateful artists. Mindset is everything. You attract the same energy you give/emit... and that energy could be…"
Feb 17
Cindy Welch replied to Hal Moran's discussion A few thoughts from a part timer
"Larry I don't do fine art, but I have found a place that is open every weekend for antiques, vintage, upcycled, repurposed, unique items.  In this store some artists have rented wall space that is quite affordable.  They used to be…"
Feb 10
Larry Sohn replied to Hal Moran's discussion A few thoughts from a part timer
"I've thought about going into shows that are reoccuring every month. Then I could just leave my setup as is. No breakdown or setup inbetween... oh, wait, is that called a gallery?  :-)  ;-) "
Feb 10
Ryan Moyer replied to Hal Moran's discussion A few thoughts from a part timer
"I used to have the same setup as Larry, pop-up with mesh panels, and wasn't anywhere CLOSE to 45 minutes.  I wish! Now with Trimline and pro panels, well let's just say my last double booth setup took in the neighborhood of 10 hours."
Feb 9
Hal Moran replied to Edgar Williams's discussion Do Low Prices Upset Other Artists?
"This is the beauty of a free market economy - set your prices as YOU see fit. The marketplace will decide whether or not to buy your artwork based on your price, quality, style, genre, etc. Then it's up to you to respond based on their…"
Jan 17
David S Randall replied to Hal Moran's discussion A few thoughts from a part timer
"I'm not too sure but it seems that the culture has lost civility lately. We had more of it once from my experience."
Dec 13, 2018
Barry Shandler replied to Hal Moran's discussion A few thoughts from a part timer
"and you get more body aches and pains and health problems than you did 20 years ago"
Nov 24, 2018
David Bornancin replied to Hal Moran's discussion A few thoughts from a part timer
"Wow, some really great tips and insights.... Super Dave"
Nov 21, 2018
Larry Sohn replied to Hal Moran's discussion A few thoughts from a part timer
"Rick, next time we are both at the same show, if we are close enough to each other, let's help each other. We can both do your setup, then both do my booth.  Maybe each will be done in half the time. Here is an idea, how about all the…"
Nov 21, 2018
Larry Sohn replied to Hal Moran's discussion A few thoughts from a part timer
"You are right Barry. I take much longer. Protecting Fine Art work takes longer than pushing aside a bunch of Clay jars  :-)  :-) ;-P I agree, my system needs alot of work. It displays very nicely. I just need better efficiency in…"
Nov 21, 2018
Barry Bernstein replied to Hal Moran's discussion A few thoughts from a part timer
"Larry, you are the slowest I've ever seen in terms of setting up and taking down. It takes you longer to close your tent up at night, than it takes most people to take their whole tent down at the end of a show."
Nov 20, 2018
Rick Plummer replied to Hal Moran's discussion A few thoughts from a part timer
"Thanks for the post, Hal. Good thoughts and great attitude. I was shocked to hear someone can put up their operation in 30-45 minutes. I'm a newbie and my first attempt took 5 hours and the second 2.5! I'll be pretty happy when I'm…"
Nov 15, 2018

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At 8:49pm on July 25, 2012, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to ArtFairInsiders, Hal. I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.
 
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At 7:34pm on October 1, 2012, Virginia Dauth said…

hal, I would be interested in how you made your mesh panels I am switching over from rigid Graphic Display panels to the mesh ones for my Light Dome tent. Cost to purchase from Light Dome , Stabilizing bars plus roll up mesh would be about $700. plus shipping if I could do it for much less that would be great any help is appreciated, Virginia

At 6:43pm on October 3, 2012, Virginia Dauth said…

Hal, thanks for the info and the pix, it looks very professional. one last question what were your costs into it?  Yes I can sew , have done my own custom window treatments for years , as a matter of fact I sewed my first set of panel covers for the graphic display panels plus  6 for my friend, ( never want to do that again) I don't have luck with groments as I have used them on various projects in the past, they always pull off of the fabric after a while. I used them on my Light Dome Flap to adapt it for a shade flap out of the back of my tent and two are off already. Any hints to keep them on.  Thanks, Virginia

At 8:33pm on October 3, 2012, Virginia Dauth said…

Thanks,Hal, I will check it out.

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