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James A Veenstra
  • Manton, MI
  • United States
  • Glass, copper
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What's the best EZ Up for doing fairs?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Sohn Aug 16, 2017. 2 Replies

I know that EZ up is not the favorite nor best tent for doing art fairs, but my daughter is looking at getting in at a very cheap entry-level. I have heard some positive comments from easy up folks…Continue

Wanted: Used Eaton Weights

Started Jan 16, 2016 0 Replies

I'm looking to buy four used Eaton weights. Thanks.Continue

Tags: buy, tent, to, wanted, weights

Habor Springs Michigan Fourth of July Art Fair

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barry Bernstein Feb 20, 2015. 2 Replies

Has anyone done this one day show, and if so, what are your thoughts?  Thinking of applying as it is fairly close and easy to do.  Thanks.Continue

Tags: Michigan, Springs, Harbor

Danger in turning down shows in which you have been accepted?

Started this discussion. Last reply by James A Veenstra Jan 8, 2014. 3 Replies

It's time to start sending in applications to jury in for spring and summer shows.  This will be my first significant "assault" in quite a few years.  I intend to apply to a number of shows that take…Continue

Tags: down, turn, decline, accepted, jurying

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Your Medium
Glass, copper
Years in the Art Fair Business
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Interacting with people.
Worst show ever and why
Midland, MI....tornado.
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google search found.

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Howard Alan Events in FL - What's your feedback on them?

Posted on December 8, 2015 at 4:30pm 31 Comments

Does anyone have feedback, pro or con, on Howard Alan Shows? I'm trying to figure out what to expect and if I should look for alternatives. I create original copper overlay and etched art glass, and most of my work is in the $150 to $1000 range.

I'm looking to escape Michigan's winter for a month or so in Florida and have applied and been accepted into the 10th Annual Coconut Point (Bonita Springs) Feb 20,21; Stuart 26th Annual Downtown Festival of the Arts, Feb 27,28; and West Palm…


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At 8:03pm on January 15, 2013, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to ArtFairInsiders, James. I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please stop by the Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. We all look forward to your participation here. Also, visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!

Many topics have already been discussed here before you joined us. You might like to try a search of your topic before you post your question. Just put your topic, canopy tents, jurying fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, etc, into the search bar at the top of the right side of the page. You might be surprised that someone has already asked your question.

We also ask that all new members take a few moments of their time to read the code of conduct. You will find it at There are a few guidelines that all members will need to follow because , as in any social community, we all need to work together.

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At 2:37pm on April 15, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow said…

Happy Birthday James.  I hope you are having a great year.

At 2:02pm on June 5, 2013, Damian Koorey said…

hi James,

How's the shows going? Did you get in up north?

Let me know if you want to try a day or two in Art on the Star--we could use a good etcher!

best wishes,


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