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Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals

Jan Herman
  • Female
  • Polk City, FL
  • United States
  • textile art
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I must weigh in. Just set up new website and use Made by Minimal theme "Eames." I love the clean minimalist look. Brian at is very helpful as I am absolutely NOT techy. Have the…Continue

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Jan Herman commented on Reid Watts's blog post Hello! Anybody out there?
"Okay. I just completed my 2021 winter season at art shows in Florida. I live here year-round. I did 3 small shows in central Florida, the Gasparilla online event (Tampa), plus St. Augustine (a promoter), Cedar Key (April) and Mayfaire…"
May 18
Jan Herman replied to Laura Edwards's discussion Waterproof Pop Up Tent
"I've used several different popups: Sams, borrowed an EZup, new Euramax. Because my first popup's roof leaked, I applied seam sealer underneath the roof in the Euramax. Then, I apply 2 coats Starbright waterproofing to the roof and…"
Apr 21
Jan Herman commented on Connie Mettler's blog post A Fact or so about Virtual Events vs. Real
"I have follow up comments on the virtual (online) art show by Gasparilla and Eventeny held recently.  This started Feb. 18 with VIP and sponsors and judging, then it opened to public on March 1st. The Main event with demo videos, band videos,…"
Mar 7
Jan Herman commented on Connie Mettler's blog post A Fact or so about Virtual Events vs. Real
"I'm participating in the fiber category in Gasparilla's virtual event. Although my experience with virtual shows has been a disappointing to date, I'm hoping this event proves to be the exception. There are interesting facets to this…"
Feb 18
Jan Herman commented on Connie Mettler's blog post What Works to Engage Customers Now
"I'm participating in Eventeny's Cape Coral online art show since January 4th. Fortunately I can continue to make changes as I continually find out new things. Reviewing everyone else's "booth" has helped. And, then I have to…"
Jan 9
Jan Herman replied to Brent Leftwich's discussion Seeking Marketing / Selling Advice for a Senior Potter
"Good luck to you. There are many experienced people here that could give you much better info than I can. Just two weeks ago I "forced" myself to look into Instagram and figure out how it could help my textile business. I had a website…"
Aug 3, 2020
Jan Herman replied to Rick Wallace's discussion anyone else have a non de plume (alias)?
"If you are operating a business under a name that is not your legal name, then I think most states require you to file a fictitious name document and associate it with your name and address and post in a local paper. I did, but then I had a goofy…"
Jul 6, 2020
Jan Herman commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part 2: Looking ahead to future shows and musing about problems to overcome
"I am planning an email campaign to my art show customers and contacts in early September. I want to explain what they can expect at my booth, and to ask them what would make them comfortable about returning to art shows. And, of course, ask about…"
Jun 23, 2020
Jan Herman commented on John Leben's blog post What Will Art Fairs be Like After the Pandemic?
"I am adding more lower price point items to sell when, and if, art shows begin again. Before I sign up for an event, I will contact the organizer and ask "in what ways are you addressing pandemic issues and social distancing at this…"
Apr 26, 2020
Jan Herman commented on Nels johnson's blog post Cape Coral Rotary Art Festival— My first one this year—YAWN!
"Thank you, Nels, for your review. I WAS going to apply to this show but decided not to because of distance, hotel costs (although your $99 deal was better than what I found) and large number of booths. I'm glad I did not go. You have confirmed…"
Jan 15, 2020
Jan Herman replied to Don Seib's discussion Top and bottom stay bars needed for pop up?
"I use an easyup with Flourish mesh walls. First couple years I just had bottom stabars on 3 sides and top stabar in back to support convertible wall with door. I could see where adding upper stabars to the sides would allow my framed art to hang…"
Oct 6, 2019
Jan Herman replied to Cindy Dubielak Yeager's discussion Unusual, Self-taught or Folk Festivals
"You may or may not be aware that there are “outsider artists” at most art shows. I myself have been approached by a gallery owner that specializes in collecting international folk/outsider art. Their interest in my work is that I do not…"
Sep 11, 2019
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Jul 6, 2019
Jan Herman replied to Jim Dalton's discussion What's the worst question you have been asked at an art fair?
"I use my sewing machine to create my textile art. Always: "what kind of sewing machine do you use?" As if they could buy one and push a button and print this out. But most often: "That looks tedious. How long does it…"
Jul 6, 2019

Profile Information

Your Medium
textile art
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Began with thread painting (free motion embroidery) over my watercolor and acrylic painted scenes on fabric. First fine art show in April 2015
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What are the best things about art fairs
Good and bad: Love to meet people and see how my work challenges their senses. Buyers buy from me because they like what they see. Everyone else that fills my booth, challenges my work and picks at my brain (quilt ladies). I'm rarely alone.
Best show ever and why
Best shows in Florida are at Lake Wales and Leesburg for sales of my 2D work. If I snag an award, it is never where I sell well.
Worst show ever and why
I only do mostly central Florida shows. Winter Haven, no sales. Why? Flea market crowd. Also, bad is nearby Bartow (Bloomin Arts). Car show crowd. That's my guess. I do better in same county but other shows.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
internet search while looking into subscribing to Sunshine Artist
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I like to 4x4 in a Jeep and sleep in a tent (but not when doing an art show).

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At 6:27pm on April 15, 2015, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Jan.  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.

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At 9:07am on March 30, 2015, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Jan,

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  You sound like someone I'd have a lot in common with as I, too, am a fiber artist and love to go to craft fairs and antique shows.  We're delighted to have you joining us here and hope you'll find the site beneficial to your particular needs.  Thanks and best of luck to you as you begin again.


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