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Jay Snively
  • Bellbrook, OH
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Wanted: Flourish Vinyl Pole Bag...

Started Jun 11 0 Replies

Do you have a Flourish (TrimLine) vinyl pole bag you want to sell? I was going to buy one from Flourish but was told it may be "months" before they get any in.Continue

Do you take a step ladder with you?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Apr 27. 2 Replies

I'm essentially new to doing art fairs and I'm wondering how common it is that artists carry step ladders with them.What got me thinking about it was if I have to close/open the vents on my TrimLine,…Continue

Penrod or Big Four? - requesting input on how to choose...

Started this discussion. Last reply by beth clark Jun 17, 2020. 9 Replies

Penrod in Indianapolis and Big Four in Louisville have both invited me. Both are the same weekend and I'm trying to determine which show would be better for me. (I'm aware that one or both of these…Continue

Zapp Image File Format and Resolution?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott Wheeler Feb 15. 12 Replies

Zapp's website says acceptable image file formats are jpeg, jpg, tiff, png. For the purpose of uploading to Zapp, is there a format or formats preferred over the others?Also, is there any benefit to…Continue

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Wanted: Flourish Vinyl Pole Bag...

Do you have a Flourish (TrimLine) vinyl pole bag you want to sell? I was going to buy one from Flourish but was told it may be "months" before they get any in.See More
Jun 11
Richard L. Sherer replied to Jay Snively's discussion Do you take a step ladder with you?
"Yes, I have always used a 6' stepladder. The upper 4' of my walls are pegboard and I need the ladder th hang the sheets and place hooks for my leather goods. It is also essential for reaching the top top rail at 7.5' for anchoring…"
Apr 27
Connie Mettler replied to Jay Snively's discussion Do you take a step ladder with you?
"I can't answer all those questions, Jay, but we did carry a small step stool that was collapsible with us. You're right those vehicles require careful packing to get all the necessities with you. Another thing to keep in mind is…"
Apr 27
Jay Snively posted a discussion

Do you take a step ladder with you?

I'm essentially new to doing art fairs and I'm wondering how common it is that artists carry step ladders with them.What got me thinking about it was if I have to close/open the vents on my TrimLine, I'd need some way to reach them and I don't want to have to borrow someone's ladder. I'm six feet tall but I cannot reach the vents.1. Is a step ladder worth making room for in my limited space vehicle?2. Any recommendations on a specific type or model of ladder?3. Is there a magic tool or trick to…See More
Apr 26
Scott Wheeler replied to Jay Snively's discussion Zapp Image File Format and Resolution?
"Thanks for the info!  If Zap shows the jury the file that I uploaded then I'm fine.  Zap does downsize the file for view on their website.  I think that is why I see a difference."
Feb 15
Robert Wallis replied to Jay Snively's discussion Zapp Image File Format and Resolution?
"I do judging on a major midwest art fair, and look at several media besides photography. Only rarely have I seen images that were soft, and usually it was with a new or low-skills artist. If you're doing all the right things, then I…"
Feb 15
Scott Wheeler replied to Jay Snively's discussion Zapp Image File Format and Resolution?
"I re-saved the image at 1.7mb 1920x1920 at 72ppi.  Uploaded to zapp and it is still soft looking on the zap website.  So I re loaded the file into Photoshop and it looks great.  The downsized image also looks perfectly sharp on my…"
Feb 15
Robert Wallis replied to Jay Snively's discussion Zapp Image File Format and Resolution?
"Make sure your color space is still being retained in Save for Web. 4 meg file size seems awfully large, usually around 2M is typical, unless your work has a lot of intricate textures. There will be a reduction in sharpness and Save for Web does do…"
Feb 14
Scott Wheeler replied to Jay Snively's discussion Zapp Image File Format and Resolution?
"I've been noticing the same problem on zapp.  I am a photographer who does large prints.  IN Photoshop I downsized my image to 1920 pixels at 300 ppi and did a save for web with high quality.  The file size is 4 mb.  I…"
Feb 13
Jay Snively replied to Jay Snively's discussion Penrod or Big Four? - requesting input on how to choose...
"I appreciate the point, Connie. It addresses an item I've been wondering about. I'm not too concerned with sales at the art fair, anyway. My primary goal for doing a fair is to find those who express an interest in my work and add them to…"
Jun 16, 2020
Jay Snively replied to Jay Snively's discussion Penrod or Big Four? - requesting input on how to choose...
"Thank you ALL for your comments - it's very helpful. Thanks especially to Kathleen for the details - I would find the complicated logistics a little stressful."
Jun 16, 2020
Connie Mettler replied to Jay Snively's discussion Penrod or Big Four? - requesting input on how to choose...
"Weighing in here on the likelihood of sales at both of these events. I hear the worries about high unemployment casting a pall on sales. However, the demographics of attendees at art fairs probably shows that these are the people least likely to…"
Jun 16, 2020
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Jay Snively's discussion Penrod or Big Four? - requesting input on how to choose...
"Hi Jay, We have only done Penrod, so cannot compare, but logistically, it is a nightmare!  Although it is a one day show, you have to set up the night before.  The museum grounds, while beautiful, are a maze and the artists are assigned to…"
Jun 16, 2020
S Brian Berkun replied to Jay Snively's discussion Penrod or Big Four? - requesting input on how to choose...
"You have about a month to decide I'v taken a wait and see position. Some shows have already canceled into September while others have taken it right up to the money due date and large gatherings were canceled by local authorities. The decision…"
Jun 16, 2020
Donald Markham replied to Jay Snively's discussion Penrod or Big Four? - requesting input on how to choose...
"Kentucky COVID cases are climbing at a faster rate than Indiana’s which in my feeble mind means a greater risk of cancellation, I do live in Indiana and have also been invited to Penrod but most of the shows in Indiana (At this point in time)…"
Jun 16, 2020
Joan Glover replied to Jay Snively's discussion Penrod or Big Four? - requesting input on how to choose...
"I did Big Four last year, and it was very good for me. Setup and breakdown was a breeze. Great customers and location. However, there were some artists that said "won't be back". My medium is basketry. I'm going again this year."
Jun 16, 2020

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Fine art photography
Years in the Art Fair Business
One
First show ever
Art on the Lawn 2019, Yellow Springs, OH
What is your website?
http://jay.photo
What are the best things about art fairs
Connecting with people
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What is one fun fact about yourself?
I don't own a television

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At 6:19pm on March 12, 2019, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Jay. 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 7:54am on March 21, 2019, Paula Shoulders said…

Hi Jay, just saw your message and then lost it. I'm having a hard time navigating. I'm much better at email if you would like to contact me. 

cts53@comcast.net

Thanks, Paula

At 9:09am on March 19, 2020, Stewart Rein said…
I am a photographer. Most weekends, I’ll be in a different city. My large hanging pieces sometimes show wear and tear. I ask buyers if they will allow me to print new and ship. About 75% say yes. I include the shipping price (about $20 for a 45x30) in the cost. This has worked well for the past 13 years.

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