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Jay Snively
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How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Berman Jan 8. 17 Replies

I'm relatively new to doing art fairs and I'm in the process of searching for appropriate art fairs to apply for 2020. The region I'm looking for is within 500 miles of Dayton, Ohio.I'm familiar with…Continue

Jurying: Any Way to Find Out Medium Schedule?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jay Snively Dec 30, 2019. 7 Replies

I'm planning to attend jurying for Columbus, Ohio Arts Festival in January. Is it possible to find out an approximate time when a given medium will be viewed? With 1000 applicants over two days, I…Continue

Subject Matter: How to Choose Images for Jury?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Susan Callaway Dec 19, 2019. 8 Replies

I'm a relative newbie to art festivals, having done just one so far. As I begin to apply for 2020's shows, I would like some input on what subject matter to choose for jurying.Much of my photography…Continue

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Anchoring Trimline sidewalls at bottom...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Sohn Jun 27, 2019. 3 Replies

How do you all with Trimlines anchor the sidewalls at the bottom edge?Mine is a 10x10 7' and the bottom edge of the sidewalls are below the stay bar.Maybe it's common to not anchor the sides? I'd…Continue

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Larry Berman replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
"Before the Art Fair Source Book it was the only way to find shows because you could look up the weekends you had free. Larry Berman"
Jan 8
Richard L. Sherer replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
"Nobody can do it for you and your medium. Read the reviews to general feel for your fit. Then do it. I too drew circles on US maps of 500, then 300 miles out. Now, after 20 plus years of trial and error the last 10 years or so have been eliminating…"
Jan 8
Connie Mettler replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
"That may be true, Carol, and I know you have an insider's point of view. But the listings are pretty extensive. We used it a lot to find smaller events that could fill an empty weekend when we'd be out on the road. Maybe not the best…"
Jan 8
Carol Joy Shannon replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
"Sunshine Artist is now geared mostly towards crafts, since being purchased by a craft conglomerate a few years back."
Jan 8
Carol Joy Shannon replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
"I disagree.  Most of the info is WAY out of date. "
Jan 8
Carol Joy Shannon replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
"Zapplication puts it all together.  By state.  By deadline.  By show month.  Upload a good portfolio of photos of your work and your set-up and go to town!  It's free.  Show jurying fees can add up though, so…"
Jan 8
Connie Mettler replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
"Good point, Barry. Jay, artists take years to hone out a list of events that work for them. In your shoes, I'd decide how far you want to travel in a first year, draw a circle around that and then do that search from David's list, and read…"
Jan 6
Barry Shandler replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
"There are a dozen sites now listing shows. Most will be listed here. None of them will help you much in determining if you will make any money in the show. Seeing what you do on this site may help a few give you an idea if you belong in certain…"
Jan 6
David J Teter replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
Jan 6
Jay Snively replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
"Judy, Richard, Larry, Sonja, and S Brian - I really appreciate the helpful replies!"
Jan 6
S Brian Berkun replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
"Zapplication lists shows with due dates and the calendar feature keeps you up-to-date but there is no reviews of shows on their site. Also, Sunshine Artist Magazine has reviews of some shows and lists of due dates for applications."
Jan 6
Sonja Jones replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
"I don't have a list, per se, but I have been doing art shows in Ohio for a couple years.  Boston Mills is in Peninsula, Oh, and they put on an excellent show.  Two weekends to chose from - last weekend of June or first weekend of…"
Jan 6
Larry Sohn replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
"As you stated about Greg Lawler's Art Fair Sourcebook, it is pricey. However if it makes the difference between bombing out or making good at just one show, it will pay for itself. His system is compiled with a lot of DATA. I have found it to…"
Jan 6
Richard L. Sherer replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
"For Coloraodo: https://coloradoartisttour.com/ for shows other than Zapp."
Jan 4
Judy Christian replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
"Ohio used to put out a small book with all shows imaginable for Ohio. It was free and a new one came out in the beginning of each year. There was a decent amount of info for each show. I think it was done by the Ohio Arts Council. You may want to…"
Jan 4
Jay Snively replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
"Thank you, Larry. Yes, this site, forums, and asking other artists is what I plan to do when it's time to find out specifics to qualify or disqualify a given art fair. What I'm wanting to know is if someone has compiled a list that I can…"
Jan 4

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Art on the Lawn 2019, Yellow Springs, OH
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Connecting with people
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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.

Please stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself. Then read the "Getting Started" for tips to make the site easier to navigate.

Many topics have already been discussed. We suggest you try a search of your topic before you post your question. Click the SEARCH tab at the top of the page and “search” for your topic: tents, jury fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, the name of a show, etc. You might find that someone has already asked and answered your question.

Check out our code of conduct to understand the rules of the site.
Each of us is unique and has a gift to share that can help someone else. We all look forward to your sharing on ArtFairInsiders.com.

Best wishes, Connie Mettler

p.s. The best way to make this system easy to use is to click on the "Follow-Email me" link at the bottom of each Forum discussion that interests you. That way the system will email you automatically whenever anyone responds. It's a great time-saver.

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

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