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John Leben
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For Sale: 10 + 2 Graphic Display System Display Panels - $500

Started Aug 9, 2016 0 Replies

I have ten 7-foot tall 37.5 inch wide sectional panels covered with black fabric from Flourish and two 7-foot tall 19.5 inch wide sectional panels, also covered with black fabric from Flourish. I…Continue

Looking for Used ProPanels in Midwest

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Leben Aug 19, 2016. 2 Replies

I'm in the market for light gray seven foot Propanels with all the needed attachments. I need nine of them. I'll probably wind up taking out a second mortgage (HA) and buying them new from Propanels,…Continue

Digital Printmaking

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Leben Apr 17, 2017. 22 Replies

Although the "Digital" category is gaining more widespread acceptance in the art world (and the art fair circuit), as a digital artist, I continue to battle misconceptions in the public eye. I…Continue

 

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Connie Mettler commented on John Leben's blog post What Will Art Fairs be Like After the Pandemic?
"I surely understand Patricia about the women not touching the jewelry ... but there are still many people with jobs, unaffected by the economic downturn, and many with new work because our economy is strong for those at the upper end of the earning…"
Jun 1
Patricia Zabreski Venaleck commented on John Leben's blog post What Will Art Fairs be Like After the Pandemic?
"Until we have a vaccine I don’t see art fairs working.  I have glass and metal jewelry.  Women don’t buy unless they try it on.  I could dip things in alcohol but no woman is going to try on jewelry with this virus.…"
May 29
Steven Robertson commented on John Leben's blog post What Will Art Fairs be Like After the Pandemic?
"One nice thing about the US is that it's not monolithic in the approach to the virus. By that I mean, some states will allow fairs and shows before others do. And there will be a first. Those who are more cautious can watch and see what…"
Apr 27
Sandy Walker commented on John Leben's blog post What Will Art Fairs be Like After the Pandemic?
"   This is a question we are all asking. I have spent the last year and a half developing a body of work in a different category, mixed media collage, in addition to my usual category of jewelry. After squirreling away in my studio for…"
Apr 27
Barrie Lynn Bryant commented on John Leben's blog post What Will Art Fairs be Like After the Pandemic?
"Hi, John. Long time no see. Hope you are well. We're doing o.k., but not doing very many shows anymore as it is. We're being really selective. We just have to reminisce about the life we have lived for so long. I think the biggest downer…"
Apr 26
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
Connie Mettler commented on John Leben's blog post What Will Art Fairs be Like After the Pandemic?
"It's Friday evening and my mind is whirring. I've just completed 4 podcasts about reacting to the effects of the coronavirus, talking to show directors, artists, CPA's ... Every show cancellation makes me very sad. So much loss and…"
Apr 17
Richard L. Sherer commented on John Leben's blog post What Will Art Fairs be Like After the Pandemic?
"It pays to have a Plan B. For my medium leather (saddles and personal leather goods), I got a letter from St. Louis tannery that they were shutting down but had inventory on hand. I asked and received a "split order" of smaller quantities…"
Apr 16
Cat Tesla commented on John Leben's blog post What Will Art Fairs be Like After the Pandemic?
"I’m posting this information to inform you, not to alarm you. Before I left my day job, I was on faculty at Emory University in Atlanta in the Department of Human Genetics. (left due to burn out – saw patients at high risk for genetic…"
Apr 16
Barry Shandler commented on John Leben's blog post What Will Art Fairs be Like After the Pandemic?
"My viewpoint is that Disney, Amusement parks, cruises, NFL Games, concerts ,theater and art/craft festivals will all come back strong.  I did all these things for 40 years and never once had a problem or worried about dying from a disease. I…"
Apr 15
Steven Robertson commented on John Leben's blog post What Will Art Fairs be Like After the Pandemic?
"One thing we know is that things look different in the rear-view mirror than they do through the windshield. There's a lot we don't know yet about this outbreak - and the virus itself. And, whether you choose to believe it or not, there…"
Apr 10
John Leben posted a blog post

What Will Art Fairs be Like After the Pandemic?

I've been puzzling over this question, and thinking about how I will handle art fairs going forward. All those people coming into my booth... coughing, sneezing, pawing through my print bins. I don't know... maybe art fairs are just not in my future any more. Or, maybe I just need to rethink how I do these art fairs.I'm a digital artist. I sell prints of my digital paintings. I'm a printmaker. Most of my sales are packaged unframed prints. Packaged in plastic bags... perfect surfaces for a…See More
Apr 10
Jennifer Racette commented on John Leben's blog post Refund Reply from Naples Downtown
"If ever there was a case for an organization to carry business interruption insurance, this is it."
Apr 1
Mark Zirinsky commented on John Leben's blog post Refund Reply from Naples Downtown
"hmm. On the one hand they are pleading contract, no refunds, then on the other they are acknowledging liability for refunds in spite of the contract. Which is it? Either you are enforcing the contract, or you are not.  That said, technically…"
Apr 1
Connie Mettler commented on John Leben's blog post Refund Reply from Naples Downtown
"Correct, Barry. Artists can vote with their feet and their $$. The Bonita Springs shows would welcome artists, Richard Sullivan, ditto, HotWorks, Howard Alan ... "
Mar 31
Barry Bernstein commented on John Leben's blog post Refund Reply from Naples Downtown
"John, there are plenty of other organizations that have events in the area, Ft Myers, Bonita Springs has three shows, Richard Sullivan has a few shows there, and many more. There is no reason to ever do any Naples shows. You all can do what you…"
Mar 31

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Your Medium
Digital
Years in the Art Fair Business
Off and on for 30 years
First show ever
Old Burton Place art fair in the 60s. Now the wells street art fair.
What is your website?
http://Www.lebenart.com
What are the best things about art fairs
To be able to sell my art and make a living on my own terms.
Best show ever and why
Recently, 2009 DES Moines art fair. Why? Perhaps because people attending looked forward to it every year and attended with the intention of purchasing something, unlike cities like Chicago that have an art fair every week-end so none of them are considered a special event.
Worst show ever and why
I remember a show in Muskegon, Michigan a few years ago when I didn't sell anything.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Connie

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What Will Art Fairs be Like After the Pandemic?

Posted on April 10, 2020 at 9:25am 11 Comments

I've been puzzling over this question, and thinking about how I will handle art fairs going forward. All those people coming into my booth... coughing, sneezing, pawing through my print bins. I don't know... maybe art fairs are just not in my future any more. Or, maybe I just need to rethink how I do these art fairs.

I'm a digital artist. I sell prints of my digital paintings. I'm a printmaker. Most of my sales are packaged unframed prints. Packaged in plastic bags... perfect surfaces…

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Refund Reply from Naples Downtown

Posted on March 30, 2020 at 3:16pm 8 Comments

I have been lobbying Naples Downtown to get a refund on my booth fee after they cancelled the show. Here is a very arrogant email that I received today. Aimee Schlehr, the chairman wrote this extremely unprofessional letter to the artists who have been requesting a refund. Apparently they will refund my booth fee when funds become available, but they are black-balling me from ever participating in one of their art fairs because of my "breach" of contract. Here is her email:…

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Six Florida Art Fairs for this Michigan Artist

Posted on March 18, 2019 at 11:00am 1 Comment

Every year Marcia and I head south for February and March to do art fairs in Florida. Lets face it, there are not very many opportunities to make money in the frozen north during the winter. Is it worth the trip? For me, it is worth it. In fact, the trip has become essential for us financially. We would have a lot of unpaid bills in the winter without the Florida art fairs. How did it go this winter? Results are mixed, but we were able to pay the bills, and we are coming home with some money…

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Digital Artist Opens a Gallery: A 2-year Report

Posted on December 4, 2018 at 4:46pm 3 Comments

I've been doing art fairs for many years exhibiting my digital paintings (prints). A couple of years ago my wife, Marcia, and I opened an art gallery in the resort town of Douglas, Michigan, right across the river from Saugatuck. This area is billed as "The Art Coast of Michigan" and boasts 30-plus art galleries. We opened the gallery because we're getting old. After many years we finally figured out how to make money at art fairs, but they are so much work! More work every year. We thought,…

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Thanks for this good discussion topic, John. It's gotten a lot of attention AND thank you for continuing to contribute to this website. Your message have been helpful to many.
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John, congrats on being awarded the Post of the Week - 1/12/2016.
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Congrats of being awarded the Post of the Week - 10/5/2015.
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Congrats on being awarded the Post of the Week Award - 8/10/2015.
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John, thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2015 Pledge Drive.
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Congrats on winning the Blog Post of the Week award - 3/9/2015
 
 
 


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