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Kathleen J. Clausen
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • United States
  • wire wrap and metal clay jewelry
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My first Penrod.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Wallis Sep 14, 2016. 7 Replies

Let me begin by saying that every since I began seriously trying to get into art fairs, Penrod has been my dream, a symbol to me that I had really made it. The Penrod Art Fair is one of the BIG 3…Continue

LONGMONT ART FAIR???

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chau Nguyen May 1, 2018. 35 Replies

Has anyone done the Longmont Art Fair in Longmont, Colorado?  We are traveling to Montana to Montana where we will do the Sweet Pea Art Fair in Bozeman, so decided to try to get another show on the…Continue

Festival of the Arts in Libertyville, IL.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Linnea Lahlum Apr 22, 2013. 3 Replies

Hi everyone,   Has anyone ever done the Festival of the Arts in Libertyville, IL, put on by the David Adler Music and Arts Center.  Show information says that it has been going on for more than 30…Continue

Jewelry photos for jury

Started this discussion. Last reply by Suzanne McNenly Jan 31, 2012. 15 Replies

I make jewelry in both Precious Metal Clay and Wire Wrap.  Since there are only 3 or at most 4 pictures submitted to the jury for a show, in the past I have taken pictures showing groupings of…Continue

 

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Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Kensington Metropark Art Fair Review
"Glad it was a good experience!"
Jun 2
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on Kathleen J. Clausen's blog post Chairs for art fairs
"Thanks, Leo.  It is very helpful seeing the chairs.  I will definitely check out the Hollywood chairs.  I agree, the height is very important, and not something that I have at this time.  Now that I'm getting even older,…"
May 27
Leo Charette commented on Kathleen J. Clausen's blog post Chairs for art fairs
"I strongly recommend a 32" high director chair. I really like how they put you at eye level when you are approached by customers. It is a natural conversation height. For comfort and durability Hollywood Chairs make the best. Personally, I…"
May 27
Kathleen J. Clausen posted a blog post

Chairs for art fairs

I'm looking for some light weight artists' chairs.  They need to be foldable and not very wide after folding since we put everything in the back of our Forester when we travel.  A few years ago IKEA had just what I'm looking for.  I saw them at an art fair.  They have been discontinued! Anyone have any suggestions?  The chairs that I see that are made of wood are too wide when folded.  Thanks in advance for your help.See More
May 25
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on Spencer Knowlton's blog post 10 Bits of Inspiration to Lift an Artist's Spirits
"Susi, it sounds like this has been a very disconcerting time what with CoVid and the move.  Are there just no art associations near where you are?  Too often we think that Illinois means Chicago.  What about places where art is being…"
May 25
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on Nels johnson's blog post Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival— Winner,Winner,Chicken Dinner!
"Way to go Nels!!!!"
May 25
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on Nels johnson's blog post Melbourne Art Festival—Winner,winner chicken dinner...for most
"Good luck at Winter Park Nels!"
Apr 28
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on John Leben's blog post A Movie and a Book Based on My Art
"Wow John!! I just watched the movie.  What an awesome production.  Your family must all be talented!  Congratulations."
Apr 26
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Laura Edwards's discussion Waterproof Pop Up Tent
"Our Undercover has a center peak that is adjustable to create a steeper slope which helps prevent the puddling on the roof around the sides.  The pool noodles and hula hoops help with that, too but just twisting to raise or lower is easier."
Apr 21
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Laura Edwards's discussion Waterproof Pop Up Tent
"I have an undercover which is much easier to  set up than our old ezup!  Haven't had any issues with leaking.  The poles are aluminum which makes it much sturdier than some of the other pop-ups."
Apr 12
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Big News from the BIG One: Ann Arbor
"Too funny!  I really missed out, having a regular job back then. However, I worked in mental health and have a bunch of funny memories of my own! Thanks for sharing these stories!"
Mar 15
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on Nels johnson's blog post Plop,plop...fizz,fizz..oh what a joy it is..my first show in nine months—Bonita Springs, Jan 9-10, 2021
"Congratulations Nels!"
Jan 18
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on Connie Mettler's blog post What Works to Engage Customers Now
"Thanks to Mark for trying and for keeping such detailed information.  Your willingness to try this out is truly appreciated."
Jan 12
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Connie Mettler's discussion The Grand Secret Santa 2019 Wrap-up
"I am in favor.  It has brightened my day in the past, and I could use some brightening in this current situation.  I'd like to think that I could brighten someone else's day, too!"
Nov 14, 2020
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Jan Hubbard's discussion looking to move from shows to pop-ups
"Best wishes for a good outcome.  I said a little prayer, too!  Can't go wrong."
Nov 14, 2020
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Jan Hubbard's discussion looking to move from shows to pop-ups
"Jan, Cindy, Connie and Robin!  Yay you!  You ladies are part of the Co-Vid pioneers!! I applaud you all!  I admire your ability to think beyond the current dilemma and make things work for you.  I'll be looking forward to…"
Nov 14, 2020

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Your Medium
wire wrap and metal clay jewelry
Years in the Art Fair Business
9?
First show ever
Old Court Days, Madison, Indiana
What are the best things about art fairs
Meeting new people. Working with customers to custom design their jewelry pieces.
Best show ever and why
Art Fair on the Square, Bloomington, Indiana
easy to get to, easy to set up, responsive and attentive organizers, appreciative customers, repeat customers
Worst show ever and why
A show where the organizers did not follow through on promises, never came around to check on vendors, moved people without regard for their needs, grouped same type vendors together, were very defensive when vendors went to them to negotiate changes, and threatened vendors when problems were brought to them.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
internet, trying to track down change of promoters for a show we did last year.

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Chairs for art fairs

Posted on May 25, 2021 at 12:44pm 2 Comments

I'm looking for some light weight artists' chairs.  They need to be foldable and not very wide after folding since we put everything in the back of our Forester when we travel.  A few years ago IKEA had just what I'm looking for.  I saw them at an art fair.  They have been discontinued! Anyone have any suggestions?  The chairs that I see that are made of wood are too wide when folded.  Thanks in advance for your help.

What to do: Jewelry artists, how to handle touching and trying-on considering the Covid situation?

Posted on May 14, 2020 at 12:55am 16 Comments

So, whether or not we may be ready, different places are loosening the shelter in place restrictions.  Not sure when art fairs will be happening for sure or not,  but I'm starting to think about how it will work when customers are actually looking for jewelry again at art fairs.  Has anyone had any thoughts about how to protect ourselves and customers?  Do you think it's going to be possible?  I'm still having a hard time accepting that I'm "elderly" and "high risk!  LOL  Seriously, how will…

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The Stars were out at the Sanibel Masters Art Fair.

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 1:21am 11 Comments

We were at the Sanibel Masters Art Fair the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, run by Richard Sullivan.  This was our 3rd year of doing this show.  Richard is very visible, seen walking through the show and helping to direct traffic at load in and out.  We appreciate the time he has spent getting to know and placing the artists.  The show was impressive in the variety and quality of the art work.  Load in and out could have been confusing, but was manageable because of the staff help…

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Interesting mix of pleasure and frustration this week.

Posted on April 16, 2012 at 10:52pm 7 Comments

We just did a great show in Springfield, IL this weekend, AN ART AFFAIR, organized and promoted by artist Ed Martin, who has considerable experience as a participant, and thus carried out the most wonderful show experience for the artists.  I posted a review of the show.  This is an up and coming show and I highly recommend it for next year.  Finding a comfortable indoor show in April in Indiana and Illinois is wonderful!

On the other hand, I have applied for the 4th Street Art Fair…

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Happy new year, Kathy. Thanks for playing Secret Santa with us again this year. Hope the new year bring you many blessings and we meet at an art fair somewhere.
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Thanks so much for this support. I appreciate it a lot and it keeps us going in our mission to support artists who choose this crazy life style.
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Kathleen, here's a blue ribbon for all your kind contributions on AFI. Thanks for the conversation, questions and wise words. I appreciate so much your presence here.
At 4:57pm on March 7, 2014, CYNTHIA L. BOWMAN said…

Thank you Kathleen.  You are absolutely correct, the people at AFI and in the industry in general are very helpful and supportive.  BTY, what is PMC jewelry?

Take Care!

At 4:43pm on September 30, 2013, Annette Piper said…

Hi Kathleen :) Sorry for the delay in responding I had a show last weekend and haven't been online much!  Yes, Mudgee is only an hour's drive away and I'd love to try and meet up!!   I can meet you at the show, or you're welcome to come out to the farm?   My phone number is 63774556 (no area codes if you're in the same state) or email annette@annettepiper.com!  How exciting :D

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Kathleen, thanks so much for all your support. It is appreciated!
At 8:31pm on January 22, 2013, Robin Chard said…

HI Kathleen! I did the same show the year before. They had so much jewelry that I felt it wasn't worth going back. This year I may do it but I may try painting. I'm really considering making a switch in a couple of years.

It was so hot when I did the show I ended up standing in a large bin of water with ice in it. They next year a older friend of mine says she had a heat stroke from the show.

The boys were wonderful though. I have had many shows that SAY they have help but these guys really were help. And I have VERY fond memories of sitting at the tables by the big house when the neighborhood people were bringing steaming plates of food to breakfast. Wow! talk about southern hospitality!

I also talked to the organizer about not having so much jewelry. I told her I was a grown up and didn't get into every show I applied to and would rather not do a show than pay for a booth where I had little chance of making my money back. We had a very nice and frank talk about shows and I told her things from my perspective that she hadn't thought of.  I think like many smaller shows they just jury to make sure your stuff is handmade.

Anyway I am from Louisville and have recently moved back (from North Carolina) to help my Mom.

So at the moment I'm not doing many shows more than 4 hours away, and not doing any realy long.. four day shows. I am familiar with most shows around here so If you have any questions... Ask away!

- Robin

 
 
 

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