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Kathleen V. Smith
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  • Brunswick, Ohio
  • United States Minor Outlying Islands
  • jewelry/stained glass
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Advice needed for hanging our new pictures in our booth!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kathleen V. Smith Nov 20, 2019. 6 Replies

Hi~We have done some research, but all I have seen are commercial/carnival-food sign quality pics. I am sure you all know what I mean. We do not want shiny-glossy hangings for our pictures & hey,…Continue

Suggestions PLEASE on a waterproofing or scotch guarding spray for our canopy!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Sohn Oct 2, 2019. 3 Replies

Hi,Our Proshade canopy is coming today. We had another one just like it & used it many yrs & it went thru a lot, however it started leaking only from a seam, but that's bad enough!The company…Continue

Notification...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kathleen V. Smith Mar 18, 2019. 8 Replies

Notification dates have always been taken seriously by Promoters...NOT sure what the problems are these days. but WITHOUT MENTIONING SHOWS, several have not honored their dates. Has anyone else…Continue

Does anyone else have this problem?!!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Nov 8, 2018. 17 Replies

Every time we go out of State to a show, our bank (TCF-our Business acct.) wants to know the dates we will be gone in case we use our card out of State-they will know it was US!  2 years ago we were…Continue

 

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Kathleen V. Smith replied to Raoul Duke's discussion Artists Bill of Rights
"I was reading about this "Artist Bill of Rights." I have only had one show refund just half back.  The rest were quite compassionate in either giving credit toward another show or our money back in full, so no complaints there.…"
Jun 12
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Judy Christian's discussion Stimulus- Has anyone received or know of someone who got theirs?
"I got mine April 29th. Everyone we know got theirs, except my Steve. His will come in a check.  I almost feel GUILTY as I would rather WORK!  HOPEFULLY some shows will open sometime in July-August-if not we'll have to sell other…"
May 9
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Larry Berman's discussion A potential way to start art shows
"Drive by?...omg-LOL!"
May 9
Kathleen V. Smith commented on Oscar Matos Linares's blog post Stop blaming me
"Oscar! You are the 1 who never seems to stop blaming...YOU are your worst enemy! When you said(YOUR words) "I think that artist no think about the regular people they do not see them as customers." ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! The…"
Apr 9
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.
"Mt. Gretna CANCELLED-refunds for application fee (surprised about that) Show NOT UNTIL AUGUST...NOT sure what or IF they were thinking-crazy! "
Apr 9
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.
"SPRINGFIELD OLD CAPITAL, IL. CANCELLED WITH FULL REFUND ON BOOTH & EVEN BANQUET TICKETS. "
Mar 30
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.
"Steve~I agree 110%. Besides, what difference would it make NOW as we couldn't get into anything GOOD at the last minute anyway!"
Mar 24
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.
"Connie~Labor Day week-end is a bit over-kill...too far-away to cancel! That's too bad. I feel by June or July or hopefully sooner, things will be back on track. I hope Artists & their families stay safe. Of course, for US, it's tough…"
Mar 24
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.
"Wilder Art Fair in Elmhurst, IL-May 2-3---CANCELLED---Getting half our booth fee back."
Mar 24
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.
"Wilder Art Fair in Elmhurst, IL. just e-mailed us. They will know by Apr. 1st if they are cancelling or not for the May 2-3 show."
Mar 18
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.
"Laumeiere, St. Louis- CANCELLED. Just got an e-mail..."
Mar 18
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Advice needed for hanging our new pictures in our booth!
" I am going with a silk/polyester-not vinyl, but thank you for your suggestion. kathleen"
Nov 20, 2019
Robert Wallis replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Advice needed for hanging our new pictures in our booth!
"You can choose either vinyl banners, which have grommets for hanging, or you can choose a regular photo mounted on Cor-plast (corrugated plastic). Denny Manufacturing has excellent quality and fast turnaround times at a reasonable cost. It will be…"
Nov 20, 2019
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Advice needed for hanging our new pictures in our booth!
"Larry,~No great TOO! My humble apologies-no harm intended!  I am glad you have a sense of humor as most Artists do!  Thank you~I will look into that Company & appreciate your help. I don't care if they aren't cheap. I…"
Nov 20, 2019
Larry Sohn replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Advice needed for hanging our new pictures in our booth!
"So, if I understand you are trying to figure out, where to get your digital images printed? Mine would be top shelf, however I only print my own work (all of it). If you want very high quality try Duggal in NY. They do very good work. If you…"
Nov 20, 2019
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Advice needed for hanging our new pictures in our booth!
"OH MY, Larry~STOP!! You know you're good too, so you shouldn't care about my opinion! We were just so happy with the pics.~that's all!  Actually, Larry DID suggest a site & I'm waiting for a couple call-backs. In the…"
Nov 20, 2019

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Your Medium
jewelry/stained glass
Years in the Art Fair Business
30
First show ever
I started in 1976 at the Mn. Renaissance Festival.Pounding spoon rings and selling my stained glass.My first actual art show was Excelsior Art Fair in Mn. 1980.
What are the best things about art fairs
Showing my artistry to persons who appriciate the work I do is the best part.Art shows are also a fun venue to make the sales which enable me to continue making my art pieces.I also enjoy the travel and meeting all kinds of people and other artists.
Best show ever and why
Laumeier Art fair in St. Louis was a great show.The entusiasm of the patrons has never deminished thru the years. Even with incliment weather, tons of rain and a couple tornadoes to the north of us, people came out to the show.Sunday, the last day of the show after the great flood, it was sunny and Beautiful out.The staff was rushing to artist tents spreading staw to try to make us comfortable in the three inches of standing water in our booth.I readied my self for a slow day, but low and behold all kinds of ladies showed up dressed in their sunday best, carrying their shoes in one hand, the mud squishing up between their toes.In the other hand they had thier pocketbooks and they came to buy.What a bunch of troopers.
Worst show ever and why
Unfortunatly, I can't remember the name, I guess we try to forget, but also in St. Louis. a three day show we decided to do.The attending artists, which we had checked on the artist list were well qualified and had nice professonal booth set ups.Twelve dollars for patrons to get in the door.They looked but didn't buy from us or anyone else.Sat,no one showed.WE were in a huge sports complex.Sun,Rams football game.70,000 people walked by our doors, none of them interested in art. and they used all the parking for miles.Hardly any one came through the doors.An artist next to us got lucky.He did beautiful Santas out of recycled mink coats.He hadn't sold a single one.A store owner came through after the game and puchased almost all of his stock for window display in his store.The only sales we saw for the whole show.More research was definatly required on our part.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
We had the joyous opportunity of meeting Connie when we did the Greektown arts festival years ago and have turned to her sometimes for advice on applying to different shows.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I ALWAYS follow my dreams~~!!!

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We would appreciate your suggestions on buying a tablet for taking credit cards with a new square chip reader

Posted on November 3, 2016 at 11:57pm 35 Comments

~Also we want to go pre-paid with no contract. your suggestions will be appreciated! Thanks so much. Kathleen Smith & Steven Hedstrom

HI~ We are needing to purchase an awning for a 10X10 EZ UP.(WHITE)

Posted on October 18, 2016 at 2:00am 3 Comments

We prefer to buy a new one, but if you have a used one that's white, clean & in good condition, please send a picture on here, Thanks!  Kathleen & Steven

ARIZONA ART/CRAFT FAIRS~Nov~May!

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 1:45pm 2 Comments

Hi~We are already in some of the larger Art Fairs in Arizona, & are waiting for other acceptances, but we will be there for 6 months, & we would like to also do those what I call "bread & butter" shows in between the larger ones.  I know there are a lot of "sites" out there, but it's always better to get any recommendations or opinions on promoters or shows.  Looking at sites as you all know is like looking at words. I can research to a POINT, but it is always better to hear from…

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At 11:26pm on May 19, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Kathleen V. Smith a gift
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Thank you, Kathleen, for referring Damian Koorey to Art Fair Insiders.
At 9:54pm on April 27, 2011, Connie Mettler said…

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