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Kathleen V. Smith
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  • Chicago, Illinois
  • United States Minor Outlying Islands
  • jewelry/stained glass
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Kathleen V. Smith Mar 18. 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


Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Little Apr 27, 2018. 5 Replies

I like to go thru Zapplication-but I have been noticing with some of the shows "You can apply up to 20 times...WHY would ANYONE apply 20 times...SERIOUSLY??!!!!!!!Continue

New Jersey Juried Art Fairs...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Christian Apr 27, 2018. 15 Replies

Hello!  We have friends who tell us we need to do some New Jersey Art Fairs (+ we want to visit each other!).  He mentioned Smithville, NJ., but I was wondering if anyone knows any JURIED Art or…Continue


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Kathleen V. Smith replied to Jessica McCartney's discussion Illinois sales tax issues
"That's what we do & it works like a charm! Jessica, you HAVE to charge sales tax! The Chicago customer already KNOWS how ridiculously high sales tax is here, so they are used to it. This is indeed the proper way to do it."
Jul 3
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Effect change at Fine Art Shows
"INDEED Kaylee has not only "missed the point" but seems to have an obsession with offending ARTISTS over this word. After all of these posts, she MUST KNOW this is what she is doing!  Kaylee, please understand that I truly believe you…"
Jun 24
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Effect change at Fine Art Shows
Jun 24
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Effect change at Fine Art Shows
"LOL~you so so word..95% of REAL ARTISTS would choose the word "Artist." Well said Judy Christian!"
Jun 24
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Effect change at Fine Art Shows
"The "dirty word" to a talented Artist or Crafter IS vendor...always has been & always will be~like it or NOT Kaytee. I would be willing to bet that 95% of the talented Artists & Crafters would agree with me on this one. While…"
Jun 23
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Kristin Gholson's discussion Resources for Vendors
"Yes, Larry I couldn't agree with you more. The moment I see the word "vendor" in an application-I toss it..."
Apr 13

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Your Medium
jewelry/stained glass
Years in the Art Fair Business
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 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


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 9:54pm on April 27, 2011, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to, Kathleen. I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please add a photo of yourself and stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. We all look forward to your participation here. Also, visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!

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

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