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Kyra Richter
  • Stevensville, MI
  • United States
  • Watercolor, Digital
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FOR SALE 10 X 10 Display Canopy Craft Hut

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kyra Richter Jul 26, 2019. 9 Replies

Foot surgeries have changed my ability to be able to handle something like this on my own. Also, changes in my situation have made it no longer possible for me to upgrade my vehicle to fit the canopy…Continue

Tags: Craft, Hut, canopy, booth, tent

Yet Another Booth Discussion

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kathleen J. Clausen Apr 25, 2018. 14 Replies

Hello all, I am new to the Art Fair Scene. I have been stalking the canvas booth and panel discussions as well as used sales (here and on Craigslist) and websites for all brands mentioned here. I can…Continue

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Kyra Richter replied to Kyra Richter's discussion FOR SALE 10 X 10 Display Canopy Craft Hut
"Update: this has sold. Thank you!! :)"
Jul 26, 2019

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Your Medium
Watercolor, Digital
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
This May 2018
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
So much other art to see and share, people, colors.
Best show ever and why
I can't answer yet, as this is my first year showing.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Online search.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I used to be a commercial diver in nuclear power plants after 15 years as a recreational dive instructor and cave diver. My digital octopus paintings are a nod to those times.

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At 9:54am on April 23, 2018, Christina Ruth Smith said…

I looked at the images you posted here and your work has a lovely gentle charm! I like it very much and I know there is a market for it.  Your work will appeal to the sweet fantasy people and to folks looking to decorate a child’s room.  There aren’t very many artists doing that so you won’t have a ton of competition.  I’ve made a living doing shows for the last forty years and could not have done it without making prints of my work.  If you need to find a printer go to your local shows and ask artist with prints who they would recommend.  A lot of artists do their own but not everyone.  Prints will give you a more affordable price range increasing your chance of sales.  Be careful how you frame your pieces.  Presentation does matter!

Buy the pop up tent and ask experienced artists how to secure it.  There are tricks to making a tent stay on the ground!  Buy the better tent as soon as you can - just start learning.  You don’t have to have pro panels.  Your work would be at home on old distressed screen doors.  Get creative and thrifty.

Begin learning how to sell with your local shows.  Talking to your potential customers makes a big big difference - engage with them and don’t give up.  Many customers will first walk a show and later come back to buy.  You don’t know who’s coming back so don’t get discouraged and stop talking.  Often a 10am show doesn’t start buying till 1 or 2 in the afternoon.

Good luck and I hope to see you on the street somewhere!

At 2:40pm on March 16, 2018, Kyra Richter said…

I am interested. For that reason I am looking around for a good deal :) I have contacted three people I think. I've also been reading up on booths to see what my best bet is. Cost, material, etc. Because most of my shows will be here in the Midwest and we know how the weather is, I think I have to go for something sturdy, which is more costly, so I have to make sure I am making a good choice. 

At 1:46pm on March 16, 2018, Michael onweller said…

Kyra are yu interested  in tent yu said yu where seems like yu said that to a lot of people just cking if yu really are

At 3:21pm on March 15, 2018, Michael onweller said…

I'm in Michigan east of flint 20 minutes  off  69 freeway

At 3:11pm on March 15, 2018, Michael onweller said…

Yes still have it call me it's easier 810 441 6798 michael

At 10:10pm on March 14, 2018, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Kyra. 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.

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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.

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At 8:44am on March 12, 2018, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Kyra,

Welcome to AFI!  We're thrilled to have you joining our community of artists and artisans and hope you'll find the site beneficial.  Thanks so much for subscribing and best of luck as you move forward.


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