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Barry Shandler
  • Schenectady, NY
  • United States
  • painting
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Barry Shandler replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
"There are a dozen sites now listing shows. Most will be listed here. None of them will help you much in determining if you will make any money in the show. Seeing what you do on this site may help a few give you an idea if you belong in certain…"
Jan 6
Barry Shandler replied to Sonja Jones's discussion What's the rudest comments you've had towards your art?
"Don't ever remember getting a rude comment in 30 years. Sometimes a person will turn and leave and say “whoa “ or “too much fo me” but never in a rude way. ( I paint backyard bird pictures )"
Nov 8, 2019
Barry Shandler commented on Nels johnson's blog post Lake Forest Labor Day weekend art fair—Fair but not great for most
"Nels........... Please write a book.. My life on the art show circuit"
Sep 20, 2019
Barry Shandler replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion Help!! Condensation in my tent!
"I put a rubber back outdoor carpet in my booth. You cant prevent moisture from getting in the ground ., A new tent cant help you one bit."
Aug 26, 2019
Barry Shandler replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Trailer as a gallery?
"why not just buy a van and also arrange your pro panels so that you have a storage area"
Aug 21, 2019
Barry Shandler replied to Veronica e Raj's discussion First Outdoor Fair - Supply Checklist
"spare clothes and shoes. Gortex rain outfit"
Aug 20, 2019
Barry Shandler replied to Elizabeth Kline's discussion Have you Ever Cancelled Out of A Show Due to Weather?
"you gotta do whats best for you. I just cancelled a show due to weather,,,,,,,,,,,,,, but I just go over a bout with pneumonia., Best for me to not take any chances. There is always another show"
Jul 26, 2019
Barry Shandler replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion What's the worst comment you've ever received at a show?
"I learn a long time ago if you cant deal with the public get out of this business. Forbes magazine once wrote 17% of people in any country of the world are total jerks or worse."
Jul 19, 2019
Barry Shandler replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion Signage Questions
"never put up a booth banner if your stuff is easy and attractive to steal at night. Its easier to find your booth and most security is not that good. I have had stuff stolen and even thought it might be security."
Jul 18, 2019
Barry Shandler replied to Chris Bohannon's discussion How to level my tent
"i carry a stock of various thicknesses of wood cut to 4”x4”"
Jul 12, 2019
Barry Shandler replied to Sarah Schoenfeld's discussion Brutal feedback, please?
"Trash that awful easel. Never hang from the top frame structure. Cant tell what your selling. Looks like it might be birds, cats, fish and other stuff. I would hope theres no kids on the beach flying kites-or abstracts. you must have a central…"
Jul 2, 2019
Barry Shandler replied to Sarah Schoenfeld's discussion Brutal feedback, please?
"Looks like a going out of business sale to me. Not much there . What is there is blocked from entry with things your not selling. Tables and boxes. No one uses open screen anymore. As a minimum cover them with cloth. Better yet get “Pro…"
Jul 1, 2019
Barry Shandler replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Effect change at Fine Art Shows
"it is possible that a national association of fine artists and craftsmen would work. The by laws say we no longer apply to shows that don't meet our criteria. After all it worked in England 500 years ago with craftsmen's guilds. King…"
Jun 21, 2019
Barry Shandler replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Effect change at Fine Art Shows
"I believe that as you say "our future is bleak".   The quality arts and crafts show is slowly disappearing. Nothing much that I see can be done about it. "
Jun 19, 2019
Barry Shandler replied to Kris Tracy's discussion Making money at art shows
"Im a wildlife and landscape painter using acrylics.  The first thing is to see if anyone will buy your pictures.  If you did well on the three shows in 2018 you should do  as well in the 5 shows in 2019.  If you do poorly you…"
Jun 19, 2019
Barry Shandler replied to Morgan M. Harris's discussion Good shows getting stale?
"No suggestions. There are marketing people in big corporations being paid a $500,000 a year to try to figure out why and how people buy. I never could. Shows seem to go hot or cold as the years go by for no apparent reason"
May 21, 2019

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Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Jinx Harris mall show
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What are the best things about art fairs
changes every show
Best show ever and why
Worst show ever and why
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A customer.

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Posted on August 30, 2012 at 7:25am 0 Comments

I have a 10X10 and a  6X10 ( old Ann Arbor State Street Model )  Lite Dome.  I really like them , they hold up in high winds, dont pool water in the rain , and the company is very helpful.    Both are easier to set up with two people but can be done alone. You do need a three step folding stool to make the job much easier.  I use  a PVC tube weight  filled with lead shot for each cornor. .     Do get all four sides zippered  and an awning zipper as they make life easier in the long run. …


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At 3:59pm on July 28, 2012, Connie Mettler said…

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At 1:23pm on April 10, 2013, Elle Heiligenstein said…
Thank you, Barry. I truly do appreciate your comments and encouragement. You are a true gem I am adding you as a friend thanks!

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