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Barry Shandler
  • Schenectady, NY
  • United States
  • painting
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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
Barry Shandler replied to Darlene L Sours's discussion New here and hoping to get enough information on set up to hit the Fall Art Fair circuit
"Go first class if your work is first class. Wait another year if you cant afford Pro Panels. Mesh doesn't have the look in my view."
May 20
Barry Shandler replied to Lori Buff's discussion Good pop up for rain?
"I have the Eurmax for two years now and never had a rain or wind problem. I do use three stabilizer bars. I never use my Litedome any more. Its much more rugged but just too difficult to set up for me being alone now. My son got a EZup a few months…"
May 14
Barry Shandler replied to Linnea Lahlum's discussion Making acrylic craft paint more permanent on painted wood?
"Get a pint of oil base paint. Craft acrylics are really cheap paints."
May 14
Barry Shandler replied to Hal Moran's discussion Retirement from art fairs
"your not retiring, just moving on to other things. I did the same a few years ago. To answer your question.....First, I found intrenet selling avenues stink and a waste of time. I still do eight or so favorite ,still high quality, easy shows a year.…"
Apr 25
Barry Shandler replied to Michelle Hunter's discussion Cross Border Shows
"if a central cashier is handling all transactions could you not just be another traveller or tourist going to the USA. If you tell border agents your going to work make money will have a problem. Visiting old college friends for a…"
Apr 10
Barry Shandler replied to Lori Welch's discussion First-timer - need opinions on tents & weather
"I think the leakage and poor construction claims of the pop up tents are way over stated. I have a EZ UP, A Eur Max and a Lite Dome.  I used them in all kinds of bad weather and never had a problem with any. Never ever did any rain come right…"
Mar 22
Barry Shandler replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Any ideas on how to change demographics at the art fair?
"State up front you change 1/3 or 1/4 of your artists every year: Thats the maximum term you have to exhibit. You can reexhibit after a year off. People do get tired of seeing the same old faces every year and even the best of us get lazy at times…"
Feb 26
Barry Shandler replied to Lyra y Jose's discussion Do we need a business manager?
"I do shows for 40 years. Bird and wildlife paintings During this time I acquired a number of houses to rent. I look for a property business manager for the past ten years. Never found one. Any tried were worthless, Collect your money and do nothing."
Feb 23
Barry Shandler replied to Mike A Wardynski's discussion Looking for Pro Panel recomendations
"I never liked the velcro strap panel connectors. I use electrical wire ties. I abandoned the metal reinforcer joiner channels. years ago. Uneccessary. invaluable however are the adjustable canopy sides reinforcement bars. I wire tie the panels to it."
Feb 12
Barry Shandler replied to Steve Sawusch's discussion Craft show jury fees: Is there normally one?
"we artists and craftsmen have pockets full of many and get quite wealthy working every week selling tons of our products. We should be glad to part with some of our fortune to pay a jury fee for doing nothing"
Jan 22
Barry Shandler commented on Eric Nance's blog post Tent information
"I had a lite dome and a craft hut for 30 years. They are good rugged tents. The problem is I got old and also lost my help. I grew to hate them. I got a $200 Eur Max and three stablizer bars and the 25 # weight wags. I love it. Sets up in 10 minutes…"
Jan 11
Barry Shandler replied to PHILIP JEFFERSON's discussion Need an honest answer
"exceptional work would probably over shadow any faith base issue. dont blame non acceptance of crummy work on faith issues"
Jan 11
Barry Shandler replied to Nancy Rynes's discussion Doing shows solo -- advice?
"For what its worth Ill add my two cents.  I do small 2D paintings, all originals, no prints, $30 to $300. Helpers:  I have no helpers.  It gets tough when the grandkids are all gone to college.   Tried everything.  There is…"
Jan 2
Barry Shandler commented on Oscar Matos Linares's blog post End of 2018
"Great to hear from you again, even though not all the greatest news. Oscar do you have a web site. I have no idea of what you do."
Jan 1
Barry Shandler replied to Edgar Williams's discussion Do Low Prices Upset Other Artists?
"Double and triple check you pricing. Then do it again.   Consider all costs. You may have forgotten the kennel fee for the dog. Get it down to how much your making per hour , then decide if you price is right or you are actually loosing money…"
Dec 21, 2018

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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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Like Lite Domes

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…

Welcome to ArtFairInsiders, Larry.  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 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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