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Larry Sohn's Discussions

Custom booth weights - the best

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Little Mar 21. 8 Replies

Custom made Booth weightsThere are many weight systems out there. All have one or more of these four problems.A) Too heavy to lift in and out of vehicle. You need a lot of weight but don't want to…Continue

Tags: made, lead, custom, setup, equipment

Murphy's law

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Sohn Mar 20. 10 Replies

As life can get us sometimes, I thought I would share the comedy of errors coupled with Murphy's law that is forever applicable.I wanted to make some instructional videos for a tent, mesh panels and…Continue

Tags: video, teach, error, instruction, levity

#1 job of promoters

Started Mar 18 0 Replies

Show promoters / Directors have many, many things on their plate. As artists there are some we see and some we don't. All of us (artists) have different “important” wants at our shows. However it is…Continue

Tags: crowds, demographics, advertise, director, sales

What is today?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Sohn Mar 14. 7 Replies

Today I am going to set up my booth differently.Instead of 10' x 10' square, I am going to make it round.Yes, I'll make it a circle.It will still be 10' across.Does anybody know how big around it…Continue

Tags: 3rd, March, 314, Math, Pi


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Larry Sohn commented on Maureen Roberts's blog post Experienced Seamstress needed ASAP New York City
""...needed ASAP ..."..."In need of a highly skilled seamstress with experience in Bridal and Eveningwear..." Is it a "Shotgun Wedding"  :-) I could not help myself ;-)"
Larry Sohn replied to Lori Buff's discussion Good pop up for rain?
"I don't know anything about the Euromax - never used one. I can speak for the Undercovers and Trimlines, as I have them and use them. I have had my Undercover R-2 hold up in shows where 5 tents around me went down, yet mine stayed fine and did…"
Larry Sohn replied to Lori Buff's discussion Good pop up for rain?
"Based upon the link you provided, it is a bit different. Your link: States it is the "UC-3R"  that is, I believe, the Undercover R-3 Seems to have different walls, that attach via velcro. Also are Roll up walls. Solid core Steel…"
May 12
Larry Sohn replied to Linnea Lahlum's discussion Making acrylic craft paint more permanent on painted wood?
"Perhaps, scuff then use a primer to bond to the previous surface, then paint on that. A pigmented shellac has good bonding properties, will hide what is underneath and be a good receptor for the next coat."
May 12
Larry Sohn replied to Lori Buff's discussion Good pop up for rain?
"My op-Ups are Undercover R-2.  When I first got them I used 303 sealer on the seams only. With plenty of being out in very bad weather, they have never leaked, at all. The tops are secured to the frame by clips as well as velcro.  They…"
May 12
Larry Sohn replied to Mark Rogers's discussion 50% off discontinued color mat board
"Mark. I went to your site, to see about this. The customer service person said they can't look it up by the Bainbridge number? Furthermore, they could not find the color? B8751 is Solid Ash.  I'm surprised. Mostly that she could not…"
May 9
Larry Sohn replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Where do you sleep?
"I'm a backpack camper. Can rough it or stay n 5 star hotels. I'd like to save the money and enjoy the camping. However, the extra work and time to cook, clean up from cooking and body clean up (customer don't like offensive odors), is…"
May 4
Larry Sohn replied to TC Crumpton's discussion Hanging metal prints on Flourish black mesh panels?
"And as Hal wrote. I like the idea of afixing hanging wire. It will make the customer happy and is about the least expensive method, yet reliable."
May 4
Larry Sohn replied to TC Crumpton's discussion Hanging metal prints on Flourish black mesh panels?
"You cannot just reuse the command strips. You have to replace the "gummy" part, each time. The hard plastic is reusable, not the stick-um. You can also use "Stand offs". There are the type that go through the print as well as the…"
May 4
Larry Sohn replied to TC Crumpton's discussion My first booth!
"Depending on the shows you are going in, you might not rely on or use much space for the photos of the statues.  I don't see much draw for customers to buy photos of other artists creations. Photos of Statues are just that. You have three…"
May 4
Larry Sohn replied to Jim Parker's discussion What does it cost to actually put on an art show?
"What show? Where? When? More info...?"
Apr 22
Larry Sohn replied to CA Kaminski's discussion Trimline vs Showoff tents
"Enjoy your setup time reduction study. Mine takes me about 5 1/2 hours. Yes, that is for the complete setup, doing it by myself. If you get it down to 1 hour for two people, you can be my heroes ;-)"
Apr 19
Larry Sohn replied to Ted Martin's discussion Booth to crowded?
"Can it be improved, Yes. Now, as that has been said... it looks good. This is your first show and the booth has a "Artsy" feel to it. That might work well for you. Assuming the tables are 24" wide that would leave you 6' walk…"
Apr 14
Larry Sohn replied to Kristin Gholson's discussion Resources for Vendors
"Being titled "vendors", we would assume this would not be a site for "Artists"."
Apr 13
Larry Sohn replied to Mike A Wardynski's discussion What type of photographic prints sell best at art shows?
"Larry B. I'm sorry to say, that in this instance I disagree with you, completely. Yes, Lighting is extremely important. After all photography is based upon light. However subject matter & composition are of far greater importance if…"
Apr 13
Larry Sohn replied to Mike A Wardynski's discussion What type of photographic prints sell best at art shows?
"Well, you really like and are adept at Photoshop. That is popular and what the common crowd expects. I'm sure none have ever seen Antelope Canyon shots (facetiousness). I'm not going to judge your shots. I'm sure you know what you are…"
Apr 12

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Your Medium
Photography - Natural, unaltered, not heavily post processed.
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
My first gallery type showing would have been in the early 70's. I won best in show.
What are the best things about art fairs
Chance to get first hand public feedback on your artwork. Opportunity to mix and mingle with buyers. Chance to intermingle with other artists - only if you can get away from your booth long enough. Working shows by myself, rarely affords such. Creates a lifestyle of travel which brings it's own rewards such as exploration. Particularly great for my medium allowing me chances to photograph in diverse areas.
Best show ever and why
St James for the fantastic treatment the staff and local neighbors give to the artist. So welcoming, helpful and generous. Although Mt Gretna was close. In St James, even though we had heavy rains they did all they could to help, gave us carpeting, helped with our booths. Feeding us. Even helped breaking down my booth in the mud. Could not ask for more. Very organized and concerned.
Worst show ever and why
Not sure I want to list it here.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Various art show venders
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I am an enigma wrapped up in an anomaly. I am also a walking book of misinformation.
Photography, exploration and travelling aimlessly is not a job - it is a labor of love and a way of life for me.

Comment Wall (5 comments)

At 10:25pm on August 9, 2016, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Larry. 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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At 9:06am on April 28, 2017, Nels Johnson said…
Larry, I have always been in the original show, by the fountain, it is still the best show of all of them, I would stay away from fourth street, fifth is the next best choice. sJ is a low end sales show, for me it is hard to make $3500 anymore, I am about ready to drop it after 25 years. Hope this helps a little.
At 8:07am on June 22, 2017, Connie Mettler gave Larry Sohn a gift
Thank you, Larry, for referring Hollie Graze to Art Fair Insiders.
At 11:14am on July 03, 2017, Connie Mettler gave Larry Sohn a gift
Thank you, Larry, for this support of our website. I hope it is helpful to you and you flourish in the business.
At 9:00am on August 2, 2017, Dale Thackeray Fink said…
No, no relation to Larry Fink.

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