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Larry Sohn's Discussions

Effect change at Fine Art Shows

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barb Walker Aug 5. 35 Replies

How to effect change at the shows we do.When we see or experience things that are wrong at the shows, how do we addrees them?If supposed "artists" are violating the rules, what do we do?Examples…Continue

Tags: fakes, promoter, director, sales, cheat

Prize winning Thanks

Started Jun 3 0 Replies

As if the benefits of this site were not already, so apparent.We get to win prizes.I have the fortune of being awarded a booth fee from Rosesquared. A show I really like. Howard and Janet Rose are…Continue

Tags: prizes, thanks, drive, prize, awards

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


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Larry Sohn replied to Richard L. Sherer's discussion IS THIS "BUY SELL"
"No difference in the beliefs of this "Fine Artist". I do every single step of the process. Even cutting my own frames, cutting my glazing and polishing it to the amount of reflectively I desire. cutting my matting, all developing,…"
Larry Sohn replied to Ann R Alexander's discussion Tent decisions
"I would buy a "Undercover R-2" before n EZ up.  Big difference in structural integrity."
Larry Sohn replied to Donna Webster's discussion Artists supply items
"info on the tents and projector. As well as pics of same."
Larry Sohn replied to janice ykema's discussion for sale trimline/flourish 10x10
"Specifications on the Mesh walls? Color Size Brand Type"
Larry Sohn replied to Richard L. Sherer's discussion IS THIS "BUY SELL"
"I would not attempt to critique your medium as I don't have expert knowledge of it. Nor do I know the rules regarding your medium. Many Fine Art shows declare in their rules that if entering the category of Photography - the artist must do…"
Larry Sohn replied to Barbara Pitorak Bloom's discussion Buy sell vendors atjuried art festivals
"Re Susan Williamson stating "...seeing China Made and Chinese people in a booth at an art fair in Rochester, MI. I lost all respect for the show." I would not find anything wrong with that. If these people were Chinese and made the items,…"
Larry Sohn replied to Barry Middleton's discussion Trimline Flourish Canopy with 3-sided Mesh FOR SALE
"I am amazed at how many people post in this thread. Why? I knew you would ask. Because the OP (Barry Middleton) has never, not once, replied to a single post, on this thread. I think the thread should be taken down. No responses = no thread."
Larry Sohn replied to Barbara Pitorak Bloom's discussion Buy sell vendors atjuried art festivals
"Unless we police this better, it will be the end of Artists representing work they actually made themselves, at the shows.  The promoters need to have better motivation for keeping the shows pure. I have brought up cases where the supposed…"
Larry Sohn replied to Richard L. Sherer's discussion IS THIS "BUY SELL"
"I don't know if I would label it "Buy / Sell". I see Buy / Sell as something the vendor (not artist) just purchases and then sells. Not really being a creator. However I do not believe what you mentioned should be allowed in a Fine…"
Larry Sohn replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Art in the Park
"Very nice thought. Very positive, therefore I fell bad to cast a negative. The one thought is how this might hurt us artists. Someone who might have been interested in purchasing art from us, will be satisfied with the "free" art you gave,…"
Aug 10
Barb Walker replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Effect change at Fine Art Shows
"As the founder of Art Spectacular at the Carillon in Springfield, IL, I want to let you all know that at least one promoter is equally concerned about 'vendors' who are NOT true "artists" (making their own artwork), who…"
Aug 5
Larry Sohn commented on Heather Sooder's album

Tropistyle Heather Sooder

"Why is someone advertising their goods on the discussion board?"
Jul 23
Larry Sohn replied to Don Seib's discussion What do I need to start doing festivals?
""...I just want to paint, travel and sell art!" Then do just that. Forget the "sell art" part of it. Just paint, travel and if you want to offer your art, very inexpensive, just to move it along, do so. Forget the stress, work…"
Jul 20
Larry Sohn replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion What's the worst comment you've ever received at a show?
"As a photographer, I like when they try to third degree me. "Where was this taken" "What camera" "What lens"... If I gave them my equipment and told them where to go, they still would not create what I did. Sometimes…"
Jul 20
Larry Sohn replied to Wendy Merkle's discussion What is the ONE THING you wish Show Owner/Directors would do?
"Basing show entry acceptance on sales, is not a fair practice. Some artists might be exceptional at their medium. They might be excellent artists, have great vision, fantastic talent and ability, do great workmanship... however not be good at sales…"
Jul 19
Larry Sohn replied to Wendy Merkle's discussion What is the ONE THING you wish Show Owner/Directors would do?
"The Buy/Sell vendors, might be willing to pay more for their sports. Them being at the show still hurts the artist, as it is difficult to compete with them. Also they will try to cheat and get into the "less expensive" artist side."
Jul 19

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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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