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Larry Sohn's Discussions

Outdoor VS Indoor

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cindy Welch Feb 14. 9 Replies

Let's weigh in as to the Pros and Cons / differences between indoor and outdoor FINE ART Shows.Criteria:A) Not wholesale showsB) FINE ART not craft. No criticism of craft, just trying to narrow the…Continue

Tags: comparison, debate, compare, cons, indoor

Caution: Dave Emmons Artist marketing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Sohn Dec 2, 2019. 3 Replies

Be wary of this guy and his sales pitch.Dave Emmons and his "artist marketing formulaHe has a practice of continually contacting potential customers, even after they have expressed no interest.When…Continue

Tags: annoy, contact, marketing, Emmons

Veterans Day

Started Nov 11, 2019 0 Replies

On ALL days, not just on this day, we are grateful to those who served.Especially on this Veteran's day we say THANK YOU and honor you.Without you, our freedom would be but a dream.…Continue

Tags: war, honor, day, Veterans, Soldier

Promoter signage responsibility - No Photos

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Sohn Nov 22, 2019. 9 Replies

I believe it must be the Promoter / Director's responsibility to have signage at the entry points, stating "No photography of the artist's work, without the express permission of the artist".  A) For…Continue

Tags: steal, sneak, display, theft, pictures


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Larry Sohn commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Speaking Up: Talking to Show Organizers
"Dave Piper: I am not the OP, nor do I know exactly which show they are stating. However, if the photo posted is from that show. It is called "Gracie Square". It is in New York City."
Feb 15
Cindy Welch replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Outdoor VS Indoor
"Larry, thanks for the clarification.  And yes, I agree."
Feb 14
Larry Sohn replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Outdoor VS Indoor
"Cindy, I did not mean to infer your work is only flea market quality. I was not insinuating your's is not very high end. Please don't take what I wrote as demeaning at all. I would not do that to you.  What I was trying to point to,…"
Feb 14
Cindy Welch replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Outdoor VS Indoor
"Larry, let me perfectly clear.  I do NOT do flea markets.  That is not where my customers shop for finished products like what I sell.  Vintage shows I do include Vintage Market Days.  If anyone is interested go to their website…"
Feb 13
Judy Christian replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Outdoor VS Indoor
" I didn't see your discussion as sometimes I have trouble finding posts after they get buried from my sight with the buying/selling of displays posts. My husband feels cramped when we do an indoor show because of the 10 x 10 walls. I…"
Feb 13
Larry Sohn replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Outdoor VS Indoor
"Excellent. I forgot that one. Ahhh, nothing like the comfort of a real toilet seat :-) Also nice running water, for wash up."
Feb 12
Larry Sohn replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Outdoor VS Indoor
"Agreed. Some things are cross linked. Some things can be different depending on type of show and level. Example, some very fine work with getting creative, modifying and repurposing furniture, might work at a flea market type indoor venue. However…"
Feb 12
Lucia Friedericy replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Outdoor VS Indoor
"Indoor bathrooms vs portapotties(usually) are always a treat"
Feb 12
Cindy Welch replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Outdoor VS Indoor
"Larry, I have not yet responded because indent do fine art.  I do furniture art and home decor art, along with buying/selling vintage.  The shows I do are more like vintage shows.  I do believe there is some cross over between what…"
Feb 11
Larry Sohn commented on Elane Graves's blog post Flourish softwalls for sale
"A brand new set up of this, from Flourish, with the stabar system, is only $895 to $910 depending on the shape of the legs. I love these panels. I think Flourish is great. But why pay so much, second hand? Perhaps I'm missing something. your…"
Feb 9
Larry Sohn replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Outdoor VS Indoor
"I guess no one has opinions to share on this?"
Feb 9
Larry Sohn replied to Alan Holm's discussion Do you have a Flourish Archtop canopy?
"I am confused / un-knowledgeable on the "arch top". In the photo it looks like the "Trimline" top. Is i the same? Would it fit a Trimline?"
Feb 9
Larry Sohn replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Trailer as a gallery?
"If you are still looking at buying the trailer, stay away from Arising Industries trailers. They are disreputable, will lie, cheat and not honor their warranties, shading workmanship. First hand experience."
Feb 3
Larry Sohn replied to Kelly M Ryan's discussion compare tents and sale: Eurmax and Undercover
"You state Euromax and Undercover, however your two links only go to Euromax. Perhaps you want to look at Undercover also. I have never used a Euromax. I have used several Undercovers. I also use Trimline. I love the Undercover. It is not as strong…"
Feb 3
Larry Sohn posted a discussion

Outdoor VS Indoor

Let's weigh in as to the Pros and Cons / differences between indoor and outdoor FINE ART Shows.Criteria:A) Not wholesale showsB) FINE ART not craft. No criticism of craft, just trying to narrow the focus.C) Let's avoid the obvious such as weather dependent. I believe we all understand that.D) With your input, please state your medium (it makes a difference)I would like to limit the discussion to keep within the listed criteria.If questionable, please list if a pro or a conLet’s start it…See More
Feb 3
Larry Sohn replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
"As you stated about Greg Lawler's Art Fair Sourcebook, it is pricey. However if it makes the difference between bombing out or making good at just one show, it will pay for itself. His system is compiled with a lot of DATA. I have found it to…"
Jan 6

Profile Information

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.

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At 9:00am on August 2, 2017, Dale Thackeray Fink said…
No, no relation to Larry Fink.
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 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 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 10:25pm on August 9, 2016, Connie Mettler said…

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