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Larry Sohn's Discussions

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

Compare Art shows to corporate work

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Sohn Oct 26, 2019. 19 Replies

There are those who would like to express how we are so much happier doing this than the grind of a corporate career.Well some comparisons:If you are happier now, in the Art Fair business...What you…Continue

Tags: corporate, job, complaint, comparison, compare

 

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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
Larry Sohn replied to Annette Piper's discussion Artist Marketing Formula - Paid Program - Has anyone done it?
"I ma responding to ALL other artist... not Dave. All should note, Dave has evoked my name in the prior reply, many times. However all it does is give a long, drawn out marketing pitch, by him. What he fails to note is the many times, he has been…"
Dec 22, 2019
Larry Sohn replied to Gary Shah's discussion Mesh wall Hanging problem when the tent frame is 10 feet high
"Yes, the side straps. Can also be used to extend top... merely go around metal hooks to transition to top stabars / frame."
Dec 20, 2019
Larry Sohn commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Choosing between commercial appeal or your passion
"Can I claim "tenacious" instead? :-)"
Dec 19, 2019
Larry Sohn replied to Annette Piper's discussion Artist Marketing Formula - Paid Program - Has anyone done it?
"Connie, that would make sense. However Dave's method of just harassing people. Antagonizing them by baraging them with emails, after he has been told to cease, is counterproductive.  If I am able to talk a customer into a sale, while in my…"
Dec 19, 2019
Larry Sohn commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Choosing between commercial appeal or your passion
"You forgot choice number 4. 4. Be a stubborn old coot. Don't change. Keep to your values. Only do the great art that you believe in. By not selling you are able to keep alive that belief in the "starving artist". Do so long enough and…"
Dec 18, 2019
Larry Sohn replied to Jay Snively's discussion Subject Matter: How to Choose Images for Jury?
"Which show had a director who made that statement?"
Dec 12, 2019
Larry Sohn replied to Tony burns's discussion Brazen people with high def cell phones video recording booths
"I highly doubt the viability of the software, put into your smartphone, that would disable photo taking from other smartphones or cameras. Being as I understand how cameras work. This is extremely unlikely. Putting questionable software into your…"
Dec 8, 2019
Larry Sohn replied to Mckenna Hallett's discussion Recommendations for a ONE person tent setup?
"The trick to getting it to snap, at the top of the legs... Take the roof eaves, at the corners, flipp them up. Higher than the location of the snap position. Raise the corner slide brackets, till they snap. Then fold the eaves back down. This took a…"
Dec 7, 2019
Larry Sohn replied to Judy Christian's discussion How to email customer photos besides using attachments
"Create an FTP. you can then give each person a unique username and password to access it. you have control to edit it and remove / replace files at will. You can create this on a remote server or on your own. With this, file size is unlimited."
Dec 6, 2019
Larry Sohn replied to Tony burns's discussion Brazen people with high def cell phones video recording booths
"If you want to search I started a thread / discussion on here about "Signage" promotor's responsibility. It address' this very issue."
Dec 6, 2019
Larry Sohn replied to Tony burns's discussion Brazen people with high def cell phones video recording booths
"Although I am a big proponent of stopping the illegal picture takers. I would avoid claiming people are from "China" or anywhere else, without very good proof. Just because "someone else" said they were is not proof. it does not…"
Dec 6, 2019
Larry Sohn replied to Don Seib's discussion Lighting for inside canopy advice needed
"I designed and built my own. Was a prototype. I have considered manufacturing them and bringing them to market. I sold the original. I believe the artist who bought them likes them. Not expensive but worked great for me and I'm very demanding…"
Dec 5, 2019
Larry Sohn replied to Tony burns's discussion Brazen people with high def cell phones video recording booths
"Yes, they mean harm A) They might be capturing images to duplicate the work for selling B) Perhaps for sending out over FaceBook, instagram or other social media C) perhaps for having a copy for them to get printed for themselves D) perhaps for them…"
Dec 5, 2019
Larry Sohn replied to Don Seib's discussion Lighting for inside canopy advice needed
"A lot to analyze.Type of power source Amount of power from source K range of light desired Amount of lumens desired Amount of versatility in direction  of lighting Time span of lighting desired First answer the above. Then you can seek what…"
Dec 5, 2019
Larry Sohn replied to Mckenna Hallett's discussion Recommendations for a ONE person tent setup?
"No. On the accordion part of the frame, you will find labels telling you where to push. Arrows point which direction for raising VS direction for lowering. The center has a turn handle that is used for tightening the top, as needed. When it is new,…"
Dec 5, 2019

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Your Medium
Photography - Natural, unaltered, not heavily post processed.
Years in the Art Fair Business
0
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 ArtFairInsiders.com? 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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Check out our code of conduct to understand the rules of the site.

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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
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
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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