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Larry Sohn's Discussions

Effect change at Fine Art Shows

Started 21 minutes ago 0 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 posted a discussion

Effect change at Fine Art Shows

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 might be:Breaking down prior to set times.Bringing vehicles in prior to set times.Buy / sellBead stringing (simple, not where they made or colored the beads themselves).Representative instead of artist presence.Kit work.Not having created themselves.50% off signs.Just examples, there are many more...The…See More
21 minutes ago
Larry Sohn replied to Ryan Rabbass's discussion How to make good tent weights?
"If you melt and shape the lead, you don't need the PVC container."
Thursday
Larry Sohn replied to Ryan Rabbass's discussion How to make good tent weights?
"Try a search on this site for a post I created "Custom booth weights - the best""
Wednesday
Larry Sohn replied to Rick Wallace's discussion sell everything in shot?
"Would have been the first thing I checked. Now you have your answer. Do you want  your work mass produced? Instead charge them $50,000 a piece for unlimited license. "
Jun 7
Larry Sohn replied to Rick Wallace's discussion sell everything in shot?
"There are many other classifications of us artists. Some also struggle with the money for various reasons. Talent, effort and quality of artwork produced do not readily equate to monetary success. Ability to present, sell, luck and many other…"
Jun 7
Larry Sohn replied to Chris Bohannon's discussion How to level my tent
"How about modifying the legs? If their are release pins that go into holes, then just drill a couple of extra holes. Better to lower two legs a little, then to prop up on blocks that might not be very stable. "
Jun 6
Larry Sohn replied to Rick Wallace's discussion sell everything in shot?
"As money is not your concern and you just want to spread your artwork around and chat with different people... DON'T SELL to this cash buyer.  Instead pay the $8,000, set up at Fort Worth. Sell many pieces at the low prices. Meet lots of…"
Jun 6
Larry Sohn replied to Rick Wallace's discussion sell everything in shot?
"Look out for and be aware of scams. IE. how is it being paid for. Do you have anything done to show it is copyrighted? Agreement to state it cannot be duplicated, etc. However if it is for resale and the buyer is paying your normal prices, why would…"
Jun 6
Larry Sohn posted a discussion

Prize winning Thanks

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 very nice people who run a professional, well organized, quality show. Very kind of them to donate to us artists and this wonderful site.Thank you Howard and Janet. Connie, you have a site which just keeps on giving.We win by using your site all year round. Then by a mere donation we get to win…See More
Jun 3
Larry Sohn commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Pledge Drive Winners - 2019
"WOW, I'm HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY. Great. Yippie. Thank you, Connie. :-)  :-)   :-)"
Jun 3
Larry Sohn replied to Connie Mettler's discussion The Great Pledge Drive Prize Grab 2019
"Connie The fault in your link is no "colon". You forgot the  ":" between  "http" & "//" For those who follow the link. A) just click in the URL (Address bar of your web browser). B) then insert…"
Jun 3
Larry Sohn replied to Connie Mettler's discussion The Great Pledge Drive Prize Grab 2019
"Link to the :pledgedrive page is down. I already emailed my choices."
Jun 3
Larry Sohn commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Pledge Drive Winners - 2019
"Yaaaaaah! , I'm a winner. No my name was not called. So, how am I a winner? I'm a winner because I get to partake in the back and forth sharing with all these other fine artists. Learning and teaching in our great artists community, via…"
May 30
Larry Sohn replied to Meg Mettler's discussion Friends like you keep us going
"Always late to the party."
May 29
Larry Sohn replied to Meg Mettler's discussion Friends like you keep us going
"Boo-Hoo :-(  I'm not listed either.  Connie doesn't love me :-(  Even if you don't win a prize... When we contribute we are all winners... the advice, sharing, knowledge, camaraderie and numerous other benefits from…"
May 29
Larry Sohn replied to Morgan M. Harris's discussion Good shows getting stale?
"When I taught sales there was a different approach. Three things a a salesperson needs to be able to make that sale. 1) A belief in your product. 2) Knowledge of your product. 3) Reasonable way of presenting it. It does not have to be the right…"
May 23

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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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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
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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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