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Larry Sohn
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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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Latest Activity

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...?"
10 hours ago
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 ;-)"
Friday
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
Larry Sohn replied to Mike A Wardynski's discussion What type of photographic prints sell best at art shows?
"As an Artist first. I care about what I stated first. too many are just interested in the broad crowd appeal. It results in lower standards at our shows. If you focus (pun intended) on the aforementioned quality, it will show in your work and result…"
Apr 11
Larry Sohn replied to Mike A Wardynski's discussion What type of photographic prints sell best at art shows?
"Good ones. Think subject matter, composition, quality, presentation."
Apr 11
Larry Sohn replied to Matt Ganote's discussion Business Apps
"Learn MS Excel or Open Office Calc.  You can do a lot with them."
Apr 10
Larry Sohn replied to Grant Charles Bathke's discussion Knock down pro panels
"They must be FREE. As you choose not to put a price on them, you are just giving them away. Fine, I'll pay $25 plus exact shipping charges.  This is not an auction site."
Apr 10
Larry Sohn replied to Michelle Hunter's discussion Cross Border Shows
"You might have another issue: If you sell well and have a lot of cash transactions or are paid by the "cashier" in cash. Then you have a problem with transporting the monetary amounts cross borders. On the idea of giving false information…"
Apr 10
Larry Sohn replied to Chris Bohannon's discussion How to transport Stabars
"Based on this last comment, instead of a tarp. Buy a short ski bag, gym bag, duffel bag or something of that nature. Cut it in half. Now you will have two half bags, large enough for each end of the pole groups. Heavy duty enough, cheap, only…"
Apr 7
Larry Sohn replied to carrie jacobson's discussion How old are YOU? Where are the young artists?
"Connie, I'm still thinking about buying your lovely old home and just doing the Art circuit out in that area :-) Unencumbered, old and seeking adventures :-)"
Apr 4
Larry Sohn replied to Chris Bohannon's discussion How to transport Stabars
"What about just getting a piece of the fabric from Flourish. They will sell it to you for almost nothing. Then use the glue they tell you, it is what we use to patch any holes in our tents. Put a full piece, the size of the end panels, on each…"
Apr 4
Larry Sohn replied to Don Hoekwater's discussion Just starting out. Would like to get something akin to the Plan E setup...
"Effective communication is often found wanting. Some, like myself, tend to elaborate and go into great detail. Others tend to speak in the obscure and not give enough information for others to comprehend.  I guess somewhere ther is a happy…"
Apr 4
Larry Sohn replied to Don Hoekwater's discussion Just starting out. Would like to get something akin to the Plan E setup...
"He might be referring to a Pro Panel Plan E."
Apr 4

Profile Information

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
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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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