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Larry Sohn's Discussions

How much weight -A little math for fun

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Sohn on Wednesday. 2 Replies

Do you all know an artist named Bernoulli?No? Well he was an artist in other areas of thought, mainly mathematics. He created Bernoulli's equation.Without getting into the exact math, physics and…Continue

Tags: wind, lift, velocity, theory, Bernoulli

Speaking with customers, at Art Fairs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Sep 7. 15 Replies

There have been numerous discussions on here, wherein artists complain about "salesmanship" type talk. Or having to speak with the prospective customers.Some have claimed the "work must speak for…Continue

Tags: presentation, patter, technique, communication, salesmanship

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

 

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Larry Sohn replied to tricia d sutton's discussion selling art prints with no mat and what tape to use?
"Confusion. You call them "prints" but then also call them "paintings". Which are you referring to? Research "Conservation / Archival Acid free / Lignon free mounting and hinging tapes."
Thursday
Larry Sohn replied to Mike Giordano's discussion Newbie looking for some advice
"How can your printer do 13'x19" but not be able to do 11"x14"?  That does not sound correct. Look at your configuration settings. I believe you are missing something. I did not have to raise my prices when going to archival…"
Thursday
Larry Sohn replied to Mike Giordano's discussion Newbie looking for some advice
"There are 2 types of framing thoughts. A) The matte and frame are complimentary to and add to the photo. They work as one and framing enhances the overall image. Although this seems like a very good idea, if the matte is large and does not…"
Wednesday
Larry Sohn replied to Mike Giordano's discussion Newbie looking for some advice
"You can purchase the good stuff from Nielsen Bainbridge, Crescent or distributors such as Omega or Decor"
Wednesday
Larry Sohn replied to Mike Giordano's discussion Newbie looking for some advice
"Disclaimer: Please do not take any of this as negative nor offensive. we ALL had to start somewhere. We must determine when we know enough and are good enough to be selling to the public at art fairs. It does not seem like you are ready, yet. First…"
Wednesday
Larry Sohn replied to Larry Sohn's discussion How much weight -A little math for fun
"Plus drive them slowly by any art fairs, so as not to cause too much vortex near the tents :-)"
Wednesday
Bernard Zalon replied to Larry Sohn's discussion How much weight -A little math for fun
"I guess we should all be driving semis..."
Wednesday
Larry Sohn replied to Don Seib's discussion Top and bottom stay bars needed for pop up?
"If you tell Flourish the exact tent, they will get it right. They have for me and everyone I have recommended to them. Mine fit my Undercover tents and my trimline beautifully. No wrinkles... no extra velcro.  Perhaps the particular tent you…"
Wednesday
Larry Sohn posted a discussion

How much weight -A little math for fun

Do you all know an artist named Bernoulli?No? Well he was an artist in other areas of thought, mainly mathematics. He created Bernoulli's equation.Without getting into the exact math, physics and engineering, here are some ideas for consideration.Now, assume a little knowledge about our tents. An example is the Trimline tent.The surface area of the top is approx. 131 Square Foot. It has another property that is important … it is curved. Hence we have a large curved surface parallel to the…See More
Tuesday
Larry Sohn replied to Don Seib's discussion Top and bottom stay bars needed for pop up?
"If you tell the people at Flourish the type of pop up tent and that you want to use the softwalls with a trimline also, they will sell you the correct softwalls to fit both tents with no adaption needed."
Tuesday
Larry Sohn replied to Don Seib's discussion What's right, what's wrong, what goes or what stays?
"Or even this with your carpet:"
Sep 11
Larry Sohn replied to Don Seib's discussion What's right, what's wrong, what goes or what stays?
"This is a very quick, sloppy, half a$$ed trial. However does it give you an idea?  Your picture looks much more pleasing. The new one is more on the idea for a juried booth shot. NOT anywhere near what should be finished work bur taking what…"
Sep 11
Larry Sohn replied to Don Seib's discussion Top and bottom stay bars needed for pop up?
"Depending on the mesh panels. If they are the Flourish Softwalls. You do not need upper stabars. Only the lower as well as the corner brackets. the Softwalls have hooks and cinch straps that attach to the top frame rails. You have to tell Floursih…"
Sep 11
Larry Sohn replied to Don Seib's discussion What's right, what's wrong, what goes or what stays?
"Don't show the roof framing. They know it is a tent and has framing but don't show it. The bin is fine. If you are going to use a bin, it should be in the booth shot. Not sure it the table should be in it but it looks ok, with it. I agree…"
Sep 10
Richard L. Sherer replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Speaking with customers, at Art Fairs
"My favorite "ghost exhibitor" was a painter at Elk Camp (Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation) gathering at the Reno Hilton.  A woman painter across the aisle from us if we would watch her booth one morning while she took a break. No…"
Sep 7
Cindy Welch replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Speaking with customers, at Art Fairs
"I agree with giving a hello/good morning with a quick smile to those passing by.  Who knows, maybe hey are making a quick run to the restroom and will make their way back to your booth.  That smile and greeting may be the only one they…"
Sep 7

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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
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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
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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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