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Larry Sohn's Discussions

Effect change at Fine Art Shows

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kaytee Sumida Jun 24. 34 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 replied to Wendy Merkle's discussion What is the ONE THING you wish Show Owner/Directors would do?
"Basing show entry acceptance on sales, is not a fair practice. Some artists might be exceptional at their medium. They might be excellent artists, have great vision, fantastic talent and ability, do great workmanship... however not be good at sales…"
8 hours ago
Larry Sohn replied to Wendy Merkle's discussion What is the ONE THING you wish Show Owner/Directors would do?
"The Buy/Sell vendors, might be willing to pay more for their sports. Them being at the show still hurts the artist, as it is difficult to compete with them. Also they will try to cheat and get into the "less expensive" artist side."
19 hours ago
Larry Sohn replied to Wendy Merkle's discussion What is the ONE THING you wish Show Owner/Directors would do?
"Interesting story about the photographer. I would find some loopholes in it. A) if the original photograph was sign then it is officially copyrighted. It is not part of public domain. Anyone caught copying it and selling it would be subject to legal…"
Thursday
Larry Sohn replied to Barry Middleton's discussion Trimline Flourish Canopy with 3-sided Mesh FOR SALE
"What is the sense of posting a For Sale ad, if you are not going to respond to any of the inquiries?"
Tuesday
Larry Sohn replied to Barry Middleton's discussion Trimline Flourish Canopy with 3-sided Mesh FOR SALE
"What color are the mesh walls? Are they the Flourish mesh softwalls? What height are they? Where in PA are you located?"
Jul 11
Larry Sohn replied to Jim Dalton's discussion What's the worst question you have been asked at an art fair?
"Did you fight him "tooth and nail" over that? It was an offer, did you take the "bite"? Sounds like the customer was a real "card"  :-)"
Jul 9
Larry Sohn replied to Sarah Schoenfeld's discussion Finding local shows and festivals?
"There may be two concerns with "visit them ahead of time ". While it is a good idea to do such. There are drawbacks. 1) by doing so you have now missed an opportunity to participate in that show and might have to wait another…"
Jun 28
Larry Sohn replied to Tony DeCoste's discussion "Only one bin of prints allowed"
"Some shows,  besides the limitation on bins, also limit the percentage of reproductions, percentage of non-hanging work (2D), etc."
Jun 27
Larry Sohn replied to Jay Snively's discussion Anchoring Trimline sidewalls at bottom...
"Of course. I assumed you maxed out your height. I should never assume. :-)"
Jun 27
Larry Sohn replied to Sarah Schoenfeld's discussion Finding local shows and festivals?
"I like this site for info, as well as the connected ArtFairReview etc. Also a subscription to ArtFairScourceBook is well worth it. Perhaps you are not ready for the AFSB subscription yet, but I think it is very, very good.  Also look at JAS…"
Jun 27
Larry Sohn replied to Catherine Nocon's discussion Zapplication
"Zapp merely facilitates applications to the show personnel.  It is up to the show to change status in the Zapp system and meet the deadlines they claim."
Jun 27
Larry Sohn replied to Jay Snively's discussion Anchoring Trimline sidewalls at bottom...
"Normally you don't need to anchor them. If you choose to and they are below the stabars. A) Lower your stabars and then bungee to them. B) As you are using stabars, then you can pull horizontally. So, just secure with strong tension, at the…"
Jun 26
Larry Sohn replied to Jim Dalton's discussion What's the worst question you have been asked at an art fair?
"That one could be a legit question. Many an artist has signed their works with a "pen name". So taht one I would not think to be a bad question."
Jun 26
Kaytee Sumida replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Effect change at Fine Art Shows
"That seems to be the problem a lot of guilds, charities and other non-profits have. More and more work to do, and fewer people willing and able to pitch in. :(  Too many expect "somebody else" to do it. The ones who try to support and…"
Jun 24
Connie Mettler replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Effect change at Fine Art Shows
"NAIA has been around for 20 years or more. It was a terrific initiative when it started and made renegade shows quake and standardized many of the procedures around the business. It has mostly been handled by artist volunteers who devoted infinite…"
Jun 24
Richard L. Sherer replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Effect change at Fine Art Shows
"I am only now learning about NAIA even though I have been dong shows for 20m plus years. I wonder if they have a list of "approved shows' that adhere to set standards. It almost seems like artists need a formal contarct with promotors to…"
Jun 24

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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.

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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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