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Leslie Kaplan
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • United States
  • lampworked glass jewelry
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Columbus Arts Festival - best spot?

Started Mar 16, 2017 0 Replies

Ive never done the Columbus Arts Festival before, and wondered if anyone knows what the best areas are?   Has anyone been on one of the bridges?  Continue

Tags: location, booth, festival, arts, columbus

Parking between fairs?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Leslie Kaplan Aug 28, 2012. 7 Replies

I have a couple of fairs this fall in the DC area on consecutive weekends.  Instead of driving 5 hours each way for times, I am considering parking my van (loaded with my setup, minus my art) at the…Continue

Lighting recommendations

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dean Russell Thompson Jun 14, 2011. 6 Replies

I am doing my first show with late hours and electricity and need some recommendations on lighting.  What is the best approach?  I have a bar that will fit across the tent to hold lights.  Are there…Continue


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Your Medium
lampworked glass jewelry
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Fair in the Park, Pittsburgh PA
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
1. The appreciation (and affirmation) of my work, particularly people buying it!
Best show ever and why
2010 N Va ARts festival, Reston VA - sold all my big pieces!
Worst show ever and why
2010 N Va ARts festival, Reston VA - wind twisted and ruined my tent and I almost didn't get to show my stuff (see above!)
Thank God for helpful neighbors.
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Larry Berman

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Trauma near Tampa - Suncoast Arts Festival

Posted on January 28, 2019 at 1:03pm 2 Comments

Well, it can't all be the fault of the weather - Saturday was really nice!

The Suncoast Arts Festival north of Tampa in Wesley Chapel on Jan 19-20 turned out to be a real dud for me. 

First the Positives:  The Sponsor is a non-profit and all proceeds go to support arts education.  Lots of nice young volunteers.  Drive up setup (see the negative column too).  The show is in a fairly new 'Leisure Center' with a nice selection of stores - I was setup in front of J…


Naples National, a fond farewell to steamy florida

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 1:47pm 5 Comments

Naples National was the second of my first two ever art fairs in florida.  I have commented on Artigras on Nel's post.

My first impression as a first-timer is that Naples National is a very well organized show.   It takes place in and along the edge of a park a block away from the business district.  All artists were given check in times dependent on booth location. ranging from 7:30am to 5:30 pm or later.  I set up in the morning, but when my husband and I strolled back after dinner…


Perfect weather at the 2012 Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival

Posted on May 23, 2012 at 8:55pm 5 Comments

I want to procrastinate going back into my studio, so thought I would write about this years N VA Fine arts Festival in Reston VA this past weekend. 

One of the most important things about any show is the WEATHER, especially here where I lost my tent to high winds two years ago.  This year, it was PERFECT, sunny and cooler than Michigan, if you can believe it.  I had loads of people thru my booth, and did well, but did not sell quite as well as the last time - had lots of…


Annapolis Arts Festival, Annapolis MD June 11-12

Posted on June 13, 2011 at 5:20pm 9 Comments

Hot, Hot, Hot! and Humid!  It is coastal Maryland in June, but really!  Traffic was light, very little advertising we could see ( we did see an ad in the local free paper) and $8 pp entry fees.  The demographics in the area are very good, so it should have been a better attended show.  Wine and local food tastings in the big cool tent where everyone hung out.  Not a bad setup, but the staff was not to be found when a huge thunderstorm came thru at closing.  They did learn from last year and…


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At 12:37pm on March 02, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Leslie Kaplan a gift
Thanks for adding your recent reviews and comments, Leslie. Its great to hear from a wide variety of artists. New voices always welcome and we appreciate it! I look forward to your return to the blog.
At 10:44am on June 08, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Leslie Kaplan a gift
Many thanks for your support Leslie!
At 3:36pm on August 20, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
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