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Leslie Turner
  • Tutwiler, MS
  • United States
  • glass and jewelry
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Leslie Turner replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Secret Santa, Part II - 2020
"Glad you like the ornament. I guess Santa whispered in my ear to send three pairs of earrings, not two! ;)"
Jan 6
Leslie Turner replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Secret Santa, Part II - 2020
"Be careful of suction cup hangers. They sometimes let go with time or temperature changes. Use larger suction cups than you think you will need and give them a tug every once in a while to make sure the suction is still strong. "
Jan 3
Leslie Turner replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Secret Santa, Part II - 2020
"I am glad you like your earrings. Unfortunately some of my gifts have gotten hung up in the mail. And I may miss the Zoom party. My 82 year old Dad fell and broke his femur today. The VA hospital in Memphis had to find another hospital to take him…"
Dec 31, 2020
Leslie Turner replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Secret Santa, Part II - 2020
"Still won't let me upload photo. Guess I'll have to wait untill Zoom to show everyone what I got from my Secret Santa."
Dec 27, 2020
Leslie Turner replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Here Comes Santa! Part II - 2018
"I received a beautiful fused glass tray from Kristin Collier. Since I love everything glass this was perfect for me. I will post a picture as soon as I figure out how."
Dec 26, 2020
Leslie Turner commented on Kathleen J. Clausen's blog post What to do: Jewelry artists, how to handle touching and trying-on considering the Covid situation?
"Make your mask a fashion statement. Use your jewelry design skills to design and decorate masks to match the outfits you wear to shows. Take plenty of sanitizing wipes and make a point of cleaning your phone, tablet, or Square devise, and your…"
May 14, 2020
Leslie Turner replied to Ryan Yan's discussion New to Art Fairs (Booth and Art Critique Request)
"I agree with Larry, your paintings are too crowded. Also the three paintings on the back wall do not compliment each other. I would suggest you play with arrangement, maybe take photos of each painting and shuffle them around until you like the…"
Mar 31, 2020
Leslie Turner replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Secret Santa Part II - 2019
"Oops! Did not mean to add two of the same photo."
Jan 3, 2020
Leslie Turner replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Secret Santa Part II - 2019
"Debra Stillman sent me the prettiest precious metal clay pendant! I love it. Purple is my favorite color and it will go with almost everything in my closet. I was thrilled when I opened the box (which was also very nice)."
Jan 3, 2020

Profile Information

Your Medium
glass and jewelry
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Pink Palace Arts and Crafts Fair, Memphis, TN
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
They allow me to make a living doing what I love.
Best show ever and why
Pink Palace, because I've been going long enough to have customers come look for me and bring friends.
Worst show ever and why
King Bisquit Blues Festival, Helena, AR, because of the roving gangs of kids and the late (10:00pm) close. When the policeman working security tells you "Ma'am, I don't think this is a safe place for you to be any more" it's PAST time to load up the van!
Who referred you to Please be specific.
I saw a link at a web site for art display equipment. Also links to tents and photography services. I don't recall the name of the site.

Leslie Turner's Blog

Trading art at shows

Posted on July 6, 2011 at 1:54pm 9 Comments

Although I have been going to shows for six or seven years, I only do a few each year and still consider myself a "newbie" with a lot to learn. I started trading with other artists fairly early on. Another artist asked me if I traded and I thought that would be a great way to add to my collection so I said "Sure!" Since then I trade at 60% of the shows I do. Most of the artists I ask about trading are eager to "shop". The first, and only, man I asked looked at me like I had left a slime…


What color do crowds and judges like best?

Posted on July 1, 2011 at 2:22am 11 Comments

I'm getting ready to order Pro Panels for a new set-up and I'm stuck on the color. There are eight colors to choose from; oatmeal, buff, teak, pine needle, moonbeam, light gray, dark gray, and black. The most common color I see used is light gray. I've never seen the teak or pine needle used, but that may just be a local thing.

I've seen the black used with large abstract paintings and it looked great, but I think it would overpower my smaller frames. Is there a reason I see so much…


Artist friendly town needed.

Posted on June 12, 2011 at 5:36pm 31 Comments

I am seriously considering selling my property in Mississippi. It is too far from any shows and the house/yard are too big for me now. I love my studio, but I can build another where ever I end up. The question is "Where Do I Want To End Up?" I know I want to stay South of West Virginia and East of Texas, and I prefer rolling hills to coast, mountains, or delta. That leaves a lot of territory to consider.

I can build to suit if the perfect house is not available, but I cannot build an…


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Thank you for your generous support!
At 10:19am on March 25, 2011, Connie Mettler said…

Thanks for asking, Leslie. Here's the link:


click on that, put a topic in the subject line and your comments or questions in the box below, then click "Add Discussion". It will be like magic and you will have entered the computer age because you will have posted online, "like a virgin."

Additionally, you should spend some time reading on the site. Click this link:

you will see at the top on the left hand side a rectangular box, type your "search term" (tent, outdoor display, booth, something like that) that best describes what you want to learn about and click "enter" on your keyboard and you will find many, many discussions about your question.

Best wishes...

At 9:57pm on March 22, 2011, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to, Leslie.  I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please add a photo of yourself and stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us.  We all look forward to your participation here.  Also, visit the "member map" and add your location.  We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike.  Let's make this a dynamic site!

We also ask that all new members take a few moments of their time to read the code of conduct.  You will find it at   There are a few guidelines that all members will need to follow because , as in any social community, we all need to work together.

Best wishes,
Connie Mettler

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