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Linda A Shields
  • Mukwonago, WI
  • United States
  • jewelry, knit textiles
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Linda A Shields's Discussions

Jewelry:Behind Glass or Not?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Linda A Shields Sep 28, 2012. 7 Replies

Every year we have worked to improve our image to the public at Art Fairs. I have used the sage advice of experienced AFI members, my great photographer Larry Berman and observations at every great…Continue

The Tuscon Gem Show 2012:Will I Find Some Hidden Gems? or "To Go or Not to Go?"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Diane Wright Feb 7, 2012. 6 Replies

Okay Friends,As usual, I wait until the last minute to make this descion:Should I fly down in two days, stay at my cousin's condo and go to the markets? I have been told that the prices for all…Continue

Tags: show, gem, tuscon, gems

ART FAIRS: Dinosaur or Phoenix

Started this discussion. Last reply by Linda A Shields Jun 7, 2011. 8 Replies

In the last week I have read some serious GLOOM and DOOM on AFI! A city doesn't want an Art Fair held on it's grounds: let's all ban the fair for a year and see how they like it! The price of gas is…Continue

Tags: economy, fairs, art

The Power of Words

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jacki Bilsborrow May 1, 2011. 29 Replies

Recently I had a negative interaction going with another AFI member. I don't know why this person took such a dislike to me from my first postings on the this website to the last one had with him a…Continue

Tags: feelings, writting, people, blogs


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Your Medium
jewelry, knit textiles
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Catholic Memorial Arts and Craft fair
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Networking, new knowledge, money, new experiences.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Found it on-line whilw looking for a craft fair. I just love it!!!

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Linda A Shields's Blog

Reviewing Hidden Rivers...Or Why Here

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 11:47am 5 Comments

I've been sitting on the upstairs step, passive hands but passionate heart, absorbing your Artist's pageant.

So it was this past weekend for the Hidden Rivers Art Festival in Brookfield, Wisconsin, that I went through that always frenetic/ avidly familiar/ artist's fan fair of preparing for a show. Not mine. My husband was one of the hundred juried.

My gold standard for a perfectly architected, organized and executed Art Festival starts with Amy Amdur of Amdur Productions.… Continue


Posted on February 25, 2013 at 3:12pm 17 Comments

No drama this time. I need advice from all. From those people I have come to revere: Nels, Connie, Larry, Annette, Barry, Phil, Amy, Geoff,Amy Amdur and staff, Jim, SMB, Diane, Carla, Michele, Lexi, Mike, Barb and, oh Gosh, so many more.

I am not entering this post for sympathy. I need forthright opinions, the best you have in your pockets, please.

Facts: I have been hospitalized for numerous blood clots of unknown etiology. I am on warfarin which is suppose to prevent the… Continue

First Year for Amdur's New Third Ward Art Fair

Posted on September 14, 2012 at 4:06am 7 Comments

Sorry, first of all for being ten days post event to share a new Art Fair. My new hip has been acting up.

That aside, this was the first Amdur event in my home town of Milwaukee, WI. I was excited. The weather proved to be stunning, with cool breezes off Lake michigan three blocks away and the sun had taken on an autumn brilliance.

The setting was the Historic Third Ward. Originally a manufacturing district due to its proximity to the waterways, the buildings were all…



Posted on June 8, 2012 at 5:38pm 16 Comments

Recently, I read a blog on AFI about the perils of:

1) Donating your works for charity.

2) Giving a piece of your work for raffle at the Art Fair you are attending.

3) Well, let's not enumerate on… the post was against GIVING AWAY your ART for any reason because it lowers its value.

Why? The jist of the post was that it’s BAD for BUSINESS!

Yes, I have the concept correct, unfortunately. Artists need to be savvy business women/men with cost sheets of…


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At 3:24pm on September 17, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Linda A Shields a gift
When what to my wandering eye should appear ... a post from Linda! Hi Linda. Hope you are well and keeping that pesky ill health on the run. Great to see you again. Here's to you!
At 4:48pm on November 02, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Linda A Shields a gift
Many belated thanks, Linda, for all your helpfulness on AFI. I have just now uploaded your FAQs gathered some time ago. I appreciate it and so will many of the members. Trying to make things easier...
At 9:06am on July 2, 2012, Jennifer Donald said…

Hi Linda :)  Thank you for your comment and add.

All the best,


At 4:41pm on June 02, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Linda A Shields a gift
Thank you for your generous support!
At 11:46am on January 16, 2012, Lexi Erickson said…

Thank you for the gift Linda.  That was very sweet.--Lexi

At 4:30pm on January 15, 2012, Annette Piper said…

Thanks for the gift Linda :)

At 8:18am on January 12, 2012, Kathleen Neff gave Linda A Shields a gift
I thought about going 'in the hole' and ordering up something REALLY PRICEY for you, but decided there's nothing more special than a Red Ribbon for those who put the FINE in ART. THANKS! KATHLEEN
At 4:57pm on July 25, 2011, deborah feigum said…
howdy, thanks for adding me as a friend, im slow at this so hang in there with me. i love chicago,i lived in indiana for yrs and drove to chi town many times to the muesums/science of ind. love it..... good luck  at your art show,, someday it will be be?? lol im happy now, take care, have a great time, hugs
At 9:34am on July 18, 2011, Jane Elizabeth Duke said…
Linda, A model no less?! WOW! Beautiful and talented... what are the odds? lol  Thanks for the Welcome In... I am very excited and a bit overwhelmed simultaneously, but very happy to be a part of the community!
At 7:58am on July 14, 2011, Chad jerzak said…
Linda- how did you do at  the gold coast?  I did really well!  definitely will do the show 

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