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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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Profile Information

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…


Comment Wall (29 comments)

At 5:49pm on April 26, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to, Linda. I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to getting to know you.

When you have a chance, please add a photo to your profile and stop by the Discussions area to introduce yourself. 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!

Best wishes,
Connie Mettler

p.s. The best way to make this system easy to use is to click on the "Follow-Email me" link at the bottom of each Forum discussion that interests you. That way the system will email you automatically whenever anyone responds. It's a great time-saver.
At 7:41pm on March 21, 2011, Annette Piper said…
Thanks for the friend request Linda - hope to chat again soon!
At 7:31pm on March 25, 2011, Geoff Coe gave Linda A Shields a gift
Sage, caring, and inspirational advice that you gave the artist who asked if one could make a living at this!
At 2:56pm on March 29, 2011, Amy Furgiuele said…
Hey... we all have to stick together, right??  Who else knows the misery and joy of being a working artist more than another working artist?  Good luck and here's to us producing some great creations!
At 5:37pm on March 29, 2011, Jeanne Steck said…

I am sooooo jealous!  I would love to take a course with Irina Meich. How wonderful was it???

I was hoping to go to Beadfest Wire in Phila. in April, But just not possible this year.

At 11:52am on March 30, 2011, Susan Gilbert-Collick said…
Thanks, Linda! This should prove to be an interesting blog. I fear we are very outnumbered tho!
At 10:59pm on April 10, 2011, Debbie Moyer said…
Thanks Linda.  Always good to have more friends!
At 1:08am on April 12, 2011, Annette Piper said…
Thanks for the lovely flower Linda :D
At 2:54am on April 16, 2011, deborah a. weaver gave Linda A Shields a gift
At 10:58pm on April 18, 2011, Art on the Lawn: Barbara Berney gave Linda A Shields a gift

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