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New web site up

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barrie Lynn Bryant Dec 3, 2015. 4 Replies

Our new web site is up, we would appreciate all comments, criticisms and suggestions. Linda Dalton PotteryContinue

Square comes into the fold

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Parker Jun 18, 2015. 8 Replies

Square posted on their facebook page tonight that they would offer an NFC reader for Apple Pay with an EMV capability for chip cards in the same device, and that it would be available for no charge…Continue

Wooda, Coulda, Shoulda

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Hoyt Nov 18, 2014. 5 Replies

Apple's initial public offering was on December 12, 1980.The stock opened at $22.00 per share.The stock has split three times since the IPO so, on a split-adjusted basis, the IPO price was $2.75.The…Continue

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Don't sell Apple short!!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lisa Newton Dec 3, 2014. 5 Replies

Does everyone remember when they first heard of these? Then there was itunes, iphones, ipads, etc, etc. When Apple decides to dominate they do it by innovation; creating demand for something we did…Continue

 

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Matt Gwinn replied to Jim Dalton's discussion What's the worst question you have been asked at an art fair?
"Today is the first day of my first fair and before the doors even opened another vendor asked me "did you take all of these?". I'd say 75% of people asked that. The one that took the cake though was the guy who asked me "have you…"
Aug 6
Michael Riggs replied to Jim Dalton's discussion What's the worst question you have been asked at an art fair?
"One of my photos is of a covered bridge in Madison County in Iowa. I guy half laughing asked “Heh, is that the one that burned down?” The one that burned down I got married on and he’s kinda laughing about it."
Jul 10
Ryan Rabbass replied to Jim Dalton's discussion What's the worst question you have been asked at an art fair?
"you're right, some of them might just be saying so even though they assume or know it's me. that is a good point, I need to get a photo up for sure! I actually plan to put my time lapse painting videos on an iPad looping, I think that…"
Jul 9
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
Connie Mettler replied to Jim Dalton's discussion What's the worst question you have been asked at an art fair?
"It could just be a conversation opener, Ryan, and that was the easiest way for them to get it started. Nevertheless, a photo of you creating the work hanging in your booth proves something and make sure your name is displayed and yes label…"
Jul 9
Ryan Rabbass replied to Jim Dalton's discussion What's the worst question you have been asked at an art fair?
"Not the worst, but a consistent annoyance: I get the "did you make this" or "are you the artist" at least 10x per show. It's always surprising. I guess a lot of the public think that art shows are more trade shows and we are…"
Jul 9
Ellen Paquette replied to Jim Dalton's discussion What's the worst question you have been asked at an art fair?
"That is STUNNING!"
Jul 9
Fletcher Dean replied to Jim Dalton's discussion What's the worst question you have been asked at an art fair?
"You win. Hands down!"
Jul 8
Cindy Pietrowski replied to Jim Dalton's discussion What's the worst question you have been asked at an art fair?
"After haggling on my price like my work should come from Walmart, he then said, "I have this gift card I got from my dentist. Can I pay you with that?""
Jul 8
Jan Herman replied to Jim Dalton's discussion What's the worst question you have been asked at an art fair?
"I use my sewing machine to create my textile art. Always: "what kind of sewing machine do you use?" As if they could buy one and push a button and print this out. But most often: "That looks tedious. How long does it…"
Jul 6
Susan Dykstra replied to Jim Dalton's discussion What's the worst question you have been asked at an art fair?
"I am new to this site and am having a great time reading through this thread....hilarious. I’m also a landscape photographer and people say that’s me all the time...”You must have a good camera”, to which I reply...”Are…"
Jul 5
Mark Zirinsky replied to Jim Dalton's discussion What's the worst question you have been asked at an art fair?
"That is a good one"
Jun 27
Connie Mettler replied to Jim Dalton's discussion What's the worst question you have been asked at an art fair?
"Yes! Excellent. My variation, at a show once a wife liked one piece and the husband another one, so I said, why not take both? and they did ;)"
Jun 27
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
Fletcher Dean replied to Jim Dalton's discussion What's the worst question you have been asked at an art fair?
"A new one for me. Not the worst, but among the strangest ... Non-buying customer: "Is that your real name?" Me: "I'm sorry?" Non-buying customer: "I thought it might be your 'artist' name." Me: "Huh.…"
Jun 26
Mark Zirinsky replied to Jim Dalton's discussion What's the worst question you have been asked at an art fair?
"And this one, a variation.  Wife falls in love with one of my pieces. Shows it to husband. He falls in love with it. Wife asks husband "Where are we going to put it?" Husband, "Yes, we have no room" Wife silently looks at…"
Jun 26

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Your Medium
Clay
Years in the Art Fair Business
15
First show ever
local guild
What is your website?
http://lindadaltonpottery.com
What are the best things about art fairs
meeting patrons, seeing them acquire art they like, cultivating collectors, getting input from patrons on directions they wish the work would go, hanging out with other artists
Best show ever and why
Boston Mills, Ist week, 2008. Nobody had seen our work before and it just jumped off the shelves
Worst show ever and why
High Point, NC, least traffic ever at a show
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Larry Berman

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Where are you going?

Posted on December 7, 2011 at 10:27am 4 Comments

Wayne Gretzky is quoted as saying "I skate where the puck is going to be, not where it has been". For artists who are passionate about their art, who love interacting with patrons, and assisting them in acquiring that perfect piece, whether for themselves or as a gift, we all have second thoughts about continuing on our present plan of applying to a bunch of art fairs, selecting the perfect images of our work, getting the perfect booth slide, the perfect artist statement, etc and dealing…

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Rained out at Atalaya

Posted on September 27, 2010 at 5:12pm 2 Comments

Atalaya is a well run, well organized art fair at Huntington Beach State Park just south of Myrtle Beach, SC. It offers a picturesque setting, cash awards, friendly and helpful staff, and though music and food are available they are not intrusive. What they were unable to provide, however, were buyers. Crowds were good on Friday, indeed, there was a long line waiting for entry when the show opened at noon. Everyone looked and commented on how nice the art was, but did not buy. All the artists… Continue

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At 11:19pm on July 22, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to ArtFairInsiders.com, Linda and Jim. I'm pleased to see you both 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 9:08am on October 20, 2011, Pat Finney said…

Hi Linda and Jim,

  Any ideas you have on photographing iridized glass would be greatly appreciated.  I'm having a little more luck but still not where I think I should be.  Thanks,

Pat

At 10:40pm on March 12, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Jim Dalton a gift
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Thank you, Jim and Linda, for referring Karen Plum to Art Fair Insiders.
At 9:55pm on July 4, 2012, John Beasley said…

Hey Guys, how was your weekend? I hope it was better than the Farm! :o) This evening we used the beautiful goblets you made, did you know that red wine tastes better in a Dalton goblet?  

At 4:52pm on February 04, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Jim Dalton a gift
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Do you believe this? Your discussion is still rolling along -- 49 pages of comments must be saying you guys are genius for starting this one. Thank you for your continued posting and info at AFI.
At 2:35pm on November 13, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Jim Dalton a gift
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Thank you, Jim, for referring Melody J. Curtis to Art Fair Insiders.

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