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Linnea Lahlum
  • Buffalo Grove, IL
  • United States
  • Jewelry/metals
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Judy Christian replied to Linnea Lahlum's discussion Unemployment and resuming art fairs: how hard is it to resume unemployment benefits after doing 1 art fair?
"Hi Linnea, I think that you should do whatever feels right and reasonable for your situation.  I agree that it's all very vague! This is the first time that unemployment has been given to self employed and there have been a lot of…"
Jun 22
Larry Berman replied to Linnea Lahlum's discussion Unemployment and resuming art fairs: how hard is it to resume unemployment benefits after doing 1 art fair?
"Continue to apply for unemployment even when doing shows in September and report your income. Remember that you need to deduct all expenses and only report the profit each week, which may be a lot smaller than your gross, maybe even a negative…"
Jun 22
Linnea Lahlum posted a discussion

Unemployment and resuming art fairs: how hard is it to resume unemployment benefits after doing 1 art fair?

All of my early season art fairs this year have been cancelled. I’ve been on unemployment since last year. I have to file forms weekly online.September is the only month I have that looks almost normal, with 4 shows booked. As it so happens, unemployment benefits for people like me will end in September in my state.I have ONE art fair scheduled for the first weekend in August. Then nothing the next 3 weeks.Has anyone successfully gone back on unemployment after 1 show? The premises assumed on…See More
Jun 22
Linnea Lahlum posted a discussion

Has anyone sanded these clear water based finishes?

Liquitex Satin VarnishMinwax Polycrylic Clear Semi-gloss I tried both as a top coat on a faux finished metal project that I had invested many hours in, and both showed a lot of brushstrokes. I tried switching brushes, using a mini roller, and all left an unacceptable amount of texture. I tried mixing with an additive (Floetrol) that is supposed to slow drying and eliminate brushstrokes, and that didn’t help either. No change. Both containers say not to thin. But perhaps they both evaporated a…See More
Mar 13
Linnea Lahlum replied to Larry Maynard's discussion What's Up With the Small Print
"It's small for me too. But I have not been on here in some time.  I just fix my screen using my keyboard whenever I run across this. (There's probably a proper name for doing this, LOL).  In case you don't do this already:…"
Jan 15
Linnea Lahlum replied to Judy Christian's discussion Show sends email saying they will refund, then only refunds 50%-BEWARE
"The fact that they promised a refund BEFORE booth fees were due would imply "full refund" to any reasonable person. If they said "partial refund" at that time - which in reality is what they are trying to do now - how many…"
Apr 13, 2020
Linnea Lahlum replied to Linnea Lahlum's discussion Looking for an archival white acrylic paint
"Interesting. My new Liquitex Titanium White arrived. Apparently, this version of white is still not white. I had thought the previous old Shiva white had yellowed: but the new version is the same vanilla color. I recall a painting teacher - decades…"
Mar 31, 2020
David J Teter replied to Linnea Lahlum's discussion Looking for an archival white acrylic paint
"So yes, that tube was just too old and not quality enough to begin with. Good news the modeling paste work better. You are welcome stay safe from the virus and wash your hands every 20 seconds.... or maybe it's for 20 seconds, yeah that's…"
Mar 31, 2020

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At 12:59pm on July 4, 2016, carolyn washow said…

Hi Linnea, not sure if you got my other messages, I seem to have a hard time manuvering around this site. I'm sure you're busy with shows right now.

At 10:27pm on May 17, 2016, Christina Ruth Smith said…
Hi Linnea...I'm exhausted tonight. I will call the hotel and see if they will accept your name instead of mine. It's a Country Inn and Suites which are nice. I'll get it done by 10:30 central time. Call me! 770 843 4604
At 12:53pm on January 13, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Linnea Lahlum a gift
Thanks Lin for weighing in on A-RTS. These shows pay me, of course, to have their information shared and to have this one get such reviews from you is great! I appreciate it.
At 2:49pm on March 17, 2015, Lisa Marie Crisman said…
Hi Linnea! I was looking for information about Artfest Midwest, and saw your post about booth recommendations. Since you did the show last year, do you have any booth location recommendations?
Lisa Crisman
At 12:14pm on April 8, 2012, Deborah Kashdan said…

Thank you for your response. I have realized from perusing this site that there are just so many issues that I have never considered. I appreciate the advice from all of you who have been in the business.

At 11:29am on March 25, 2011, Amy Furgiuele said…

Hi, Linnea!  Connie suggested I leave a comment for you... Coming from the Chicagoland area, what do you know of the Deerfield Festival of Arts in Deerfield, and the Naperville Women's Guild's Art Show?  Both of these are on the weekend of June 4-5... Have you done either of these or heard good/bad info on them?  Coming from Central Illinois, I know both areas are good areas, but I'm having a hard time finding any reviews on either show.  Any thoughts or comments would be most appreciated!  Many thanks in advance, then, for your time and efforts!


Warmest regards!

At 6:15pm on February 12, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Linnea Lahlum a gift
And the trophy goes to Linnea! Once again cutting through the words and explaining so clearly what everyone needs to hear. Good job on your recent comment at "Crafter Police".
At 2:19pm on March 09, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Linnea Lahlum a gift
Congratulations, Linnea. You have chosen you as an "art star" for your continuous generosity in sharing your expertise, personal experience, and friendly support to the members of this community.
At 3:19pm on January 08, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Linnea Lahlum a gift
Excellent post of the day, Linnea! Thank you. I hope everyone who feels beaten down by the jury system reads it.

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