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Lisa Foster
  • Portland, OR
  • United States
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Festival awards that really mean something!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christina L. Towell Nov 18, 2013. 12 Replies

Showing at art fairs and festivals has many challenges, one of which is creating excellent work. But as we all know, that’s only the beginning. Since I’ve started doing these I’ve learned many…Continue

Copyright on work I'm having photographed

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lisa Foster May 24, 2013. 2 Replies

I'm currently getting some some of my paintings photographed. I noticed that on his website it states "all images copyright his name." In some quick searching I noticed that he probably does own…Continue

Another square question, signature required?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Darin Teichmer Feb 11, 2014. 4 Replies

As far as I can tell, square requires a signature for all purchases over $25. What if I don't have a signal and cannot swipe or hand enter the info. Others here have said use a knucklebuster to…Continue

Reproduction policies, get real!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hugo Cruz Aug 26, 2012. 2 Replies

Reading the Sunshine Artist top 20 blog post and the fact that I'm toying with the idea of taking a spring trip to Texas, prompted me to look at the Bayou City application. A couple of things that…Continue

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Lisa Foster replied to Alison Loewen's discussion Happifeet Standard Weights vs those with Add on weights
"happyfeet is not currently doing business. I wrote Cindy about a set of add on weights and she said she was in the process of selling the company. I love my happyfeet btw but I add sandbags when wind could be an issue. A plus to the happyfeet is you…"
Mar 22, 2016
Lisa Foster replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Getting Hijacked at Starbucks
"I just had some bogus charges on my business cc that were denied because the card was expired. In one case a physical card was presented. I hadn't been in the area where the card was used for four months. I didn't lose my card so one must…"
Nov 16, 2015
Lisa Foster replied to Lee Saxon Hay's discussion How do you earn more at small art festivals?
"Small show isn't always a low end show. I had one small show where I only sold notecards and originals over $600. Nothing in between. Bring a range of work."
Feb 22, 2015
Robbie Curnow commented on Lisa Foster's blog post Edmonds Art Festival 2014, Edmond WA
"I know this post is old, but I just applied to Edmonds for 2015. The new booth fee/no commission has me worried. I like the commission if you don't have a good show you don't pay such a high booth fee. We always ask for a corner with…"
Jan 14, 2015
Robbie Curnow commented on Lisa Foster's blog post Edmonds Art Festival Review 2013. Perspective from a painter, Edmonds WA
"I know this post is old, but I just applied to Edmonds for 2015. The new booth fee/no commission has me worried. I like the commission if you don't have a good show you don't pay such a high booth fee. We always ask for a corner with…"
Jan 14, 2015
Christina L. Towell commented on Lisa Foster's blog post Edmonds Art Festival 2014, Edmond WA
"Good information, thanks for the critique, Lisa...I guess it's true about the weather in Seattle, rainy.  I guess the weather would be a gamble every year..."
Aug 11, 2014
Lisa Foster commented on Lisa Foster's blog post Edmonds Art Festival 2014, Edmond WA
"You're right, it should be 2014. Fixed. Thanks!"
Aug 10, 2014
Ruth Finkenbiner commented on Lisa Foster's blog post Edmonds Art Festival 2013, Edmond WA
"One more question, shouldn't your title be Edmonds 2014???"
Aug 9, 2014
Ruth Finkenbiner commented on Lisa Foster's blog post Edmonds Art Festival 2013, Edmond WA
"Hey Lisa - good review, like you, I certainly didn't get around to writing a full blog post.  I thought I had last year, but I think we were too crazy busy with the house selling.  I wrote a blog post in 2012, our first year,…"
Aug 9, 2014
Lisa Foster posted a blog post

Edmonds Art Festival 2014, Edmond WA

I know I’m late with this, but better late than never I suppose…See also my review from 2013. First up, the Edmonds, WA show, Father’s Day weekend, June 13-15. Setup on Thursday at assigned times. The show runs Friday and Saturday 10-8 and Sunday 10-6. Booth fee is $150 in line plus 15%. This was my 2nd year doing this show. This show is set up in a park near…See More
Aug 9, 2014
Lisa Foster commented on sean McDougal's blog post Is there a difference between buy sell and selling prints?
"Cc Barton, I tend to agree that numbering reproductions is confusing. The only reason I do it is because so many shows require it."
Apr 14, 2014
Lisa Foster replied to Bruce Erdman's discussion The Square
"I thought square only had a limit for manually entered transactions."
Apr 4, 2014
Lisa Foster replied to Kale Van Leeuwen's discussion Caravan Tent Walls - do not close
"If you have inexpensive walls, one thing you could do is unzip the front zipper and close it with white duct tape, leaving a gap between the zipper. I had to do this when my zipper broke. So far it has held up. There are side extenders available but…"
Apr 1, 2014
Lisa Foster replied to Robbie Curnow's discussion Bend Summer Festival 2014 Has anyone done this show or attend?
"Carla's show is Art in the High Desert, usually the weekend before Labor Day."
Mar 23, 2014
Darin Teichmer replied to Lisa Foster's discussion Another square question, signature required?
"Hi David! I know this post is a little old, but I am trying to find a way to get a signature line on my square register paper receipt. Looking at your post it seems you may have resolved this. Could you share your solution? Thanks, Darin"
Feb 11, 2014
Christina L. Towell replied to Lisa Foster's discussion Festival awards that really mean something!
"Yes!  I have a Kia Soul too and it's surprisingly roomy and efficient...love it!"
Nov 18, 2013

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painting
Years in the Art Fair Business
2
First show ever
Art in Bloom, Medford, OR
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http://www.lisafosterart.wordpress.com
What are the best things about art fairs
meeting people and other artists. Seeing people excited about the work they purchase.
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Edmonds Art Festival 2014, Edmond WA

Posted on August 9, 2014 at 6:00pm 5 Comments

I know I’m late with this, but better late than never I suppose…

See also my review from 2013.…

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Boise Art Museum's Art in the Park 2013 , Boise, ID

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 6:21pm 7 Comments

My last show of the season is in the bag. This was another new show for me, running Fri-Sun Sept 6-8. I woke up late on Monday morning after the show and felt totally fried. I’m not sure why. Sure, the show had long hours, 10-8 Friday and Saturday, 10-5 on Sunday, but Edmonds was just as long. It wasn’t that hot and I was in the shade. They had men with golf carts to help haul your gear so set-up was relatively easy. It was a 430 mile drive which probably took its toll, but I don’t think…

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A stormy weekend in Bend Oregon, Art in the High Desert 2013

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 1:30pm 13 Comments

When my jury results for Art in the High Desert came I expected to file it away with my rejections. I had juried for this show for 4 or 5 years, always with the same results... no joy. I was close to giving it up and not apply this year. I was shocked to be wait-listed. And then I was almost immediately called off the wait-list. I’m really glad I didn’t give up! It was a wonderful show in all respects... except for the weather, but more on that later.

Art in…

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Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival 2013, Ketchum, ID

Posted on August 13, 2013 at 1:30pm 8 Comments

This was my first year showing at this show. As I drove through the Columbia River Gorge in 105 deg heat, I had high hopes of selling my most expensive pieces. Alas, that was not the case. Again, all of my sales were small. This is not a high traffic show so it’s hard to make it work on small sales. I had a lot of interest in my work and a lot of be-backs that didn’t come back or came back but didn’t buy. Many of the artists I talked to were either disappointed with sales or…

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At 10:18pm on September 14, 2011, Connie Mettler said…
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At 11:26am on July 24, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow gave Lisa Foster a gift
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Thank you, Lisa, for taking the time to write a review on the Edmonds Arts Festival and the Gig Harbor Summer Arts Festival. We really appreciate all your help.
At 11:50pm on September 03, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Lisa Foster a gift
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Congrats on being awarded the Post of the Week - 9/2/2013.

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