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Lisa Marie Crisman
  • Maryland Heights, MO
  • United States
  • Pastels, Watercolors
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Lisa Marie Crisman's Discussions

Port Clinton Booth space

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lisa Marie Crisman Mar 3, 2016. 2 Replies

Hi everyone!Does anyone have any information about better booth areas at the Port Clinton Art Fair?  I know they moved the show last year, and there is a map on Amy's website.  If anyone has any…Continue

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Lakeview East Festival of the Arts, does anyone have info on this show?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Colin Lapinskie Apr 5, 2014. 12 Replies

This is my first Chicago show, and I'm not at all familiar with the area.  Is this a safe area?  Do they have overnight security?  Any info will be helpful!Thanks!Continue

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St. Charles, Illinois, Fine Art Show

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lisa Marie Crisman Jan 16, 2012. 9 Replies

Has anyone participated in this show.  The show is May 25 and 26.  40 miles west of Chicago.  Any info appreciated!!Continue

Art Workshop Vacations???

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Parker Aug 17, 2011. 1 Reply

Not sure where else to post this, so here we are.  Does anyone have any experience with/ or heard of Art Workshop Vacations in Boca de Tomatlan, Mexico?  There was an ad for this in the back of my…Continue

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Profile Information

Your Medium
Pastels, Watercolors
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Faust Park, St. Louis, Mo.
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Meeting people and hearing people's response to my art.
Best show ever and why
Midsummer's Art Faire, Quincy, Il. Everyone was very nice, friendly and helpful. They love the artists there.
Worst show ever and why
Kirkwood, Greentree
Remnants of some hurricane came through and wiped everyone out.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Hurricane effects felt in Missouri.

Comment Wall (6 comments)

At 6:26pm on September 14, 2009, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome, Lisa Marie. So glad you have joined us. I hope you will add images, ask questions and share with all of us.

I've heard such nice things about the Midsummer Faire in Quincy. Ready to learn more about this business? This is the place.
At 11:34am on January 16, 2012, Robin Ragsdale said…

I think we met last year. That spring show is never as good as the fall one, sales wise. I applied again anyway because I can practically walk there and love the people at that show. I just joined the GSLAA so will volunteer to help if I don't get accepted.

At 12:04pm on January 16, 2012, Robin Ragsdale said…

No. I was so angry with them before/during/after the 2010 show. Mardi Gras Inc knows how to throw a party, but nothing about art shows. They ruined that event and there is no excuse for it. I sent them a letter saying they wouldn't be able to get quality artists anymore because of the extreme expense and all the import crap they let in. Sure enough, they had to cancel last year due to "lack of artist participation". I won't do that show in the future unless they get a real jury with real art people, lower the cost (especially for electric) and treat the artists like the stars rather than as an afterthought.

At 12:34pm on January 16, 2012, Robin Ragsdale said…

When I questioned the Mardi Gras Inc guy about the cost, he said they thought their show was of the same quality as the St. Louis Art Fair in Clayton and therefore a good deal. REALLY??? Then I asked him how they determined what was handmade and what was import & he said they could only rely on what the artists claimed. This gave me the impression that there was no jury at all. Apply, pay up, you're in. Three booths from me was a woman who bought sterling silver jewelry from someplace like Walmart and was reselling it "for a good cause". I don't think the St. Louis Art Fair would allow that, do you? The Parkway school craft fairs are more strict than CWE.

Guess I'm still a little angry at them. ;)

I do hope they get a new organizer and start fresh. It's a wonderful neighborhood with lots of artsy people and they deserve a good art fair.

At 4:24pm on March 9, 2012, Colin Murray said…

Hey Lisa,

Here is a link to the show in Springfield:

I don't know if Ed still has room, but my guess would be that he does.


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