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Mark V. Turner
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  • Wilmington, DE
  • United States
  • Acrylics, Mixed Media
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ProPanels take up my booth inside, tent walls just fit, what about weights??

Started this discussion. Last reply by Randy Thomae May 7, 2019. 18 Replies

My Pro-Panel  set up occupies all of my tent interior and is canopy hooked to the stabars. My tent walls fit a 10x10, but nothing more. I had been using the leg wrap-around sandbag weights or the PVC…Continue

Save $$ using Check-Inn Card....Anyone else using it?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melanie Rolfes May 8, 2013. 23 Replies

I have been using Corporate Lodging Consultants service called CheckInn Card for a couple years now and have recognized significant savings on hotel stays compared to on-line services like Price Line…Continue

Finally found the add button....... Booth shot

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lisa Foster Apr 15, 2013. 25 Replies

OK,  Can I throw a pic or 2 in here?  This is my new P P set-up with the LED lighting system (that is discussed in another thread here). The weather finally cooperated (i.e. no rain/snow, temps in…Continue

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Mark V. Turner replied to Raoul Duke's discussion Virus vs Art show. Will they show up?
"Notification date 3/12/20- Paradise City Art Festival Marlborough Mass event just sent out a rescheduling email to their lists. They are now re-scheduling the event for June. So there’s some data I did two craft shows last weekend approx…"
Mar 12, 2020
Randy Thomae replied to Mark V. Turner's discussion ProPanels take up my booth inside, tent walls just fit, what about weights??
"Marc, I am also in the Denver area. Can you share the details of this, was it at DenCol? Would you recommend this route? Did they install eyebolts? Thanks"
May 7, 2019

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Your Medium
Acrylics, Mixed Media
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Milton Arts Guild Sidewalk Sale July 2005
What is your website?
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Found through google search
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I was awarded a blue ribbon for painting at a juried event by one of the few remaining (at the time) well-known African American painters of the Depression Era, Edward Loper Sr.

Mark V. Turner's Blog

Event Insurance Firms - Opinions and Recommendations?

Posted on March 11, 2016 at 3:56pm 22 Comments

Everyone has seen an event prospectus or applications which has statements that say that exhibitors are required to carry general or specific types of liability insurance in the amount of a bazillion dollars. These requirements also usually indicate that a certificate of insurance needs to accompany the application and should name the event or event entity as co-insured on the certificate.  

Lastly, the certificate sometimes must accompany the application, or you don't get in,…


Staged Booth Photos and the Jury Process - well why do you take them and why weight them so highly?

Posted on August 3, 2015 at 2:54pm 66 Comments

I have been wanting to have event promoters discuss this topic for quite some time, but never got around to posting it: Why do juried events accept STAGED (FAKE) BOOTH IMAGES for evaluation purposes and then weight them so highly?

Truth is, most on site booth set-ups do not resemble the submitted jury images. They do NOT usually show browse bins, density of merchandise marketed for sale, signage in use at the show, and that often many exhibitors move their displays…


Howard Alan Arlington Festival of the Arts 2015 - Event Review

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 3:17pm 13 Comments

This was my first Howard Alan event. I had previously juried into at least two previous HA events which were cancelled by the organizers - Baltimore Inner Harbor and Georgetown... One killed by the Gran Prix and the other by apparent inability to reach agreements with the local govt...

Location, Location, Location: I think location had a great deal to do with whether your sales that weekend were successful. I was…


Lansdale Festival of the Arts...August 23, 2014...Lansdale, Pennsylvania

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 6:23pm 2 Comments

So earlier this summer, I was looking to fill a hole or two in my schedule. In checking on and a couple other sites, I saw an opportunity for an event slightly northwest of Philadelphia.

It was an event billed as a medium…


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At 2:29pm on February 8, 2013, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Mark.  I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please add a photo of yourself and stop by the Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. 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!

Many topics have already been discussed here before you joined us. You might like to try a search of your topic before you post your question. Just put your topic, canopy tents, jurying fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, etc, into the search bar at the top of the right side of the page. You might be surprised that someone has already asked your question.

We also ask that all new members take a few moments of their time to read the code of conduct. You will find it at There are a few guidelines that all members will need to follow because , as in any social community, we all need to work together.

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At 10:50pm on May 21, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Mark V. Turner a gift
Congrats on winning the post of the week award - 5/20/2013.
At 1:54pm on August 23, 2013, Kathy Oda said…

Mark, as a follow-up to your blog around jewelry and fiber, there is a regional show in Bluffton, SC (adjacent to Hilton Head) that does not accept jewelry or wearable fiber.  It's a bit of a drive for you but if you're headed down to Pensacola or one of the other shows, it's a sweet show even if it does have the word 'Seafood' in the title.  You can see the artists from last year at this link.


At 10:45pm on August 28, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Mark V. Turner a gift
Congrats Mark on being awarded the Post of the Week - 8/26/2013
At 12:28am on July 10, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Mark V. Turner a gift
Thank you, Mark, for referring Diane Cromer to Art Fair Insiders.

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