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Mark Zirinsky
  • Denver, CO
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  • sculpture and metalwork
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Woodlands?

Started this discussion. Last reply by S Brian Berkun Dec 14, 2020. 2 Replies

Honored to be accepted to the Woodlands, TX waterway show (April, 2021).Curious to hear others experience at this show, good, indifferent, etc, obviously last show as 2019 so will have to extrapolate…Continue

Sections of St james - Kentucky art show

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Mar 29, 2020. 10 Replies

I am applying for the st james court art show, yet there are 4 distinct sections to the show. I am ignorant of the show layout, certain parts of a show usually have a flavor, or focus, if you will. I…Continue

need 2 extra pro panels

Started Feb 25, 2020 0 Replies

Hello all,I am looking for 2 extra pro panels, either black or dark blue, to add to my assortment of booth display items so I can do a few extra walls when I am set up on a corner. I am in Denver,…Continue

Tags: panels, pro, 2, wanted

which show: gold coast or omaha?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carol Joy Shannon Feb 25, 2020. 14 Replies

Ah, I guess it is good luck, accepted to 2 shows on the same weekend; Omaha, nebraska, and gold coast Chicago. I am doing the uptown show in Chicago the following weekend, and the drive from Omaha to…Continue

Tags: coast, Gold, omaha

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Mark Zirinsky commented on Joan forstner's blog post ASKING FOR ADVICE
"arggh. should be "state of flux""
Apr 2
Mark Zirinsky commented on Joan forstner's blog post ASKING FOR ADVICE
"Most shows are in a state of lux. Cheery Creek just changed dates, and shifted to a nearby location, for this year. Bears canceling. I would say move the date, keep the same location."
Apr 2
Mark Zirinsky replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Client won't accept commission - now what?
"Hmmm. From your description, sounds like something changed on their end. Financial problems. A family issue. Storm damage to their house. Someone died. Someone wants them to die. Their behavior implies that your artwork is fine, and that you have…"
Mar 12
Mark Zirinsky commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Big News from the BIG One: Ann Arbor
"When I showed (at the original section), I did not see any junk amongst other nearby exhibiters. Later I happened by some other sections of the show, I saw tie dyed T shirts, coffee mug coasters, refrigerator magnets, and other what I would call…"
Mar 10
Mark Zirinsky commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Will there be Fairs?
"another thought I have: in business, sometimes one of the hardest things to do is to do nothing. that is, say, you have several opportunities, none of them good, or none great. as a younger person, when I had more energy, I would do them all, and…"
Feb 25
Mark Zirinsky commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Will there be Fairs?
"Trying to decide if I want to go to a show in Houston area, a top show, but still, first week of April, between virus and weather damage, is anyone going to go? artists and buyers alike"
Feb 25
Mark Zirinsky replied to Connie Mettler's discussion 2021 Show Cancellations & Postponements
"Well, the next one after November is March 2022, just a few month after November, so apply for that one. "
Feb 12
Mark Zirinsky replied to Connie Mettler's discussion 2021 Show Cancellations & Postponements
"Thanks Connie, and thank you for your memory. Had a nice slate of shows booked for 2020, my best yet, and it went out the window. That is how it goes. May this and next year be better"
Feb 12
Mark Zirinsky replied to Connie Mettler's discussion 2021 Show Cancellations & Postponements
"I only pay attention to shows I am either juried into, or wait listed - Scottsdale, Arizona cancelled, March 12-14 - As of today, Carefree, Arizona still on, same weekend - As of today, Woodlands (Houston) still on 4/10 - As of today, Denver Arts…"
Feb 12
Mark Zirinsky replied to Kristen Nazzaro's discussion Business requirements for shows - please help!
"Probably for a first show, you could use, or not use, cards. As a photographer, Kristy probably has some good images, so getting them made will be easy. Bit which image? Kind of like jurying for a show - which 3 works represent your work? Cards do…"
Jan 30
Mark Zirinsky replied to Kristen Nazzaro's discussion Business requirements for shows - please help!
"All good advice here. I will add my $0.02: 1. Make sure you bank will cash a check made out to your business name - or just tell customers to make it out to you personally. Or, you likely will want to set up an account with Square or similar …"
Jan 29
S Brian Berkun replied to Mark Zirinsky's discussion Woodlands?
"Did it once, they had me on the lower level next to the water. Although it was a nice place to be not a lot of people came down to see the art there. Artists that were in the park area did better. Also, load in was a little tricky in that area."
Dec 14, 2020
Mitchell Evans replied to Mark Zirinsky's discussion Woodlands?
"I've been to Woodlands Waterway a couple times. I've found it to be extremely well organized and well attended. The only downside...one that won't be a problem for the forseeable future I think...is maybe a bit too many art vendors.…"
Dec 14, 2020
Mark Zirinsky posted a discussion

Woodlands?

Honored to be accepted to the Woodlands, TX waterway show (April, 2021).Curious to hear others experience at this show, good, indifferent, etc, obviously last show as 2019 so will have to extrapolate from there. Of course, this year the economy is different, I am speaking of the oil and petrochemical industry not doing as well as previous yearsSee More
Dec 12, 2020
Mark Zirinsky replied to Jan Hubbard's discussion Do you think you should sign up for shows 2021?
"The last few years, I have been highly organized with show schedules, deadlines, applying in multiple categories, etc. This year, well, like everyone lese, that went out the window. I backed out of shows, that I wanted to do for a long time, finally…"
Nov 25, 2020
Mark Zirinsky commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Just $2?
"Thank you Connie for all you are doing. "
Jul 15, 2020

Profile Information

Your Medium
sculpture and metalwork
Years in the Art Fair Business
1
First show ever
cherry creek / stanley
What is your website?
http://studio-z.org
What are the best things about art fairs
You see the reactions of people to your work. Ideas start tumbling out of other artist's mouth. People look, laugh, cry,
Best show ever and why
Cherry Creek Stanley show. My first show, sold my highest price piece with 5 minutes of show opening
Worst show ever and why
Loveland Sculpture festival. Almost no people attended the show; it was very disheartening.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
other artists
What is one fun fact about yourself?
As an artist, I recognize that my business plan (make pretty things at great time and expense) is for the birds; and that is ok. The reactions of customers, when they squint, and their eyes go wide when the recognize what they are looking at, that makes it all worth while.

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At 11:57pm on April 3, 2017, Connie Mettler said…

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