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Mark Zirinsky
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to post/not to post copyright notices in booth

Started this discussion. Last reply by David S. Hoornstra Mar 5, 2018. 13 Replies

I am curious, do other artists post copyright notices in their booths?This is an extensive subject, we're not going to cover it in depth here; there is much valuable advice for artists elsewhere on…Continue

Tags: registration, posting, notice, copyrights, registered

I have to pick one of two shows

Started this discussion. Last reply by Donna Gilbert Feb 26, 2018. 10 Replies

I have two shows, and I think I need to choose one. This year I have been invited to all of the Ann Arbor shows, but the the original is probably the best, which runs Thursday, July 19 – Sunday, July…Continue

Tags: BAM, Washington, Bellevue, Arbor, Ann

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Mark Zirinsky commented on Connie Mettler's blog post No La Quinta Arts Festival in 2020
"It was both an honor and privilege to show there at the last show in March, a great experience. I hope they come back. I think the delay is due to construction issues; we hope that they will be back in 2021. It is a true great artistic experience to…"
9 hours ago
Mark Zirinsky replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Any ideas on how to change demographics at the art fair?
"Being fairly new to shows, now in my 4th year, I can already see how some shows get stale for me, and I need to give them a year off. There are two shows in Denver that I did not apply for this year, as it was time to give them a rest. Last year I…"
Feb 26
Mark Zirinsky replied to Edgar Williams's discussion Trying to get accepted to my first show...
"Your work looks great. A booth shot will show scale of the work (is it 2 feet or 8 feet tall) and the overall arrangement. You may wish to hire a professional photographer for your work, someone who is both good with a camera and photoshop. The…"
Dec 5, 2018
Mark Zirinsky replied to Nancy Rynes's discussion Doing shows solo -- advice?
"Ditto for what everyone else said.  This last two years, most of my shows are by myself Additional tips: - I have had some luck with craigslist ads. Really helpful to have help when taking down a trimline tent, when you are tired and rushed at…"
Nov 29, 2018
Mark Zirinsky commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Saint Louis Art Fair Jury Results
"Yes, very insightful to see the results. I was fascinated to see both the quality of the entries, and how low my score was with this jury. In a show a few months ago, of similar caliber as St Louis,  the jury in full came by as a group to my…"
May 8, 2018
Mark Zirinsky commented on Joseph E Mongan's blog post Ann Arbor State Street Art Fair
"I am doing the original show (Street) as well this year, please stop by and say hello. And the good news, they won best art fair poster from Sunshine Artist Magazine, which will help the visitors. The  organizer is very easy to work…"
Apr 25, 2018
Mark Zirinsky replied to Allan Leon's discussion Whether to allow artwork photos or not
"hah! "
Apr 12, 2018
Mark Zirinsky replied to Allan Leon's discussion Whether to allow artwork photos or not
"A good question. yes, I have. When asked not to take a picture, I have had some responses similar to Larry's, others where they decided, after walking off, that they had to have it, and came back and bought it. And to larry's point, if…"
Apr 12, 2018
Mark Zirinsky replied to Ryan Moyer's discussion Jackson vs. Boulder (Pearl Street)
"Boulder can be a good show, a minor amount of junk, mostly superb artists. Setup on the mall is tough - if you are there at 6:00 am, you are late! It takes me about 4 hours to set up my booth, hang work, and drink coffee. Then, at times during the…"
Apr 12, 2018
Mark Zirinsky replied to Allan Leon's discussion Whether to allow artwork photos or not
"Yes, in today's world people can be 'experiencing' things by photographing them; I will let someone take a photo if they need to show their significant other the work, and they understand that the photo is only for that purpose. To…"
Apr 12, 2018
Mark Zirinsky replied to Allan Leon's discussion Whether to allow artwork photos or not
"I learned my intellectual property methods in the computer and medical fields. Haven't had to do this YET in the art world, but that is simply a matter of time While I am not an attorney, and maybe would like to play one on TV, what I do: - I…"
Apr 11, 2018
Mark Zirinsky commented on Larry Berman's blog post I scored a "1" at the Krasl Jury
"Not at all Julia. I think, in perhaps a tangential way, everyone here is speaking in support of your show. They know about it, dream about it, think of what pieces they would show, what wold sell, the ones they want to display for all to see even if…"
Mar 8, 2018
Mark Zirinsky commented on Larry Berman's blog post I scored a "1" at the Krasl Jury
"Point well taken Larry, I had not thought of that. You have about 10 seconds. Curiously, when customers are walking by my booth at a show, you have about the same amount of time to capture their initial interest. Varies a bit by how bust the show is."
Mar 7, 2018
Mark Zirinsky commented on Larry Berman's blog post I scored a "1" at the Krasl Jury
"I attended cherry creek's trial jury last fall. It was very educational for me. By far my largest impression was how careful, objective and articulate the jurors were in response to the work that they viewed. I will go so far as to say that…"
Mar 7, 2018
David S. Hoornstra replied to Mark Zirinsky's discussion to post/not to post copyright notices in booth
"As an experienced graphic designer I have had reason to find out what resolution makes a good print. There are some pretty nice cameras out there but the possibility of someone getting a good enough image with a hand-held camera in an outdoor booth…"
Mar 5, 2018
Judy Christian replied to Mark Zirinsky's discussion to post/not to post copyright notices in booth
"Copyright. It is actually registered, 1988."
Mar 5, 2018

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Your Medium
sculpture and metalwork
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
cherry creek / stanley
What is your website?
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 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…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Mark. We’re so glad you joined us. I hope you’ll find the site helpful and that you’ll share your ideas and experiences, ask questions and join the discussions. The site is only as good as the members make it. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike.

Please stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself. Then read the "Getting Started" for tips to make the site easier to navigate.
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