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Mark Zirinsky
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  • sculpture and metalwork
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sales tax filing service

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Zirinsky Jan 25. 2 Replies

I am getting a bit distracted with the various sales tax filing requirements. I realized I now have sales tax licences in 11 states, and several local jurisdictions. Most of the states I one, or two,…Continue

Ideas for displaying a puzzle sculpture

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Zirinsky Jan 19. 2 Replies

Hello all. I am scratching my head on how to display a few of my latest pieces. Almost all of my work are wall hanging sculptures, which I hang on black pro panels, using hooks or adjustable height…Continue

which show to do?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Zirinsky Nov 16, 2019. 12 Replies

Argh - just when you think you know everything, and do what you need to be accepted to top shows, I am now faced with a dilemma.I have been accepted to both the ACC Minneapolis and the Dallas ft…Continue

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

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Mark Zirinsky commented on Nels johnson's blog post Main Street Fort Worth—Killer Show even though we lost one day
"Wow, I am really looking forward to this show, got a booth on one of the art plazas. Don't know if they provide tents, that would save me a few hours wrestling the tent. And on Nels advice, maybe I will stay at the Mariott. In a  few weeks…"
yesterday
Mark Zirinsky commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Celebrating 16,000+ Members
"Congratulations Connie! 16,000+ is certainly something to celebrate. By far, the best thing I have found here is this: there are other artists, aside from myself, facing the same 'business' issues as I. Which shows, what tent, customers,…"
Friday
Mark Zirinsky replied to Mark Zirinsky's discussion sales tax filing service
"Thanks Judy. I was thinking someone may know of a service that just does sales tax forms; the actual sales tax calculations aren't too hard, quickbooks does that for me, it is just the different paperwork requirements, and when they are due,…"
Jan 25
Judy Christian replied to Mark Zirinsky's discussion sales tax filing service
"Hi Mark, I have several states to do also. I am doing them myself with noting monthly on the calendar as to what needs to be done. I would think that anyone who does small time bookkeeping would be happy to do this for you? Best wishes."
Jan 24
Mark Zirinsky posted a discussion

sales tax filing service

I am getting a bit distracted with the various sales tax filing requirements. I realized I now have sales tax licences in 11 states, and several local jurisdictions. Most of the states I one, or two, or no shows in a year. So, perhaps I ought to travel less, but I will keep traveling while I can, eventually I won;t be able to, as age catches us all (if we are lucky, but that is another topic.)Does anyone know of a sales tax filing service that can handle the various paperwork requirements on a…See More
Jan 22
Mark Zirinsky replied to Mark Zirinsky's discussion Ideas for displaying a puzzle sculpture
"Thank you for the idea Larry. I think what i will try is a combination of having most of the piece up on the propanels, and a few pieces on a shelf beneath, so that people can play with putting them together.  Hope to run into you again at…"
Jan 19
Larry Berman replied to Mark Zirinsky's discussion Ideas for displaying a puzzle sculpture
"You haven't posted a picture, but I would think displaying it within a frame where the pieces are arranged with a little space between them and then demonstrate how they fit together. Larry Bermanhttp://BermanGraphics.com412-401-8100"
Jan 7
Mark Zirinsky posted a discussion

Ideas for displaying a puzzle sculpture

Hello all. I am scratching my head on how to display a few of my latest pieces. Almost all of my work are wall hanging sculptures, which I hang on black pro panels, using hooks or adjustable height cable hangars. Now, I have made a few "puzzle sculptures", that are actually a series of puzzle pieces that assemble to form a complete artwork. I tried the puzzles on some unsuspecting dinner guests, they became so enamored with trying to assemble them that the meal was delayed, much to my wife's…See More
Jan 7
Mark Zirinsky commented on Nels johnson's blog post Great Gulfcoast Art Festival—Pensacola,Fl—A mighty show for November shows some frightening cracks
"Ah, mainstreet, my first year there, how was it for you? Seems like parking during setup will be trying. Anyway, always enjoy reading your posts, intelligent, objective, well written."
Dec 27, 2019
Mark Zirinsky commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Sausalito Art Festival put on hold due to unforeseen issues, including security costs
"I have to say, Sausalito is a great show. I did it this year, 2019, and then in 2017. A great crowd, much better, and much better behaved, than some other street art fairs that I have done. I still remember, in 2017, getting the notification that my…"
Dec 13, 2019
Mark Zirinsky replied to Tony burns's discussion Brazen people with high def cell phones video recording booths
"I have had the same problem, seems people at the higher end shows are more respectful, lower end shows not so much. In one particular city show this year, run by a pretty good promoter, I had to spend alot of time on the no photos issue. So, simply,…"
Dec 6, 2019
Mark Zirinsky replied to Sonja Jones's discussion What to do when you discover a copyright violation of your artwork?
"An idea, you can follow the real estate thread, that is, since you have an address, who owns the building at that address? You can go to the county clerk and recorder, usually on line, search the property records and find out who owns that building.…"
Nov 25, 2019
Mark Zirinsky replied to Mark Zirinsky's discussion which show to do?
"Larry and Connie, thank you both for your time and insights. I am thinking of avoiding the drive to Florida, I did it a few years ago after going to the Coconut Grove show. It was about 2 degrees above zero in Denver when I left, and about 78…"
Nov 16, 2019
Connie Mettler replied to Mark Zirinsky's discussion which show to do?
"Yep, as usual I agree with Larry. A little info I have is that Artigras is concerned about keeping their show alive and relevant to artists and their audience, so much so that they have changed it in 2020 from a 3 day show to a 2 day show. I believe…"
Nov 15, 2019
Larry Berman replied to Mark Zirinsky's discussion which show to do?
"Not for one show. Sign up for two or three other Florida shows, maybe with Howard Alan if the majors are closed. Larry Berman"
Nov 15, 2019
Mark Zirinsky replied to Mark Zirinsky's discussion which show to do?
"Thank you Connie. And another 'dumb' question along the same line - I have been invited to the Artigras show In Jupiter, Florida, middle of February. While it no doubt will be warmer than in Denver at that time of year, it is a long drive,…"
Nov 15, 2019

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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…

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.

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