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Matt Gwinn
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Help!! Condensation in my tent!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Matt Gwinn 13 hours ago. 2 Replies

I'm doing my first outdoor show. I set up the tent yesterday and came in this morning to hang my prints and the whole ceiling of the tent is covered with condensation! What can I do to fix this?The…Continue

Does tent color make a difference?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Matt Gwinn on Thursday. 5 Replies

So, I have my first outdoor show this weekend (YPSIFest in Ypsilanti, MI) and my tent does not arrive in the mail until sometime on Friday. The event starts at 2pm Friday. Rather than risk not having…Continue

Wayne County Fair

Started Aug 14 0 Replies

Wayne County Fair, Belleville, MI August 5-10, 2019Fees: $100 deposit, $50 for 10' x 10' indoor space, $25 for electricWhat we were selling: Photography prints, homemade greeting cards and sock…Continue

My first booth

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sonja Jones Aug 7. 4 Replies

Well, tomorrow is the first day of my first fair selling my prints. I'm sharing the space with my wife's crafting business (also her first fair).I think it turned out relatively well for our first…Continue

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Matt Gwinn replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion Help!! Condensation in my tent!
"Thanks Larry. My new tent came this morning, so I tore down and setup in the new tent with no holes in the roof. I will definitely try your suggestions. The other tent was buttoned up tight which apparently had the opposite effect from what I…"
13 hours ago
Larry Berman replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion Help!! Condensation in my tent!
"It usually happens in the morning when the sun hits your roof. Couple of things you can try. Leave a small gap at the bottom of your walls so the dampness can escape. Put a tarp on the ground to prevent damp air from rising and if those things…"
22 hours ago
Matt Gwinn posted a discussion

Help!! Condensation in my tent!

I'm doing my first outdoor show. I set up the tent yesterday and came in this morning to hang my prints and the whole ceiling of the tent is covered with condensation! What can I do to fix this?The tent I'm using is borrowed and has some tiny wholes in the roof. We're not expecting rain so I figured it wouldn't be a problem.I can pick up my new tent from UPS in a half hour, but I have no one to help me tear down and set up a new tent before the fair starts in 4.5 hoursSee More
22 hours ago
David J Teter replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion What's the worst comment you've ever received at a show?
"I have not had any personally at a show but have had some doosey's  when someone has wanted to see my work but Sandra...Moran's comment reminds me of one a fellow artist, a fiber artist and a really good one too, got at a show. A…"
Thursday
Matt Gwinn replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion Does tent color make a difference?
"It's already on the road comping from Arizona. I changed the delivery to pickup, so I can pick it up from UPS as early as possible and don't have to worry about when the UPS truck manages to get to my house."
Thursday
Mark Zirinsky replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion What's the worst comment you've ever received at a show?
"the conversation went something like this: cust: "you are actually selling that crap?" me: "no it is a museum,nothing is for sale." cust; pointing, "but I want that one" me: "oh, ok then""
Thursday
Larry Sohn replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion Does tent color make a difference?
"Contact the shipper and change the shipping delivery to a guaranteed early time. Example: Guaranteed by 8:00AM A pop-up might be able to be setup after your artwork is inside. I would not attempt with a Trimline etc."
Thursday
Larry Berman replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion Does tent color make a difference?
"See if they'll allow you to set up at 4:00 or 5:00AM. Larry Berman"
Wednesday
Matt Gwinn replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion Does tent color make a difference?
"I hadn't thought about the effect on my art. I do have black curtains that I hang behind my gridwalls so that might help. The ceiling might be an issue though. I have a white tent that's on its way, but it won't be here in time for…"
Wednesday
Larry Berman replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion Does tent color make a difference?
"Up to the show. But you can't even submit an application to the better shows because they require a white canopy. Try Sam's Club or Costco for a $200 white pop up tent with four white sides. Larry Bermanhttp://BermanGraphics.com412-401-8100"
Wednesday
Matt Gwinn replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Trailer as a gallery?
"Someone offering to take me to the parking lot to see their "art gallery" seems a little creepy to me. I also doubt any show would be cool with you selling stuff from the parking lot, even if you're a paying vendor. If you have too…"
Wednesday
Matt Gwinn posted a discussion

Does tent color make a difference?

So, I have my first outdoor show this weekend (YPSIFest in Ypsilanti, MI) and my tent does not arrive in the mail until sometime on Friday. The event starts at 2pm Friday. Rather than risk not having it in time or setting up at the very last minute, I'm borrowing a tent from my day job. The only problem is that it's blue. Fortunately YPSIFest says they don't care what color our tent is.So, my question is, does the color of your tent make any difference at all? I know white is the standard…See More
Wednesday
Matt Gwinn replied to Ann R Alexander's discussion Tent decisions
"I ordered mine through Amazon because they will tell you exactly when your shipment will arrive."
Wednesday
Matt Gwinn replied to Ann R Alexander's discussion Tent decisions
"Is the Undercover R-3 different or just the newest version of the R-2? I couldn't find the R-2 on their site.I read some reviews and it looks like you need to waterproof the seams of the R-3 yourself or they will leak, so I needed up buying an…"
Wednesday
Matt Gwinn replied to Veronica e Raj's discussion First Outdoor Fair - Supply Checklist
"If you insist on using a cashbox, periodically transfer cash to a safer location, like your pocket. Try to only keep enough in there to make change. If a potential thief gets nosey, a bunch of 1s and 5s might not seem worth the risk. And if someone…"
Wednesday
Susan Callaway replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion What's the worst comment you've ever received at a show?
"I love that lol! I always try to casually start talking about my concept and techniques to let them know, it ain't about the equipment, it's about the artist's vision. In the end, I am always flattered they stopped to look, no matter…"
Wednesday

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Wayne County Fair, August 2019
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At 8:43am on June 29, 2019, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Matt,

Welcome fellow Michigander!  We're thrilled to have you joining our community of artists and artisans and hope you'll take advantage of everything the site has to offer.  Thanks for subscribing to the newsletter and best of luck as you move forward.

At 9:21pm on June 29, 2019, Connie Mettler said…

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