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Melanie Rolfes
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  • Atlanta, GA
  • United States
  • Steel plate
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Greatest art supply resource for artists

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alison Thomas Feb 2, 2018. 4 Replies

ok the question on what tent to buy comes up ALL the time.  I can not recommend Flourish enough.  Of course their trim line tent is awesome. We have two 10’, 2 15’ and a 20’ plus everything else they…Continue

Cottonwood Art Festival Richardson TX

Started Oct 12, 2017 0 Replies

This was our first time showing at Cottonwood. The show is in a park surrounded by modest middle class homes and community. Richardson is a suburb of Dallas. We usually don’t do suburban shows…Continue

10'x15' Trimline question

Started Oct 2, 2012 0 Replies

Does anyone use a 10'x15' trimline?  I love it when I show with a friend and we do a double trimeline booth, but we only do that at a few shows.  I don't think I can fit or deal with two trimlines on…Continue

Screw ups and embarrassing moments in front of clients

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Aug 22, 2012. 8 Replies

 Anyone have any good stories to help me feel better? I had a consult at a clients home today and I really screwed up, actually screwed it up with a screwdriver.I was meeting with a client for a…Continue

 

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Melanie Rolfes commented on Britt Hallowell's blog post Bethesda Row Arts Festival Review, October 14-15
"Excellent review!"
Oct 18, 2017
Melanie Rolfes commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Pink Palace Craft Fair, Memphis, Tennessee, Oct 13,14, 15
"Thanks Marge glad u are back. Nice review"
Oct 18, 2017
Melanie Rolfes posted a blog post

Bayou City Art Festival Downtown Houston TX

We are driving from Houston as I write this on our way to New Orleans to enjoy some good food and drinks after finishing up two Texas shows. The Houston show was this past weekend. It was very impressive that the organizers and the city were able to not only go on with the show but to do it up to the standards of past events. If you didn’t know about Harvey you never would have guessed the…See More
Oct 16, 2017
Melanie Rolfes commented on Melanie Rolfes's blog post Review: Cottonwood Art Festival, Richardson TX
"Thanks Connie for adding pics. This year 1400 artist applied and they chose 240 so I think about 250 artist booths. The show has been going for over 40 years one in fall and one in spring."
Oct 13, 2017
Melanie Rolfes posted a blog post

Review: Cottonwood Art Festival, Richardson TX

This was our first time showing at Cottonwood. The show is in a park surrounded by modest middle class homes and community. Richardson is a suburb of Dallas. We usually don’t do suburban shows especially in a park but Cottonwood has a great reputation and many well established artist do this show both in fall and in spring and continue to return year after year. Cottonwood lined up perfectly with Houston so we decided it was time to try the show. Serri the show director communicates very well…See More
Oct 12, 2017
Melanie Rolfes commented on Connie Mettler's blog post My Mistake! Please Resume Normal Activity
"Just saw this. Posted in discussions and images can only be attachments. Glad back to blogs. Connie just remove posts if you don’t like where people place them"
Oct 12, 2017
Melanie Rolfes posted a discussion

Cottonwood Art Festival Richardson TX

This was our first time showing at Cottonwood. The show is in a park surrounded by modest middle class homes and community. Richardson is a suburb of Dallas. We usually don’t do suburban shows especially in a park but Cottonwood has a great reputation and many well established artist do this show both in fall and in spring and continue to return year after year. Cottonwood lined up perfectly with Houston so we decided it was time to try the show.Serri the show director communicates very well…See More
Oct 12, 2017
Melanie Rolfes commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Changing the format of posting on ArtFairInsiders.com
"Connie where do u want reviews?"
Sep 29, 2017
Melanie Rolfes commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Podcast: After the Hurricane, Effects of Irma and Harvey on art fairs
"Nicely done ladies. Carrie, Sharon and Katrina thank you for taking the time to do the podcast. We know you are all very busy and the artists really appreciate it."
Sep 22, 2017
Melanie Rolfes commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Podcast: After the Hurricane, Effects of Irma and Harvey on art fairs
"Great subject! Looking forward to it. We will be at Houston and hope to show in Florida as well"
Sep 21, 2017
Melanie Rolfes posted a blog post

King Street Alexandria Art Festival, VA

This review will consist of images, links and a few words. I believe this is my 6th show here. I have reviewed it many times, see a few links below, making it easy for ya. Tons of details. If you want more info it's easy to go to link or if you want even more just use the search box.…See More
Sep 19, 2017
Melanie Rolfes commented on Melanie Rolfes's blog post Port Clinton Art Festival, Highland Park IL
"Nels sorry it's not your market. I know the feeling. Around me lots of different price points and styles were selling. Marge right next to the stage is the worst. I visited friends near the stage and it wasn't too bad. The speakers seemed…"
Sep 3, 2017
margaret luttrell commented on Melanie Rolfes's blog post Port Clinton Art Festival, Highland Park IL
"Glad it was a good show for you. I did Port Clinton back in 2014 and it was a miserable show for me as I was put two feet away from a band (really)and nobody could hear me. Not only did I not make expenses but I remember having a heck of a headache…"
Sep 1, 2017
Nels Johnson commented on Melanie Rolfes's blog post Port Clinton Art Festival, Highland Park IL
"Great report. I did this show years ago, but it is not my market. That said, PC is Amy's crown jewel. Glad you killed there."
Aug 31, 2017
Melanie Rolfes posted a blog post

Port Clinton Art Festival, Highland Park IL

Just got back home from doing the Port Clinton Show. This was our first time here and what an event. It is run by Amdur Productions. This was our first Amdur show. They put on a lot of the Chicago area shows and this was by far our best Chicago area art show. Where to start. The…See More
Aug 30, 2017
Melanie Rolfes commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis, Minnesota--Very Mini
"Another amazing review. Always love them. My favorite part is " if you don't tough shit for being lazy" Looking forward to tequila report."
Aug 17, 2017

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Steel plate
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Inman Park Festival
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Las Olas Art Fair Part III, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Posted on October 28, 2018 at 4:34pm 0 Comments

We just finished another first time show sort of.  I have done Las Olas Part 1 and part 2 but never the part 3 in October.  I had heard the Las Olas in October was not as strong as the ones in January and March but this was our best Las Olas to date. True the crowds are not as big but there are still a ton of people who attend the show, (see…

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Bethesda Row Fine Arts Festival, Bethesda MD

Posted on October 28, 2018 at 4:19pm 3 Comments

It’s been awhile since I have shared a review.  I got tired of reviewing the same shows every year so decided to keep the reviews to new shows.  Bethesda Row Arts Festival was October 13-14.  Bethesda is a city just outside of DC.  This is a very wealthy part of DC.  The show takes place on the streets of a high-end…

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Zapp Conference and Coconut Grove Art Festival (CGAF)

Posted on February 21, 2018 at 8:17pm 3 Comments

We just returned home from an amazing week in South East Florida.  We attended the Zapp Conference in Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton and showed at Coconut Grove Art Festival. 

 

First the Zapp Conference.   Connie has…

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St Armands Circle Art Festival, Sarasota FL

Posted on February 4, 2018 at 5:53pm 3 Comments

St Armands Circle Art Festival is the last weekend of January.   There is another one I believe in November but this review is about the January show.   This was our first time at this show, first time in Sarasota and our first show of the year.    What a beautiful area.  The show is in the park at St Armands Circle.  This is a roundabout surrounded by boutiques and…

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Comment Wall (32 comments)

At 1:41pm on September 18, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to ArtFairInsiders.com, Melanie. 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 to your profile 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!

Best wishes,
Connie Mettler

p.s. The best way to make this system easy to use is to click on the "Follow-Email me" link at the bottom of each Forum discussion that interests you. That way the system will email you automatically whenever anyone responds. It's a great time-saver.
At 9:37pm on September 28, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
Melanie

I am going through the list of members and need to tell you that first and last names are a requirement for being a member of this site. Failure to post this within 24 hours of receiving this message will mean a suspension from the site. We know you will understand the importance of identifying oneself in a social situation such as ArtFairInsiders. Thanks so much.
Connie
At 6:57pm on May 2, 2011, Annette Piper said…

Hi Melanie :)

Where are you planning to visit (what states) during your travels downunder later in the year?  I will try and find you a show down here for you to have a look at :)

Cheers

Annette

At 4:25pm on June 07, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Melanie Rolfes a gift
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Many thanks for this support, Melanie!
At 4:25pm on June 02, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Melanie Rolfes a gift
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Thank you for your generous support!
At 10:09am on January 23, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Melanie Rolfes a gift
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Many thanks, Melanie, for being a member here, participating in the discussions and adding such great content. You are one of the reasons this site is so helpful to so many people.
At 11:33am on June 06, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Melanie Rolfes a gift
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Melanie, thanks so much for your continued generous support. I really appreciate it.
At 10:43pm on September 16, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Melanie Rolfes a gift
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Congrats of winning the Post of the Week Award - 9/16/2013.
At 9:54pm on October 19, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Melanie Rolfes a gift
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Congratulations, Melanie, the members have chosen your post about the Alexandria show as "Post of the Month" for Sept. 2013. Many thanks for your continued participation here and helpful information.

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