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Pat Falk
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  • Owatonna, MN
  • United States
  • Glass
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Shows asking our sales totals

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pat Falk Apr 12, 2013. 42 Replies

When shows ask your sales totals are you OK with it?  I've heard the reasoning that they use it for their advertising. Then I wonder if they use it to invite you back (or not)?  Personally, I am…Continue


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Pat Falk commented on margaret luttrell's blog post I hate to ask... but hey, that never stopped me before.
"Hi Margaret!  I see this post is 3 years old but can't find anything more recent. Wondered if you went to Centerfest and how it was for you?  I have been invited this year.  Any information you can share would be helpful. Thanks!"
Jun 5, 2018
Tim Schroll replied to Pat Falk's discussion Art Market at Jordan Creek, Oct. 8-9, 2016 in the group Midwest Art Fair Business
"Thanks for this review! I just joined AFI and when asked what the worst art fair I've ever attended, this was the one! You hit the nail on the head, no one knew we were even there. One of the most beautiful sites I have ever shown at but, no…"
Mar 7, 2018
Pat Falk received a gift from Connie Mettler
Jul 9, 2017
Pat Falk commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Tarpon Springs Art Festival--A lot of work for a little return
"Hi  Nels! Your booth was actually my spot.  We set our tent up there on Fri. a,m, but with the howling winds, couldn't even zip our tent closed.  So asked to move to a less windy location.  Tore everything down and move to a…"
Apr 11, 2017
Pat Falk replied to Pat Falk's discussion Art Market at Jordan Creek, Oct. 8-9, 2016 in the group Midwest Art Fair Business
"Kathy, BUYER BEWARE! I have never felt so completely scammed!"
Feb 22, 2017
Pat Falk replied to Pat Falk's discussion Art Market at Jordan Creek, Oct. 8-9, 2016 in the group Midwest Art Fair Business
"Jeri, You are absolutely correct! We artists did our part but the promoter failed us miserably.  It is sad because it could have been a great show for all of us."
Oct 10, 2016
Pat Falk replied to Pat Falk's discussion Art Market at Jordan Creek, Oct. 8-9, 2016 in the group Midwest Art Fair Business
"Kathleen, Fortunately, I have had many good shows this summer and fall.  But ending my summer shows on this note certainly does grate on me."
Oct 10, 2016
Jeri Vitello replied to Pat Falk's discussion Art Market at Jordan Creek, Oct. 8-9, 2016 in the group Midwest Art Fair Business
"I considered writing a blog/review of this show prior to seeing your post. I started one, and decided I hardly had anything good to say. Suffice it to say that I was one of the artists that traveled from IN and didn't make expenses. I was very…"
Oct 10, 2016
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Pat Falk's discussion Art Market at Jordan Creek, Oct. 8-9, 2016 in the group Midwest Art Fair Business
"Ugh!  So sorry to hear about this.  I hope the rest of your season has been good enough to overshadow that memory."
Oct 10, 2016
Pat Falk added a discussion to the group Midwest Art Fair Business

Art Market at Jordan Creek, Oct. 8-9, 2016

The setting:  around a man made lake, stone water fall, concrete walkway, perfect for an art fair.Location: West Des Moine where there is huge growth of homes, townhomes and commerce with upscale mall with 160 stores and lots of restaurants.Weather:  Couldn't have been more perfect. 70 degrees and sunny both days.The art:  Great quality, for the most part.This was a first year show with tons of potential.  The parking lot of the mall was packed both days and into the night.  By chance, a few…See More
Oct 10, 2016
Pat Falk received a gift from Connie Mettler
Jun 19, 2016
Pat Falk commented on Scott Pakulski's photo

Crosby Ribbon-1

"Scott, I sent you a friend request.  I have some questions re: Crosby.  Thanks"
Mar 25, 2016
Pat Falk commented on Richard L. Sherer's blog post REVIEW: Estes Park Arts and Craft Show, Colorado, September 5-67, 2015
"Enjoyed your review Richard.  The photos tell everything about the beauty of Colorado.  Reminds me when we used to ski there."
Sep 11, 2015
Pat Falk commented on Ann Light's blog post Booth art theft
"As a victim of shoplifting and suspecting shoplifting, I like this idea.  Wish more shows would do this.  Thanks for sharing Ann."
Jun 10, 2015
Pat Falk commented on Robert Wallis's blog post Loring Park, Minneapolis, August 2-3
"This was my 7th consecutive year at Loring Park.  I always asked for the same location as there was a huge tree behind my booth that provided great shade for the hot years.  When I drove up to my spot this year, that tree was totally gone…"
Aug 11, 2014
Pat Falk replied to Andy Kearney's discussion Judges?
"This is a pet peeve of mine!  I'd say at 3/4 of the shows I do (about 24 per year) we don't even see the judge or judges.  It is the rare show that the judge comes in to my booth, introduces himself/herself and asks an…"
Aug 8, 2014

Profile Information

Your Medium
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Small show in MN
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
The people you meet and the friendships you make.
Best show ever and why
Loring Park Art Festival 2009-I was a featured artist with great sales.
Worst show ever and why
Howard Allen's 2001 Super Bowl Art Fest in Ybor City - our van was stolen from the secured parking lot. It's a long story.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Artist friend Ynon Mabat.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I love going to zoos.

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What canopy should I purchase?

Posted on July 19, 2010 at 11:27am 10 Comments

My 14 year old Lite Dome sustained considerable damage in a severe storm this Sat. All 4 corner pieces were broken off and many other frame parts were bent. Now my dilema, as many of you have probably faced at some time in your art fair career, is - do I spend megabucks on replacement parts or do I purchase a new tent??? I know the weaknesses of my Lite Dome in wind. I do not have the lower stabilizing bars or the upper corner stabilizers. Also I wonder about the durability of the plastic or… Continue

Key West Craft Show and Avon, IN fall show

Posted on July 7, 2010 at 4:59pm 7 Comments

Can anyone tell me about the Key West Craft show in late January and/or the Avon, IN fall show the first weekend in Oct?

June 26-27, Park Point Art Fair, Duluth, MN

Posted on June 29, 2010 at 10:30am 2 Comments

This was my first time at this show. Thought it was a good idea to go north after the very hot weather south. Park Point is a long penninsula from Duluth into Lake Superior and you must go over a lift bridge to get there. The show location is a park at the end of the penninsula. This show has a Friday setup which was great. We could drive right up to our booth and even park behind it all weekend. Sat was very cool and cloudy with a breeze coming off the lake. The crowd was good early, but one… Continue


Posted on March 29, 2010 at 10:30am 7 Comments

This past Sunday while our booth was very busy, I caught a gray-haired woman with a pair of earrings in her hands, and as I approached her she pretended to be putting them back on our panels. Then I noticed 2 other pieces missing, a pink bracelet and matching earrings, from the same panel. She did not have them in her hands. I quickly looked around to see if anyone else had them or if my husband had removed them from the panels for a customer. The gray-haired woman said to me, "Is something… Continue

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At 4:17pm on February 24, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to, Pat. I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to getting to know you.

When you have a chance, please add a photo to your profile and stop by the Discussions area to introduce yourself. 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!

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At 5:40pm on June 07, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Pat Falk a gift
Many thanks for this generous gift, Pat! It is truly appreciated.
At 2:31pm on January 15, 2012, Linda A Shields gave Pat Falk a gift
At 3:22pm on February 11, 2013, Karen Willmus said…

Hi, Pat -

Nice of you to leave a message. I'm originally from Glenwood, MN, and teach south of the Black Hills now. I was surprised at your name because the principal of the school in Glenwood is also called Pat Falk. (lol But you don't look anything like him.)


At 5:43pm on March 06, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Pat Falk a gift
Woo hoo! Great job, Pat. Thanks so much.
At 12:20pm on March 20, 2013, Susan Lovelace said…

This is for the "Waht's B;ooming on Harrison" very busy very popular show,l well worth the trip.


Northlake Daysw, not an art show  but fantastic 3 days june 8.- 5 to midnight june 29 1pm to midnight jine 30 1 pm to 9 pm.


Liz Biddle  708-343-8700 I do not have the e-mail address.

Thdeyu can tell you of nearby hotels   it is right off the expressway. Liz can tell you all.


See you soon   love Sue   Sue Lovelace  Basement Loft Studio

At 12:21pm on March 20, 2013, Susan Lovelace said…

Sorry about typing   have on glue on nails and cannot get them off and cannot type with them on.

At 11:20am on June 06, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Pat Falk a gift
Pat, your generous gift is really appreciated. Thank you so much. Pretty funny, I send you money and then you send it back! Best wishes.
At 11:38pm on May 17, 2014, Jacki Bilsborrow gave Pat Falk a gift
Thank you, Pat, for your review of the Art For All art show. We appreciate all your help.
At 10:08am on June 12, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Pat Falk a gift
Many thanks for your pledge again, Pat. I really appreciate it and thank you for supporting our websites whose mission is enabling artists to thrive in "Art Fair World!"

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