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Pat Sorbini
  • Female
  • Buffalo, NY
  • United States
  • paper and hand bound books
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Pat Sorbini's Discussions

Allentown (Buffalo) lodging

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pat Sorbini Aug 17, 2017. 10 Replies

2D and depth

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cindy Welch Mar 23, 2017. 7 Replies

Help me decipher this new rule

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sharon Warren Mar 24, 2017. 10 Replies


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Profile Information

Your Medium
paper and hand bound books
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
interfacing with your buyers
Best show ever and why
Chautauqua Institution.great sales, inspiring location
Worst show ever and why
All those cafe-gym-atorium shows we do when starting out.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
don't remember

Pat Sorbini's Blog

Mt Gretna, The good, bad, yaddayadda

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 12:30pm 6 Comments

I was prepared for this one. I knew about the treacherous terrain, the challenging load in/load out. But folks I know who are in the know, said I would kill here, so, even though we couldn't find Mt Gretna on the map, off we went to Pennsylvania.

Did you know there is a Little League World Series in Williamspot, PA? Oh yes. And the traffic backup was incomprehensible. I mean, they knew it was coming, right? Anyway, Russell was able to maneuver around it using gut instinct and we only…


Chautauqua-the Ken Burns effect

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 11:48am 7 Comments

I count on Chautauqua. I make triple what I usually do and it brings me finally into the black for the season. Usually.  This year we exhibitors were checking with each other all weekend. "How are you doing?" "Mediocre, you?" "yeah".

Well, we figured it out, sorta. Many people vacation at Chautauqua on a weekly basis. They pick a week (Saturday to Friday) almost a year in advance. Apparently, when the schedule came out, a huge majority of Summer residents chose Week 7 and few chose…


Allentown and the Slasher

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 11:41am 15 Comments

There is so much to be said about the Allentown Festival in Buffalo, that I hate to lead with bad news. But I'm going to anyway.

We had a slasher. Our tent and the 6 booths near ours had cuts in the back wall and, as it turned out, all of the streets got hit. Wherever you were sheltered by big trees or architectural hiding spots, there were slashes. They were all abut 12 inches long at at eye height, so I assume the Pathetic Loser would slash enough to peek in and then go to the next…


To market, to market..

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 6:57am 3 Comments

I know that markets are not art shows. I combined work and vacation once (never again) and did the Saturday markets in Portland and Eugene, Oregon. The woman who runs Eugene reminded us that markets are different and were dependent on a recurring customer base instead of a rush of festival goers.  Fair enough. I think I made 80 bucks. Chalked it up to market research.   Oh quit yer groanin'

Anyway, when a friend of mine wanted to start a market here in Buffalo, on our newly fabulous…



Posted on December 12, 2013 at 11:51am 8 Comments

That's what the snotty GPS lady says whenever we veer off her predestined route. I say "snotty" because sometimes I swear she sighs in exasperation. She seems to want to say "make up your mind, twit, I have things to do". She has a point because I have already veered off my topic here.

I am rethinking my whole art biz thing here. I'm not talking about a slight deviation, I'm thinking of reinventing myself as a working artist.

About 15 years ago I decided to develop a profession…


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At 11:31pm on August 18, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Pat Sorbini a gift
Thank you, Pat, for referring Janna Willoughby-Lohr to Art Fair Insiders.
At 12:14am on July 11, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Pat Sorbini a gift
Pat, thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2015 Pledge Drive.
At 10:14pm on May 04, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Pat Sorbini a gift
Thank you, Pat, for referring Kim Fugle to Art Fair Insiders.
At 9:48pm on June 11, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Pat Sorbini a gift
Many thanks for your pledge, Pat. I really appreciate the support from you and so many others that keep our website alive and well and bringing you all the news from art fair land.
At 9:44pm on February 04, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Pat Sorbini a gift
Thank you, Pat, for referring Vicki Schneider to Art Fair Insiders.
At 10:24pm on January 02, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Pat Sorbini a gift
Thank you, Pat, for referring Russell Brown to Art Fair Insiders.
At 12:40am on December 17, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Pat Sorbini a gift
Congrats Pat on winning the Post of the Week Award - 12/16/2013
At 4:33pm on July 15, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Pat Sorbini a gift
You did it again. You made me laugh -- great job. I love Chautauqua and every person who comes through the booth there! Thanks for this review.
At 11:17pm on June 07, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Pat Sorbini a gift
Pat, thanks so much for all your support. It is appreciated!
At 5:01pm on February 04, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Pat Sorbini a gift
Thanks so much for your blog post, "I'll take everything", Pat. Great writing, good story and heartfelt. Thanks for being a member and for all your contributions.

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