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Paul Strohman
  • Marshfield, WI
  • United States
  • Acrylic
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Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Marshfield, WI Mothers Day Art Fair
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Brings in people to view my work
Connections to other artists on what shows are good
Ability to be among fellow artisans
Best show ever and why
Green Lake, WI
Wonderful people, strong city support, not a extremely large show but brought out real art buyers, didn't have to negotiate on price, excellent fair layout, awards
Worst show ever and why
Hayward, WI. These shows that are Art and Crafts may as well be called crafts and crap shows. Jurying is a joke, as buy and sell is common, placing people at the wrong locations and the crowd was all about low price crafty items.
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I stumbled on it while looking for connections to the art show world

Paul Strohman's Blog

Loring Park Art Festival

Posted on August 6, 2012 at 2:27pm 11 Comments

This was the first time exhibiting for me in Loring Park.The weather was great, sunny and around 80. 

It rained a bit in the morning the first day but then cleared up.  The attendance was pretty good...but certainly not crowded.  I had people bee-line into my booth from the center walkway to ask me questions and talked my head off all day to so many that passed by.  From that standpoint it was really fun.  The interest seemed to be there, but, alas, I didn't see…


Brainerd, MN "Art" in the Park not so arty!

Posted on July 4, 2012 at 2:29pm 23 Comments

This is the second year that I have done the Brainerd, MN Art show.  The setting is nice and set-up is easy and enjoyable.  That seemed to be where it ends, though.  This show is not for artists anymore.  If you do buy/sell, crafts, and crap, you will do well here. 

The attendance was down from last year.  Last year the show was on a Saturday, which I think was much better.  This show was on Sunday, so many that attended were in their church best.  I found I was talking much less to…


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At 2:59pm on October 19, 2011, Richard M. Weber said…
I am a digital artist, that is I use photographs, film or digital, as the basis of my art. My photos are first "wiped clean" of details and then I spend many hours reconstructing the image with other detail that I feel is appropriate to the work. Such as trees or people or leaves on trees as well as color. As a painter you do the same thing, you choose what your image composition is going to contain. Your final product is one of a kind which could sell for thousands of dollars and have a "signed" edition of 1000 prints selling for possibly hundreds of dollars each. My images require in depth knowledge of the digital programs I am using, not just a good copy person as you stated. A very large out lay of money for equipment, and consumables like ink paper and canvas is also required. In the end, I don't have a single "one of a kind" image to sell, only a signed edition of may be 50 images. My images are genuine giclees on archival paper or canvas with pigment ink. These raw supplies cost more that what the supplies for an oil or acrylic cost. Now while my art is not painting, ist is also not photography, but it is still art.
At 8:46pm on September 11, 2011, Connie Mettler said…

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