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Paul willsea
  • Naples, NY
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Las Olas report

Started this discussion. Last reply by Janet Miller Mar 5, 2012. 1 Reply

Hello FriendsLas Olas was windy most of sunday. Some light rain intermittently in the afternoon. Fortunately, things settled down for take down. It was gusty wind and it was neccessary for me to put…Continue

Crocker Park Fine Art Fair june 9 - 10 2012

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Parker Dec 18, 2012. 4 Replies

Looking for info on this show. Is attendance really 100,000? Sales? I pass through this area and know the Crocker Park development but have never seen the show. It does not seem to rank in the top…Continue

Tags: shows, ohio, Park, Crocker

Buyer's Market Philadelphia 2012

Started this discussion. Last reply by Diane Wright Nov 7, 2013. 26 Replies

The Buyers Market was up for us this year. We are not alone. I saw a good number of people who looked happy and had good reports from most I talked to. The show has gotten smaller and buyer…Continue

Tags: wholesale, Philadelphia, Show, Rosen, Market

Crozet show

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alesia Coppedge Dec 28, 2011. 10 Replies

Looking for info on the Crozet show in Virginia


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Golden gate park, san francisco 1984
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Don't remember. I may have been looking for info on a show and your website came up in a search page.

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What would you tell a room full of art students?

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 8:27am 11 Comments

I am going back to my school after 30 years of glassmaking. I will be speaking to glass students about being a working artist. I am planning on putting an emphasis on business and balancing that with what decisions I have made with my wife about how to be in business without sacrificing creativity and the joy of the work. This is a chance for me to give back what I have learned from experience to those who aspire to make glass for a living.

So, I am putting this plan out into this… Continue

Plaza Art Fair Kansas City 2013

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 11:43am 5 Comments

This show turned out in my top five for this year and a real pleasure to do. Thought I would share some info. The setting is in an upscale retail district near some very wealthy residential neighborhoods. Set up is staggered with specific arrival times. You have 45 minutes to unload. This works because you can pull right up to your space and unload to the sidewalk. Be prompt. There were friendly young volunteers in abundance if you need a hand. Take down was left to the artists and worked fine… Continue

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At 12:05pm on September 23, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Paul willsea a gift
Thanks so much, Paul, for this post about Kansas City. I (we) really appreciate this report about one of the top shows and thank you for adding it to AFI. Best wishes!!
At 11:22am on July 24, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow gave Paul willsea a gift
Thank you, Paul, for writing a review on the Krasl Fine Art Fair. We really appreciate all your help.
At 9:21am on May 22, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Paul willsea a gift
Happy birthday, Paul! I hope this is a great year for you, full of fun, friends and success in all of your ventures. Here's to making your dreams come true.
At 9:50pm on May 22, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Paul willsea a gift
Happy birthday, Paul! Hope this has been a great day for you and the year ahead is full of your favorite things and many friends to share them with.
At 10:45am on February 10, 2012, Connie Mettler said…

Hi Paul, I'm not sure what you were trying to do with the emails -- but if you want to upload photos and videos all of these comment boxes have a place where you can click on the "film" icon and the directions are there for upload. It is pretty intuitive and you should get the knack of it. Let me know if this is not what you were asking about. Thanks for being here.

At 1:01pm on July 28, 2011, Nels Johnson said…
Will be at Minneapolis, Lexington, AB&E, St. Louis, Birmingham,Louisville and Houston.
At 11:40pm on April 8, 2011, Connie Mettler said…

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