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Peggy Crago
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  • Englewood, CO
  • United States
  • ceramics
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Peggy Crago replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Out of state taxes
"Shows let you know what licenses to apply for and usually how to pay afterwards.  That can vary.  Texas wants all sales taxes at year's end, other states want quarterly returns whether you were there or not, although you might be able…"
Jan 2
Peggy Crago replied to Tom Suter Tom's Foolery's discussion Cleaning Pro Panels
"Have done mine at home, but once took them to a car wash and blasted away.  Mine are charcoal grey and don't show the dirt much, but after being at a very dusty show, I cleaned everything in my booth."
Dec 19, 2018
Peggy Crago commented on Meg Mettler's blog post Call for Artists: Tempe Festival of the Arts
"Beware of this show.  I did it several times and got placed in a dead-end, no traffic spot off Mill St every time.  The big "draw" was port-a-potties or some such excuse.  Unless they've changed - I swore off the show…"
Jul 13, 2018
Peggy Crago replied to Scott Clark's discussion Has anyone participated in the Peoria Art Fair in Illinois?
"The year I did it - 2015 or 2016 - Caterpillar announced lay-offs the day before the show.  I do majolica pottery and it was not worth the drive from Colorado even though I combined it with two other shows and stayed with a friend in…"
Jul 4, 2018
Peggy Crago replied to johnnie dobson's discussion talbot street 'fair'?
"Talbot also keeps your booth fee once you're accepted without giving you a chance to decline. I've decided not to apply anymore to shows with bad spots because it's not worth the risk. Vail, CO, is another example of this."
Jun 27, 2018
Peggy Crago replied to DANI ARRECIS's discussion ARTSWEEK or Cheesman??
"Those I've talked to who did Cheesman said it was no - low sales, light traffic consisting of people walking their dogs.  Golden might be better.  It's mixed, but some do very well there."
Mar 28, 2018
Peggy Crago replied to Ryan Moyer's discussion Jackson vs. Boulder (Pearl Street)
"Photography seems to do well in CO, depending on the subject matter.  As far as pottery, neither show was great, but Jackson was terrible."
Mar 26, 2018
Peggy Crago commented on Nadine booth's blog post Warning - Artist scam to watch out for
"Yeh, the indeciperable accent.  Almost want to give them advice - hire someone who speaks English."
Mar 22, 2018
Peggy Crago commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Art Show Directors -- How we instruct the jury
"Thank you for having the integrity to refund the fee. I'm impressed."
Mar 10, 2018
Peggy Crago commented on Ron Mellott's blog post Juries, Jurors and Scores of "1" - an option to consider
"Re your estimation of jurors: I have long said that I would not be a good juror because I like what I like and often have a hard time seeing how good something is when I don't care for it.  Could the professional jurors, the experts, have…"
Mar 5, 2018
Peggy Crago replied to Larry Sohn's discussion It has been said before - Flourish
"They are great.  The Trimline is worth the extra work to set it up.  I always recommend it because in 20 yrs. of doing shows, it has never succumbed to the hurricane force gales Colorado is famous for, even when my next door neighbors…"
Feb 9, 2018
Peggy Crago commented on Connie Mettler's blog post 10 tips to tune up your website for the New Year
"Thank you. That is good information."
Jan 1, 2018
Peggy Crago commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
"I also lost money there even though I live a half hour away. Never been a good show for me, yet there's always great work there. How? Always very light attendance, low buying energy."
Sep 25, 2017
Peggy Crago replied to Larry Berman's discussion The importance of a good booth picture
"I would love to do that.  Probably later in the year, though, since I'm just starting a string of shows.  I do have Elements and do a limited amount of photo editing, just for product photos for my website, not jury images.  I…"
Jun 16, 2017
Peggy Crago replied to Larry Berman's discussion The importance of a good booth picture
"Thank you!  My photographer does an excellent job but lives 50? miles away plus my work changes.  It would help if I could update my booth shot more often."
Jun 15, 2017
Peggy Crago commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Just Thinking Out Loud...What If?
"Promoters need to be more accountable for how they spend the fees they charge the artists.  Too many of them run shows that are consistent duds for the artists, but they rely on a long list of us who apparently are desperate and willing to put…"
Mar 7, 2017

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Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
some awful thing in a church basement with the big seller being baseball caps with neon flashing signs on them; but then Strawberry Days in Glenwood Springs
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Sales (hopefully) but also the other artists.
Best show ever and why
Crested Butte AF - sales, location, artist treatment, in-state
Worst show ever and why
Too many to list with high compliments, low sales
Who referred you to Please be specific.
I think I found it on google while looking up for reviews on a show I was thinking of applying to.

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At 9:52pm on April 11, 2013, Connie Mettler said…

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