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Richard L. Sherer
  • Franktown, CO
  • United States
  • Leather
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Richard L. Sherer's Discussions

Contrarian View

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Christian Sep 14, 2020. 1 Reply

An artist friend stopped by the studio yesterday to pick up some leather. During COVID-19 he is taking a plein air class, but he is not a painter. He commented that otherwise, he is building…Continue

Shipping with USPS

Started this discussion. Last reply by Peggy & Michael Anton Aug 6, 2020. 5 Replies

I you are concerned about shipping your art with USPS, be informed about what is going on in Congress:Here is a petition to sign to hopefully help people working at USPS and override the mess that is…Continue

IS THIS "BUY SELL"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Sohn Aug 16, 2019. 10 Replies

Awhile back I was at a show and was looking at some fine craft. I admired the work and then was told that the "artist" only designed the pieces but they were actually made in Europe.  That was a…Continue

 

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Richard L. Sherer commented on Spencer Knowlton's blog post How Artists Use Facebook and Instagram to Boost Sales
"I post activity of saddles under construction in the studio on Facebook to keep clients informed of progress. These folks are trick riders from preschool kids to adults and most are female. Trick riding is basically “gymnastics on horseback at…"
Jun 27
Richard L. Sherer commented on Spencer Knowlton's blog post 6 Pet Peeves Artists & Crafters Have When Selling at Shows
"Not necessarily neighbors but families holding their reunion in front of my booth blocking or diverting traffic away. Good old boy realtors who haven’t seen each other for a while holding court in my booth. “Hey guys, I’m running…"
Jun 13
Richard L. Sherer replied to Jacki Bilsborrow's discussion Scam Alert
"Good information."
Jun 11
Richard L. Sherer commented on Reid Watts's blog post Hello! Anybody out there?
"Colorado: not back to normal schedule of shows occurring in resort areas. There are a few but many are not happening. "
May 15
Richard L. Sherer commented on Barry Bernstein's blog post Birmingham, Birmingham, Greatest City in Alabam.'..
"During set up at Golden one year, a pre-thunderstorm gust of wind picked up a half assembled pop up, and dropped in  down on an artist's brand new Suburban, denting and scratching it.  EXPENSIVE BODY WORK! for flying booth artist.…"
May 5
Richard L. Sherer commented on Barry Bernstein's blog post Birmingham, Birmingham, Greatest City in Alabam.'..
"Troy Smith  thanks for commenting. ACT provides a valuable service to artists whose businesses do not require the extensive coverage like mine.  You guys are the lucky ones. "
May 5
Richard L. Sherer commented on Barry Bernstein's blog post Birmingham, Birmingham, Greatest City in Alabam.'..
"Insurance is often overlooked by newcomers so discussions of all aspects are important to artists. I incorporated (Sub S) back in the 1970's for product liability for equestrian products, then expanded coverage for shows in early 1990's.…"
May 4
Richard L. Sherer commented on Larry Berman's blog post Meeting Famous People at Art Shows
"Judge Judy in Jackson, WY, Michael Martin Murphy at Copper Mtn,. CO, some Tombstone Extras, Larry Hagman double, other extras wanting historic preproduction gun leathers. More meaningful were teachers now retired who taught our kids 30 plus years…"
May 3
Richard L. Sherer replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Would I be crazy ... ?
"Sounds nuts to me but would depend on how much traffic you have at one time. Get help. Jean has been my helper for over 20 years. Eight hours to set up ($50K of merchandise including 600 belts on the walls) and about 4 hours knock down. Sometimes…"
Apr 30
Richard L. Sherer replied to Jay Snively's discussion Do you take a step ladder with you?
"Yes, I have always used a 6' stepladder. The upper 4' of my walls are pegboard and I need the ladder th hang the sheets and place hooks for my leather goods. It is also essential for reaching the top top rail at 7.5' for anchoring…"
Apr 27
Connie Mettler commented on Richard L. Sherer's blog post SQUARE SCAM
"Always a good tip, Richard.  This isn't a square scam, but it is one of those old ones I just received "moving out of the country and want to surprise my wife" Re: Artwork Needed Thanks for the message,  I must tell you I…"
Apr 27
Kaytee Sumida commented on Richard L. Sherer's blog post SQUARE SCAM
"I get a lot of those. Also similar ones from PayPal, and Amazon, and from banks with which I have no accounts. Easy way to spot scams-- check the sender email address (open up "details"). Big businesses generally don't have g-mail…"
Apr 23
Richard L. Sherer posted a blog post

SQUARE SCAM

SQUARE SCAM: I got an email this morning about a Square disputed sale and "they" had contacted "my bank" . I don't use square and return email, was fishy. Beware.See More
Apr 21
Richard L. Sherer commented on Nels johnson's blog post Covid Strategy—keeping safe social distancing while at a bar
"INGENIOUS! I'm a numbers guy, so even with my shots I still mask up for the 10% probability."
Apr 14
Richard L. Sherer replied to Larry Maynard's discussion Promoters
" I cold not agree more. I remember when I first  started out in the 1990's and was looking for a review of Winter Park. "Are these people nuts? They don't have palm trees in Winter Park, CO"!.  Geography is…"
Mar 26
Richard L. Sherer commented on Larry Berman's blog post Time to Get a Colonoscopy
"Yes! Take care of your health. Jean took care of usual female doctor appointments but neglected general physicals. Short version of long story was stage 3 colon cancer diagnosis after stomach problems, surgery, chemo, but now 16 years cancer free.…"
Mar 21

Profile Information

Your Medium
Leather
Years in the Art Fair Business
22
First show ever
Michael Martin Murphy's Westefest, Copper Mtn., CO
What is your website?
http://sherersaddlesinc.com
What are the best things about art fairs
Making money, expanding client base
Best show ever and why
Steamboat Springs. CO, mid 1990's: sold custom saddle and wrote order for another. Abotut $10K at today's prices.
Worst show ever and why
La Cantera, San Antonio, TX, 2011: profitable but poorly promoted and few if any buyers. A couple high end sales saved the day.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Just got an email from you guys.

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SQUARE SCAM

Posted on April 21, 2021 at 1:08pm 2 Comments

SQUARE SCAM: I got an email this morning about a Square disputed sale and "they" had contacted "my bank" . I don't use square and return email, was fishy. Beware.

What Happened with Page?

Posted on December 8, 2020 at 10:44am 4 Comments

Is my computer going bonkers or did the site age change. Mine is all white now and font is really small. Is there a fix????

CERF+ and California Fires

Posted on October 31, 2019 at 6:00pm 3 Comments

Hi Guys, I got this email from CERF+. I've donated in the past and will again. I hope you will too and help out other artists in  need. …

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CERF+

Posted on September 14, 2019 at 3:32pm 2 Comments

Dear Richard,

 

I am honored to serve as CERF+’s new Director of Emergency Relief and Recovery Services. I strongly believe that CERF+’s work is more important than ever as disasters increase in frequency and magnitude.  

 

As you are aware, Hurricane Dorian devastated the northern Bahamas and brought powerful flooding, storm surge, winds and tornadoes to the Carolinas…

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Comment Wall (44 comments)

At 10:45am on July 4, 2012, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to ArtFairInsiders, Richard.   I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please add a photo of yourself and stop by the Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. 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 4:25pm on August 07, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Richard L. Sherer a gift
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Many thanks, Dick, for your support of this website. I really appreciate and even more appreciate your presence here and all your contributions to this community.
At 11:52am on October 29, 2012, Barbara Pool said…

Thank you. Have enjoyed very much reading your posts.

At 9:14am on November 5, 2012, Karole Bowlds said…

Thanks for friending me Richard!! I have enjoyed the discussions, and your perspective as a leather Artist!! I met some really nice leather Artisans at a Celtic Festival when I was a teenager...fascinating watching them demo their work!! And as I needed a bracelet with my name (odd spelling, so had to have special ordered) my Mum & Da had one made for me...I STILL have it and wear it now. As a matter of fact, my daughter teethed on it, so it now has baby teeth imprints in it!! Your work is amazing...I peak at your saddles every now and again, wishing we still had horses, so I could get a saddle...they are gorgeous! See you on the Forums and Blogs!!

At 5:22pm on November 16, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Richard L. Sherer a gift
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Dick, Have I thanked you for all the great info you have added to AFI? I so much appreciate it. You take time and add such thoughtful and useful content. Many, many thanks! You deserve a gold medal ;)
At 11:39pm on November 18, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Richard L. Sherer a gift
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Congrats on winning the Post of the Week Award for your Three Part Series on Researching Shows - 11/19/12.
At 2:26pm on January 14, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Richard L. Sherer a gift
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Congrats, Dick, for winning post of the month for your 3 part discussion on How I Research Shows. Thanks for being a member here and for all your generous participation and friendliness.
At 5:08pm on February 04, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Richard L. Sherer a gift
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A gold trophy to you for all your contributions to the community at AFI -- your generosity and sharing and good thinking skills are a gift to all of us. Many thanks.
At 6:13pm on May 15, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow said…

Thank you Richard for your show review on www.artshowreviews.com.  We really appreciate your help.

At 2:26pm on June 04, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Richard L. Sherer a gift
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Richard, thanks so much for all your support. You're an angel!

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