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

IS THIS "BUY SELL"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Sohn Aug 16. 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

Tent Lights

Started Jul 30 0 Replies

These are two Schumacher rechargeable magnetic tool box lights available from Home Depot online ($50 each).   I needed some light to brighten up my tent for shows that run into dusk. These worked…Continue

Review: 48th Carbondale Mountain Fair, Carbondale, CO, July 26-28, 2019

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Jul 31. 2 Replies

When you write a review you get an extra chance in the pledge drive prize drawing. 48th Carbondale Mountain Fair, Carbondale, CO, July 26-28, 2019Fees: Jury $25, Booth $350Medium: Leather: plain and…Continue

Evergreen Western Art Celebration, Evergreen, CO, June 14-16, 2019

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cindy Mitchell Jul 29. 1 Reply

2019 EVERGREEN WESTERN ART CELEBRATION, EVERGREEN, CO JUNE 14-16, 2019PROMOTER: CCM Events, Darren SkansonFEES: Jury $30, Booth $325APPLICATION: Colorado Artist TourNUMBER OF BOOTHS: 62HOURS: FRIDAY…Continue

 

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Richard L. Sherer commented on Troy Smith's blog post Art Fair Etiquette
"Good points, but wonder if AFI is best site to reach patrons.  I would like to see it published locally before shows. No. 1 has always bugged me when a bunch of real estate developers who haven't seen each other for awhile decide to talk…"
18 hours ago
Richard L. Sherer replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Compare Art shows to corporate work
"White has been traditional for trick saddles since before WWII. I think it gives the riders mor options with colors for their costumes. I did do a balck one for a young male rider"
Monday
Richard L. Sherer replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Compare Art shows to corporate work
"I was a Ph.D. research/exploration geologist in the mining industry for 22 years and two outfits (1969-1990). Right out of grad school I went to work for Kennecott Copper. They had excellent post-grad training at one of their mines. It was a lot of…"
Monday
Richard L. Sherer commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Hurricane Season Coming? Special Offer for AFI members
"It's moving east Connie. I've seen a few posts from the plains on FB."
Saturday
Richard L. Sherer commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Hurricane Season Coming? Special Offer for AFI members
"Hurricanes ???? Yesterday we had record temperature drop of 60+ degrees in less that 24 hours in Colorado, and oh yes snow. from 82 down into the 20's. "
Friday
Richard L. Sherer replied to Dan McCarthy's discussion Artist statement displayed in booth?
"Artist statement, bio., awards, articles about you and articles you have written about your art should all go on your web site IMO. At shows I want people to spend most of their time looking at my work rather than reading about me.  Funny…"
Sep 30
Richard L. Sherer replied to Dan McCarthy's discussion Artist statement displayed in booth?
"I had color and B/W brochures for about 5 years. Quit them when they ran out as I was getting just as many custom orders from people looking at photos in notebook and taking business card.  I could never really tie any specific orders to the…"
Sep 30
Richard L. Sherer replied to Dan McCarthy's discussion Artist statement displayed in booth?
"I used to post my 8x10 statement but felt the space was better used to display work for sale. A notebook of photos of work/process is a better choice and statement can be placed there. "
Sep 30
Donna McGee commented on Richard L. Sherer's blog post Estes Park Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show, Colorado, Review
"Thanks; this is a thorough review."
Sep 26
Richard L. Sherer commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Why Some Art Fairs Thrive and Others Flop
"I think I have found my niche in Colorado. Reviews have been posted. Even the "new shows"  that turn out to be bummers are still profitable, but just not meeting minimums. LOL I doubt I would sell many spur straps at a beach show too."
Sep 20
Richard L. Sherer commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Why Some Art Fairs Thrive and Others Flop
"IMHO it seems like new promoters look for where there have been established successful shows and "coat tail" their event a couple weeks later, i.e. Crested Butte, Golden, Cherry Creek in CO. Due diligence for location, demographics of…"
Sep 17
Richard L. Sherer commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Why Some Art Fairs Thrive and Others Flop
"Sounds like it is open only to galleries. $2K down payment. Good luck with that artists."
Sep 17
Connie Mettler commented on Richard L. Sherer's blog post CERF+
"Yep, I got this email also. Thank you, Richard, for using our site to share the information. I'm reposting it on our FB pages for Art FairInsiders and Art FairCalendar. Yes, and donating also. On that note, I'm going with some friends to…"
Sep 16
Richard L. Sherer commented on Richard L. Sherer's blog post CERF+
"I just donated."
Sep 14
Richard L. Sherer posted a blog post

CERF+

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 and to the Canadian coastline. Our hearts are with the many communities that have been impacted by this tragic event. CERF+ is…See More
Sep 14
Richard L. Sherer replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Speaking with customers, at Art Fairs
"My favorite "ghost exhibitor" was a painter at Elk Camp (Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation) gathering at the Reno Hilton.  A woman painter across the aisle from us if we would watch her booth one morning while she took a break. No…"
Sep 7

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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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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Estes Park Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show, Colorado, Review

Posted on September 4, 2019 at 12:21am 1 Comment

Name: Estes Park Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show

Location: Estes Park, CO

Dates: Friday August 30 to Monday September 2, 2019

Management: Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary

Fees: Jury $35, Booth $325

Application: www.estesparkartdandcrafts.com, starting 12/1/2019 for 2020

My Medium: Plain and hand carved western lifestyle personal, equine and K-9 leather goods, gun belts and holsters. Price range:…

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2019 Pledge Drive Prize

Posted on August 1, 2019 at 11:59pm 3 Comments

Whoo Hooo, I got my prize today or I should say Jean got my prize today. Thank you Connie for running pledge drive and thank you Debbie Stillman for the  silver necklace and earrings. Jean was thrilled. 

How Do You Relax Off Season

Posted on September 21, 2018 at 3:08pm 4 Comments

I'm off for two weeks taking a road trip to Reno, NV camping and visiting hot springs to and fro. This was Spencer's Hot Spring: 105 degrees in stock tank in Big Smokey Valley, east of Austin, NV. It's just about in the middle of NV.  We spent all yesterday morning on dirt roads south of US 50 and the Suburban looks not quite like it has been to Burning Man LOL. 

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Comment Wall (41 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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