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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 replied to Mckenna Hallett's discussion Recommendations for a ONE person tent setup?
"It pays to practice at home. I saw some new people at a show with one of those pop ups that accordions out from the center. During take down they were having problems with colapsing it, and I was going to help them on my way back from the head. When…"
Saturday
David J Teter commented on Richard L. Sherer's blog post CERF+ and California Fires
"Thanks for posting this. I am in California and fortunately not in need of assistance. I know how devastating it can be to lose everything or nearly everything. My Mom's house caught fire a few years ago (not a wildfire) and much of my…"
Nov 1
Richard L. Sherer commented on Richard L. Sherer's blog post CERF+ and California Fires
"I posted this on some Facebook sites and could you believe an artist was grousing about it because CERF+ supports fine craft artists not all artists.   GEEZ! "
Nov 1
Jacki Bilsborrow commented on Richard L. Sherer's blog post CERF+ and California Fires
"Thanks Richard for posting this.  I am sure while the wild fires are on people's minds people don't realize there are artists there that may have lost their homes are their art supplies and stock.  It is always good to share what…"
Nov 1
Richard L. Sherer posted a blog post

CERF+ and California Fires

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. Dear Richard, According to CNN and the …See More
Oct 31
Richard L. Sherer commented on Troy Smith's blog post Why Shopping at Local Craft Fairs Matters
"Well said Troy. I wish promotors would inclued it in their handput literature."
Oct 24
Richard L. Sherer commented on Troy Smith's blog post Why Shopping at Local Craft Fairs Matters
"Well said Troy. Inwish prmotors would inclued it in their handout literature."
Oct 24
Richard L. Sherer replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Compare Art shows to corporate work
"No. I just believe in having the right advisers with good advice. I stil owe the business over $70K but I can take out loans instead of paying myself a salary and all that goes with it. Then there is all that stuff about losses carried forward. I…"
Oct 24
Richard L. Sherer replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Compare Art shows to corporate work
"A benefit of having feet in both worlds is that you can use your art business as a tax shelter for your coorporate income.  I hadn;t planned on that but a good accountant took care of it for me. We I left coorporate my business was in good…"
Oct 24
Richard L. Sherer replied to Sonja Jones's discussion What's the rudest comments you've had towards your art?
"Some ole grumpy German(?) guy at Maitou Springs (Coloraod Springs), COabout 20 years ago: He "I don't pay $40 for no belt".  Me  "and may the bird of paradise fly up your nose". He walked off in a huff. "
Oct 22
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…"
Oct 15
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"
Oct 14
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…"
Oct 13
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."
Oct 11
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. "
Oct 11
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

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+ 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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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. 

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.

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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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