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

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

Started Jun 20 0 Replies

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

$200 PRO PANELS MERCHANDISE GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR SALE

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Jun 3. 8 Replies

Hi Guys & Gals, I supported Art Fair Insiders with a $120 contribution and I won one of the Pro Panels gift certificates. To help out other artists, I am selling it for $170. Payment by Paypal or…Continue

2019 ART MARKET OF ESTES PARK, CO, MAY 25-27,2019

Started May 28 0 Replies

PROMOTER: Art Center of Estes ParkFEES: Jury $30, Booth $325 on ZapplicationNUMBER OF BOOTHS: 109 This was the 20th annual Art Market produced by the Art Center of Estes Park.  You can apply to the…Continue

Estes Park Art Market This Weekend, Colorado

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cindy Welch May 21. 1 Reply

I envy all you guys complaing about the heat and humidity. Overnight we got 8" of wet snow here in Franktown and it is widespread all along the Front Range (mountains to you flat landers).  Snow and…Continue

 

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Richard L. Sherer commented on Harry Mackie's blog post Going out of business
"sent email for list & $ machinery"
Jul 10
Richard L. Sherer replied to Diana Augustine's discussion Battery Lighting for Dummies
"Schumacher rechargeable magnetic tool box work light, The 49.05 one. "
Jul 8
Richard L. Sherer replied to Diana Augustine's discussion Battery Lighting for Dummies
"I bought two of these and have used one so far for setup at night. I needed illumnation for shows than run past dusk. Bright, but may alter colors. I can attach them to tent frame and they rotate. Two intensity…"
Jul 7
Richard L. Sherer replied to Sarah Schoenfeld's discussion Brutal feedback, please?
"Some shows don't like tables. Here is a way to convert you tables to pedestals. This also increases your under table/pedestal starage space.  Easily done with 1" steel conduit. We now use the screws as "stops" rather than…"
Jul 5
Richard L. Sherer replied to TC Crumpton's discussion Including tax in price?
"In Colorado, retail sales taxes at shows I have done ranged from 4.5% to 8.9%. First you will jeed a Special Event License. Then the fun begins. Sales tax can be composed of State, County, City, and then special districts for stadiums, Regional…"
Jul 4
Richard L. Sherer replied to Sarah Schoenfeld's discussion Finding local shows and festivals?
"Must be a glitch as Washington would not work for me either. Contact Zapp. Go to city web pages and checkout their  Events sectionn if they have one.  Lots of these are un listed and only advertised locally. Talk to other local artists in…"
Jul 1
Richard L. Sherer replied to Sarah Schoenfeld's discussion Finding local shows and festivals?
"Zapp: go to participating events, type in full state name, hit go.  Shows will be filtered by state."
Jun 30
Richard L. Sherer replied to Sarah Schoenfeld's discussion Finding local shows and festivals?
"Zapp, Colorado Artist Tour, online research, emails coming to me from shows. Likewise, never subscribed to service. "
Jun 27
Richard L. Sherer replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Effect change at Fine Art Shows
"I am only now learning about NAIA even though I have been dong shows for 20m plus years. I wonder if they have a list of "approved shows' that adhere to set standards. It almost seems like artists need a formal contarct with promotors to…"
Jun 24
Richard L. Sherer replied to Morgan M. Harris's discussion Good shows getting stale?
"Find a replacement show. Always try a few new ones so you have someplace to go when others go downhill due to management changes or ??????????"
Jun 22
Richard L. Sherer replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Effect change at Fine Art Shows
"Agree that some of the better shows, at least here in CO, are put on by local art/business organizations and are about 100-125 booths. Most arists do well at these depending on medium.Iavoid like the plague the "esoteric museums on the…"
Jun 22
Richard L. Sherer replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Effect change at Fine Art Shows
"I commend you for your journey and if you wish to call yourself a vendor, so be it. However, I do think you are missing the point of us who have had a different journey to being considered professional artists weather we do 2D of fine craft. Mine…"
Jun 22
Richard L. Sherer replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Effect change at Fine Art Shows
"Barry Shandler, it may already exist but needs more artist support???? The mission of the National Association of Independent Artists is to strengthen, improve and promote the artistic, professional and economic success of artists who exhibit in art…"
Jun 21
Richard L. Sherer replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Effect change at Fine Art Shows
"Some buy into all artists being "starving artists" too.  Sorry, but this artist/ saddle maker will never consider himself a "vendor" . It harks back to the days when if you wanted to really insult a saddle maker you called…"
Jun 21
Richard L. Sherer replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Effect change at Fine Art Shows
"This bugs me too! Artists need to think of them selves as artists and not "vendors".  Vendors sell corn dogs and popcorn."
Jun 21
Richard L. Sherer replied to Morgan M. Harris's discussion Good shows getting stale?
"People get fat and people get skinny. As long as Walmart keeps selling laminated belts that crack on the adjustment holes after a couple months, I will sell belts. I raised prices of $40-$50 belts by 20%-25% last year or year before and there has…"
Jun 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.

Richard L. Sherer's Blog

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

Posted on September 10, 2018 at 5:44pm 1 Comment

Show: Estes Park Labor Day Arts & Crafts Show 2018, Location: Estes Park, Colorado 

Dates: September 1-3, 2018

Fees: Jury/Booth $325, Online filing $15

My medium: leather

    Estes Park is the gateway to the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park.  There are many summer homes in the surrounding mountains and Valleys and it is a popular destination for metro Denver. You also encounter a broad spectrum of income levels, and a lot of foreign visitors. I…

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Golden Fine Arts Festival 2017, Golden, CO, August 19-20, 2017

Posted on August 25, 2017 at 12:00pm 3 Comments

This was the 27th annual Golden Fine Arts Festival and the 14th continuous year I have participated in the event.  Golden, CO is at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.  It is home for the Colorado School of Mines, a top engineering school, and the Coor’s brewery.  Students were returning to school the weekend of the show.

The show is set up for three blocks on 11th Street and over 130 artists from 20 states occupy 160 booth spaces.  There…

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Tubac, AZ: Tubac Fall Arts & Crafts Festival, Nov, 3,4,5, 2017

Posted on July 25, 2017 at 5:30pm 1 Comment

I got a postcard from subject show today with an extended deadline (red flag IMO).  I did the February show in 2011 and was curious if anyone has done this one. I think it has been around only a few years since 2014(?). There is my review and additional comments about Tubac Feb show on this site.

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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