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Richard L. Sherer
  • Franktown, CO
  • United States
  • Leather
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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 replied to Kristen Nazzaro's discussion Really trying to understand how to navigate business info - desperate for any guidance!
"Get yourself a good accountant and a good lawyer for small home based businesses. Their costs will be agood investment and give you a leg up on your competition who will most likely be mucking around trying to figure stuff out while you can be…"
Sunday
Richard L. Sherer replied to Kristen Nazzaro's discussion Table display ideas?
"I use two 2'x4' tables at the back of my booth and an island of two 2'x4' tables. We used to have these in front of the belts on each wall but like the island better.  Tables are raised 1' with 1" conduit. Skirts…"
Feb 12
Richard L. Sherer replied to Kristen Nazzaro's discussion Basic Question on Booth Set Up
"That is a good approach. Ask artists about their "packing", "loading" "dont' forget list" or whatever they call it. Some have been posted here in the past. "
Jan 20
Richard L. Sherer replied to Larry Maynard's discussion What's Up With the Small Print
"Ctrl 0 doesn't work but  Ctrl + does work for me.Thanks...old tired eyes."
Jan 19
Richard L. Sherer replied to Larry Maynard's discussion What's Up With the Small Print
"it is still TINY and hard to read."
Jan 19
Richard L. Sherer replied to Larry Maynard's discussion What's Up With the Small Print
"Yup, just happened as I check site daily."
Jan 17
Richard L. Sherer replied to Kristen Nazzaro's discussion Basic Question on Booth Set Up
"White tent heavy enough for geographic weather event, heavy weights-commercial or home made PVC, walk some shows to see what other photographers are using for display, credit card processor.   "
Jan 5
Larry Maynard commented on Richard L. Sherer's blog post What Happened with Page?
"All is back to normal now...yea!!"
Dec 8, 2020
Richard L. Sherer commented on Richard L. Sherer's blog post What Happened with Page?
"It looks normal now. Font in this box may be a little smaller???????"
Dec 8, 2020
Connie Mettler commented on Richard L. Sherer's blog post What Happened with Page?
"Hi Richard and Larry. If you were confused, imagine my dismay!! The company that hosts this site seems to have had some technical problems. God knows, there are problems everywhere! Why can't they leave this poor little website alone?? When I…"
Dec 8, 2020
Larry Maynard commented on Richard L. Sherer's blog post What Happened with Page?
"I have the same problem. I sent Connie an email, but I haven't heard back."
Dec 8, 2020
Richard L. Sherer posted a blog post

What Happened with Page?

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????See More
Dec 8, 2020
Richard L. Sherer replied to Jan Hubbard's discussion Do you think you should sign up for shows 2021?
"I am watching the vaccine news and also what research a group at church is doing about reopening maybe in July 2021. I can either do shows or stay home and fill saddle orders. One time slot for summer, when I normally don't build saddles, has…"
Nov 25, 2020
Richard L. Sherer replied to Jan Hubbard's discussion Do you think you should sign up for shows 2021?
"I don't plan on any Colorado resort area shows until after July. I'm watching numbers and will be watching effectiveness of vaccine and numbers after that. Colorado is currently at condition Red and is considering a condition Purple. The…"
Nov 21, 2020
Richard L. Sherer commented on Connie Mettler's blog post When Will This Happen Again?
"I'm optimistically hoping for a vaccine before Memorial Days shows get started in CO mountain. areas. I wonder who I won't see because they dropped out and who hung in there.   "
Oct 22, 2020
Richard L. Sherer received a gift from Connie Mettler
Sep 30, 2020

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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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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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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At 9:35pm on September 30, 2020, Connie Mettler gave Richard L. Sherer a gift
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Thank you, Richard, for referring Pat Sloss ro Art Fair Insiders.
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Thank you, Richard, for referring John Kelly to Art Fair Insiders.
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Thank you, Richard, for referring Andy Carter to Art Fair Insiders.
At 8:46pm on June 4, 2018, Al Scovern said…

Thanks Dick.  Great of you to donate one of your pieces to the fund raiser.  My email is ascovern@gmail.com.  Al

At 3:17pm on June 4, 2018, Al Scovern said…

Dick,

my email is ascovern@gmail.com.  Really nice of you to donate your work to the pledge drive. I’m happy to win one of your pieces.  Al

At 3:32pm on April 20, 2018, Chau Nguyen said…
Hi Richard,

I just read a post you had about shoplifting at art fair; specifically your experience at a show in Manitou Springs Colorado. I’m thinking of applying to and looking for reviews of the Commonwheel Artists Art Festival to apply to. And I can’t find any reviews about that show from any artists. Was this the show you had theft at? Have you done it recently and what are your thoughts? Or nay be you have heard about it from others?

I would like to apply to the Affordable Arts festival in Littleton Colorado the weekend before this Labor Day weekend show; hoping to get in to both to be worth the drive and expenses all the way from Livingston Montana.
At 2:39pm on February 15, 2018, Jay Heinrich said…

Richard, You mentioned you did the Jackson Hole show in '15 and '16 and I can not fine your review on Art Fair Insiders. I am at least two days driving time and then have the show expenses so I am trying to get any comments about what the return was at the show. Any comments? My work runs $300 - $3K www.fineleatherartwork.com and is western oriented. I'd appreciate any comments you ahve on the show itself. Thanks, Jay

At 1:07pm on July 10, 2017, Connie Mettler gave Richard L. Sherer a gift
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Thank you so much, Richard, for your continued support through the years of our website. I hope it is helpful to you and you flourish in the business.
At 11:12am on June 27, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Richard L. Sherer a gift
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Richard, Thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2016 Pledge Drive. You have done so much to help us over the years and it is appreciated.
At 2:32pm on June 9, 2016, Jan Hubbard said…
Richard I read your how to research shows really good information I do some of the similar things have done it for years but a lot of info I didn't know thanks. I also need your address so I can send the necklace that you won.
Thanks Jan Hubbard
 
 
 

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