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Richard L. Sherer
  • Franktown, CO
  • United States
  • Leather
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Contrarian View

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Christian Sep 14. 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. 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 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…"
Saturday
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
Richard L. Sherer received a gift from Connie Mettler
Sep 30
Judy Christian replied to Richard L. Sherer's discussion Contrarian View
"It's good to hear what someone else is doing during all of this. Glad that you are busy. I have also been working but mainly on some new items that sell online. I've stopped doing any art pots for now. I have also been keeping busy in my…"
Sep 14
Richard L. Sherer commented on Cindy Mitchell's photo
Sep 9
Richard L. Sherer replied to Gracelynn Tamrak's discussion Non-Refundable Application Fees with No Juries Results
"I'm not applying to anything until May 2021, and maybe not even then unless there is a proven vaccine."
Aug 30
Richard L. Sherer posted a discussion

Contrarian View

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 inventory expecting a pent-up desire of the public to spend money on art when this mess is over. I agree, and I recently added pink and lime green leather suspenders to my inventory. Until now I only offered plain and carved leather ones. We are both busy with studio work. I just completed restoration work…See More
Aug 28
Richard L. Sherer commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Just $2?
"When is the drawing, or did I just miss it being announced."
Aug 10
Peggy & Michael Anton replied to Richard L. Sherer's discussion Shipping with USPS
"You are very very correct. Donald Trump has installed a new Postmaster General & Yes he has a vested interest in slowing down the mail service. He has cut overtime for all postal carriers & that alone has slowed mail service by 20%. Donald…"
Aug 6
Richard L. Sherer replied to Richard L. Sherer's discussion Shipping with USPS
"USPS has started a Loyalty Program for Click and Ship users. Rewards are $20-$40 back for 8/1/2020 to 9/30/2020, and then starting in 1/2021. I am off to the mountains for a much needed break from studio work. Lots done, but lots more to do when I…"
Aug 5
Robert Wallis replied to Richard L. Sherer's discussion Shipping with USPS
"They have to last at least to the election. The current postmaster is determined to shut it down. The guy has a large vested interest in a delivery service, and of course part of the issue is to snafu the mail in ballots for the election. Sorry to…"
Aug 4
Cindy Welch replied to Richard L. Sherer's discussion Shipping with USPS
"I sent a package Saturday before last by USPS Priority, my usual way of shipping.  It took a full 7 days to go from Louisiana to New Jersey.  The customer was not happy but there was not much I could do.  I have never had a package…"
Aug 4
Judy Christian replied to Richard L. Sherer's discussion Shipping with USPS
"Around April or May there was talk of the Post Office going out of business and I heard that it was only a rumor. That was the time, you may recall, lots of commercials on tv by the Post Office assuring us that they were still here to take care of…"
Aug 4
Richard L. Sherer posted a discussion

Shipping with USPS

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 about to happen.…See More
Aug 1
Richard L. Sherer replied to Larry Maynard's discussion I'm Concerned...
"Having been a scientist in my dual life, I canceled all my summer CO mountain shows and housing reservations back in March sensing what was ahead. It was the right move for me. I am expecting a vaccine to be developed and shows will be back next…"
Jul 27
Richard L. Sherer commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Just $2?
"I donated have you? Everybody is hurting now but we have to keep going. Please don't send PDFs. "
Jul 15

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. 

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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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