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Robbie Curnow
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  • Salem, OR
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  • Jewelry
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Bend Summer Festival 2014 Has anyone done this show or attend?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lisa Foster Mar 23, 2014. 3 Replies

Bend Summer Festival 2014 (Oregon)Heldat Drake Park Show Dates: 7/12/14 - 7/13/14 Application Deadline: 6/20/14   Has anyone done this show or attend?Continue

Tempe festival of the Arts Spring 2014

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robbie Curnow Nov 12, 2013. 5 Replies

Tempe festival of the Arts Spring 2014I just got accepted into this show, but I just had a very bad away show due to high expensive and poor sales. I am jewelry, so I wondering now if Tempe can be a…Continue

Anyone heard of or done the Red River Revel Arts Festival

Started Feb 22, 2012 0 Replies Red River Revel Arts Festival8 days long or you can do the first four days or the second four days.101 Crockett Street, Suite C •…Continue

Info need for The Waterways Woodlands Texas Show

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robbie Curnow Feb 24, 2012. 3 Replies

Any information or experiences you've had at the waterwayswoodllands art festival show in Texas would be greatly appreciated. Ijuryed in this year and I'm making a very long haul to Texas. I…Continue

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Robbie Curnow commented on Meg Mettler's blog post Call for Artists: 29th Annual Taste of Morgan Hill
"So anyone done this show?"
Aug 15, 2018
Robbie Curnow replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Permanent Booth Anyone?
"Sorry it suppose to read - we’ve only had to pay the booth fee remainder twice in three years.  A few referrals."
Jun 26, 2018
Robbie Curnow replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Permanent Booth Anyone?
"Cindy, As a hobby.... we have a permanent booth space like you are referring to. We strictly have collectible and vintage art for sale. Our booth is 8x16 for $305 a month with 12.5% commission. They have a full time staff so we don’t work at…"
Jun 25, 2018
Robbie Curnow replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Does size matter? (with regard to artwork!!!)
"I don’t think size matters. As a jewelry artist my work is tiny. As an art collector I’m super into miniature paintings."
Jun 6, 2018
Robbie Curnow replied to Shannon Eaton's discussion Hello! I am new to the site.
"I live in Oregon, I am a full time artist and do about 15 to 17 shows a year.  Here is a link to a Facebook page for Oregon and Washington artist. Called West Coast artists and…"
May 23, 2018
Robbie Curnow replied to Jan Herman's discussion can't decide on a site builder
"We just use our website as a gallery and to list our up coming shows. I have sold a few items off the website but that’s not what I wanted it for. I used OPP for 11 years with no problems of any kind. There website service can provide so much…"
Apr 27, 2018
Robbie Curnow replied to Jan Herman's discussion can't decide on a site builder
"We use other people’s pixpels OPP It’s designed for artist, super easy to use, cost $16 a month."
Apr 27, 2018
Robbie Curnow replied to Christine Adele Moore's discussion Declining a show invitation
"I apply to a particular show every year for six years as a backup show. They accept me every time. I have declined very year but one. However, I feel another show I have applied to every year for the last five years and I declined the first year and…"
Apr 4, 2018
Robbie Curnow replied to Mark Zirinsky's discussion I have to pick one of two shows
"We have done BAM for 10ears it is always our best show of the year, huge numbers. We are jewelers and have a following of collectors that come to the show to buy from us. We also live on the West Coast. For seven years we lived just down the street…"
Feb 26, 2018
Judy Goodwin replied to Robbie Curnow's discussion Columbus Art Festival in the group Midwest Art Fair Business
"Hi Robbie, We make jewelry also (low end costume-like jewelry $20-$35) and participated last year.  We netted about $6,500.  We were happy with our booth location (not on the bridge) and seemed to have good traffic.  Like any art show…"
Feb 23, 2018
Robbie Curnow added a discussion to the group Midwest Art Fair Business

Columbus Art Festival

Hello, I am a Jeweler and I live in Oregon. I know I’m not a mid-west artist, but I was accepted to the Columbus Art Festival this year. Has anyone in this group done this show? I have heard good and bad things about the show. My expensive would be high to attend. I would need to make at least $7500 to make it worth while. Is this possible? I have heard weather can ruin the show. High heat, humidity, wind, rain, but people stay and buy in all weather. I have heard it’s just 400,000 beer…See More
Feb 23, 2018
Robbie Curnow commented on Nels johnson's blog post First show of the new year—Downtown Naples on Fifth Avenue.
"Nel, Pardon my ignorance of the East Coast shows especially Florida. I am a Jeweler on the West Coast and would like to do a few winter shows next year in Florida. I’ve tried looking up the Naples show you did. There are many shows in Naples.…"
Jan 12, 2018
Robbie Curnow commented on Walt Bennett's blog post Has anyone seen this? Tax reform and small business
Dec 6, 2017
Robbie Curnow replied to Ruth Finkenbiner's discussion Sedona - Oak Creek Arts & Craft festival in the group SW Artists
"From what I could find it seems to be a first year show?"
Nov 21, 2017
Robbie Curnow commented on Connie Mettler's group SW Artists
"We too hand trucked out through the lower food court and down the side ramp. Got everything loaded and out of there by 8:10pm. I wasn't about to get in the load-out line after our experience with load-in. They screwed us over at load-in. Making…"
Jun 22, 2016
Robbie Curnow commented on Dave Grabarczyk's blog post How far is too far to walk to set up your booth?
"I've done five blocks on a hill before. Prefer not to do that again. I guess it depends on what you are up for. I agree with the show having helpers to unload, but I've only done two show that provided helpers before."
Jun 13, 2016

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Bellevue Museum Arts Fair
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What are the best things about art fairs
Meeting clients that understand your work.
Best show ever and why
Bellevue Museum Arts Fair, buying energy and the level of art lovers that come & buy.
Worst show ever and why
Sometimes the worst show will bring custom clinets later and make them some of the best shows. You just never know!
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At 8:35am on November 8, 2011, Connie Mettler said…
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