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Robert Wallis
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Secret Santa?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Nov 23, 2018. 5 Replies

Is the Secret Santa exchange being done this year?Continue

Passing of Karen Holtkamp

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barrie Lynn Bryant Feb 6, 2018. 3 Replies

It is with regret I just found out that Karen Holtkamp, a long time member on AFI, passed away September 6, 2017. I was next to her at several shows, the most recent was last year's Talbot Street…Continue

Propanel extensions proving to be a hassle, looking for an easier solution.

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Tunney Jul 24, 2017. 7 Replies

This is the first season I've added the 20" extensions to my 7 foot Propanels. What I thought was going to be an easy add-on has turned out to be a giant PITA. My old step stool turned out to be too…Continue

Where are you this weekend of 9/9-9/11?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Sep 12, 2016. 22 Replies

I'll be at Penrod Arts fair in Indianapolis this Saturday. getting up bright and early tomorrow morning and plan to get a good start on the Friday set up that officially starts at 9:30. Hope to get…Continue


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Robert Wallis replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.
"I took a chance and sent East Lansing their booth fee, but did it on a credit card. I figured better to do it that way instead of out of my checking account."
Robert Wallis replied to Joseph Magnano's discussion ARTISTS - BOYCOTT ALL ART FAIRS NOT GIVING FULL REFUNDS!!!
"That sounds good in practice. So what happens when it's a show close to the deadline and the advertising has already gone out and the festival organizers are committed to paying for advertising and billboards that have already ran? Most shows…"
Mar 20
Robert Wallis replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.
"Cherokee Triangle is a neighborhood association event, so their overhead is low. I don't know what advertising they are committed to but if it hasn't ran yet they should be able to back out of it. Bummer about the Derby party as those are…"
Mar 19
Robert Wallis commented on Nels johnson's blog post Vero Beach Under the Oaks—Very sad story
"If the East Lansing show goes on, I'll buy you a drink there. I'm not confident it's going to go on."
Mar 19
Robert Wallis replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.
"Cherokee Triangle in Louisville has cancelled with refunds. The Kentucky Derby on the following weekend has been rescheduled to September (thought I'd toss that in)."
Mar 19
Robert Wallis replied to Alan Holm's discussion Do you have a Flourish Archtop canopy?
"I almost bought one about 25-30 years ago when they were new. I saw several of them at shows back then. I still recall one artist who put some wire shelving inside the overhang and stored small boxes up there. I've noticed over the last several…"
Feb 13
Robert Wallis replied to Alan Holm's discussion Do you have a Flourish Archtop canopy?
"Adding to Alan’s answer, the Archtop had a built in awning with the front edge of the top extending out. This created a problem with shows that had limitations with space either in front or the back. It was one of those good ideas that…"
Feb 13
Robert Wallis replied to Rick Wallace's discussion removing photos glued to canvases....?
"The age of the prints will have a bearing on how they were done. The older process was to strip the emulsion layer from a paper print and permanently bond it on top of canvas. In that process the emulsion conformed to the canvas underneath and would…"
Jan 10
Robert Wallis replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Secret Santa Part II - 2019
"I was a bit late getting this out. The package from my Secret Santa, Roxy Lentz, arrived while I was stuck in the hospital for a while. Not one, but six packages arrived in what looked like a CARE package for artists. I'm happy to say that my…"
Dec 25, 2019
Robert Wallis replied to Connie Mettler's discussion 8th Annual "Naughty or Nice?"
"I'm in :-)"
Nov 30, 2019
Robert Wallis replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Advice needed for hanging our new pictures in our booth!
"You can choose either vinyl banners, which have grommets for hanging, or you can choose a regular photo mounted on Cor-plast (corrugated plastic). Denny Manufacturing has excellent quality and fast turnaround times at a reasonable cost. It will be…"
Nov 20, 2019
Robert Wallis replied to Ryan Rabbass's discussion Any suggestions on my booth photo?
"The single will be enough. The main thing is that they see a stocked booth that has a professional presentation."
Jun 12, 2019
Robert Wallis replied to Ryan Rabbass's discussion Any suggestions on my booth photo?
"Here's a cropped version of your booth. The excess valence is cropped out, and the leaning panels are straightened up. The right tent leg needed to be in alignment with the panel. if I understand correctly, your panels are gray. If they are,…"
Jun 11, 2019

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Your Medium
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Talbott Street Art fair
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
meeting the customers and knowing where the work is going
Best show ever and why
4th Street in Bloomington, IN, An art concious crowd
Worst show ever and why
Metro Arts Two Rivers Expo in DesMoines , Iowa, in 2008. Drove about 800 miles to get there, horrible load in (really, really horrible), I was back in the rear of the place with a big sign that said "Children's Section" so what few people did come to the show didn't go back there. I sold the lowest amount I had in 20+ years, almost skunked, and lost about $1000 doing the show. The a little over a week after I get back I have a major heart attack probably brought on by the strenuous load in process. Small wonder I have litle warmth for that show. Then I get a letter the following year reminding me the deadline was approaching, so I sent an email declining. I get another one back asking if I would reconsider and what was wrong. So I told them. Never heard back from them ;-)

Number two on the list; This year's Hopkins Art Festival in Minnesota. Sold even less then Des Moines, but only lost $800 this time, so I guess that means the economy is getting better.

Who referred you to Please be specific.
Lee Hill
What is one fun fact about yourself?
The adult interest school where I was teaching in the early 80's had long ran my beginning and portrait classes. Students kept on asking for a figure photography class. I assumed since the classes were generally held in rented spaces in churches for the most part that was not going to fly.

I mentioned it to the school registrar, and he said try it anyhow. I wrote up a syllabus for the church board of trustees, outlined the sequence of the 6-week course (six meetings), stressing the fine art aspect of it using the appropriate language, and it was approved by a main stream denomination church.

So for several years I taught a nude photography class in a church.

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Round the Fountain, Lafayette, IN 5-27-2017

Posted on May 29, 2017 at 1:15pm 3 Comments

This is a mid size and very selective one day show in downtown Lafayette arranged around the courthouse. I've yet to see the fountain, but haven't gone looking for it. This year was a bit more problematic due to construction, and the booths were in different locations. For some that was a blessing as a bunch of spots required hauling stuff up a long set of steps. Those spots were eliminated this year.

I was located around the corner from last year's location. Two streets were able to…


Oldham Arts on CityPlace 2016 - Lagrange, Kentucky- November 12&13

Posted on November 23, 2016 at 12:30am 7 Comments

This was a small indoor show, for the most part, held in a civic center in Lagrange, Ky, about 22 miles north-east of Louisville just off I-71. It was divided across two civic buildings or small convention halls with about 72 artists there.

About ten artists were located outside on the portico of the buildings, where they were afforded free electricity and reduced booth fee. These locations required a tent. The weather was a bit iffy for the outside venues, fairly chilly on…


Art on the Commons, Kettering, Ohio 8/14/2016

Posted on August 16, 2016 at 6:00pm 10 Comments

Last year was the first time I tried this show. It wasn't spectacular but there was a decent return for the effort and sales were worthwhile enough to make a return trip.

It's a one day show put on by the local arts organization in conjunction with the city government. the show is arranged around a large fountain in a city park. You have to dolly in from the street, but there are two one way streets either side of the venue, so it's not difficult and it's on concrete all the…


Cherokee Triangle Art Fair, Louisville, KY, 4/30-5/1, 2016

Posted on May 8, 2016 at 8:41pm 12 Comments

This show has always been at the mercy of the springtime weather, being held the weekend before the Kentucky Derby. Some years the weather is balmy, sunny, and warm; sometimes cool and damp, sometime cold with frost on the grass in morning and needing space heaters. Sometimes, like this time around it was cool and rainy with the emphasis on rainy. Saturday was rainy most of the day with deserted aisles except for a few moments when the rain and drizzle stopped. Sunday had about half a day…


Comment Wall (23 comments)

At 8:36am on September 13, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Robert Wallis a gift
Robert, what great advice about the booth set up! Thanks for being here and adding such useful information to the site. You are one of the people who make the site work. Many thanks.
At 8:04am on February 20, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Robert Wallis a gift
Great job, Robert, on all that solid advice for Dolly Ramot. Thanks for your generous sharing and for being a member here.
At 6:28pm on March 05, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Robert Wallis a gift
Congrats, Robert, on winning the Blog Post of the Week (3/54/12).
At 12:12am on August 22, 2012, Shannon Blosser-Salisbury said…
Robert (or do you prefer a nickname?), you are too kind. I definitely have been having a great time making my art and I hope the fun continues doing shows. Hope to see you out there!
At 11:14am on October 25, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Robert Wallis a gift
Stellar comment on earning a living at the shows, Robert. Thank you for this very useful exchange full of great information. AFI appreciates it ;)
At 5:48pm on November 05, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Robert Wallis a gift
Congrats on winning the Blog Post of the Week Award - 11/5/12.
At 11:58am on February 21, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Robert Wallis a gift
Impressive! Robert, this is such a gift for everyone who is at all serious about the shows. A lot of this has not been presented before and is wonderful evergreen content that should help many.
At 4:01pm on February 25, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Robert Wallis a gift
Congrats Robert on the Post of the Week Award - 2/25/13.
At 4:44pm on March 22, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Robert Wallis a gift
Congrats, Robert! Your wonderful series about the image workshop in St. Louis was voted best info on AFI for February. Thank you so much for all the time you spent on this.
At 10:04pm on June 10, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Robert Wallis a gift
Robert, thanks so much for all your support. It is appreciated!

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