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Robert Wallis
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  • Indianapolis, IN
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  • photography
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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 carrie jacobson's discussion Simplifying My Set-Up - What Tent to Buy?
"Not on this set up. I'll have to get new adapters for the hex legs on this tent. for the mesh panels, you'll need upper Sat-bars as well, and an end corner if you want a back door. I've noticed a lot of people use French walls at…"
Feb 27
Robert Wallis replied to carrie jacobson's discussion Simplifying My Set-Up - What Tent to Buy?
"The back door option is just a special order back tarp with zippers. I don't bother with that and use my back side tarp as my awning. Here's a photo from a couple of years ago of that 10x15 with a back door. If I were using mesh panels, it…"
Feb 27
Robert Wallis replied to carrie jacobson's discussion Simplifying My Set-Up - What Tent to Buy?
"I clicked on the friend request and the message disappeared when I accepted, so I lost the email address. Just go ahead and send your question to me on the internal email here. No problem."
Feb 27
Robert Wallis replied to carrie jacobson's discussion Simplifying My Set-Up - What Tent to Buy?
"I have three different tents; a Eurmax 10x15, an EZ-Up that's around 20 years old, and a 9' tall 10x10 Trimline. The EZ-Up was one of the heavier duty ones that Sam's Club used to sell. I added Sta-Bars to it, three sides at the…"
Feb 26
Robert Wallis replied to Kristen Nazzaro's discussion Print Bin besides Pro Panel?
"It depends on the size for your flip bin prints. You can use the wooden boxes from the hobby stores for 8x10, 11x14, and 12x16. This isn't the pro-panel equivalent, but it works well sitting on top of a 2'x4' table. I've also…"
Feb 22
Robert Wallis replied to Jay Snively's discussion Zapp Image File Format and Resolution?
"I do judging on a major midwest art fair, and look at several media besides photography. Only rarely have I seen images that were soft, and usually it was with a new or low-skills artist. If you're doing all the right things, then I…"
Feb 15
Robert Wallis replied to Jay Snively's discussion Zapp Image File Format and Resolution?
"Make sure your color space is still being retained in Save for Web. 4 meg file size seems awfully large, usually around 2M is typical, unless your work has a lot of intricate textures. There will be a reduction in sharpness and Save for Web does do…"
Feb 14
Robert Wallis replied to Kristen Nazzaro's discussion Table display ideas?
"I've used a 2'x4' folding table with a wraparound table skirt. Nothing drags the ground that way, and it's a good way to store stuff underneath. back when I used a table for the 8x10/11x14 prints, I use a couple of those wood…"
Feb 12
Robert Wallis replied to Robert Wallis's discussion SLAF Mock Jury and Image Workshop 2013, Part 2; Jury Images
"Since this was written, the later versions of Photoshop Elements have the same perspective correction method of Perspective Correction that the full blown PS has. You will have two options under the Crop tab; straight line cropping and the four…"
Feb 12
Robert Wallis replied to Robert Wallis's discussion SLAF Mock Jury and Image Workshop 2013, Part 2; Jury Images
"That link is no longer available."
Feb 12
Robert Wallis replied to Kristen Nazzaro's discussion Table display ideas?
"Make sure you have two sets of booth shots if you have the photo gifts. One without the small gift pieces and one with them. The higher end shows tend to prohibit items like that, but the smaller neighborhood shows don't mind. They can generate…"
Feb 12
Robert Wallis replied to Kristen Nazzaro's discussion Basic Question on Booth Set Up
"I would suggest a mid gray (I use Moonbeam) or an oatmeal. The gray shows less dirt and soiling, but the panels can be shampooed if dirt and mud gets on them."
Feb 4
Robert Wallis replied to Kristen Nazzaro's discussion Matting and Mounting Advice
"Matting prints yourself can be pretty tedious. I've found that buying precut mattes from https://www.matboardplus.com/ in quantity is cheaper than buying a few sheets of 32x40 locally and cutting them down. The 5x7 prints will go into a…"
Feb 4
Robert Wallis replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Secret Santa, Part II - 2020
"Okay, thanks for the tip :-)"
Jan 4
Robert Wallis replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Secret Santa, Part II - 2020
"Your gift arrived on Saturday. I'm now looking for some suction cup hooks to hang them on my kitchen door, a wide French door. Thank you!"
Jan 3
Robert Wallis replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Secret Santa, Part II - 2020
"My Secret Santa was Patti Mohrenweiser, who sent this really cool bowl with a pretty blue glaze and gold edging. There's a tree in the bottom of the bowl in gold that really offsets the blue. My light box is buried out in the garage, and my…"
Dec 27, 2020

Profile Information

Your Medium
photography
Years in the Art Fair Business
34
First show ever
Talbott Street Art fair
What is your website?
http://www.eclecticimages.net
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 ArtFairInsiders.com? 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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At 11:38am on July 03, 2017, Connie Mettler gave Robert Wallis a gift
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Thank you, Robert, for this support of our website. I hope it is helpful to you and you flourish in the business.
At 12:11am on May 11, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Robert Wallis a gift
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Congrats on being awarded the Post of the Week - 5/8/2016
At 10:52pm on April 19, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Robert Wallis a gift
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Congrats on being awarded the Post of the Week - 4/19/2016
At 8:37am on March 29, 2016, Pat Falk said…

Thanks for the tip. Is there a better location for driving to your booth?  I don't want to dolly.

At 10:28pm on September 15, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Robert Wallis a gift
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Congrats on being awarded the Post of the Week - 9/14/2015
At 1:10pm on July 11, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Robert Wallis a gift
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Thanks so much, Robert, for your continued support and for all your helpful advice. Many of us appreciate it and you make a difference here.
At 11:58am on June 8, 2015, Robin Chard said…

It was great to meet you and your wife this weekend. We do a lot of the same shows but you know how hard it is to get away from your Booth! Anyway good luck with re-thinking your line of photos. I wish I had a formula but I am always surprised at what the public thinks is art. I will look for you in the future (fair warning!) also here is the link to the church show http://woodlandchristianlex.org/Arts_Festival.htm I've never done it before but have had friends who have. Less traffic but well who knows, I'll try it once. But next year - Woodland! (ta da!)

At 9:34pm on February 09, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Robert Wallis a gift
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You're a star, Robert. Many thanks for all of the helpful information and useful tips you've contributed to AFI. You are an important member here and I appreciate all you do.
At 3:35pm on January 08, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Robert Wallis a gift
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Happy new year, Robert. Thanks for playing Secret Santa with us again this year. Hope the new year bring you many blessings.
At 9:52pm on June 11, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Robert Wallis a gift
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Many thanks for your pledge, Robert. I really appreciate the support from you and so many others that keep our website alive and well and bringing you all the news from art fair land.
 
 
 

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