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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 Connie Mettler's discussion The Grand Secret Santa 2019 Wrap-up
"Sure! Why not? Last year's was a blast, despite me being incarcerated, as it were, in the hospital right when it was time for me to send out my Secret Santa Surprise :-("
Nov 14
Robert Wallis commented on Nels johnson's blog post How I am surviving in these Covid Times...and how I spent my summer
"Glad to hear the plan is working out! There was only one show I had this year that didn't COVID cancel, and I had to cancel that one for health reasons back in February. I just sent the app in for it under the deadline by a couple of days for…"
Oct 27
Robert Wallis replied to Gracelynn Tamrak's discussion Non-Refundable Application Fees with No Juries Results
"I'm not applying for anything that starts prior to next March. No point in throwing money away."
Aug 29
Robert Wallis commented on Wallace Fuller's blog post Saying Goodbye
"Sorry to see you go but when it hurts too much, it's time to hang it up or back off. We've been at the same shows a few times, and a couple times close neighbors. We'll miss you. I didn't realize you weren't around last…"
Aug 8
Robert Wallis replied to Rick Wallace's discussion How can I move to more upscale images?
"Keep the room layout simpler, such as above a sofa with and end table and lamp for scale. Straight on, sofa full size or wing back chair, lamp off to the side, and correct any wall tilt."
Aug 4
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
Robert Wallis replied to Larry Maynard's discussion I'm Concerned...
""The exception to your booth set up may be now you have to work with a new configuration to allow for 2 or 3 sides to left open. I’m not sure how this will allow larger pieces to be hung"This discussion about revamp booth display for…"
Jul 29
Robert Wallis replied to Dave Buerger's discussion I'm STILL seeking someone interested in selling a gently used LED light setup for use at shows.
"Try these work lights. I have six of them and they light up the booth. At 1400 lumens and a broad lighting angle, two per wall is adequate when placed 5 ft away from the work. I took the feet and handles off, and use a SS radiator screw ring…"
Jul 26
Robert Wallis replied to Ryan Rabbass's discussion How to extend the height further on a 10x10 popup?
"Is it the one with the hex legs or square legs? I did see where some used the legs from another similar tent turned upside down to fit the bottom legs of their Eurmax. I have extender legs legs for a couple of my EZ-Ups, but seldom use them and they…"
Jun 3
Robert Wallis replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.
"I finished up taxes for the last two years and found the same thing, in the end not much is left over, and some shows I would do better by staying home and giving work away for free on a street corner. I'm cutting back a bunch."
Apr 30
Robert Wallis replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.
"Today I received emails from Talbot Street, Indianapolis, that the show is being cancelled this year. Refunds are being sent out.Crosby Gardens announced their date, one week after Talbot, is being cancelled, with possibility of rescheduling to an…"
Apr 17
Robert Wallis replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.
"I finished doing my taxes, and after doing the P&L for Schedule C, I'm realizing that in some cases I would be better off not doing some shows. Travel expenses, meals, and lodging are eating me alive. I'm shifting gears for the shows…"
Apr 2
Robert Wallis replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.
"Village at Winona just cancelled their June show."It is with tremendous sadness that we are now forced to cancel The Village at Winona Art Fair.  This would have been our 20th show in the year 2020, but due to new restrictions in our…"
Apr 1
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."
Mar 26
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

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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…


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At 11:38am on July 03, 2017, Connie Mettler gave Robert Wallis a gift
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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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