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Roxanne Coffelt
  • Warsaw, IN
  • United States
  • jewelry
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Chesterton Art Fair

Started this discussion. Last reply by Roxanne Coffelt May 14, 2017. 2 Replies

Has anyone done the Chesterton Art Fair in Chesterton, IN?  It is not far from me.  But a few years ago I was checking it out and got the impression that everyone was grandfathered in from the year…Continue

Tags: process, grandfathered, jury, Indiana, Art

A silly poll for creative people

Started this discussion. Last reply by Roxanne Coffelt Apr 9, 2016. 8 Replies

This is just silly, but I think this group is perfect for this.  For months I have been dreaming about toilets.  Today I googled it and have narrowed it down most likely a "need to create".  Which…Continue

Tags: to, create, need, toilets, artists

How not to run an art show

Started this discussion. Last reply by Roxanne Coffelt Aug 12, 2015. 14 Replies

I am so exasperated that I just had to share this.  This is the email that I just sent to a show director (who shall remain unnamed) regarding a show in Indiana:Hi [Redacted],I'm a little confused. …Continue

Tags: Indiana, disorganized, show, art

Butchertown, I want to love you, really I do, but....

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sandy Walker Jun 21, 2015. 7 Replies

This last weekend I did the Butchertown Art Fair in Louisville, KY.  I know I should always visit first, but I got rejected from the show I planned on doing and needed an alternative.  I did a little…Continue

Tags: Kentucky, Louisville, Fair, Art, Butchertown


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Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
The Maple Syrup Festival in Wakarusa, IN in 2005 or 2006. An outdoor craft show that turned out to have resale. All the vendors were new that year (no one returned). It was so cold and windy some tents were ruined and it started snowing. I sold one item in two days. (I actually came back the second day.)
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Customers appreciate the value of unique, handmade items as opposed to the mass produced things you can find at the store.
Best show ever and why
I've had several shows I was pleased with, especially in 2010, but nothing stands out. Still waiting for it I guess.
Worst show ever and why
No contest here: My 2nd or 3rd show, when I hadn't yet figured out to stay away from festivals. It was called "Valpo Fest" in Valparaiso, IN and they had a craft show. My jewelry was mostly pearls at the time, and very elegant. We traveled 1 1/2 hours to get there and found out it was a motorcycle show. I was stupid enough to come back for the 2nd day. Felt totally ridiculous with my pearls in the middle of all this black leather and Harley wear. There was also a Mary Kay lady who was in the same boat (they had resale there too.) Didn't sell a thing all weekend and doubt if I even passed out a business card. I was so relieved when it was over.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Art Fair Calendar
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I lived in Shanghai, China for two years.

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At 6:55pm on June 25, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Roxanne Coffelt a gift
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Great job, Roxanne. Just want you to know that we appreciate all of your helpful comments and information that you've been adding to AFI recently. Thank you! You make the site a "destination."
At 4:09pm on November 28, 2011, Connie Mettler said…
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