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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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Roxanne Coffelt commented on Connie Mettler's blog post I Didn't get into that show again!
"Thanks for sharing this. I just applied."
Oct 3, 2018
Roxanne Coffelt commented on Nels johnson's blog post Our Ybor house—what happened here in the 1930s is the reason marijuana is illegal now
"WOW!!!! That is quite a story!  I always said, no one gets high and beats up their wife.  "
Jan 18, 2018
Roxanne Coffelt replied to Roxanne Coffelt's discussion Chesterton Art Fair
"Thanks Connie!  I didn't contact them this year.  It was a few years ago and I never tried to contact them again.  I think I will try to visit the show this year and see what I find out."
May 14, 2017
Connie Mettler replied to Roxanne Coffelt's discussion Chesterton Art Fair
"not sure why you haven't heard back from them, Roxanne. Here's what I know. They changed the location last year, made it smaller and pretty much went back to scratch. The result was good attendance, a reinvigorated event (this park is…"
Apr 28, 2017
Roxanne Coffelt posted a discussion

Chesterton Art Fair

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 before.  If that's the case, your chances of getting juried in would be slim, especially in a competitive category like jewelry.  I  wrote them an email to ask them if this was the case, and they never responded to my email.  So I have not applied.  I still am interested in doing it, but shows are a…See More
Apr 28, 2017
Roxanne Coffelt replied to Chris van atta's discussion Curious, Can You write off your RV for Taxes?
"The 14 days has to do with rentals. You can take mortgage interest on a 2nd home if it qualifies as a home -- ie has sleeping, cooking and bathroom facilities."
Apr 28, 2017
Roxanne Coffelt commented on Alan Anderson's blog post Outrageous application fees
"I refuse to pay $50 for jury fees. I'm not sure if I've paid $35. I might have. When they spend all of like 20 seconds looking at your photos, that's outrageous. I realize that they have to pay fees to Zapp, and maybe they pay jurors,…"
Apr 21, 2017
Roxanne Coffelt replied to Chris van atta's discussion Curious, Can You write off your RV for Taxes?
"Ha-ha!  This is probably not the best forum to ask this question.  But actually, I am a tax CPA.  You can, but the way you go about it will probably depend on how you use it.  If you use it mostly for shows, I would take the…"
Apr 21, 2017
Roxanne Coffelt commented on Oscar Matos Linares's blog post Arti Gras 2017 really, did I just got r...... by the show
"I don't think it's unreasonable to expect art fair promoters to make a reasonable effort to keep buy/sell out of their shows.  They are deciding what type of show they want.  If they want to have a buy/sell show, then I…"
Feb 22, 2017
Roxanne Coffelt commented on John T Baun's blog post Apples to apples
"Wouldn't it be nice if there was a place we could go to find out what kind of art an area likes?  Last year I did Butchertown in Louisville.  I researched it.  It was an up-an-coming area close to downtown, with people who had…"
Sep 14, 2016
Roxanne Coffelt commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Choosing the judges & passing out the prizes
"Barrie, last year I took second place in a juried show with no categories.  But that is certainly an exception rather than the norm.  I suspect most jewelry artists (and photographers) would agree.  Since you are neither a jewelry…"
Sep 13, 2016
Roxanne Coffelt commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Choosing the judges & passing out the prizes
"The fact that photographers and jewelers are looked down upon is exactly why they need to have categories if they are going to have awards.  If not, they should be giving us a discount on our booth fees because we are always the unwanted…"
Sep 13, 2016
Roxanne Coffelt commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Choosing the judges & passing out the prizes
"The photographer next door and I watched a judge walk past our booths once.  He didn't even look in.  I wrote in my survey that even though I know jewelry won't win, they should at least pretend like we have a chance.  If…"
Sep 7, 2016
Roxanne Coffelt commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Deconstructing an Art Fair Booth
"I got a nice handmade photo album to put pictures in.  I am going to use it for bridal jewelry, because I don't normally take any of that to shows because it's beaded jewelry.  But in case the subject comes up, I can have the…"
Aug 10, 2016
Roxanne Coffelt commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Deconstructing an Art Fair Booth
"I agree with the advice so far, though in some cases it could have been said slightly more tactfully.   The grid walls need to be in the tent, not outside. Perhaps a cloth hanging behind the grids could provide a background so the paintings…"
Aug 4, 2016
Roxanne Coffelt commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Three Rivers Art Show--Ft. Wayne, Indiana---Easy-Peezi
"I'm sure the letter photographs vex you just as much as flea market and resale jewelry vex me lol!"
Jul 14, 2016

Profile Information

Your Medium
jewelry
Years in the Art Fair Business
5
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?
http://www.shanghaitai.com
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 ArtFairInsiders.com? 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 4:09pm on November 28, 2011, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to ArtFairInsiders.com, Roxanne.   I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please add a photo of yourself and stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. We all look forward to your participation here. Also, visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!

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At 3:00pm on September 23, 2013, 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 10:07am on January 12, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Roxanne Coffelt a gift
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Thanks for being a Secret Santa, Roxanne. Happy new year!
At 11:33pm on June 15, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Roxanne Coffelt a gift
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Congrats on being awarded the Post of the Week Award - 6/15/2015.
At 6:55pm on June 25, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Roxanne Coffelt a gift
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