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Ruth Finkenbiner
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Zapplication not online?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Little Jan 4, 2016. 2 Replies

Anyone else having issues getting to Zapp?  I'm getting a DNS error, tried on both laptops and a tablet.Continue

Frisco - Art in the Square - March

Started this discussion. Last reply by Margaret Aden Apr 1, 2015. 2 Replies

Any more recent feedback on this show?  I've searched the reviews and haven't found any feedback for the past 2 years and was wondering if this show has gotten any better.Continue

Taxing Internet Sales - aka The Market Place Fairness Act

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer May 1, 2013. 4 Replies

Anyone else concerned about this legislation that's making it's way through Congress?  Reporting taxes for all online sales?  For the last few years we've had 25-50 sales a year that are outside of…Continue

Returns - from a commission show

Started this discussion. Last reply by Annette Piper Mar 11, 2013. 4 Replies

Any experience in dealing with a return from a commission show that was a few months ago?  We had a patron buy a gift that she was sure her daughter would love.Daughter decided it wasn't her style…Continue


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Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Burien Art Walk
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Great sales to great people, meeting other artists.
Best show ever and why
RAGS - wearable art with great sales and really great artist support
Worst show ever and why
SeaTac International Festival, bad sales, trinket show that should never advertise for hand crafted art
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Website search
What is one fun fact about yourself?
We are now Full Time RV'ers, having purged most of our "stuff" and gone on the road with a much more simplistic lifestyle and are loving it!!

Latest Activity

Ruth Finkenbiner replied to Carolyn Adkins's discussion In search of Used LIGHT dome / Show off Canopy
"Sorry, just sold it."
May 23
Ruth Finkenbiner replied to Carolyn Adkins's discussion In search of Used LIGHT dome / Show off Canopy
May 19
Ruth Finkenbiner replied to Carolyn Adkins's discussion In search of Used LIGHT dome / Show off Canopy
"Hi Carolyn, we'd be happy to sell it for $200, I sent you a message. I don't know what shipping would be, right now it's in storage and we're 1200 miles away so I am not sure how to provide an estimate for weight / shipping costs."
May 19
Ruth Finkenbiner replied to Carolyn Adkins's discussion In search of Used LIGHT dome / Show off Canopy
"How far are you willing to travel? We have a Light Dome we're wanting to get rid of but we're in Seattle."
May 18
Ruth Finkenbiner replied to Ann R Alexander's discussion Tent decisions
"Quick question for those of you who have purchased from ABC Canopy, did you order direct from the company or through Amazon? It was cheaper to order from the company but I have received no shipping info, expected the tent last week and we're…"
Jul 1, 2019

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Cancelling a long running art show, due to lack of organizational skills!

Posted on July 15, 2016 at 12:25pm 4 Comments

So, I’m sure that’s not what the Choochokam Arts Foundation told the artists, they had varied explanations but it just comes down to the fact that this organization that has long lacked for planning skills, failed once again and this time the failure was big enough to cause a cancellation of an event that’s been running for 39 years, cancelling it when it was too late for artists to apply and make other plans for…


Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts - 2014

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 1:50pm 4 Comments

Here you go Connie, a short blog on Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts.

This was our second year participating and it truly felt like an entirely different show, different crowd, etc.  Last year we had a booth location that was close to the end of the show on a side street, plus we had to deal with the Pac 12 Championship Game on Saturday of the show and it seemed most of the attendees were not there for the art show, they were there for the game and didn’t want to buy anything…


Demise of a favorite show

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 6:15pm 4 Comments

Or maybe the title of this post should have been “Is this any way to treat your artists?”


It’s kind of sad, a wonderful little community show, in an absolutely perfect location on Whidbey Island, one of the most artistic communities in the Pacific Northwest.  The locals support this festival and they have great volunteer support.  Whidbey Island is very supportive of the arts, Langley is listed in John Villani’s “The 100 best Art Towns in America”. 


You know,…


Back in the Game - Started with a Double Header & our first AWARD!!

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 3:30pm 5 Comments

2014 has been off to a much different start than we ever expected.  After getting waitlisted for 2 January shows, rejected / waitlisted for our Feb shows it looked like our first show of the year was going to be in March in Albuquerque before we continued on to Texas.  Well, that all changed as we left Tucson AZ for Dallas TX in a hurry due to an impending death in our immediate family.  We ended up cancelling a few shows and rearranging our travel schedule.  So after a much longer break…


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At 12:21am on March 21, 2011, Connie Mettler said…

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At 2:22pm on June 08, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Ruth Finkenbiner a gift
Many thanks for the support, Ruth. Thanks for your many contributions to the site.
At 5:57pm on June 08, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Ruth Finkenbiner a gift
Thank you, Ruth, for referring Sylvia Swasey to Art Fair Insiders.
At 9:02pm on June 21, 2011, Annette Piper said…
Thanks Ruth - I've got the page open on my screen - I wanted to show it to hubby first so I could ask pertinent questions... but I should have acknowledged it earlier!!!  Thanks again.
At 11:57pm on July 24, 2011, steve appel said…
i was wondering why you want to be friends.    i do see you are on the west coast and hoping we can share info about  shows.    s
At 12:31am on July 25, 2011, steve appel said…
If i can  help i will,  I used to do calif shows about 15 years ago.   just got back into calif.   La Jalla was a decent show but if i lived where you did i would not drive to it.   It was one of the cleanest shows i have been to in awhile.   I would like to do it next year but depends if i get into Utah Arts Festival.  Have you considered Boise ID,  or Salem, The one good show in AZ i think is Tempe in dec.   I only  live 100 away but i used to do when i lived in S. Calif and it was a great show.   I do know a photographer who drives down from WA and he does real well.  What shows are you consider doing in Calif.   I heard bumbershoot is a decent show up where you are.
At 3:06pm on July 25, 2011, steve appel said…

 / June 2012 in Northern CA:

El Dorado Art & Wine Affair- do not know
Berryessa Art & Wine Festival- heard of it but do not know
Los Altos Art Festival- was terrible this year
Art on the Main
Mountain A La Carte & Art

Affaire in the Gardens- very hard to get into

Patterson Apricot Fiesta
Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival  i heard it was a good show
Novto Festival of Art, Wine and Music don't know
Hermosa Beach Art Walk-  i think it was after the memorial day show which was awful
Live Oak Park Fair hard to set up on a grassy hill
Danville Fine Arts Fair could be real hot  who is running it

Marin Arts Festival--  don't know    i think you have to be a resident of calif.

friend went to folklife and said arts and crafts were there.     i guess i could go next year but need to know who promoter is.


Any you think we should avoid at all costs or any you recommend?


At 2:21pm on August 17, 2011, Joe Clifton said…



Hi Ruth,

I just found a question that you asked me back in May.  Not sure how I missed it but here is the answer to this:

Hi Joe - was just searching for various shows and came across this thread. We live in the Seattle area and are considering longer road trips for 2012 in the spring and fall, tired of doing shows in rain.

Any input on shows in October including: Monrovia Celebrate the Arts, Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival or Campbell Oktoberfest? 

Pacific Fine Arts is not accepting any new jewelry artstis so that eliminates several potential shows for us.


BTW, I saw your comment that your summer home is in Vancouver WA, any good shows in that city?  I've never been able to find anything that looked promising.


There are three general shows that I can think of the Portland/Vancouver area:

Salem, Art in the Pearl, and Sandy Mountain Days.   Art in the Pearl is the toughest to get into with Salem being second.  Sandy is the easiest to get into and I did it for three years.  Set up and tear down can be a real bear.  It's in a mountain park in Sandy, Oregon, and booths are scattered along the one way road, and at various locations in the trees.  It's been about five years since I've done it and after I had to cart about a half mile to my rig I said no more.  Sales were ok but nothing great.  I spend early July in California and then Bellevue at Month's end.

Half Moon Bay is a good show but best to try and connect it with one of the other shows in that area.  Danville is a nice choice the weekend after but sales normally would be about Half Moon Bay, but I'm already there and spend great times with long-time artist friends.

Not sure anything about Monrovia or Campbell. 

This fall we'll be back in California.



At 12:05pm on November 21, 2011, Lucia Friedericy said…

Hi--it was so nice to meet you! Hope you were awake for your 6 a.m. meeting. We're flying home today to Pasadena and then off to the One of a Kind show in Chicago next week.

take care, Lucia

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