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S Brian Berkun
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S Brian Berkun replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
"Zapplication lists shows with due dates and the calendar feature keeps you up-to-date but there is no reviews of shows on their site. Also, Sunshine Artist Magazine has reviews of some shows and lists of due dates for applications."
Jan 6
S Brian Berkun replied to Jay Snively's discussion Subject Matter: How to Choose Images for Jury?
"Show a cohesive body of work. I was once at a "practice" jury which was very eye opening, both for my work and the work of others. One photographer had submitted a "mish-mash" of his work, a little of this and some of that. The…"
Dec 16, 2019
S Brian Berkun replied to Chris Fedderson's discussion Catoctin Colorfest 10/2019 - Good, Bad & Worse
"One year at the Rio Grande Festival Balloon Fest I was next to some guy demonstrating and selling fire starter sticks, no one saw me. However, which Balloon Fiesta show did you do? There are two shows one run on the grounds of the "Fiesta"…"
Nov 1, 2019
S Brian Berkun replied to Chris Fedderson's discussion Catoctin Colorfest 10/2019 - Good, Bad & Worse
"One year at the Rio Grande Festival Balloon Fest I was next to some guy demonstrating and selling fire starter sticks, no one saw me. However, which Balloon Fiesta show did you do? There are two shows one run on the grounds of the "Fiesta"…"
Nov 1, 2019
S Brian Berkun commented on Troy Smith's blog post Art Fair Etiquette
"#9, Leave your dogs and small children at home, the dogs can be left alone, I guess the kids need to be with someone ;-)"
Oct 28, 2019
Jeri Vitello commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Peoria Art Fair
"Great report Brian.  You hit all the major points.   Although I have done this show only twice (2018 and 2019) this year's sales were much different than last year's sales.  What was a 5K show for me in 2018 turned into…"
Oct 7, 2019
Connie Mettler commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Peoria Art Fair
"Sad to hear this report, Brian. I know artists who return again and again to participate, so someone is making money. It is a lovely setting but rain and tornado warnings exemplify why some artists won't even consider outdoor shows. The not…"
Oct 4, 2019
S Brian Berkun posted a blog post

Peoria Art Fair

First time exhibitor at this show. The weather was a big component to this years show. Setup was early Friday, starting at 7 AM, glad I got there early because by 10:34 it started to rain just as I had finished and was ready to leave. It rained throughout the day.Friday evening the show was to be open from 5 - 8 PM, at 7:45 the tornado warning siren went off closing the show for the night, which was pretty well finished anyway, too few people, too few sales.Saturday the show went from 10 - 5…See More
Oct 3, 2019
S Brian Berkun replied to Linnea Lahlum's discussion Having a logo stamp made to mark packaging?
"Here's another resource for yah....http://www.pepperdines.com/stamps"
Sep 11, 2019
S Brian Berkun replied to Ellen Kantro's discussion Lighting for indoor show
"Go to Home Depot or similar and buy cheap clamp on lamps or a long shop lamp, Costco or similar have LED shop lamps that give off a lot of light, one might be sufficient, test it beforehand!"
Sep 5, 2019
Ann Rutar commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post 18th Annual Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival, CO
"I also did this show as a first-timer and was invited early off the waitlist.   Traditional and modern sterling silver and semiprecious gemstone jewelry, prices 55-395.  My booth was on the upper level all the way in the back in a row of…"
Aug 7, 2019
S Brian Berkun commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post 18th Annual Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival, CO
"Hi Meg,  No, I don't have altitude problems as I live in Denver but out of towners frequently do . I'm considering returning, the promoters have two other shows, one of which I was wait listed for in August and would certainly do. I…"
Aug 7, 2019
S Brian Berkun commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post 18th Annual Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival, CO
"Hi Connie,  No, I don't have altitude problems but out of towners do frequently. I'm considering returning, the promoters have two other shows, one of which I was waitlisted for and would certainly do. I am a photographer but…"
Aug 7, 2019
Meg Mettler commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post 18th Annual Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival, CO
"Thank you, Brian, for the review. Did you personally have trouble with the altitude? Do you think you'll go back?"
Aug 7, 2019
Richard L. Sherer commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post 18th Annual Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival, CO
"I didn't do the show, but generally for most CO mountain shows you need  at least a day to adjust to the altitude or suffer "altitude sickness" with flu-like symptoms. Also, this is bear and other critter country. …"
Aug 5, 2019
S Brian Berkun posted a blog post

18th Annual Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival, CO

Breckenridge CO, Main Street Art Festival 8/1-3/2019First time exhibitor for this show. The show was held Thur-Sat as the Farmers Market had dibs on Sun. Weather was relatively good with occasional drizzle until Sat when it really rained for about 45 mins 2 hours before ending, this is a mountain show, rain happens!Sales were slow in coming, some artists doing well on Thur and not on Fri, vice versa for this artist. Saturday was slow in coming. Main street in Breckenridge was crawling with…See More
Aug 5, 2019
S Brian Berkun commented on Nancy Falco's blog post Any one take David Emmons Master Class ?
"It's not a one shot deal. I haven't even finished all the lessons he has as part of his marketing program and there are monthly online classes that go along with it. What I have implemented went along with having a better FB business page,…"
Jul 18, 2019
S Brian Berkun replied to Diana Augustine's discussion Battery Lighting for Dummies
Jul 8, 2019
S Brian Berkun commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Utah Arts Festival 2019 Edition
"Attendance was good Live about 9 hours from SLC Applied for the show every year since the first time, only just got in again this year! Maybe go back next year if invited Overall quality was medium there were certainly some gems and as stated above…"
Jun 26, 2019
Connie Mettler commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Utah Arts Festival 2019 Edition
"Thank you, Brian. Its great to get a review from you again. I know this is a very popular event and well-loved by the local community. Good attendance? How far do you live from Salt Lake City? What made you give it another try? What do you think…"
Jun 26, 2019

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Your Medium
Photography
Years in the Art Fair Business
32
First show ever
Pearl Street Fair, Denver. It was 1982 (I think?) Colorado was in one of its bust cycles in the oil industry and at $35 for an 8 x 10 framed print I couldn't giv'm away!
What is your website?
http://sbrianberkun.zenfolio.com
What are the best things about art fairs
Being with other creative individuals.
Best show ever and why
Park City Utah 2006, great enthusiasm for my work which was expressed in purchases and compliments!
Worst show ever and why
Breckenridge, CO (year?) Memorial Day weekend show, it rained, it snowed, it was miserably cold, there may have been 12 people who came to look at the show in a big parking lot. Had to load out with everything wet. Yet, there was one other photographer who praised my work and suggested I raise my prices! ;-)
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Steve Appel

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Peoria Art Fair

Posted on October 3, 2019 at 11:00am 2 Comments

First time exhibitor at this show. The weather was a big component to this years show. Setup was early Friday, starting at 7 AM, glad I got there early because by 10:34 it started to rain just as I had finished and was ready to leave. It rained throughout the day.

  • Friday evening the show was to be open from 5 - 8 PM, at 7:45 the tornado warning siren went off closing the show for the night, which was pretty well finished anyway, too few people, too few sales.
  • Saturday…
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18th Annual Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival, CO

Posted on August 5, 2019 at 6:53pm 4 Comments

Breckenridge CO, Main Street Art Festival 8/1-3/2019

First time exhibitor for this show. The show was held Thur-Sat as the Farmers Market had dibs on Sun. Weather was relatively good with occasional drizzle until Sat when it really rained for about 45 mins 2 hours before ending, this is a mountain show, rain happens!

Sales were slow in coming, some artists doing well on Thur and not on Fri, vice versa for this artist. Saturday was slow in coming. Main street in Breckenridge…

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Utah Arts Festival 2019 Edition

Posted on June 25, 2019 at 5:08pm 2 Comments

This was the second time I had done the show, the first was about 12 years ago with a different body of work.

This four day show, which starts on a Thurs, with longish hours (12 noon to 11 PM) is not as bad as it sounds as the late start each day is not as tiring as the usual 9 or 10 AM start time.

Work was variable good quality although there were some rubber swords and funny walking animals near the kids area.

Relatively easy load-in with staggered times and good…

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Mainstreet to the Rockies Downtown Frisco Art Festival, an HA event

Posted on August 13, 2018 at 5:30pm 1 Comment

This was the first time experience for this artist in Frisco, did an HA event in Redstone, UT years ago billed as Park City, UT a bait and switch?

All spaces were marked for the early (5AM) load in time. Load in was remarkably not chaotic as was load out, everyone behaved themselves. Minimal presence of staff with fewer instructions at the time of load-in, most instructions were given via their website or online way ahead of the show.

It has been years since I've done a…

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It was OK in OKC, The Paseo Arts Festival

Posted on June 4, 2018 at 6:49pm 0 Comments

First time at this show. People were very engaged, enthusiastic and appreciative of the art and artists. They asked meaningful questions and showed a lot of interest. That interest translated into sales. Although some sales were out of the bin (they chose the largest of my matted pieces) many sales came off of the walls! It has been a long time since I was at a show that paid off as this one did.

It should be noted that for many years, there has been a "scab" show adjacent to this…

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At 10:03pm on July 23, 2012, Connie Mettler gave S Brian Berkun a gift
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Congrats on winning the Blog post of the week award - 7/23/12.
At 1:29pm on August 20, 2012, Connie Mettler gave S Brian Berkun a gift
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Thank you, Brian, for referring Ann Troth to Art Fair Insiders.
At 9:15pm on March 18, 2013, Connie Mettler gave S Brian Berkun a gift
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Congrats Brian on your Post of the Week Award - 3/18/13.
At 6:15pm on May 15, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow said…

Thank you for your review at ww.artshowreviews.com.  We really appreciate all your help.

At 5:56pm on June 03, 2013, Connie Mettler gave S Brian Berkun a gift
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Congrats on winning the Post of the Week Award - 6/3/2013.
At 10:15pm on June 05, 2013, Connie Mettler gave S Brian Berkun a gift
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Brian, thanks so much for all your support. It is appreciated!
At 10:47pm on September 15, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow gave S Brian Berkun a gift
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Thank you Brian for your review on the Colordao ArtFest at Castle Rock. We really appreciate all your help.
At 9:50pm on December 09, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow gave S Brian Berkun a gift
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Thank you Brian for your review of the Tempe Festival of the Arts. We appreciate your help in getting more Southwest show reviews for our West Coast members.
At 9:45pm on May 04, 2014, Jacki Bilsborrow gave S Brian Berkun a gift
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Thank you, Brian, for your review of the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts. We appreciate all your help.
At 9:53pm on May 29, 2014, Jacki Bilsborrow gave S Brian Berkun a gift
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Thank you, Brian, for your review of the Estes Park Art Market. We are so thankful to have AFI members like you.

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