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Sandra Forrest
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • United States
  • mixed media
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Sandra Forrest replied to Kristen Nazzaro's discussion Business requirements for shows - please help!
"You need to have a tax resale number from your state. Some shows (most?) require that and have proof with you at the show. It's easy to make your company name official for that. Go to your city hall. You will then have to file sales and use tax…"
Jan 29
Sandra Forrest replied to Raoul Duke's discussion Virus vs Art show. Will they show up?
"I did a big Sugarloaf show in Edison, NJ over the weekend. It was too late to cancel. Disaster. Didn't even make the booth fee, which I usually do {first time doing this show, however}. Sparse attendance, but due to the virus? "
Mar 12, 2020
Sandra Forrest replied to Raoul Duke's discussion Virus vs Art show. Will they show up?
"I have a Sugarloaf show in Edison, New Jersey next weekend and I'm worried about it also. But too late to back out now!!!"
Mar 1, 2020
Sandra Forrest replied to Susan Hohman's discussion Tell me everything about Mesh panels.. good -bad???
"I have used Flourish mesh panels for years and many shows, indoors and out, with success. They are easy to hang and square. When I had a Flourish tent they were the sidewalls for hanging art. Now I have an EZ Up and I use them on free-standing…"
Mar 1, 2020

Profile Information

Your Medium
mixed media
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst: an Artrider show
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
talking to customers
Best show ever and why
Holiday Crafts at Morristown New Jersey).
Big sales!
Worst show ever and why
Several terrible shows, but the standout was two Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst shows (Tarrytown, New York). in both it just poured freezing rain in torrents. I was in a booth in a huge tent the second show and they had to close the show on the first of three days after 2 hours since rains was flooding the booths. Expensive disaster.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Another artist, can't remember who.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I originally showed only translucent glass mosaics, but have been evolving into ceramic boxes with mosaic and ceramic embellishments since they sell much faster than the mosaics and I can make the booth fee with them.

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At 6:00pm on February 7, 2018, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Sandra. We’re so glad you joined us. I hope you’ll find the site helpful and that you’ll share your ideas and experiences, ask questions and join the discussions. The site is only as good as the members make it. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike.

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Many topics have already been discussed. We suggest you try a search of your topic before you post your question. Click the SEARCH tab at the top of the page and “search” for your topic: tents, jury fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, the name of a show, etc. You might find that someone has already asked and answered your question.

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At 8:55am on February 5, 2018, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Sandra,

Welcome to AFI!  We're thrilled to meet you and hope you'll take some time to look around the site and make yourself at home.  Thank you for signing up and best wishes for continued success.


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