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Sandy Walker
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  • Orlando, FL
  • United States
  • jewelry
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Want to buy tent

Started Jan 22 0 Replies

Greetings! I am looking to purchase a good quality used 10 x 10 display tent for 2021 show season. Would consider Light Dome, Craft Hut, ShowOff. Indianapolis area.

Jury images for mixed media

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Berman Mar 19, 2019. 5 Replies

   I have been in the art show business for over 30 years in the category of jewelry. This year I decided to prepare a body of work that will be in the category of mixed media. I am spending this…Continue

Success in the Most Unlikely Place

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cindy Welch Mar 21, 2018. 5 Replies

  Which show was it for you that looked like it would be disastrous, yet it turned into one of the best shows ever? For me it was the Lake Eustis Fine Art Show in Eustis Florida. I had taken a one…Continue

What do you expect?

Started this discussion. Last reply by DORI SMITH Jan 18, 2018. 6 Replies

        Years ago when I was new to the art show circuit,  there was a local arts and crafts show in which I participated.  All set up and waiting for the inevitable crowds of customers to come,  I…Continue


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Want to buy tent

Greetings! I am looking to purchase a good quality used 10 x 10 display tent for 2021 show season. Would consider Light Dome, Craft Hut, ShowOff. Indianapolis area.
Jan 22
Sandy Walker replied to Randy Johnson's discussion (2) Showoff Canopy Professional Art Tents & Display Panels - Vendor Booth
"Hi Randy, Do you still have these for sale? Thanks, Sandy Walker"
Jan 8
Sandy Walker commented on John Leben's blog post What Will Art Fairs be Like After the Pandemic?
"   This is a question we are all asking. I have spent the last year and a half developing a body of work in a different category, mixed media collage, in addition to my usual category of jewelry. After squirreling away in my studio for…"
Apr 27, 2020

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Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Broad Ripple Art Fair, Indianapolis
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
being able to show and sell my work for cold hard cash
Best show ever and why
Deland Fall Festival of the Arts- great show, well run, and I not only had great sales, but I won an award and made two large wholesale sales to a local boutique
Worst show ever and why
Save the Mayport Ferry Festival. It was not an art show, it was a few random vendors set up in a dirt field in intense heat one day, and heavy rain the next.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
I read a blog by Nels Johnson from Dec. 2009

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What do you do after season?

Posted on December 2, 2016 at 11:01pm 4 Comments

It took me a few long cold winters to get used to life in the Midwest, after living in Florida and doing the show circuit there for 25 years. In the south, shows start up in September and wind down in April, and by then it's too hot. In the north, it’s just the opposite: May to October, and after that it's too dang cold.

I know there are road gypsies out there that can pull off the year-round art show circuit, and I tip my hat to them. As for me and my house, I am glad to have my in…


The Making of a Show Piece

Posted on September 9, 2016 at 12:59pm 3 Comments

     Somewhere along the line (right here on AFI!) I learned that jury images need to show a constistency. The pieces need to look like they are all from the same DNA, so to speak. Ever since hearing that, I have had a concern that my jury images are too dissimilar, and that someday I should make them more cohesive. 

So this month, “someday” arrived. I designed and built new statement pieces that are similar to another jury image. In the process of designing, I…


Can't wait to get back in the studio

Posted on July 24, 2016 at 10:54am 2 Comments

I thought you might be interested in something I recently posted on my blog. Please share your thoughts!

Fish Bowl vs. Privacy and why do we shows

Posted on May 11, 2016 at 8:00pm 9 Comments

"The thing I remember best about successful people I've met all through the years is their obvious delight in what they're doing......and it seems to have very little to do with worldly success. They just love what they’re doing, and they love it in front of other people" Fred Rogers

So why do you do shows? Is it about loving what…


Comment Wall (4 comments)

At 12:07am on August 26, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to, Sandy. 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 to your profile 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!

Best wishes,
Connie Mettler

p.s. The best way to make this system easy to use is to click on the "Follow-Email me" link at the bottom of each Forum discussion that interests you. That way the system will email you automatically whenever anyone responds. It's a great time-saver.
At 9:24pm on March 23, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Sandy Walker a gift
Congrats Sandy for being awarded the Post of the Week - 3/23/2015
At 4:50pm on April 23, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Sandy Walker a gift
Congratulations, Sandy. Your post about attending the Jury in Indianapolis won "post of the month" for March. Thank you so much for this great post and for telling the story. Over 2000 people read it!
At 9:09am on July 20, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Sandy Walker a gift
Thank you so much, Sandy, for your post about "why do I bother." You've said it so correctly, a conversation that is important to artists who continuously reconsider the career choice.

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