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Sonja Jones
  • Gates Mills, OH
  • United States
  • Acrylic, watercolor
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Anyone have experience with the WITAN French Market in Akron, OH?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Christian Sep 7. 9 Replies

I received an invitation to apply to the 43rd WITAN French Market in Akron, OH.  It is a juried show, and includes fine art and crafts.  In searching this source for reviews, I couldn't find any, but…Continue

Tags: Market, French, WITAN

Levis Common Fine Arts Fair 2019 - Perrysburg, OH

Started Aug 19 0 Replies

Hi all.  Just finished showing at the Levis Common Fine Arts Fair in Perrysburg, OH.  The event is run by the Guild of Artists and Artitsans in Ann Arbor, MI.  As such, it strives to be artist…Continue

Tags: Art, Shows, Ohio, OH, Common

Chardon Square Arts Festival - Aug. 4, 2019

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Christian Aug 8. 2 Replies

I'm relatively new to showing, and had the opportunity to do either the Chardon Square Arts Festival in Chardon, OH or the Toledo Zoo Art Fair.  After posing the question of which to choose on our…Continue

Tags: Festival, Arts, Ohio, Chardon

Has anyone had experience with the Toledo Zoo "Wild About Art" show?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fletcher Dean Apr 11. 6 Replies

I was invited to the Toledo Zoo's Wild About Art show and another show in Chardon, Ohio on the same weekend.  I know what the Chardon show is all about, but wondered if anyone has had any experience…Continue

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Judy Christian replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Anyone have experience with the WITAN French Market in Akron, OH?
"Would be a good idea to find out the attendance, if you do please post it. Also what type of building. I'm on the other side of Akron in Kent, otherwise I'd look for you. Maybe the show has gone up a notch- larger building, larger booth…"
Sep 7
Sonja Jones replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Anyone have experience with the WITAN French Market in Akron, OH?
"Thanks for your info, Judy!  The show is going to be held at the St. George Fellowship Center - but I am not very familiar with Akron.  However, being from a suburb on the east side of Cleveland, it shouldn't be a very far commute.…"
Sep 6
Judy Christian replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Anyone have experience with the WITAN French Market in Akron, OH?
"The show was in a church on West Market Street, Akron OH. Some years later I heard on the radio that they had moved to another location, still in the same end of town. Where is the show located now? This is a nice area of town. Show was put on by a…"
Sep 6
Connie Mettler replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Anyone have experience with the WITAN French Market in Akron, OH?
"Yes, especially if you live close and can keep your expenses low."
Sep 6
Judy Christian replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Anyone have experience with the WITAN French Market in Akron, OH?
"I did this show so long ago, around 1990. If you don't get info I'll try to give some details later- busy. I would say apply if you do not have to get a hotel.  Spaces were small and I do not recall any art. Don't recall any…"
Sep 6
Sonja Jones replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Anyone have experience with the WITAN French Market in Akron, OH?
"I think they are looking for regional artist, Cindy, so as a fellow Ohioan, do please check it out!  I was contacted through my Etsy shop by their Artisan Committee.  With 43 years of putting on this event, they should have a good…"
Sep 6
Sonja Jones replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Anyone have experience with the WITAN French Market in Akron, OH?
"I think I will apply - if anything, it's in late February and will help break up the winter, lol.  "
Sep 6
Connie Mettler replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Anyone have experience with the WITAN French Market in Akron, OH?
"It sounds very interesting and if nothing else, Sonja, worth a trip to take a look to see if it is your demographic. "
Sep 6
Cindy Dubielak Yeager replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Anyone have experience with the WITAN French Market in Akron, OH?
"I do not but would be interested also. SE Ohio here."
Sep 6
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Anyone have experience with the WITAN French Market in Akron, OH?

I received an invitation to apply to the 43rd WITAN French Market in Akron, OH.  It is a juried show, and includes fine art and crafts.  In searching this source for reviews, I couldn't find any, but did notice that a call for entry was listed here two years ago.  If anyone has done this show, could you please share your experience with it?  I am a little leery of art and craft shows held in church halls, especially with booth fees of $ 250.  But I get the sense that this one is of a higher…See More
Sep 5
Sonja Jones replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion How to Communicate Better to Customers at Fairs
"Hi Kristy.  I’m also paint wildlife, and unfortunately, there’s no way around this.  Like you, I have clear labels and prices on everything.  I label each original painting individually with the painting’s title, the…"
Sep 4
Sonja Jones commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Des Moines Artist Sues for Copyright Infringement
"I guess that would depend on how noted of an artist I was, lol.  For me, myself, I wouldn't have asked for much - maybe $ 100 - $ 250 - certainly not $ 25,000.  But the artist in question might be much more in demand and well-known.…"
Aug 28
Sonja Jones replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion Things I learned from my First Outdoor Event
"Yes, Matt, I’ve had that same experience! Sold an original painting this summer that I wasn’t even going to put out. I have one particular print that I just sells over and over! Listen to comments as people pass by and see which prints…"
Aug 28
Sonja Jones replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion Things I learned from my First Outdoor Event
"I'm in my second year of outdoor showing, and still trying to figure out pricing.  Been told by other artists that my prices are "too low".  Yet if people aren't buying at that low price, not sure I can justify raising…"
Aug 28
Sonja Jones commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Des Moines Artist Sues for Copyright Infringement
"To Karen Cooper - all art, once created, is copyrighted.  You don't need to register it or file anything to have this protection.  Also, the reasoning presented by Hy-Vee's attorneys is flawed to me.  If I'm watching a…"
Aug 28
Sonja Jones commented on Nels johnson's blog post Woodland Park Art Festival, Lexington, KY.—Hot temps with hot Lowend sales
"Nels, do you think this is the trend everywhere?  I am rather new to showing, but at the seven or so shows I've done, this seems to be the dominant buying pattern.  Only at Boston Mills show in Penisula, OH did I see more expensive…"
Aug 22

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Your Medium
Acrylic, watercolor
Years in the Art Fair Business
1
First show ever
Gingerbread House Art and Craft Show was my first show of any kind. My first real art show, though, was Boston Mills.
What is your website?
http://sonja-jones.pixels.com
What are the best things about art fairs
Validation of my artwork.
Best show ever and why
Boston Mills was my best show to date, but I am just getting started. But this show was the largest venue I've showed in to date, and I was able to make a profit despite lousy weather.
Worst show ever and why
The Chagrin Falls Avant-garde show was my worst. The booth fee was high for me at the time, and I didn't sell a single item. Bad weather kept the crowd size down, but I don't know if I would've done better even so.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Discovered this site while surfing the web for advice on art fairs.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I love dachshunds.

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St. Louis Art Fair Mock Jury 2018

Posted on February 5, 2018 at 2:03pm 4 Comments

Hi All!

I recently participated in the St. Louis Mock Jury this past January.  Even though I was unable to attend in person, I participated through their webinar.  As a newbie, I found quite a few take-aways from this experience. Even though I didn't really have a booth shot to submit, the biggest tips for me were on my future booth shots.  Don't overcrowd your booth with too much artwork, make your displays look professional and inviting, don't have any signage or promotional banners…

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At 9:17am on November 11, 2017, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Sonja,

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  We're thrilled to make your acquaintance and hope you'll find the site to be informative, inspirational and fun!  Thanks for signing up and best of luck as you proceed.

At 8:48pm on November 20, 2017, Connie Mettler said…

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