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Sonja Jones
  • Gates Mills, OH
  • United States
  • Acrylic, watercolor
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How to handle change in style and mediums in jury images

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sonja Jones Sep 20. 4 Replies

Up to now, I have painted mostly in watercolors and in a more "realistic" style.  But recently I have been experimenting with a more abstract style in acrylics, painting similar subject matter, but…Continue

Tags: change, style

Boston Mills Artfest 2018 from a newbie perspective

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christina L. Towell Jul 11. 5 Replies

While I was initially rejected from the Boston Mills show, I received a call off the waitlist the day of the show!  I wasn't really surprised by my initial rejection, as my booth shot for the…Continue

Looking for critique of my booth shot

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sonja Jones Jun 23. 9 Replies

Hi All,  I have yet to qualify for a "real" art show - have only done arts and crafts type venues.  I just bought a tent last year, and now am trying to improve my booth shot.  I read all of Larry's…Continue

Tags: critique, shot, booth

Does size matter? (with regard to artwork!!!)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sonja Jones Jun 6. 6 Replies

I am a newer artist, just trying to get into some mid-level art shows this year.  I've been researching how to improve my booth shots by looking at other artists' examples, and one thing that struck…Continue

Tags: size, artwork

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Sonja Jones replied to Edgar Williams's discussion Trying to get accepted to my first show...
"I’m not familiar with the Showoff brand, but Flourish has two styles.  The white is a mesh that you hang “s” hooks through on either side.  The Black has the mesh with the “s” hooks on the inside; but to hang…"
Dec 3
Sonja Jones replied to Edgar Williams's discussion Trying to get accepted to my first show...
"I asked a similar question before purchasing my Flourish mesh walls.  I have the white mesh, and they are super easy to set up, very durable, and can hold artwork on either side (so I can display artwork on the outside walls of my tent, as well…"
Dec 3
Sonja Jones replied to Edgar Williams's discussion Trying to get accepted to my first show...
"Hi Edgar, I started showing only two years ago. I began at small local arts and crafts fairs with just a table space indoors. It wasn't the right venue for my work, but it gave me experience dealing with how to set up, what I needed to…"
Dec 3
Sonja Jones replied to Hal Moran's discussion A few thoughts from a part timer
"Love your positivity, Hal!  I'm just starting out, and only seem to hear negative stuff from more seasoned artist concerning showing.  I also have the EZ up tent with the Flourish mesh walls - it certainly does make set up easy, but I…"
Nov 10
Sonja Jones commented on Connie Mettler's blog post How You Get to be Chosen to be in the Cherry Creek Arts Festival
"I just participated in the Colorado Arts Image Review presented by the Cherry Creek Art Festival.  I wasn't able to physically attend, unfortunately, but I received written feedback on the images and booth shot I submitted.  The…"
Nov 10
Sonja Jones commented on Connie Mettler's blog post I Didn't get into that show again!
"I also applied, but as an out of state artist who cannot attend!  Thanks so much for posting!"
Oct 6
Sonja Jones replied to Sonja Jones's discussion How to handle change in style and mediums in jury images
"Thanks, Chris.  Yeah, I might just try that.  Then, if both styles get accepted, I also have a choice of which I prefer to show.  Hopefully, at least one style will make the cut!"
Sep 20
Sonja Jones replied to Sonja Jones's discussion How to handle change in style and mediums in jury images
"Thanks, Raoul.  I'm pretty new to the whole process, and I did a mock jury this year where they really stressed consistency across your work; but maybe I'm just overly concerned.  "
Sep 20
Raoul Duke replied to Sonja Jones's discussion How to handle change in style and mediums in jury images
"Hi, Sonja. I also paint, as well as draw.  When it comes to juries, I send them a couple of each type and style and, except for one show, I'm usually accepted.  but here's the rub, I'm finding more and more juries that seem…"
Sep 20
Chris Fedderson replied to Sonja Jones's discussion How to handle change in style and mediums in jury images
"Hello Sonja, I am not a painter so honestly, when I first looked at your 3 images and didn't see a difference in style/medium, (but of course a jury would).  Point is, they are -- to a layperson's eye -- similar.  Some might…"
Sep 19
Sonja Jones posted a discussion

How to handle change in style and mediums in jury images

Up to now, I have painted mostly in watercolors and in a more "realistic" style.  But recently I have been experimenting with a more abstract style in acrylics, painting similar subject matter, but using much bolder colors.  I realize juries look for consistency across works, but I'd really like to show both styles and mediums.  Should I try to jury in using both styles, or do you think this is too risky?  Is there anyone out there who has been successful in doing something similar?  I've…See More
Sep 18
Sonja Jones replied to Chris van atta's discussion Booth Photo Review Please | Which photo is better?
"I'm by no means any expert on this, Chris, as a newer artist myself...but I think the bottom photo with the bin at an angle is more pleasing.  Also, maybe you should rework the placement of the art on the right hand wall of the…"
Aug 31
Sonja Jones replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Whatcha doing this weekend, August 3-5, 2018?
"Sounds like a busy weekend for you, Cindy!  It's always tough when a great supplier suddenly leaves - never seems to be good alternatives to take their place.  I just finished up a watercolor for a show I'm doing Sunday.…"
Aug 3
Sonja Jones replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion Thoughts On My Very First Art Fair
"Hi Kristy,  I had to laugh reading your review - I am also new to this, and it sounded like almost everyone of the few shows I have done so far!  Lots of compliments, kids love my animal paintings, the weather is either too hot, too wet,…"
Jul 18
Christina L. Towell replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Boston Mills Artfest 2018 from a newbie perspective
"Oh, interesting!  Thanks for your response and a terrific recap of this show, especially from a newbie's point of view."
Jul 11
Sonja Jones replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Boston Mills Artfest 2018 from a newbie perspective
"Thanks, Christina! Boston Mills is at the Brandywine Ski Resort, located in the Cuyahoga National Park between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Was just a half hour’s drive south for me from my east side surburban Cleveland home. It’s in a…"
Jul 9

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Your Medium
Acrylic, watercolor
Years in the Art Fair Business
1
First show ever
Gingerbread House Art and Craft Show
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
So far, the second time I did the Gingerbread House Art and Craft show. After a year of showing, I learned a bit about shows and marketing, and I had my highest sales to date.
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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