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Sonja Jones
  • Gates Mills, OH
  • United States
  • Acrylic, watercolor
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Anyone have experience with the Toledo Fine Arts Fair?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sonja Jones Jun 6, 2020. 2 Replies

I am contemplating applying to the Toledo Fine Arts Fair for this November, held in the Seagate Center.  Has anyone had any experience with this show that they can share?  I can't seem to find any…Continue

Tags: Arts, Fine, Toledo

Follow Up On My Witan French Market Experience - Gotta kick myself again

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sonja Jones Mar 6, 2020. 7 Replies

Back in September, I was looking for anyone with experience at the Witan French Market show in Akron, OH.  A representative from the Witan charity organization (Woman In Touch With Akron's Needs) had…Continue

Tags: market, French, witan

Do you need all new jury photos each year you apply?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Berman Dec 9, 2019. 3 Replies

I'm getting ready to apply again for a show I've done the last two years.  Each year, I've used different photos to apply.  Was waitlisted first year, but got in off the waitlist.  Second year I was…Continue

What to do when you discover a copyright violation of your artwork?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Berman Dec 4, 2019. 14 Replies

I own a dachshund, and I just love anything with a dachshund on it.  So imagine my surprise when I look at my Facebook feed, and there is an advertisement for a blanket featuring dachshund art.  But…Continue

Tags: infringement, copyright

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Sonja Jones replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Starting to move prices up... what "things" can help support that?
"You don't mention it above, but are you using 1.5" edge gallery wrapped canvas?  People expect to pay more when the canvas is more professional looking.  And I agree with Larry about painting the edges a signature color.…"
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Sonja Jones replied to Kristen Nazzaro's discussion Business requirements for shows - please help!
"In Ohio, you can register for a vendor license under your own name, you don’t need a business name. This allows you to collect sales tax and participate in shows. But registering for a business name isn’t expensive or difficult."
Jan 29
Sonja Jones commented on Carol J Carey's blog post Spam
"I think a lot of scammers and spammers are smelling blood in the water now that us artist are more reliant on our websites and virtual means of selling.  I have noticed an uptick in spam from some of my art related portfolio sites, and I was…"
Jan 27
Sonja Jones commented on Shelly Christine Ristow's blog post My personal experience with Etsy
"I have been using Etsy now for just over five years.  I started out with just pet portraits, hence the shop's name "The Pup Artist".  Business has slowly increased over time, and while a get a lot of commissions, I also sell…"
Jan 19
Sonja Jones replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Secret Santa, Part II - 2020
"Many thanks to Leslie Turner for her beautiful glass work gifts!  I collect Christmas ornaments, so the little glass angel is a welcome addition!  And how did she know I have three daughters with pierced ears, haha; now the only fighting…"
Jan 6
Sonja Jones replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Virtual Art Fair platforms
"I participated in the Michigan Holiday virtual art fair put on by Mark at Integrity shows.  I only had one sale, but there was no fee to enter and the shop I set up on the platform used - Eventeny - will be available to use for future virtual…"
Dec 28, 2020
Sonja Jones replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Secret Santa, Part II - 2020
"Got my secret Santa gift out early, and received tracking info that it’s been delivered! Hope they like it! Might be waiting awhile for my own to arrive - the Cleveland area USPS is terribly behind between the regular flood of Christmas mail…"
Dec 21, 2020
Sonja Jones replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Anyone have experience with the Toledo Fine Arts Fair?
"Thanks, Connie.  I thought it was relatively new, but didn't realize it was that new! "
Jun 6, 2020
Connie Mettler replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Anyone have experience with the Toledo Fine Arts Fair?
"Sonja, it is a brand new show, that's why there are no reviews"
Jun 5, 2020
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Anyone have experience with the Toledo Fine Arts Fair?

I am contemplating applying to the Toledo Fine Arts Fair for this November, held in the Seagate Center.  Has anyone had any experience with this show that they can share?  I can't seem to find any reviews on it.  See More
Jun 4, 2020
Sonja Jones commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Next Podcast: Etsy? Is it a Fit for Your Art?
"I wasn't able to join the podcast, but I've had an Etsy shop since 2015.  I'm a watercolor and acrylic artist, and I offer both originals and prints off my Etsy site, as well as custom commissioned paintings.  My sales had…"
Jun 4, 2020
Sonja Jones replied to Chris Umhoefer's discussion Does anyone make significant sales online, and if so, how and where?
"I am a watercolor and acrylic artist, and I've had some limited success selling through Etsy.  But sales for the year are only equal to one really good show.  And most of what sells from my Etsy shop are request for custom…"
Apr 2, 2020
Sonja Jones commented on Reid Watts's blog post Are any art fairs still being held?
"Yeah, I don't know about any current shows actually going on, but one I'm scheduled for at the end of June, the Boston Mills show in Peninsula, OH, is taking a wait and see stance.  If the show ends up getting cancelled, artist can…"
Mar 27, 2020
Sonja Jones replied to Judy Christian's discussion Elephant in the Room- Thoughts?
"I have very mixed feelings on the approach our country is taking.  Both myself and my husband (and my mom!) are in the age groups that risk a more severe case if we get coronavirus.  But my husband works in healthcare, and is actually at…"
Mar 19, 2020
Sonja Jones replied to Joe Lacy's discussion Slipcovers for mesh panels?
"Hi Joe.  I have the Flourish white mesh panels.  Flourish makes covers for the white mesh, and I am actually looking at buying some now.  You can request a sample of their colors and fabrics, and they will give you a quote for…"
Mar 7, 2020

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Your Medium
Acrylic, watercolor
Years in the Art Fair Business
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?
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 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 8:48pm on November 20, 2017, Connie Mettler said…

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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.


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