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Sonja Jones
  • Gates Mills, OH
  • United States
  • Acrylic, watercolor
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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

What's the rudest comments you've had towards your art?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Sohn Nov 17, 2019. 29 Replies

While photographing one of my paintings, I was having difficulty getting the true colors to come out.  So I posted my photo of the artwork to a photography forum, asking for suggestions on how to…Continue

Tags: rudeness

Anyone have experience with the WITAN French Market in Akron, OH?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Christian Sep 7, 2019. 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

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Sonja Jones replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
"I don't have a list, per se, but I have been doing art shows in Ohio for a couple years.  Boston Mills is in Peninsula, Oh, and they put on an excellent show.  Two weekends to chose from - last weekend of June or first weekend of…"
Jan 6
Sonja Jones replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Secret Santa Part II - 2019
"Yes!  And my adult son saw them, and loved them, too - so I’m sharing and giving him four! Which still leaves me four still!"
Dec 24, 2019
Sonja Jones replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Secret Santa Part II - 2019
Dec 23, 2019
Sonja Jones replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Secret Santa Part II - 2019
"I received my Bee-utiful gift from Cynthia Welch today! A set of eight marble coasters with an adorable bee and flower wreath design. Thank you so much, Cynthia!"
Dec 23, 2019
Sonja Jones replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Secret Santa Part II - 2019
"Oh thank you, Connie!"
Dec 14, 2019
Sonja Jones replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Secret Santa Part II - 2019
"Hi Connie, by looking at some of the messages on the name draw board, it seems quite a few of us don't have an address to send our gifts to!  Is there some way to send an email to all the participants reminding them that they need to put…"
Dec 13, 2019
Larry Berman replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Do you need all new jury photos each year you apply?
"There might be different jurors each year but sometimes the major shows share juror's names. Larry Berman"
Dec 9, 2019
Sonja Jones replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Do you need all new jury photos each year you apply?
"Thanks, Larry - that is a comforting thought.  I was worried that the jury might frown upon seeing the same images two years in a row.  I like the idea of replacing the weakest ones with something better, though, as I feel some of my newer…"
Dec 7, 2019
Larry Berman replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Do you need all new jury photos each year you apply?
"Some artist do. Some do every other year and some when they stop working. larry Berman "
Dec 7, 2019
Sonja Jones posted a discussion

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

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 accepted.  I won honorable mention in my category that time, so I will have a couple points added to my application score this time.But I haven't created a lot of new work in the medium I'm applying for, as I spent a lot of time working in another medium.  So can (or more importantly, should?) some…See More
Dec 7, 2019
Larry Berman replied to Sonja Jones's discussion What to do when you discover a copyright violation of your artwork?
"Good results. Larry Berman"
Dec 4, 2019
Sonja Jones replied to Sonja Jones's discussion What to do when you discover a copyright violation of your artwork?
"Further update!  The company actually responded to me via email, and we were able to negotiate a deal for them to purchase the rights to use my image on their product.  Was it a lot of money?  No...but I actually got paid (payment was…"
Dec 4, 2019
Judy Christian replied to Sonja Jones's discussion What to do when you discover a copyright violation of your artwork?
"It sounds like you are on this. My experience was in reverse, I posted a thread here on my experience. A company had etsy take down my work at their request. I hired an attorney because I was completely right but it was/is difficult to defend…"
Nov 26, 2019
Mark Zirinsky replied to Sonja Jones's discussion What to do when you discover a copyright violation of your artwork?
"An idea, you can follow the real estate thread, that is, since you have an address, who owns the building at that address? You can go to the county clerk and recorder, usually on line, search the property records and find out who owns that building.…"
Nov 25, 2019
Larry Berman replied to Sonja Jones's discussion What to do when you discover a copyright violation of your artwork?
"could be that they are paying for their name on a yearly basis and it automatically renews. That's how I set up the domain names I own. Larry Berman"
Nov 24, 2019
Sonja Jones replied to Sonja Jones's discussion What to do when you discover a copyright violation of your artwork?
"Thanks, Larry.  I gave it a try, but no phone number.  However, something else interesting shows up...their registration for the domain name expires on 12/4/19.  So I think they are probably a scam company all the way around.  I…"
Nov 24, 2019

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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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