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Steph Mader
  • Female
  • Freeland, WA
  • United States
  • glass, metal, concrete
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Steph Mader's Discussions

Question about California taxes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Hoyt Sep 21, 2012. 3 Replies

There was a brief mention of California taxes on the Pacific Coast group a while back. My husband and I have a corporation in Washington State that includes my studio & his publishing biz. If I…Continue

What to do about a bad card...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Susan Thornton Nov 28, 2011. 18 Replies

In the past I haven't had any problems with getting bad cards, but this year is turning out kinda sucky. A couple weeks ago I sold $200 worth of art to a perfectly nice woman who was shopping with…Continue

East coast or midwest vs. west coast shows?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ruth Finkenbiner Jul 27, 2011. 1 Reply

The last couple weeks I've been pondering whether or not to travel long distances to shows next year. Something Connie said in Ruth's review of the Port Angeles Art Fair made me think - it was the…Continue

Looking for inexpensive pedestals

Started this discussion. Last reply by terry dukeman Jan 18, 2015. 25 Replies

I'm looking for collapsible pedestals for my outdoor booth. Does anyone have a good source, or patterns to make them? ThanksContinue


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Profile Information

Your Medium
glass, metal, concrete
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Art by The Bay, Stanwood WA
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Meeting the customer & talking about art, meeting other vendors and networking to improve everybody's business.
Best show ever and why
Bellevue Festival of the Arts - large show with educated buyers, extremely high quality vendors.
Worst show ever and why
No clinkers this year.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Someone talked about your site in an Etsy forum post.

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Seattle Best of the Northwest spring show

Posted on March 31, 2011 at 3:46pm 20 Comments

I did the Best of the NW spring show in Seattle last weekend. It's held in an old air base hangar on Lake Washington, which is a funky and very "Seattle" location. It's put on by the Northwest Arts Alliance, an artists' organization that's been promoting this show for quite a few years. They also put on a large holiday show in November. They are great folks, and they work hard to get the word out. There…


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At 3:13pm on November 28, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Steph Mader a gift
Thank you, Steph, for referring Janet Gadallah to Art Fair Insiders.
At 4:07pm on June 07, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Steph Mader a gift
Many thanks for your support, Steph!
At 2:14pm on January 11, 2011, Shane Reed said…
I started my photography business in 2008.  Shortly after starting my business I started shooting alphabet letters of architecture and other objects found in urban settings.  These letters can be used to spell words, or names to make contemporary art for you home.  This project took off, and became an overwhelming success.  I used the money from selling my alphabet letters to fund my photography business.  These letters are fantastic sellers and I’m thankfully too busy with my real passion to have time to sell them anymore.  So I’ve decided to sell the high resolution digital files for a fair price to the right person who is interested in making an abundance of extra income.  This idea will be unique to you, and if you're driven will make you lots of money.  The market is enormous!  If you’re interested and would like to discuss things further please contact me and please check out our alphabet photography click on “client” menu and enter the password “abc”.  We have b&w and color alphabets, and I’ve also custom created numerous word art pieces with quotes.  You’d receive everything with unlimited reproduction rights.  The letters can be put on anything you can think of or you can sell them just as letters to go in frames.  I always just sold them as letters for $5 per letter.  The profit margin is very high as it costs about 10-20 cents to print each letter and they sell for $5 each.  I look forward to hearing from you.
At 8:12am on January 3, 2011, Amy Perrier said…

Hi Steph,

Thanks for your reply. I really like how the frit painting looks; I'd love to see more of it.  It sounds like quite a process to create.  I paint in reverse in layers on the back of the windows, but there is no baking involved.  I'll put more paintings up soon, but we've got a house full of kids and grandkids here this week so there isn't much time.  Thanks again.

At 3:04pm on January 2, 2011, Amy Perrier said…

Hi Steph,

Welcome!  I looked at your website and you have some beautiful work!  I'm curious to know more about your frit painting.  What exactly is that?  I paint reverse glass and was drawn to the painting of the trees on your website.

Thanks, and again, Welcome!


At 1:12pm on December 20, 2010, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to, Steph.   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!

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Connie Mettler

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