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Susan Callaway
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Susan Callaway replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion What's the worst comment you've ever received at a show?
"I love that lol! I always try to casually start talking about my concept and techniques to let them know, it ain't about the equipment, it's about the artist's vision. In the end, I am always flattered they stopped to look, no matter…"
Aug 21
Susan Callaway replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion What's the worst comment you've ever received at a show?
"Larry, you are spot on. I get more questions at shows from other photographers trying to learn my technique than any other type of question. And I am glad to share, because you can never have enough experiences where you share your knowledge, learn…"
Aug 21
Susan Callaway replied to Veronica e Raj's discussion First Outdoor Fair - Supply Checklist
"Once you are accepted into the show, the organizers will send you incredibly detailed instructions on all the tax stuff and lots of things you never thought about. There may be others with different experiences, but I have never been in a show that…"
Aug 19
Susan Callaway replied to Veronica e Raj's discussion First Outdoor Fair - Supply Checklist
"I prefer to keep the cash on me, that way it isn't in a cash box that can wander away, but also it is more accessible for me, particularly when the booth is full of people milling around. I found that a travel pouch that I can hang around…"
Aug 19
Susan Callaway replied to Veronica e Raj's discussion First Outdoor Fair - Supply Checklist
"Hi! I am guessing from your post that you do jewelry, so make sure you do have a few gift boxes just in case, but bags seem to do it for most people.  I usually take at least $100 in 5s and 1s, I don't worry too much about small change, it…"
Aug 19
Susan Callaway replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion Need help with my first show!
"Sounds like you have all the basics. The idea of multiple postcards in an bag is good. And as I said, culling those duplicate subjects isn't easy and sometimes you just have to point to one and go with it. I know about that setting up cost, and…"
Jul 3
Susan Callaway replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion Need help with my first show!
"Hi, Matt,  Another photographer here, in my fourth year of doing shows, and still having questions myself! I have found is that variety is good, and there is no hard and fast rule as to what to take and before every show I do the same sort of…"
Jul 3
Susan Callaway replied to Adam Scales's discussion A reasonably-priced storage system?
"I went with metal shelves in my art room, AmazonBasics five shelf unit was about 50 dollars. I save all my boxes that my prints are shipped in, and use them to store several pictures in each and then stack them on the shelves. Wrapping them in…"
Jul 1
Susan Callaway replied to Sarah Schoenfeld's discussion Brutal feedback, please?
"Hi! I'm in my third year of doing shows and made a lot of the same mistakes mentioned by others that I see in your booth. I wanted to offer a few things that I found helped when my budget was basically two pennies rubbed together and a lot of…"
Jul 1
Susan Callaway replied to Derek Voigt's discussion Growing social media following at shows
"Even with the best efforts, don't expect that everyone that you talk to will put you as their priority when they get home. Social media is a great way to have quick places to show your work, but it is so swamped with every kind of gimmick that…"
May 16
Connie Mettler left a comment for Susan Callaway
"Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Susan. We’re so glad you joined us. I hope you’ll find the site helpful and that you’ll share your ideas and experiences, ask questions and join the discussions. The site is only as good as the members…"
Apr 17
Susan Callaway replied to Ted Martin's discussion Booth to crowded?
"Stick to one table and hang your work on the walls. Try for a more 'gallery' approach. If you are using six foot tables, they are going to eat up the space inside the booth quickly, once you get people trying to stop and look at each item…"
Apr 15
Christina L. Towell left a comment for Susan Callaway
"Hi Susan, Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  We're delighted to have you joining our community of artists and artisans and hope you'll find the site informative, inspirational and fun!  Thanks so much for subscribing to the…"
Apr 12

Profile Information

Your Medium
Photography
Years in the Art Fair Business
3
First show ever
Arts in the Heart of Augusta, 2017
What is your website?
http://www.chameleonsviewart.com
What are the best things about art fairs
Being able to share my work with others. Meeting other artists.
Best show ever and why
Historic Pendleton Spring Festival 2019. Sales were great, close to home, great friendly crowd
Worst show ever and why
St. Augustine Art and Craft Festival, 2017. Sales were terrible, location was in the middle of the tourist area and no locals attended due to holiday tourist crowd and high cost of parking. Tourists were looking for cheap entertainment and were not buying.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Found doing online search
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I love to play Pokemon Go with my grandsons.

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At 9:13am on April 12, 2019, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Susan,

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  We're delighted to have you joining our community of artists and artisans and hope you'll find the site informative, inspirational and fun!  Thanks so much for subscribing to the newsletter and best of luck as you proceed.

At 11:44pm on April 17, 2019, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Susan. We’re so glad you joined us. I hope you’ll find the site helpful and that you’ll share your ideas and experiences, ask questions and join the discussions. The site is only as good as the members make it. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike.

Please stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself. Then read the "Getting Started" for tips to make the site easier to navigate.

Many topics have already been discussed. We suggest you try a search of your topic before you post your question. Click the SEARCH tab at the top of the page and “search” for your topic: tents, jury fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, the name of a show, etc. You might find that someone has already asked and answered your question.

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