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Tina Hospers
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  • Damascus, OR
  • United States
  • Wood
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Art Expo New York '18 - Advice Requested

Started Mar 19, 2018 0 Replies

If there are any artists out there who have been through Art Expo NY (or any of the other large Art Expo venues) could you please contact me so that I might heavily pick your brain for advice,…Continue

Tags: Shows, AENY

Would Appreciate a Booth Review - Newbie!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tina Hospers Mar 2, 2018. 7 Replies

I have been gleaning everything I can from this site while trying to make deadlines in completing applications for our first year of submitting to shows.  We live in rain country and set up our booth…Continue

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Tina Hospers commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Podcast: On the Road Again, Where do you Sleep?
"Hi Bill - we are also in Oregon and have just outgrown our 5 x 8 NEW trailer (less than a year old) and bought a new Transit 250 - so, if you're interested in our Interstate Trailer, please contact me directly.  Haven't put it on the…"
May 21
Tina Hospers replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Where do you sleep?
"We have to do hotels and need a King bed or otherwise I'd go Airbnb (I ran one for awhile) but hardly any of them offer a King bed.  It's just what we are comfortable with - we like our space!  Definitely adds to our costs, and I…"
May 4
Tina Hospers replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Notification...
"This is currently a situation with several of our shows and it is extremely frustrating.  We are demanded to have our applications in on time or we won't be considered.  We PAY to have these juried and responded to by their stated…"
Mar 18
Tina Hospers commented on Sue Merritt's blog post Facebook Sales
"I'm a newbie, so take this with a grain of salt.  I work an average of 12 - 16 hrs per day, 7 days a week with my husband on our new endeavor (since late 2017).  We have a website, FB page, Instagram page, Pinterest and Etsy shop. We…"
Feb 20
Tina Hospers replied to Wendy Pobanz's discussion Hiring Set Up Help
"Can you share the Craigslist ad text that you use to get your helpers?  That would be really beneficial to me.  Thanks!"
Feb 9
Tina Hospers replied to Otis Harville's discussion Thinking about an Awning Upgrade - Thoughts!
"We started last year with an ABC Canopy and after dying in the heat took the recommendation to add an awning which for MANY shows brought blessed relief from the heat and we could sit just outside of the tent.  I know that awnings aren't…"
Feb 1
Tina Hospers replied to Wendy Pobanz's discussion Hiring Set Up Help
"I'm curious about liability with regards to these helpers?  We could use help with a forecasted 30+ shows (and some physical limitations on our part, though we muscle through - having a strong 18 year old would do wonders!).  But,…"
Jan 25
Tina Hospers replied to Steve Sawusch's discussion Scam Alert: Email regarding purchasing a list of attendees from a show
"Yup - "Me Too" - got one and ignored it.  All hackers/scammers should burn in hell (IMHO - for those who appreciate them). lol."
Dec 24, 2018
Tina Hospers commented on Reid Watts's blog post Airbnb
"Sorry for the typos in my post - I was typing too fast.  LOL."
Aug 28, 2018
Tina Hospers commented on Reid Watts's blog post Airbnb
"O.K. all - I must jump in here.  I AM an Airbnb Host at 100% 5 star reviews for my hosting and my property.  We were doing this as a part time venture while getting the art business started.  I have a luxury home and 7000 sq ft of…"
Aug 28, 2018
Tina Hospers replied to Bettie Grace Miner's discussion Rancho Mirage Art Affair or Master Craftsmen's Expo in La Quinta CA?
"I'm waitlisted for Master Craftsmen's Expo, so I'd also be very interested in hearing anyone's experience with this show.  Seems as though most of my waitlists do come through, but it is a LONG drive for me - would like to…"
Aug 14, 2018
Tina Hospers replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Whatcha doing this week, July 24-28, 2018?
"LOL - yes, Cindy, I am doubting my sanity at this point, but if it helps me lose weight, it will be worth it!  I figure I'm good for a year of this to figure out our path.  I love the concept of a permanent booth somewhere, but I have…"
Jul 25, 2018
Tina Hospers replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Whatcha doing this week, July 24-28, 2018?
"The idea of staying home and working on art / stock sounds amazing.  We are 2 days home from every show (every single weekend through Sept and then shows 2 times month thru Nov in 5 states) which just barely allows me the time to pay bills and…"
Jul 25, 2018
Tina Hospers replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Trailers 1 axle or 2 Decisions
"Same with us - we just bought this set up and hope that it works for us - car and trailer both new (to us) so that we can haul everything to shows.  Did not purchase trailer with brakes, but got all security measures.  it's a…"
May 21, 2018
Tina Hospers replied to C.C. Barton's discussion Cost of shipping work to galleries - any better ideas?
"This came at a good time that I'm looking for answers to, as well.  We received an order for several pieces for a gallery in NJ from our exhibition at AENY '18.  We live in OR and I just got the quote for shipping across the…"
May 14, 2018
Tina Hospers replied to steve mill's discussion Thanks & hit a sharp turn on way to first show.
"Agreed that you don't have to shell out big bucks on a new phone - I have an Iphone 6 in perfect condition that I'm currently selling for $200.  I upgraded recently.  There are plenty of smart phones that are used in perfect…"
May 2, 2018

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Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Street Fairs before graduating to our first juried art show: Art Expo NY '18 (deer in headlights!).
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
As a customer - seeing the variety of talent in the world. As a creator, watching the amazingly positive reactions to our work.
Best show ever and why
Bellevue Festival of the Arts was a game changer for us as newbie artists. Spectacular sales and responses to our work which really encouraged us. Now looking forward to being a part of BAM - the museum show!
Worst show ever and why
Art in Bloom, Medford. Total misrepresentation that it was an art show and was nothing more than a glorified street fair.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Luke @ Florish
What is one fun fact about yourself?
Love my cats and dogs - all rescues and therapy pets.

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At 9:28am on January 12, 2018, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Tina,

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  We're delighted 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 move forward.  Btw, my name is Christina but everyone calls me Tina, how about you?  Is Tina your given name?

At 6:45pm on January 12, 2018, Tina Hospers said…

Thank you so much, Tina!  So great to be here and to learn the ropes!

At 11:53pm on January 12, 2018, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Tina. 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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At 9:43am on January 15, 2018, Christina L. Towell said…


You're so welcome!  We're here for you, so take a good look around and make yourself "at home"!  Thanks again for signing up and best of luck to you both...

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