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Cindy Welch commented on Troy Smith's blog post Top 10 Things Not to Say to an Artist or Craftsman
"#7 ... donating I have donated a few things, but they are never high priced (which is relative to what we do, right?).  Like everyone, I suppose, I get asked but don't always donate because it's not a good fit.  For example, a…"
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Richard L. Sherer commented on Troy Smith's blog post Top 10 Things Not to Say to an Artist or Craftsman
"#9:  Kids this guy's apprenticeship paid his way thru college and his kitchen table business enabled him to leave grad school with $$$$ in the bank. Follow your dreams kids. "
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Troy Smith commented on Troy Smith's blog post Top 10 Things Not to Say to an Artist or Craftsman
"David - These are so insightful and painful to read. The creative mind and those willing to commit blood, sweat, and tears to their creative passion can be a lonely path. I am just glad there are places for artists and craftsmen like "ArtFair…"
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David J Teter commented on Troy Smith's blog post Top 10 Things Not to Say to an Artist or Craftsman
"I have had number 7 'bestowed' upon me. A woman from legitimate money making business, an ice rink, had the nerve to ask me if I would paint a  8' x 30' mural in their room they rented out for birthday parties. I asked her…"
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Troy Smith commented on Troy Smith's blog post Top 10 Things Not to Say to an Artist or Craftsman
"Great suggestions Kaytee, these are some awesome suggestions to help all of us."
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Kaytee Sumida commented on Troy Smith's blog post Top 10 Things Not to Say to an Artist or Craftsman
"“How do you make this?” If you teach... this is the time to promote your classes. Otherwise, it's "storytime"-- how you search out the perfect materials, inspiring sceanery, set up your studio space and tools, and carve…"
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Troy Smith commented on Troy Smith's blog post Top 10 Things Not to Say to an Artist or Craftsman
"Thanks for your comments Sandra, we all need more comments like "I can't live without your art in my home."
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Sandra J. Atkins-Moran commented on Troy Smith's blog post Top 10 Things Not to Say to an Artist or Craftsman
"And we've all heard every one of these! Love it!"
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Larry Sohn commented on Troy Smith's blog post Why Shopping at Local Craft Fairs Matters
"To be a bit "devils advocate" ... Responses to your list of reasons: 1) Agreed 2) After doing this for a long time, are you sure it is love and NOT underpaid labor? How many hours for so little profit? 3) Corporation is made of people.…"
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Jacki Bilsborrow commented on Troy Smith's blog post Why Shopping at Local Craft Fairs Matters
"Cindy Welch, if the only good thing about Craft Fairs was keeping things out of landfills, that would be good enough for me.  I try very hard to find a new owner for things I don't want.   But, as we can see above, there are many…"
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Top 10 Things Not to Say to an Artist or Craftsman

Sometimes people, even well-meaning people, say just the wrong thing to artists and crafters, especially at shows and festivals. So we asked our Facebook followers to tell us the top things not to say to an artist or crafter, and we got some great responses!10 Things Not to Say to an Artist or Craftsman:“I’ll just get my friend to make me one of those.”“You…See More
Oct 28
S Brian Berkun commented on Troy Smith's blog post Art Fair Etiquette
"#9, Leave your dogs and small children at home, the dogs can be left alone, I guess the kids need to be with someone ;-)"
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5 years
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Clark County Fair
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http://https://www.actinsurance.com/
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The variety and creativity you get to experience.
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My former boss was a world-renown Anthoropolists/Archeologist Dr. Richard Hansen who found the cradle of the Maya civilization.

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Top 10 Things Not to Say to an Artist or Craftsman

Posted on October 28, 2019 at 3:30pm 9 Comments





Upset or stressed male artist

Sometimes people, even well-meaning people, say just the wrong thing to artists and crafters, especially at shows and festivals. So we asked our Facebook followers to tell us the top things not to say to an artist or crafter, and we got some great responses!

10 Things Not to Say to an Artist or…

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Why Shopping at Local Craft Fairs Matters

Posted on October 17, 2019 at 1:00pm 4 Comments

Woman making crafts

Here are a few reasons that craft fairs are so important to the crafters, the customers, and the community.

  1. Craft fairs save dying arts by giving leatherworkers, woodworkers, textile weavers, and other artisans a venue to show their wares.
  2. Crafts sold at craft fairs are made with love (not underpaid labor).
  3. By…
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Five Simple Rules to Help You Get Accepted to More Art Fairs

Posted on October 17, 2019 at 12:36pm 2 Comments

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Art fairs can be a great way for you to greet potential customers and to show off your work. Not all of these shows are the same, however. Some fairs allow any artist or crafter to get venue space, as long as they can pay the required fee. These fairs may also be more general and include everyone from painters, jewelers, and leathercrafters.…

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Art Fair Etiquette

Posted on October 14, 2019 at 4:31pm 11 Comments

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Fairs, festivals, shows, and other community arts and crafts events offer an ideal experience for everyone to see and learn more about art. However, as with many public events, there are a few common rules of etiquette that often get overlooked. As a result, the enriching experience of an art event is ruined for those who want to get the…

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At 9:36am on October 9, 2019, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Troy,

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  We're delighted to have you joining us here 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 move forward.

At 6:16pm on October 17, 2019, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Troy. 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.

Check out our code of conduct to understand the rules of the site.

Each of us is unique and has a gift to share that can help someone else. We all look forward to your sharing on ArtFairInsiders.com.

Best wishes, Connie Mettler

p.s. The best way to make this system easy to use is to click on the "Follow-Email me" link at the bottom of each Forum discussion that interests you. That way the system will email you automatically whenever anyone responds. It's a great time-saver.

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