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Mark Zirinsky commented on Troy Smith's blog post Free Publicity? When Compensation Doesn't Mean Money
"Richard, great idea about using the donated pieces as the cost of advertising, I will see if that will fly with my CPA. "
Mar 9
Troy Smith commented on Troy Smith's blog post Free Publicity? When Compensation Doesn't Mean Money
"Well said Chris, we are worth exactly what we charge."
Mar 9
Chris Gug commented on Troy Smith's blog post Free Publicity? When Compensation Doesn't Mean Money
"Excellent topic and well-written post about a subject I have strong thoughts on. As a photographer with high price points, I, like many of you, and bombarded with donation requests and offers for exposure. My first cheeky comeback is, “many a…"
Mar 9
Mark Zirinsky commented on Troy Smith's blog post Free Publicity? When Compensation Doesn't Mean Money
"Ah, a correction, I meant Sausalito not La Quinta; Sausalito has a silent auction, La Quinta does not"
Mar 9
Troy Smith commented on Troy Smith's blog post Free Publicity? When Compensation Doesn't Mean Money
"Great feedback Mark, our brand is the one thing that we have to protect and build over a lifetime."
Mar 7
Mark Zirinsky commented on Troy Smith's blog post Free Publicity? When Compensation Doesn't Mean Money
"My rule of thumb, I will consider a trade if the group is 1 of the top 10, in that market, in north america. (or other continental market). At every show I receive at least 3 requests for this, that and the other donation, I quickly try to turn the…"
Mar 7
Troy Smith commented on Troy Smith's blog post Free Publicity? When Compensation Doesn't Mean Money
"Richard, As normal your comments are spot on."
Mar 6
Richard L. Sherer commented on Troy Smith's blog post Free Publicity? When Compensation Doesn't Mean Money
"I usually donate something moving slow out of inventory to silent auction to support the organization putting on the show: Rotary, Chambers etc. There are some scammers out there, so be aware. The best one I had was a fellow doing a cable network…"
Mar 6
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Free Publicity? When Compensation Doesn't Mean Money

Working as an artist or crafter allows you to use your creativity to create works of art and crafts that people want to have. But how they want to buy can sometimes be an issue.Like many other professions where creativity and skill are needed to do the job, artists and crafters occasionally have to deal with people that don’t always seem to understand how the buying process works. Sometimes it is a friend who just wants the product for free because...well, because you’re friends. Sometimes it…See More
Mar 6
Troy Smith replied to GEORGE NEUBERGER's discussion Insurance policies
"It sounds like you have some interesting products you create as a craftsman. You never can go wrong getting fine art appraised and creating a baseline of value for your custom products. I would suggest you shop around and get quotes from other…"
Feb 19
Troy Smith commented on Troy Smith's blog post Do You Share the Graffiti Artist Spirit?
"Chris - That is a great point, expressing yourself at the expense of other's personal private property is crossing the line. "
Feb 10
Chris Fedderson commented on Troy Smith's blog post Do You Share the Graffiti Artist Spirit?
"Hello Troy, Regarding: "Others will argue that it is never right to tag someone else’s property without permission—that graffiti is first and foremost a crime. One solution for this problem is to create legal spaces for graffiti.…"
Feb 10
Troy Smith commented on Troy Smith's blog post Do You Share the Graffiti Artist Spirit?
"My brother works for the railroad industry and I as well have noticed some pretty amazing work. The back story on how and where is as fascinating as the work itself."
Feb 7
Richard L. Sherer commented on Troy Smith's blog post Do You Share the Graffiti Artist Spirit?
"I try to read rail car art. Some of it is pretty elaborate and fun to wonder where it originated and has been. "
Feb 7
Troy Smith posted a blog post

Do You Share the Graffiti Artist Spirit?

In Our Time of Mass-Produced Art and Overwhelming Advertising, We Should Celebrate Artists Who Push BackIndependent artists at art events and craft fairs are believers. They believe that handmade, unique, and locally produced work is worth fighting for. They believe that their designs and crafts can have meaning to other people as well as to themselves. They…See More
Feb 7
Connie Mettler commented on Troy Smith's blog post Quotes about Art and Creativity
"Dick, It sounds like Louie may also be contributing to your creative instincts. Probably should keep him around."
Feb 5

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Insurance provider/Amateur Archaeologist-Photographer
Years in the Art Fair Business
5 years
First show ever
Clark County Fair
What is your website?
http://https://www.actinsurance.com/
What are the best things about art fairs
The variety and creativity you get to experience.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Our policyholders were listing ArtFairInsiders as how they heard about us.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
My former boss was a world-renown Anthoropolists/Archeologist Dr. Richard Hansen who found the cradle of the Maya civilization. I spent a month Mirador Basin in the remote jungles of Northern Guatemala.

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Free Publicity? When Compensation Doesn't Mean Money

Posted on March 6, 2020 at 8:53am 8 Comments

Working as an artist or crafter allows you to use your creativity to create works of art and crafts that people want to have. But how they want to buy can sometimes be an issue.



Like many other professions where creativity and skill are needed to do the job, artists and crafters occasionally have to deal with people that don’t always seem to understand how the buying process works. Sometimes it is a friend who just wants the product for free because...well, because you’re…

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Do You Share the Graffiti Artist Spirit?

Posted on February 7, 2020 at 8:59am 4 Comments



Do You Share the Graffiti Artist Spirit?





In Our Time of Mass-Produced Art and Overwhelming Advertising, We Should Celebrate Artists Who Push Back



Independent artists at art events and craft fairs are believers. They believe that handmade, unique, and locally produced work is worth fighting for. They believe that their designs and crafts can have…

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13 Reasons the Craft-Making Life Is the Better Life

Posted on February 4, 2020 at 1:30pm 0 Comments



13 Reasons the Craft-Making Life Is the Better Life

Need a boost? We’ve created a list of 13 reasons making crafts makes your life better. We recommend sharing them with your crafting friends.

  1. Crafting satisfies the need to create.
  2. Crafting offers the satisfaction of seeing other people appreciate your products.
  3. Crafting gives you the knowledge that…
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Nine Things Artists and Craftsmen Know That Other People Don't

Posted on January 27, 2020 at 10:42am 0 Comments



Nine Things Artists and Crafters Know That Other People Don't





Artists gathered at a gallery


ACT provides business insurance for artists and crafters who sell their wares at fairs, shows, and other events. In the past years, as we have worked with professional artists and crafters, we have learned that there are many things that artists and…

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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.

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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.

 
 
 


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