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Richard L. Sherer commented on Troy Smith's blog post To Censor or Not to Censor: That Is the Question
"In 2003 I juried a saddle show for the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, CO. One of the makers submitted a saddle with a carved reclining nude on the seat jockey.  I saw nothing out of the ordinary about this as historically nudes…"
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Troy Smith commented on Troy Smith's blog post To Censor or Not to Censor: That Is the Question
"That is fascinating, I never knew that aspect of the evolution of the western saddle.  "
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To Censor or Not to Censor: That Is the Question

Note: The opinions expressed in this blog post are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of ACT Insurance, its employees, or any of the companies affiliated with it.In light of recent events, it seemed a good time to write a blog post about something that many artists and other creative people have faced for thousands of years and that…See More
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Troy Smith commented on Troy Smith's blog post 10 Gifts for Your Artist or Craftsman
"Great ideas & spot-on for taking a gift from being nice to really make an impression with a friend. Larry"
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Larry Sohn commented on Troy Smith's blog post 10 Gifts for Your Artist or Craftsman
"I might suggest, if a gift is from the heart, the giver take more note of the medium the artist is practicing in. Gift cards towards their chosen suppliers. Asking the supply houses what the artist might benefit from. Show equipment ie things for…"
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Richard L. Sherer commented on Troy Smith's blog post 10 Gifts for Your Artist or Craftsman
"Prepaid GAS card LOL."
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"Nice Richard"
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10 Gifts for Your Artist or Craftsman

The holiday season is upon us once again, and the time has come to buy presents for your friends and loved ones. Yet, it always seems like there’s that one person who is next to impossible to shop for. No matter what you do, you can’t seem to find that perfect gift for them.If you are looking for a present for an artist or crafter, this can be even more…See More
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Quotes about Art and Creativity

Art encompasses a lot of different trades, techniques, and tools. The entire history of the human race has involved art in some way or another. From cave drawings, hieroglyphics, paintings, sculptures and writing of long gone geniuses worth millions of dollars to modern day artists, writers, crafters, and other creative people, art, for some people, is more…See More
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Maya Pottery

Part 1 of 2 Rio Azul Chocolate Pot - Real vs. Replica: This original chocolate container from Rio Azul was a major early Classic Maya site along the banks of the Rio Azul River. About A.D. 385, the Rio Azul region was conquered and the city founded…
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Troy Smith commented on Troy Smith's blog post Top 10 Things Not to Say to an Artist or Craftsman
"Well said Cindy, the more proactive we are to each event we attend and causes we can align with the better we are to make our donations count."
Nov 13
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…"
Nov 13
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. "
Nov 12
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…"
Nov 12
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…"
Nov 12
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."
Nov 12

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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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To Censor or Not to Censor: That Is the Question

Posted on November 21, 2019 at 11:38am 2 Comments



Small child with art supplies

Note: The opinions expressed in this blog post are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of ACT Insurance, its employees, or any of the companies affiliated with it.

In light of recent events, it seemed a good time to write a blog post about something that many artists and other…

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10 Gifts for Your Artist or Craftsman

Posted on November 20, 2019 at 8:45am 4 Comments



Closeup of a paintbrush on canvas



The holiday season is upon us once again, and the time has come to buy presents for your friends and loved ones. Yet, it always seems like there’s that one person who is next to impossible to shop for. No matter what you do, you can’t seem to find that perfect gift for them.



If you are looking for a present for an…

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Quotes about Art and Creativity

Posted on November 18, 2019 at 5:13pm 0 Comments



Painting of a boat on a lake at sunset

Art encompasses a lot of different trades, techniques, and tools. The entire history of the human race has involved art in some way or another. From cave drawings, hieroglyphics, paintings, sculptures and writing of long gone geniuses worth millions of dollars to modern day artists, writers, crafters, and other creative people,…

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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!

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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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