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Troy Smith commented on Troy Smith's blog post The Anatomy of an Art Booth
"Richard - Good points and agree. I can see where Facebook can be a great option vs. a signup sheet. "
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Richard L. Sherer commented on Troy Smith's blog post The Anatomy of an Art Booth
"Troy, I think weighting of tent needs to be discussed in #1 or #3.  I do all of them except #6 as I don't have time to send out mass emails. I think my Facebook presence keeps followers up to date on what is going onin the studio. …"
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The Anatomy of an Art Booth

Attending art shows, craft fairs, farmers markets, and other festivals and celebrations to sell your art can be a fun and profitable experience. There is nothing like directly selling to customers. They are excited to meet you, and you should be excited to meet them because they are not only the ones that bring in the money to pay the bills, but they are also…See More
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How Do I Market My Art or Craft During the Winter? 3 Tips to Boost Winter Sales

Fall is currently in full swing and will soon turn into the frigid winter we all know. With the change in season (more abrupt in many places) comes a change in your ability to attend markets and festivals. Depending on where you are, many opportunities simply disappear for an entire season leaving you to find other avenues for sales.ACT Insurance is here to…See More
Jan 9
Troy Smith commented on Troy Smith's blog post 10 Gifts for Your Artist or Craftsman
"I can only imagine how many of you have been lost in route to a show."
Dec 23, 2019
Richard L. Sherer commented on Troy Smith's blog post 10 Gifts for Your Artist or Craftsman
"2020 Road Atlas, for those mountain areas where there is no reception."
Dec 23, 2019
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on Troy Smith's blog post 10 Gifts for Your Artist or Craftsman
"Gift certificate for specialty classes or conferences.  Self made gift certificate for help setting up, taking down, or helping to man at a show."
Dec 21, 2019
Kaytee Sumida commented on Troy Smith's blog post 10 Gifts for Your Artist or Craftsman
"No to any magazines, notebooks (moleskin or otherwise), craft of the month/craft kits, and any jewelry or "yarning" projects you yourself didn't make. I have more than enough. Ditto craft supplies-- trying to "downsize" the…"
Dec 21, 2019
Troy Smith commented on Troy Smith's blog post Quotes about Art and Creativity
"So true David, I find the conversations that artists have amongst themselves far more interesting."
Dec 3, 2019
David J Teter commented on Troy Smith's blog post Quotes about Art and Creativity
"Sometimes we need the practical quote because the hundreds of seemingly little things ARE the daily life of the artist too. From Picasso: “When art critics get together they talk about Form and Structure and Meaning. When artists get…"
Dec 3, 2019
Richard L. Sherer commented on Troy Smith's blog post 10 Things You'll Find in Every Artist's Bag
"Like Cindy Welch, I am always writing things down at shows, even after doing them for 20 plus years. I have to remind myself to put thos new things on my lists for loading for an art show. I have two lists:  one for the cabin or condo we are…"
Dec 1, 2019
Cindy Welch commented on Troy Smith's blog post 10 Things You'll Find in Every Artist's Bag
"Scissors, tape, note pad for shopping list for forgot things. Square or other device for sales."
Dec 1, 2019
David J Teter commented on Troy Smith's blog post 10 Things You'll Find in Every Artist's Bag
"A really basic tool kit: 6-in-1 screw driver, small hammer or mallet, folding saw, utility knife, pliers, multi-tool pocket knife screw-pound-cut-crimp/squeeze/hold...skadoosh! I had to fix my broken chair once so without it I would have had to…"
Nov 29, 2019
Barry Shandler commented on Troy Smith's blog post 10 Things You'll Find in Every Artist's Bag
"ZIP TIES ..... absolutely essential for connecting My Pro Panels together and for connecting the Pro Panels to the cross stabilizing bars of the canopy "
Nov 29, 2019
Troy Smith commented on Troy Smith's blog post 10 Things You'll Find in Every Artist's Bag
"Richard & Brian - In the past I traveled extensively across the US doing events and we carried the heavy-duty carpet tape which solved more than one challenge. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving."
Nov 29, 2019
Troy Smith commented on Troy Smith's blog post 10 Things You'll Find in Every Artist's Bag
"Connie - I have to agree with you on the phone, it probably takes the cake on having the most useful options."
Nov 29, 2019

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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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The Anatomy of an Art Booth

Posted on January 16, 2020 at 11:00am 2 Comments



The Anatomy of an Art Booth

Attending art shows, craft fairs, farmers markets, and other festivals and celebrations to sell your art can be a fun and profitable experience. There is nothing like directly selling to customers. They are excited to meet you, and you should be excited to meet them because they are not only the ones that bring in the money to pay…

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How Do I Market My Art or Craft During the Winter? 3 Tips to Boost Winter Sales

Posted on January 9, 2020 at 10:30am 0 Comments



Two women admiring hand crafted wares

Fall is currently in full swing and will soon turn into the frigid winter we all know. With the change in season (more abrupt in many places) comes a change in your ability to attend markets and festivals. Depending on where you are, many opportunities simply disappear for an entire season leaving you to find other avenues for…

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10 Things You'll Find in Every Artist's Bag

Posted on November 25, 2019 at 11:08am 12 Comments



The contents of a bag on a counter



Construction workers have their hammers, hard hats, and gloves. Police have their handcuffs, flashlight, and gun. Doctors have stethoscopes, tongue depressors, and syringes. You get the idea. Every profession has certain equipment and supplies that come with the territory. Artists are no exception, so we asked our…

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To Censor or Not to Censor: That Is the Question

Posted on November 21, 2019 at 11:38am 8 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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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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