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Wendy Zumpano
  • Gurnee, IL
  • United States
  • Drawing - graphite
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Showoff and Flourish mesh walls for sale $750

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Duffy Sep 3, 2018. 8 Replies

Trimline vs Lightdome?

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Profile Information

Your Medium
Drawing - graphite
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Lake County fairgrounds
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
friendship and expertise of other artists, enthusiasm and encouragement from patrons, profit, exposure, recognition, sunshine on the best days and commiserating in the rain on the worst days
Best show ever and why
Adler Center in Libertyville, IL because I received six commissioned portrait orders with photos at the show.
Worst show ever and why
Basement of Catholic school... ONE family walked through. All the vendors bought from each other.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
I've never left a show!

Wendy Zumpano's Blog

a little weekend reading

Posted on April 19, 2013 at 5:49pm 0 Comments

I have been a poor AFI contributor lately!  I took on some side work to supplement my portrait business and the late winter has been surprisingly hectic, unlike the arctic tundra I usually face this time of year.


I finally made time to write a blog post, and I hope you'll enjoy this story about my latest portrait subject, which is a subject that touches many of us.



Artistic Genes?

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 9:30am 6 Comments

I wonder how many artists have artistic families? I get my hand to eye skills

from my father, who designed the moving walkways at airports during his days as

a Chief Mechanical Engineer. I wrote a blog entry about him and a wonderful

friend of his who supported me when I was first starting out as a full time

artist. …


Applying to Art Shows gives me Agita

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 12:19pm 11 Comments

Why is it so hard every year to apply to art shows?  I feel so nervous about it, I find myself doubting everything... my work, my display, my show choices, the money.  My whole career!  Wouldn't it be easier just to go back to the corporate world and get a steady income? 


If any Chicago artists want to compare show choices with me (or tell me what to do!) I'd be so grateful.  It feels like such a crap shoot and facing all that cash out the door panics me.




A cautionary Christmas story

Posted on December 8, 2012 at 3:09pm 5 Comments

I am chained to my easel drawing dogs, grandkids, families, homes and the like to be discovered under my clients' trees, hopefully with much happiness. I promised myself I wouldn't goof around writing my blog until I was done! But I'm a born procrastinator. I hope you have a minute or two to enjoy and I wish you all a wonderful holiday season.…


Artwork on note cards?

Posted on November 10, 2012 at 2:15pm 6 Comments

Do you sell your 2D art on notecards?  I highly recommend it.  I think that art show patrons like to support the art that they appreciate, even if it is a small way.  Greeting card carousels are not expensive and card sales have made the difference from a miserable show and a decent one for me.  I print my cards myself, but would love to find an economical volume printer.


I wrote in my blog about the evolution of custom pencil portrait cards.  I cracked myself up writing it,…


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At 10:24pm on May 26, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow said…

Thank you Wendy for your review of the Riverside Arts Weekend.  We appreciate all your help with

At 12:27pm on May 14, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Wendy Zumpano a gift
Congrats Wendy on your Blog Post of the Week Award for 5/7/12.
At 12:37am on May 6, 2011, Carla Bank said…

Hi Wendy,

Are you doing the Barrington Show? I am and I read you did it last year. I am SO excited about it, hope to see you there :)

At 7:29pm on March 26, 2010, jean donald mothersil said…
thanks i just realy love your art work,you a true master
At 3:10pm on June 10, 2009, Linda Anderson said…
Hey Wendy - I just posted a plea for artists on a Holland Michigan show that was cancelled due to too few applicants. Not far for you & would be great experience - One day show..... please check it out & let me know if you are interested. Thanks
At 9:14am on June 10, 2009, Linda Anderson said…
Hi Wendy,
Did you do the Deerfield show? I think you were right next to me? I had the nautical photos..... Great that you joined this group. I've learned so much here myself - it's wonderful. Have a great show season.
Linda Anderson

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