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Leo Charette
  • Williamsburg, VA
  • United States
  • Exec. Dir. An Occasion for the…
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12 year doing Art Shows & 4 years Coordinating
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That Queasy Stomach

Posted on March 26, 2011 at 4:00pm 8 Comments

It's like a roller-coaster, up, then down, and betwixt the stomach gets all queasy. It's jury time. The multiple $30-$40 apps and the sound of hard earned money being flushed to the silent abyss for judgment, yea or nay. The nays come without comment or score, just a cold encouragement to try again next year. Like Lucy pulling the ball away at the last moment from Charlie Brown ..Whoosh.. Thump!

Thank God for the few yeses but only after a pile of nos. A local…


Fourth Street Festival, Bloomington, IN --- great weather, friendly folks, nice show!

Posted on September 7, 2010 at 12:30pm 3 Comments

Labor Day Wknd 2010: This was my first time at the Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts. This is a good, solid show and the weather was PERFECT both days. It was nice to do a show that made a good profit. The show is well managed and the community is involved! The…


Cleveland Caravan: Willoughby, Medina, Akron, Lakewood and Chardon, OH (+Cain Park)

Posted on August 10, 2010 at 1:00pm 22 Comments

We hear a good deal about the national shows and I have written a few reviews this year, but there are a good many smaller local shows in our communities that have long successful histories. I would like to focus on a few from the Cleveland area. These are the mom-and-pop shows that have dedicated volunteers, who want nothing more than to bring good…


Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff, St. Joseph, MI

Posted on July 12, 2010 at 11:00am 0 Comments

The Krasil Art Fair on the Bluff was a very good show for me... especially Saturday. What a fabulous venue... you look out on to the sandy beaches of lake Michigan and water that…


Francisco's Farm Arts Festival, Midway, KY (June 26 and 27)

Posted on June 29, 2010 at 6:00am 4 Comments

Traveling the show circuit you soon become aware that some shows are managed extremely well. Francisco's Farm Arts Festival is one of those shows. The show takes place on the grassy grounds of Midway College in Midway, KY, a very nice setting. This is one of those community shows, run by volunteers, where the entire community embraces it... there are other gems like this: Medina, OH; Williamsburg, VA; or Belleville, IL come to mind. Many of these…


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At 12:36pm on December 20, 2017, Amanda Outcalt said…
Hi Leo- thank you for the offer! I already purchased a set. Thanks again!!
At 4:09pm on March 12, 2012, Bill Sargent said…

Hi Leo

    Somehow I missed your request earlier.  The Decatur show has been OK.  The best thing to do is go ahead with it and see what happens with your work.  As I've often put it, it's a frog worth kissing.  While you're there check out the various areas for a space request the next time you apply.  They may or may not pay attention.  I think the street is the best selling location but you have to set up that morning.  

   I'd give it at least two years in a row before deciding whether it's your kind of crowd.  

  Good luck,


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Many thanks for your special support Leo. I truly appreciate it.

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