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Joel Lockridge
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Joel Lockridge's Discussions

Seeking Trimline Tent, 10x10

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Lockridge Sep 30, 2017. 8 Replies

Hey all, I'm interested in purchasing a used but good shape Trimline. Please let me know what you have!Continue

Shoppe Artisan, Atlanta 2016

Started Dec 12, 2016 0 Replies

Shoppe Artisan brands itself as a busy, highly-marketed upscale art and craft show. Located in the Cobb Galleria Centre in northern Atlanta -- an inside show so weather was not going to be a factor.…Continue

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Asheville NC Fine Art Show - May 20 & 21, 2017 presented by Hot Works

Started this discussion. Last reply by Craig Roderick and Sara Beck Dec 5, 2016. 1 Reply

Anyone have an opinion on this show? Rather expensive, so I'd love some insight before applying.Continue

Anyone try the Edison Art Festival?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patty Lindquist Jan 10, 2017. 5 Replies

Looking at some shows for the early months of the year. I normally don't do Florida shows, but financially I may have to.Has anyone heard of the Edison Crafts on the River?  Any advice?…Continue


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Latest Activity

Joel Lockridge replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.
"I just saw the email about St James. I was so hopeful."
Jun 29, 2020
Joel Lockridge replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.
"Art in Speed Park in Speed, IN (just north of Louisville KY) has been canceled. The dates were August 29-30."
Jun 25, 2020
Joel Lockridge replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.
"American Artisan Festival in Nashville just cancelled, a great Father's Day weekend show."
Apr 21, 2020
Joel Lockridge commented on Nels johnson's blog post Vero Beach Under the Oaks—Very sad story
"At least you had a day of show! I've had six in a row cancel. Just trying to pay booth fee "hope so" fees right now."
Apr 10, 2020
Joel Lockridge commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Now About those $1200 checks
"Still hopeful in Alabama."
Apr 10, 2020
Joel Lockridge replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.
"Moss Rock is a smaller show, but much nicer area in my opinion. Sales for MCAC will ABSOLUTELY be affected by being the same weekend as two other shows. MCAC has gone downhill for years, but this is the last straw. They're run by pure greed now."
Apr 2, 2020
Joel Lockridge replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.
"Magic City Art Connection (MCAC) has cancelled, and is refunding "65% of fees" if we choose not to do the show on their rescheduled weekend of Nov 6-7. What bull."
Apr 2, 2020
Joel Lockridge replied to Chris Umhoefer's discussion Does anyone make significant sales online, and if so, how and where?
"It's a tough one, for sure. I agree with the previous statement, build it with social media. As for online sales, I make most of mine from my website and from Etsy. Your mileage may vary! Use lots of photos with good light. Good luck."
Apr 2, 2020
Joel Lockridge replied to Ruel Martin's discussion Howard Alan or Hot Works Festivals
"My experience with Patty was the same as Dave. It remains my biggest loss at a show. With HAE, I do them when I have to. FL is a market I don't do much with. you have to just roll with their system. Treat them nice, they'll treat you…"
Nov 1, 2019

Profile Information

Your Medium
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Meeting people who love handmade items
Best show ever and why
Magic City Art Connection -- my first multi-day show.
Worst show ever and why
I'll leave this blank, but I didn't sell a thing all day.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I cut off a finger with a table saw, but they put it back on.

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Joel Lockridge's Blog

Ever had another artist screw you over?

Posted on July 20, 2017 at 9:20am 28 Comments

Have you ever had another artist basically screw you over? I have a rant.

At a show in Cincinnati last fall, I was talking to a jewelry artist I have run into at many of the same shows I have done. I was admiring the different style of his nicer pieces, and brought up that I had a large 2.25 pound block of lapis lazuli I have had for years, basically a big doorstop/paperweight to me, but maybe he could make a nice set of earrings and pendant for my wife's 50th birthday in…


Review: Asheville Fine Art Show -- such potential

Posted on May 22, 2017 at 11:11am 6 Comments

Asheville Fine Art Show, Hot Works

Asheville, NC -- May 20-21, 2017

I just returned from the Asheville Fine Art Show in Asheville, NC. This was an indoor event at the U.S. Cellular Center downtown. Asheville is a fun, funky town with a big art scene and a lot of food choices, and LOTS of beer breweries downtown. What's not to love?

This show had some amazing potential. There was a boatload of advertising for the show, the weather outside was supposed to be storms…


Howard Alan Events - greed and no frills

Posted on January 27, 2017 at 10:16am 8 Comments

It's frustrating for me to be sitting here on the couch right now when I thought I would be on the way to an art show in Sarasota.

Why? The infamous "wait list" of Howard Alan events and the bottomless greed from applications they accept.

I applied to this show because another show I had scheduled for this weekend also fell through. I saw this one was still open and accepting applications and thought, "Great! This show is still open!" Since I had never been rejected from a…


2016 Summer Shade Festival, Atlanta GA

Posted on August 30, 2016 at 9:37pm 4 Comments

2016 Summer Shade Festival, Atlanta, GA

August 27-28, Grant Park

This show had me in such high hopes. Professionally done Artist Handbook, emailed out in plenty of time. Option to purchase an ad in the Festival Guide.

There was smooth check-in, excellent communication with the volunteers, and smooth load-in. The artists around me were excellent, in my opinion. Good proximity to the port-a-johns, an "intersection" of the sidewalks, and a local craft beer tent. I was near…


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At 9:01am on September 8, 2014, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Joel, welcome to AFI!  Ouch!  I don't know if I'd call that a "fun" fact but wow, so glad they were able to reattach your finger...has it affected your work at all? Which is beautiful, by the way...thanks for joining our communtiy, I hope you find it wishes for continued success.

At 11:51pm on September 8, 2014, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Joel.  I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. We all look forward to your participation here. Also, visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!

Many topics have already been discussed here before you joined us. You might like to try a search of your topic before you post your question. Just put your topic, canopy tents, jurying fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, etc, into the search bar at the top of the right side of the page. You might be surprised that someone has already asked your question.

We also ask that all new members take a few moments of their time to read the code of conduct. You will find it at There are a few guidelines that all members will need to follow because , as in any social community, we all need to work together.

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.

At 4:58pm on June 29, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Joel Lockridge a gift
Joel, thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2015 Pledge Drive.
At 10:00am on November 05, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Joel Lockridge a gift
Thank you, Joel, for all your recent postings. They are so helpful to so many and keeps this site alive and helpful. Please keep it up. I hope to meet you one day. Best, Connie
At 12:04am on June 22, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Joel Lockridge a gift
Joel, Thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2016 Pledge Drive.
At 11:16pm on June 28, 2017, Connie Mettler gave Joel Lockridge a gift
Thanks so much, Joel, for the support for Art Fair Insiders again and again!
At 8:06pm on July 23, 2017, Juliette Belmonte said…

Hi Joel, I didn't get a PM?  My father is the one who has the set up in Jax. You can reach him at 863 604 4968.  Thanks!

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