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carrie jacobson
  • Female
  • Gales Ferry, CT
  • United States
  • oil
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Simplifying My Set-Up - What Tent to Buy?

Started this discussion. Last reply by carrie jacobson Feb 28. 8 Replies

Hi, everyone - For all sorts of reasons, I am going to cut down on the number of shows I do; not do the hard, dangerous, windy ones; and do more one-day shows, which I rarely do now because I am…Continue

ProPanels ladder shelving unit for sale or trade

Started this discussion. Last reply by carrie jacobson Feb 19, 2017. 1 Reply

Well, I thought I had a new booth set-up worked out, but it just didn't work for me. Ihave the freestanding shelf unit with one additional half-width shelf and three mini shelves, all in oatmeal.…Continue

Wickford Fine Art Director Offers Improvement Ideas

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill McLauchlan Feb 6, 2017. 7 Replies

I've had a note from the new director of the Wickford Fine Art Festival, in Wickford, RI. She was the director for 20 years, then left, and for the past few years, there's been a different director…Continue

Tags: fine, art, show, RI, Island

Showoff Vs. Trimline

Started this discussion. Last reply by J.C. Overgaard Sep 1, 2016. 5 Replies

Has anyone used a Showoff and a Trimline tent? I have a Showoff and am thinking of buying a Trimline, and would love some insight/feedback. Thanks!Continue

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carrie jacobson replied to Sarah Morphew's discussion Can someone help me figure out how to set up my Lightdome tent's awnings?
"I could help with the tent itself, but don't have awnings. Sorry! "
Mar 12
carrie jacobson replied to carrie jacobson's discussion Simplifying My Set-Up - What Tent to Buy?
"Thanks, Robert. Yes, my preferred place to sit it at the back, out of the booth. I have tried the French doors, and I think they look lovely, but make the back door thing difficult. Also, I often have one HUGE painting with me, and the French doors…"
Feb 28
Robert Wallis replied to carrie jacobson's discussion Simplifying My Set-Up - What Tent to Buy?
"Not on this set up. I'll have to get new adapters for the hex legs on this tent. for the mesh panels, you'll need upper Sat-bars as well, and an end corner if you want a back door. I've noticed a lot of people use French walls at…"
Feb 27
carrie jacobson replied to carrie jacobson's discussion Simplifying My Set-Up - What Tent to Buy?
"I see. Thanks for the photo, it helps. I do use the mesh panels, but am starting to remember several set-ups that would work without the sidewalls. Man, am I slow at getting back into the groove. Are there Sta-bars here that I'm not…"
Feb 27
Robert Wallis replied to carrie jacobson's discussion Simplifying My Set-Up - What Tent to Buy?
"The back door option is just a special order back tarp with zippers. I don't bother with that and use my back side tarp as my awning. Here's a photo from a couple of years ago of that 10x15 with a back door. If I were using mesh panels, it…"
Feb 27
carrie jacobson replied to carrie jacobson's discussion Simplifying My Set-Up - What Tent to Buy?
"Robert, thanks for all this info. Sta-bars, yes. Duh. How amazing that I couldn't remember that. So you were able to get a Eurmax with a back door option? Is that a special order? Thanks. Good to hear from you. Though I haven't missed all…"
Feb 27
Robert Wallis replied to carrie jacobson's discussion Simplifying My Set-Up - What Tent to Buy?
"I clicked on the friend request and the message disappeared when I accepted, so I lost the email address. Just go ahead and send your question to me on the internal email here. No problem."
Feb 27
Larry Maynard replied to carrie jacobson's discussion Simplifying My Set-Up - What Tent to Buy?
"Hey Robert, I don't want to hijack this tread, so I'll send you a friend request. I've got a question. Larry"
Feb 27
Robert Wallis replied to carrie jacobson's discussion Simplifying My Set-Up - What Tent to Buy?
"I have three different tents; a Eurmax 10x15, an EZ-Up that's around 20 years old, and a 9' tall 10x10 Trimline. The EZ-Up was one of the heavier duty ones that Sam's Club used to sell. I added Sta-Bars to it, three sides at the…"
Feb 26
carrie jacobson posted a discussion

Simplifying My Set-Up - What Tent to Buy?

Hi, everyone - For all sorts of reasons, I am going to cut down on the number of shows I do; not do the hard, dangerous, windy ones; and do more one-day shows, which I rarely do now because I am always alone, and my set-up prohibits it. So I'm going to sell my Lite-Dome, lights, desk, etc., and buy an EZ-Up or at least easier-up type tent. I do not want a real EZ-Up, but one of the similar but stronger and better-made ones. But without being at shows for way more than a year, I can't remember…See More
Feb 26
Chris Umhoefer replied to carrie jacobson's discussion How old are YOU? Where are the young artists?
"I am 40 and have been doing art fairs, festivals and markets since I was 30. I've also always created for a younger audience - or perhaps my colorful shirts tend to be the most loved by younger people. This means I have to avoid shows that draw…"
May 5, 2020
M. Z. Carey replied to carrie jacobson's discussion How old are YOU? Where are the young artists?
"And I certainly like selling to people face to face better (plus, not packing things to ship lol). I'm 35 but have been doing shows with my father (who's got 50+years as an artist) since I was, well, like 5, but actually working a booth in…"
May 5, 2020
Connie Mettler replied to carrie jacobson's discussion How old are YOU? Where are the young artists?
"The overhead on Etsy and eBay is certainly lower, but the exposure, on the street, can't be beat. "
May 5, 2020
Katie A Heffelfinger replied to carrie jacobson's discussion How old are YOU? Where are the young artists?
"I think it’s an older concept, the maker fairs have the younger kids, soon they will pass by their job lives and commit to the art fair life, but it’s something of a challenge for a crew who can understand Etsy and eBay but not the logic…"
May 5, 2020
Sarah Read replied to carrie jacobson's discussion How old are YOU? Where are the young artists?
"I'm 44 (is that younger?) and have been doing shows for years, first with family and now as a sole proprietor.  I'm also a full-time teacher and a parent.  I'm always interested in what younger creative makers are…"
Apr 21, 2020
carrie jacobson replied to Wendy Merkle's discussion What is the ONE THING you wish Show Owner/Directors would do?
"I wish show directors would figure out a way to make previous year's sales a factor in acceptance. There are a number of shows in which I've had great sales one year, and then don't get invited the next year. I know this is an…"
Jul 19, 2019

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Your Medium
oil
Years in the Art Fair Business
3
First show ever
Art on Groton Bank
What is your website?
http://jacobson-arts.com
What are the best things about art fairs
meeting collectors
Best show ever and why
Paradise City Northampton - great crowds, happy to buy
Worst show ever and why
Niantic Arts & Crafts Fest, Niantic Ct. People were there to look, and buy refrigerator magnets
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Internet

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At 10:49am on November 08, 2018, Connie Mettler gave carrie jacobson a gift
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Thank you, Carrie, for referring Jane Hall to Art Fair Insiders.
At 6:22pm on January 22, 2017, Charlene Clark said…

Thanks Carrie.  Your paintings are just splendid! Keep going.

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Thank you, Carrie, for referring Rae Gabrielle to Art Fair Insiders.
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Carrie, Thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2016 Pledge Drive. You have been a real help here at AFI.
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Thank you, Carrie, for referring Li Huang to Art Fair Insiders.
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Congrats on being awarded the Post of the Week - 1/25/2016
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Happy new year, Carrie. Thanks for playing Secret Santa!
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Carrie, thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2015 Pledge Drive.
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Thank you, Carrie, for referring Joe Davidoff to Art Fair Insiders.
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You're a star, Carrie! Thanks for all your contributions and info on AFI, lo these many years. It is people like you that make this site worthwhile for others. Your generosity is appreciated by many.

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Portable Solar Generator

Posted on March 10, 2018 at 9:31am 7 Comments

Don't know much about this portable solar generator, but I saw it on Facebook and thought I'd pass it along to those of you who use electricity during shows. It looks promising. I'm not endorsing or anything - I don't even know what it costs, am just bringing it up. …

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Taubman Museum Sidewalk Show, Roanoke, VA 2017

Posted on June 13, 2017 at 12:04pm 1 Comment

Taubman Museum Sidewalk Art Show

June 3-4, 2017,Roanoke, VA

Booth fee $250

This is a small, lovely show that is hosted by and takes place near the fine and cool-looking Taubman Museum. Part of the show is on the street, and part is on a small, grassy square. That's where I was.

I'm an oil painter, with pieces from $75 to $4500, and I had a good, solid $3K-ish show. Though artists who had done this show in the past said attendance was way…

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Annapolis Art and Wine Festival 2017

Posted on June 13, 2017 at 12:01pm 3 Comments

Annapolis Art & Wine Festival

Annapolis, MD

June 10-11

Booth fee $375 (? can't remember exactly)

I'm an oil painter, with pieces from $75 to $4500, and I had an astonishingly good show. But I have to say that my success - close to $10K - felt like an absolute miracle. Everywhere around me, artists didn't make their booth…

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Paradise City Northampton 2017

Posted on June 13, 2017 at 11:59am 3 Comments

Paradise City Arts Festival

Northampton, MA

May 27-29, 2017

Booth fee $950

I'm a painter, with pieces from $75 to $4500. This show was the first "real" show that accepted me, eight years ago, and it has also been my highest-grossing show ever, two years ago. But after this year, I'm going to take a break from it.

The show takes place at the Three County Fairground in Northampton, MA. It's a wealthy area, and the show advertises heavily on all media, and draws people…

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