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carrie jacobson
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  • Gales Ferry, CT
  • United States
  • oil
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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

Tags: trimline, showoff, tent

4 Bridges Arts Festival, Chattanooga, TN, April 15-17

Started this discussion. Last reply by carrie jacobson May 3, 2016. 1 Reply

This is the second time I've gotten into the 4 Bridges Festival, and I was again impressed with the quality of the show and happy with my sales during and after.The show takes place in a roofed…Continue

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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
carrie jacobson commented on Maureen Roberts's blog post Experienced Seamstress needed ASAP New York City
"Maureen, I have a friend who is pretty much exactly the person you're seeking. He's not on this site, though. Would you please send me your contact info, and I will forward it to Michael? Thanks. My email is"
May 19, 2019
carrie jacobson commented on Nels johnson's blog post Main Street Fort Worth—Killer Show even though we lost one day
"Nice review, Nels, thanks. Some day, I'll get in. Maybe next year! "
Apr 20, 2019
Steve. Apple replied to carrie jacobson's discussion How old are YOU? Where are the young artists?
"Richard appel here.  I turned 70 in March and stopped doing shows sold van w 212,000 miles a bought a Subaru no more shows.  Selling off website miss a few of my friends. In balboa on vacation and met a neighbor of yours.   Freely…"
Apr 12, 2019

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Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Art on Groton Bank
What is your website?
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
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At 11:05pm on January 9, 2012, Connie Mettler said…

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

When you have a chance, please add a photo of yourself and 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!

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At 7:52am on June 02, 2012, Connie Mettler gave carrie jacobson a gift
Thank you for your generous support!
At 11:28am on June 06, 2013, Connie Mettler gave carrie jacobson a gift
Carrie, your generous gift is really appreciated. Thank you so much.
At 11:17pm on June 17, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow gave carrie jacobson a gift
Carrie, thanks so much for your review on the Stockley Gardens Spring Show. We really appreciate all your help.
At 10:55pm on January 02, 2014, Connie Mettler gave carrie jacobson a gift
Thank you, Carrie, for referring Gary M. Howerton to Art Fair Insiders.
At 6:23am on June 10, 2014, Rich Horner said…
Hi Carrie, how was the show in Frederick for you? Just wondered. Very poor for me due to my location.
At 9:22am on June 12, 2014, Connie Mettler gave carrie jacobson a gift
Many thanks for your pledge again, Carrie. I really appreciate it and thank you for supporting our websites whose mission is enabling artists to thrive in "Art Fair World!"
At 9:50pm on June 30, 2014, Connie Mettler gave carrie jacobson a gift
Congrats Carrie on being awarded the Post of the week - 6/30/2014.
At 8:56pm on July 03, 2014, Jacki Bilsborrow gave carrie jacobson a gift
Thank you, Carrie, for your review of the Manayunk Arts Festival. We really appreciate your help.
At 9:00pm on July 03, 2014, Jacki Bilsborrow gave carrie jacobson a gift
Thank you, Carrie, for your review of the New Milford Arts & Crafts Festival. You have been a great help to us.

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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. …


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…


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…


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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