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The Indoor Show, Highland Park, IL 12/2-4/2011

Started this discussion. Last reply by geri a. wegner Dec 5, 2011. 1 Reply

Art Festival Rankings in Sunshine Artist Magazine

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geri a. wegner commented on Lisa Zovar's blog post Naples Art shows
"Isn’t Naples Art the organization that was so nasty last March when the pandemic was causing all the shows to cancel?  Didn’t they say that if you asked for a refund, you would not be allowed to show there again?Florida’s…"
Nov 20, 2020
geri a. wegner replied to Chris Umhoefer's discussion Amdur Productions festivals. Are they worth it?
"You weren’t supposed to but there were ways to go back to another booth.  We only had an hour to go around but I don’t see how they could really monitor that.  With only 25 artists it was pretty easy to get through in a short…"
Aug 9, 2020
geri a. wegner replied to Chris Umhoefer's discussion Amdur Productions festivals. Are they worth it?
"I went to her show in Glenview.  You had to get free tickets on-line and you had to pick a specific time to go.  You had your temperature taken before you were allowed in, you had to wear a mask and you had to go in one direction, no…"
Aug 8, 2020
geri a. wegner commented on Meg Mettler's blog post Call for Artists: Miami Beach Fine Art Show
"During Art Basel?  Artists are going to stay at the Ritz Carlton?  Would anyone staying there go to this festival rather than Art Basel?  This is a wonderful park, most noticeable for the many kites that are always being flown there.…"
Jul 31, 2019

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Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
can't remember but it was in the early 80's.
What are the best things about art fairs
Finding unique pieces and meeting the artists.
Best show ever and why
Any show I find things that I like.
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Houston, We have a Problem... Bayou City Art Festival does it again.

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 8:58pm 53 Comments

Bayou City Art Festival (March 28-30)  seems to be having a communication problem.  Websites and Face Book pages all over the internet are buzzing.

I have no horse in this race (obviously) although I did live in Houston for ten years and I have had the pleasure of being threatened with a lawsuit by an "artist" whose work I questioned, thanks to the Director of BCAF a couple of years ago.  

And there was last year's "art heist" held during the final hours of last year's show…


Lake Forest, IL Art on the Square, 9/1-2, 2013 Better Every Year

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 12:16pm 10 Comments

This Sunday, Monday show over Labor Day weekend has shown improvement yearly for the last 5 years.

It is run by the local art league and used to feature mostly local artists of varying abilities so it was a very uneven show.  It also had a central purchasing point which killed impulse buying.  Then, someone saw the light and opened it up to artists everywhere and got rid of the central cashier area.

Lake Forest is a combination of very old money and current corporate…


Port Clinton, 2013, Just another show

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 4:34pm 3 Comments

When you are the crown jewel of all the shows put on by one promoter, you expect to see great things.

Sadly, that was not the case at this year's Port Clinton show.  The art at this show is usually good and that was the case this year, for the most part, but there was art that would not have gotten in, in past years and there was nothing that was spectacular or must have.

The crowds arrived early but I didn't notice a lot of packages being carried.  There was no energy at any…


Art at the Glen, Glenview, IL 8-10/11, 2013

Posted on August 15, 2013 at 12:55am 2 Comments

This is another Amdur show and while it used to be the 2nd best, after Port Clinton, it didn't seem nearly as good as in previous years.

When you have been to one Amdur show, you have pretty much been to all Amdur shows so I won't spend a lot of time on the show.  It did have fairly solid artists, was laid out in a manner that made it easy to get around and see all the booths.  There is plenty of close by parking and in addition to the usual food booths, the area itself has many…


Morning Glory, Milwaukee, WI, Aug 10/11, 2013

Posted on August 15, 2013 at 12:34am 5 Comments

It is always a pleasure to attend this wonderful show.  There is convenient parking, indoor, a/c bathrooms, reasonably priced food and of course-- really good art.  

When you live in Amdurland, the odds are that you have seen 90% of the artists at one show or another so any time you get to go to a show that will have "new" artists, it makes for a fun day.  This show did not disappoint.  The quality of the show is above average at almost every booth.  It is one of the shows that you…


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At 11:19pm on March 25, 2015, Connie Mettler gave geri a. wegner a gift
Thank you, Geri, for referring Susan Fleischer to Art Fair Insiders.
At 9:12pm on November 02, 2014, Connie Mettler gave geri a. wegner a gift
Good job, Geri. Thanks for those recent comments.
At 10:43am on December 05, 2013, Connie Mettler gave geri a. wegner a gift
Happy birthday, Geri! I hope this is the best day ever for you and just the first in a year long journey of making your dreams come true. Love to you ...
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At 9:30pm on June 05, 2013, Connie Mettler gave geri a. wegner a gift
Geri, thanks so much for all your support. It is appreciated!
At 4:46pm on February 04, 2013, Connie Mettler gave geri a. wegner a gift
Congratulations, Geri -- you won the "special recognition" award for going above and beyond the call of duty here at AFI. Thank you for continuing to share your experiences and beds with artists.
At 6:00pm on December 05, 2012, Connie Mettler gave geri a. wegner a gift
OMG - almost missed your birthday, Geri. Many wishes for a great day full of friends and sunshine and a year full of making your dreams come true. I appreciate so much your generosity on AFI. Thanks!
At 10:28pm on July 25, 2012, Jacki Bilsborrow said…

I remember the Newhart show well.  I watched it often.  I didn't know about the wholesale show.  I googled special things to do in Chicago before I left to see what they had listed to do.  Next time, I will just ask you what is going on.

There was a Michael Jackson Cirque Du Solei show there for 2 days.  I really wanted to go see that but my sister wasn't feeling the best and she hated to get tickets and then not be able to go.

Have you ever gone to the One of a Kind Show in Merchandise Mart in December?  Connie and I went last December.  If you haven't been to that, you should check it out next December.  The fiber arts sells off the racks like crazy!

Well, gotta get back to work.


At 10:50am on July 23, 2012, Jacki Bilsborrow said…

Hello Geri, I was walking around at Navy Pier this weekend and I happened upon the Bob Newhart sculpture.  I said to my husband, hey I have seen that before.  Then, I realized that you had that for your profile photo.  I had never been to Navy Pier before.  My sister has constantly told me it was all junk out there and to not waste my time.  However, I stumbled on the Stain Glass window display that she never saw.  That was well worth the long walk and achy feet!

Just thought I would let you know I saw your coach.

Jacki B

At 11:07pm on July 7, 2012, Judy Bertram-Long said…

Thank you for the email -- You are my first online friend!  I am new to this site and

I have not joined Facebook.


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