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kara unland
  • Hemet, CA
  • United States
  • sculpture
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frustration and feeling like the biggest loser

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sherry Bradford on Wednesday. 70 Replies

I feel I have learned some in participating in shows, but mostly I feel like a failure. I have literally only sold two items last year that I participated in. I've changed my prices, my sales…Continue

wanted propanel black pedestals

Started Feb 21, 2017 0 Replies

Hi all, I am looking to purchase black pro panel pedestals if anyone is interested in selling their own let me know.Continue

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Sausalito art festival

Started this discussion. Last reply by Camryn Forrest Jun 13, 2016. 2 Replies

I just purchased a toybox trailor so after I setup my booth I can sleep in the trailor. I just got into the sausalito show and it's my first real show. My actual first show was in big bear but ended…Continue

Does anyone here make their own COA's

Started this discussion. Last reply by brian murphy Feb 22, 2017. 2 Replies

I have read about COA's and they seem to be on copies or limited additions as well as on One of a Kind art. Is that right? If so then I need to make some. Do I need to use anything official like a…Continue

 

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Sherry Bradford replied to kara unland's discussion frustration and feeling like the biggest loser
"Kara - your work is lovely. Starting out is hard for most people and it can take years to actually make a living at selling creative work. Yes, some people are fortunate and hit the right show at the right time with the right crowd, suddenly get…"
Wednesday
Veronica e Raj replied to kara unland's discussion frustration and feeling like the biggest loser
"Hi Kara. Yours was the first post I happened upon here and I'm so glad I did. I feel similarly to you BUT your work is so amazing! What I do is nowhere near the same caliber of the art you make. There were two that captivated me in particular:…"
Wednesday
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to kara unland's discussion frustration and feeling like the biggest loser
"Hi Kara, I was looking back to see when you last commented.  Almost 4 months ago.  I'm curious how you are doing.  How many shows have you done, entered, etc.  How are you feeling by now.  How have the suggestions…"
Tuesday
Tara S. Holl replied to kara unland's discussion frustration and feeling like the biggest loser
"Kara, I went to your website and looked at your work. It is lovely. It is not you or your work. Who knows? Art is so subjective. I agree that you may need to simplify and make some gift oriented ware for lower price points (I don't know what…"
Tuesday
Barbara Simard replied to kara unland's discussion frustration and feeling like the biggest loser
"Are you familiar with art dolls? Art dolls aren't play dolls for children but figurative sculpture often with fantasy themes. Your work seems to me to find a home in NIADA, National Institute of American Doll Artists. Check out this…"
May 3
Suzan Buckner replied to kara unland's discussion frustration and feeling like the biggest loser
"Who are you talking about trusting..I got totally lost...sorry."
Apr 28
Jean Houndsome replied to kara unland's discussion frustration and feeling like the biggest loser
"Your work is really beautiful..how about more Fine artshows ? Your work is really unique ..don't give up..there is money out there...I finally after 12 years had my first 5 figger show..took a. Long time to get there, but took me about 2 years…"
Apr 20
Kathleen V. Smith replied to kara unland's discussion frustration and feeling like the biggest loser
"Annette Piper~YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH!!!  You simply have to find your own "Market,"  & that could be a Festival, Home Show, Art Fair in a very quaint place, or whatever...You may just have to do a lot of…"
Apr 19
Stuart J. Kerner replied to kara unland's discussion frustration and feeling like the biggest loser
"Hi Kara, I don't think that you should consider yourself a failure. From what I see and hear there seems to be a general overall slowdown in sales, mine included. When I first started exhibiting my photos at outdoor shows 10 years ago, my sales…"
Apr 18
Annette Piper replied to kara unland's discussion frustration and feeling like the biggest loser
"Have you considered changing the sort of shows you do?   Given your fantasy theme, perhaps events that are aimed at fans of that genre?   Just because the event might be a festival instead of an art show doesn't mean the…"
Apr 10
Alyn Federico replied to kara unland's discussion frustration and feeling like the biggest loser
"I'm a little late to this party so I'll keep it short.  I've no idea if any of these responders have actually checked out your work, I have, and here's what I think. It's absolutely incredible, seriously.  When I…"
Apr 8
Dave Hinde replied to kara unland's discussion frustration and feeling like the biggest loser
"I think I only sold two pieces last year, too, but I was only in two shows.  The two pieces I did sell were for enough to make enty fees for the shows.  Sometimes you hit it big, sometimes you don't, that's the nature of the…"
Apr 5
Ellen Kalin replied to kara unland's discussion frustration and feeling like the biggest loser
"Hi Kara -- I just wanted to say that I completely understand your frustration. However, I always think, when my work does not sell, that I have just not found "my" customer yet. Maybe a new venue with different people? I looked at your…"
Mar 31
Tony burns replied to kara unland's discussion frustration and feeling like the biggest loser
"Kara, it took along time for me and my wife to make a living at this -and were not doing great - but we do pay the bills -I worked a full time job until we figured we could make it -its been a struggle at times  but in todays economy were doing…"
Mar 30
Cindy Welch replied to kara unland's discussion frustration and feeling like the biggest loser
"Wow, interesting advice about adding a zero.  I just wonder how many of us are that brave?  It seems to go against all that we feel in our gut."
Mar 30
Mikeal Allen replied to kara unland's discussion frustration and feeling like the biggest loser
"Hang in there, Kara, the challenges, the setback, the self-doubt--all of it--are things we've all gone through before and would be lying if we said even now don't have periods of at least some variation of it all when we least expect…"
Mar 29

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Sausalito Art Festival was what I needed

Posted on September 13, 2016 at 9:30pm 5 Comments

I was very excited to get into the Sausalito arts festival. At least from my research this show was the show highest on my list. There were several bumps in my plans as I got ready and the stress I put on myself left me wiped out before I got started. I was going to have to learn everything a newbie learns at the one show my heart had always wanted to do. So how did I do?

Well first I want to thank Lucia Friedericy, her advice…

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Big Bear Lake Art on the Lake Fine Art Festival---Not

Posted on August 29, 2015 at 2:00pm 27 Comments

Not a festival, not a happy place, not a fine art show...This was my first official show. It was small but smaller than expected. Matter of fact the promoter and another promoter are at odds because said promoter #2 was kicked off the team of Promoter#1. It seems the Fine artist of this show that got the memo moved over to Promoter #2's show. I had talked to promoter #2 and I was accepted but opt out of her show because she didn't want me to bring my nudes to the show. By the way most of my…

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Introducing myself and posing some concerns

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 7:07pm 53 Comments

Hi my name is Kara and well I have slowly tried to enter this site and learn some things about art fairs, including whether I want to do them. I have been preparing myself to do them by going to any fair in my area for the last few years. I am just concerned to be honest. Maybe someone out there can direct me down the right rabbit hole cause I'm not making much progress on my own.

I am a very sensitive person, and to be quite honest it makes me sick to my stomach when people…

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At 9:21am on August 26, 2014, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Kara, welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  I'm impressed not only by your work but also by your website, good job!  It looks like you're relatively new to the business of art fairs but what about other venues?  This is a great place to get you on your way, lots of good networking, show critiques and inspiration...wishing you the best of luck!

At 11:10am on August 28, 2014, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Kara.  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 http://www.artfairinsiders.com/page/code-of-conduct. 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

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At 1:13am on August 31, 2015, Lucia Friedericy said…

Hi there! I'm in Pasadena and make OOAK dolls and figures too so I think we have some stuff in common. Hope to see you at shows soon, Lucia

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