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sandhi schimmel gold
  • Female
  • Colonial Heights, VA
  • United States
  • mixed media
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Need to rent pro-panels in May - Richmond/Northern VA/DC area.

Started Mar 30, 2017 0 Replies

I went and sold my WHOLE art festival set up over a year ago.And then, I created some new work, applied to one show -- and got in to the Northern VA! I'm thrilled, but now have no "booth." I'm…Continue

Tags: equipment, propanel

For Sale: Complete Art Festival Set-Up: Tent, Pro-Panels, Desk, Quick Bins and more!

Started Apr 19, 2016 0 Replies

Hey, all!I haven't been doing very many shows, but I ventured out 2 times in the past year in Virginia [where we moved a few years ago]. Well... I'm allergic to everything that grows here -- from…Continue

Tags: booth

Who needs a mentor - LEATHER?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Feb 12, 2016. 1 Reply

This might sound strange, but my Dad is retired, having worked in the Leather industry all of his life -- from working as an apprentice in a saddle shop in Europe to owning his own import company.He…Continue

Tags: patterns, design, training, mentor, business

opportunity for Virginia artists:

Started Sep 17, 2015 0 Replies

Call for artists! DEADLINE: 10/01/2015 LOCATION: Petersburg, VA "An Unkindness of Ravens" Celebrating the work of Edgar Allan Poe, who honeymooned in Petersburg. Virginia Artists and Crafters are…Continue

Tags: Virginia artist show, Edgar Allan Poe exhibit, gallery show


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Profile Information

Your Medium
mixed media
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
street festival in Scottsdale AZ
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
more eyeballs seeing my work... potential for sales.
Best show ever and why
Scottsdale Arts Festival -a juried festival with remarkable artists - and art-smart attendees. Beautiful grounds, admission is charged to the show - people expect to spend money on art and that is why are they are there.

Seems like shows that include wine tasting or are near popular bars have "looser" customers.
Worst show ever and why
Looking back, many seem worse because of weather conditions, bad publicity, the economy.
The shows I don't like are the ones where you have no room for storage, no consideration for hills, don't stagger move-in times or put fine artists next to the kettle corn booth.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
don't remember!

Sandhi schimmel gold's Blog

Posted on June 22, 2015 at 1:56pm 53 Comments

Hey kids,

The last show I did was an inaugural show. Duh. Kick myself. I stood in freezing weather, and rain - in a location that was frequented by no one, sold not a thing... like most of the people around me. Booth fee, hotel, meals, gas...had to be $1K for zip.

I could bitch and moan about this business, but I signed up for it.

I have always wanted to control my career, and as we all know, we can't count on festivals to make a living...although many of you do, and I…


A cereal box inspired me to change my attitude...

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 10:31am 9 Comments

Nature's Path cereals are great... several weeks ago, I picked up a box to pour a bowl and read their slogan on the back..."We're so happy our paths have crossed."

For some reason, it made me think of my attitude about art festivals, and how frustrated I have been - and how obnoxious my silent stream of conciousness had become. I cut back on shows completely.

I know I probably picked a lot of bad shows during the last few years, didn't do the research, etc... But that slogan…


And here WE are, busting our asses alone in our studios...

Posted on September 11, 2014 at 1:23pm 13 Comments

I watched a documentary on an artist whose work sells for $65,000 - over $250,000 each.

I have seen his work before and it is interesting and really cool... I've always been so impressed with his skill, and the amazing amount of detail.

His work sells to collectors and museums.

I was really digging it until I saw the part where he is in China painting. They showed his a crew of like 10 Chinese painters doing all the backgrounds and the clothes.Wait,…


A Really Great Post-Script

Posted on July 12, 2014 at 4:04pm 3 Comments

A few weeks ago I whined about a show that was not so great for me. During the show, a woman stopped in and looked at one of my pieces - this horse. I have two reproductions - they are mirror images. They can be bought as singles or the duo.

This nice woman said..."these are really great, I am on the board of a nonprofit that is horse-related..." and before she went…


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At 12:08pm on July 1, 2015, Tim Dardis said…
I did this a few years back in Jupiter florida. I kept it up for several years. Downside: RETAIL! Hours are horrendous, hard to find artists. I never did get a good mix nor enough artists. I broke even after 3 years. Rent was too high and not enough foot traffic. NEED FOOT TRAFFIC!!!! Do not be a destination. just my $.02
At 3:01pm on June 25, 2015, Connie Mettler gave sandhi schimmel gold a gift
Good job on starting that discussion, Sandhi! Great discussion has ensued. Hope you will continue stopping in here and talk about your new venture. Please. Thanks for all your contributions.
At 3:08pm on August 20, 2014, Connie Mettler gave sandhi schimmel gold a gift
We appreciated your sharing Rebecca's story with us, Sandhi. The community of artists needs to know these things because it is only through connecting that our lives are worthwhile. Thank you.
At 6:20pm on March 25, 2011, Linda A Shields said…

Hi Sandhi,

I was serious about a consignment. If you accept my friendship, I guess that is the only way we can text privately. I'm going out to your website now.


At 11:42am on March 31, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
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