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sean McDougal
  • Kingston, PA
  • United States
  • Metal
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sean McDougal commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Saint James Court (Louisville)--Afraid the love affair is over at SJC--Sadly I must say,"Adeiu" to it
"Hi Nels, it was nice to meet you at the show. I was lucky to get a $3500 follow up sale on Monday. If not I would have done $800 for the weekend. I would like to get another Walken piece from you. If you do the Boots are made for Walken I will want…"
Oct 7, 2015
sean McDougal commented on carrie jacobson's blog post Manayunk Arts Festival - OK for me
"That last line was classic Mark."
Jul 2, 2014
sean McDougal commented on carrie jacobson's blog post Manayunk Arts Festival - OK for me
"You are right about Philly and NJ Mark. I am 2 hours from Philly and don't go there. Same with NJ. I am even closer to some NJ shows. I got fined in NJ years ago for not having my tax number displayed. I was still setting up and the show…"
Jul 2, 2014
sean McDougal commented on Mark Loeb's blog post Licensed work?
"No offense Larry. Removing a post dosn't mean it wasn't posted. I agree that works sold should be allowed. Number them and I think the value will be more. But to say that the discussion is not relevant to the thread is not true. We call…"
Jun 26, 2014
sean McDougal commented on Mark Loeb's blog post Licensed work?
"Larry I love photography. Black and white gets me every time. My point isn't just photography but anyone who has all their work outsourced. I think works that were sold to be mass produced are fine if its disclosed. But photographers always…"
Jun 26, 2014
sean McDougal commented on Mark Loeb's blog post Licensed work?
"Well said Barrie. I also have a problem with photographers who don't print their own work. I do metal. Images on steel sheets created from controlled oxidation. No acids or chemicals just water. OK tap water so chemicals may be there. I…"
Jun 26, 2014
sean McDougal commented on Mark Loeb's blog post Licensed work?
"Good point Stan. I think some of the problem is not with most people or even photographers. Limited to some means limited to as many I can sell. What I don't like is when people don't even do the printing. Especially on products like…"
Jun 25, 2014
sean McDougal commented on Mark Loeb's blog post Licensed work?
"I will say good for Mark for at least asking the question. More promoters should ask questions about what should and shouldn't be allowed in a show. I think as long as the info is disclosed on an image that might be at Target then its ok. I…"
Jun 25, 2014
sean McDougal commented on Nels Johnson's blog post COLUMBUS ART FESTIVAL--A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT--IN THE END, THE RAIN KILLED US
"Well for me this was my first time in Columbus. Fri was so so with a few small $85 pieces. But that is normal for me on a Fri. Sat was better. I had 2 bigger sales. Not huge but $2500 between the 2 and some more $85 ones. Sunday killed me.I had one…"
Jun 12, 2014
sean McDougal commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Stealing Intellectual Property at the Art Fairs
"Slobodan , I see police at most shows. You call the show director or whomever. Just like shoplifting. The police have no choice but to file a complaint. Then you have all of the persons info to pursue a civil charge for copyright if needed. The fact…"
May 13, 2014
sean McDougal commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Stealing Intellectual Property at the Art Fairs
"You can also post a small sign stating that there is a fee to photograph your work with your permission. This then makes it a criminal matter and the police can arrest them. It is called theft of services. Copyright is civil and that is why you…"
May 12, 2014
sean McDougal commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post My two cents worth on The Woodlands Waterway show
"Well I was Brian's neighbor who zeroed out. I am not looking for hundreds of buyers at a show. Just a few and sometimes one. After Sat I felt good about the show. Most times when I have that much interaction with people asking the right…"
Apr 21, 2014
sean McDougal commented on sean McDougal's blog post Is there a difference between buy sell and selling prints?
"S Brian Berkun it was good being your neighbor. Hope to see you down the road again. As far as prints or reproductions go. The point I was trying to make or the comparison wasn't about limited prints or having some reproductions in your booth.…"
Apr 21, 2014
Alison Thomas commented on sean McDougal's blog post Is there a difference between buy sell and selling prints?
"Exactly Pat.  It is all a personal business decision.  I made the decision a couple of years ago to have nothing but framed pieces in my booth and only sell unmatted/unframed prints by order.  It works for me.  Other…"
Apr 20, 2014
Pat Sorbini commented on sean McDougal's blog post Is there a difference between buy sell and selling prints?
"I am enjoying the discussion, but I am confused. If you choose to sell only originals, kudos. What confuses me is the criticism of those who sell prints. You made your choice knowing the pitfalls. Why should everyone have to take the same risk? I am…"
Apr 20, 2014
S Brian Berkun commented on sean McDougal's blog post Is there a difference between buy sell and selling prints?
"Looks like your post grew its own legs Sean so I'll stay out of the fray! Cheers!"
Apr 19, 2014

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Your Medium
Metal
Years in the Art Fair Business
15
First show ever
Can't remember.I think it was a local art festival.
What is your website?
http://disfunctionaldesign.com
What are the best things about art fairs
Meeting people.
Best show ever and why
Artscape 2007. Great sales.Sold out of some things by Sat afternoon.Good music and just an all around good time.
Worst show ever and why
Boca Raton Museum of the Arts.No sales.Stuck at a dead end with portable toilets across from me that leaked and smelled all weekend.Also alot of rude people.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Can't remember.I keep getting e mails.

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Is there a difference between buy sell and selling prints?

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 9:57pm 39 Comments

I am curious what people think of this. We all talk as though we are so pure to our art. I only sell originals and have more than once lost out on a sale to a big less expensive print. So I thought about it and the fact is many artists are ordering prints from big print houses. Some of them are overseas. I know some artists who do greeting cards and small items with their work on it. Made in China. So isn't this buy sell? I see artists with mostly prints in the booth. Giclee all over the…

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