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Linda A Shields's Blog – March 2011 Archive (3)

If Jewelry is SUCH a COMPETITIVE arena...Why Don't Art Fairs Subdivide the Category?

Yes, I just received a surprising email that said my jury totals weren't high enough for me to be asked to attend a show. It also said: "We had almost 300 applicants this year and the competition was tough. We choose jurors who have expertise in craft and design but as all artists know, you never know what they're going to like from year to year."

I'm not here to whine. That's not me.

Let's find a creative solution for these Jurors.

1) I am sure they want our entrance…


Added by Linda A Shields on March 28, 2011 at 8:30pm — 177 Comments

Are Art Fairs where the alcohol flows freely friendly to artists?

I'm not going to name any Festivals by name here.....I could get on someone's "Bad List" but last year we shelled out a large fee to be in a well-known and respected Art Fair that had the word wine not only in it's title but loaded in it's customers....and spilled on my oriental rug, my beaded scarves....well, you hear my point.


They were an alcohol-fueled crowd of happy people who were there to have a good time, NOT buy art. 


Why, I wondered, was I…


Added by Linda A Shields on March 26, 2011 at 7:15pm — 16 Comments

SOS:I've Caught it Again..... Creative Block

The days are going by, dripping like a leaky faucet really(very annoying), and the Art Fair season approaches.

I, Creative One, am suppose to be making time with my Muse(in other words, restocking my inventory for the coming frantic frenzy of sequential weekends selling my creations.)

Suddenly, sittting at my bench is an onerous task. I would much rather scrub the kitchen floor. Reupholster my niece's couch. Grout my son's new bathroom. Count toothpicks  in my solder kit. Have…


Added by Linda A Shields on March 24, 2011 at 2:14pm — 11 Comments

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