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What do you do after season?

It took me a few long cold winters to get used to life in the Midwest, after living in Florida and doing the show circuit there for 25 years. In the south, shows start up in September and wind down in April, and by then it's too hot. In the north, it’s just the opposite: May to October, and after that it's too dang cold.

I know there are road gypsies out there that can pull off the year-round art show circuit, and I tip my hat to them. As for me and my house, I am glad to have my in…


Added by Sandy Walker on December 2, 2016 at 11:01pm — 4 Comments

The Making of a Show Piece

     Somewhere along the line (right here on AFI!) I learned that jury images need to show a constistency. The pieces need to look like they are all from the same DNA, so to speak. Ever since hearing that, I have had a concern that my jury images are too dissimilar, and that someday I should make them more cohesive. 

So this month, “someday” arrived. I designed and built new statement pieces that are similar to another jury image. In the process of designing, I…


Added by Sandy Walker on September 9, 2016 at 12:59pm — 3 Comments

Can't wait to get back in the studio

I thought you might be interested in something I recently posted on my blog. Please share your thoughts!

Added by Sandy Walker on July 24, 2016 at 10:54am — 2 Comments

Fish Bowl vs. Privacy and why do we shows

"The thing I remember best about successful people I've met all through the years is their obvious delight in what they're doing......and it seems to have very little to do with worldly success. They just love what they’re doing, and they love it in front of other people" Fred Rogers

So why do you do shows? Is it about loving what…


Added by Sandy Walker on May 11, 2016 at 8:00pm — 9 Comments

One of my best teachers

So how did you ever learn the art that you take to shows? I'm sure your style has evolved over time and that you could write a book on how much your work has changed.

Here is a post I wrote about one of my best (not favorite) teachers. It's not the work I currently take to shows- I am a jewelry artist. However this year I am transitioning back to painting and plan to spend my off show season doing watercolors of the woods.…


Added by Sandy Walker on September 10, 2015 at 5:22pm — 3 Comments

Why do we bother?

Why do we bother to do shows? It's not the easiest route to take, or the most cost efficient. None of us are getting any younger, and the world is getting crazier every day. 

So why do we do what we do?

This is a story of why I love to do shows, in spite of all the things I have to deal with. 

I made this for you before I met you



Added by Sandy Walker on July 17, 2015 at 2:28pm — 7 Comments

What's This Jury Panel all About?

  I went to the Broad Ripple Art Fair Open Jury in Indianapolis in February. I got to be a "fly on the wall," watching five judges as they decided the fate of 539 artists that had applied for the show.

   Because I am a jewelry artist who participates in juried art shows, and because the jury process has always been dark and mysterious to me, I decided to attend. It was a show to which I had applied, located an hour from my home, and an invitation had been emailed to all…


Added by Sandy Walker on March 18, 2015 at 10:13pm — 29 Comments

Before and after studio pictures? This is before

 I thought you artist friends who, like me, produce and sell our work, might be interested in a look at my studio. Warning: it might get ugly. 



Added by Sandy Walker on January 20, 2015 at 9:30am — 12 Comments

Apopka Art and Foliage Festival

Have any of you Floridians done the Apopka Art and Foliage Festival before? I notice they are making a call for artists even though the show is in a few weeks. Should I make the leap?

Added by Sandy Walker on April 18, 2013 at 8:19am — 5 Comments

I would love your feedback on my booth

      I am a mixed media jewelry artist whose main ingredient is the dried acrylic paint pulled from the artist palette. After  years of doing shows, my booth has evolved to what you see here. It is simple, colorful,…


Added by Sandy Walker on October 8, 2012 at 8:00pm — 24 Comments

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