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A Good Read...For Beginners and Others Alike!

I've been doing shows for a good number of years but it never hurts to get a reality check once-in-a-while and make sure the rudder is heading in the right direction. I saw a reference to a new book called Death To the Starving Artist by Nikolas Allen and feeling as though I were a starving artist after the shows in 2013 I thought I would look into it, see what he had to say and see if I missed anything important. I requested the book from the…

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Added by S Brian Berkun on January 28, 2014 at 5:30pm — 10 Comments

Tempe, AZ once again...

Okay, so maybe I didn't rush to post this but the shows over anyway! I've done this show three previous times and you can see my last comprehensive report at: http://www.artfairinsiders.com/profiles/blogs/2011-tempe-fall-festival-of-the-arts

What was different this time around? After reading my own previous posting not much has changed!

Buying energy: Way below previous years.…

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Added by S Brian Berkun on December 18, 2013 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

Something New Under The Sun

I picked up my Mac from the computer repair facility and while the gal at the register was checking me out (read that; rang up the cost of the repair) I checked out the swiper device on her phone. Seems there is another new player in the POS biz.

Breadcrumb.Groupon.com Payments is supported (in the fine print) by Wells Fargo. Their POS system boasts a low rate of 1.8%+15 cents per transaction, slightly higher for keyed transactions (2.3% ?). Doing the math shows this to be a far lower rate… Continue

Added by S Brian Berkun on September 26, 2013 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Another one for the books...Durango CO Autumn Arts Festival

Oh what a difference a day makes. Saturday was cool but comfortable and Sunday was a whole 'nother story! Fortunately sales were good on Saturday. Sunday was pretty slow as most people browsed the show and the weather threatened all day long. Most of us were checking the weather web sites all day long and could pretty well predict when it would hit.



The email the night before from the director gave those that wished to take the opportunity to book early and at least 3 or 4 artists…

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Added by S Brian Berkun on September 26, 2013 at 2:58pm — 4 Comments

DANG IT! I did it again!

Dag nabit, I told myself I would never do it again...and despite the self admonishments and promises to self, I did!



I know there have been lots of discussions about the issue of caving to the patron request for "your best deal (price)" and I've resolved not to do it and I didn't need to (I've got 4 more shows this year) but I did! I guess it was just another opportunity to test my resolve. I don't always think very quickly on my feet so I'm not always prepared to respond to the… Continue

Added by S Brian Berkun on September 22, 2013 at 11:18pm — 29 Comments

iOS7 Upgrade remorse...apparently not just me!

Up daters beware! I unwittingly stumbled into iPhone iOS7! When my phone told me it was available I decided to update not thinking much about it (as in the implications). To my surprise and horror 7 is quite a bit different then 6! So much so, that I dislike it immensely! The screen is too light, the type font too skinny and overall it is not a pleasant experience to use! Additionally, I guess until they update, APPs don't seem to work very well either. I wonder if I can go back to 6? I will at… Continue

Added by S Brian Berkun on September 20, 2013 at 7:03pm — 13 Comments

Autumn & Art @ Bradley Fair - Wichita

Patrons enjoying a rare mild (rainless) night at Autumn & Art @ Bradley Fair in Wichita

The picture doesn't do it justice but the weather was spectacular all weekend...except when it poured at load out time!

Okay, I wont repeat most of what I said about last years show, see the link to review there:…

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Added by S Brian Berkun on September 19, 2013 at 8:42pm — 4 Comments

Colorado ArtFest at Castle Rock

Just finished load'n up the van for the next show in Wichita this coming weekend so its time for a review. See the short version on ArtShowReviews...Or the last version is at:

http://www.artfairinsiders.com/profiles/blogs/colorado-artfest-at-castle-rock

Not much different to say about this year except a few additions. This show has dead zones. On the south side in front of the…

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Added by S Brian Berkun on September 11, 2013 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Affordable Arts part Deux

The 2nd Annual Affordable Arts Show in Littleton, CO came off without a hitch this past Sunday, Aug, 25.

Crowds line up in anticipation of entering the 2nd Annual Affordable Arts Show in Littleton, CO

I reviewed the inaugural event last year and it can be read at: http://www.artfairinsiders.com/profiles/blogs/affordable-arts-show-in-arrears



Things were…

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Added by S Brian Berkun on August 27, 2013 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Is "1st Annual" Cheesman Park Arts Festival correct useage?

Yes, if something is planned to occur annually, and this is the first time it will happen, it is perfectly correct to say "first annual."



This is absolutely wrong according to the rules of grammar and English. The first time you hold any event it is the "inaugural" and the next year would be the "2nd annual".



You intend for the event to take place a second time, but you aren't sure it will (life happens). You never know what might happen in a year.....safer to call…

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Added by S Brian Berkun on July 30, 2013 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Pike's Peak Arts Festival-"That way madness lies"

Had a free weekend, didn't have to drive too far, could commute from Denver, thought I'd try something different. What is the saying attributed to Einstein? "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

Well I asked for it...I know better than to mix holidays (Like the fourth of July) and art shows. I guess the only outstanding exception to that caveat would be the Cherry Creek Art Show but I wasn't invited to that show this year! (Or any other…

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Added by S Brian Berkun on July 15, 2013 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

OMG Omaha! Again...

A little late in posting this show's review I wont go into a lot of detail as that can be seen in my previous posting last year about this show. See: http://www.artfairinsiders.com/profiles/blog/list?q=Omaha+Summer+Arts+Festival+or+Deep+in+the+heart+of...Nebraska!

What was different about this years show? Maybe I should start with the weather as it had a…

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Added by S Brian Berkun on June 26, 2013 at 2:13pm — 7 Comments

Musings from Mulvane...in Topeka KS

Looking for a new and different venue I choose to go east of Denver into Kansas and Topeka for the first time, I wasn't the only first timer for this show either. An artist from AZ and two from NM were there as well as a painter from MO and a few others I can't remember. This is the 21st year for the Mulvane Mountain Plains Art Fair which is held as a benefit for the Mulvane Art Museum on the Campus of Washburn University. The campus itself is a tidy little setting and has a wonderful esplanade… Continue

Added by S Brian Berkun on June 2, 2013 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

Too Many Shows...

Spent the previous weekend in lovely Prescott, AZ (pronounced Press-kit) at the 35th Annual Arts Guild show. The show is located on the lawns around the courthouse in the center of town. People know that it is an annual event and being the first show of the summer season it seems there isn't art show fatique. But that isn't the reason for writing this post. As if there aren't enough shows in AZ these days for promoters to promote it seems that there was another promoter promoting a show…

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Added by S Brian Berkun on May 21, 2013 at 11:00pm — 32 Comments

More From Cottonwood

I can't tell you how many times I've heard "You should have been here last year..." or something similar to it! This is another of those times. Neighbor Dan said, last year was killer and the guy next to him reported huge sales as well, despite the weather being sweltering and 100, so they both came loaded for bear thinking it would be the same. Maybe it is a sad commentary for me to say that I took it in stride as I've been to some pretty average shows as of late and it wasn't as difficult for… Continue

Added by S Brian Berkun on May 4, 2013 at 10:11pm — 4 Comments

Greetings from Cottonwood

The Achilles Storm is affecting things around the country and Dallas is seeing some of its effects as well. Thankfully nothing like other parts of the country. Yesterday afternoon as I "blew" into town there was a stiff northerly wind blowing with temps in the 50's. To say the least it was a little challenging to set up the tent with walls a-flapping. It looked like rain all afternoon but thankfully that didnt materialize. I'm glad I bought those screw down stakes before I left Denver! This… Continue

Added by S Brian Berkun on May 3, 2013 at 9:44am — 2 Comments

Artist Awards at Tempe Festival of the Arts

Congratulations to each of the artists. I'm pleased with mine! Each of the awards is hand-made by a fabric artist and comes with a nice monetary award as well. None of this store bought stuff! …

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Added by S Brian Berkun on April 11, 2013 at 2:25pm — 6 Comments

Suitcases, cockroaches and bedbugs...Oh My!

As weary travelers we spend unusually high numbers of days away from the comforts of our own homes. Sometimes the accommodations we choose are a delight, or at least not too disagreeable, and other times they are a horror!

My recent stay at a motel I've visited several times over the last three years has prompted this post. Although at the lower end of the chains members it is affordable, clean, has some limited breakfast offerings and is reasonably close to the show. Usually, the beds are… Continue

Added by S Brian Berkun on April 9, 2013 at 12:30pm — 13 Comments

Zapp rolls out their new look!

Have you seen Zapps new look? Essentially it contains all the old gizmos with a new look (not bad overall) plus a few more new tricks. I just reviewed an application I was holding on to and found when you go to arrange your images they have a new "drag and drop" feature. It takes some maneuvering to get the images to split if you want to drag an image in between two others. Just like the "old" Zapp, if you go back to review an application your image order is all scrambled up so check…

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Added by S Brian Berkun on March 12, 2013 at 6:00pm — 12 Comments

I've had it with (my) Credit Card Processing!

Well maybe not entirely but I would like to relate an experience that I had with my credit card merchant account. A few years ago I decided that it was probably in my best interest, and in the interest and convenience for people that wanted to purchase my work, to finally break down and sign up for a credit card merchant account. Up till then I was doing no more than 5 and maybe up to 10 shows a year. I didn't have any problems with sales not involving a credit card as people came to the…

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Added by S Brian Berkun on March 11, 2013 at 6:20pm — 49 Comments

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