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pet peeve

one thing that really gets under my skin is when an "organizer" "promoter" "director" or whatever doesn't have the decency to go around and introduce themselves at a festival. What is that about? Without them I would sit home. Win, lose or draw, I am grateful, wish hag they would let me share that with them.

Added by Paul Flack on October 7, 2019 at 11:27am — 1 Comment

Ridgeland, MS

If there was any better show organizer than Bob McFarland at Ridgeland, MS, I would love to hear about him. They had to have broken the mold when they made him! From the time the tired tires of my van hit the show site, he was sitting in a golf cart asking if we needed anything. 

For those keeping score, the Ridgeland Fine Arts show is an extremely well run, modest show held the first weekend of April. HC Porter (one of our own) was instrumental in organizing the event almost…

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Added by Paul Flack on April 3, 2017 at 11:39am — 5 Comments

Chicago Art Show at Navy Pier?

Has anybody done this show? Booth prices suggest that it is a gallery-oriented event. Organizers are based in West Palm Beach(I think that is a suburb of Chi-Town). Usually at events in venues of this sort union labor is required to "touch" all of your items in-between the loading dock and your booth. Anything?

Added by Paul Flack on October 19, 2016 at 10:19am — 5 Comments

An open letter to Nels

Nels, first of all, best wishes for the season, happy holidays and all that good stuff. Next, what is with those people where you live, can you tell them to buy a vowel, what the heck is a ybor??? Really.

God bless.

Added by Paul Flack on December 24, 2014 at 10:53am — 3 Comments

AFFPS in Atlanta

People wonder why ATL shows are hit and miss?  Here is a recent news piece that focuses on a group that has added 12 new annual events to the Metro Atlanta Art Festival calendar. Since the population has not grown at quite the same rate, many existing shows have been damaged. Shows like Dogwood, which by the way is preceded by an event organized by this group and is less than two miles away.…

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Added by Paul Flack on November 6, 2014 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Network, Network, Network...three keys to success in a changing art market...no declining art market.

Its all about not wanting, its all about using what we got.

Recently a fellow artist asked about a show in ATL (my hometown), unfortunately he asked too late. My response is that the private company that puts on the show has hit or miss attendance, and the time to ask about a show is BEFORE you apply.

That said, another drop of wisdom…

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Added by Paul Flack on March 28, 2014 at 10:53am — 2 Comments

Are the "big" shows toast?

A trend that I have been noticing is that the "model" for the big shows (by that I mean the 300+ artists shows) overall is down and heading further down. Coconut Grove/St. Stephens is the latest. It seems shows that were staples...Ann Arbor, St. James Court, and Coconut Grove, once celebrations for visual arts, aren't attracting the buying power they once did. The competition for the limited dollars is far too great for the number of qualified buyers. Perhaps some categories might do well…

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Added by Paul Flack on February 26, 2014 at 10:39am — 26 Comments

READ THIS OR THE DOG GETS IT!

All right, here is a follow-up to the St. Louis open jury workshop held Saturday...

...just as the Raven kicker's toe was about to touch the ball to begin the Superbowl. The phone rang. It was Larry Berman. We spent the next half hour discussing the ins and outs of Zapp and the previously mentioned workshop of which he was one of the mock jurors.

There are…

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Added by Paul Flack on February 4, 2013 at 11:30am — 34 Comments

Unique Use for Pinterest?

A friend is using Pinterest in a unique way as a tool to facilitate conversation with commission clients. She "pins" a series of images that help her customers hone in on a particular concept, color, etc.  For example, a customer says "purple." Well what does that mean?  She posts twenty different images of purple and opens a discussion. You can go to http://pinterest.com/kimclayton1/all-shades-of-purple/…

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Added by Paul Flack on January 28, 2013 at 9:40am — 13 Comments

Excellent resource for social media marketing

A friend and talented artist has put together a Pinterest board with tips and how-to stuff for working in the cybermarketing art environment. Go here: http://pinterest.com/creativechicksc/art-marketing/

Added by Paul Flack on January 19, 2013 at 10:36am — 4 Comments

Social Media and Professional Artists

All right you people (and you know who you are.) Connie made me do this, I thought it was self-explanatory but as usual...dumb ass me.  

Warhol was a brand. Yes, I know to invoke that name is BS, but let it sink in. He was the first artist to establish himself in fine art/publishing/film production/etc. How did a humble shoe illustrator from "Redbook" do such a thing?  How does Coca Cola (brown sugar water) own a whole isle in the grocery store? Duh...Branding. 

As practicing…

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Added by Paul Flack on January 7, 2013 at 12:00pm — 13 Comments

Piedmont Art Festival?

I was wondering how the Piedmont Art Festival went. Apparently some people confuse this with the Atlanta Art Festival that is in Piedmont Park - Different organizers. Living in Atlanta there is a well established show that weekend (last weekend) and I didn't see the usual smattering of real estate signs promoting the event.  I am particularly interested (and maybe some of you are) of sales trends. The show I did this weekend was down, Dogwood was down in the spring< any reports we can…

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Added by Paul Flack on August 20, 2012 at 9:48am — 15 Comments

Recession Art

I am working on some conceptual items. I have done a series of shopping bags that I have painted petroglyphs on. The works will be priced at $ 5.00 or so each.

The concept is that we buy replacement items all the time, as with phones and technology. The ones we have are perfectly good, but, we get new ones anyway. In places like Japan there is an industry to…

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Added by Paul Flack on August 15, 2012 at 12:43pm — 5 Comments

Lying by Omission, TACA 2012

I asked on the artfairreview FB page if anyone else got notice from Taca, here's what I got back:

 Rick Steingress Unless things have changed they jury for the next year's show AT the show. It used to be that only 15% of spots rolled over and were open to application. If you applied for the first time that may be the problem. If you've been doing it and got juried out…

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Added by Paul Flack on August 2, 2012 at 9:53am — 6 Comments

Ann Arbor 2012

Finally got there. I was like getting to the grand buffet and finding only a few slivers of beat up melon.  

For example: 

Ann Arbor State Street.  

Tuesday night an artists' dinner is held, we had the "privilege" of sitting with the Mayor and the show organizer. Tom, the show organizer, boosted that his was the only show that would allow stores to have street booths and that Urban Outfitters would do more than $250,000 during the four days of the…

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Added by Paul Flack on July 23, 2012 at 9:20am — 40 Comments

Atlanta Over Saturated?

Look what I woke up to this AM, a new Atlanta art show on my front lawn!

Added by Paul Flack on July 1, 2012 at 10:42am — 3 Comments

Hotels

Subject, hotels. A couple of things have come up and I wanted to share them with the group. David Haun posted on apps he uses which prompted this posting. Recently I went into a Days Inn, or something of that class hotel. The person in front of me on line walked up and was cited a rate. I walked in with my Hotels.com booking and his rate was actually lower than mine. I was perplexed. The counter person said they often have a rate cheaper than hotel.com since…

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Added by Paul Flack on June 30, 2012 at 2:05pm — 9 Comments

Boardwalk, boardwalk (Drifters?) 2012

OK, I am wrong about so many things, and I am everything I am accused of being.  

However, I haven't seen kudos to Virginia Beach.  Tiffany is doing great things with this show. I missed last year, but noticed several significant changes. For one thing, they have axed the funnel cakes. The new food vendors are local restaurants with great booths...sorry overpriced soda mug guy...

Also, they have moved the whole show up the boardwalk closer to the Hilton. Wow, this is…

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Added by Paul Flack on June 29, 2012 at 2:49pm — 11 Comments

Pet Peeve - " Invisible Organizers"

I detest going to a show where the organizers don't come by the booth and introduce themselves. And, there are quiet a few of them.  It makes the whole thing so "dirty." Organizers organize, they are not in charge of results. Win, lose or draw, they do their best, at least have the guts to face your clients (the artists).

Well, that said. last week was Magic City, kudos to Eileen Kuntzman, she was everywhere, at the end of the show she even turned up to help my wife and I load…

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Added by Paul Flack on May 1, 2012 at 12:38pm — 6 Comments

July

What is anybody doing besides Howard Allen in July?

Added by Paul Flack on April 4, 2012 at 12:41pm — 22 Comments

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