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5 Winners in the Pledge Drive & 3 Artists Share "best tips"

On Tuesday we had one of our best podcasts, a report from 3 different artists from Florida, Chicago and Washington State, on their journeys creating art and participating in art fairs. I believe nearly 100 years total experience among them. 

Their tips for you: 

1. Kathleen Teach has supported herself at art shows, entirely, for 20 years, starting out with nothing."I look back on it now with wonderful memories and some pride. My independence and sense of adventure was the envy of all my friends." Her advice: Do not be afraid to raise your prices. When I could hardly keep up with all the sales I was making a customer said to me, "why don't you raise your prices?" Result: less work, more money.

Btw, Kathleen is looking for someone to mentor, to learn her business and the art fair business. Contact her through her FB page or contact me, if you are interested.

2. Stephanie Wheat is a self taught handbag designer specializing in handmade leather accessories, who participates in wholesale events and top notch retail fairs, has gallery accounts and is going international by participating in Paris Fashion Week this fall. Her advice: always use the best quality materials available. You'll enjoy the creative process more and your fine work will find its market. 

3. Kathy Ross, has been a full time self-employed artist since 1978.  She has pursued many materials (99% sculptural) and is currently pursuing even more possibilities working with found objects. She even sleeps in her tent at La Quinta! Her advice: People were always asking me how long it took to make something, so I started keeping track of the hours. Now in my booth beside each object I include the # of hours it took to create. It has helped sales!

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Then we drew the first five names for the winners in the 2019 Pledge Drive:

1. Debbie Stillman

2. John Houle

3. Patricia Venaleck

4. Carolyn Copper

5. Lou Ann Grover

Debbie, John, Patricia, Carolyn and Lou Ann, visit the prize page and let me know your choice. Congrats. 

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Comment by Connie Mettler on May 30, 2019 at 8:05am

These winners chose:

1. Debbie Stillman - $200 Pro Panel gift certificate

2. John Houle - $300 Flourish gift certificate

3. Patricia Venaleck - Ring doorbell

4. Carolyn Copper - $200 Pro Panel gift certificate

5. Lou Ann Grover - $300 Flourish gift certificate

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