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"But did you ever wonder about those people hawking their wares in the booths along the town’s quaint Main Street?"

I really enjoy seeing stories about art fairs around the country because of the different point of view. We all know about the art fair life style and "where artists come from" and where they are going. But the people attending art fairs some times have no idea about it. Common questions like, "do you sleep in your van?", "where did you buy what you are selling?", "how long does it make to make this", "what is your real job?" or (the worst) "I can do that".

It is always great when a news source delves into the topics, because likely as not they come away mighty impressed with the individuals creating the art. Not only do the news stories give some accurate background to the careers of artists, great to hear, but in the "comments" behind the stories you get a good look at what the general reader of the publication thinks about artists and art fairs.

Here's a thorough report from the Kimball Art Fair, taking place this weekend in Park City, Utah:

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Comment by Pat Sorbini on August 8, 2010 at 8:45pm
It really is one of the better articles, but "hawking our wares"? *shudder*
Comment by Bill Sargent on August 9, 2010 at 6:55am
I have twice been asked if we sleep in our tents. The last time the question came from a man who looked like he was struggling to get up the courage to ask while his wife stood by looking a little embarrassed.
My answer was no, we don't sleep in our tents. We all stay in a great big one just outside of town.
Comment by Michelle Sholund on August 9, 2010 at 9:31am
I think the one comment that annoys me the most is... can you give me a deal if I buy 2? Granted I sell things like candles and potpourri - all homegrown by me and made by me (minus the wax and wicks) - so I am sure painters and other artists in similar mediums probably don't get that request... I just tell them if you buy a dozen you get a 13th one for free. They say, "I don't need 12, I only want 2!" Grrr!

Hawking gives me shivers - how does comparing selling art and craft objects using a proper display and high quality work go to being the same as carnies trying to get the public to play a game of chance? One is a mini store/gallery the other is, well, completely different! Another Grr! - Michelle
Comment by Jennifer Simpson on August 9, 2010 at 11:34am
I've had a couple of customers wonder where "we'll" all be next time. They thought everyone in the art show traveled around together (yes, like a circus) to different locations.....LOL!
Comment by denice bizot on August 9, 2010 at 5:42pm
ive been using a plasma torch piercing abstract images in shovelheads for 11 years, which are in collections in europe and major cities in america and someone recently asked "these are awesome, who are you coping?" what the f@*#-- ya gotta lov'em.
Comment by denice bizot on August 9, 2010 at 6:09pm
i meant copying.
Comment by laurie Olefson on August 9, 2010 at 11:33pm
actually, what i hate most is the "oh how creative!" just before someone walks away!
Comment by Walt Bennett on August 11, 2010 at 7:50pm
How about "Did you realllly make this???", or "I can get this cheaper at *mart!" The most entertaining one of all was when a mid-50's male with a early-30's trophy babe had her try on one of my wife's hats. She said she wasn't interested, but he took one look and said: "I want to see you naked in our bed with that hat on tonight!" We were truly at a loss for words, but he did pay for the hat. My wife had a hard time not telling her to find another sugar daddy.


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