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Art Fair Insiders 2011 Community Awards Nominations


  1. Member of the year - Geoff Coe, Larry Berman, Jim Parker, Nels Johnson, Annette Piper
  2. Personality of the year - Nels Johnson, Munks, Linda Shields, Barry Bernstein
  3. Author of the year - Nels Johnson, Geoff Coe, Corey Johnston
  4. ROFL award - Caroline Kwas, Munks
  5. Most generous and helpful - Larry Berman, Jim Parker
  6. Newcomer - Michelle Wermuth, Ruth Finkenbiner
  7. Special Recognition - Geri Wegner, Annette Piper
  8. Best Blog post -
    Two Gutterballs in a Row
    Rejections, Wait Listings in 2012
    A Pirate looks at 67
    I Can be Taught
    Escalating Booth Fees-What are they thinking?
  9. Best Discussion -
    What's the worst question you have been asked at an art fair?
    If Jewelry is such a competitive arena why don't the shows subdivid...?
    Addicted to Gushers
    Is it possible to earn a living doing art fairs?

Please email me your votes:

Deadline:  January 15 Midnight

Please note we will NOT extend the deadline.


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Comment by Barry Bernstein on January 11, 2012 at 2:23pm

Personality of the Year?  I was told by someone, this summer, that I didn't have a personality.    

Comment by Connie Mettler on January 11, 2012 at 2:47pm

LOL. Who could that have been? Was it Geri? Was it Jan K.? I would never have accused you of that. Just keep keeping along. Your wonderful photo from OKC seems to belie that.

Comment by Barry Bernstein on January 11, 2012 at 6:05pm

I should have added that it wasn't anyone who is a member of AFI.  It was somebody who is on the committee of the local Marquette show.  It was the reason given to me as to why I wasn't invited back to our local show.  Consequently, I set up my own "invitational" show in the parking lot across the street.  I charged $5 for parking, since it is the closest parking to the show and cleaned up.  Now every parking lot on that block is going to charge for parking next year. 

Comment by Connie Mettler on January 11, 2012 at 8:51pm

You are actually saying that they didn't let you back in the show because of your Personality??? That is a new one. We need to tell Munks or Holly. I think they would love to get ahold of that. 

In addition, are you saying it is easier to make money as a parking lot attendant rather than as a potter? Sounds like you could have skipped college.

Comment by Nels Johnson on January 11, 2012 at 9:06pm

That Barry has all the corners covered up there in the UP.  Next year he will be selling smoked fish and day-old pasties.  If Webbie shows, he will wipe you out in one serving--Aloha, Barry.  You are a true personality.  Lloyd Price even sang a song about you.

Comment by Barry Bernstein on January 12, 2012 at 1:06am

Connie, I missed my calling. I should have owned parking lots. It was the easiest money I ever made. People were throwing $5 bills at me all day.  Since it was the first annual "Barry Bernstein Invitational Art Fair" I may have to invite a few people to set up next to me.  Nels, you will be happy to know that you can get smoked fish at Thills Fish Market or fresh Lake Superior whitefish and lake trout less than 2 minutes walking distance from your booth and pasties, if you have to, are a half a block up the street. We could have that pasty throwing contest that you always talk about, but, we would have to change the name from "art fair" to "arts festival."

Comment by Connie Mettler on January 12, 2012 at 6:53am

Comment by Patricia DeMaria on January 12, 2012 at 10:12pm

Wait a minute!  If you're throwing pasties throw them at me!!  I love a good pasty.  Of course if they're not good I will join you in the Annual Pasty Hurl!

Comment by Linda A Shields on January 15, 2012 at 3:20pm

You know I once wore pasties....OOOps, wrong discussion!

Honestly, how can a relatively naive former ex-everything compete against two racing raconteurs like Nels and Barry.

I do have a mischievous Maltese to rival Munks capricious cat. Willow was destined for a lady in New York who already had a fur coat made for him. LOL I was going out with a friend to look at a new puppy for her when the breeder waylayed me as I entered. "Hold this puppy for me won't you? The phone is ringing."

He gazed loving up at me, this pound of pure white fluff, snuggled into my was love. After I was hooked though she had demands: three interviews (including all family members WITH a questionairre), training sessions for me with tests and (OH! YES!) $5,000. ALL so I could rescue my dog from NY, NY!!!!!

Was Willow worth it? Every minute of every day. I can see why the concubines kept one up their sleeve in ancient China:unconditional love.

Which brings me back to this Personality Award. Just to be on the list is such an honor. Thank you ALL!

This website is exploding with lively wits, the interplay of intelligences, tales of true experiences, a bastion of civility, creative genius, artistic temperments..........well, it's "right brain" heaven. If I had a song for AFI, it would be Jerry Lee Lewis's "A Whole Lot A Shakin' Goin' On".

Comment by Connie Mettler on January 16, 2012 at 3:01pm

Great song, Linda. Thanks for the story. I am still tabulating all the votes -- hope to have them ready in the next 48 hours. 


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