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This was my first year as an artist in the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair. I've been attending the fairs since 1998 as a customer buying art. There are many pieces in our house from the collecting over the years. Some are in storage in the basement because there is not enough wall space in our house.

The truth is that I was accepted into both the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair and the State Street Area Art Fair. But being a new artist at the Ann Arbor art fairs is both exciting and demanding at the same time. Oh boy... was Wednesday such a ride! Being this my third year of art fairs, I was surprised that I was accepted in! But Wednesday was my first $2000 day ever! Prints were flying out of my booth that day. It was difficult to enter in the invoices in Freshbooks. But... oh... was it so much fun! But Wednesday was followed up by three consecutive $1000 days!

Thank you to a late order of Tender Embrace # 7/125 selling for $275. That 24x24 frame is going to Boston. Oh the stories of where your art departs and finds a new home!I hope it makes the flight alright. But that late order put me ever so slightly over the $1K make on Saturday. Plus a Canadian bought my Lego minifigure Canadian Mountie print! And my neighbor's were congratulating me for a successful show. This was my highest art fair ever! And I hope to be back again next year!

My packed booth...

Tender Embrace...

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Comment by Connie Mettler on July 20, 2014 at 9:08pm

Great to hear this, Scott. Surely makes you smile. Did you expect this? and what is your takeaway for your next show or for next year?

Why did you choose Summer Art Fair instead of the State Street Area show?

Comment by Scott Pakulski on July 20, 2014 at 10:40pm

Oh Connie... It was booth location! Second booth from the bottom of Maynerd as opposed to being in the middle of State Street...

Comment by Scott Pakulski on July 20, 2014 at 10:57pm

Plus the chance of becoming an exhibiting member of the Guild...

Comment by Christina L. Towell on July 21, 2014 at 9:04am

Well done, Scott!  Hoping to meet you in Ferndale in a couple months...you're an inspiration to us 

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Comment by Connie Mettler on July 21, 2014 at 10:21am

Smart move. Any chance you'll have that space again next year? Had the State Street show shown you where your booth would be? That always would help make a decision.

Comment by Scott Pakulski on July 21, 2014 at 10:54pm

Hello Connie - here are the booth locations...

Comment by Lynnea Bennett on July 28, 2014 at 9:31am

good for you.. someday.. someday I'll apply...

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