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In the beginning art fairs were created and artists and art buyers flocked to attend. You were one of them. Your mother and your friends thought your work was wonderful and maybe they were right, so off you went to the marketplace. How did it go? Was it a triumph or a humbling experience?

A panel of beginner and experienced artists from various media discuss their "first time." What you will learn:

  • how they prepared
  • where they were, big or small fairs
  • how it impacted their lives
  • their biggest disappointments and their biggest surprises
  • the good, the bad and the very ugly

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Comment by Connie Mettler on July 7, 2014 at 12:13pm

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Comment by Brandon Boesl on July 8, 2014 at 5:52pm

I am doing my first show in just over two weeks. I am very nervous with it being my first show, Art on the Rocks in Marquette, MI a juried show. I have lined up a great tent, but need to know how much product I should have, pricing, what little things (not product wise) I should have to make this successful. I do photography and much of what I have is local to where the show is, which should be a bonus. 

Comment by Connie Mettler on July 8, 2014 at 6:21pm

That should be a bonus, Brandon, especially if you can catch the tourists who love the Lake Superior atmosphere. Locals maybe not so much. Have a wide price point. Any chance you can get to another show before that one? That would help a lot because you could see what others photography booths look like and get an idea of how much to bring. 

Do you live in Marquette? If so, I guess heading to Ann Arbor to see a big show would be a bit of a drive, but I'll bet you can find a smaller one nearer than that. When is the Petoskey show? That wouldn't be so far.

Comment by Barry Bernstein on July 8, 2014 at 7:20pm

So Brandon, what's the deal with the smugmug stuff on your website? Do you actually shoot the work yourself, print the photos, frame them, etc.? What's the deal?

Comment by Brandon Boesl on July 8, 2014 at 7:30pm
Smugmug is just the website I use to post my pictures. I took all of the photos. I will be framing some of the photos, mating some and just having plain prints.

I really love your pottery. I think you may know my father in law, Marc Himes.
Comment by Scott Pakulski on July 9, 2014 at 11:25pm

My first art fair was Maple and Main in Sylvania, Ohio. It was the first year or the fair and it was my first art fair. But in the third year, that little show has grown up a bit!


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