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Podcast Review: How I Built a Business from my Art Fair Career

Review of the podcast - speaking with entrepreneurs on how they support artists and develop products for artists for their careers.

Although this podcast was a little off the track of our usual nuts and bolts discussions on surviving/thriving in the business, I was curious about some of the businesses surrounding the festivals and where they came from.

  • Carolyn Edlund, founder of Artsy Shark, a top ten art blog, who spent 20 years running a production studio making and selling jewelry, and now writes and consults on business topics for artists. Carolyn works from a rich background in making and selling art, an authentic source if you are looking for help in your art career.
  • Drew Hendrix, President of Red River Paper, founded in 1997 with over 40 years experience in fine papers that are integral to many art fair artists, talks about how his company that creates and markets fine art papers for photographers and other 2D artists has developed its solid reputation for paying attention to artists needs and creating products for them.

  • Jeff Abele,, a software developer focused on the art fair business who has developed a state-of-the-art app to enable artists and art fairs to connect with their audiences. The purpose of the app is to increase the experiences of the attending public and to enrich their engagement with the event through the year and it will enable art fairs to understand who their customers are.

  • Marissa Wagley of US Weight, a company that works with artist/inventor Jim Eaton to market the weights he designed for his art fair booth. US Weight is a manufacturer that works in a niche business that is blow molding using a high quality plastic instead of a cast iron or steel making it a lighter weight filling plastic shells with concrete, making it easier and cheaper for the end user. An artist, James Eaton, invented a canopy weight for artists which was then picked up by US Weight.

We also talk about Larry Berman, Greg Lawler of Art Fair Sourcebook, Bruce Baker and Luke Block of

You might like this podcast. Listen to it here:

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