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At 8:43am on October 29, 2014, Cheryl Cenzi said…

Thank you! So happy to be here.

At 8:52am on October 28, 2014, Liz Ligeti said…

Thanks so much Christina! I'm very happy to be a new member and have not done a show yet but signed up here to learn what to do.  

At 11:05pm on October 27, 2014, Robin Klarmann said…

Thanks for the warm greetings Christina! 

At 3:28pm on October 27, 2014, STEPHEN R HAND said…

Thank you Christina, Looking forward to browsing your site thanks. Just getting started in the art show business. Need all the help I can get. Stephen R Hand

At 10:58am on October 23, 2014, Judy Jones said…

Hi Christina,

So nice to be greeted so warmly.  Thank you.  I have checked my profile and the website is correct now.  Don't know what happened when I typed it in the first time.  Must have been a mental distraction! LOL! Anyway the correct URL is Let me know what you think of the site. Judy

At 9:05pm on October 20, 2014, brad west said…
Yes, Hello Christina...I am delighted to receive your note and opportunity to talk with you about (not only) amber and my designs in general but the very special amber I work with - all in good time as not to overwhelm . 
I don't know how it is that I received a note from you - I was trying to contact someone who may have a tent for sale but could not seem to do it as I recall without "registering" with AFI.  Am wondering who you are and  What is your connection to  Art Fair Insiders?
It would seem that you and/or  Art Fair Insiders  can be of help at this moment as I have display cases for sale and want to purchase better tent that I already have.
My class in Amber 101 can begin by giving some insight into your question - the Russian connection.  Amber, of varying quality, can be found almost all over the world.  Amber from Mexico, Puerto Rico, California, Virginia and the like is at the bottom of the quality barrel and Amber from the Baltic areas is at the top.  There are reasons for this, of course, which begin about 40 million years ago.  All amber and amber-like resins began life as a liquid - similar to, ah, molasses we know - and eons of time,varying  pressures, temperature, humidity, surrounding chemicals and a multitude of "other factors" formed the liquid into a crystalline structure called amber in our language but has some 27 other names.  And after about 40 million years, these "other factors" change the liquid (interesting to know why the liquid was formed in the first place) from one notch above rubbish and junk to the possibility of amazing and beguiling jewels with the skill of the amber jeweler..  Best comparison is between a piece of coal and a diamond....both are almost pure carbon. One worthless as a jewel , the other priceless.   enough for now...If you would like to learn more, let me know...I am also a retired Michigan State University professor and professors get paid by the word - hence    - you can expect lengthy replies.    Brad West

On Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 9:36 AM, Art Fair Insiders a href="" target="_blank">> wrote:
Christina L. Towell added a comment to your profile on Art Fair Insiders

Hi Brad,

Welcome to AFI fellow Michigander!  I love amber, does it mostly come from Russia or where?  We're happy you found us here and we hope we can assist you in some way as you navigate your cou...
At 11:15am on October 20, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Christina L. Towell a gift
Good job on starting that discussion today, Tina! That is what we really need. Everyone needs to know about one's own vulnerabilities and that is so helpful to so many.
At 12:28pm on October 16, 2014, Lisa middleton said…

Thank you for saying hi! This looks like a great page!

At 5:12pm on October 15, 2014, Elaine Clapper said…

Thanks for the welcome Christina.  Yes I did teach ceramics and also Photoshop at the high school level. I am looking forward to connecting with fellow artists and especially potters.

At 8:28pm on October 11, 2014, richard rothbard said…

Thanks Christina.. Connie is one of my all time favorite people.

Very soon I will have a few words of wisdumb to share with everyone.

At 9:45am on October 11, 2014, Jen Walls said…

Thanks so much for the warm, personal welcome!  You made my day extra wonderful!

At 9:10am on October 10, 2014, Nadia Korths said…
Thanks Christiana for the welcome. Very appreciated.
At 9:15am on October 9, 2014, Denise Buisman Pilger said…

Thanks Christina, I'm looking forward to sharing information and connecting with fellow artists here! :D Wishing you a lovely day!

At 3:03pm on October 8, 2014, Marie Gniazdowski said…

Thank you Christina. I apply silver clay slip to the back of leaves I grow and incorporate them into my pieces where needed. When I fire the completed piece in the kiln the leaf is burned away.

At 10:01am on October 6, 2014, Mary Rembach said…

 Thanks so much Christina.  Looking forward to learning lots here.  

At 2:57am on October 6, 2014, Rei Dantes said…
Hello Christina,

Thank you so much for the warm welcome, and I will definitely make every attempt to be more active here in the forums. Being apart of this community means a lot to me and love everything that it stands for.

With love,
At 10:21pm on October 5, 2014, Vicki Davis said…

Thank you for the welcome, Christina!

At 2:04pm on October 4, 2014, Irwin Glazer said…

Thanks Christina.  I'm a professional photographer and now that I'm retired I can now do what love -- photography.  I just won't be paid to do it --or maybe I will, I haven't decided yet.

At 11:34am on October 3, 2014, Leanne Howie said…

Good Morning Christina.  I've not met many people that don't love old trains, planes, and automobiles.  Part of my mission is to educate the public on what great treasures have been left behind that represent our great American past.  I'm always learning something new about WWII warbirds from the veterans (men and women) who stop in to look.  I do train shows as well and have learned that some of my finds are historic and will never be seen again, now that's exciting.  Old cars, especially the ones I find in the desert or along Route 66, speak clearly of our past and maybe our future as well.  The grandsons love it all and it's opened up alot of interesting conversations with them. I love history, so this has been a great way to learn and teach them something at the same time.  Well off to another show this weekend, hope you have a great one as well.  

At 12:10pm on October 2, 2014, Leanne Howie said…

Great to hear from you Christina, what a nice way to start the day with a warm welcome.  I appreciate your comments about my photography and hope your little one likes the trains.  I started with a simple mission, to photograph old trains, planes, and automobiles and create books for my grandsons.  It's now taken on a life of it's own and gotten bigger then I expected,  I now show at many local art and car shows in CA.  The response is always positive and doing something you love is always worthwhile.  Have a great day and look forward to many conversations on AFI.

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