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Al Scovern
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Black Pro Panels, Shelves, Hardware and Pedestals for Sale in New England

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ken Hamar Dec 6, 2019. 5 Replies

I live in Maine but can arrange delivery on large orders to anywhere in New England.  The price list includes the value of each item if purchased new followed by my asking price.Black 7 ft. pro…Continue

Thanks to Richard and Connie

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Jun 20, 2018. 2 Replies

i just got back from an art fair road trip to find this beautiful canteen made and donated to the AFI drawing by Richard Sherer.  Which, obviously, I won.  Though I live in Kentucky I don’t own a…Continue

Ingot Canopy Weights for sale

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Sohn May 31, 2017. 3 Replies

16 Ingot Canopy Weights for sale (4 sets) $60.00 per set or $200.00 for all 4 sets. I'm in Lexington Ky and can try to coordinate an exchange with our show schedules.

Free-- Anybody need tent weights?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Al Scovern Feb 22, 2016. 2 Replies

I've got 8 sand bag tent weights made by Flourish-- each can weigh up to 40 lbs with sand or gravel-- that I don't need any longer. If you're willing to pay postage you can have them. If anyone is…Continue

 

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Al Scovern replied to Stephanie Michaud's discussion St James show for a wheelchair-bound artist
"Stephanie, The Belgravia section is a difficult set up without a wheelchair.  Narrow walkways, hilly, rocky, frequently muddy terrain.  The residents there, however, are the best. They look out for artists and take care of them quite well.…"
May 22
Al Scovern replied to Kimberly Salvati's discussion Future of Shows?
"Those of us who would gladly, joyfully accept a vaccine as well as wear masks do not live in fear. Instead, we live in the rational world, taking actions based on the best science and public health practices. Wearing a mask does not protect you. It…"
May 20
Al Scovern replied to Steven Robertson's discussion A note to promoters:
"Both great suggestions.  I get 3 to 4 invitations-to-apply emails everyday for fall shows that are almost absolutely certain to cancel. I am completely jaded, I admit, but I can’t see these as anything other than attempts to harvest jury…"
May 15
Al Scovern replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.
"Amen, Barry.  The writing has been on the wall for 2020 for many weeks. To hold an art fair now without testing, without a national buy-in regarding responsible, public health behavior, without a national strategy for dealing with the pandemic,…"
May 7
Al Scovern replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.
"Wickford Art Festival cancelled last night with Rhode Island apparently following a similar protocol regarding the prohibition of public gatherings.  Judy, I couldn’t agree more about the need for people to get back to work, and probably…"
May 1
Al Scovern replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.
"The Portland (Maine) Fine Craft Show scheduled for August 22 just cancelled. This was in response to the Governor's plan for gradual, stepwise reopening, which will prohibit public gatherings of more than 50 people until at least September.…"
Apr 30
Al Scovern commented on Oscar Matos Linares's blog post Stop blaming me
"Oscar,   Wow. Could you have imagined this sort of response to your original post?  Blatant political comments can blind and enrage some people making it difficult for them to see the forest for the trees and maybe you’d omit some of…"
Apr 9
Al Scovern commented on Oscar Matos Linares's blog post Stop blaming me
"Oscar, Posting ones political opinion is now like coughing and sneezing in public. Everyone wants to run the other way. But I must say I agree wholeheartedly with your politics and your sentiments.  I know very few art fair artists who have six…"
Apr 5
Al Scovern replied to Judy Christian's discussion Elephant in the Room- Thoughts?
"Robert, I knew my inattentiveness would someday get me. I just saw this. What a generous offer. I’m assuming it’s too late but many many thanks anyhow.  Al"
Mar 30
Al Scovern replied to Judy Christian's discussion Elephant in the Room- Thoughts?
"Connie, It’s good to hear that you’re taking care of yourself. 10 days ago I flew from Florida to Maine, relatively carefree, a few cocktails in the bar etc. etc. How things have changed, remarkably so.  Unlike others, I don’t…"
Mar 21
Al Scovern replied to Judy Christian's discussion Elephant in the Room- Thoughts?
"Hi Connie, Don’t really know if a fund is feasible or if it could even be funded. I just know, as you do, that a lot of artists on the circuit if not starving, frequently skip a meal.  And they have no backup. Here’s an example of…"
Mar 19
Al Scovern replied to Judy Christian's discussion Elephant in the Room- Thoughts?
"Thanks Don. You should expect no flack for a thoughtful, rational post. While we’re all entitled to an opinion, the  only opinions I care about are those of scientists, medical experts, epidemiologists, infectious disease specialists…"
Mar 18
Al Scovern commented on Nels johnson's blog post Vero Beach Under the Oaks—Very sad story
"Artisphere, originally scheduled for May, has postponed to August 21-23. So you’re right, May is not looking good and not to be entirely pessimistic but I don’t think August is either. "
Mar 18
Al Scovern replied to Raoul Duke's discussion Virus vs Art show. Will they show up?
"Just saw from their website that the Winter Park Festival has been cancelled.  I haven’t yet heard from them directly."
Mar 12
Al Scovern replied to Raoul Duke's discussion Virus vs Art show. Will they show up?
"Raoul, Your original post was on March 1, which seems like a lifetime ago given shifts in the country’s perception of coronavirus and it’s actual spread. I was wondering if you would still say that you are more concerned about the…"
Mar 12
Ken Hamar replied to Al Scovern's discussion Black Pro Panels, Shelves, Hardware and Pedestals for Sale in New England
"I need everything black and all the hardware. Is it available? Ship to Dallas TX.what is the total?"
Dec 6, 2019

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Your Medium
Ceramics
Years in the Art Fair Business
4
First show ever
Artisphere, Greenville SC
What is your website?
http://www.westthirdceramics.com
What are the best things about art fairs
Great booth neighbors.
Best show ever and why
Cherry Creek. Best customers. Record sales.
Worst show ever and why
Broad Ripple. See my first post. Ughh.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Clair Renzetti, a great art patron and dear friend.

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A Bad Year?

Posted on July 10, 2017 at 10:39pm 23 Comments

Just got home from Krasl, my 7th show of the year. A great spot for an art fair, a little resort town on Lake Michigan, beautifully run, so it feels more like being on vacation. Easy. Got off to a great start on Saturday but then things fizzled out so my sales ended up being just adequate. Like most of 2017. 4 Bridges in Chattanooga (okay), Southlake in Dallas (hideously bad), Three Rivers Pittsburgh (an okay profit but not worth 5 long days in a difficult show), Old Town Chicago (horrible… Continue

A Tale of Two Cities

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 8:00pm 6 Comments

The following should be taken with a very large grain of salt. Better yet maybe an entire salt block because my impressions couldn't come from a place of less experience. I'm about to report on the first two art fairs that I've ever done.



I got my initiation in Greenville SC at Artisphere, weekend before last. Greenville has a beautiful and vibrant downtown and booths are set up in a long line down both sides of picturesque Main Street. This set up made for an easy load in (even…

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At 1:37pm on June 4, 2018, Richard L. Sherer said…

Hello Al, I see that you selected my 1.5 quart canteen as your prize. I can email you pictures of what I have made up and others of what can be done for price range quoted. Send me your email address so I can get this in the queue., Dick

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Al, Thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2016 Pledge Drive.
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Congrats on being awarded the Post of the Week - 5/25/2015
At 9:01pm on January 22, 2015, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Al.  We’re so glad you joined us.  I hope you’ll find the site helpful and that you’ll share your ideas and experiences, ask questions and join the discussions. The site is only as good as the members make it.  We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike.

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At 10:22am on January 12, 2015, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Al,

Welcome to AFI!  We're delighted to have you join us and hope you'll take advantage of all the useful information to be had here.  Thanks and best of luck to you in the future.

 
 
 

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