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Alisa Butts
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  • Germantown, TN
  • United States
  • glass/ jewelry
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Sielski Karen M. commented on Alisa Butts's blog post Monte Sano art show
"Suffice it to say the I've been to Huntsville many many times over the years for work. IT has the highest per capital of Engineers in the country. That said, it is more cosmopolitan that you might expect and i have come to love that place, and…"
Sep 27, 2019
Alisa Butts commented on Alisa Butts's blog post Monte Sano art show
"Connie- I’m a glass jewelry artist. I’ve done this show 4 times over the past 6 years. A couple of artist friends (potter and coppersmiths) told me about it. My observations are that having NASA and Redstone Arsenal in this smaller city…"
Sep 27, 2019
Connie Mettler commented on Alisa Butts's blog post Monte Sano art show
"Many thanks, Alisa, for this review. I've never heard of this show, but have spent time in Huntsville, a lovely town with highly educated people -- all those NASA folks and their suppliers. Yep, you hit the football Saturday syndrome.…"
Sep 26, 2019
Alisa Butts posted a blog post

Monte Sano art show

This past weekend (9/21 & 22) was spent at the Monte Sano Art show. It takes place in a beautiful state park in Huntsville, AL - home of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and Redstone Arsenal. The show is 2 days Saturday and Sunday) 9-5 and 9-4 with set up on Friday 1-6. It's a very easy set up allowing you to drive right up to your booth and park behind it while setting up and the same on break down. The booth spaces can be quite a challenge as it is in the state park but a few good…See More
Sep 26, 2019
Alisa Butts replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Speaking with customers, at Art Fairs
"So Larry- what do you recommend reading/doing to get better at selling/closing the sale? I stand 90% of the time at shows I do. If I'm not standing and greeting my customers, my husband is while I stretch my back. I acknowledge them when they…"
Sep 25, 2019
Alisa Butts replied to Veronica e Raj's discussion First Outdoor Fair - Supply Checklist
"Veronica- as a fellow jewelry artist, I'd like to share my show survival list with you. I print off copies and double check each needed item by marking through it as I load my vehicle for each show. It's not fun when you forget an item…"
Aug 19, 2019

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Your Medium
glass/ jewelry
Years in the Art Fair Business
7
First show ever
"Kaleidoscope"- a show I put together in my home including 5 other artists ( another jeweler, a potter, weaver, photographer and painter)
What is your website?
http://www.elucidoglass.com
What are the best things about art fairs
of course it's wonderful to make sales which boosts our confidence but I love meeting new artists and sharing stories and learning from their experiences.
Best show ever and why
WinterArts, Germantown, TN
This is an indoor show which is a great bonus for the south and it is set up like an art gallery. Each artist has their own "booth space" but there are no dividing walls so you see across the area from artist to artist. The show runs from the Friday after Thanksgiving through Christmas eve. Each artist works only 5 four hour shifts during the run of the show (those from out of town can work a weekend for their time allotment).
Because of the length of the show, patrons come in time after time looking for gifts. It's a relaxed atmosphere and allows for quality time talking with the patrons.
Worst show ever and why
Art on the Sidewalk, Germantown, TN
This show is in June in the south and set up on concrete. Last year the temps were in the high 90's. Too hot!
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
I found it on my own searching through art sites and goggling questions.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I'm an accountant by day and artist by night. People are always amazed at my use of both sides of my brain.

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Monte Sano art show

Posted on September 26, 2019 at 5:19pm 3 Comments

This past weekend (9/21 & 22) was spent at the Monte Sano Art show. It takes place in a beautiful state park in Huntsville, AL - home of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and Redstone Arsenal. 

The show is 2 days Saturday and Sunday) 9-5 and 9-4 with set up on Friday 1-6. It's a very easy set up allowing you to drive right up to your booth and park behind it while setting up and the same on break down. The booth spaces can be quite a challenge as it is in the state park but a…

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At 10:56pm on May 21, 2013, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Alisa.  I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

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