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Bobby Weiss
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Bobby Weiss's Discussions

Bent trimline pipe... how to straighten?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Berman Apr 20, 2016. 1 Reply

I bent a portion of my trimline and I was wondering what kind of company might I find locally that can straighten it back out? I imagine this would be cheaper than replacing it and shipping...Thank…Continue

Money in brown paper bags???

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Apr 18, 2016. 4 Replies

I was listening to the 2 Artists Share Their 40 Year History at the Art Fairs blog radio podcast and they mentioned, someone lightly that the 80s were a different time... or maybe the early 90s? I…Continue

What food to bring to a hotel?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nolly Gelsinger Jan 18, 2017. 15 Replies

I usually bring whatever is handy or canned soup... but I'm curious does anyone have something interesting that they just keep at the ready to bring to hotels when they have to travel?I'm thinking of…Continue

Book List -- Recommended Reading?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jacki Bilsborrow Oct 22, 2015. 1 Reply

I just came across a thread and some books are mentioned. The other day I was here and saw another book recommended.I was wondering, do we have a book recommendation list? I think this is something…Continue


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Bobby Weiss replied to TJ Thorne's discussion ProPanel Light Bars ad EZ-up Style Tent.. do they play nice?
"If you have even a little imagination then you can get just about anything rigged up to the insides of ez up tents. The question really becomes, how much do you want to mess with it during the setup? At the very least, for your first show if you…"
Dec 26, 2018
Bobby Weiss replied to Tom Suter Tom's Foolery's discussion Cleaning Pro Panels
"I'd be contacting the company before using steam or high pressure... because you are right those can effect adhesives. I have something similar to the propanel fabric (its basically outdoor carpet) and it's hardy stuff... but if there are…"
Dec 20, 2018
Bobby Weiss replied to Chris King's discussion Booth location - do you keep the same spot every year? why or why not?
"As long as I get a spot that isn't "hidden in the back" I'm okay. But I also have a friend who always gets the same spots because she says her customers know where to find her. It seems to work for her, although I imagine she…"
Dec 20, 2018
Bobby Weiss commented on Maggie DeMarco's blog post WOBBLY SHOWOFF TENT!
"Hard to say without seeing it or comparisons, but a huge mistake people have is thinking the high end tents are secure enough as is. Despite what many canopy sellers advertise, whatBarry andPaul say is true... every tent needs a lot of weight and…"
Dec 17, 2018
Bobby Weiss replied to Kimberly Salvati's discussion Tents?
"Thanks for the update. How much have you weathered rain in it? As far as I know, Vitabri is the only canopy that advertises rainproof in pop up category. But they make it sound like its just some sort of treatment, rather than the fabric itself."
Dec 12, 2018
Bobby Weiss replied to Erin Carpenter's discussion Indoor show setup
"The most sensible thing to do is simply ask. Indoor show setups can vary so widely. You might have sides provided and probably have a back... but you never know. Sometimes youll have a full booth which can be nice but then you need to think about…"
Nov 21, 2018
Bobby Weiss replied to Donna Gilbert's discussion Show change from 3 to 4 days
"Yea I guess count me in there... I've have not done many 4 day shows but that's pretty much a week show when it's all said and done. Traveling back and forth is usually the majority of a day if not more.  It wouldn't be hard…"
Nov 3, 2018
Bobby Weiss replied to Joseph Moss's discussion Contemporary Art Festivals
"I can't tell you how many shows I've been to that were bad for me, but great for someone else. You just can't tell. Even some of those shows that tout huge dollar signs by artists... I've heard many times from trusted friends…"
Oct 7, 2018
Bobby Weiss commented on Connie Mettler's blog post I Didn't get into that show again!
"Someone (I can think of someone) really needs to think about getting these things webinarred (?) or somehow into digital videos :D"
Oct 7, 2018
Bobby Weiss replied to Jane Petersen's discussion Professional Booth Shot
"I would try to hang the photo instead of propping on your table. It would both declutter the space as well as help people "see" it."
Oct 3, 2018
Bobby Weiss commented on William Lee's blog post Law
"Why not just digitally edit their eye color and add a mustache to them?"
Sep 30, 2018
Janet Alexander replied to Bobby Weiss's discussion Bruce Baker materials still good?
"Even though this is three years old, its outstanding! Thank you!"
Jun 13, 2018
Bobby Weiss replied to Kyra Richter's discussion Yet Another Booth Discussion
"If you bought a good condition tent that is used, and then treated it well, you could probably sell it little to no loss within 2 years. Trimlines are sturdy. I bought some parts new and, after the shipping I thought... next time I need parts…"
Apr 23, 2018
Bobby Weiss replied to Gary Haynes's discussion Lighting Setup from a Deep Cycle Marine Battery
"Regarding big batteries, I was once at a show where an artist made his checkout podium his battery station. It was a thing of beauty! The battery  (or 2?) was on the bottom, he had installed outlet plugs, and he even had a latch so that it…"
Apr 20, 2018
Bobby Weiss replied to Gary Haynes's discussion Lighting Setup from a Deep Cycle Marine Battery
"Great idea, but 2 things I notice that were not really clear to me when I started: 1) the size of the inverter matters so maybe put something in there for that. 2) Everything I've been told has said that there is no reserve needed for (at…"
Apr 20, 2018
Bobby Weiss commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Pink Palace Craft Fair, Memphis, Tennessee, Oct 13,14, 15
"Thanks for sharing. I've been wanting to try this area and spread out some."
Oct 18, 2017

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Your Medium
Years in the Art Fair Business
What are the best things about art fairs
Being out there having new experiences, meeting people, and taking part in the marketplace.
Best show ever and why
My first... it got the ball rolling.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
No, I just have been reading things about trying to make my booth better.

Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 3:08pm on April 23, 2014, Connie Mettler said…

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

When you have a chance, please add a photo of yourself and stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. We all look forward to your participation here. Also, visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!

Many topics have already been discussed here before you joined us. You might like to try a search of your topic before you post your question. Just put your topic, canopy tents, jurying fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, etc, into the search bar at the top of the right side of the page. You might be surprised that someone has already asked your question.

We also ask that all new members take a few moments of their time to read the code of conduct. You will find it at There are a few guidelines that all members will need to follow because , as in any social community, we all need to work together.

Best wishes, Connie Mettler

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At 8:56pm on February 18, 2015, Bill Ronay said…

Bobby:  Have been retired from my Festivals Consultation business for nearly two years.  Have not been a part of the RRR for a couple decades before that.  My memory of RRR was the 4x4 tent arrangements which were innovative for shows and festivals in the '80s.  I used this example as a good variable in planning and logistics for crowd flow and movement.  The idea made a bunch of money for me and several events adapted the idea.  RRR was quite the show...still is.

At 10:49pm on June 16, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Bobby Weiss a gift
Bobby, Thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2016 Pledge Drive.

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