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Carol Joy Shannon
  • Raleigh, NC
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Sad news

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Sep 8, 2015. 1 Reply

Some of you may have gotten to know RL on the show circuit the last couple years.  This posting on Facebook is by our mutual gallery in Beaufort.  He was a lovely man and we will miss him.It is with…Continue

Omaha in June

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carol Joy Shannon Mar 5, 2014. 4 Replies

I've been invited to the Omaha festival the first weekend in June.  I've read the blog post here, but wonder if any 2D artists have had any luck there.  Any input gratefully received!Continue

Downtown Disney - Festival of the Masters

Started this discussion. Last reply by Geoff Coe Aug 27, 2013. 3 Replies

Has anyone done this show who is willing to share some pointers?  Is it worth it?  What genres sell, don't sell?  Are there good and bad locations?  Price points?  Any info thankfully received!Continue

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Connie featured on Zapplication!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Aug 8, 2013. 6 Replies

Nice article about our own Connie Mettler, with a rockin' great photo from now and from the 80s!  Nice recognition, Connie!Continue

 

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Carol Joy Shannon commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part 2: Looking ahead to future shows and musing about problems to overcome
"Those are great ideas, Nels.  You've obviously given this some thought."
Jun 23
Carol Joy Shannon commented on Nels johnson's blog post Gasparilla Art Festival—New site, needs parking bad!
"Glad you had a great show, Nels. "
Mar 5
Carol Joy Shannon replied to Laura Lee's discussion Making prints from oil painting - help needed
"Both of the responses are right on.  I took classes in how to photograph my paintings, but essentially, everything Larry said is going to be right (he's a professional.) Simply, get an inexpensive tripod with a remote clicker.  Your…"
Mar 5
Carol Joy Shannon commented on Nels johnson's blog post Sanibel Rotary Art Show—what happened to people on Sunday.
"Nels, the "fish and feathers" description is brilliant. 2D art is just a hard sell everywhere.  I'm still in a couple galleries on the coast and even in the brick and mortar galleries, it is the "fish and feathers"…"
Feb 28
Carol Joy Shannon commented on Nels johnson's blog post Sanibel Rotary Art Show—what happened to people on Sunday.
"Great map, Dean!"
Feb 28
Carol Joy Shannon replied to Scott J. Morgan's discussion seeking indoor fine art (only) shows and interior designers
"Beautiful work, Scott.  I recommend signing on and in to Juried Art Services. www.juriedartservices.com It isn't great for outdoor show listings, but it IS good for the shows you seem to be looking into.  They list a lot of juried…"
Feb 25
Carol Joy Shannon replied to Mark Zirinsky's discussion which show: gold coast or omaha?
"I recommend the Chicago show.  I did Omaha 3 years in a row fairly recently and was very underwhelmed.  It was so hot one year that the local weather channel told people that "being outside was dangerous."  Omaha has lovely…"
Feb 25
Carol Joy Shannon commented on Meg Mettler's blog post 4 Festivals Make Big Changes: Chicago, Palm Springs, Seattle & Hong Kong
"I don't want to be the one wet blanket in a group of people who make their living like this, but after almost 20 years of doing many, many, many shows a year, I have seen every aspect of "show business" "downsizing." …"
Feb 25
Carol Joy Shannon replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
"Sunshine Artist is now geared mostly towards crafts, since being purchased by a craft conglomerate a few years back."
Jan 8
Carol Joy Shannon replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
"I disagree.  Most of the info is WAY out of date. "
Jan 8
Carol Joy Shannon replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
"Zapplication puts it all together.  By state.  By deadline.  By show month.  Upload a good portfolio of photos of your work and your set-up and go to town!  It's free.  Show jurying fees can add up though, so…"
Jan 8
Carol Joy Shannon posted a status
"Ken, I am sorry I missed your request. Very unprofessional of me. Let me look into it, it you are still interested."
Dec 23, 2019
Ken Hamar replied to Carol Joy Shannon's discussion Pro-Panels 4 Sale in SC - will meet from Charleston to Jacksonville FL
"Can you give me a price on shipping to 75075?"
Dec 16, 2019
Carol Joy Shannon commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Call for Artists: Pinecrest Gardens Fine Arts Festival
"This is a nice little show.  And it is little.  But it is in a gorgeous setting, the old Parrott Jungle.  The surrounding neighborhood is very prosperous.  On Sunday morning there is an AMAZING farmers' market in the parking…"
Dec 13, 2019
Carol Joy Shannon commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Des Moines Artist Sues for Copyright Infringement
"I think Larry Berman is right with both his comments. And there's no way the company didn't notice that wall...it's why they used it.  I've licensed my work to a variety of entities for as little as $1.  Getting seen is…"
Sep 11, 2019

Profile Information

Your Medium
painting
Years in the Art Fair Business
5
First show ever
Artsplosure, Raleigh, 2007
What is your website?
http://caroljoyshannon.com
What are the best things about art fairs
interaction with people about my work
Best show ever and why
Artsplosure 2012 - 90,000 people in two days and people were BUYING. I was hoarse from talking to so many thousands of people
Worst show ever and why
Hillsborough Art Festival (NC) March 2012: no advertising and the people who came thanks to artists advertising couldn't find it: the city wouldn't let organizers put up any signs! Good quality of work, too, but unlikely anyone will ever come back.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
I don't remember

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OKC - if you're up for 6 days!

Posted on May 4, 2015 at 11:00am 9 Comments

Still recovering from 8 days in Oklahoma City.  This has always been a good show for me, and this year I was the poster artist.  I had a good spot in the show, and it always gets good crowds.

A couple things were different this year, mostly because of construction beginning on Hudson Street, where the show has been held  for years.  The print tent was no longer,…

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I won!

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 8:09am 4 Comments

SO cool!  I like to donate to Connie's forum because I think it's a terrific resource for those of us in this business.  But this year I also won a prize!  In fact, I won an Amazon Gift Card for $100 -- and since I buy just about EVERYTHING on Amazon that is a really GREAT GIFT.  Thanks Connie and thanks Chris Taylor for donating the gift. 

Pre-Election Malaise

Posted on October 29, 2012 at 7:32pm 7 Comments

Getting ready to go to Dunedin this weekend, but wondering if it will be a "museum walk" like the last couple shows in this pre-election uncertainty.  It will be a nice spot and we will see some family in the process but the sales seem to have been fewer and further between the closer we get to the election.  I've seen others refer to this in reference to autumn shows in election years, but wonder what others think.  Bogus? Valid? 

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Carol JOy, thanks so much for all your support. It is appreciated!
At 10:44pm on August 23, 2012, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to ArtFairInsiders, Carol Joy.  I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

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