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Chris Fedderson
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Chris Fedderson replied to Larry Berman's discussion In Memoriam: Photographer Ron Wilson
"I am not sure whether I ever met Ron (though he does look familiar) but no matter.  I am saddened for his family and for anyone who lost a friend that day.  My heart goes out to all of you. --Chris Fedderson"
Oct 3
Chris Fedderson replied to Sonja Jones's discussion How to handle change in style and mediums in jury images
"Hello Sonja, I am not a painter so honestly, when I first looked at your 3 images and didn't see a difference in style/medium, (but of course a jury would).  Point is, they are -- to a layperson's eye -- similar.  Some might…"
Sep 19
Chris Fedderson replied to Chris van atta's discussion Booth Photo Review Please | Which photo is better?
"Hello Chris, I agree with Sonja re. the bin and R wall.  Have you tried it center back (it will "disappear" a little)?  If you do, raise the pier image so they don't overlap.  But definately not so the bin only half…"
Aug 31
Chris Fedderson replied to Judy Christian's discussion The V Word-
"WHERE'S MY SOAPBOX?!?!  ;-> Cindy, I know it seems a futile pursuit, but what if we ALL stood on our soapboxes...?  Hhhmmmmm... --Chris"
Jul 14
Chris Fedderson replied to Judy Christian's discussion The V Word-
"Hello, again, Cindy, I agree with you and actually feel the same way. I generally have an air of: “if you don’t like what you see here, then go somewhere else”. And this works well for me in my own social vacuum; inside my studio,…"
Jul 12
Chris Fedderson replied to Judy Christian's discussion The V Word-
"Hello Cindy, Yes, it is always less stressful to acquiesce to whatever someone wants to refer to you as, knowing inside what you really are.  But this whole issue is about Titles, Badges of Honor, Terms of Respect, etc. The title…"
Jul 11
Chris Fedderson replied to Judy Christian's discussion The V Word-
"YES!!! I'VE BEEN SAYING THIS FOR 35 YEARS!! I'm not hawking goldfish in a Baggie. I'm not selling crap from the back of my garage! I, together with the rest of us, am/are ARTISTS! Dammit! Refer to us as such! Ok, OK. enough…"
Jul 11
Chris Fedderson commented on Connie Mettler's blog post How You Get to be Chosen to be in the Cherry Creek Arts Festival
"Well, that was a non-story! So how are they picked?! Where were the facts... any facts?! Another "story" from local news... like a burger without the meat -- or the bun! --Chris Fedderson"
Jul 4
Chris Fedderson replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Painters source and disdain
"Larry, Now, that's what I'm talkin' about!! --Chris Fedderson"
Jun 25
Chris Fedderson replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Painters source and disdain
"Hello Larry [directly], I get a feeling from your follow-up that you're thinking I'm disagreeing with your original post... not in the least.  I agree wholeheartedly! Perhaps there is a tendancy among all of us to [subconciously]…"
Jun 25
Chris Fedderson replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Painters source and disdain
"Hello Larry, et. al., Good outside-the-box comparison!  Let's also consider those painters who do paint from the actual subject: landscapes are often elevated to the point of being worthy of National Park or Wonder-of-the-World status;…"
Jun 25
Chris Fedderson replied to Catherine Nocon's discussion APOLOGY
"Cathy, I just read this apology post and your original post ripping the judging... if you were to delete any post it would be your apology!  The way most shows "judge" is a travesty.  Not because I'm not winning (I actually…"
May 16
Chris Fedderson replied to DORI SMITH's discussion Proportion question
"Hi Dori, Well, now that you've shut the barn door, it's time to round up that horse!  ;-> I'm a photographer, so do a TON of matting...  You are thinking correctly with having standard frame dimensions for your…"
May 4
Chris Fedderson replied to Lee Brunson's discussion Question about Tent Hooks
"Hello Lee, I, too, use Pro Panel hooks with my Light Dome and PP panels.  I have 6 hooks, but would like to get more.  The way I generally set up I could use 10 to cover every perimeter point not involved in a canopy corner. I figure…"
Apr 16
Chris Fedderson commented on Nadine booth's blog post Warning - Artist scam to watch out for
"NO show I have EVER participated in for over 30 years now --W/S and Retail-- has EVER contracted out to a third party to arrange hotel contracts!  Let's be clear... not that they have contracted out but didn't tell us; not that they…"
Apr 13
Chris Fedderson replied to Allan Leon's discussion Whether to allow artwork photos or not
"I do this also, but this won't help for the immediate-case scenario.  I would venture [without any objective proof] that I've done better with allowing a cell photo over a "look through my www", vis a vie an actual sale."
Apr 10

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Your Medium
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Who knows... it was 30 years ago! ;-)
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Direct sales and customer feedback for product refinement
Best show ever and why
Two shows/Two reasons:
Fountain Hills, AZ, 2002; this was our Peak Show (with a different product) before the Bush Economy ruined the direct sales art business. Literally - and I do mean literally - nonstop sales the first day and very brisk sales the other two. Grossed double our show average.

Lazy Daze A+C Festival, 2015; I won Best of Show - Photography!
Worst show ever and why
... That's a pain you forget... but any show that flat out lies about product mix (buy/sell), placement (removed off in a hidden blind alley), or any other aspect under their control.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
I really do not remember... probably a Google search for a specific show or a reference in an email...
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I don't have any formal education in Photography... or the Arts... I can't even draw a decent Stick-Dude!

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At 11:43am on January 27, 2016, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Chris,

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  We're thrilled to have you joining us and hope you'll find the site beneficial.  Thanks for signing up and continued success.

At 2:50pm on February 2, 2016, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Chris. 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.

Please stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself. Then read the "Getting Started" for tips to make the site easier to navigate.
Many topics have already been discussed. We suggest you try a search of your topic before you post your question. Click the SEARCH tab at the top of the page and “search” for your topic: tents, jury fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, the name of a show, etc. You might find that someone has already asked and answered your question.
Check out our code of conduct to understand the rules of the site.

Each of us is unique and has a gift to share that can help someone else. We all look forward to your sharing on

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