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Saginaw Art Fair Review

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fletcher Dean Aug 18. 3 Replies

So ... this was a weird but promising show. After on-again, off-again starts, the folks in Saginaw launched a new version of their art show. The 2018 version - a Friday/Saturday show on Aug. 10-11 -…Continue

Display base for art

Started Aug 14 0 Replies

I'm not even sure how to describe this so please see the picture. I'm looking for a vendor - or even diy tips - for a base to display art that would be set on a shelf or table. It would include a…Continue

Tags: metal, sculpture, encaustic, display

Flats Festival for the Arts experience?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Christian Aug 13. 11 Replies

Anyone with experience on the Flats Festival for the Arts now that Howard Alan Shows has taken over?I'd be driving 4+ hours, it's expensive and lodging is kind of high in Cleveland.Anyone with…Continue

Tags: Photography, Howard, Alan, Arts, the

Midland Summer Art Fair?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fletcher Dean Apr 11. 1 Reply

Has anyone gotten info from the Midland Summer Art Fair this year? I was there last year and was invited back (with the promise of a letter in February), but haven't heard anything from them. They…Continue

Tags: Dow, B., Alden, Midland

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Fletcher Dean replied to Nancy Rynes's discussion Doing shows solo -- advice?
"LOL. I do, Larry. But boy those trimlines are heavy at 7 in the morning even with the easy riser. And the older I get, the heavier they become!"
Nov 26
Fletcher Dean replied to Nancy Rynes's discussion Doing shows solo -- advice?
"I'm mostly solo myself and, yes, it's difficult at times. The hardest for me is set-up - trying to raise a Trimline canopy by myself is daunting. But I can say that I've always found help for that job. Just having someone hold one…"
Nov 26
Fletcher Dean replied to John Henebry's discussion Hauling cart recommendations
"John, How do you intend to haul this? The reason I ask is: if you have a trailer, you could do what I did and build one custom for very little $$ that you can roll onto the trailer and leave it until next time. I hate to touch my materials any more…"
Oct 22
Fletcher Dean commented on Nels johnson's blog post Arts and Apples art show—Rochester, Michigan—more about apples then art
"This was my first time at A&A. I was thrilled to get in. But of the three artists physically closest to me, I don't think a one would come back. Sales - or the lack thereof - is a killer. I might have broken even at the end of the three-day…"
Sep 12
Fletcher Dean replied to Aaron Reed's discussion Photo/Painting Rolling Cart Design
"Aaron, I've attached two pics. One is a very similar cart I built for misc stuff like my weights, walls, chair, ext. I placed one of my insulated print bags on it to give you an idea of how it fits. The other pic is of my actual print cart…"
Aug 31
Fletcher Dean replied to Aaron Reed's discussion Photo/Painting Rolling Cart Design
"Hey Aaron, I don't have designs, but I made four for all of my art plus tent supplies. Everything I need for one show. I can send you pics and tips on mine if you're interested. I used four caster wheels - two swivel, two stationary -…"
Aug 31
Fletcher Dean replied to Pamela Wiggins's discussion Print Racks
"No worries on the name. Most of the time I get Dean Fletcher instead of Fletcher Dean. Barton was at least different! Anyway, I've attached a few files here. One pic shows my hand-built bin on one of the four rolling carts I also built to…"
Aug 30
Fletcher Dean replied to Pamela Wiggins's discussion Print Racks
"Hi Pamela, I had the exact same problem. I now put 18x24s in my big rack that sits on the ground. But I also sell 11x14 mats and 8x10 unmatted that don't fit well into those. Putting them on a table wasn't really working for me and I…"
Aug 24
Fletcher Dean replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Saginaw Art Fair Review
"Connie, The show was held in what's called Old Town Saginaw. Nice location, plenty of room to load/unload. Businesses were full and there was music going nearly the entire time. Officially, this was the Saginaw Old Town Art Fair and sponsored…"
Aug 18
Connie Mettler replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Saginaw Art Fair Review
"Thank you, Fletcher. Who were the organizers of this show? It's wonderful to hear that they "get" being larger and not adding buy/sell, or siding salesmen to the event will be good in the long run if they want a show that reflects…"
Aug 17
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Saginaw Art Fair Review
"Thanks for the information.  It's always good to hear about someone who does well at a show!"
Aug 16
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Aug 14
Judy Christian replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Flats Festival for the Arts experience?
"If you could find decent lodging you may be able to make some of the smaller shows work for you. I have used a Motel 6 in the Montrose area but that is in Akron. Very cheap good basic hotel but always felt that I had to watch my back in the parking…"
Aug 13
Connie Mettler replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Flats Festival for the Arts experience?
"I second the advantages of Cleveland as an art buying area. They don't have any blockbuster shows, but a smattering of decent ones in good neighborhoods. We always did well at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights, have heard good things about the…"
Aug 13
Barry Bernstein replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Flats Festival for the Arts experience?
"I'd like to know how this show was, this year. Cleveland is a great area with plenty of art buyers, with nice houses to fill. This would be the third year for this event. You can't count the first year, though. I was run by that ... guy...…"
Aug 11
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Flats Festival for the Arts experience?
"The Flats is a very good show for us. HAE knows how to advertise to bring in an Art-minded crowd. It is a trendy area as well with plenty of $$$ & if you have what they like, money isn't an issue. There are many expensive condos on the…"
Aug 9

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East Lansing
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What are the best things about art fairs
Meeting people
Best show ever and why
Alden B. Dow Arts Fair - Sales.
Worst show ever and why
Anything with wine - just drinkers, no buyers
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The Internet
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My day job is speechwriting.

Comment Wall (4 comments)

At 8:54am on April 12, 2017, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Fletcher,

Welcome fellow Michigander!  We're thrilled to have you joining us and hope you'll take advantage of all the helpful and entertaining information to be found here.  Thanks so much for signing up and best of luck for continued success.

At 9:35am on April 12, 2017, Fletcher Dean said…

Thanks Christina! I'm a bit of a newbie - this is my second year. But I'm eager to continue up the learning curve and think this group can help tremendously! Best!

At 4:43pm on April 13, 2017, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Fletcher. 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

Best wishes, Connie Mettler

p.s. The best way to make this system easy to use is to click on the "Follow-Email me" link at the bottom of each Forum discussion that interests you. That way the system will email you automatically whenever anyone responds. It's a great time-saver.

At 6:00pm on April 13, 2017, Fletcher Dean said…

ah-ha. That's good advice, Connie! Thanks for that ... and the welcome.

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