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Jay Snively
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Take Orders vs. Sell off the Wall?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cindy Welch Mar 22. 4 Replies

This question is for those who sell reproductions or prints (as most photography is done).Do you ever take orders as opposed to selling off the wall? If that doesn't make sense, here's why I…Continue

How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Berman Jan 8. 17 Replies

I'm relatively new to doing art fairs and I'm in the process of searching for appropriate art fairs to apply for 2020. The region I'm looking for is within 500 miles of Dayton, Ohio.I'm familiar with…Continue

Jurying: Any Way to Find Out Medium Schedule?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jay Snively Dec 30, 2019. 7 Replies

I'm planning to attend jurying for Columbus, Ohio Arts Festival in January. Is it possible to find out an approximate time when a given medium will be viewed? With 1000 applicants over two days, I…Continue

Subject Matter: How to Choose Images for Jury?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Susan Callaway Dec 19, 2019. 8 Replies

I'm a relative newbie to art festivals, having done just one so far. As I begin to apply for 2020's shows, I would like some input on what subject matter to choose for jurying.Much of my photography…Continue

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Cindy Welch replied to Jay Snively's discussion Take Orders vs. Sell off the Wall?
"Shipping or not shipping is a personal decision.  Of course if the customer wants it shipped it should be on them to pay for it.  I don't ever eat the cost of shipping."
Mar 22
Bernard Zalon replied to Jay Snively's discussion Take Orders vs. Sell off the Wall?
"I make etchings.  I certainly wouldn't encourage someone to let me ship something to them, but if that's what they want and they're paying the shipping cost I'll do it."
Mar 19
Stewart Rein left a comment for Jay Snively
"I am a photographer. Most weekends, I’ll be in a different city. My large hanging pieces sometimes show wear and tear. I ask buyers if they will allow me to print new and ship. About 75% say yes. I include the shipping price (about $20 for a…"
Mar 19
Rita Seidel replied to Jay Snively's discussion Take Orders vs. Sell off the Wall?
"Some shows have a rule that everything you have in your booth must be for sale at the show. I don’t know the reasoning behind this."
Mar 18
Larry Berman replied to Jay Snively's discussion Take Orders vs. Sell off the Wall?
"Depends on factors like weight and size. I knew a photographer that sold unframed matted prints so successfully that he did many 5 figure shows. Another photographer who tried his hardest to go home with an empty truck every weekend. For me, my…"
Mar 16
Jay Snively posted a discussion

Take Orders vs. Sell off the Wall?

This question is for those who sell reproductions or prints (as most photography is done).Do you ever take orders as opposed to selling off the wall? If that doesn't make sense, here's why I ask...Let's say a person visiting my booth is interested in a framed photo on display. I'm considering encouraging the buyer to let me ship it to them for free. If they prefer to take it with them, I won't hesitate to let them do so.I know of an artist who does this successfully but that doesn't mean it…See More
Mar 15
Larry Berman replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
"Before the Art Fair Source Book it was the only way to find shows because you could look up the weekends you had free. Larry Berman"
Jan 8
Richard L. Sherer replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
"Nobody can do it for you and your medium. Read the reviews to general feel for your fit. Then do it. I too drew circles on US maps of 500, then 300 miles out. Now, after 20 plus years of trial and error the last 10 years or so have been eliminating…"
Jan 8
Connie Mettler replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
"That may be true, Carol, and I know you have an insider's point of view. But the listings are pretty extensive. We used it a lot to find smaller events that could fill an empty weekend when we'd be out on the road. Maybe not the best…"
Jan 8
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
Connie Mettler replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
"Good point, Barry. Jay, artists take years to hone out a list of events that work for them. In your shoes, I'd decide how far you want to travel in a first year, draw a circle around that and then do that search from David's list, and read…"
Jan 6
Barry Shandler replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
"There are a dozen sites now listing shows. Most will be listed here. None of them will help you much in determining if you will make any money in the show. Seeing what you do on this site may help a few give you an idea if you belong in certain…"
Jan 6
David J Teter replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
Jan 6
Jay Snively replied to Jay Snively's discussion How to Efficiently Find Art Fairs to Consider?
"Judy, Richard, Larry, Sonja, and S Brian - I really appreciate the helpful replies!"
Jan 6

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Fine art photography
Years in the Art Fair Business
One
First show ever
Art on the Lawn 2019, Yellow Springs, OH
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http://jay.photo
What are the best things about art fairs
Connecting with people
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I don't own a television

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At 6:19pm on March 12, 2019, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Jay. 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 ArtFairInsiders.com.

Best wishes, Connie Mettler

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At 7:54am on March 21, 2019, Paula Shoulders said…

Hi Jay, just saw your message and then lost it. I'm having a hard time navigating. I'm much better at email if you would like to contact me. 

cts53@comcast.net

Thanks, Paula

At 9:09am on March 19, 2020, Stewart Rein said…
I am a photographer. Most weekends, I’ll be in a different city. My large hanging pieces sometimes show wear and tear. I ask buyers if they will allow me to print new and ship. About 75% say yes. I include the shipping price (about $20 for a 45x30) in the cost. This has worked well for the past 13 years.

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