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Jeri Vitello
  • Bremen, IN
  • United States
  • Fiber
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Jeri Vitello replied to Kris Tracy's discussion Making money at art shows
"Kris, you have asked questions to which there are no definitive answers.  Every artist, medium and show is different. You could sell well at a show one year and return the next to sell next to nothing. There is no predictable rhyme or reason to…"
Jun 18
Jeri Vitello replied to TC Crumpton's discussion Including tax in price?
"For what it's worth, I do not include tax in my pricing.  However, when running a credit card I do make sure that the buyer understands/confirms the total they will see on their cc statement.  In other words, I point out the tax I am…"
May 29
Jeri Vitello commented on Rick Plummer's blog post Coconut Point Feb 2019
"Rick, I love reading your reviews.  I especially liked your comment "SWFL also must hold some record for the most decrepit fair attendees. Go-go scooters, casts, canes and bandages galore. Kind of like an art fair at Mayo Clinic". You…"
Mar 23
Jeri Vitello replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Any ideas on how to change demographics at the art fair?
"Amen Steve! "
Feb 26
Jeri Vitello replied to Sheri Kowalski's discussion What do you do with your inventory after you throw in the towel?
"There are two studio "clearance" sales that encourage artists to bring their work to sell at discount prices.  One is in Kalamazoo, MI. The other is in Columbus, OH sponsored by ODC.  If my memory serves there might be a third…"
Jan 28
Jeri Vitello replied to Connie Powell's discussion Setting up a grid wall panel display
"I would recommend calling Flourish Company. When I used an EZ Up, I purchased sta bars from Flourish.  The bars were attached to the legs of the canopy around the upper perimeter.  I then attached the grid walls to the bars using S…"
Jan 10
Jeri Vitello replied to Steve Sawusch's discussion Scam Alert: Email regarding purchasing a list of attendees from a show
"I received an email from Artisphere (Robin) that this is a scam."
Dec 21, 2018
Jeri Vitello replied to Ryan Choate's discussion 10 x 10 Set-up in a 12 x 12 spot?
"The 12x12 space at a show just means that you will have space between you and your neighbors.  Use your current set up.  Good luck."
Oct 16, 2018
Jeri Vitello commented on John Leben's blog post Peoria Art Fair
"I reviewed this show on Art Fair Review.  This show was my second highest grossing show (just behind Des Moines Art Show) in 2108.  Highly recommend this show and hope to do it again next year."
Oct 8, 2018
Jeri Vitello replied to Jessica Curning-Kuenzi's discussion need info about seller's permits in Illinois, Minnesota, and Iowa
"I have done shows in IL and IA.  I have an IA sales tax license.  It is easy to apply for one online.  The show I do in IL provides a form to remit your sales tax. I don't have a license for IL.  I don't know about…"
Mar 21, 2018
Jeri Vitello replied to david jessup's discussion Still waiting?
"My "educated guess" is that having the same jurors is not impossible, but highly improbable.  My best suggestion for the shows that you apply to is to check the show's website to see if they list the jurors.  Also you might…"
Mar 17, 2018
Jeri Vitello commented on Larry Berman's blog post I scored a "1" at the Krasl Jury
"R.C. The five jurors are Richard Burd, Professor, Governors State University, College of Arts & Sciences (retired); Mary Burke, artist; Brian Edlefson, member of the Krasl Art Center board of directors and Global Design Manager, KitchenAid…"
Mar 2, 2018

Profile Information

Your Medium
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Art Beat Downtown South Bend, IN
What are the best things about art fairs
The people. I love the other artist and the patrons. I love hearing people compliment my work. I love it when people want to own my work.
Best show ever and why
Bloomington 4th Street Art Fair. The organizers were wonderful. The patron were generous. Everything about the show was easy.
Worst show ever and why
Eiteljorg museum. We were stuck in the basement with no signage to point patron to our area. The artists were definitely an "Oh by the way" to their train exhibit.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I love to sleep.

Comment Wall (4 comments)

At 9:38am on October 30, 2014, Christina L. Towell said…

Hello Jeri,

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  As a fellow fiber artist, I'd love to know more about what you do...I'm a knitter/felter who makes women's hats and handbags, etc.  This is a wonderful site for meeting other artists and learning about the Art Fair business.  Thanks for joining us and best of luck to you.

At 3:17pm on October 30, 2014, Christina L. Towell said…

Well, we're glad to have you, Jeri.  I've always been attracted to weaving and had a belt loom back in the day...what kinds of things do you weave?  Wraps, scarves, rugs?  You should download (upload?) some photos to your site if you haven't already.  

At 10:50pm on November 2, 2014, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Jeri.  Thank you for joining us. I hope you’ll find the site helpful and that you’ll share ideas and ask questions. The site is only as good as the participants make it.  We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike.

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. Visit the "member map" and add your location.

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 be surprised that someone has already asked your question.

We also ask all new members to take a few moments to read our code of conduct. Here it is, under the Discussions tab. These are the guidelines that all members need to follow to keep the community useful and helpful to all.

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 11:35am on July 03, 2017, Connie Mettler gave Jeri Vitello a gift
Thank you, Jeri, for this support of our website. I hope it is helpful to you and you flourish in the business.

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