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Kay Cummins
  • Phoenix, AZ
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  • Jewelry
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Contemporary Crafts Mkt and aging shows in general -- thoughts?

Started Jun 29, 2013 0 Replies

I got an email from Roy Helms of Contemporary Crafts Mkt (CCM) stating that they didn't get enough apps to run the San Francisco show next March and that the Pasadena location in June 2014 didn't…Continue

Tags: Monica, Santa, San, Francisco, California

Cottonwood Art Festival in Richardson, TX and HA Shows?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ruth Finkenbiner Jan 6, 2012. 1 Reply

Anybody have any scoop on this show in May?  Sure would like a review on it.  I did well in Houston and would love another TX show.Also most of the Howard Alan shows are not in my area - but I was…Continue

Tags: Cottonwood, Arts, Fest, Richardson, Junction

Anyone have feedback on Contempory Craft Market in SF or Santa Monica?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kay Cummins Apr 10, 2013. 5 Replies

These shows are new for me and I have a strong show waitlisted for the same timing as SF.  So was curious as the show fees are due soon.  I'm a Jeweler and know there will be lots of jewelers there.Continue

Tags: Santa, Monica, Francisco, San, Craft

Rain and Pool noodles - anyone have a photo of this?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Linnea Lahlum Nov 15, 2011. 4 Replies

Can anyone help me understand how to use pool noodles in the tent?  I've read the forum but am lost.  Mine are 5ft long and I wedged them in the top edge of the canopy along the frame, but couldn't…Continue

Tags: damage, Rain, Noodles, Pool, Tent


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Your Medium
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Chandler Art Walk
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Community and Sales!
Best show ever and why
Scottsdale Arts Festival ---- people loved my work and sales were great. Perfect weather, great vibe and great artists.
Worst show ever and why
Prescott Home & Heart Marketplace - lots of buy sell and retailers like Costco, no customers, no sales and big expenses. Taught myself to do better research!
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Larry Bergman's site for one.

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Do you wonder when a "Show" Marketing Photo was taken?

Posted on January 18, 2012 at 3:51pm 10 Comments

OK so we all look for new places to show and sell our work.....and we receive show notices with a photo of the show with HUGE crowds shopping along with the details of the show.

So my question is - do you wonder WHERE that photo was taken and WHEN it was taken?  Have you ever questioned it?  Contacted a show?

I wonder .... was that photo taken 10 years ago and used for the last ten years?  Is it even for this show?  On other shows do you wonder - where are the people?  Was this…


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At 7:10pm on June 25, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Kay Cummins a gift
Kay, thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2015 Pledge Drive.
At 4:52pm on September 24, 2014, Kevin frosch said…
Kay just got a message from customer service for Huntington Beach. They want you to send them an email saying that I referred you to the show. I'll split the referral fee with you. The email address is
At 10:50pm on July 21, 2014, Pat Falk said…

Kay, You are a wealth of info and thanks for being so helpful.  I really don't want to get a TX number as I don't know if I will do another show there.  But maybe that is the only way they do it.  I will check it out.

At 1:08am on July 21, 2014, Pat Falk said…

Kay,  Do you get electricity at Cottonwood?  I see the show goes till 7 pm on Sat.  Is it dark at that time?  Most shows I do slow up the last hour or so. Wondered if the additional cost for electricity was worth it?  Also, I haven't done a show in Texas to this point so I don't have a Texas sales tax number.  Looks like I have to get one for the one show.  What can you tell me about this?  Thanks Kay!  Hope your nose is healing.

At 8:52am on June 12, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Kay Cummins a gift
Many thanks for your pledge again, Kay. I really appreciate the support from you and so many others that keep our website alive and well and bringing you all the news from art fair land.
At 4:36pm on May 01, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Kay Cummins a gift
Thank you, Kay, for your review of the Fort Worth Main St. Arts Festival. We really do appreciate all your help.
At 10:56pm on November 13, 2013, Laurel Peterson Gregory said…
Thanks so much Kay, I really appreciate the input!
At 10:58pm on October 29, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow gave Kay Cummins a gift
Thank you, Kay, for your review of the Bayou City Downtown Art Festival. We appreciate all you do for us.
At 9:50pm on October 20, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow gave Kay Cummins a gift
Thank you Kay for your reviews for the Cottonwood Art Festival and the Bayou City Festival Downtown Houston. We appreciate all your help.
At 9:48pm on July 25, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow gave Kay Cummins a gift
Thank you, Kay, for taking the time to write a review on the Open Arts Festival Downtown Boulder. We appreciate all your help.

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