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Compare Art shows to corporate work

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler 10 hours ago. 9 Replies

There are those who would like to express how we are so much happier doing this than the grind of a corporate career.Well some comparisons:If you are happier now, in the Art Fair business...What you…Continue

Tags: corporate, job, complaint, comparison, compare

How much weight -A little math for fun

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Sohn Sep 18. 2 Replies

Do you all know an artist named Bernoulli?No? Well he was an artist in other areas of thought, mainly mathematics. He created Bernoulli's equation.Without getting into the exact math, physics and…Continue

Tags: wind, lift, velocity, theory, Bernoulli

Speaking with customers, at Art Fairs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Maynard Sep 26. 22 Replies

There have been numerous discussions on here, wherein artists complain about "salesmanship" type talk. Or having to speak with the prospective customers.Some have claimed the "work must speak for…Continue

Tags: presentation, patter, technique, communication, salesmanship

Effect change at Fine Art Shows

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barb Walker Aug 5. 35 Replies

How to effect change at the shows we do.When we see or experience things that are wrong at the shows, how do we addrees them?If supposed "artists" are violating the rules, what do we do?Examples…Continue

Tags: fakes, promoter, director, sales, cheat

 

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Connie Mettler replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Compare Art shows to corporate work
"Good story. Yep, my husband wanted nothing to do with studio life also. Hated to work for others and frankly I think incapable of doing that.  I took off my watch in 1984 and the pantyhose and the rest of the gear."
10 hours ago
Larry Sohn replied to Mary Lou Fritz's discussion Purchasing mats for my art..
"If you are cutting your own, like I do, you can buy 32" x 40" sheets from NB (Nielsen Bainbridge) or Crescent. 25 sheets per box. If your purchasing quantity is insufficient, they will set you up with a distributor. They deliver directly…"
23 hours ago
Larry Sohn replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Compare Art shows to corporate work
"In my early days, in photography. As a youth. I was 15 and doing the photography for the resorts in the Poconos, of Pennsylvania. I was also doing newspaper photography. I had the "artist" bug. Unfortunately none of the employers wanted…"
23 hours ago
Richard L. Sherer replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Compare Art shows to corporate work
"White has been traditional for trick saddles since before WWII. I think it gives the riders mor options with colors for their costumes. I did do a balck one for a young male rider"
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Connie Mettler replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Compare Art shows to corporate work
"I was never corporate, it just didn't run in my family, mostly small business owners and I was in the first generation to go to college, not the first college graduate, my two older brothers got there first. I left my last "job" in…"
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Larry Maynard replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Compare Art shows to corporate work
"Just completed Winter Park. Had to dolly in and out. Across grass field, across two sets of railroad tracks, work my cart off the sidewalk, down over the curb, around the police mobile command motorhome, get my cart back up on sidewalk over the…"
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Larry Sohn replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Compare Art shows to corporate work
"BTW having that bare saddle horn would scare me."
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Larry Sohn replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Compare Art shows to corporate work
"That doesn't look like my old Bona Allen?  Of course mine had the Cantle torn after my Blue Rohn flipped on me, while doing a slid stop in a Gymkhana event. I wound up on crutches for a few weeks also. I never had a white one either. I…"
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Richard L. Sherer replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Compare Art shows to corporate work
"I was a Ph.D. research/exploration geologist in the mining industry for 22 years and two outfits (1969-1990). Right out of grad school I went to work for Kennecott Copper. They had excellent post-grad training at one of their mines. It was a lot of…"
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Larry Sohn replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Compare Art shows to corporate work
"Hmmm, I guess no one worked in corporate, to compare?"
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Larry Sohn commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Hurricane Season Coming? Special Offer for AFI members
"Last week I was at the beach, Jersey Shore, 90 degrees. The next night - 40's."
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Larry Sohn commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Hurricane Season Coming? Special Offer for AFI members
"Connie, Now click your heels together, three times, while saying "I want to go home" :-) Did you read about the compare to corporate job?"
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Larry Sohn commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Hurricane Season Coming? Special Offer for AFI members
"Yes, use my new super weights. They adhere to the ground through an incredible 150 mile per hour winds. You can stay with your tent, smiling as the customers fly by, like Dorothy in the Wizard. Whilst your artwork becomes missiles. Remember the 5th…"
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Larry Sohn replied to Ynon Mabat's discussion Mobile booth for sale $5,500
"I understand and agree this is a very nice setup. That is why I have been considering it. I have been actively looking into doing something on this idea. That is why I posted the comments, hoping you might contribute good information. I am well…"
Friday
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Compare Art shows to corporate work

There are those who would like to express how we are so much happier doing this than the grind of a corporate career.Well some comparisons:If you are happier now, in the Art Fair business...What you say may be true, to a certain extent but... In corporate, you always got a pay check. Although the "Buck stops here" might have applied, someone else was able to handle some of the issues. You were not the shipper as well as the transporter, assembler, purchasing agent, sales manager &…See More
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Larry Sohn replied to Piri Mee's discussion selling Trimline Skylighted Domed Canopy, mesh walls; also SnapPanel Display wall setup.
"What color mesh panels? How abut some pics posted?"
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Your Medium
Photography - Natural, unaltered, not heavily post processed.
Years in the Art Fair Business
0
First show ever
My first gallery type showing would have been in the early 70's. I won best in show.
What are the best things about art fairs
Chance to get first hand public feedback on your artwork. Opportunity to mix and mingle with buyers. Chance to intermingle with other artists - only if you can get away from your booth long enough. Working shows by myself, rarely affords such. Creates a lifestyle of travel which brings it's own rewards such as exploration. Particularly great for my medium allowing me chances to photograph in diverse areas.
Best show ever and why
St James for the fantastic treatment the staff and local neighbors give to the artist. So welcoming, helpful and generous. Although Mt Gretna was close. In St James, even though we had heavy rains they did all they could to help, gave us carpeting, helped with our booths. Feeding us. Even helped breaking down my booth in the mud. Could not ask for more. Very organized and concerned.
Worst show ever and why
Not sure I want to list it here.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Various art show venders
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I am an enigma wrapped up in an anomaly. I am also a walking book of misinformation.
Photography, exploration and travelling aimlessly is not a job - it is a labor of love and a way of life for me.

Comment Wall (5 comments)

At 10:25pm on August 9, 2016, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Larry. 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.

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At 9:06am on April 28, 2017, Nels Johnson said…
Larry, I have always been in the original show, by the fountain, it is still the best show of all of them, I would stay away from fourth street, fifth is the next best choice. sJ is a low end sales show, for me it is hard to make $3500 anymore, I am about ready to drop it after 25 years. Hope this helps a little.
At 8:07am on June 22, 2017, Connie Mettler gave Larry Sohn a gift
Gift
Thank you, Larry, for referring Hollie Graze to Art Fair Insiders.
At 11:14am on July 03, 2017, Connie Mettler gave Larry Sohn a gift
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Thank you, Larry, for this support of our website. I hope it is helpful to you and you flourish in the business.
At 9:00am on August 2, 2017, Dale Thackeray Fink said…
No, no relation to Larry Fink.

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