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Paul willsea
  • Naples, NY
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  • Glass
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Las Olas report

Started this discussion. Last reply by Janet Miller Mar 5, 2012. 1 Reply

Hello FriendsLas Olas was windy most of sunday. Some light rain intermittently in the afternoon. Fortunately, things settled down for take down. It was gusty wind and it was neccessary for me to put…Continue

Crocker Park Fine Art Fair june 9 - 10 2012

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Parker Dec 18, 2012. 4 Replies

Looking for info on this show. Is attendance really 100,000? Sales? I pass through this area and know the Crocker Park development but have never seen the show. It does not seem to rank in the top…Continue

Tags: shows, ohio, Park, Crocker

Buyer's Market Philadelphia 2012

Started this discussion. Last reply by Diane Wright Nov 7, 2013. 26 Replies

The Buyers Market was up for us this year. We are not alone. I saw a good number of people who looked happy and had good reports from most I talked to. The show has gotten smaller and buyer…Continue

Tags: wholesale, Philadelphia, Show, Rosen, Market

Crozet show

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alesia Coppedge Dec 28, 2011. 10 Replies

Looking for info on the Crozet show in Virginia

 

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Paul willsea replied to Mark Eisenhower's discussion Looking for Flourish Mesh Walls that are 8’ x 10’
"You're welcome.  Happy hunting."
Aug 28
Paul willsea replied to Mark Eisenhower's discussion Looking for Flourish Mesh Walls that are 8’ x 10’
"I measured them and they are 6' x 10'. The flourish website shows smallest size 7' x 10'. Do they stretch or do I have a size no longer made?  I bought a trim line used about ten years ago.  Never used mesh panels and…"
Aug 28
Paul willsea replied to Mark Eisenhower's discussion Looking for Flourish Mesh Walls that are 8’ x 10’
"I have a set that I bought and never used"
Aug 27
Paul willsea replied to Lisa Brown's discussion art fair booths
"Hi Lisa I have a set of Flourish mesh panels that came with my canopy when I bought it used.  I never used them and the artist I bought them from did not do many shows.  I think they are in very good condition.  They are in my…"
Jul 23
Paul willsea replied to Scott Zuziak's discussion Old Town Art Fair OR Lakefront Festival of Arts
"Get to work and do both.  "
Feb 9
Paul willsea replied to Gary Haynes's discussion Lighting Setup from a Deep Cycle Marine Battery
"Search for a company that is a good resource for batteries and chargers. I have gotten good information from Power Stream in Utah for batteries and especially chargers and 1000 bulbs.com for lights. I chose to make my system 12 volt so no converter…"
Jun 10, 2017
Paul willsea commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Magic City, Birmingham- In the end...not so magic.
"Thanks for the review. Not easy to write about the downers and so valuable to the community"
Apr 28, 2014
Paul willsea commented on Christine Cadorette's blog post First time festival, first time blogger, a great weekend at Main St Fort Worth Arts Festival!
"This is an exciting post. Good for you for going for it!"
Apr 16, 2014
Paul willsea commented on geri a. wegner's blog post Houston, We have a Problem... Bayou City Art Festival does it again.
"Okiedokie...we had a good one. As in the past, good high end sales to couples in their 40's-50's. From my own conversations with patrons, their perspective was positive. Weather perfect. Good turnout without zombie herding. Focus on the…"
Mar 31, 2014
Paul willsea commented on geri a. wegner's blog post Houston, We have a Problem... Bayou City Art Festival does it again.
"I am accepted to this show off the waitlist. I have paid for a booth, hotel, and plane ticket. Please think of the artists invested in this show before you contact the media. This kind of conflict will take some time to resolve."
Mar 5, 2014
Diane Wright replied to Paul willsea's discussion Buyer's Market Philadelphia 2012
"Actually I am doing AmericasMart in Atlanta and ACC wholesale along with the Buyers Market this year. Beckman is on my radar but not this year."
Nov 7, 2013
Connie Mettler replied to Paul willsea's discussion Buyer's Market Philadelphia 2012
"It was fun seeing you again, Diane, at the Buyers Market last winter. Very cool that it is now profitable for you. You have a nice range of jewelry and price points which I am sure helps you find your buyers. Are you thinking about doing the Beckman…"
Nov 7, 2013
Diane Wright replied to Paul willsea's discussion Buyer's Market Philadelphia 2012
"Debrah,      I have never done the Acre shows so I can't comment on them specifically.  I have done the Buyers Market twice and will do it again this year.  First year I didn't write many orders; last…"
Nov 6, 2013
debrah block krol replied to Paul willsea's discussion Buyer's Market Philadelphia 2012
"thanks paul"
Nov 6, 2013
Paul willsea replied to Paul willsea's discussion Buyer's Market Philadelphia 2012
"Hi Debrah You can call me @ 585 374-8840. To answer your question it would be best to have a conversation and not just swap replies on a public forum"
Nov 6, 2013
debrah block krol replied to Paul willsea's discussion Buyer's Market Philadelphia 2012
"i am doing acre northeast in 2014, a first timer at wholesale. after reading this thread i am second guessing myself. wondering what i should expect? orders? no orders? "
Nov 6, 2013

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Your Medium
Glass
Years in the Art Fair Business
27
First show ever
Golden gate park, san francisco 1984
What is your website?
http://Willseaobrien.com
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Don't remember. I may have been looking for info on a show and your website came up in a search page.

Paul willsea's Blog

What would you tell a room full of art students?

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 8:27am 11 Comments

I am going back to my school after 30 years of glassmaking. I will be speaking to glass students about being a working artist. I am planning on putting an emphasis on business and balancing that with what decisions I have made with my wife about how to be in business without sacrificing creativity and the joy of the work. This is a chance for me to give back what I have learned from experience to those who aspire to make glass for a living.

So, I am putting this plan out into this… Continue

Plaza Art Fair Kansas City 2013

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 11:43am 5 Comments

This show turned out in my top five for this year and a real pleasure to do. Thought I would share some info. The setting is in an upscale retail district near some very wealthy residential neighborhoods. Set up is staggered with specific arrival times. You have 45 minutes to unload. This works because you can pull right up to your space and unload to the sidewalk. Be prompt. There were friendly young volunteers in abundance if you need a hand. Take down was left to the artists and worked fine… Continue

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At 11:40pm on April 8, 2011, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to ArtFairInsiders.com, Paul.  I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

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At 1:01pm on July 28, 2011, Nels Johnson said…
Will be at Minneapolis, Lexington, AB&E, St. Louis, Birmingham,Louisville and Houston.
At 10:45am on February 10, 2012, Connie Mettler said…

Hi Paul, I'm not sure what you were trying to do with the emails -- but if you want to upload photos and videos all of these comment boxes have a place where you can click on the "film" icon and the directions are there for upload. It is pretty intuitive and you should get the knack of it. Let me know if this is not what you were asking about. Thanks for being here.

At 9:50pm on May 22, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Paul willsea a gift
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Happy birthday, Paul! Hope this has been a great day for you and the year ahead is full of your favorite things and many friends to share them with.
At 9:21am on May 22, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Paul willsea a gift
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Happy birthday, Paul! I hope this is a great year for you, full of fun, friends and success in all of your ventures. Here's to making your dreams come true.
At 11:22am on July 24, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow gave Paul willsea a gift
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Thank you, Paul, for writing a review on the Krasl Fine Art Fair. We really appreciate all your help.
At 12:05pm on September 23, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Paul willsea a gift
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Thanks so much, Paul, for this post about Kansas City. I (we) really appreciate this report about one of the top shows and thank you for adding it to AFI. Best wishes!!

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