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kara unland
  • Hemet, CA
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frustration and feeling like the biggest loser

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barbara Simard Jun 8, 2019. 81 Replies

I feel I have learned some in participating in shows, but mostly I feel like a failure. I have literally only sold two items last year that I participated in. I've changed my prices, my sales…Continue

wanted propanel black pedestals

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Hi all, I am looking to purchase black pro panel pedestals if anyone is interested in selling their own let me know.Continue

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Sausalito art festival

Started this discussion. Last reply by Camryn Forrest Jun 13, 2016. 2 Replies

I just purchased a toybox trailor so after I setup my booth I can sleep in the trailor. I just got into the sausalito show and it's my first real show. My actual first show was in big bear but ended…Continue

Does anyone here make their own COA's

Started this discussion. Last reply by brian murphy Feb 22, 2017. 2 Replies

I have read about COA's and they seem to be on copies or limited additions as well as on One of a Kind art. Is that right? If so then I need to make some. Do I need to use anything official like a…Continue


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Barbara Simard replied to kara unland's discussion frustration and feeling like the biggest loser
"I did art festivals for 6 years with jewelry. Made between 500 - 1500 per show with priced to sell items. But it was not a success for because time and $ invested should have produced a bigger gain. I would walk the shows I was doing, check out the…"
Jun 8, 2019
Hal Moran replied to kara unland's discussion frustration and feeling like the biggest loser
"Kara, I've seen your work here before. As an artist in my 60s and having created artwork for over 40 years and having seen literally millions of pieces of artwork - your work is exquisite! But, you already know that. I've also read down…"
Jun 8, 2019
Melissa Hardison replied to kara unland's discussion frustration and feeling like the biggest loser
"Don’t change your work - I think you need to come at this from an impartial marketers perspective. Don’t take your current results personally so far, you need to revise your strategy. This is a niche, unique product, and uses some sub…"
Jun 8, 2019
Trish sierer replied to kara unland's discussion frustration and feeling like the biggest loser
"Your work is high-quality, so don’t blame yourself. Just try new things until you find what works for your art: try different shows, different states, etc."
Jun 7, 2019

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Sausalito Art Festival was what I needed

Posted on September 13, 2016 at 9:30pm 5 Comments

I was very excited to get into the Sausalito arts festival. At least from my research this show was the show highest on my list. There were several bumps in my plans as I got ready and the stress I put on myself left me wiped out before I got started. I was going to have to learn everything a newbie learns at the one show my heart had always wanted to do. So how did I do?

Well first I want to thank Lucia Friedericy, her advice…


Big Bear Lake Art on the Lake Fine Art Festival---Not

Posted on August 29, 2015 at 2:00pm 27 Comments

Not a festival, not a happy place, not a fine art show...This was my first official show. It was small but smaller than expected. Matter of fact the promoter and another promoter are at odds because said promoter #2 was kicked off the team of Promoter#1. It seems the Fine artist of this show that got the memo moved over to Promoter #2's show. I had talked to promoter #2 and I was accepted but opt out of her show because she didn't want me to bring my nudes to the show. By the way most of my…


Introducing myself and posing some concerns

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 7:07pm 53 Comments

Hi my name is Kara and well I have slowly tried to enter this site and learn some things about art fairs, including whether I want to do them. I have been preparing myself to do them by going to any fair in my area for the last few years. I am just concerned to be honest. Maybe someone out there can direct me down the right rabbit hole cause I'm not making much progress on my own.

I am a very sensitive person, and to be quite honest it makes me sick to my stomach when people…


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At 10:57pm on August 31, 2015, Connie Mettler gave kara unland a gift
Congrats on being awarded Post of the Week - 8/31/2015.
At 1:13am on August 31, 2015, Lucia Friedericy said…

Hi there! I'm in Pasadena and make OOAK dolls and figures too so I think we have some stuff in common. Hope to see you at shows soon, Lucia

At 11:10am on August 28, 2014, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Kara.  I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. We all look forward to your participation here. Also, visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!

Many topics have already been discussed here before you joined us. You might like to try a search of your topic before you post your question. Just put your topic, canopy tents, jurying fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, etc, into the search bar at the top of the right side of the page. You might be surprised that someone has already asked your question.

We also ask that all new members take a few moments of their time to read the code of conduct. You will find it at There are a few guidelines that all members will need to follow because , as in any social community, we all need to work together.

Best wishes, Connie Mettler

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At 9:21am on August 26, 2014, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Kara, welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  I'm impressed not only by your work but also by your website, good job!  It looks like you're relatively new to the business of art fairs but what about other venues?  This is a great place to get you on your way, lots of good networking, show critiques and inspiration...wishing you the best of luck!


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