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mary johnston
  • Female
  • Carmel, IN
  • United States
  • Oils
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Years in the Art Fair Business
Started in 2006, but did fairs for a few years in the early 1990's
First show ever
can't remember..maybe Somerset Art Association, Bedminster, NJ
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Meeting interesting people/talking about my art
Best show ever and why
One of a Kind Show, Chicago 2012. Simply amazing.
Worst show ever and why
Bayfield, WI 2006 - huge storm took out whole show. Very hard on all us artists
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Someone I met at an art fair!

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Boca Raton Museum Show & Sanibel 2014

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 10:00am 5 Comments

My Florida Journey:

I had not done a show in Florida since 2011 (when I did just 2) so this year when I managed to string two shows together so I could spend a 'working 10 days' in the sunshine I jumped at the chance.  After the kind of winter we've had up north here I was ready to drive straight south out of the snow!  Both these shows were a proverbial 'crap-shoot' for me with no FL mailing list really and unknown market but I am always up for a challenge.

First up was the…


Ouch - the ZERO show

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 10:59am 23 Comments

The Zero Show:


Ouch.  I knew better.


But the old adage says ‘hope springs eternal’.


I did the show last year.  Got a really nice commission job in the last ½ hour of the show………..…


Harding Show in Nashville, TN - anyone ever participated in this show?

Posted on October 12, 2011 at 8:07am 10 Comments

Since my daughter moved to Nashville I would love to do a show there but don't know what is the right show for me.  Anyone ever participated in this show?


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At 5:12pm on June 07, 2011, Connie Mettler gave mary johnston a gift
Many thanks for your generous support, Mary. I really appreciate it!
At 2:08pm on August 8, 2011, Connie Mettler said…
I'm hearing such nice reports of your sales. Mary. Congrats.
At 4:32pm on June 02, 2012, Connie Mettler gave mary johnston a gift
Thank you for your generous support!
At 12:27pm on April 04, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow gave mary johnston a gift
Thank you Mary for your review of the Rudisio Art Festival. We appreciate all your help.
At 10:21am on June 13, 2013, Connie Mettler gave mary johnston a gift
You did it again, Mary! Such excellent advice for Erica. Thank you. Hope she'll get over it soon or she won't last in this business! Best wishes to you and thanks for being so generous and helpful.
At 5:45pm on July 29, 2013, Connie Mettler gave mary johnston a gift
At 4:43pm on August 19, 2013, Connie Mettler gave mary johnston a gift
Congrats, Mary, on winning "July Post of the Month" for your helpful blog, "Ouch. The ZERO show". Your candor is appreciated by many. Who even knew this could happen? a zero? now we know it does.
At 3:47pm on February 09, 2014, Connie Mettler gave mary johnston a gift
At 11:24pm on March 03, 2014, Connie Mettler gave mary johnston a gift
Congrats on winning the Post of the Week - 3/3/2014

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