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How I Built a New Business out of my Art Fair Career

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Art Fairs

Art Fairs


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There are thousands of artists in the U.S. who participate in art fairs for years and years. There are many who drop out after a few years (it's a lot of work!). Then there are those who take their art fair experience to build their own business, leaving the street behind. A fair number have become show organizers: Jim Delutes in Colorado, Bonnie Blandford in Michigan, Donna Beaubien in Michigan, Bill Kinney in the East and Carla Fox in Oregon.

We'll be hearing from these entrepreneurs:

  • Carolyn Edlund, founder of Artsy Shark, a top ten art blog, who spent 20 years running a production studio making and selling jewelry, and now writes and consults on business topics for artists
  • Drew Hendrix, President of Red River Paper, founded in 1997 with over 40 years experience in fine papers that are integral to many art fair artists
  • Luke Block, a veteran of art fairs as a potter, who is part of the team at FlourishDisplays.com
  • Jeff Abele, GrandStandApps.com, a software developer focused on the art fair business who has developed a state-of-the-art app to enable artists and art fairs to connect with their audiences
  • Marissa Wagley of US Weight, a company that works with artist/inventor Jim Eaton to market the weights he designed for his art fair booth

Learn how each of them took their life experiences and extended them to a new business.