GETTING PEOPLE OUT OF YOUR BOOTH #9: Why Distraction Works

Some of you are probably getting the hang of this now. “Promise them something later…okay, I get it!” But aren’t we letting ourselves in for all kinds of time spent doing all kinds of favors for those people? After all, “after the show” comes up…well, right after the show. Just when you want to kick … Continue reading “GETTING PEOPLE OUT OF YOUR BOOTH #9: Why Distraction Works”

GETTING PEOPLE OUT OF YOUR BOOTH #7: The Hardest Cut of All

Seventh in a series of getting difficult people out of your booth at a craft show or art fair. I can almost guarantee you this “difficult person” will be the hardest one of all to deal with. If this happens to you, my only consolation is, you are not alone. It will happen after you’ve … Continue reading “GETTING PEOPLE OUT OF YOUR BOOTH #7: The Hardest Cut of All”

GETTING PEOPLE OUT OF YOUR BOOTH #6: Bear Baiters and Goat Getters

Sixth in a series of people you want to move out of your booth at a craft show or art fair. There is a reprehensible sport from ancient times known as bear baiting. Bears and other wild animals were teased and provoked into attacking and fighting other animals, for the enjoyment of spectators. It’s hard … Continue reading “GETTING PEOPLE OUT OF YOUR BOOTH #6: Bear Baiters and Goat Getters”

GETTING PEOPLE OUT OF YOUR BOOTH #2: Shadow Artists

Second in a series of people you need to get out of your booth at a craft show–fast! Oddly, the next group of people I’d like to talk about are the people who wish they were you. Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, described a type of person she called the “shadow artist”. A … Continue reading “GETTING PEOPLE OUT OF YOUR BOOTH #2: Shadow Artists”

GOOD BOOTHS GONE BAD #18: Intervention

A reader just posted a plea for help on booth layout. He set up a U-shaped booth at a recent show. Unfortunately, if a peek at the small sample of goods displayed at the top of the “U” didn’t capture people’s interest, they walked on. He’s now thinking of a table across the front of … Continue reading “GOOD BOOTHS GONE BAD #18: Intervention”

GOOD BOOTHS GONE BAD #17: Party Time!

One of the most difficult concepts to absorb about booths is where we (the seller) should be and what we should be doing. Again, building on Bruce Baker’s advice, I’ve come up with a great metaphor that may help you think about this more effectively. We know we shouldn’t “hide” in the booth. For one … Continue reading “GOOD BOOTHS GONE BAD #17: Party Time!”

GOOD BOOTHS GONE BAD #16: Leave Me Alone!

Today’s essay isn’t actually about booth design (except for the unlocked case thing below.) It’s about booth behavior. But it’s actually just as important–maybe more important–than having the perfect booth set-up. I’ve often called myself a poster child for Bruce Baker’s CDs on booth design and selling. I’ve learned so much from “the Master”, and … Continue reading “GOOD BOOTHS GONE BAD #16: Leave Me Alone!”

GOOD BOOTHS GONE BAD #5: Don’t Touch!

Today’s Bad Booth topic is a difficult one. Some of you will not even want to consider it, and perhaps some of you can’t. I simply ask you to think about it, because the results are so profound. Allowing people to touch your work is powerful. Allowing children to touch your work will move mountains. … Continue reading “GOOD BOOTHS GONE BAD #5: Don’t Touch!”

WHY MILLENNIALS DON’T BUY OUR ART: The Hardest, Harshest Reason(s) of All

There are many ways for our work to become a part of someone else’s story, someone else’s world, and someone else’s journey. WHY MILLENNIALS DON’T BUY OUR ART: The Hardest, Harshest Reason(s) of All 2/25/2020  by Luann Udell This post is by Luann Udell, regular contributing author for FineArtViews. She’s blogged since 2002 about the business side–and … Continue reading “WHY MILLENNIALS DON’T BUY OUR ART: The Hardest, Harshest Reason(s) of All”

WHY LOVE > $

SCRATCH: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living by Manjula Martin WHY LOVE > $ This post is by Luann Udell, regular contributing author for FineArtViews. She’s blogged since 2002 about the business side–and the spiritual inside–of art. She says, “I share my experiences so you won’t have to make ALL the same mistakes I … Continue reading “WHY LOVE > $”

HATERS GONNA HATE: You’re Not My Friend

This post is by Luann Udell, regular contributing author for FineArtViews. She’s blogged since 2002 about the business side–and the spiritual inside–of art. She says, “I share my experiences so you won’t have to make ALL the same mistakes I did….”  For ten years, Luann also wrote a column (“Craft Matters”) for The Crafts Report magazine (a monthly … Continue reading “HATERS GONNA HATE: You’re Not My Friend”

THOSE DAMN ART FAIRS

A reader wrote to me recently. They are an artist, a creative person who is just starting to explore the art show circus route. They’ve aced their first show, and wrote to thank me for my series on doing shows, and creating an attractive, functional booth. This time, they wrote to ask me about a clusterf…. a … Continue reading “THOSE DAMN ART FAIRS”

THE MIND OF A FERAL CAT: It’s Me

The hardest thing in life is to start over. The best thing in life is, we can. It’s been just over a year since we moved to Santa Rosa, California. We are well into feet-on-the-ground stage of our life reboot.  Except, well….things seem to be getting harder instead of easier. Fortunately, a little stray cat … Continue reading “THE MIND OF A FERAL CAT: It’s Me”

WAITING FOR THE COOL: That Copying Thing Again

CONCRETE ADVICE FOR HOW TO SUPPORT ARTISTS…. Sometimes–no wait, always–it’s a good idea to cool down before you speak your mind. A few weeks ago, not one, but TWO small drama played out in my studio. At the very same time I was dealing with someone using my identity to post disparaging and rude remarks … Continue reading “WAITING FOR THE COOL: That Copying Thing Again”

TRIBES #1: RUNNING WITH THE PACK

Last summer, we came back from our first Caribbean vacation with a rescue dog. A puppy, in fact, from the Turks and Caicos Islands. Most people bring back a t-shirt or some shells, we came home with our first dog. Watching him grow and adapt to our household has been a treat. I don’t think … Continue reading “TRIBES #1: RUNNING WITH THE PACK”

STEALING SOULS

Another quick break in the booth design series, although this topic also relates to exhibiting your work at shows. What should you do about people photographing your work at shows? There is no right or wrong way to think about this. Some artists don’t care at all about having their work casually photographed. Others scream. … Continue reading “STEALING SOULS”