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Do Not Enter sign with graffiti

Christmas in July

No more Holly Fair. It’s shocking but true. Holly Fair was a two-day seasonal sale sponsored by the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.  Dozens of artists and crafters converged every year at CCAE’s two buildings in Harvard Square on the second weekend in December. The fair was a long-standing holiday tradition in Cambridge and also […]

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Photo of neon sign at Reginal Pizza

One bad show

It only takes one bad show. A couple of weeks ago I started a blog post (and, sorry, it’s been a while since I last wrote) that talked about my ups and downs in the art fair biz.  A year ago things were bad enough that I was almost ready to quit.  The summer of […]

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Detail from neon sign at Yucca Motel

How to be an art hero

It’s easy to think about art fairs and open studio tours as opportunities for self promotion. Buy my work. Like my work. Compliment me for creating my work. But a recent blog post by New Hampshire artist Luann Udell was a gentle reminder that it’s not always about me.  Writing about an upcoming open studio […]

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Photo of Shell gasoline sign

Five great things about SoWa Open Market

As I have written previously in this blog, art fairs are hard but I keep going back. Sunday was my first day back at the SoWa Open Market for the 2013 season, and — with the exception of a few raindrops — things were off to an auspicious start.  Here are the five best things […]

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Photo of Coolidge Corner Theater

Counting down to summer

With my first gig at SoWa Open Market just over a week away, and the Coolidge Corner Arts Festival a few weeks later, it’s time to start checking items off the to-do list. I’ve been spending a lot of time (not to mention money) at Target, Staples, Home Depot, and various online sources to get […]

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Red Nickel photo display at Newton Open Studios

Lost and found: Newton Open Studios 2013

I usually devote the day after an art fair to three things: Recuperation, reorganization, and reflection. Recuperation because these shows are exhausting, physically and mentally.  Reorganization because there are things to do — unload the car, put away the magnet-making supplies, find a home for stray pieces of bubble wrap, update my mailing list. Reflection? […]

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Photo of the Modern Pastry sign

From Mod Podge to metal

Remember a while back (okay, almost a year ago) when I wrote about new ways to mount my photos? It was a great idea but let’s just say I overestimated my skills in that area. I spent some fun time at art supply stores learning about adhesives and protective finishes and the difference between Mars […]

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Four New England landscapes from Hockman photo calendar

My favorite things

I’ve been on Etsy for just over a year now — as a seller and as a customer — and I have found some extraordinary items. First, a quick introduction to Etsy for those who may not be familiar with it. Etsy is an online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods.  Sort of like eBay […]

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Photo of South Pacific neon sign in black picture frame

Unexpected connections

Sometimes it’s not about the sales. I take something away from every art fair. Maybe it’s the epiphany that led me on the path to a new body of work. Maybe it’s a new connection with a fellow artist. Sometimes it’s a new piece of information, like learning about Red Nichols (and his Five Pennies!), […]

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