Today's postings

  1. [Baren 35610] Re: Baren Digest (old) V43 #4315 ("Marilynn Smith")
  2. [Baren 35611] Southern Graphics Council ("April Vollmer")
  3. [Baren 35612] RE: LONG POST - Exhibition display boards ("Maria Arango")
  4. [Baren 35613] Re: uv light ("J. Stieler")
  5. [Baren 35614] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V43 #4315 (Apr 10, 2008) (Lynn Starun)
  6. [Baren 35615] drying solarplate (cucamongie #
  7. [Baren 35616] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  8. [Baren 35617] Thank you info Conference at Chicago (guadalupe victorica reyes)
  9. [Baren 35618] Exhibition Boards (Jennifer Martindale)
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Message 1
From: "Marilynn Smith"
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2008 06:54:57 -0700
Subject: [Baren 35610] Re: Baren Digest (old) V43 #4315
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Maybe this is old fashioned now because I have not done festivals for some
years. I used to use peg board and hinge it together. It folds flat and
has holes all over for hanging framed work at any level. It is inexpensive
and easy to assemble.
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Message 2
From: "April Vollmer"
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2008 11:03:31 -0400
Subject: [Baren 35611] Southern Graphics Council
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It is finally April and almost spring! My month!

I had the pleasure of meeting Annie Bissett at Southern Graphics Council
printmakers meeting in Richmond, VA two weeks ago. The conference was a lot
of fun, and an opportunity to catch up with many printmaker friends. There
were some great exhibitions and talks. Cannonball Press, Leslie Dill and
Daniel Heyman stand out, but there was much more!

The Materials Fair was great. The McClain's booth was very friendly and very
active, the cornerstone of the Fair! I also enjoyed chatting with Hiromi
Paper and Nancy Jacobi from the Japanese Paper Place. We are lucky to have
such wonderful suppliers! (Including our friend in Japan Woodlike
Matsumara-san, who did not attend the conference!)

I put photos on my website at if anyone is
curious about this event!

Now I am preparing for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Japanese Cherry Blossom
Festival, May 3 and 4. If there are Baren-ers coming to the Sakura Matsuri,
please be sure to stop by to say hello. I will be doing demonstrations from
3:00 to 4:00 both afternoons, and will have a portfolio of work to show.

Best wishes for Spring!!

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Message 3
From: "Maria Arango"
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2008 09:38:24 -0700
Subject: [Baren 35612] RE: LONG POST - Exhibition display boards
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As with everything in art festivals, in displays you need a compromise
between great looking (bring people into the booth), portability (save the
back), efficiency in set-up (save the sanity), and professionalism (don't
want to look like a "street artist" :-).

Here is an excerpt of the section in the book that talks about all that:

"My first display consisted of a rented tent (you will find these
are particularly ugly and often dirty.did I mention dark and with NO
walls?).where was I? Oh yeah! A rented tent, four easels that I hastily
made-oh, alright, my husband and I hastily made two days before the show, an
office supply store receipt book and a stool to sit on. I think I had a
pencil too, and the second day I remembered to bring a hat, sunglasses and a
cooler full of Gatorade. The easels were about 6 foot by 4 foot, legs had to
be screwed on site and taken apart after the show to fit in my poor
over-abused twenty-year old mini-motor home. My prints simply leaned against
the easels. Clever, I thought, but had it been windy, I would have been in
deep doo-doo (art festival terminology, glossary in the back of the book)."

"Thanks to my dear husband, who showed up a couple of times to see
how I was doing, I was able to walk around the festival a little bit. This
particular festival was very small and not many experienced artists were
present, which meant my booth wasn't the worst looking.just nearly so.
Anyhow, I spotted a small gallery-wait! It was just a booth! But oh my oh
my, beautifully arranged in a gallery like manner. The "gallery" was
composed of a white shining canopy with white shining walls, carpeted walls
arranged in a clever L so that work was visible from every angle, a "back
room" where the artist sat quietly behind a tall carpeted desk conducting
business. I asked a lot of questions, I'm sure I sounded stupid but got some
good advice. I want to find that man and show him my display today but one
thing you learn in this business is that people come and people go and
someone helping you is to be savored that moment because you often don't get
a second conversation.
Needless to say you can also start the same way, but if I had to do
it again, I would have investigated the issue a bit more prior to signing up
for my first festival and would have given my first try a more honest
effort. The experience was not very pleasant since every moment I felt that
I could (and should) have prepared much better."

"I have talked about my first wooden display easels, now chopped up
for firewood and assorted home projects, including a handsome dog house. My
second display set-up consisted of those white grid metal closet shelves you
can buy at a home improvement center. These worked very well for a long
time, I stood them up vertically and tied them to each other with plastic
cable ties, making a grid wall that allowed me versatility in hanging and
much display room. The only problem I had was that I had no flexibility of
display, the walls formed a 10 x 10 three sided display with a table in the
middle. Progress costs money, so soon I started surfing the net in search of
a professional solution. I saw the carpet panels, but the price! At that
time, I just could not justify 10 panels at $120 each! Also at that time,
the manufacturers charged more for colors other than a medium gray and I
just don't dig gray as a background for my work."

"So, next I purchased a set of display grid panels, lightweight and
much more professional looking than my closet shelves. They also set up much
more efficiently than my grids, so my set-up time was considerably reduced
as was the weight that I had to carry when my booth wasn't exactly near
artist parking. This constituted a vast improvement and a setup I kept for
several years.
With more progress (read: made some money!) I eventually invested in
the carpet gallery panels with adjustable legs and of a nice buff color. I
hated them at first because they caught the wind during set-up, which didn't
happen with my grids. But they do look much better, I admit, and have the
advantage of making solid walls I can hide behind when I am feeling shy.
Seriously, my work shows off much better and sales, as all the pros pointed
out before, have increased since I invested in a better display."

"So what's the moral of the story? Well there are as many display solutions
as there are art media, and even within the medium some artists choose
vastly different approaches to their display. All I can summarize is some
general points on how to find out what type of display an artist might need.
Here are some quick guidelines that should work for all:

. Peek at some art festivals before you invest. If you sell pottery,
look at potters' displays and try to find out where they got or how they
made their display.

. Make a note of your display needs (walls for paintings, shelves for
pottery, boxes or bins for prints, pedestals for sculpture, etc.) and search
real live art festivals and the web for display solutions.

. Read art festival magazines and trade publications and search the
ads for appropriate displays and maybe even some great deals on used

. Invest in the best possible display equipment you can afford. Better
displays aren't just prettier; they actually will bring more sales.

. Get what you can, make what you can, but promise yourself to
progress as sales improve until you are absolutely comfortable with the
thought that your display is not the factor that is making all those
customers pass up your booth."

Some resources for looking at display types and ideas for display panels:

OR search the web for display grids or display panels to get alternative
ideas. Those two are my favorites.

FINALLY! The book website has a photo-album section with various booth
displays: and a spring/summer sale price in effect.

Hope this all helps,

Maria Arango
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Message 4
From: "J. Stieler"
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2008 20:50:01 +0200
Subject: [Baren 35613] Re: uv light
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hi bareners,
living next to the Danish border (but naval parted from Kopenhagen), I
found this interesting website of a Danish printmaker and his work on
non toxic printmaking. Especially for UV-Light following may be
interesting for you:
(I just see the links do not copy the way I want them to do). But click
around on his website and find interesting hints and tips!

Best - Johnny
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Message 5
From: Lynn Starun
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2008 14:05:04 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 35614] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V43 #4315 (Apr 10, 2008)
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Maria's book is wonderful!! I'm a proud owner of one!

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Message 6
From: cucamongie #
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2008 17:26:00 -0400
Subject: [Baren 35615] drying solarplate
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Lynn, you do not need a hair dryer for drying solarplate. I took Dan Welden's workshop and we simply blotted the solarplate with newspaper.

Take one piece of newspaper (it helps if it's cut or torn to slightly larger than the plate), press it against the solarplate, gently smooth it there with your
hand) (don't rub it back and forth), take another sheet of newspaper and repeat til the plate is dry.

If you have further questions, please feel free to email me offline,

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Message 7
From: Blog Manager
Date: 11 Apr 2008 03:55:34 -0000
Subject: [Baren 35616] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification
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The following new entries were found on the listed printmaker's websites during the past 24 hours. (45 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


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Message 8
From: guadalupe victorica reyes
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 05:05:27 +0000
Subject: [Baren 35617] Thank you info Conference at Chicago
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I am sorry, a very kind lady that went to a conference in Washington answered my question about the next Conference in Chicago. I lost the name of the lady and I am not sure if I send the thanks to her and I lost the name of the Conference also.

Does this make any sense? Excuse my English I think I am too tired I was printing almost all day.
Best Regards, Guadalupe

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Message 9
From: Jennifer Martindale
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 10:34:09 +0100
Subject: [Baren 35618] Exhibition Boards
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Thank you for all the ideas, you are such a deep well of experience and advice. Am having difficulty sourcing the plastic lattice fencing in the UK, but am on the hunt for something similar or other form of mesh or fencing.

I have already bought Maria's amazing Art Festival Guide and have been following just about all of her other advice. I am sure she is right to advise the professional boards, but until I actually get to sell something I do not feel that I can justify the expenditure, so home made will have to do this time.

I thank you all, and will keep you posted with the end result