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Old 10-04-2002, 10:09 AM   #1
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Display System for Street Fairs etc




I'm looking to purchase a display system to hold my paintings in a 10' x 10' booth at street art fairs, wineries, home shows, art shows, etc.. Does anyone have experience with this? The only one I have info on is Graphic Display Systems Inc. I would love other options for comparison. Please advise.

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Old 10-04-2002, 10:16 AM   #2
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Valerie:

To my mind, the best art display systems out there are Pro Panels - www.propanels.com. They are certainly the slickest looking displays. I have aluminum wire grid panels which I got from another artist when he upgraded to Pro Panels. They are not bad, but they don't present as polished a look as the Pro Panels do.
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Old 10-04-2002, 05:58 PM   #3
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Michael,

Thanks so much for taking the time to respond. There certainly are a lot of products out there but I have no personal knowledge of any of them. I will check out propanels.com right now!

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Old 10-04-2002, 06:26 PM   #4
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Michael,

Thanks so much for taking the time to respond. There certainly are alot of products out there but I have no personal knowledge of any of them. I will check out propanels.com right now!

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Old 10-04-2002, 08:13 PM   #5
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Valerie,

I went to Home Depot and bought closet organizer racks. They work great because they are light weight and can be easily disassembled and stored away. The whole thing cost around $40. I bought 4 long racks that are used for the sides and backing; 2 short ones act as a roof and shelf in the center for stability. Think of a box lid upright, that's sort of what it looks like when assembled. The whole contraption gets tied together with white plastic wire.

I was able to hang pictures on the inside and outside and it can be expanded depending on your needs. I had it set up under one of those canopy tents and it withstood the occasional gust of wind that blew through the park.
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Enzie,

If you get a chance, a photo of your configuration would be great.
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Old 10-09-2002, 11:58 PM   #7
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I just did my first outdoor art show this past weekend. This show attracts around 300,000 (!) attendees and over 150 people picked up one of my business cards, so I hope I will see some good results.

I bought a 10x10 white canopy at a nearby sporting goods store. It was a bit hard to find white but I know many art shows require it.

I don't have walls yet so I used all four easels from my studio to put paintings on. I also have a folding room-divider screen that you can put photos in. I used it to display pictures of paintings I have done that are now in other homes.I wired it to one of the corner poles for stability.

I worked on a commissioned oil portrait during the show, partly to attract attention and to give me something to do for two days times eight hours. I got a surprising amount done and was astonished to learn that I can paint with hordes of people around and kids blowing on carnival horns more or less constantly.

Because I was demonstrating, I wanted to keep people out of the booth. (I know that's the opposite of what most people want to do at art shows, but I didn't want anyone bumping into my wet painting). I ran a wide blue ribbon around all four sides of the booth at about waist height. It worked pretty well, though one little kid did reach under the ribbon to run a tiny finger down my painting. I guess he wanted to see if the paint was really wet!

I met a very nice portrait photographer who recommended a supplier called Levin Company. If I do many more shows like this I will get some of their very nice folding display easels and racks.
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