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Setting up an art show booth

by Kathryn Carr May 12, 2017

Setting up an art show booth

I wanted to share with you my booth image from the Three Rivers Artist Festival June 2015.  It is such a big undertaking to plan, pack, and put up a booth!  I am able to pack everything in my 2006 Honda CRV.  It certainly is like an over sized puzzle for sure!   I just figured out how to unbolt my back seats so that will give me a little more room when I pack up for my next big show!

I use a tent called " The Show Off" I really like it becasue it is light weight, sturdy and for the most part easy to set up.  It is a bit of an investment but very well worth it!  This year I ordered something called Pro Panels, they are basically carpeted walls used for display.  I have the 7' x 24" in dark gray with telescoping legs.  I used them for the first time at this show and I was really impressed and relieved to see how they held up when it turned windy.  I felt that my art was much safer and protected then in the past when I used my own version of a grid wall.   I have yet to really figure out my lighting.  I will be going with LED and/or halogen lights.... it is so confusing as to the spectrum and what sort of  tint I want.  Always a work in progress!

One of my favorite additions to my display is the flooring.  It is a plastic woven carpet.  It dries fast, is super light weight and rolls up easily!  I bought mine from Roxane's Dried Flowers in Pittsburgh.  ( a most enchanting shop)  I also get a lot of comments on the tablecloth, that's fabric from IKEA.   My banner is hand cut from Tyvek and mounted on a light white gauze like fabric.  It measures about 9' wide and maybe 3' tall.  This is a wonderful material to use because it does not rip easily and is water resistant.  You can order Tyvek in rolls of white or black without the Tyvek logo all over it!  Material Conceptsis my supplier. This has stood up to some really rough treatment it has been folded up into suitcases and weathered quite a few storms.  I learned the hard way that you must never never never iron it!  At least on the high setting that I used.... ekk.  

Kathryn Carr
Kathryn Carr



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