Art Fair Insiders

Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals

Marketing an Art Fair: Top Tips from Top Show Directors

New Art Podcasts with Art Fairs on BlogTalkRadio

Sara Shambarger, from St. Joe's Krasl Art Fair, and Sharon McAllister from ArtFest Fort Myers "talk the talk & walk the walk."


Amazon takes on Square

Started by Tina Pietsch in Art Fair Equipment, Vendors & Suppliers. Last reply by Bill McLauchlan 1 hour ago. 31 Replies

Is Face Painting "Art"?

Started by Chris Hoyt in Art Fair Discussions. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer 1 hour ago. 2 Replies

Gulf Coast Region

Started by Cynthia Welch in Crafts and Craft Fairs. Last reply by Cynthia Welch 1 hour ago. 5 Replies

Sides up or sides down?

Started by Donna Jo Wallace in Art Fair Equipment, Vendors & Suppliers. Last reply by Donna Jo Wallace 2 hours ago. 2 Replies

Paying my Table Partner

Started by Donna Jo Wallace in Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!. Last reply by Cynthia Welch 3 hours ago. 16 Replies

Thank you

Started by Jeanne Morningstar Kent in Everything Else. Last reply by Connie Mettler 3 hours ago. 1 Reply

booth Rug

Started by megan mckinnon in Booth Examples and Reviews. Last reply by Amy Ikenn 3 hours ago. 5 Replies

Introduction to AFI

Started by Susan Toole in Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!. Last reply by Karole Bowlds 7 hours ago. 1 Reply


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TIP OF THE DAY: How to Photograph Your Booth

Larry Berman just had a 4 page article published in Sunshine Artist magazine with many images of good looking booths. Learn more:

Blog Posts

How much money does it take to produce a fabulous art fair?

Posted by Connie Mettler on August 21, 2014 at 11:00am 3 Comments

Coming up Labor Day weekend is Art in the Pearl in Portland, OR. This show originated in 1997 after the demise of the big deal, big sponsor, Artquake. Artquake relied heavily on corporate sponsorship and drew 200,000 people to the Pearl neighborhood where it was envisioned as "a massive ticketed spectacle that featured international performances alongside local jugglers and mimes."

The money did not materialize to sustain Artquake (we're talking 100's of 1000's of dollars to support…


Featured Artist: Nick Wroblewski - Woodcut Printmaking

Posted by Connie Mettler on August 20, 2014 at 11:30pm 4 Comments

Nick Wroblewski is a Midwest based printmaker specializing in hand cut wood block prints with an aesthetic reminiscent of the stylized Japanese masters, yet uniquely his own. Standing in his booth you know why you love art fairs. Not only do you see fresh exciting fine work but you also get a glimpse into the lives of the creators.…


Last Call for Artists: Bayou City Art Festival in Memorial Park

Posted by Connie Mettler on August 20, 2014 at 7:34am 7 Comments

Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park
March 27-29, 2015
Houston, Texas

Deadline: August 22,…

Winner Post of the Month - July 2014

Posted by Connie Mettler on August 18, 2014 at 11:30pm 2 Comments

We had a good run of information in July this year. Scott Pakulski kept us abreast of happenings in his corner of the Midwest, including Toledo, Plymouth (MI) and his first year at Ann Arbor. Marge Luttrell got a good discussion going on the big CPFA in State College, PA. Sandhi Schimmel Gold shared the heartbreaking news of a fellow artist's tragedy and Jacki Bilsborrow…



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