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Knock Down Pro-Panels w/Extender legs - Jupiter, Florida

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Booth Damage at Show

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Must Sell Black Pro Panels

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Zapp Conference after reflection

Started by Amy McMurry in Everything Else. Last reply by Connie Mettler Oct 20. 2 Replies

10 x 10 Craft Hut $400

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Tip of the Day: Post of the Week

The Post of the Week goes to Craig Roderick & Sara Beck for their post "Kentuck Festival of the Arts October 15 and 16, 2016." Have you ever thought about trying it out?  Read their review and see what you are missing.

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Professional Photographs of Jewelry

Posted by Larry Berman on October 26, 2016 at 8:48pm 0 Comments

I've been really busy lately, including having rotator cuff surgery three weeks ago. But this weekend I finally had time to write an article that's been on my mind for a few months now. From time to time I get asked by jewelers how to take their own professional quality pictures of their work. So I wrote a detailed article about the equipment I have and some tips on how to use it.…


Apple's Newest Entry...Nothing What-so-ever to do with art shows!

Posted by S Brian Berkun on October 25, 2016 at 4:14pm 6 Comments

This has absolutely nothing to do with art shows directly but it might be helpful if you own an iPhone, or use iTunes or iPhoto to back up your phones contents!

I upgraded to Apple's newest entry into the iOS family with the system upgrade 10.0.2. I couldn't stand it when I upgraded to iOS 7 but I learned to live with it. A new low has been achieved with the iOS 10.0.2 and its need for redundant pressing of the home button just to get off the screen with the day and date, as-well-as…


What's the Worst Art Fair Mistake you've made?

Posted by Layl McDill on October 21, 2016 at 5:27pm 7 Comments

It's taken me a few weeks to get over my worst mistake ever.  Here's the story:

I spent all week thinking maybe I should cancel out of the Fall Festival of the Arts in Redwing that weekend.  The weather was looking cold, I had my parents coming into town on Sunday, I needed to spend time with my 16 year old and my husband was out of town.  I have never in 23 years of doing shows canceled out of a show so I felt super guilty about the prospect.  On Wednesday I actually went to website…


You Should've Been there with me! Part I

Posted by Connie Mettler on October 21, 2016 at 2:30pm 2 Comments

8th Annual Arts Festival Conference, Oct. 6-7, Houston, TX -- sponsored by Westaf, otherwise known as Zapplication

To go or not to go? That is always the question. To take the time and $$ to travel to a distant city to learn more about art festivals? Seems unnecessary after my 30+ year immersion. However ... usually I go.

I go for the new…


Call for Artists: Images - A Festival of the Arts

Posted by Connie Mettler on October 20, 2016 at 10:59pm 0 Comments

January 27-29

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Presented by: Atlantic Center for the Arts

Fri. 1-5; Sat. 9-5; Sun. 10-4

230 Artists…


Another view of the Bayou City art show.

Posted by Nels Johnson on October 19, 2016 at 2:00pm 10 Comments

I am excited that Melanie Rolfes had such a great show. And wrote such a great review.

She is a really good writer who gives great Insights and I was so happy to meet her.

She is a pistol. We had a lot of laughs.

I was worried about how she would do at this show with her color abstract paintings. Obviously, she blew them away and went home with a lot of moola.

I felt I should write from another point of view--the artist who needs a lot of customers to make a good… Continue

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