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Wisconsin/Minnesota Artists

Artists of all types that do fine art fairs in the Wisconsin/Minnesota area looking to network and share information about art shows

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Tallman in Janesville and Racine Starving artist, both early August

Started by Linnea Lahlum. Last reply by Lynda Wallis Aug 25. 5 Replies

I'm trying to do some shows that are not a long drive from home. Neither of these has much of a mention anywhere. Thanks for your input!Continue

Tags: janesville, tallman, racine

Have you done Settlement Shops Art Fairs in Fish Creek, Door County

Started by Tina Pietsch Feb 3. 0 Replies

I received invitation to apply for their summer and fall events for 2015.Has anyone participated?  Any feedback you have is appreciated.Continue

Trimborn Farm Harvest Festival - Milwaukee

Started by David Neal DeMattia. Last reply by Tina Pietsch Oct 21, 2014. 4 Replies

Has anyone done this show? Opinions? We are thinking of applying this year, just got the application in the mail.Continue

Door County Fall Festivals 2014...anyone participate?

Started by Tina Pietsch Oct 19, 2014. 0 Replies

I was interested in the Sister Bay Fall Festival this year, but was very ill last winter so I knew I did not have enough time to create/make enough inventory for a three day event. But I did drive…Continue

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Comment by Leslie Mornes on March 19, 2014 at 4:59pm

I know nothing of the wait list policy.  I had also applied (late) to the American Crafts Council show in St. Paul in April.  They put me on their wait list, and I decided in January to opt out of the show altogether.  I'm not set up for being indoors with fancy lights and furniture.  I also decided that I didn't want to put that much pressure on my self by having so many quilts made in such a short time, and allocating a very large chunk of change for the booth fee.  I don't remember exactly but it was between $600 -$800.  I usually take October - December off and focus on other important things.

Comment by Linnea Lahlum on March 17, 2014 at 9:41pm

I'm wait listed, after applying for the first time this year. Fear of getting one of the notorious parking lot spaces held me back before. I emailed right after notification to ask if I have a wait list number, but have heard nothing back. Does anyone know anything about their wait list policy?

Comment by Leslie Mornes on March 16, 2014 at 3:13pm

I heard that too, that there will be no bad spots.  It is an awesome show with thousands of potential customers.  Good luck to you!

Comment by Amy Palmer on March 16, 2014 at 2:41pm

I am in this show this year.  I have heard from other artists that the layout improved last year and there are no more lousy locations.  This will be my first time at this show, have only heard good things except the weather and loading in/out.

Comment by Leslie Mornes on March 16, 2014 at 2:27pm

Edina Art Fair...

Is anyone here going to be in Edina this summer?  I see that they changed the date so that it is the second weekend in June and not like the first weekend over the past few years.

I was there in 2012 on France Ave and had tremendous sales.  The weather was ideal all three days.  However, in 2013, also being on France Ave the sales were ok.  I sold half as much as 2012.  The weather was both hot and cold and rainy off and on.  I was suffering a bad head cold and was miserable the whole time there.   I applied this year and they put me on the wait list.  I'm worried that this might lead them to give me a bad spot but we'll see.  Maybe they won't offer me any spot, we'll see. 

Comment by Jillian Cori Lippert on March 16, 2014 at 12:32am

Are you an artist living and creating art in South Central Wisconsin? 14 South Artists would like to invite you to participate in our 11th Annual Fall Studio Tour. This year, for the first time, we're inviting non-members to participate as guest artists.

Our Press Release:

14 South Artists presents its 11th Annual Fall Studio Art Tour: “Hand Made in Your Community.” The tour will be on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13-14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. This year the tour combines art organizations 14 South Artists and Madison Art Guild (MAG). For the first time, two well-respected art guilds collaborate to provide the community the opportunity to meet an extensive array of talented local artists, including budding young artists from local high schools. 

Artists will be showing their work and greeting the public in studios and galleries located in historic communities in south central Wisconsin. Many of the artists exhibit in nationally known art fairs, galleries and museums, with several selling internationally.

Enjoy a scenic drive and take the opportunity to meet the artists and learn about their art. 14 South is a new direction for art. We are handmade, homegrown and local. Come and see what you have in your own back yard.

To find out more about 14 South Artists and Madison Art Guild, please visit our websites: 

Comment by Charlene Zindel on November 25, 2013 at 8:07am

I am interested in getting more info about art shows in Northern Wisconsin, I do have a feeling that making larger pieces to sell at show wont go very far, but the smaller well made unique pieces will. I have seen in my area the some of what the people sell, made out of pallet wood or rustic log type construction. I am doing the more elegant and specific type of pieces. Not just what I am crafting, but even right down tot the wood I am using. Always looking for grains that have been stained a color by natural means. The normal hardwoods I save for furniture, unless I have enough to do a large piece.

Currently I am starting to look into shows, my MIL I know has some info and contacts as she is a weaver, but I would also like to start learning and maybe the same shows that she likes wont be good for my craft.

Is there a woodworking guild for the Northwoods of WI? 

Any tips on set of a booth for juried shows that anyone has found to work? 

I know I have questions and many can be answered by reading, I have always found however that those with experience go beyond the standard answers. 


Comment by Carolina Niebres on June 24, 2013 at 10:43am

Oh no! Were you able to save most of your inventory?

Comment by Laura Meddaugh on June 24, 2013 at 9:08am

This is horrible... heard about the storm from my brother up in the cities.  Did YOU lose art work?  Potential storms, predicted or not, are why I NEVR leave my paintings in my booth overnight.  We don't worry so much about theft, just mother nature!  

Comment by Jenny Nunnelee on June 24, 2013 at 8:52am
Ouch. I was think of all of you at Wayzata. Glad I didn't decide to do it. I hope you get your booth fee back

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Discussion Forum

Trimborn Farm Harvest Festival - Milwaukee

Started by David Neal DeMattia. Last reply by Tina Pietsch Oct 21, 2014. 4 Replies

Webster Area Arts & Crafts Show - May 24

Started by Amy Palmer. Last reply by Pat Falk Sep 17, 2014. 18 Replies

Free craft show July 26 2014 Door County

Started by Tina Pietsch. Last reply by Tina Pietsch Jul 24, 2014. 7 Replies

Oconomowoc 2014

Started by Mindy Kocchi. Last reply by Mindy Kocchi May 17, 2014. 12 Replies

American Crafts Council show in St. Paul MN April 11-13, 2014

Started by Leslie Mornes. Last reply by Jay McDougall Apr 30, 2014. 1 Reply

Lake Geneva WI?

Started by Linnea Lahlum. Last reply by Mariette Rose Apr 29, 2014. 6 Replies

Bergstrom Mahler (Neenah) or Mt. Horeb WI, mid July

Started by Linnea Lahlum. Last reply by Jillian Cori Lippert Apr 13, 2014. 8 Replies

Summer Art Classic in Baraboo WI

Started by Linnea Lahlum. Last reply by Jillian Cori Lippert Mar 17, 2014. 6 Replies

Firefly Art Fair?

Started by Carolina Niebres. Last reply by Linda Rose Mar 12, 2014. 1 Reply

Fargo Street Fair?

Started by David Neal DeMattia. Last reply by David Neal DeMattia Feb 15, 2014. 2 Replies

Callahan Shows in Iowa?

Started by David Neal DeMattia. Last reply by David Neal DeMattia Jan 17, 2014. 2 Replies

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