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Inept or a Scam? Holding a Fair and Nobody Comes

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What are you doing this weekend: October 17-19, 2014?

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Moving dates & location in Park City?

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Barry Bernstein commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Can't find that pesky information? A few tips
"Freudian slip. Lol!! Connie is temporarily mad at me for something I said that came out wrong. I learned that Connie can be sarcastic. Makes me love her even more."
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Connie Mettler replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Inept or a Scam? Holding a Fair and Nobody Comes
"It is such a judgement call. People are apt to point fingers and say it is someone else's fault. Maybe these guys just took the money and ran. Maybe they were inexperienced, copied what they'd seen others do and it didn't work as they…"
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Larry Berman replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Inept or a Scam? Holding a Fair and Nobody Comes
"You know it can also happen on the level of shows we do. In 2002 the Shadyside show, new location with original promoter, tried to pull a fast one on the artists. He had already lost the show a few years prior and then moved to a new location for a…"
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Connie Mettler commented on Alyx Morgan's blog post The ZAPP Art Festival Conference - A Newbie's Experience
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Inept or a Scam? Holding a Fair and Nobody Comes

We think we're the big cheeses with our cool art fairs that, but I'm sure you know there are international "art fairs" in big deal convention centers and chi-chi locations where the galleries show up and individual artist booths start around $5000. Think Frieze Art Fair, Art Basel in Miami, SOFA in New York and Chicago, etc., where millions of dollars change hands.Last weekend there was a new "international art show" in LA at the Convention Center with and prices ranged from $5,069 for…See More
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Barrie Lynn Bryant commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Can't find that pesky information? A few tips
"Glad to see the "ie" is sticking with you, Connie. But the other BB might not like it."
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publisher of &; art fair organizer and consultant
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Royal Oak, MI, and the following weekend the State Street Show in Ann Arbor. Baptism by fire!
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
When you go home with fat pockets.
Best show ever and why
Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair 2001 - best sales ever at an art show, lots of money flowing in the streets of Ann Arbor. We went home and paid all our bills!
Worst show ever and why
As beginners, grasping at anything, got talked into an "art show" at Boysville, a fundraiser at a rural boy's reformatory. The first day we pocketed $5 in sales. Instead of spending the night we cancelled our hotel reservation and went home.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
I started to build an online community around the nation's art fair business so artists and others could connect with one another for mutual support and fellowship.

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Call for Artists: South Miami Rotary Arts Festival

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 8:00am 0 Comments

February 21 & 22 

Miami, Florida

31st Annual Festival

Downtown South Miami on Sunset Drive

10am-6pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday

145 Exhibitors

Deadline: November 5

Started as a small show in 1984, the event has grown into one of Miami-Dade County's most anticipated festivals. Dozens of…


Podcast: Art School Grad to Famed Pottery Studio Owner

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 10:14pm 0 Comments

Tuesday - October 28 - 3 pm ET

Nawal Motawi joins us to talk about her journey from art school graduate to founder of an award-winning Ann Arbor-based nationally known art studio, Motawi Tileworks, that creates unique handmade tile reflecting the classic styles and craftsmanship of 20th Century American design.

Nawal Motawi founded Motawi Tileworks more than 20 years ago. A University of Michigan art school…


Can't find that pesky information? A few tips

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 8:30am 11 Comments

Tip for writers on -- readers too

"Why can't I find something I know is on this site?" "What happened to my show review?" "Where is that information about the best tent, show, lodging deal, funny story, jury tip, safety idea, etc.?

This site thrives on your participation and your stories, questions and reviews. Thousands…


Call for Artists: Des Moines Arts Festival

Posted on October 19, 2014 at 6:38pm 0 Comments

June 26-28

Des Moines, Iowa

Downtown at Western Gateway Park

surrounding the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park

194 Artists 

Deadline: October 31…


Why the "Best Art Fair" survey?

Posted on October 18, 2014 at 8:31am 6 Comments

It's all about the marketing, folks.

Mission of our sites: Bring people to attend the art fairs to buy art and support the artists.

Mission of the survey: Spread the word about the best art fairs in the country through the media to attract people to come to the shows and use the Best Art Fairs page as a planner for their travels, enabling "art fair tourism."

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At 3:17pm on October 16, 2014, richard rothbard said…

Let's do the Pod Cast.. I will send you the agenda..


At 5:27pm on October 15, 2014, Elaine Clapper said…

I appreciate the welcome. Hope to learn a lot!

At 10:14pm on October 14, 2014, Nancy jones said…
hi Connie,I still haven't posted a picture of my husband and myself.i have trying to write you a private message and i haven't been successful.i hope you get this message.
the shows in Chicago are not great.i wanted to travel to sell my scarfs and nat's in a wealthy area of Michigan that gets tourists in the winter.when you sold your product to stores did they buy from you or did they want everything on consignment.we don't want to do consignment for many reasons.first of all you don't have complete control on how your product is being treated by customers,things somehow get lost or stolen(always questionable) husband had a bad experience with this a long time ago.
I just want to sell my product.i am sick of the wal mart crowd and little old ladies count my stitches etc..thanks for your input.
Nancy jones
At 2:18pm on October 10, 2014, Karen Norberg said…

Connie, thanks for the are on their the help Karen Norberg  McAllen, Texas

At 2:17pm on October 10, 2014, Colleen Dossey said…

Hi Connie, I signed up with you some time ago, but couldn't log in. I had to sign up again. Did something happen? I had a page and everything. The email I used was the one I get messages from "Insiders" on. Is my page still up? Help, please. THX

At 9:12am on October 10, 2014, Nadia Korths said…
Thank you Connie for taking the time and the great suggestions.
At 8:59am on October 10, 2014, Denise Buisman Pilger said…

Thanks for the great tips Connie! I'm looking forward to meeting some awesome new people and sharing information! I love communities like these! Wishing you a lovely day!

At 11:47pm on October 5, 2014, Mary Rembach said…

Thanks Connie - I'm happy to be here.  

At 10:19pm on October 5, 2014, Vicki Davis said…

Thanks, Connie! I'm looking forward to checking out all that this site has to offer!

At 5:59pm on October 5, 2014, Filomena Booth said…

Hi Connie!  Thanks for the warm welcome!  We're in the process of making our move from Texas to Florida.  Once we're settled, I will be checking out all the tips on this site.  I know I'll need all the advice I can happy I found this site!



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