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Connie Mettler commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Call for Artists: 13th Annual Indian Wells Arts Festival
"A few years ago I was in Palm Springs when I noticed that this event was taking place. Needless to say the whole family got to attend ;) I'd never been to a show like this before. In an amazing setting with the mountains in the background, and…"
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Ann Beehler commented on Connie Mettler's group Classifieds
"I am new to the art show world and need to get a few propanels and all the accessories needed as well as lighting.  Not looking for a lot, and don't have much of a budget, but if you are looking to get rid of some stuff that is just…"
lulu moonwood murakami commented on Connie Mettler's blog post How They do It in Portland, a Photo Essay
"Thanks from showing off Art in the Pearl, Connie! That festive tent belongs to Jill May very, one of my favorite artists."
Connie Mettler replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Who runs shows in New Jersey?
"Is that Madison, NJ, Chris?"
Connie Mettler commented on Scott Pakulski's blog post Art-A-Licious 2014
"Suzanne, people learned about the show because they advertised their call for artists on this site and on our site. Stay tuned here to find lots of interesting events and the show personnel who will answer your questions. Thanks…"
Chris Hoyt replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Who runs shows in New Jersey?
"Jim and Sarah Burnett in Madison. Class act promoters who have actually ejected B/S vendors. Contact them thru"
Sue Kroll replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend? Sept. 26-28, 2014?
"yes, it was.  Disorganized, no signage before the corner to turn in.  People spent their time in the wine tent, hardly anyone came by the booths and weren't interested in buying anyway.  We were supposed to have an awards…"
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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.
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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: 13th Annual Indian Wells Arts Festival

Posted on September 30, 2014 at 7:30pm 1 Comment

April 3-5, 2015  

Indian Wells, California

Indian Wells Tennis Garden

Deadline: October 14

(60 spaces held for second jury's Jan.6, 2015 deadline)

The Indian Wells Arts Festival celebrates its 13th year at a premier venue located in Indian Wells, in the heart of the Southern California-Palm Springs Desert Resorts Communities. This outdoor judged and juried art show will…

How They do It in Portland, a Photo Essay

Posted on September 30, 2014 at 5:58pm 1 Comment

August 30 & 31, 2014 - Portland, OR - Art in the Pearl

Opening the show in the Pearl District

Everything is "Green" in Portland - ready for the…


Call for Artists: Franklin Square Holiday Market

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

November 28 - December 23 

at Franklin Square's Electrical Spectacle

Franklin Square, 6th & Race Streets

In conjunction with Franklin Square's Electrical Spectacle, the Market will be open to the public between 4pm and 8pm each day. Franklin Square will be open at 10am every day for its normal activities.

Brought to you…


Last Call for Artists: Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 7:29am 0 Comments

March 20-22, 2015 

Winter Park, Florida

Central Park along Park Avenue

225 Artists

Deadline: September 26

The 56th annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious juried fine art shows.  It consistently ranks among the most highly regarded outdoor art shows in the nation a its artists compete for…

Artists Retirement Plan

Posted on September 23, 2014 at 10:00am 4 Comments

Gotcha! I know our plan was always to keep doing shows and then fall dead out of the chair at an art fair (actually, I know a couple of people who did just that), but if you don't believe that the Internet is your retirement plan, look no farther than this website and my others.

I took our…


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At 8:31am on September 29, 2014, Karen Kurta said…

Thanks Connie! Yes, I think this site will be a tremendous resource. I appreciate the tips.

At 9:33am on September 24, 2014, Manda Brezicky said…
Thanks for the warm welcome Connie :) And thank you for having this amazing resource!!!
At 8:29pm on September 23, 2014, Justin Hannington said…

Hi Connie, thanks for the welcome.  Just from looking around a little bit, I've already found a lot of useful information here.  Thanks for providing this venue!

At 2:00pm on September 23, 2014, Justin Mckenney said…

Hi Connie, Thanks for having me here! I look forward to getting to know the website and it's users. I think it will be a great things for us. Have a great day!

At 7:58am on September 19, 2014, Judy Corwin said…

Thank you Connie, I appreciate the warm welcome and the helpful tips.

At 5:25am on September 19, 2014, Lisa Schieszer said…
Your welcome is certainly appreciated! I found myself awake at 4am thinking of developing a website, put on the coffee, let the dogs out and started with email. I have already learned many helpful things reading from your website and listening to some podcasts. Thank you so much for this resource as I start a new adventure. Lisa
At 10:39am on September 12, 2014, Vicki Schneider said…

Thanks, Connie. Not sure art fairs are the right venue for my work. I've done a few juried shows, but as my work is evolving, I'm less and less confident that shows are the way to go.  I need to spend some time researching your archives and looking for those pearls of wisdom that will help me get on the right track.

At 9:50pm on September 10, 2014, Victor Currie said…

Thanks Connie. I've been lurking here for a while and suddenly realized I'd never officially joined! 

At 8:20pm on September 9, 2014, Laura Kiro said…

Thanks for having me and for the input!

At 9:21am on September 9, 2014, Joel Lockridge said…

Thanks Connie, thanks for the welcome.  I tried to add myself to the member map several times, all unsuccessfully.  Maybe I'll try again when that widget is fixed.



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