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Here Comes Santa!

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Yosemite anyone?

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What are you doing this weekend? December 5-7, 2014?

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Art Fair Videos commented on Connie Mettler's blog post What's Wrong with this Picture?
"LOL! Good point, Alison. Finding your market takes a lot of hunting around and research, obviously in person."
10 hours ago
Alison Thomas commented on Connie Mettler's blog post What's Wrong with this Picture?
"During my first few shows I ran into a guy I called Mr Walmart.  His display looked just like this and his prints were cheap.  The first show I saw him at was an indoor Florida show with a lot of silk flowers and buy-sell.  He out…"
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Jennifer Pottner commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Choosing the Right Wholesale Crafts Market - An Opinion
"Hi I'm looking for advice, information and guidance with selling wholesale versus retail.   I am currently doing both, and struggling with many wholesale related issues.  Can anybody help me or point me in the right direction of…"
16 hours ago
Jim Parker replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Yosemite anyone?
"Thanks for the link, Mr. B. Yes, the clean install is no longer exclusively owned by Windows users. Mac viruses are very rare, and if you have a firewall and are careful about your sources of software, viruses aren't a huge issue for Mac…"
17 hours ago
Jim Parker replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Yosemite anyone?
"Probably not, if you are careful with what you install. You can pass along a windows virus via email, but it's unlikely that you will be targeted by a Mac-spicific virus. Any installation requires an admin level password on a Mac, which cuts…"
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Barry Bernstein replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Yosemite anyone?
"Hey, I love this. Macs being complicated?!?! Macs having viruses?!?! I guess the hackers think Apple is the big blue meany on the block instead of Microsoft. I like what Jim did. It's so PC like creating an image, and then doing a clean…"
Cynthia Welch commented on Connie Mettler's blog post What's Wrong with this Picture?
"Patricia, I, too, had noticed the stuff under the tables.  It was one of the first things I noticed. We work hard in our booth to "disguise" our back stock and supplies under our tables.  We use floor length professional table…"
Jim Parker replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Yosemite anyone?
"You can stay at a certain level with your software, hardware and as long as that system functions for you, it'll be fine. I have computers frozen at various stages for specific hardware and software reasons, and they all work fine. If you try…"

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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.

Here is a recent interview "about me"

Another one on Barney Davey's Art Business Blog: Art Fair Insiders - Connie Mettler - the Real Deal:

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Here is my story in the ZAPP News, 8/1/13:
Industry Spotlight: Connie Mettler, Creator of ArtFairInsiders and ArtFairCalendar
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What's Wrong with this Picture?

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 8:00am 46 Comments

Call for Artists: Uptown Art Expo

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 9:00pm 0 Comments

March 28 & 29
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Is Your State a Good Place for You? For Shows?

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 8:00am 8 Comments

Loving this interactive map, a mood map of the U.S. Researchers found that even though we are called the United States, there is lots of differentiation from location to location. 

You knew that, right? You know the temperature of the Chicago crowd is not the same as the Tempe crowd? Or that Minneapolis doesn't equate…


Naughty or Nice? Santa is Looking for You

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 9:39am 3 Comments

3rd Annual AFI Secret Santa Gift Exchange 

It's that time of the year! The time where people from all over the world come together to do something nice for each other ...

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Call for Artists: Embracing our Differences, Outdoor Art

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 7:09am 2 Comments

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At 3:44pm on December 10, 2014, Larreen Hawks said…

TO learn a lot!  (That's what I get for typing and talking at the same time!!

At 3:43pm on December 10, 2014, Larreen Hawks said…

Thanks Connie!  The computer ate my last 2 responses so I'll keep this short!

It has been a long time since I have done a show so I'm a newbie and hoping learn a lot!

At 12:32pm on December 10, 2014, Cyndi Goetcheus Sarfan said…

Thanks for the welcome email and info Connie.  I truly enjoy sharing and networking with other artists.  I will read the code of conduct, and conduct myself accordingly!  

Happy to be part of the group!

Cyndi Goetcheus Sarfan

At 11:36pm on December 7, 2014, Margaret Braet said…

Thank you so much for the warm welcome. I've been out of the circuit for a while, but I looking to get back into it. Thanks again. :)

At 10:09pm on December 1, 2014, Judy Rankine said…

Yes, I am still making dolls.  I do not know Cassandra Graham but I do know Lucia and we have exhibited at Idex in past years and she told me that she was going to try some art shows, but I don't know how that has worked out for her.  Idex ended their show in 2013 and there is not a big artist show to replace it.  When I started doing shows in 1976 there were not very many good shows but with the advent of the bicentennial and a huge interest in handmade items, the high end art/craft shows flourished.  Then the doll artists emerged in the 80's and the shows were absolutely amazing and there were many shops selling the artist dolls.  Since 2000 that has been slowly declining, just like the art/craft shows so we are all in the same boat.  Times have changed and we just don't have the venues that were available then, but it is because we don't have the collectors.   The general public was attending and buying handmade items at that time and that is no longer happening, so the shows are disappearing or sales are not as good as they used to be.  You can't spend hundreds of dollars to travel to a show and not have really good sales.  But, then we have the internet, and many of the craftspeople are doing very well on Etsy and eBay or with a Facebook page or Website.  It is all so easy now to reach so many people all over the world.  But, it also takes work and a lot of marketing.  Lots to learn.

Still, there is nothing as exciting as a really great art/craft show with a large representation of artists.  That can't be replaced by the internet!

At 10:56pm on November 30, 2014, Judy Rankine said…

Thank you for the "welcome" email.  This is a bit confusing to me, but I will learn in time.  I can't find where to add a photo, will keep looking.  There is an interesting show that some may be interested in.

I have been doing doll shows for about 20 years now, but used to do the juried art/craft fairs back in the 80's (good old days) and I miss them.  Several of the original doll artists are gravitating to the art fairs as the doll shows are getting few and far between.  Finding the right market for your work is the objective so I hope to find new venues and also to help others find good shows, too.  

At 4:36pm on November 24, 2014, Jack Giesen said…

Hi Connie, thanks for the introduction! Do you happen to have a link to the "member map" handy? I'm having trouble finding it.

At 3:43pm on November 24, 2014, Michelle Ruiz said…

Excellent, thanks Connie. 

I am in the midst of planning the 2nd annual art fair with the Berwyn Arts Council. I am sure that I will gain a wealth of info from this community!


At 2:00pm on November 24, 2014, Mike DeCesare said…

Hi Connie and thank you.  Learning to walk which could take some time!

At 5:35pm on November 15, 2014, Emma J Randles said…

Hi Connie , Thanks for friending me, sorry it took so long for me to get back to you.Life gets in the way ! I am still working full time and trying to start my art carrier. I am totally new at this business although I ran a family practice for 17 years. I look forward to having time to go to Art Shows and enjoying !



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