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What are you doing this weekend? March 27-29, 2015

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barrie Lynn Bryant 8 minutes ago. 11 Replies

I've been asked: What shows have original work only?

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In Memoriam: Maureen B. Curry

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Mel Hamrick replied to Connie Mettler's discussion I've been asked: What shows have original work only?
"Barrie, LOL you obviously haven't watched one of the PBS broadcasts of Bob Ross doing one of his landscape oil paintings! I'm telling you that guy is like a miracle working artist! It's amazing what he can get done in a 30 minute…"
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Barrie Lynn Bryant replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend? March 27-29, 2015
"I had to google NHRA! National Hot Rod Association."
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Barrie Lynn Bryant replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend? March 27-29, 2015
"Yes, we did quite well here last year. The weather changed yesterday with rain and a front that brought in much cooler temps and low humidity (two of my favorite things.) Also quite a bit more breezy! So set up tonight was a little challenging,…"
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Ruth Jellema replied to Connie Mettler's discussion I've been asked: What shows have original work only?
"I'm curious about the writer of this e-mail.  They say "photographer next to us" which makes them sound like an exhibitor not a buyer.  Also, I was at Naples and did not see buy/sell.  I didn't see the whole show,…"
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Cindy Welch replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend? March 27-29, 2015
"The artists and crafters keep all profits from their respective booth(s).  The plantation/museum keeps all the gate proceeds.  This whole event is put on as a fund raiser to maintain any and all property.  The food profits go to the…"
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Connie Mettler replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend? March 27-29, 2015
"You did this one last year, didn't you Barrie? and won a prize? I'd love to be in Gulf Breeze this weekend. That is the best part of Florida."
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Connie Mettler replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend? March 27-29, 2015
"Ha! The last time we did that show Norm got threatened because someone didn't like the way he pulled in his vehicle. "You'll never get in this show again! I'm the husband of the organizer." Norm was always considerate…"
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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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2015 Prizewinners from the La Quinta Arts Festival

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 4:59pm 0 Comments

Arguably the best art festival in the country took place March 5-8 in La Quinta, CA. I've been promised by several people a review of the show (it was so good maybe they don't want to share), but an art fair patron sent me this because she wanted attention to be paid. Congrats to these artists!…


Call for Artists: Spring Art at Old Orchard

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 7:34pm 0 Comments

Hello Fellow Artists*,

PLEASE NOTE: There are 5 weekends in May this year 
so you may have an opening  LOOK before you BOOK! …

Artsfest '15 Fine Art Festival

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

September 19 & 20  
Dowell (Solomons), Maryland
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
in Association with the Smithsonian Institution 
100 Artists …

Call for Artists: Workhouse Fall Arts Festival

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 7:18pm 0 Comments

September 26 & 27
Lorton, Virginia…

Call for Artists: 32nd Annual Shelby Township Art Fair

Posted on March 23, 2015 at 8:30pm 1 Comment

August 8 & 9

Shelby Township, Michigan

Shelby Township Municipal Grounds
52700 Van Dyke Avenue
Presented by Shelby Township Parks and Recreation…

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At 9:49am on March 26, 2015, Jacqueline Schulgen said…

Thank you for the friend add and welcome! I have my first art show in about two weeks (selling jewelry)... it's not juried so I'm lucky I have a "freebie" to set up really nice and get some photos. Scouring pinterest for ideas, could take all the pointers I can get/find!

At 3:58pm on March 25, 2015, Lora Cheese said…

Thank you so much for your warm welcome!  I'm learning so much already, reading all the various discussions and believe me when I say I can use all the help I can get! I look forward to being a part of such a wonderful community!  Also, thank you for your friend request! 

At 5:57pm on March 23, 2015, Bettie Grace Miner said…

Thank you, Connie. What a lovely and warm welcome! I'll be poking around and getting used to the site, forums, and ALL the wonderful "artists in residence" here.

At 1:56am on March 23, 2015, Leah Skidmore said…

Thank you, Connie!  :)

At 6:38pm on March 22, 2015, Linda Wilson said…

Thanks for the welcome, Connie. This is such a useful service you've begun. I'm glad to have found it. Now,  back to the snow and income taxes...

At 3:20am on March 11, 2015, Holly Hagen said…

Thanks Connie for the guidance! This is a great source to share and learn the real scoop on shows.

At 1:25am on March 11, 2015, Kathy D Jones said…
Thanks, Connie. I was very excited when I found out about you and your websites. I came across a utube video where you were interviewed about the websites. I was sold! And, oddly, I already feel right at home.
At 10:01pm on March 10, 2015, Mela Carreira said…

Thank you for the welcome message :)  I would love to definitely add to the discussion with my experiences.  Still pretty much a newbie but learning :)

At 10:12am on March 2, 2015, Candace Compton Pappas said…

Thank you!

At 6:56pm on March 1, 2015, Linda Strickland said…

Thank you Connie for the welcome and the links. I look forward to learning how to navigate this site. It has already helped me apply for some art shows. Grateful to be a part of this community.



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