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how can I better my website?

I'm not looking to sell via the site, just to entice people to contact me for potential sales.

I would like y'alls opinion on the site itself. any constructive criticism is welcome.

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(Video) Colorado Dickens Holiday Store was in the news (and it wasn't good)

I saw the tail end of this last night. I believe that it is more than 5 owed money (I know 3 people well that are owed from years ago, not just last year that they report). I personally have only talked to 1 person that said they did the store in the past and was not owed money. 1 of our 3 rules, if the promoter is coming to you, it is generally a red flag. I don't hear the Cherry Creek show knocking on my door.…

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3 wall meshpanel set (including lower stabar and meshpanel bag)
set of 4 GreatWeights 
1 carry bag for top, 1 carry bag for walls 
director's chair
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I've only used the canopy a handful of…

Adjustable 3D display set-up

This winter, in Florida, I'll be selling a booth set I used last season. (I should arrive to Florida by 3rd week of January. It's a set of box tables, with lids. The boxes can be used for storage during long shows. They create a nice table top for displaying jewelry or any 3-d work. I added some extra pedastals on table for my glass. Also covered pedestals and cascade of…

Better than tables, curved, adjustable booth display

This winter, in Florida, I'll be selling a booth set I used last season. (I should arrive to Florida by 3rd week of January. It's a set of box tables, with lids. The boxes can be used for storage during long shows. They create a nice table top for displaying jewelry or any 3-d work. I added some extra pedastals on table for my glass. Also covered pedestals and cascade of…

 

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Connie Mettler commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post And, Now the Review...Tempe Festival of the Arts Fall Addition
"Thanks for this solid review, Brian. 3 this week! Yours, Marge Luttrell and John Leben, full of information. That is a lot of jewelers! When I ran shows it was always a challenge to keep the jewelry category small enough so they all could sell. I…"
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Connie Mettler posted a blog post

Call for Artists: 55th Annual Lakefront Festival of Art

June 16-18 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Presented by the Milwaukee Art Museum 180 Artists Deadline: December 13 Application fee: $35; Booth fee: $500Named one of the top twenty-five art festivals in the country, the Lakefront Festival of Art is a fine art showcase on the shores of Lake Michigan. For over fifty years, the Lakefront Festival of Art has been bringing art to life.  This three-day fund-raising event has evolved from a gathering of a handful of artists in 1963 to a vibrant, exciting, and…See More
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Connie Mettler commented on marge luttrell's blog post Winterfair....Ohio's Best Christmas Markets
"I love those shows run by Ohio Designer Craftsmen. We did them for years (before we burned out and I can safely critique at my computer.) We always did much better in Columbus than Cinci, so only did the Covington show twice. These are well run…"
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Cindy Welch replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Here Comes Santa! Part II - 2016
"I don't know all the people who have participated before but you know who this is!"
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Connie Mettler replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Here Comes Santa! Part II - 2016
"This is the place to share, Cindy! Very cool. I'm going to add the image to your post here, not hard to do. All the details are in the FAQ's up at the top of the site. "
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Cindy Welch replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Here Comes Santa! Part II - 2016
"I am not sure where to share photos of our gift.  BUT  I am so excited!  I got my gift just a short time ago!  It is a photograph, very professionally matted.  The subject is a sand snowman!  It is adorable and I LOVE…"
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Connie Mettler commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Tempe Festival of the Arts Award Winners
"I know few of these people, but searched for Steven Harmston and love that work! Here is his website: http://www.harmstonarts.com Glad to see my old friend Mel Fleck is still out there doing his fine work and on the road, plus winning awards."
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Connie Mettler commented on John Leben's blog post Six Wasted Days at One-of-a-Kind Show
"Thanks for the good report, John. It covered all the essentials. 1. The best art fairs is voted on by all kinds of people and Chicagoans love the survey and heavily vote for the show in that area.  2. You could probably see by the attendance…"
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publisher of ArtFairCalendar.com & ArtFairInsiders.com; art fair organizer and consultant
Years in the Art Fair Business
30
First show ever
Royal Oak, MI, and the following weekend the State Street Show in Ann Arbor. Baptism by fire!
What is your website?
http://artfaircalendar.com
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 ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
I started ArtFairInsiders.com 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" http://boomerwizdom.com/2012/07/connie-mettler/

Another one on Barney Davey's Art Business Blog: Art Fair Insiders - Connie Mettler - the Real Deal: http://www.artprintissues.com/2012/08/art-fair-insiders-connie-mett...

Learn more "about us" at this link: http://www.blubrry.com/kjmastaw/745687/connie-mettler-art-fair-cale...

Here is my story in the ZAPP News, 8/1/13:
Industry Spotlight: Connie Mettler, Creator of ArtFairInsiders and ArtFairCalendar
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Call for Artists: 55th Annual Lakefront Festival of Art

Posted on December 8, 2016 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

June 16-18

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Presented by the Milwaukee Art Museum

180 Artists

Deadline: December 13



Application fee: $35; Booth fee: $500

Named one of the top twenty-five art festivals in the country, the Lakefront Festival of Art is a fine art showcase on the shores of Lake Michigan. For over fifty years,…
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Call for Artists: 14th Annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival

Posted on December 6, 2016 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

May 13 & 14

Bethesda, Maryland

Presented by: Bethesda Urban Partnership

140 Artists

Deadline:  December 16…



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Call for Artists: 11th Annual Arte Laguna Prize

Posted on December 4, 2016 at 11:30am 0 Comments

Arte Laguna

March 25-April 9
Venice, Italy

Presented by Cultural Association MoCA
125 Artists
Deadline: December 14



Entry fee: 55 euro ($58 U.S.)…



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Call for Artists: Daytona Beach holiday show

Posted on December 1, 2016 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

December 20-23
Daytona Beach, Florida
Presented by:  City of Daytona Beach Cultural Services
40 Artists…
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The Best Art Fairs in America - 2016 winners

Posted on December 1, 2016 at 3:34pm 0 Comments

ArtFairCalendar.com has announced the results of its 4th annual "America's Best Art Fairs" survey. This survey is the only national online listing of the country's juried art fairs and craft shows, designed to reward the festivals that create opportunities for artists to sell…

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At 2:37pm on November 22, 2016, Josephine L Citrin said…

Thanks for the welcome.  I will try to spend some time here after Thanksgiving.  Expecting a bunch and have been busy with that.

At 11:53am on November 14, 2016, Megan Winn said…

Thanks so much, Connie! I already am enjoying how much this great site has to offer! Much appreciation to you & the others who make it happen. Warm regards, Megan 

At 11:41pm on November 13, 2016, Joeallen Gibson Jr said…

Thank you so much for the kind words and the welcome. At this time in our nation when discord seems to be around every corner just a hardy welcome comes as a warm hug. Thanik you so much and I look forward to participating on the site.

At 1:07pm on November 3, 2016, Liz Griesser said…

Thanks Connie!!! Been busy with local shows and haven't gotten around to commenting back. I will be clear around middle of November and plan to checking out the site at that time!

At 8:55pm on October 26, 2016, Kevin Knittel said…

Thanks Connie. I recently rejoined the art world after a 26 year absence (doing the corporate gig). The world has changed so much! I really look forward to getting started and really appreciate your welcoming comments. I love the site and already found the interaction and information super helpful. I'll post a little more about myself when I get settled but in the meantime please contact me anytime. My background is in three-dimensional mixed media and hand-made paper. Thanks again for such a fantastic community!

At 11:06am on October 24, 2016, Corrie Wolosin said…

Hi Connie -- how do I update the Krasl show dates on your calendar please? I corrected the dates below, but don't know what else to do. Thanks. 

Dates:  July 8 & 9, 2017

Presented By:  Krasl Art Center

Founded:  1960

Show Type:  Outdoor

Expected Attendance:   50,000 people

Exhibiting Artists:   200 

Artist Application Deadline:  January 20, 2017

At 10:41pm on October 7, 2016, Annie Glotzbach said…

Thanks Connie for the in put and suggestions...this site has already been a great resource to me! -Annie

At 10:26am on October 6, 2016, Terri Belford said…

Thank you, Connie. Your community is such a gift to artists. xo

At 10:05am on October 6, 2016, laura reilly said…

thanks Connie, for the welcome message and info.  I appreciate the warm welcome and tips for participating!

At 11:19pm on October 5, 2016, David Piper said…

Thank you Connie,  I am looking forward to being part of the community.  We look forward showcasing my wife's Art photography.

Thanks

Dave

 
 
 

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