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Celebrating our 7th Anniversary! Thank YOU for the pledge

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What are you doing this weekend? May 6-8, 2016?

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Where to get tent Rug

 I want to purchase an outdoor rug for my 10x10 tent. What kind do you guys recommend? I like the plastic woven ones but I think there are other kinds too. What brands do you recommend and where to look for them. I've been searching around but can't find them online, must be using wrong search words. If you have a link to recommend I'd appreciate it!

"FOR SALE"- 14 Pro Panels and lots of extras for a Complete Art Show Display(Denver, Co.)

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Pro Panel display system. These display panels allow you to present your artwork in a professional manner, improve your booth…

River Arts Festival Memphis Tn.

Has anyone been in this show ? I've read the reviews under Art Show Reviews but there isn't much info on the show here. A couple of people I have spoken to at other shows had good things to say about it but they are also pretty new to Art shows. Just looking for some feedback.

Newbie with wind/weight issues, please help

I just bought a Trimline tent and made homemade PVC weights that are 40+ lbs each. Yesterday I practiced setting up the tent for the first time and had each leg weighted. I set up on my deck (fortunately only 4" off the ground on the side with no railing), and multiple times the tent actually blew off the deck at one corner! It probably would've blown off on the corner as well, except the hot tub stopped it. Ack!

I'm freaking out that something is not right with my setup. It…

Help! Panels don't fit in booth. Any creative ideas?

I have upgraded to a brand new Trimline tent and used 8' KD pro panels. Overall I'm really happy but have run into a couple issues.

The panels I bought actually equal 120" wide when placed side by side, so they don't quite fit in my booth 10x10 booth. I fixed this issue by making a storage area in one back corner so the panels don't line up, which I am fine with. But there is still one wall that sticks out the front, and I can't add the top panel since it runs into the top…


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"Hello again,  Thanks for your friend request. I'm happy to make new friends.  I'm at the front end of producing an new Christian demo CD of music that I've written and I'll be playing and doing the vocals too. Not as…"
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Connie Mettler replied to Julia Taylor's discussion Newbie with wind/weight issues, please help
"I'm sure there is someone on this site who can help you out ... I do think those weights should be on the outside of the tent, if that is any help. In the meantime, did you "search" for weights on this site? There are loads of…"
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Caron Braunstein commented on Connie Mettler's page Classifieds - Buy and Sell Art Fair Equipment
"Windsor/Detroit Area - I am looking for a set of Flourish mesh panels. 3, 10'x7's or 2 10's and a 7' panel....or even 1 panel if you have it.  I might even consider a french door/panel.  I would only want ones in good…"
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Connie Mettler replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Celebrating our 7th Anniversary! Thank YOU for the pledge
"More pledges! Thanks to everyone ... here are the latest: Friend:  Moon Rabbit Press Supporter:Jan at Earth, Wind and Fired, Laurie Leonard, Chris Mason, Rose Palmieri, Leitworks Art, Carrie Jacobson, Greg Little, Kim Ensch, Margie Luttrell,…"
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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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Podcast: 10 Tips for Artists & Show Organizers + Prize Drawing

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Call for Artists: Piedmont Park Arts Festival

Posted on May 24, 2016 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

August 13 & 14

Atlanta, Georgia

7th Annual Piedmont Park Arts Festival


Sat., 10 am to 6 pm; Sun., 11 am to 6 pm

250 artists

Deadline: June 3

Application fee: $25; Booth fee: $275

  • Award Winning Event…

Tequila/Elvis What is the Meaning of Life at Art Shows Report

Posted on May 22, 2016 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

(with apologies and thanks to Nels Johnson who posted this on AFI a while back):

So this is my kuleana (that is a  Hawaiian word that means a gift of the spirit) to all of you out there.  

HOPES AND DREAMS. Never give up. We are all special. Nobody can fire us, not a lot of people can feel that way. You are your own boss, nobody gets to tell you what to do. You are the…


Call for Artists: Summerlin Festival of Arts

Posted on May 22, 2016 at 2:30pm 1 Comment

October 8 & 9

Las Vegas, Nevada

Presented by:  Summerlin/The Howard Hughes Corporation

10am-5pm both days

100 Artists…


Call for Artists: Color National Art Show in NYC

Posted on May 20, 2016 at 7:06am 0 Comments

July 23-August 14 

Brooklyn, New York

Presented by: Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition

500 Artists

Deadline: June 2

Application fee: EarlyBird $45/3, 
Final Deadline: $65/3, $5 each…

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At 7:57pm on May 25, 2016, Dick Carter said…

Hello again,

 Thanks for your friend request. I'm happy to make new friends.

 I'm at the front end of producing an new Christian demo CD of music

that I've written and I'll be playing and doing the vocals too. Not as big a deal as it may sound but it will be consuming some of my time. I've read some comments in one of the recent newsletters wondering why Texas doesn't have better art fairs. I agree completely. There is a first time effort

coming up in League City, TX. Who knows how it will work out but there are some pretty sharp people involved. League City is located roughly

30 minutes South of Houston. Thanks for the welcome

At 9:36am on May 18, 2016, Lora Cheese said…

Connie, thanks so much for your friend request.  Sorry it took me so long to confirm it.  I don't come on here much, this will be my 3rd year doing craft shows and truthfully I get so busy making things that by the time I start checking out the forums here, I'm bushed. LOL  Anyway things are calming down a bit and I will be concentrating more on the internet part of my business.  Again, glad to be friends and looking forward to getting to know you!

At 7:43pm on May 17, 2016, Michael Childs said…

I need explicit instructions. I went to Discussions but couldn't find a link or a box to write my introduction. I am dumb as a post sometimes. Should I include this trait in the introduction?

At 4:39pm on May 9, 2016, Cindy Lee Jones said…

Thank you Connie much appreciated!  :-)

At 12:11pm on May 6, 2016, Maria McNitt said…

Thank you for the welcome Connie!

At 12:31am on May 5, 2016, MJ Masilko said…

Thank you for the welcome, Connie! There is so much great information on this site, I hope to learn lots!

At 5:22pm on April 26, 2016, Wendy Kendrick said…
Thanks for the warm welcome Connie and tips for navigating this site!
At 1:24pm on April 22, 2016, Bruce H. Hull III said…

Thank you for the welcome Connie! This is all new to me and a little daunting at first, but I'm sure with the support and info I find at AFI, I will get the rough edges smoothed out. :)

At 10:50pm on April 20, 2016, Kerry Campbell said…
Thanks for the nice welcome Connie!

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