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Barry Bernstein commented on Connie Mettler's blog post 2015 Poster Unveiled at Coconut Grove
"2200 miles is a long way to go even if the show is good. It is still possible to have a great Grove show, but, it is still risky. You need the right customers and the competition is still great because the artists are of a high level. Anyone can…"
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Tim Dardis commented on Connie Mettler's group Classifieds
"SHOW PEDESTALS FOR SALE. (or trade for Pro Panels) I have a nearly new set of pedestals from pedestal they were used at one show! (I no longer sell the product line that i used the pedestals for) I bought them for $769.00 and they are…"
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Barrie Lynn Bryant commented on Connie Mettler's blog post 2015 Poster Unveiled at Coconut Grove
"I should mention that this was during Christmas, and we were pushing 25 below zero then and had way more snow than we've ever had on the ground here in Kirby, Wyoming. The snow has only just started thawing a little, too. We had rain yesterday…"
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Barrie Lynn Bryant commented on Connie Mettler's blog post 2015 Poster Unveiled at Coconut Grove
"I was just razzing BB because he did something similar recently with Peter Voulkos's name. I know he knows how to spell it. One time I sent an artwork order to a good customer, but I wrote the wrong last name on her package. OUCH! She's…"
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Connie Mettler commented on Connie Mettler's blog post 2015 Poster Unveiled at Coconut Grove
"(to Barry - I edited the spelling of Geri's last name in your comment, as I know you wouldn't misspell the name of a good friend willingly, and because I know Geri is a stickler for the truth. Hope you've thawed out by now.)"
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Barry Bernstein commented on Connie Mettler's blog post 2015 Poster Unveiled at Coconut Grove
"However, I was not too tired to notice in the teaser on the home page, it says Geri Wenger. If you alertly looked at the actual post you will see that I correctly wrote Wegner. Geri is no wenger. I'll bet you didn't catch that. And, I…"
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Barry Bernstein commented on Connie Mettler's blog post 2015 Poster Unveiled at Coconut Grove
"Hey, I was cold and tired when I wrote that."
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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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Call for Artists: 44th Annual St. Clair Art Fair

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

June 27 & 28  
Saint Clair, Michigan
Palmer Park & Riverview Plaza
120 Exhibitors
Deadline:  February 14…


Call for Artists: Smoky Hill River Festival

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 7:30am 0 Comments

Fine Art Show: June 13 & 14
Four Rivers Craft Show: June 12-14
Application Deadline: February…

Call for Artists: Great Lakes Art Fair

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 8:33pm 4 Comments

April 10-12  

Novi, Michigan
Suburban Collection Showplace
Fri. 1pm-8pm; Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 11am-5pm
200 Artists
Deadline: February 9



2015 Poster Unveiled at Coconut Grove

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 10:07am 13 Comments

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival is one of the big ones, highly publicized, well-attended and in an amazing setting. They do all the PR, including holding a gala to show off their poster. The poster artist is usually someone with an international reputation.

If you are interested in knowing more about this show you should find…


Call for Artists: Geneva Arts Fair

Posted on January 25, 2015 at 7:21pm 0 Comments

July 25 & 26 

Geneva, Illinois 
Downtown, 8 S. Third Street  

Sat., 10am-5pm | Sun. 10am-5pm  

presented by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce
175 Artists

Deadline: February 1   …

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At 6:58pm on January 23, 2015, Al Scovern said…

Thanks Connie.  I am very new at this and AFI has already been greatly helpful.


At 9:16am on January 23, 2015, Shea Lindner said…

Hi Connie,

Thank you for your welcoming message and your guidance. I look forward to developing a presence in order to gather and disseminate feedback and information about The Naples Art Association and its three current two-day festivals: The Downtown Naples New Year's Art Fair, The Naples National Art Festival, and The Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts.

At 11:00pm on January 22, 2015, Diana Swanson said…
Hi Connie!
Thank you so much for the friend request! I am happy to accept. I look forward to a great adventure on this site with all the great people, their knowledge and information.
At 12:27pm on January 22, 2015, Lida Arthaud said…

Were you my secret Santa???

At 12:16pm on January 21, 2015, Alicia Eskanos said…

Hi Connie =) Thank you so much for such encouraging words of welcome and for the 'post of the week' gift. That was very kind <3  

I thoroughly enjoy this website. I feel like I have a voice, friends to listen and mentors to guide me through this wonderful land that I had only allowed myself to view from the outside. I think this is a wonderful thing that you do. Thank you again, 

Alicia ~LDA

At 9:21am on January 17, 2015, Robin Chard said…

Thanks Connie, that is so nice of you. I always tell my newbie art fair friends about your website.

Sometimes when I post I always feel I'm saying the wrong thing. Especially about booth shots! But the thing is I do use color and I get into nationally ranked shows. I visited St. James last year and someone in the center show had an all hot pink and hot orange display. There is room for more personality in these things than the prevailing "wisdom" thinks.

Love your web site and all you do to promote shows and sharing!

-Love Robin

At 3:36pm on January 7, 2015, Margot Carrera said…

Hi Connie, Happy to have you as a friend

At 7:39pm on January 5, 2015, Anne-Marie Hyatt said…
Thank you for the warm welcome!
At 3:41pm on January 5, 2015, Tina Shoys said…

Thanks for adding me, Connie.  You are my first Art Fair Insiders friend!

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!!



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