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What are you doing this weekend? February 6-8, 2015

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Colorado shows: Carbondale, Cheesman Pk, evergreen,

I am looking to add some colorado shows this summer. I have done Breckenridge and crested Butte before. I am wondering if anyone has any information on the three shows listed above in the subject title? I make very funky jewelry. Website Please help!? Lisa

Anyone do end of July Breckinridge show last year ?

I have done the Breckenridge show for many years but two years ago there was no crowd and everyone did very badly. I wondered how it went for people last year? I did not do it last year. Two years ago it was just a local crowd and the vacationing Texans who spend money were not there. Please let me know how it went last year?

Indemnity Clause

I'm hoping that some of you more experienced folks might shed some light on this subject. I have done the  Stone Harbor show in New Jersey for 3 years now and don't remember an indemnity clause that reads quite like this.

What are you doing this weekend, March 6-8?

I will be at Shadows on the Teche in New Iberia, LA.  It is a one day event at a plantation home in New Iberia.  Plantation shows have been good to us.  Everything at this show is handcrafted.  Last fall was a good show for us.

It is about 1.5 hours from home so we will make it a one day event for us.  No hotel bill means more in our pocket.  Will bring food from home for lunch to save us $$ from having to eat all show food.…

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Connie Mettler replied to David Woeller's discussion Indemnity Clause
"It is just the small print, found in many prospectuses, David. The lawyers rule! I've seen it before. Go to Zapplication and click on some of the bigger shows event information. I'd guess you'd see something similar on many of…"
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"Thanks for the heads up on the time change ... would never have noticed. Love to know more about this show. What are you cooking? The only show that is on my radar for this weekend is the fabulous La Quinta Arts Festival outside of Palm Springs in…"
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Connie Mettler commented on R. C. Fulwiler's blog post How NOT to Notify
"When I ran a few art fairs we agonized over the "rejection" letter. Here is one of my favorites, from a little show in northern Michigan, you'll really like this…"
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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: 49th Annual Evergreen Fine Arts Festival

Posted on March 5, 2015 at 9:35pm 0 Comments

August 22 & 23

Evergreen, Colorado  

Put on by the Evergreen Artists Association

Held in the beautiful & historic Heritage Grove Park



Call for Artists: Saint Louis Art Fair

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

September 11-13
Clayton, Missouri
Business district of Clayton in Saint Louis, MO
Fri. 5 pm-10 pm; Sat. 11 am-10 pm; Sun. 11 am-5 pm
181 Artists
Deadline: March 19…

Call for Artists: 50th DeLand Outdoor Art Festival

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 7:38pm 0 Comments

March 28 & 29

DeLand, Florida 

Earl Brown Park

Saturday - 9am-5pm; Sunday -…

2015 Gasparilla Art Festival Prizewinners

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 7:20pm 5 Comments

In Tampa this past weekend the judges were out to pass out the big prize money. And the winners are:

Carolina Cleere: Raymond James Financial Best of Show Award ($15,000)

  • Carolina Cleere's "Honey Child" won the Raymond James Financial Best of Show Award…


Artexpo: Opportunity Awaits

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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.

At 12:45pm on February 15, 2015, Sonya Williams said…

Thanks so much for the welcome note, Connie. I will absolutely involve myself more in this wonderful site as soon as I feel the majority of my work is finished building  my website.



At 1:38am on February 11, 2015, Mary Taglieri said…

Still trying to get my profile picture up with no luck. Size is right but still won't load.

At 5:01pm on February 9, 2015, Trisha Sikora said…

Thanks so much Connie!  This site has been very helpful and your tips are much appreciated! 

At 2:57pm on February 4, 2015, Robert Visser said…

Glad to be here, Connie, and thank you for the welcome.  I've already received so much critical, game-changing information from the members on here.  As I see it, signing up is not an option but a necessity for those who don't see the wisdom in re-inventing the wheel!  Trial-and-error is expensive.  

At 11:31am on February 4, 2015, Patty Martinson-Fassino said…

Thank you, Connie! Your message actually answered a few questions I had. 

At 8:53am on February 4, 2015, Mary Taglieri said…

Thank you Connie. I am getting back into the art show scene after a 5 year hiatus, mostly because of the economic fallout. Moved from California to Florida and am now researching shows in southwest Florida. Your site has been my main site for information. Wonderful information and artists to share from and with. Thank you again.

At 6:21am on February 4, 2015, Leah Skidmore said…

Thank you, Connie! I appreciate the welcome and the navigation tips.  I'm looking forward to learning more about all things having to do with art fairs. 



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