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Putting 2016 Secret Santa to Bed

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Is anyone here earning a living?

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Connie Mettler replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you doing this weekend, January 20-22, 2017?
"My family has a history of "marching." My favorite time was when about 20 of us (from my 70 year old mother to my youngest nephew (5) and my niece (in utero) met at an equal rights rally in Grant Park in Chicago. "
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Barbara Pitorak Bloom commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Call for Artists: Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff
"Ok. Thanks. I have heard amazing things about this show... but twice applied and was rejected so it is not going to even be considered. Friends that are patrons and love Krasl tell me the selection of artists remains the same year to year. And a…"
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Cecelia Blenker commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Is Anyone Here Earning a Living?
"I would love to hear from any painters who are making a living at this!"
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Connie Mettler replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Is anyone here earning a living?
"I'm going to host this podcast January 25 at 5 pm and am looking for artists who would like to participate. Please contact me directly if you'd like to be part of this:"
19 hours ago
Connie Mettler commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Call for Artists: Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair
"An educated guess would say that the hardest to get into would be the AA Street Art Fair, the original. Then maybe S. University. I think you'd stand a very good chance of getting into the State Street Show or the one above, The Guild sponsored…"
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Connie Mettler commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Call for Artists: Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff
"Barbara, this show has lots of quality applications. It does reinvite around 25% of the artists. The competition is stiff just like many of the top shows. It used to be heavily grandfathered but the policies have changed. Feel free to contact…"
19 hours ago
Connie Mettler replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you doing this weekend, January 20-22, 2017?
"Thanks for starting this, Cindy. I have a big weekend planned. Along with two friends we are driving to Washington, DC, to participate in the Women's March on Saturday. We're staying with my niece who lives in the District and along with…"
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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: 13th Geneva Fine Art Fair

Posted on January 19, 2017 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

July 22 & 23 
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  
Geneva, a chic and…

Arts Festival Giving Back program awards $33000 in grants

Posted on January 19, 2017 at 2:10pm 0 Comments

I know our focus here is on insuring that the artists who are participating in the events earn a living. That is my mission.

But some art festivals do that and more. The Anacortes Arts Festival in Anacortes, WA, has a mission of giving back to the arts in its community, a Giving Back Program. In 2016, the festival handed out $42,350 in grants. That number was $39,974 in 2015 and $49,000 in 2014 (which includes cultural…


Is Anyone Here Earning a Living?

Posted on January 19, 2017 at 7:30am 1 Comment

Next podcast: January 25, 5 pm ET

The premise: As a "new" artist attempting to earn a living at the nation's art fairs I often think about the business side of things. People are surprised that I even attempt the notion of doing it full time... without a pension! …


Call for Artists: 36th Art Birmingham

Posted on January 17, 2017 at 7:15am 0 Comments

May 13 & 14

Birmingham, Michigan

Downtown in Shain Park 
Produced by the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center in association with The Guild of Artists &…

Call for Artists: Arts in the Middle

Posted on January 16, 2017 at 8:03am 1 Comment

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At 11:17am on January 16, 2017, Karen Lilla said…

Thank you for welcoming me....looking forward to checking out all the info everyone has acquired through their experience. You've already given me helpful hints about this website and how to get around on it...thanks

At 10:21pm on January 5, 2017, Magyuris McKenna said…

Connie,I'm trying to decide if we want to apply for the Harrisburg Artsfest 2017 over Memorial Day weekend.  I tried to find a review from last year but all I seem to find are links for the Call for Artists for the 2017 show.  Am I missing something?

Maggie McKenna

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At 8:22am on January 4, 2017, Don Reed said…
Thank you for friending us
Have no idea how to send this,
No send button??
At 11:22pm on January 3, 2017, Jenny Gargarello said…

thank you for welcoming me

At 8:57pm on December 14, 2016, Louis Nunnelley said…


Merry New Year to you and family. I wanted to say hello and let you know that I did what I said. Whoa the city has really picked up on what I am doing and has helped my Getting The Word Out campaign. I will be out of town till the middle of January and I would like very much to talk to you again. I took you up on the date delay. thank you! LD Nunnelley Louis

At 7:05pm on December 12, 2016, Anthony Raffaele said…

I have tried a few times and emailed this site. Can anyone tell me if they know how to contact the webmaster.. I have tried a few times and cannot seem to connect with anyone who can help me with advertising on this site.

I would like to know if this web site has any paid advertising programs ... I would like to advertise on this membership website here.. can you please send me a link or a rate sheet on advertising rates if you so offer



Anthony Raffaele

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!


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