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Call for Artists: 2nd Annual Sugar Rush Fall Festival

October 15 Sugar Hill, Georgia Presented by:  City of Sugar Hill40 ArtistsDeadline:  Sept. 8Application/Booth Fee: $100We have had a fall festival the last 10 years, but in 2014 we celebrated the 75th anniversary and re-branded the event in 2015 as Sugar Rush. This year we want more art, more fun, and more sweets in Sugar Hill. This event is located in downtown Sugar Hill. It is an…See More
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Connie Mettler commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Next Podcast: Judges, Jurying and Awards at Art Festivals
"Les' participation is as a proponent of an objective street jurying system that helps shows develop criteria for awards. I have used this system both as a juror and for a show I used to run. It was a great improvement over a less structured…"
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Barrie Lynn Bryant commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Podcast: Judges, Jurying and Awards at Art Festivals
"I never did well when Les was a judge despite having a 70% award success rate in shows. I'd like to understand his system and the system he has other judges use when he's the judge wrangler. I never won an award at a show when he had…"
Connie Mettler commented on Britt Hallowell's blog post Flats Festival of the Arts - Cleveland (August 18-22)
"Thank you, Britt, for this thorough review. We all like to hear about new shows that have a solid organization behind them. Your constructive criticism is also very helpful and I know the show organizers will be reading it. So many good details that…"
Carol Larsen commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Over $20K in art Stolen from Booths at Park City Festival
"Karen, thank you for sharing more details, I know it couldn't have been easy, as it took me over a year to speak about it to others. On purpose I had kept quiet for many reasons (beyond the police reports). My insurance that yes, I had all this…"
Patricia Sadler Trainor commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Over $20K in art Stolen from Booths at Park City Festival
"PS--the show was not a victim. They are the ones who did not provide adequate security. Your choice of words is correct. Besides being a fundraiser for the Kimball Center, they need to be a promoter for the invited artists."
Patricia Sadler Trainor commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Over $20K in art Stolen from Booths at Park City Festival
"Karen, I am so sorry to hear what you went through. It should not have happened. And now the feeling of being violated in such a way. Two security guards is just not enough for that show. I think a bare minimum would have been 6. As artists we pay…"

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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!
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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.
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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: 2nd Annual Sugar Rush Fall Festival

Posted on August 25, 2016 at 9:55pm 0 Comments

October 15

Sugar Hill, Georgia

Presented by:  City of Sugar Hill

40 Artists

Deadline:  Sept. 8



Call for Artists: 45th Annual Fall Foliage Art Festival

Posted on August 23, 2016 at 11:00pm 0 Comments

October 8 & 9
Waynesboro, Virginia
Presented by: Shenandoah Valley Art Center
150 Artists…

Next Podcast: Judges, Jurying and Awards at Art Festivals

Posted on August 23, 2016 at 7:00pm 2 Comments

Tuesday, August 30, 5 pm ET

Congratulations, you are ready to go at one of "the biggies." Now the tension builds as the judges approach your booth. Will you win an award? Will you be re-invited (the biggest award of all)? Building continuity at one of the top shows is one of the…


Call for Artists: 19th bi-annual Estero Fine Art Show

Posted on August 21, 2016 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

19th bi-annual  …

Wanted: Talented Artists to Join Sugarloaf Craft Festivals

Posted on August 19, 2016 at 9:30am 1 Comment

Are you an independent artist looking for spring shows that always deliver? Do you have quality, handcrafted art that you're ready to introduce to eager audiences?
Over 150,000 shoppers spent nearly $15 million at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals last year and they're excited to meet you and buy your work! Apply today for consideration for Sugarloaf's five Spring…

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At 11:14am on August 21, 2016, Damon Pla said…

Many thanks for your warm welcome Connie. Look forward to the vast world of information on AFI. Be well.

At 9:29am on August 17, 2016, Antoinette Marchfelder said…

Thank you Connie, I appreciate it. I am an artist and a face painter (also dog walker!) and right now I am in my busy season with face painting. I will be focusing more on this when things get a bit quieter.

Looking forward to connecting and learning more!


At 11:21pm on August 10, 2016, Larry Sohn said…


Thank ou for the warm reception. I have already found some very nice, helpful, sharing & informative people on this site. 

i believe it will be an invaluable asset as I go forth in my pursuit of marketing my love of the photographic artist medium. 

I have many, many, many years of experience in photography, however I'm still learning.

I have experience in vending as I was pitching magic in vending booths from the age of 9.

However this is all a new world to me. Just reading the discussions from others has been very informative.

I've communicated with some that were posting on here and found them very receptive and giving in their insights.

As I learn I will gladly offer my knowledge and contribute to the others.


At 7:29am on August 10, 2016, barbara clements said…
Thank you for the welcome. This looks like a great site with a lot of information.
At 3:47pm on August 5, 2016, Darren johnson said…

thank you for welcoming me into the fold

At 9:16am on July 27, 2016, Rosie Sherman said…

Hi Connie, I'm interested in the really affordable art show in Brooklyn. If accepted do I have to be there at the show? Also I live in Florida, do I ship my paintings or do I have to bring them to the show? Any other info would be helpful, thanks a lot, Rosie

At 10:07am on July 26, 2016, Robin Brickell said…

Thank you for the warm welcome!!

At 3:33am on July 26, 2016, Lena Lenore Bamberger said…

Hey Connie, thanks for the invite. Look forward to getting to know you.

At 7:10pm on July 15, 2016, DAWN KREMP FEGLEY said…

Thank you, Connie.  I really enjoy this site and all the valuable information.

At 7:23pm on July 12, 2016, Jay Heinrich said…

Thanks! Will do.....seems like a great site!


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