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Harding Art Show (Nashville)

Has anyone been to Harding Art Show in Nashville? I joined up at Zapp and found it there. It is a little confusing to me. It sounds like you don't get a traditional 10x10. I would like more info on the booth situation if anyone knows. TIA

How Scenic is Your Set Up?

I couldn't resist posting this for my "flatland" friends in the Midwest and east. This is Longs Peak (14,000' something) and the "Notch". There is fresh snow up there and old snow fields. It's a popular but dangerous climb in Rocky Mountain National Park. I think there were at least two fatal falls and a couple rescues this summer. Set up is for the Rotary's Estes Park Arts and Crafts Show over Labor Day weekend. By 3:00 the peak was shrouded in a thunderstorm with some pretty nasty lightning.

Poster Art Winner!!!!

Hello fellow Art Fair Insiders!  I am humbled to share the news that a piece I submitted was chosen as one of the poster art images to showcase the Hopi Native All Native Festival scheduled for September 27-28, 2014 in Flagstaff, AZ.  Tshirts and posters are available for purchase and the proceeds go to a great cause.  More information can be found at www.hopiallnativefestival.com.  Thanks, Dalton…

One Day Tent Rental in Columbia SC

Are there any Charleston/Columbia artists willing to rent me their tent for a one day event? I have panels, so all I need is the actual tent. Thanks in advance.

Judy

Need Creative Ideas for Displaying Art

We are doing our first big festival in September. We have a limited budget.  We do have a nice 10 x 10  tent that came with sidewalls.  We have two banquet tables that will have burlap custom fitted and skirted coverings. A jute rug for center.  (Someone told us it was important to have a rug??)   Besides selling framed art we also sell notecards that will be on display and matted prints that are unframed and a few small custom art pieces.

We recently made a really huge easel out of…

 

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publisher of ArtFairCalendar.com & ArtFairInsiders.com; art fair organizer and consultant
Years in the Art Fair Business
30
First show ever
Royal Oak, MI, and the following weekend the State Street Show in Ann Arbor. Baptism by fire!
What is your website?
http://artfaircalendar.com
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 ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
I started ArtFairInsiders.com 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" http://boomerwizdom.com/2012/07/connie-mettler/

Another one on Barney Davey's Art Business Blog: Art Fair Insiders - Connie Mettler - the Real Deal: http://www.artprintissues.com/2012/08/art-fair-insiders-connie-mett...

Learn more "about us" at this link: http://www.blubrry.com/kjmastaw/745687/connie-mettler-art-fair-cale...

Here is my story in the ZAPP News, 8/1/13:
Industry Spotlight: Connie Mettler, Creator of ArtFairInsiders and ArtFairCalendar
https://www.zapplication.org/news_post.phtml?post_id=507
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Call for Artists: Sugarloaf Craft Festivals Spring 2015

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 9:00pm 0 Comments

Join a unique community of respected and talented artists at five Mid-Atlantic events
 
January 30-February 1, 2015 
Chantilly, Virginia 
(outside Washington D.C.), Dulles Expo Center

March 13-15, 2015…

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Call for Artists: 52nd Annual Ocean View Art Show

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 8:00pm 1 Comment

October 11 & 12

Norfolk, Virginia 

Ocean View Beach Park

100+ Artists

Deadline:  September 11



Kick off "Visual Arts Week in Norfolk" with the Ocean View Art…

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Call for Artists: Chastain Park Arts Festival

Posted on August 24, 2014 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

Chastain Park Arts Festival

November 1 & 2     

Atlanta, Georgia

Chastain Park

200 Artists

Deadline: August 29…

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Call for Artists: 4th Annual Holiday Market

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 7:28am 0 Comments

November 7 & 8

Elmhurst, Illinois

4th Annual Wilder Mansion Holiday Market

presented by Edward…

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How much money does it take to produce a fabulous art fair?

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 11:00am 14 Comments

Coming up Labor Day weekend is Art in the Pearl in Portland, OR. This show originated in 1997 after the demise of the big deal, big sponsor, Artquake. Artquake relied heavily on corporate sponsorship and drew 200,000 people to the Pearl neighborhood where it was envisioned as "a massive ticketed spectacle that featured international performances alongside local jugglers and mimes."

The money did not materialize to sustain Artquake (we're talking 100's of 1000's of dollars to support…

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At 1:03am on August 22, 2014, Cindy Swee said…

Thank you, Connie.

At 10:57pm on August 20, 2014, Michael D Wilcox said…

Connie,  Thanks for the welcome.  I appreciate what I am sure is solid advice!

At 6:34am on August 19, 2014, Sally Gecks said…

Hi Connie! Thank you so much for the welcome!

At 5:50pm on August 18, 2014, Magali Fox said…

Thanks for your warm welcome, Connie. I must admit that I have trouble navigating the site and often click and end up in places where I don't mean to be instead of going to the place where I should post the comment :o(  So, if I go to Discussions, what do I do next in order to introduce myself? I read the Code of Conduct, but where is the Member Map?

At 6:35pm on August 17, 2014, Paulette Colo said…

Hi Connie, I've been following AFI for awhile, reading comments and viewing photos sent by members.  I've learned so much from all of you and look forward to now participating.

Thanks for being there.

Paulette

Illinois

At 2:24pm on August 13, 2014, Sarah Montgomery said…

***Haven't shown at an art fair. Been to lots! Ooops..

At 2:24pm on August 13, 2014, Sarah Montgomery said…

Thank you Connie! I will be sure to add a photo and do the introduction soon. I am more than a newbie, like haven't even been to an art fair, yet... BUT I am hoping to soon, once I get the proper information about how to begin it all.. That's why I am hoping this group will help me with that, and then I can hopefully help newbies like myself (when I get some experience). Thank you again Connie!

Sarah :) 

At 2:21pm on August 13, 2014, Paul Pakusch said…

I'll get the photo up eventually.  I seem to be having technical issues with this website.  First of all, I couldn't sign up with my e-mail address and "two words," or my Facebook account.  I finally got in with my Google account.  Second, it's not accepting the profile picture, which is just over 3 mb.  It says there is a 10 mb limit.

At 11:51am on August 13, 2014, Jackie Gallagher said…

Thank you so much Connie.  I will adda photo and intro later this week.  Thanks and have a great day!

Jackie

At 6:37pm on August 12, 2014, Daniel Hurley said…

Thank you. Glad to be a member. I find the content informative and valuable.

Dan Hurley

Peru, VT

 
 
 

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