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Wanted: 24in wide Dark Gray ProPanel

Looking for 24in wide dark gray Propanel   6ft or 7ft OK 

Thanks

Bill

NEW Show Off Tent & Pro Panels Only Used Once!!

This Show off tent is in great condition. I bought this tent and pro panels brand new last year, and it has only been used once. The following is included:

Complete Canopy and Frame 10x10
Zippered Top
(4) Zippered Sides- (Front/Rear Include Center Zippers)
Spreader Bar
Plus (2) Carry Bags
Plus Skylight
Plus 24" Front Awning

$850 + Shipping

PRO PANELS are also in great condition. Only been used once. The following would be included.

9 - 38.5" Light Grey Panels
6 - Stiffeners
2 - L…

Part time Bookkeeper Wanted

The NAIA (National Association of Independent Artists, an association of art fair artists) has lost its stellar office manager, Mary Strope, who is now working for the American Made Show. How can they replace Mary? They are going to try. Here are the details:

We are currently looking for someone part time to do membership processing and bookkeeping.

 

The bookkeeping would…

Do customers ever place an order for later delivery vs leaving your booth with an item?

Another newbie question as I prepare for my first Art Fair…...

I will be selling Fine Art Photographic prints in various sizes and it occurs to me that somebody could prefer a different size than what I have with me in the booth

Is this a common occurrence?

If it is, how do you handle it?

Do you take a deposit?

What percentage deposit would be considered typical?

Thanks,

Bob

 

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Part time Bookkeeper Wanted

The NAIA (National Association of Independent Artists, an association of art fair artists) has lost its stellar office manager, Mary Strope, who is now working for the American Made Show. How can they replace Mary? They are going to try. Here are the details:We are currently looking for someone part time to do membership processing and bookkeeping. The bookkeeping would include producing the monthly financial reports this takes…See More
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Connie Mettler commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post To go or not to go or...Life is what happens when your making other plans.
"Good for you, Brian. Another day I made a different decision and am sorry I did so. My mother had just died. My family had gathered for several days with her. The funeral was during the Uptown Art Fair. My husband said he would miss it and stay with…"
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Call for Artists: 3 Howard Alan Events

Arlington Festival of the Arts - Sept. 20th & 21st, 2014In September, Virginia will be the place to be! We're back for our 12th year for the Alexandria King Street Art Festival on September 13th and 14th. This is always a great show and so we added another Virginia show, just up the road a bit. The following weekend is the 2nd annual Arlington Festival of the Arts, in Arlington on September 20th and 21st. This is one of our most exciting new shows, in the HOT Clarendon District, and we are…See More
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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: 3 Howard Alan Events

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 9:48pm 0 Comments

Arlington Festival of the Arts - Sept. 20th & 21st, 2014

In September, Virginia will be the place to be! We're back for our 12th year for the Alexandria King Street Art Festival on September 13th and 14th. This is always a great…
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Prizewinners: 2014 Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 4:30pm 3 Comments

St. Joseph, MI - July 12 & 13

Best in Category

Acrylic -   Tim MacDonald

Clay Functional - Rob Wiedmaier

Clay Non-Functional - Karen Bell

Digital Art - John Ames…

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More Ann Arbor - I Saw the Whole Thing! almost

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 3:02pm 3 Comments

Ann Arbor, MI - July 16-19, 2014 - 4 shows in one and plenty to see

Yes, it is true, Ann Arbor's weather was exactly what you want for an art fair. I was there the first day. I've attended it since 1976 (exhibited in one or the other of the shows from 1978-2006).

In our part of the country it is a rite of summer. At other shows in the region artists…

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The Very Last Call for Sandy Springs Festival in Georgia!

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

September 20 & 21 

Heritage Green

Sandy Springs, Georgia

120 fine art and fine craft booths

Deadline: July 25

 

Highlights:

  • Present your art to an affluent, art savvy clientele
  • Extensive Marketing through paid advertising, media…
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Call for Artists: Edgewater Fall Art Fair

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 9:00pm 1 Comment

September 27 & 28
Chicago, Illinois
Presented by Edgewater…
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At 10:05am on July 31, 2014, Juju Maudlin said…
Hi Connie,
thank you for the welcome note! I am thrilled to be part of the group and look forward to spending more time reading past discussions etc. i am just starting my journey in fiber, having only been felting for a year now, and look forward to figuring out how to make this profitable as well as fun.
At 10:06pm on July 29, 2014, Darlene Gehrke said…

Thank you Connie! I've been working in ceramics this past year and am trying to get enough inventory . . . and nerve, to start doing some shows. I've already gotten some good information regarding canopies and am thankful for this site to help me along the way.

At 5:07pm on July 25, 2014, Edna Madera said…

Thanks for the warm welcome, Connie!  You've got a great thing going here and I'm looking forward to sharing and learning.

At 10:40am on July 24, 2014, William Cleave Drummond, II said…

Thank you for having me here and I am looking forward to looking at and reading all of the information that you have here. Right now I am trying to get enough original art, not just prints, together to start doing the fairs and festivals that are in the area.

At 6:55pm on July 23, 2014, leslie emery said…

YAY!  Thank you! sometimes I move glacially . . . thanks for your all your hard work, energy, good will and perseverance!! xox

At 4:05pm on July 23, 2014, Anne K. Mulligan said…

Thanks, Connie! I already found a thread on a subject that interested me, although it was from 2007. I'm running an art/craft show in my town of Stratford, CT. Because I make and sell jewelry, I'm very sensitive to the "too many jewelers" problem that plagues so many shows and I wanted to find out if there was an ideal percentage. The numbers seemed to go anywhere from 10% to 30%, so the 20% that I established seemed about right.

At 1:13am on July 13, 2014, JEFF LEEDY said…

This is about the solicitation for funds for   Rebecca Rush (posted by Sandy Gold)  -- a lady artist who is obviously in need of financial need due to death of husband and possible loss of home and ability to support herself.

Art Fair Insiders asked for donations with her email to her PayPal account. Then sent another email with a correction email address.

It sounded phony. So I wrote: I would appreciate it if you would do a better task of certifying that this email address
is legit and not a scam. Many of us artists may well want to donate but there is too much fraud going on and I'd like more certainty that my donation will go where it is needed.

Respectfully submitted, Jeff Leedy

At 12:24am on July 12, 2014, Hillary Miles said…

Thanks, Connie!  So looking forward to being a part of the community! - Hillary

At 10:58pm on July 9, 2014, Kevin Corcoran said…

Thanks a lot for the welcome greeting. 

At 5:49pm on July 7, 2014, Ernie Komarek said…

Hi Connie,

I'm not sure what happened, but I have been a member since May. Maybe something about using my daughter's computer?

Gave a good day,


Ernie

 
 
 

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