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Southwest Mi need art display tent 10x10

Looking to buy an Art Display tent with panels to display paintings in northern Indiana or Southwest Michigan. 5742868830

10 x 10 White Trimline Canopy in Excellent++ Condition with Extras

For Sale: Flourish Trimline 10' x 10' Canopy with Stabilization Bars, Mesh display panels for all walls for hanging 2D art work. Zippered walls all 4 sides.

It also comes with a Rear door, French door panel, and Awning.

Trimline tents are considered to be the sturdiest tents available and it will protect your expensive artwork in wind and rain.

Tent is in Excellent ++ condition, no tears, no stains, looks great when erected.

All the hardware is here, plus…

Hanging straps for artwork

I have 22 anchor hangers

         94 hanger extensions

         214 "S" hooks

These are from Pro Panels and were never used.Total cost from the manufacturer is $740.00.Will sell for $540.00.Will ship for free.

*FOR SALE* Set of 9 dark grey pro panels and accessories (SLC Utah area)

I am looking to sell a set of 9 dark grey jacked up (6'38.5") pro panels and the following accessories (the set-up is pictured below)

(1) QUICK SHELF 12” X 38.5” DARK GRAY 

Where to get sidewalls?

I am doing an outdoor art fair next week. They are supplying the canopy top but I am looking for 3 walls - inexpensive rental or to buy used or new. I am not sure of the type of canopy but am willing to make it work with clips of whatever it takes to tack them up. The canopy is 10 x 10. I am in the DC area. Any ideas? Same with walls to hang my paintings- rental or inexpensive to buy.


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Connie Mettler commented on Christina L. Towell's blog post Thanks and Giving Artist Market - Pleasant Ridge, MI
"Good for you, Tina! You did it, got out and bit the bullet. If this is a 5th year show they should have their stuff together by now, hardly a fledgling. As Tina P. said, the fee will often tell you what to expect from the show organizers. For $30…"
Connie Mettler commented on Nels Johnson's blog post DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts
"Thanks, Nels. How come I never have heard of this show before? Who runs it? I guess you just keep honing the list "where it works," and I imagine as new folks follow the show reports on this site they will learn, what worked last year…"
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Call for Artists: 25th Annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival

May 20-22, 2016  Reston, Virginia Presented by:  Greater Reston Arts Center 215 Artists Deadline:  December 6 Application Fee:  $50; Booth Fee:  $500 Our fine art event is held in the streets of Reston Town Center, a unique, walkable downtown, filled with a variety of residences,…See More
Matt Estrada commented on Connie Mettler's blog post DeLand (FL) Fall Festival Prize winners
"I was there for the DeLand show. The quality of the show was really top notch. Unfortunately, there was not a lot of work being carried through the show. There was a woodcut artist behind me with tropical themed work that seemed to be doing fairly…"
Robert Wallis commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Call for Artists: The Virginia Art Circuit
"Britt has it :-) The shows held on the grounds of a mall or indoors are a tough gig as the mall is the destination rather than the artists. HA may get it to work, and he certainly has the experience to pull it off. I've only had a couple of…"
Britt Hallowell commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Call for Artists: The Virginia Art Circuit
"I know Robert and I have a shared horrible experience at the Easton Art Affair show held at Easton Town Center, which is basically exactly like Fairfax Corner. These outdoor shopping centers are beautiful and heavily attended but Ive never done one…"

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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.
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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.

Here is a recent interview "about me"

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Industry Spotlight: Connie Mettler, Creator of ArtFairInsiders and ArtFairCalendar
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Call for Artists: 25th Annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival

Posted on November 25, 2015 at 12:06am 0 Comments

May 20-22, 2016 

Reston, Virginia

Presented by:  Greater Reston Arts Center

215 Artists

Deadline:  December 6



DeLand (FL) Fall Festival Prize winners

Posted on November 23, 2015 at 9:26am 2 Comments

Call for Artists: 24th Annual Venice-Nokomis Winter Art & Craft Festival

Posted on November 22, 2015 at 7:51pm 0 Comments

January 16 & 17
Venice, Florida
Presented by Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club
Venice Airport Festival Grounds
Set up: Fri.…

Call for Artists: Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Posted on November 20, 2015 at 7:30am 0 Comments

July 2-4

Denver, Colorado

Cherry Creek North Shopping District

250 Artists…


Podcast: Winners! 2015 "Best Art Fairs in America" Survey

Posted on November 18, 2015 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

Friday, November 20, 2 pm ET has just finished its 3rd annual "America's Best Art Fairs" survey and we announce the winners. Our survey is the only national online look at the country's juried art fairs and craft shows, designed to reward the festivals that…


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At 9:27am on November 23, 2015, Jane Savage said…

Thanks for the welcome Connie. I am an artist that has used almost all mediums over the course of many years of painting. My current passion is watercolors and Pen & Ink. I have done portraits but find myself leaning toward nature as a subject. Living in a forested area of Eastern Massachusetts dotted with cranberry bogs and near the ocean affords me the pleasure of many subjects to draw from. ( No pun intended). I look forward to meeting fellow crafters and artists here for friendship and help and look forward to entering Art Fairs in the area and making my works available to the public.  Warm Regards, Jane

At 10:33pm on November 22, 2015, ROZ WEINBERGER said…
Thanks Connie. I am a potter from Northern New Jersey. I've been showing for about six years and thank God I only have one more left for 2015. It's a house show and so the pressure is not quite the same. Thanks again. Roz
At 10:28pm on November 22, 2015, David Stein said…

Thanks Connie.

I joined the site primarily because I am looking into putting on a small indoor art fair this summer in my home town of Houston, TX.  I am interested in learning as much as I can about what makes a great event for artists and patrons. 

At 9:52pm on October 26, 2015, Patrick Ober said…
Thank you! I look forward to checking out he forums!
At 6:40pm on October 24, 2015, Mari Marson said…

Hi Connie! I have tried, on several occasions, to change my profile photo to a current photo, but the site will not let me. I hover over my photo and click on the edit tool, follow the prompts, choose the file and open, but I get an error message. Can you help?

At 5:07pm on October 23, 2015, Carl g. Mcdowell said…

great to have you as a friend as I feel my way through things.

At 2:53pm on October 23, 2015, Erin Coffin said…
Thank you Connie.
I am just getting back into marketing my art after a 3 year sabbatical while homeschooling my two boys.
Your show was recommended to me by a friend.



At 10:47am on October 22, 2015, Adam Sobas said…

Thanks for the warm welcome Connie, A great website glad to be part of a great group! 

At 9:40am on October 22, 2015, Ellen McKay said…

Thanks so much for your detailed note, and welcome!

At 1:50am on October 22, 2015, KD Miller said…

Thank you for the lovely welcome!

I look forward to being able to peruse this site and am excited to be a part of this group!



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