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Call for Artists: Alden B. Dow Museum Holiday Art Fair 2016

November 12 & 13 Midland, Michigan Presented by: Midland Center for the Arts 90 artists Deadline:  September 30 Application Fee:  $35Booth Fees: start at $150 single, $275 double The Holiday Art Fair is held indoors at Midland Center for the Arts.  The center is transformed into a holiday festival with approximately 90 artists' booths, a Sweet Shop offering fresh, baked…See More
Cindy Welch replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend, September 23-25, 2016?
"Yes, it all counts, even the small stuff.  All of my stuff is small!  LOL"
Connie Mettler commented on Connie Mettler's blog post No one came into your booth last weekend?
"Many things attract me to a booth -- sometimes it is the background color, sometimes there is a display that is unusual. For sure there needs to be work that is hanging way above eye level, in case there is a crowd and eye level, or table level…"
Bobby Weiss commented on Connie Mettler's blog post No one came into your booth last weekend?
"Connie you have so much more experience than me and many of us... I would love to know what you have seen in the past that is "irresistible" to patrons? I mean, the low hanging fruit is "new and different" but that doesn't…"
Robert Wallis replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend, September 23-25, 2016?
"It was an intetrsting crowd mix, mostly tourist on Saturday and more locals on Sunday. We were on Vaughn, facing the river, and had some good shade from large tall trees. Further up the hill, it was hotter than blazes. Saturday's sales were…"

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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.

Here is a recent interview "about me"

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Call for Artists: Rose Squared 2017 Shows

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Tips, Hints, and other Hugs for Artists Selling Face-to-Face!

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Call for Artists: Alden B. Dow Museum Holiday Art Fair 2016

Posted on September 27, 2016 at 4:37pm 0 Comments

November 12 & 13

Midland, Michigan

Presented by: Midland Center for the Arts

90 artists

Deadline:  September 30…


Call for Artists: 21st Annual Garage Sale Art Fair

Posted on September 25, 2016 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

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Kalamazoo, Michigan

Kalamazoo Expo Center and Fairgrounds

Presented byRoad Wife Productions LLC 

(Bonnie Blandford & Michael Kifer)



Last Call: 58th Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

Posted on September 23, 2016 at 7:07am 0 Comments

March 17, 18 & 19 undefined

Winter Park, Florida

Central Park along Park Avenue

225 Artists

Deadline: September 26 midnight EDT
Application fee: $35; Booth fee: $475

The 58th…

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At 8:52pm on September 25, 2016, Keenya Rotunda said…

Thank you, Connie.

At 2:52am on September 10, 2016, Debbie Jo Mountain said…

Thank you I'm looking forward to learning a lot from this site.  I would like to be ready by spring to start doing art fairs.

At 9:59am on September 1, 2016, Janet Blake said…

Hi Connie,

Thank you for the lovely welcome and so sorry for the delay in responding. Just getting going on this journey of attending art fairs and appreciate this wonderful resource!

At 3:17pm on August 30, 2016, Mary O'Neill said…

Thank you so much! Looking forward to becoming part of the community. 

At 12:00am on August 30, 2016, Penni Fischer said…

Thanks so much Connie !

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


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