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Area dependent types of art

This discussion is most appropriate for Photographers, painters etc. 

Not that others are not welcome, however I think it is most applicable to these mediums

In aforementioned categories, some shows sales are limited to area specific art.

Example: "Beachy scenes", "Certain architecture... items that are relative to that geographic location. 

To try and educate the potential customer on the difference between "Art" and "Decorations" is problematic and not…

Rommate needed for Shadyside in August

I have booked a two bedroom at the Shadyside Inn for the 2017 Shadyside show coming in Friday and leaving Monday morning.  These are converted apartments so you have your own room with a door and a single bed.  It also has a full kitchen and living room.  You get one parking place with the room and I will park downtown so you can have the parking place.  It is a short walk to the Shadyside show.  The total cost for the room is $750 but I will only charge $300 since I am taking the bigger…

how many shows are there in a town, area etc weekly, monthly, yearly!

Would be great if someone started web site listing all the shows in an area... not to find one to do but to see that there are XXX shows the week, month etc before and after the ones you are looking at to book.

Getting a little crazy when you do a show and find that there was one there every week so the people justifiably are art showed out!

Seeking a Trimline 10x10 with add ons,


I am newbie here.. Looking to connect with the community.. I am also searching for a used Trimline canopy.   I am a photographer, seeking to upgrade from the ez-up,,  Seeking a canopy with awnings, large preferably,  walls, or pro panels..  

I am IN Florida for a week, then North Carolina for the next 5 months.. 

Looking forward to your reply,  Chris

Maximizing Booth Set Up?

I have a show coming up in Lubbock and am wondering if anyone has ever used a particular set up I'm considering - with only 6 Pro Panels, I thought about configuring in an sideways "H" in center of my 10' x 10' booth - where patrons would circle around art to view rather than around the perimeter...I would have 5' of display space facing out, with a total of 4 sides measuring 5' each.

This would give me maximum display using both sides of each panel - just not sure it would be…


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Call for Artists: Saint James Court Art Show

October 6-8 - Louisville, KentuckyCelebrating its 61 st Show in 2017.725 fine artists and contemporary craftsman from throughout North America converge the first full weekend of October for the Saint James Court Art Show. Consistently ranked in the top fine art and contemporary craft shows in the country, this autumn tradition…See More
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"Thanks Connie for sharing this youtube. His work is awesome. "
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"I've never seen Ken's work and was curious about it. I found this video on, Ken Tutjamnong "Painting the City:'":"
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Call for Artists: 2nd Annual Art at Ives Fine Art & Crafts Show

May 27, 28 and 29 Danbury, CTIves Concert ParkPresented by Friends of the Ives, Inc.100 ArtistsDeadline: March 31Application Fee: $25;  Booth Fee: $300-350This 3 day juried art show will feature a great variety of high quality original works and offer a diverse scope of art forms representing every major category. The park is an ideal location to advance the visual arts in Western Connecticut. In 2016 more than 65 artists from across the US participated.…See More
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Call for Artists: 20th Arts, Beats & Eats

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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"

Another one on Barney Davey's Art Business Blog: Art Fair Insiders - Connie Mettler - the Real Deal:

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Industry Spotlight: Connie Mettler, Creator of ArtFairInsiders and ArtFairCalendar
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Call for Artists: Saint James Court Art Show

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October 6-8 - Louisville, Kentucky

Celebrating its 61 st…

Call for Artists: 2nd Annual Art at Ives Fine Art & Crafts Show

Posted on March 27, 2017 at 7:00am 0 Comments

May 27, 28 and 29

Danbury, CT

Ives Concert Park

Presented by Friends of the Ives, Inc.

100 Artists

Deadline: March 31

Application Fee: $25;  Booth Fee: $300-350

This 3 day juried…

2017 Prizewinners: Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

Posted on March 25, 2017 at 12:30pm 3 Comments

From Alice Moulton at the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, March 17-19, 2017:

Hi Connie,

I must say, we had a fabulous festival this year.  The weather was a little cooler than normal and wonderful. The artwork was amazing and the artists, judges and attendees kept remarking about the high quality of art they were seeing.…


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At 2:01am on June 17, 2008, Connie Mettler said…
Isn't this cool? Time for the art fair artists community to REALLY enter cyberspace. Social networks aren't just for those kids anymore!
At 7:53pm on September 24, 2008, C. L. Cunningham said…
Hi Connie -- It's the number one entry if you google my name (C. L. Cunningham) and links dirrectly to the website. No biggie, but please make sure it is available on this site and linked as you think best so it won't be confusing to others. Thanks and good luck with this exciting new venture!
At 8:14pm on October 2, 2008, carlye crisler said…
when things change significantly. But I miss the contact with other artists doing shows and this will be a good replacement for the short term.
At 12:11pm on October 31, 2008, Kayte Strong said…
Dear Connie
Yes, we are all aware of each other and most of us started during the 90's as I did. There's probably 30 of us still rotating through the circuit, reeling from the double whammy of a slow economy and music industry CD sale declines--however there are still some of us who just love doing what we do and are dedicated to toughing it out. The most well-known singers on this circuit include Pacific Coast's Jean Sidwell and Pat Surface--and I see both of them each winter in Florida. I personally sing and keyboards are my first instrument, but I also contribute guitar to my albums.

Thank you for respecting music as a part of the Art Show Community!! It is an honor to start this group and to gather information about the state of music retail at the shows--- we can help each other find and choose good venues, and how to support the artist community at large.

Thank you Connie!

I used to do 47 shows per year (no kidding) but I cut back this year and "only" am doing my best 30. I did Grand Haven/Muskegon/Orchard Lake as my Michigan tour and really enjoyed all of them. I have spent the extra time at home working for the mainstream Country Music Publishing industry here in Nashville and working on new music.

Things are looking better here in Tennessee as we have at least one city with gas prices at $1.95/gal!
At 5:47pm on October 31, 2008, Connie Mettler said…
I run Arts, Beats & Eats in Pontiac and Russell has been there just about every year. The Sidwell's were there for the first time this year and I didn't get a chance to visit, but stopped by their booth several times to listen. Very nice.

I believe the musicians add an ambiance to the festivals that is refreshing, sort of a like a medieval street fair, especially at evening events when the music swells up out of the night.

Any chance you have these other's email addresses? It would be great to add them to this community.

Since you live in Nashville, any chance you know my good friend, Jack Stoddart?
At 3:28am on November 1, 2008, Sherri Westfall said…
Thanks for the heads up on my video I was in youtube pulling videos a few nights ago.I may have accidently put that one private I'll try and fix it tomorrow. I'll let you know when I do.
You must be a night owl too:)
Looking foward to meeting everyone, and learning what I can about art fairs!
At 1:11pm on November 10, 2008, Christine Kloostra said…
Funny how quickly things get around... I had a handful of artists at the Washington Craft Show also mention it to me on Friday. For the most part, it seems to have been widely appreciated.
At 3:29pm on November 10, 2008, laurie m said…
Hi Connie--I am an artist but of course have a lot of other friends in the folk art (or whatever you want to call it) world--and also a lot in the altered art world. I'll be sure to blog about this site and I'll bet we can get others interested... thanks!
At 3:53pm on November 10, 2008, Connie Mettler said…
I'd really appreciate it, Laurie. What is your blog url?
At 5:03pm on November 20, 2008, Esmeralda Designs said…
Connie, thanks for your comment! Etsy is a cool artisan/craft site and the minis perfect for showcasing your this
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