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What makes you apply for a show?

Started this discussion. Last reply by carrie jacobson on Thursday. 19 Replies

Inept or a Scam? Holding a Fair and Nobody Comes

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Reply to a classified.

I would like to reply to a classified, but I don't see the little reply link. How do I reply to get information on the item for sale?

How Do I Follow

How do I follow a whole category to know when new posts are added?  (I know how to follow an individual post.)

What are you doing this weekend: October 31-November 2, 2014?

We will have a booth in an event about 3/4 of mile from our home. That is right, 3/4 mile, NOT 34 miles! LOL If it were any closer it would be in our own backyard.

This venue has about 300 booths, not including the food booths under the pavillion. It is a fund rasier for a plantation home in our town, Southdown Plantation and Museum, and has been going on around a couple of decades. It is a tradition with many locals to attend and will make plans to attend for months in advance. It is always…

abstracta or propanel ladder shelf?

Need opinions on getting abstracta (which I have heard is difficult to assemble) vs pro-panels fee standing ladder shelves. I like the look of both but would like to know the good, bad and what the companies don't tell you. Is there anything else I should consider?

I make fused glass plates, bowls etc. I want to change from tables (I currently have tables that I skirt with indoor outdoor carpet but still use a cloth on top - which blows up in the wind at outside shows) to a more…

What makes you apply for a show?

Some show directors have recently been asking me: does it matter what service I use to do a call for artists? Will I get more applications if I start using Zapp and Juried Art Services? Are you more likely to apply if you see that a show is listed on Zapp or JAS?

Any opinions.

 

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Susan J. Cole commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Call for Artists: South Miami Rotary Arts Festival
"I have done this show and have had a really good experience.  The Rotarians are everywhere, offering booth sitting, and assistance where needed.  South Miami is an area where art is appreciated and the advertising for this show is most…"
yesterday
geri a. wegner commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Call for Artists: South Miami Rotary Arts Festival
"But you have to get those shoppers to come. "
yesterday
Connie Mettler replied to Cynthia Welch's discussion What are you doing this weekend: October 31-November 2, 2014?
"Sounds like you are heavily invested in this show. This sounds like a non-profit venture with lots of community support. Imagine -- donated food!! I'll take a few more surveys since I haven't done the tallying yet. Here is the artist…"
yesterday
Connie Mettler replied to Cynthia Welch's discussion How Do I Follow
"I have no idea, Cynthia. When I check in here I just always look at the latest discussions on the left hand side. But if something has called off the home page it is tricky. Good for you, you put in the "tags." I've been seeing a few…"
yesterday
Connie Mettler replied to Cynthia Welch's discussion What are you doing this weekend: October 31-November 2, 2014?
"Thank you, Cynthia, for starting this thread. I couldn't even think about any art fairs this weekend. I'll be spending the weekend tallying the totals from the Best Art Fair Survey. Who do you think will be #1? "
yesterday
Connie Mettler posted a blog post

Manifesto for an Arts Business

Did you listen to the podcast with Nawal Motawi from Motawi Tileworks? Nawal has a ceramic tile studio that employs 30 people. Her business wins awards for its culture and commitment to the local community. It even has a manifesto: for the workplace to be healthy, emotionally and physically while taking great craft and fun…See More
Thursday
carrie jacobson replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What makes you apply for a show?
"Zapp makes it so very easy to apply, and with my newest, current work. Same with JAS. And Zapp, especially, makes it easy to find the shows. I hate EntryThingy, find it balky and annoying.  All that being said, I don't mind the paper…"
Thursday
Barrie Lynn Bryant replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What makes you apply for a show?
"Fantasy and science fiction conventions, ComicCon International San Diego, metaphysical fairs, outdoor art fairs, indoor shows, gallery and museum shows, invitationals, juried shows at universities and wherever, western art market shows, shows in…"
Thursday

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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
Interested in learning more "about us"? Click on the blue player below to listen to our live online broadcast about ArtFairCalendar.com and ArtFairInsiders.com.

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Manifesto for an Arts Business

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 9:36pm 0 Comments

Did you listen to the podcast with Nawal Motawi from Motawi Tileworks? Nawal has a ceramic tile studio that employs 30 people. Her business wins awards for its culture and commitment to the local community. It even has a manifesto: for the workplace to be healthy, emotionally and physically while taking great craft…

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Call for Artists: South Miami Rotary Arts Festival

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 8:00am 7 Comments

February 21 & 22 

Miami, Florida

31st Annual Festival

Downtown South Miami on Sunset Drive

10am-6pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday

145 Exhibitors

Deadline: November 5



Started as a small show in 1984, the event has grown into one of Miami-Dade County's most anticipated festivals. Dozens of…

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Podcast: Turning a BFA into a Robust Ceramic Tile Company

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 10:00pm 1 Comment

Tuesday - October 28 - 3 pm ET

Nawal Motawi joins us to talk about her journey from art school graduate to founder of an award-winning Ann Arbor-based nationally known art studio, Motawi Tileworks, that creates unique handmade tile reflecting the classic…

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Can't find that pesky information? A few tips

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 8:30am 11 Comments

Tip for writers on ArtFairInsiders.com -- readers too

"Why can't I find something I know is on this site?" "What happened to my show review?" "Where is that information about the best tent, show, lodging deal, funny story, jury tip, safety idea, etc.?

This site thrives on your participation and your stories, questions and reviews. Thousands…

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Call for Artists: Des Moines Arts Festival

Posted on October 19, 2014 at 6:38pm 0 Comments

June 26-28

Des Moines, Iowa

Downtown at Western Gateway Park

surrounding the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park

194 Artists 

Deadline: October 31…

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At 10:18am on October 28, 2014, Judith Jones said…

Thanks, Connie for the welcome and the brief user description. I have been getting the newsletter for some time and have found comments interesting.  When things calm down a bit here, I'll peruse the site and forum discussions and add a profile picture. I'm a bit overwhelmed with work right now, shipping items off to various places and planning other events for the Advent season.

At 8:56am on October 28, 2014, Liz Ligeti said…

Thanks for the warm welcome Connie. I'm new to the art fair circuit and have yet to do my first one but thought it would be smart to get as much info as possible from this great website and anyone who can give helpful info to a "newbie".  

At 3:17pm on October 16, 2014, richard rothbard said…

Let's do the Pod Cast.. I will send you the agenda..

  :)

At 5:27pm on October 15, 2014, Elaine Clapper said…

I appreciate the welcome. Hope to learn a lot!

At 10:14pm on October 14, 2014, Nancy jones said…
hi Connie,I still haven't posted a picture of my husband and myself.i have trying to write you a private message and i haven't been successful.i hope you get this message.
the shows in Chicago are not great.i wanted to travel to sell my scarfs and nat's in a wealthy area of Michigan that gets tourists in the winter.when you sold your product to stores did they buy from you or did they want everything on consignment.we don't want to do consignment for many reasons.first of all you don't have complete control on how your product is being treated by customers,things somehow get lost or stolen(always questionable) etc..my husband had a bad experience with this a long time ago.
I just want to sell my product.i am sick of the wal mart crowd and little old ladies count my stitches etc..thanks for your input.
Nancy jones
At 2:18pm on October 10, 2014, Karen Norberg said…

Connie, thanks for the tips...pictures are on their way...love the help Karen Norberg  McAllen, Texas

At 2:17pm on October 10, 2014, Colleen Dossey said…

Hi Connie, I signed up with you some time ago, but couldn't log in. I had to sign up again. Did something happen? I had a page and everything. The email I used was the one I get messages from "Insiders" on. Is my page still up? Help, please. THX

At 9:12am on October 10, 2014, Nadia Korths said…
Thank you Connie for taking the time and the great suggestions.
At 8:59am on October 10, 2014, Denise Buisman Pilger said…

Thanks for the great tips Connie! I'm looking forward to meeting some awesome new people and sharing information! I love communities like these! Wishing you a lovely day!

At 11:47pm on October 5, 2014, Mary Rembach said…

Thanks Connie - I'm happy to be here.  

 
 
 

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