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What are you doing this weekend? July 3-5, 2015

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer on Saturday. 3 Replies

What are you doing this weekend? June 26-28, 2015?

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What are you doing this weekend? June 19-21, 2015?

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What are doing this weekend, July 10-12?

I know it's only Monday but I thought I'd kick it off.  So what is everyone doing?

I will probably be going to a Craft Day at our church.  We are trying to get this started again.  Everyone brings whatever art or craft they want to work on.  We get to connect with like minded people, learn from them informally, plus we might get one of our own projects completed.

A friend was supposed to be helping me with this but her 99 yo grandma passed and they are having…

Website review request

I would very much appreciate any suggestions on the website I'm building. Right now it's still on the "free" program but once I'm all done I'll pay the dollars and go live.

There is a store on the site but I haven't added any pics yet, haven't decided whether I want a store or want to go another route when selling. Ignore that page if you do wander the site.

Thanks in advance. Be gentle, I know I have a long way to go before it's ready to go!…

Info on Waynesboro Va Fall Foliage Show-

Will already be in the area and was wondering if  it might be worth adding into the schedule.

 Our work crosses over into both traditional and contemporary markets.( We make wood bowls and platters)   Any thoughts or advice appreciated.  


Vendor Cheer becomes a Jeer

I inherited an EZ-UP Eclipse II (Pro model) tent from a previous employer. It had a blue top but otherwise was in perfect condition.

I retired my old tent, ordered a new top and walls from and waited.

I got the tent top and walls, installed them to test for fit, and all was good!  I'm in business!

Until it rained.  Apparently the company completely SKIPPED the whole "water resistant" step when manufacturing this top.  There was as much…

craft hut tent and mesh panels for sale - near Greenville SC

I have a 10x10 Craft hut tent with three mesh panels, along with more equipment I need to sale: two browse bins, some extra poles and piping to create an "L" shaped back wall and to use the back outside tent panel as a canopy, two directors chairs, an RV style floor mat, and other accessories (cables to hang art, lights that I used etc). I am asking 1000.00 for it. I would prefer to sell as one set.....


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Roberto Charles replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend? June 19-21, 2015?
"Summerfest . I have done the show since 2012.  Wonderful town location right down town. Unload and load out help excellent. Friendly  artists,  great publication ,reasonable booth fees,  a/c break area beautiful setting. Long…"
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Richard L. Sherer replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend? July 3-5, 2015
"After putting in a 14 hour day yesterday , I get an email that our reservation in Jackson, WY with AirBNB has been canceled. Great, now I have to deal with all of the tourists there, but I found a condo and am waiting to hear back to finalize…"
Robert Wallis replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend? July 3-5, 2015
"I'll be enjoying some time off. No shows until August, and the first one is a little one day show 20 minutes from home. I'm doing new work, will be posting some as soon as I get three of four new ones done. I'm prepping some work for…"
marla helton commented on Connie Mettler's group Classifieds
"This should have posted yesterday but something went wrong! I have several art show items for sale6 6 foot pro panels oatmeal in color plus the cross bars and stiffeners $400Hollywood Directors Chair - - wooden, has the extra bag under the seat plus…"
Richard L. Sherer replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend? July 3-5, 2015
"I’m working on the last of inventory for Jackson, WY show next weekend. Holsters, plain belts, some of the carved belts, and canteens are almost done. I still have some carved belts, flasks and checkbooks to do. Jean is making up napkin rings.…"
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What are you doing this weekend? July 3-5, 2015

This is a light weekend for art fairs, so hope you get to take some time off and celebrate the independent life of the artist -- in what other profession in our country can you stand out on the street, show your work and ask for money? Here's what I know about for this weekend:Lakeshore Art Festival in Muskegon, MI, …See More
carrie jacobson commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Carrie Jacobson & Crosby Gardens
"Connie, thanks so much for posting the photo! I love being in the paper, but wish it had included some little bit of information about me... like my NAME. Sigh. Barrie, Chritina and Greg, thanks for the congrats! It was great to meet Greg in…"

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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: 4th CRAFT PHILA -Liberty Bell Fair

Posted on July 2, 2015 at 9:45pm 0 Comments

October 3 & 4

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Historic District

Sat. 10am-7pm; Sun. 10am-5pm …

Carrie Jacobson & Crosby Gardens

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 10:16am 6 Comments

When one of our active members shows up in my news feed I need to share it. 

Carrie Jacobson was in Norwalk, CT, at the Norwalk Arts Festival -- and they chose her for the article:…


2015 Prizewinners at the Des Moines Arts Festival

Posted on June 29, 2015 at 11:37am 2 Comments

Des Moines, IA - June 28, 2015 - The on-site jury of the 2015 Des Moines Arts Festival® presented awards to ten visual artists at an awards ceremony held this morning at Centro Restaurant in downtown Des Moines.   Ceramic artist, Michael Schwegmann was awarded Best of Show.  Zora Murff was named Best of Emerging Iowa Artists.

Michael Schwegmann received a BFA from the University of Illinois.  He has made ceramic…


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Call for Artists: Fall Art Fair at Queeny Park

Posted on June 26, 2015 at 7:33am 1 Comment

September 4-6
St. Louis, Missouri

38th Annual Fall Art Fair at Queeny Park
Queeny Park in West St. Louis County
Fri. 5pm-9pm; Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 11am-4pm…

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At 10:03am on June 29, 2015, Scott Sternberg said…

Thank you Connie for the nice welcome and information. I look forward to being a part of this group.

At 1:20pm on June 28, 2015, Connie A Crigler said…

Thank You Connie For Your Helpful Ideas For My Being On This Site"

At 11:02am on June 26, 2015, Abbyanna Gehrke said…

Thank you Connie! I am enjoying exploring the site. I will make sure to go and introduce myself. I'm glad to be part of your community!

At 1:49pm on June 22, 2015, VERA RAMIREZ said…

Thank you so much, I will definitely will check everything i am so excited to have found this site. ;-) 


At 1:14pm on June 15, 2015, Tiffany Tsui said…
Thanks Connie! We'll be online again in a week. Love the site so far. - Tiff & Micah
At 7:27am on June 15, 2015, Rob Squire said…

Connie, thank you for the nice welcome.  I've been in photography for a long time, and have decided to try selling my prints at art fairs.  I'm too late for almost everything this year, but applications for Taste of Colorado is still open, so I've submitted my application for that one.

For a trimline tent and wall grids along with other misc show items and the entry fee, it will cost me over $2,500, and I don't know if my stuff will even sell.  I'm quite nervous that this will be a very expensive flop.  I suppose everybody faces the same thing at first.  Any advice?

At 8:51am on June 10, 2015, Mark Johnson said…
Connie, thanks so much for the warm welcomoe! Did a handful of shows some years back when I lived in CO and am now back in Atlanta, where I grew up, doing them again, full time. Looking forward to learning and sharing here and happy to be among such a supportive group of fellow artists. Thanks again!
At 9:06pm on June 9, 2015, Lori yazbeck said…
Thank you connie for the welcome and the helpful information. I look forward to getting to know everyone. Also its nice to see such a great site that brings all the great friendly crafters together :)
At 11:22am on June 5, 2015, Jeff Lyons said…

Thank you. I have very limited art fair experience, but as I approach that stage of life where I am considering retiring from my full time graphic design position I am considering developing an art fair presence and would appreciate any information that can help realize that.

Jeff L.

At 7:42pm on May 27, 2015, Wendy Kendrix said…

Connie how do I ask others how to print art on greeting and note cards for a craft show?



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