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What are you doing this weekend (Sept. 19-21, 2014)?

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Losing a Friend - Tim Reilly

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Florida, Need info on Downtown Sarasota Craft Festival


has anyone done the Downtown Sarasota Craft Festival, it's an annual craft festival by American Endeavors.

I'm a newbie and have never done an art or craft fair, however, this year i'm finally taking the plunge and want to do a couple.

Has anyone done this one in particular and can you give me more info about it.

Also if you have any art or craft fairs that you can recommend in florida I would love to hear from…

Georgia Art Fair Info, please?

Can anyone share his/her opinion on these three shows: Decatur, Inman and Alpharetta? I'd exhibited at the "2014 Virginia-Highlands Summerfest" and wasn't impressed but was scoping around for info. A couple of my neighbors at that show expressed differing opinions, one saying that the only good Atlanta-area art fair left was "Decatur Arts Festival". I'd been reading good things about "Inman Park Arts Festival" on this site but those neighbors of mine said that it was more of a street fair…

Hi all... returning member

Hi everybody!

     I used to be part of this group years ago when I was doing art fairs but have spent most of the time, since then, working on my art and participating in galleries or plein-air events.  Now that I'm moving to North Carolina (in the Spring of 2015), time to get back out and sell my paintings at those fairs.  I'm currently in Northern Vermont and there aren't a lot of events that are suited for oil painters.  Most of them fall into the craft…

Downtown City Lights Dallas

Does anyone have any experience with Downtown City Lights Dallas, Texas Show? It is listed in Zapp. 

Downtown City Lights 2014 - Dallas, Texas
OPEN DATE: 9/15/2014
DEADLINE: 10/17/2014…

Annual Yellow Daisy Festival

This is at Stone Mtn. in Georgia in September. A friend who sells food products went to this festival that just passed and raved about it. Any one here have a booth at this show, this year or another? What are your thoughts on it? Would you go back?


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Connie Mettler replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Losing a Friend - Tim Reilly
"Thanks, Bruce. It is still a shock. I just went to the obituary page of the funeral home and saw the names of several artists who left their condolences -- and the Cotton South was just one of his projects!"
2 hours ago
Bruce Erdman replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Losing a Friend - Tim Reilly
"I did not know this person but your post does him great honor.  Complete with all information and contact info.  I saw the announcement in a FB forum but not much was said.  I am glad I checked here.  My condolences to his…"
20 hours ago
Colleen Williams replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend (Sept. 19-21, 2014)?
"A nice drive but still a couple of hours away (eastward). I like that you said "relaxed"'s true. We artists tend to go into high gear up for shows but in an event such as this, the pressure is less and it's nice to have a…"
Connie Mettler replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend (Sept. 19-21, 2014)?
"Should be beautiful weather, Hal. There is nothing like the September shows when the weather is working for us. Nice to sleep in your own bed, right?"
Connie Mettler replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend (Sept. 19-21, 2014)?
"There is a real hunger for these relaxed fun events, witness the huge success of the Renegade craft shows. Sounds like fun for you -- not far from home, right?"
Connie Mettler replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend (Sept. 19-21, 2014)?
"Hey, they're serving shrimp scampi at the Elks here tonight too. I'll toast you with it.  Did it snow last weekend?"
Connie Mettler replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend (Sept. 19-21, 2014)?
"This is usually a good one for you, isn't it, Alison?"
Connie Mettler replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend (Sept. 19-21, 2014)?
"There should be a lot of AFI-ers there, Patty, probably Jim Parker who is a lot of fun. Others also. We got our start in art fairs in the Detroit area so that is probably where I have the greatest connections with artists. Hope it is a good one for…"

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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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Here is my story in the ZAPP News, 8/1/13:
Industry Spotlight: Connie Mettler, Creator of ArtFairInsiders and ArtFairCalendar
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Call for Artists: Garage Sale Art Fair

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 7:00am 3 Comments

February 28, 2015
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Kalamazoo County Expo Center

Call for Artists: Glynn Visual Arts - Mistletoe Market

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 7:29am 1 Comment

November 21-23
St. Simons Island, Georgia
Postell Park, in the St. Simons Island Pier Village
Fri. 5pm-8pm; Sat. 10am-8pm; Sun. 10am-4pm
70 Booths
Deadline: November 7

The 4th Annual Mistletoe Market on St. Simons Island is produced by Glynn Visual Arts, the premier visual arts organization in southeast Georgia's "Golden Isles."  As a result of amazing growth in this fun…


Building a Better Art Festival - 6th Annual Arts Festival Conference

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 2:00pm 13 Comments

Portland, OR - August 28 & 29, 2014 

The Zapplication conferences always start off with a keynote speaker whose message extends beyond the art fairs. This year it was Russell Willis Taylor*, whose general message was, "we live in a world where the pace of change is only getting faster, yet some things, such as the enduring value of art and the unique role that artists play in…


Adventures? Did you Say Art Fairs are an Adventure?

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 3:54pm 4 Comments

The August show reviews are in and the survey has chosen Nels Johnson's post about his nostalgic trip to the Uptown Art Fair as "post of the month" -- yet, as we all know it is dangerous out there --…


Call for Artists: Artisan Markets in Arizona

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 7:29am 1 Comment

Are you looking to be a part of a community of artists in Arizona? At Artisan Markets, you will become a member of a community that supports your success!  Our events are carefully planned and designed to capitalize on high peak tourism and local loyalty.  We…

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At 7:58am on September 19, 2014, Judy Corwin said…

Thank you Connie, I appreciate the warm welcome and the helpful tips.

At 5:25am on September 19, 2014, Lisa Schieszer said…
Your welcome is certainly appreciated! I found myself awake at 4am thinking of developing a website, put on the coffee, let the dogs out and started with email. I have already learned many helpful things reading from your website and listening to some podcasts. Thank you so much for this resource as I start a new adventure. Lisa
At 10:39am on September 12, 2014, Vicki Schneider said…

Thanks, Connie. Not sure art fairs are the right venue for my work. I've done a few juried shows, but as my work is evolving, I'm less and less confident that shows are the way to go.  I need to spend some time researching your archives and looking for those pearls of wisdom that will help me get on the right track.

At 9:50pm on September 10, 2014, Victor Currie said…

Thanks Connie. I've been lurking here for a while and suddenly realized I'd never officially joined! 

At 8:20pm on September 9, 2014, Laura Kiro said…

Thanks for having me and for the input!

At 9:21am on September 9, 2014, Joel Lockridge said…

Thanks Connie, thanks for the welcome.  I tried to add myself to the member map several times, all unsuccessfully.  Maybe I'll try again when that widget is fixed.

At 1:40pm on September 7, 2014, Barbara Simard said…

Hi Connie,

Thanks for the friend request. It's been awhile since I've been to ArtFairInsiders. Otherwise I'd have accepted your offer much sooner.

At 2:11pm on September 4, 2014, Janell Mithani said…

Hi Connie, Thanks for the nice welcome.  I have been visiting the site for a while, but just realized I hadn't joined.  Amazed at the wealth of info and how generous everyone is about sharing their experiences.  I have already learned a lot! 

At 1:03am on August 22, 2014, Cindy Swee said…

Thank you, Connie.

At 10:57pm on August 20, 2014, Michael D Wilcox said…

Connie,  Thanks for the welcome.  I appreciate what I am sure is solid advice!



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