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Agonizing over my website

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Barry Bernstein commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Grand Rapids' Successful ArtPrize coming to Dallas
"I didn't know that, Connie. I will have to go to the web site and check it out. I had heard that the quality level was much better than in years past. The world is taking this ArtPrize thing seriously, now. That's good to see. I was busy…"
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Barrie Lynn Bryant replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Agonizing over my website
"I consider other's artwork first. Another prominent member on AFI mentioned something about that here when a newbie asked about certain shows. That seasoned pro suggested the person be familiar with someone's art before trusting advice…"
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Scott Fox replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Agonizing over my website
"Thanks for posting about this, Connie. Here are a couple more links to video reviews of artist websites that I've done for members of the AFI…"
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Connie Mettler commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Grand Rapids' Successful ArtPrize coming to Dallas
"I totally agree with you, Barry, on all of the above. It has to be large, it helps to be local, it helps if you can hang out and really work the crowd and know how to get your friends to show up to vote. It helps to have your work be something that…"
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Barry Bernstein commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Grand Rapids' Successful ArtPrize coming to Dallas
"Here's the thing about winning the popularity contest. It so happens that I know the husband of the person who won the top prize a couple of years ago. The winners sell their votes. They mail post cards to their friends and patrons, getting…"
12 hours ago
Connie Mettler commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Grand Rapids' Successful ArtPrize coming to Dallas
"What is very cool about it, Barrie, is that you and I would get to choose the prizewinners. This is a popular vote, not just New York curators calling the shots. Of course you have to be there in person to do the voting which keeps it legit."
12 hours ago
Connie Mettler commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Here they are - America's Best Art Fairs - 2014!
"The purpose of the survey is really so the shows can tout how great they are and to bring people to attend the shows -- and buy art! Mount Dora did a great job of getting out the vote and ended up high in the voting. Plus they are getting the word…"
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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.

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Industry Spotlight: Connie Mettler, Creator of ArtFairInsiders and ArtFairCalendar
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Grand Rapids' Successful ArtPrize coming to Dallas

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 10:30am 8 Comments

All of us folks in Michigan have been ga-ga for many years about the amazing work and the social activity that takes place in late September in Grand Rapids at the $500,000 ArtPrize.

Guess what folks? The people in Dallas want an ArtPrize too. Texas artists take note ... this is an amazing opportunity to have your most fabulous work entered into this popular competition and a crack at the very BIG prize money.

From the…


Here they are - America's Best Art Fairs - 2014!

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 9:00am 4 Comments

Thanks to all of you who participated in the survey and shared it with others. Our second annual best art fair survey is all tallied. The purpose of the survey is to bring attention to the best shows in the country and promote "art fair tourism."



St. Joe's Krasl Art Fair Director Resigns

Posted on November 23, 2014 at 4:30pm 4 Comments

Sara Shambarger, director of art fairs at the Krasl Art Center, resigned on November 21, the organization announced. Shambarger spent 19 years directing the popular Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff, and three years leading the Artisan Market fundraiser for the St. Joseph art center.

The popular St. Joe art fair was started in 1962 and has been a loved local tradition, increasing in…


Podcast: 2014 Winners - Best Art Fairs in America!

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 4:00pm 5 Comments

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21 - 3 PM ET has just finished its 2nd annual "America's Best Art Fairs" survey and we'll be announcing the winners. 

We asked our mailing list of over 50,000 art fair patrons what was the best art fair in the country and had an amazing nationwide response. Nearly 90% of the respondents completed…


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At 4:36pm on November 24, 2014, Jack Giesen said…

Hi Connie, thanks for the introduction! Do you happen to have a link to the "member map" handy? I'm having trouble finding it.

At 3:43pm on November 24, 2014, Michelle Ruiz said…

Excellent, thanks Connie. 

I am in the midst of planning the 2nd annual art fair with the Berwyn Arts Council. I am sure that I will gain a wealth of info from this community!


At 2:00pm on November 24, 2014, Mike DeCesare said…

Hi Connie and thank you.  Learning to walk which could take some time!

At 5:35pm on November 15, 2014, Emma J Randles said…

Hi Connie , Thanks for friending me, sorry it took so long for me to get back to you.Life gets in the way ! I am still working full time and trying to start my art carrier. I am totally new at this business although I ran a family practice for 17 years. I look forward to having time to go to Art Shows and enjoying !

At 11:26pm on November 13, 2014, Edward Jones said…

Thank you very much...


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At 9:33am on November 8, 2014, Nancy Peterson said…

Thank you!  I tried to add a photo of myself but it won't take any of them.  Still trying that.


At 2:51pm on November 4, 2014, Tina Pietsch said…

I posted on the Wisconsin/Minnesota board hoping for feedback on a Door County Festival, and no not sure if that group is just super inactive, or no one else was there.  I see the Pacific Coast has a very active group; any idea how to get those of us in the upper Midwest talking more?


At 12:20am on November 3, 2014, Lori Buff said…

Thanks Connie, I appreciate the welcome and the tips.  I’ll introduce myself after I spend some time reading the code of conduct.  

So far I’ve gotten quite a few great tips via the search, this is a great site and I’m happy to be here.

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".  



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