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Agonizing over my website

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What are you doing this weekend? Nov. 7-9, 2014?

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Questions about Tempe and Tubac

Hi, everyone - I am a palette-knife painter, making large, bright pieces with a heavy impasto. 

My dad lives in Tubac, AZ, and for the past couple years, I've gone to visit him, and combined that with shows and a sponsored plein-air painting trip. 

I did the Tubac show last year and did OK. Not great, not terrible. Let's say I did OK for a two-day show, but it was a four-day show, and there were looooong stretches of no action. 

I got into Tempe this year, and Tubac,…

Artegon is now OPEN!

Artegon, Orlando, FL.  just opened this week, and I went by today to check it out.

for those of you unfamiliar with it, here is it in a nutshell. Old Mall that has been redone with a permanent art fair in the center. Extremely reasonable rates, but you have to do mall hours, 7 days a week.…

Ceramic Kiln advice

i have a show coming up in a few weeks and have been working obsessively the last two months to get ready for it.  The size of my kiln has been a growing frustration because of the limited number of pieces I can fit in.  I need a new kiln!

My work is in stoneware clay with glaze firing at cone six. Mostly functional pieces in a variety of sizes. My plates are 16" at the largest, my biggest bowls might be 13" by 6".  Even firing one big piece with several smaller ones do not allow more…

Agonizing over my website

How is that website coming? Is it working for you? Does it help promote your business, do you market it, or is it a time suck, or just another job that doesn't get done?

People (even artists) do use their sites to promote their business. You can build that site, there are so many tools and helpers that can get it up and running for very little money. Then it just sits there and doesn't do anything for you! Annoying.…

Should I use a TrimLine or Pipe and Drape for indoor shows?

First of all, I've never done a high end art show. So take that for what it is.

But I'm trying to make my indoor booth look a little better.

I'm wondering if I should invest in a new indoor booth with pipe and drape (considering Innovative Systems and Georgia Expo -- any recommendations?) or simply get the extension pieces to use a trimline indoors (sans rooftop)?

Either way, I'm buying a new outside tent, the TrimLine.



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Connie Mettler replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Agonizing over my website
"That makes total sense. You are prominent on this site. You have lots of opinions and experience, so the artists go to check you out. Are you legit? Are you really doing those shows? If they are good enough for you maybe they should check them out.…"
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St. Joe's Krasl Art Fair Director Resigns

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 prestige and attendance in subsequent years. When Sara took over the art fair it was heavily grandfathered, reinviting…See More
2 hours ago
Barrie Lynn Bryant replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Agonizing over my website
"Yes sir, that's fine work, Richard. Glad you straightened me out on that. Love that custom Colt pistols dual holster with silver and semi-precious stones, and much more besides. Sometimes I wonder if people see everything on our site in our…"
7 hours ago
geri a. wegner commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Podcast: 2014 Winners - Best Art Fairs in America!
"Connie, would you share the demographic information? I also found it interesting that the biggest winners were independent shows.  "
20 hours ago
Richard L. Sherer replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Agonizing over my website
"Thanks for taking a look. The smaller stuff is in the shopping section. Actually building a complex case is more rewarding than a saddle with the exception of sewn floral and inlay work on trick saddles."
22 hours ago
Connie Mettler commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Podcast: 2014 Winners - Best Art Fairs in America!
"You are so right, Carol. There are few, if any, surprises. But the comments received by the people who filled out the survey are really interesting. The demographic information was revealing. Our email lists are large and spread across the country…"
23 hours ago
Oscar Matos Linares replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Agonizing over my website
"Hi Connie,  Yes do send email about the shows.  "
Connie Mettler replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Agonizing over my website
"If people remember you, have a business card perhaps, and they go looking for you online if you don't have your show schedule and it is up to date, what's the use? Maybe you're not selling from it, but you want people to be able to…"

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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.

Here is a recent interview "about me"

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Industry Spotlight: Connie Mettler, Creator of ArtFairInsiders and ArtFairCalendar
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St. Joe's Krasl Art Fair Director Resigns

Posted on November 23, 2014 at 4:30pm 0 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 4 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…


Oscar Wins Post of the Month!

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:11pm 1 Comment

Congratulations to Oscar Matos Linares and thanks to him for his poignant and personal post, "What it Means to be an Hispanic Artist in the United States of America in year 2014." The members have chosen it as the "best in…


Call for Artists: Bethesda Fine Arts Festival

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

May 9 & 10      

Bethesda, Maryland

Presented by Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District

Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday…


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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".  

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) 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


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