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What are you doing this weekend: October 17-19, 2014?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barrie Lynn Bryant on Monday. 19 Replies

Moving dates & location in Park City?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barrie Lynn Bryant Oct 14. 3 Replies

What are you doing this weekend? October 3-5, 2014?

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Art Fair Insider Blog

So has anyone tried Apple pay?

A feature on the new iphone 6's and the new ipads is an app called Apple Pay. You load your card numbers into your phone and they are immediately encoded into a chip in the phone. When you want to pay for something, you hold your phone near the card swiper and the encoded information is passed directly to the bank.

You never see a card or card number as a merchant, so no way for your data to be stolen. With 100 million iphones sold in the US in less than 60 days, it's likely just a…

Booth picture review

Hi everyone,

This is my latest booth photo set up for a show, but I am about to take a new one showing my new Light Dome tent. I would like advice on what to change so I can do the best set-up for a new booth shot for jurying purposes.

Should I keep the silver curtain or get darker curtains? Do I need to include the table for my jury booth photo as shown or should I remove it? etc.

Thank-you in advance.…

Naples Art Fest Jan 24 & 25th 2015

Hi Everyone.....Apparently there has been some misinformation put out there about this show.  Last year's show was to benefit the Easter Seals foundation, but this group is no longer involved with the show.  The show WILL go on this year to benefit the local Special Needs group.The previous director , Jill Spanbauer is no longer the director and taking her place is Taire Molloy.  As the founder of the show I am helping as I can re-direct the intent and future of the show.  This years show…

Open House

I am not sure this topic is appropriate for this forum.  If not, one of the mods can delete it.

 

I am thinking of having an open house to sell off some of my work.  I am thinking of setting it for the first Saturday in December for a couple of reasons ...

1) Don't have to compete with Black Friday/Saturday

2) The house will be decorated for Christmas by then.

I thought I'd set up my tables, complete with table covers, and all the stuff I use on my tables…

Can you take a look at my website

Hi all I was hoping you can take a look at my website and give me your thoughts. It's petergeigerart.com

Thanks for your time,

Peter
 

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Barrie Lynn Bryant commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Why the "Best Art Fair" survey?
"Survey Monkey let me do the survey a few hours ago. Hopefully the results can be part of the final tally. I've just been very busy. WOOHOO!"
3 hours ago
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Can't find that pesky information? A few tips
"appreciate this information.  Now I have to try it out before I forget!"
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Mary E. May commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Can't find that pesky information? A few tips
"Thanks for the info, Connie! Can you go back and re-tag previous posts?"
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Connie Mettler commented on David Frank's blog post Invitation to a Narrative
"I am reading a book, How to Read Literature Like a Professor, and the author, Thomas Foster, says all literature begins with The Quest.  All your images are part of that quest. Our quests may differ, and the people in the booth have one of…"
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Connie Mettler commented on Kathleen Caid's blog post Bad News and Good News
"That is helpful information from Cerf+. Thanks for including that. Also, RLI.com has insurance packages to cover this. Here is their link: https://www.insuremyhomebiz.com/startnewquote.asp"
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Connie Mettler commented on Kathleen Caid's blog post Bad News and Good News
"This is really great! I agree with C.C. and others, that your efforts had to have helped you emotionally get through this. In case you missed it, there are even more comments and well wishes on our Art Fair Insiders Facebook page. Your plight really…"
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Sarah Northwood commented on Connie Mettler's group Classifieds
"I have a Caravan 10 x 10 canopy but I am looking for Flourish Mesh walls and StaBar. I would prefer that I could find them close to Baltimore, MD but I am interested in hearing from anyone with 3 mesh walls to sell. Thanks!"
15 hours ago
Connie Mettler commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Can't find that pesky information? A few tips
"Good, Greg, it really helps for finding that good nugget of information you saw "somewhere.""
16 hours ago

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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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Can't find that pesky information? A few tips

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 8:30am 4 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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Why the "Best Art Fair" survey?

Posted on October 18, 2014 at 8:31am 5 Comments

It's all about the marketing, folks.

Mission of our sites: Bring people to attend the art fairs to buy art and support the artists.

Mission of the survey: Spread the word about the best art fairs in the country through the media to attract people to come to the shows and use the Best Art Fairs page as a planner for their travels, enabling "art fair tourism."

You have a stake in this…

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Winner: September Post of the Month - Melanie Rolfes

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 9:00pm 1 Comment

Melanie Rolfes wins "post of the month" for her review, "Alexandria and Arlington, VA, art shows." Along with her cohorts Matt Estrada, Reid Watts, Matt Estrada, Oscar Matos Linares and Barry Bernstein she celebrates another year of survival.

This is how we do it ...

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 5:30pm 8 Comments

And a very big reward goes out to photographer Xavier Nuez who not only gets into an amazing number of the top shows, but brings his own buyers to the shows:

I took this photo in Xavier's booth. The sign up was hanging on his…

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

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

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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.  

At 10:19pm on October 5, 2014, Vicki Davis said…

Thanks, Connie! I'm looking forward to checking out all that this site has to offer!

At 5:59pm on October 5, 2014, Filomena Booth said…

Hi Connie!  Thanks for the warm welcome!  We're in the process of making our move from Texas to Florida.  Once we're settled, I will be checking out all the tips on this site.  I know I'll need all the advice I can get...so happy I found this site!

 
 
 

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