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Bob Ross commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Call for Artists: Affordable Arts Festival
"Camryn, the show sponsors market the event by suggesting that artists should sell their "experiments" or to paraphrase " their not quite up to snuff works" Is that how you approached the show, or do you offer items that you would…"
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Richard L. Sherer replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend? May 23-25, 2015?
"Friday morning: rain and drizzle for set up today. At least we are below the snow line just up the road in Rocky Mountain National Park, CO. I haven't heard if they got Trail Ridge Road open over the mountains or not. The Last picture I saw of…"
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Connie Mettler commented on lisa barnum's blog post Review of Winterfair in columbus and cincinnati
"plus, Lisa, here is a video I took when I attended the Columbus version a couple of years ago, to give you a flavor of the show:"
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Richard L. Sherer replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend? May 23-25, 2015?
"Despite my mental lapse of a lost week before Estes Park, CO show, I finished eight billfolds, eight checkbooks, seven flasks and two canteens by 1:00pm today. We got on the road by 3:00 and had time to visit our son and grandsons in Loveland before…"
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Connie Mettler replied to Doug West's discussion Hello Everybody!
"Chris, what a wonderful post. Thank you -- great rules for newcomers. Where can I post this on the site so everyone can see. it. (Jacki does out "post of the week" awards, I'm going to point this out to her.) Also, great advice from…"
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Connie Mettler replied to MaryAnn Loo's discussion Hello everyone! Just wanted to introduce myself :)
"What a great story, MaryAnn. That show in Centennial Park is so cool, fine crafts, wonderful park, I can see why it would be enticing to you. So, what's the plan? Do you have some shows lined up or are you just beginning your research? Are you…"
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Connie Mettler replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend? May 23-25, 2015?
"My husband occasionally did a show with a biker friend. We still laugh about how the guy made sure people who were stuck in the tent made sure they bought something before they left. This is always a great selling opportunity, Camryn. If it does…"
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Connie Mettler replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend? May 23-25, 2015?
"20 in a row ... are you ready? Wouldn't it be wonderful if you sold so much you had to cancel every other one?"
16 hours ago

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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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Call for Artists: 11th Annual Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 9:25pm 0 Comments

October 10 & 11
Newport News, Virginia
Presented by Port Warwick Foundation
Styron Square
100 Artists
Deadline: June 1

Application fee: $35; Booth fee:…

Call for Artists: Affordable Arts Festival

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 6:00pm 2 Comments

AffordableArtsLogo August 30
Littleton, Colorado
Denver Metro area
10 am - 4 pm
130 Artists
Deadline: May…


Posted on May 20, 2015 at 7:30am 0 Comments

Here we go again! and's shameless promotion asking for your help in keeping these useful sites alive and well. From May 17-June 1 we are asking for donations to our 6th Annual Pledge Drive

We give  you helpful information all year, we bring buyers to the art fairs and we…


Call for Artists: 1st Annual Thames River Art & Craft Show

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 5:59pm 0 Comments

June 27 & 28 
New London, Connecticut
Presented by Jaden Events
Mitchell College Campus
100 Artists
Deadline: May 31       

Call for Artists: 27th Annual Patagonia Fall Festival

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 8:35pm 0 Comments

October 9-11
Patagonia, Arizona
Presented by: The Town of Patagonia
and the Patagonia Area Business Association
Town Park, Downtown Patagonia
Fri. 11am-5pm; Sat. & Sun.…

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At 2:18pm on May 21, 2015, Victoria McDonald said…

Thanks Connie, for your nice welcome. 

At 9:59pm on May 20, 2015, Vicki Jean Barringer said…

Thank you.

At 11:23pm on May 18, 2015, Catalina Diaz said…

Thanks Connie!! I will share and learn from all of you! I've already found this page so helpful and I'm glad you accept me as a member :) 

At 12:02am on May 17, 2015, Sherrie Head said…
Thanks Connie. I am enjoying reading and learning as much as possible. I am very new and have only done a few indoor shows and have my 1st outdoor show 6/6 & 6/7. Everyone has been very helpful with sharing their knowledge & experiences.
At 12:13am on May 14, 2015, Kathy Stanley said…

Thanks Connie! Can you please send me a link to your site where you can sign up to post a CFE.

At 10:27pm on May 13, 2015, Miles Whitcher said…
Thanks for the Welcome Connie. As a beginner, I've already made the mistake of entering a show that I now realize got bad reviews, but I wouldn't have known that without your site. Hoping to learn more from it as it figure it out.
At 9:13am on April 24, 2015, Craig Roderick and Sara Beck said…

Thanks Connie.  We look forward to being active members of this site.  It has already been a big help on several issues we have had getting started.

Craig and Sara

At 8:13am on April 23, 2015, Jill Williams said…

Thanks for the tips Connie!

At 4:26pm on April 21, 2015, Shea Henke said…

Thanks for all the helpful info Connie! I have found a number useful show reviews on the site in preparing for my first summer doing jurried art shows. I plan on writing reviews myself of my events this summer.

At 12:55pm on April 20, 2015, Lucinda Freschette said…

Thanks Connie!



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