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We are keeping on, thanks to you

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Connie Mettler replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you doing this week? August 14-18, 2018
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Connie Mettler replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you doing this week? August 14-18, 2018
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Connie Mettler replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you doing this week? August 14-18, 2018
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"Not me, Robbie. However, a friend of mine who used to live near said it is a very hotsy-totsy location."
Connie Mettler replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you doing this week? August 14-18, 2018
"Wish I'd been along with you on that weekend. My favorite thing - picking. My home in Coldwater sits on US 12 and every August there is a statewide yard sale from border to border. Last year we hosted a big one because I was moving! Luckily…"
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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!
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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.

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CALL FOR ARTISTS - 2018 Michigan Great Artist Competition is Open for Entry

Posted on August 8, 2018 at 10:26am 0 Comments

Artists from 8 southeast Michigan counties have the chance to strut their stuff as the MI Great Artist online art competition kicks into gear. Cash and prizes total more than $16,000. Sponsored by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.

Enter now right here:…


Next Podcast: From Clothesline Art to Beloved Tradition

Posted on August 2, 2018 at 8:30pm 1 Comment

MONDAY - AUGUST 6, 6 PM ET - An Art Fair Story

Ready for a great story? Then you'll love this podcast. Details: The StJames Court Art Show (Oct. 5-7, 2018) began five decades ago…


SMASH Fine Art Festival (Denver) - 3 days to deadline

Posted on July 23, 2018 at 6:58pm 3 Comments

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Prizewinners at Madison and Cherry Creek 2018

Posted on July 19, 2018 at 4:00pm 2 Comments

July brings the BIG shows and if you're not doing an art fair this month (especially if you live in the heart of the country) you probably aren't too serious about this business. (Just my opinion).

Photo by Miles Glynn, Best of Show at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival…


How You Get to be Chosen to be in the Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Posted on July 3, 2018 at 4:34pm 5 Comments

What a great article this is from in Denver.

Did you know only 260 of the 2,138 artists who applied to the 2018 Cherry Creek Arts Festival were chosen to be a part of one of the most competitive juried art shows in the US? Did you think they were just picking on you! Or maybe you are one of "the chosen". 

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At 2:01am on June 17, 2008, Connie Mettler said…
Isn't this cool? Time for the art fair artists community to REALLY enter cyberspace. Social networks aren't just for those kids anymore!
At 7:53pm on September 24, 2008, C. L. Cunningham said…
Hi Connie -- It's the number one entry if you google my name (C. L. Cunningham) and links dirrectly to the website. No biggie, but please make sure it is available on this site and linked as you think best so it won't be confusing to others. Thanks and good luck with this exciting new venture!
At 8:14pm on October 2, 2008, carlye crisler said…
when things change significantly. But I miss the contact with other artists doing shows and this will be a good replacement for the short term.
At 12:11pm on October 31, 2008, Kayte Strong said…
Dear Connie
Yes, we are all aware of each other and most of us started during the 90's as I did. There's probably 30 of us still rotating through the circuit, reeling from the double whammy of a slow economy and music industry CD sale declines--however there are still some of us who just love doing what we do and are dedicated to toughing it out. The most well-known singers on this circuit include Pacific Coast's Jean Sidwell and Pat Surface--and I see both of them each winter in Florida. I personally sing and keyboards are my first instrument, but I also contribute guitar to my albums.

Thank you for respecting music as a part of the Art Show Community!! It is an honor to start this group and to gather information about the state of music retail at the shows--- we can help each other find and choose good venues, and how to support the artist community at large.

Thank you Connie!

I used to do 47 shows per year (no kidding) but I cut back this year and "only" am doing my best 30. I did Grand Haven/Muskegon/Orchard Lake as my Michigan tour and really enjoyed all of them. I have spent the extra time at home working for the mainstream Country Music Publishing industry here in Nashville and working on new music.

Things are looking better here in Tennessee as we have at least one city with gas prices at $1.95/gal!
At 5:47pm on October 31, 2008, Connie Mettler said…
I run Arts, Beats & Eats in Pontiac and Russell has been there just about every year. The Sidwell's were there for the first time this year and I didn't get a chance to visit, but stopped by their booth several times to listen. Very nice.

I believe the musicians add an ambiance to the festivals that is refreshing, sort of a like a medieval street fair, especially at evening events when the music swells up out of the night.

Any chance you have these other's email addresses? It would be great to add them to this community.

Since you live in Nashville, any chance you know my good friend, Jack Stoddart?
At 3:28am on November 1, 2008, Sherri Westfall said…
Thanks for the heads up on my video I was in youtube pulling videos a few nights ago.I may have accidently put that one private I'll try and fix it tomorrow. I'll let you know when I do.
You must be a night owl too:)
Looking foward to meeting everyone, and learning what I can about art fairs!
At 1:11pm on November 10, 2008, Christine Kloostra said…
Funny how quickly things get around... I had a handful of artists at the Washington Craft Show also mention it to me on Friday. For the most part, it seems to have been widely appreciated.
At 3:29pm on November 10, 2008, laurie m said…
Hi Connie--I am an artist but of course have a lot of other friends in the folk art (or whatever you want to call it) world--and also a lot in the altered art world. I'll be sure to blog about this site and I'll bet we can get others interested... thanks!
At 3:53pm on November 10, 2008, Connie Mettler said…
I'd really appreciate it, Laurie. What is your blog url?
At 5:03pm on November 20, 2008, Esmeralda Designs said…
Connie, thanks for your comment! Etsy is a cool artisan/craft site and the minis perfect for showcasing your this
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