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2 Flourish White Mesh EZUP Walls and 1 - 5' White French Wall FOR SALE! FREE SHIPPING

I found a Trimline within my budget and I sold most of my EZUP set up at my last show. However I have my backup mesh remaining.

  •  2 - Flourish White Mesh (Pop Up Tent Compatible) Full Walls  10'x7' - $135 each
  • 1 - Flourish White Mesh (Pop Up Tent Compatible) French Wall  56"x7' (Flourish 5') - $150

In the attached pictures, I quickly snapped a shot at the end of a day that we pulled the artwork off the mesh before leaving.  The "S"…

Question regarding ACC/Best in American Made and ACRE shows

Hi there,

I am relatively new to this business and have tried searching for information regarding ACC, Best in American Made and ACRE through the forum but only find information as recent as 2014. 

I am considering attending at least one wholesale show in the East in 2018 and am having a difficult time determining the best to apply to or if it is even a smart business move. Am I understanding correctly that the Best in American Made show is no longer a physical…

Shipping Large Art to Shows

I live in Ohio and can easily drive 9 hours to a show, but I would like to start doing shows as far away as TX and CO next year.  I know a lot of artists drive that far, but I'm wondering if anyone ships their art to shows (other than jewelers). 

I made up to 7' long paintings so obviously not going to fit on a plane with me lol.  And obviously can't go anywhere via the usual shipping methods.  Do any other large work artists ship their art and setup to shows ahead of…

Mark Glocke, 1954-2017 - In Memoriam

Mark came to art fairs after a whole other life with great enthusiasm. With his wife Julie they created glass sculptural works that were exhibited at tons of shows and they had a lot of fun doing it. He was a great guy, big smiles, energy and…

Photographer Who Control Their Own Process

I was sorry to see the last thread that discussed this topic ending in a flame war.  I think the op brought up a good point and I wanted to comment on it.

I am one of those photographers who also "does it all", from image capture to final print.  I do my own framing as well. If I can't print it, such as doing metal prints or very large sizes then I've chosen not to do them. It's not so much that I'm opposed to sending work out when necessary, but I've had ALL bad experiences…


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Connie Mettler commented on Joel Lockridge's blog post Ever had another artist screw you over?
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Connie Mettler commented on Joel Lockridge's blog post Ever had another artist screw you over?
"Hi Chris -- The Maserati ad says something about you ... not me. The banner ads react to where YOU have been clicking online. Me, I get ads about insurance, furniture, art supplies, hotels, travel options ... are you looking for a Maserati, or…"
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Connie Mettler commented on Joel Lockridge's blog post Ever had another artist screw you over?
"Yikes! What could be the bright side of a reply to this scenario? The only problems I've encountered at shows are more on the lines of the artist in the next booth hawking their wares and trying to lure people out of our booth, lines from the…"
Connie Mettler commented on David Forster's blog post Landscape Photography is it dead or is it dying a slow death at art shows?
"Alison, Hal and Oscar say it perfectly! You can't have that canyon shot (e.g.), no matter how good it is, and expect to get into the shows, or even sell it to someone who has been there. Make sure your work doesn't look like everyone…"
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Call for Artists: 7th Annual Wilder Mansion's Holiday Market

WHAT:     7th Annual Wilder Mansion's                  Holiday Market: One of a Kind                 Craft, Seasonal Gifts, and                Gourmet Food presented by                Brewpoint Coffee  WHERE:   Wilder Mansion in Elmhurst, Illinois  WHEN:     Friday, November 3, 4-9pm                  (Free Admission)                 Saturday, November 4, 10am-                 4pm (Free Admission)  NOTEWORTHY:  Elmhurst's 7th Annual Wilder Mansion Holiday Market is considered one of the Top…See More
Joel Lockridge commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Call for Artists: Downtown Monroe Art Fair
"I passed on the application. I have done one in SC that was "just blocks from the music festival," and no one bought a thing. Who wants to carry things around all day at a music festival? Nobody!"
Connie Mettler commented on Ron Mellott's blog post Being told our position on a wait-list
"Thanks, Karen. When I mentioned panic when an artist cancels near show time you've exactly caught it. Many, many things happen and lots of dominoes fall over causing a lot of hustling behind the scenes to make the show work.  Remember this…"
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Mark Glocke, 1954-2017 - In Memoriam

Mark came to art fairs after a whole other life with great enthusiasm. With his wife Julie they created glass sculptural works that were exhibited at tons of shows and they had a lot of fun doing it. He was a great guy, big smiles, energy and fun. His passing is a loss to his family and the…See More

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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.
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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.

Here is a recent interview "about me"

Another one on Barney Davey's Art Business Blog: Art Fair Insiders - Connie Mettler - the Real Deal:

Learn more "about us" at this link:

Here is my story in the ZAPP News, 8/1/13:
Industry Spotlight: Connie Mettler, Creator of ArtFairInsiders and ArtFairCalendar
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Call for Artists: 7th Annual Wilder Mansion's Holiday Market

Posted on July 20, 2017 at 9:00pm 0 Comments

WHAT:     7th Annual Wilder Mansion's 

                Holiday Market: One of a Kind

                Craft, Seasonal Gifts, and

                Gourmet Food presented by

                Brewpoint Coffee

WHERE:   Wilder…

Last Call for Artists: South Loop Art Fest

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 11:30am 0 Comments

South Loop Art Fest

September 30 & October 1
10 am - 5 pm…


What are they doing now? Photographer Jack Stoddart

Posted on July 17, 2017 at 9:59am 0 Comments

Artists leave this business regularly, either just not "making it" at the fairs, or lured by other opportunities or taking an idea and building it into another chapter of their lives. Jack Stoddart is one of the latter. Well-known at the fairs for at least 20 years he has transformed into "Hippie Jack", a producer of music festivals with two missions: preserving American Roots music and feeding the poverty stricken in the hill country of…


Call for Artists: 8th Annual Art on the Bay

Posted on July 16, 2017 at 11:00am 0 Comments

September 2 & 3
New Baltimore, Michigan
Presented By: Art on the Bay, Inc.
90 Artists
Deadline: July 31

Application Fee: $15   Booth Fee: $140  …

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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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