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Connie Mettler replied to Peter Geiger's discussion New booth shot would like some input
"Very nice. I do like the dark walls with your art and it makes a striking  other shot. However. I hear what the others are saying about the darkness on a dreary day. A bit of heresy: you coul have different poorer walls, floor, etc.  when…"
Connie Mettler commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Takeaways from the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair Jury
"I don't think so, Beth. The jurors with particular expertise were chosen to judge that category. They are not going to be part of the show."
Jay Heinrich commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Art Fair Jackson Hole, 2 shows -- extended deadline
"I am at least two days driving from the show and considering it but wonder about comments relative to the return (sales) at the show. I'll have probably $1.5K plus into it if I go and wanted to limit liability if I can. My work is western…"
Connie Mettler commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Art Fair Jackson Hole, 2 shows -- extended deadline
"Whoops, Barrie ... I did have the incorrect dates for August. Fixed it now. Thanks for the catch."
Lynn Ericson left a comment for Connie Mettler
"Hi Connie, nice to meet you. It will be my second year of doing shows so the info in this site will be really useful. I hope i made most of my mistakes last year. :)"
Richard L. Sherer commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Art Fair Jackson Hole, 2 shows -- extended deadline
"I did the July show in 2015, 2016 and posted reviews for them. We rented a condo in Wilson for less that motel rates. "
Kendra Bennett commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Art Fair Jackson Hole, 2 shows -- extended deadline
"I did the August show last year. (ended up not be a good show for me) but after an unfortunate accident had to find a quick hotel and I stayed at the Virginian and it was around $150.00 it was decent and it only 1 story so stairs to walk up. You…"
Barrie Lynn Bryant commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Art Fair Jackson Hole, 2 shows -- extended deadline
"We'd better confirm those August dates you have listed up top here, Connie. I did apply for the August show and I think it's a three day event as well. Zapp says it is August 10-12, and I just looked at the show website and it says the…"

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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.

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Art Fair Jackson Hole, 2 shows -- extended deadline

Posted on February 13, 2018 at 4:00pm 5 Comments

July 13-15 and August 10-12

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Art Fair Jackson Hole

New deadline: Saturday, February 17

Why Jackson Hole, Wyoming? Small mountain town, big art audience…


Takeaways from the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair Jury

Posted on February 9, 2018 at 12:01pm 5 Comments

Here is an article from the all about Ann Arbor website, The Guild had their jurying recently at their offices in Kerrytown, heart of Ann Arbor, and they invited a reporter to attend. 

To the general public the Ann Arbor Art Fairs look pretty much random: lots or artists, lots of people, vendors and…


Call for Artists: Webster Arts Fair

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Call for Artists: 63rd Talbot Street Art Fair

Posted on January 28, 2018 at 3:00am 1 Comment

June 16-17
Indianapolis, Indiana
Presented By: Talbot Street Art Fair, Inc.
250 Artists
Deadline: February 1
Application Fee: $30   Booth Fee:…

Last Call: 57th Annual Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff

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Krasl July 14 & 15

St. Joseph, Michigan

Presented by the Krasl Art Center

200 Artists

Deadline: January 31…


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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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