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Jacki Bilsborrow
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  • Coldwater, MI
  • United States
  • Photography
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Jacki Bilsborrow's Discussions

A Few Fun Facts about some of our AFI members

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nancy Biggins Aug 20, 2015. 10 Replies

Every so often it is fun to get to know some of our newer AFI members.  So, here are a few of our members who have done some very unique things.Ann Dickinson Sargent is a prize-winning poet who has…Continue

Tags: fun, facts, accomplishments, unique, members

What Norm Darwish meant to me

Started this discussion. Last reply by Colleen Williams Jul 24, 2015. 4 Replies

I just stopped in to Connie's last Thursday before I had to go out of town.  I knew Norm was getting bad but I really thought he would still be with us when I got back from Atlanta.  I was very upset…Continue

Tags: photographer Norm Darwish

Chastain Park Arts Festival

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jacki Bilsborrow May 7, 2015. 3 Replies

I will be in Atlanta this coming weekend and was wondering if there are very many AFI members who are doing the Chastain Park Arts Festival.  Let me know if you are doing the show.  I am thinking of…Continue

Tags: Atlanta, Georgia, Festival, art, Park

Multiple accounts here at AFI

Started May 17, 2014 0 Replies

Hey everyone.  Several members have more than one account here at AFI.  I will be contacting members with two accounts to see if one of the accounts can be deleted.  If you know you have 2 accounts…Continue

Tags: AFI, members, accounts


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Latest Activity

Jacki Bilsborrow replied to Michael Thomas's discussion Living in RV/Travel Trailer
"Hello Michael, Ruth Finkenbiner is a member here and she sold her home and lives out of an RV.  She usually hangs out in the Southwest artists group.  Send her a message and ask her what she thinks now that she surely must be a pro at that…"
Mar 20
Jacki Bilsborrow commented on John Leben's blog post Brooksville: Nice Venue, but Dismal Sales
"That was a nice write up on you John in Artsyshark.  I love your work.  I don't think I've seen an image yet that I haven't liked.  Good luck with your gallery opening."
Mar 20
Jacki Bilsborrow commented on Judy Christian's blog post Two PA shows- Mt. Gretna and State College- short report
"Doesn't the show at State College provide any security?  I would hate packing up every night?  It would seem that the thefts would keep people from wanting to do this show."
Mar 20
Jacki Bilsborrow commented on Robert Wallis's blog post Oldham Arts on CityPlace 2016 - Lagrange, Kentucky- November 12&13
"Thanks Robert.  I like reading your reviews.  I would not have taken an outdoor booth, I am with you on that.  I couldn't stand to be out there all day if it was cold.  Congrats on winning your award.  At least winning…"
Nov 28, 2016
Jacki Bilsborrow commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Painter gets stuck in email scam (almost)
"I was selling on old refrigerator on Craig's List and was approached by a scammer.  he wanted to go through a courier.  I knew he was a scammer and told him I didn't sell to scammers.  They will try everything they can."
Nov 28, 2016
Jacki Bilsborrow commented on Joe Edwards's blog post Naples National or Coconut Grove
"Hey Joe,  both of those shows have been reviewed at  Just put the name of the show into the search bar and you will find the shows.  We have many shows listed on our site.  You can also review a few shows…"
Nov 28, 2016
Jacki Bilsborrow commented on Greg Little's blog post What is your attitude now that election is over?
"One more thing, I'm not going to watch any political TV this year and I plan to have a great year. "
Nov 21, 2016
Jacki Bilsborrow commented on Greg Little's blog post Three Rivers Art Festival ...Covington, LA
"Thanks for the good review Greg.  I think many needed to see that someone had a good show after this election was over.  I also like your photo at the end of your post.  Cute."
Nov 21, 2016
Jacki Bilsborrow commented on Greg Little's blog post What is your attitude now that election is over?
"Greg, I love that photo of the dog's nose in the hole!!"
Nov 21, 2016
Jacki Bilsborrow commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Painter gets stuck in email scam (almost)
"I have a question.  I understand this whole scam thing but I wonder why if the scammer sends you a check and then stops payment on it why would all of that money come out of the artist's bank if the artist had gone to the scammer's…"
Nov 21, 2016
Britt Hallowell commented on Jacki Bilsborrow's blog post Elkhart For the Love of Art Show
"Jacki, Will you be doing the show again in 2017?"
Nov 18, 2016
Jacki Bilsborrow commented on Melanie Rolfes's blog post Bayou City Arts Festival Downtown and Zapp Conference Houston TX
"What a great review Melanie.  I always enjoy reading about you and your shows.  What a great idea to plan a show and the Zapp conference so you could do both.  Was this your first time doing this show?   $18 seems high to…"
Oct 18, 2016
Jacki Bilsborrow commented on Steve. Apple's blog post Shipping to someone's shipper overseas
"I had a refrigerator sale for $100 on Craig's list.  I had a scammer contact me to use a second hand person to buy the fridge for them.  I just said no way.  Then, I listed our rental house on Craig's list.  I got some…"
Oct 3, 2016
Jacki Bilsborrow commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post River Clay Fine Arts Festival Decatur, Alabama
"What a nice show!  It sounds great.  I like how they get locals to come lend a hand, too.  This show sounds like a keeper.  And the award, what a nice bonus! Enjoy the wedding.  That sure is a long haul all the way to…"
Oct 3, 2016
Jacki Bilsborrow replied to Chris Hoyt's discussion Something Nice Happened This Weekend
"So great to hear such a nice story.  There still are good people out there!"
Sep 27, 2016
Jacki Bilsborrow commented on Steve. Apple's blog post Shipping to someone's shipper overseas
"Steve, the tip off to the fact that it is a scam is that they want you to work with their shipper.  They supposedly have this person that will pick up your work.  That person brings a check for way too much money so you then have to give…"
Sep 27, 2016

Profile Information

Your Medium
Years in the Art Fair Business
I actually have worked for a handcolored photographer for many years and helped him do matting, framing, shipping, and other work around the studio.
First show ever
First real art show I ever went to was the Ann Arbor Art Fair. I really loved working at that show. It was amazing.
What are the best things about art fairs
Meeting new people, seeing all the great work of the other artists.
Best show ever and why
Ann Arbor Art Fair because it is so big and there is something there for everyone. I enjoyed the art atmosphere, the creative people, and the patrons.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Connie Mettler, of course.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I was a member of a National Championship Cross Country team 2 years in a row.

Jacki Bilsborrow's Blog

Elkhart For the Love of Art Show

Posted on March 30, 2016 at 1:30am 7 Comments

     The Elkhart For the Love of Art Show was held on March 12, 2016. This show is held in the Elkhart RV Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is located not far from the Elkhart City limits. It is also right off of the I 80 Indiana Toll Road which makes it very visible to people coming from the toll road or from Michigan.

     The RV Hall of Fame sits in the center of a huge open area. There were signs along the road in Michigan and near the Hall of Fame announcing the art show. They…


Art Show Reviews written by You

Posted on March 21, 2016 at 6:03pm 3 Comments

I just want to thank Jeff Gracz for submitting several show reviews this month.  He wrote reviews for several west coast shows.  We are always looking for some west coast shows to help out artists on the west coast. 

You all know how important it is to have an idea of what to expect before applying to an art show.  Nobody likes to be blindsided once you get to a show and find out it is nothing like you hoped it would be.  That is why art show reviews are so important.  You can find…


The Garage Sale Art Fair - 20th Anniversary

Posted on March 11, 2016 at 7:12pm 6 Comments

     The Garage Sale Art Fair was held February 27th.  I really look forward to this show every year.  It is great fun catching up with people and the deals are crazy good.  Usually I am there as a shopper.  This year I went with Connie to sell some of Norm's art fair equipment and his art work.  I have not helped…


Art at the Riverside - Leo-Cedarville, Indiana

Posted on September 29, 2015 at 10:04pm 3 Comments

Yesterday Connie and I traveled to Leo-Cedarville, Indiana to check out the Art by the Riverside show.  Actually, I was checking it out and Connie was judging the art work for awards.  This is a one day show held toward the end of September.  Yesterday the weather was perfect.  It was overcast and perfect to spend the day looking at art.…


Comment Wall (40 comments)

At 11:11pm on August 25, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to, Jacki. I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please add a photo to your profile and stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. We all look forward to your participation here. Also visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!

Best wishes,
Connie Mettler

p.s. The best way to make this system easy to use is to click on the "Follow-Email me" link at the bottom of each Forum discussion that interests you. That way the system will email you automatically whenever anyone responds. It's a great time-saver.
At 10:46pm on September 23, 2010, Sabrina Aughenbaugh said…
Thanks Jacki...good to be here. I recognize you also. Have a great week.
At 3:09pm on October 4, 2010, Maria Camera said…
Hi Jacki, Thank's for your nice comments and for adding me as a friend!
At 10:05pm on October 5, 2010, Sabrina Aughenbaugh said…
Thanks Jacki...that was an awesome surprise...almost as good as my new granddaughter.
At 8:43pm on October 11, 2010, Sabrina Aughenbaugh said…
Jacki, Yes I have a 5week old granddaughter named Madeline Grace. It's like holding a little piece of heaven. I'm having fun being grandma and yes the quilt you see on my profile is one that I made for her. Her mother loves owls and they are not easy to find in baby things, although since I designed the quilt, I seem to be finding more out there in the stores. Have a great week....Sabrina
At 3:08pm on October 19, 2010, Barbara Burkhardt said…
Hello Jacki, I can still see you on duty at the Levin Dinner - you filled a needed spot with efficiency. Barb
At 9:56am on October 26, 2010, JD Hillberry said…
Hi Jacki,
Thanks for the comment about my profile picture. That drawing has been my logo and "brand" on my business cards for over 20 years. Several shows have used it for promotion as well. I was the featured artist at the Bayou City Art Festival in Houston and it was on 10 Billboards all over town. There are some pictures of different ways it has been used on my site here:
At 11:30am on December 10, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Jacki Bilsborrow a gift
Happy birthday, Jacki! The sun is shining just as I'm sure it was on the day you were born. May the year ahead be your best ever. Many, many thanks for all the good you have done for me. Love
At 9:41pm on February 01, 2011, Sabrina Aughenbaugh gave Jacki Bilsborrow a gift

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