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Jacki Bilsborrow
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  • Coldwater, MI
  • United States
  • Photography
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Need Canadian show reviews

Started Apr 5, 2017 0 Replies

We have now added a place at Art Show Reviews for Canadian show reviews.  As of right now we don't have any reviews.  We also only have one show listed.  If you have done some Canadian shows could…Continue

Tags: reviews, shows, art, Canada

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


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Latest Activity

Connie Mettler commented on Jacki Bilsborrow's blog post Take advantage of our Classified section
"Hello Lesley and Sandra ... please note the original post here was made in 2011. We no longer have the classifieds section. Instead, please go to the "Discussions" (see that tab up there at the top?) and look for "For Sale, Buy or…"
Apr 12
Lesley Martin commented on Jacki Bilsborrow's blog post Take advantage of our Classified section
"How the heck do I post my classified ad.  Should be easier to find"
Apr 12
Jacki Bilsborrow replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Home/Studio For Sale, Michigan
"I worked for Connie and Norm since 1995.  I worked in a large room in the front of the house.  I cut mats and glass and everything else and even on the hottest days it was comfortable in there with one air conditioner cooling basically the…"
Mar 14
Sandra Forrest commented on Jacki Bilsborrow's blog post Take advantage of our Classified section
"I tried the link you included above. It said the link could not be found. I am trying to put in a classified ad. I wish it was simpler to find the classified ads on this website."
Feb 8
Jacki Bilsborrow replied to Christopher Alexander's discussion What is the best Show that you have ever attended?
"Being treated nice is important Larry.  I think most people don't go back if they are not treated nicely."
Jan 10
Jacki Bilsborrow commented on Brenda Flynn's blog post Help! Need to do a show in Florida in September....
"I wonder if the shows that are saying No refunds for bad weather will get many apps.  That puts the bulk of the losses on the artists.  That would be too big of a risk for me."
Jan 10
Jacki Bilsborrow commented on Brenda Flynn's blog post Help! Need to do a show in Florida in September....
"Do you need to do the show in Florida?  There are a lot of nice shows in Georgia and that isn't too far from you.  Do you ever check  There are usually a lot of shows listed thtere.  It is a little…"
Jan 10
Jacki Bilsborrow commented on Nels johnson's blog post Holiday Art Festival, downtown St. Petersburg—Big Yawner, I am a goner
"If your driveway works, go for it.  Low overhead, you can't beat that!  "
Dec 26, 2017
Jacki Bilsborrow commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Happy holidays to artists everywhere ...
"We are freezing up here in Michigan -   it is 11 degrees but feels like -4 degrees.  We enjoyed a nice Zingermans Beigli that my friend sent me for Christmas morning.  Kids and their dogs are rolling in and we are trying to stay warm.…"
Dec 26, 2017
Jacki Bilsborrow commented on Oscar Matos Linares's blog post Need some because I fall into scam.
"I think Reid is correct.  You may think you are going to a website but you land on the scam.  I wanted the post office to hold my mail.  So, like many other times, I put US post office into the Google browser.  Up came a list of…"
Dec 19, 2017
Jacki Bilsborrow commented on Nels johnson's blog post Setting up my booth in the driveway—and making lots of moola
"How smart of you to recognize the opportunity and seize it.   If you don't get your house sold by next December rent a few spots on your lawn to a few artists and make even more."
Dec 12, 2017
Jacki Bilsborrow replied to Sherry Pelletier's discussion What category am I?
"Sherry, Click on this link for some helpful info to help you get started here on this site: Hope that helps you to get acclimated here."
Dec 12, 2017
Jacki Bilsborrow replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Seeking Artists & Performers
"I sent this off to someone I know in Coldwater that I thought may be interested. I wasn't even aware this was coming up. I am putting it on the calendar."
Oct 4, 2017
Jacki Bilsborrow replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Attention Artists: The Obama Foundation Wants You to Apply for Its New Fellowship
"What an opportunity. Is anyone here applying for this?"
Oct 4, 2017
Jacki Bilsborrow replied to Bradley Barefoot's discussion Introduction: Bradley Barefoot
"Take your rime looking through everything.  There really is a lot to absorb.  The people here are friendly and helpful so if you have questions let us know."
Aug 24, 2017
Jacki Bilsborrow commented on Robert Wallis's blog post Round the Fountain, Lafayette, IN 5-27-2017
"Robert, what do you think accounted for the different type of shoppers this year?   It seems strange that the good customers from last year didn't come back."
Jun 2, 2017

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.

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The Garage Sale Art Fair - One of my favorite shows

Posted on April 3, 2017 at 8:50pm 8 Comments

This was the 22nd year for the Garage Sale Art Fair.  I love coming to this show.  There is something for everyone here.  This show is held the last Saturday of February.  Winter can be rough in Kalamazoo and by the end of February people are ready to get out and shop.

The show is put on by Bonnie…


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…


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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