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Whoops! Sorry for all the ads today

When you got your  art fair news email from on Monday morning it was FULL of ads. Our apologies to you.…


Added by Connie Mettler on June 11, 2018 at 10:10am — No Comments

Last Call: Gold Coast Art Fair - Chicago

June 16 & 17


Limited Space…


Added by Connie Mettler on June 7, 2018 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Thanks to EVERY one

Thanks to everyone that has ever posted to this sight.  I have learned so much from this site.  If I didn't ask the question, then someone else did and my answer was right in front of me.  I have come a long way from crafting to artist.  I got my confidence right here, reading about everything one needed to know to move on and move up.  Thank you to those who donated and those who donated prizes.  I was a recipient of a beautiful piece of art.  Thank you Joel!  I may not post a lot but I do…


Added by Cindy Cherrington on June 6, 2018 at 1:04pm — 1 Comment

It was OK in OKC, The Paseo Arts Festival

First time at this show. People were very engaged, enthusiastic and appreciative of the art and artists. They asked meaningful questions and showed a lot of interest. That interest translated into sales. Although some sales were out of the bin (they chose the largest of my matted pieces) many sales came off of the walls! It has been a long time since I was at a show that paid off as this one did.

It should be noted that for many years, there has been a "scab" show adjacent to this…


Added by S Brian Berkun on June 4, 2018 at 6:49pm — No Comments

Kalamazoo Institute of Art Fair—A Pretty Location, But Sales Were Pretty Low

The KIA art Fair was last weekend.  Artists setup early on Friday morn and the Fair is from 3pm-8pm that day.

Then on Saturday it runs from 9-5. No Sunday show.

It is setup in a beautiful downtown park, Bronson Park. Artists have plenty of room around and in the rear of their booths.

Setup and teardown are pretty mellow.  You do…


Added by Nels johnson on June 4, 2018 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Booth Photo Question for submission! | Can I set it up in my yard? for Jury Photo?

I have been gathering all the supplies needed to complete my booth set up!  I have finally arrived !  Excited to set it up & take photos of it for submission. 

My question is.. You think it will be ok to set it up in the yard? Or my storage location where there is plenty of room?   Or is a must to have it set up at a actual show?   There are deadlines coming upper some Florida shows and I need to have this done soon.. 

What is the best practice?  Will it…


Added by Chris van atta on June 3, 2018 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

Be Prepared - even if you are not a Boy Scout


Added by Connie Mettler on June 2, 2018 at 5:24pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: 8th Annual Mundelein Arts Festival

September 8 & 9
Mundelein, Illinois
Presented By: Mundelein Community Connection
45 Artists
Deadline: June 15

Application Fee: $25    Booth Fee: $130
The Mundelein Arts Festival is located in beautiful Kracklauer Park in the heart of Mundelein. The festival is very visible from Rt. 45, a 4 lane thoroughfare. Mundelein is a village of…

Added by Meg Mettler on June 1, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

Pledge Drive Winners - 2018

Many, many thanks for all the pledges. This was one of our most successful pledge drives so far. I appreciate your generosity, some of you for many, many years. The art fair business thrives under its community umbrella. Sharing with one another enriches everyone. 

Here are the names drawn today in the order in which they were…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 31, 2018 at 9:00pm — 14 Comments

Next Podcast: Drawing for the Pledge Drive Prizes


You support our websites with your donations and we really appreciate it. We couldn't do it without you. Listen as Connie Mettler, host of and and an art fair "celebrity", photography guru,…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 31, 2018 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

20 things That Every Artist Needs

  1. 2 - $300 gift certificates from
  2. 2 - $300 gift certificates from
  3. 12 free booth spaces:…

Added by Connie Mettler on May 30, 2018 at 8:32am — No Comments

4 "How To" Prizes: Organize an art fair, market your art, sell your work, bring buyers back

Here are 4 more prizes available in our pledge drive - helpful guides, lessons, workbooks and statistics distilled from years of experience of show organizers, artists, teachers and marketers: 

1. The How to Organize & Host a Community Arts Festival Guide- 80 pages …


Added by Connie Mettler on May 28, 2018 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: 42nd Annual Texas Arts & Crafts Fair

September 29 & 30
Ingram, Texas
Presented By: Hill Country Arts Foundation
100 Artists
Deadline: June 8

Application Fee: $25     Booth Fee: $250-$500…


Added by Meg Mettler on May 28, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

Shameless pitch, but doing it anyway

Just a few days left to contribute to our 9th Pledge Drive. All contributions will have their name entered in to the drawing on May 31, 6 pm ET. How do you like these prizes?

1.  Echo
 - (2nd Generation)…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 27, 2018 at 6:33pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: Summerlin Festival of Arts

October 13-14
Las Vegas, NV
Presented By: Summerlin/Howard Hughes…

Added by Meg Mettler on May 25, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

2 Posts Worth Reading: Booth Shot Examples and What I Heard at the Art Fair

Here are two popular discussions from our archives:

Shannon Blosser wants to know about booth shots:

As a relative newcomer, I still have tons of questions about every little thing I might do. It occurred to me, after seeing this category, that it would have been a giant help to me to just see examples of working artists' booths in one place, instead of searching around for information. I'm starting the thread by showing mine, and I hope others will add theirs. It…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 24, 2018 at 4:13pm — No Comments

Post Worth Reading: Some Thoughts on Shows

Reposting this for your edification ... and because I liked it, from member Jeff Owen:

Before the show:
•Eat a good breakfast.
•Pick up some flowers for your booth (your gallery).
•Keep your space clean – sweep and dust.
•Price everything clearly.
•Say good morning to your neighbors.

During the show:
•Smile all day.
•Never sit in or around your booth.
•Don’t use your…

Added by Connie Mettler on May 23, 2018 at 11:24am — 1 Comment

Call for Artists: 7th Annual Arts Festival Reading

October 6 & 7
Reading, Pennsylvania
Presented By: GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
Indoors at the Goggle Works Center for the Arts
100 Artists
Deadline: June…

Added by Meg Mettler on May 23, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

Next Podcast: My First Art Fair, a Zero or a Hero - Part II


In the beginning art fairs were created and artists and art buyers flocked to attend. You were one of them. Your mother and your friends thought your work was wonderful and maybe they were right, so off you went to the marketplace.…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 22, 2018 at 8:48am — No Comments

Will you do me a favor?

Our 9th Annual Birthday Pledge Drive to sustain our websites' mission of supporting artists and art fairs is started on Sunday, May 20 and will end on May 31. 

 Will you do me a favor and…

Added by Connie Mettler on May 21, 2018 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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