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Call for Artists: 11th Annual Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival

October 10 & 11
Newport News, Virginia
Presented by Port Warwick Foundation
Styron Square
100 Artists
Deadline: June 1

Application fee: $35; Booth fee:…

Added by Connie Mettler on May 21, 2015 at 9:25pm — No Comments

Unable to Pledge - Getting Internal Server Error Message. Not sure who to let know.

When I click on the link to pledge, I get the following error message:

Internal Server Error

The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator, and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

Added by Debbie Stillman on May 21, 2015 at 2:53pm — 4 Comments

Review of Winterfair in columbus and cincinnati

Can anyone give me a recent review of the Winterfair in Ohio. Just saw old posts on it and was wondering if it is worth the trip? Thx

Added by lisa barnum on May 21, 2015 at 6:43am — 7 Comments

North Virginia Fine Arts Festival, Reston VA

This was the first time I did the North Virginia Fine Arts Festival. Judy Christian already did a short report on the show. I will try to give a bit more detail and my experience at the show.

The show is set up along the streets in a high end outdoor mall type setting with high rise condos along the street and town homes near by. There maybe homes within walking distance I am not sure. Reston is a rich suburban area out side of DC and near Dulles airport. I don't usually like…


Added by Melanie Rolfes on May 20, 2015 at 8:56pm — 1 Comment

Call for Artists: Affordable Arts Festival

AffordableArtsLogo August 30
Littleton, Colorado
Denver Metro area
10 am - 4 pm
130 Artists
Deadline: May…

Added by Connie Mettler on May 20, 2015 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments


Here we go again! and's shameless promotion asking for your help in keeping these useful sites alive and well. From May 17-June 1 we are asking for donations to our 6th Annual Pledge Drive

We give  you helpful information all year, we bring buyers to the art fairs and we…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 20, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

A Tale of Two Cities

The following should be taken with a very large grain of salt. Better yet maybe an entire salt block because my impressions couldn't come from a place of less experience. I'm about to report on the first two art fairs that I've ever done.

I got my initiation in Greenville SC at Artisphere, weekend before last. Greenville has a beautiful and vibrant downtown and booths are set up in a long line down both sides of picturesque Main Street. This set up made for an easy load in (even…


Added by Al Scovern on May 19, 2015 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

Call for Artists: 1st Annual Thames River Art & Craft Show

June 27 & 28 
New London, Connecticut
Presented by Jaden Events
Mitchell College Campus
100 Artists
Deadline: May 31       

Added by Connie Mettler on May 19, 2015 at 5:59pm — No Comments

Reston VA Show, a short report

Two things:

1. Beautiful show, great work, great presentation, great food, great looking crowd,

in a sophisticated area (DC). Perfect. Show committee did a wonderful job here. Everything was great.

2. Sales. Not. 

The customers that I had all told me the same thing---they WALKED from their condo to the show!

This show was too good to not be visited by people from the greater DC area- where were they?

 For a $500 booth fee, $50 jury…


Added by Judy Christian on May 19, 2015 at 9:27am — 15 Comments

Call for Artists: 27th Annual Patagonia Fall Festival

October 9-11
Patagonia, Arizona
Presented by: The Town of Patagonia
and the Patagonia Area Business Association
Town Park, Downtown Patagonia
Fri. 11am-5pm; Sat. & Sun.…

Added by Connie Mettler on May 18, 2015 at 8:35pm — No Comments

A Message To The Art Show Thief

The best compliment you can give me is to pay me for my art not steal it. I am flattered that you were so enamored with my painting. However you are not Thomas Crown just as I am not Monet. I am a living, breathing artist who makes his living from my talent selling my oil paintings.

I have a suspicion I know who you are but I am not positive therefore I did not go to the trouble of reporting the theft. I thought long and hard about reporting the theft to the police as I sat in the…


Added by Michael Lee on May 18, 2015 at 12:06pm — 11 Comments

Reviews / Insights on Florida in November / December?

Is there any one who has done Howard Alan's  The Saint Pete/ Cory Ave show in December and the Maderia Beach show Thanks giving or the Sarasota Craft Show on  first weekend in December?

Added by Lisa Aronzon on May 18, 2015 at 9:37am — No Comments

Call for Artists: Edgewater Fall Art Fair

September 26 & 27
Chicago, Illinois
Presented by Edgewater Artists in Motion
Over 100 Artists

Deadline: June 1


Edgewater is…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 17, 2015 at 9:20pm — No Comments

3 Men: Why I Sing the Blues

A few weeks ago Percy Sledge died, an artist whose work was stolen by many and he never received the royalties. His most famous song was "When a Man Loved a Woman," what producer Jerry Wexler called "a holy love hymn." This song was the part of the soundtrack of many lives. 

His obituary: …


Added by Connie Mettler on May 15, 2015 at 10:30am — 11 Comments

Artisphere Winners ~ 2015

The winners of the 11th Annual Artisphere event held in Greenville, S.C., presented by T.D.Bank and featuring G.E.'s Artist Row were announced recently with $15,000 in awards going to artists.

There were 121 artists represented from all across the country and these are the winners:

G.E. Artist, Best of Show: Robert Farrell (metalworks)

2nd Place: Danielle & Christopher Merzatta (jewelry/precious)

3rd Place: Patricia Kessler…


Added by Christina L. Towell on May 15, 2015 at 9:10am — 1 Comment

Last Call for Artists: 5th Annual Artaffair on Main

July 25 & 26 Artaffair Logo
Belleville, Michigan
Presented by the Belleville Area Council for the Arts 
Sat. 11am-6pm, Sun. 11am-5pm
75 Artists …

Added by Connie Mettler on May 15, 2015 at 7:36am — No Comments

Where have all the painters gone?

From an email I recently received:

I just wanted to give you some feedback on some of the recent shows that I have been to.  Yesterday I went to the Nashville show and there is so little painting and fine art.  I specifically went there to find a painting and I counted about 5 people. The previous week I went to Franklin Tennessee ready to buy and nothing.  Why are there not more original painters?  I am…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 14, 2015 at 9:12am — 34 Comments

Call for Artists: 46th Annual An Occasion for the Arts

October 3 & 4
Williamsburg, Virginia

An Occasion for the Arts (NFP organization)
145 Artists 
Deadline:  May 22…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 13, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

Call for Artists: Bayou City Art Festival Downtown

Presented by the Art Colony Assn.  ~~~~~~   300 Artists
Application fee: $35; Booth fee: $500-$1500

* Ranked consistently in Sunshine Artist's 200 Best List's Top 10



Added by Connie Mettler on May 12, 2015 at 8:50pm — No Comments


I just heard about Norm Darwish passing on to that great, eternal art show in the sky.

He was Connie's husband.  They were notables on the art circuit during the "Golden Age of Art Festivals."

I thought I would raise a great glass to him and write some kind …


Added by Nels Johnson on May 11, 2015 at 3:46pm — 5 Comments

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