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Call for Artists: Spring Art at Old Orchard

Hello Fellow Artists*,

PLEASE NOTE: There are 5 weekends in May this year 
so you may have an opening  LOOK before you BOOK! …

Added by Connie Mettler on March 26, 2015 at 7:34pm — No Comments

St. James hotel

If you're participating in st. James this year and are looking for a hotel I've once again managed to secure a discounted rate for us, but it wasn't easy as hotels are at a premium this year. The Sleep Inn that I've worked with for years has changed management and doesn't want to work with me on a discounted rate so I've switched to the Red Roof Inn right down the street. The property is newly renovated, hardwood floors in all rooms, micro and fridge, four miles from show site and a Waffle… Continue

Added by lori kay on March 26, 2015 at 10:35am — 1 Comment

Tasteful nude at art fest...

Hi everyone,

I have a quick question. I am new to art fests and was wondering the etiquette on displaying women's breasts in a painting. It will be very tasteful, such as in the victorian nude attached. She will be nude from the waist up, and will be depicted as a mermaid. I hate to have to cover her by adding long hair, but if I must, then I must. THANK YOU for your input:) P.S. I have checked the rules and regulations of the art fests, and did not see anything relating to…


Added by Ila Catherine Hofacker on March 25, 2015 at 11:37pm — 6 Comments

Artsfest '15 Fine Art Festival

September 19 & 20  
Dowell (Solomons), Maryland
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
in Association with the Smithsonian Institution 
100 Artists …

Added by Connie Mettler on March 25, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments

pipe and drape

we bought ours this year. got the curtains on ebay for 1/3 price because they were closing out the colors. turns out we get lots of compliments on our pale green and maroon . everyone thinks it's on purpose. also saw somers use show curtains upside down, with poles in bottom hem, though that was a good idea.

also, we bought telescoping poles, 6-10 ft

they fit better in our car than 10-12 foot or whatever that measurement is for horizontals, also lighter ( they are… Continue

Added by laurie Olefson on March 25, 2015 at 11:54am — No Comments

Downtown Naples: Fifth & Final Florida Art Fair for Michigan Artist

Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts took place on March 21-22 on a six block stretch of 5th Avenue in downtown Naples, Florida. I participated in this show a few years ago and did not do well, but I applied to this year as a backup for Winter Park, which ran on the same weekend this year. I was on the wait list for Winter Park and did not get an invitation, so Marcia and I showed up at 5:30 am for the dreaded early morning setup on Saturday morning. Some artists don't mind that early…


Added by John Leben on March 25, 2015 at 11:02am — 2 Comments

Pipe and Drape Purchase Options?

I've always relied on renting pipe and drapes for indoor shows from the show promoter – however I'm now considering purchasing my own.  I do a couple smaller local shows which don’t offer rental options and sometimes the promoters at my larger shows chose a drape color that just doesn’t go with my product.

I realize there are several options out there – however can anyone recommend a quality product that won’t break the bank.  I don’t mind spending a little more money for nice quality…


Added by Robert LeHay on March 25, 2015 at 9:03am — 5 Comments

Review: Fairhope Arts & Crafts . . . & Pussy Willow!

We just finished our first show of the season, the three day, two shows combined event in Fairhope, Alabama. The festival ran March 20, 21, & 22 and show hours were Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. An awards dinner (great pasta food and deserts) was held Friday night from 6:30 to 7:30 and tickets are required that were exchanged for Mardi Gras beads to be served. One ticket was provided for each booth with the booth fee and an extra ticket costed $15,…


Added by Barrie Lynn Bryant on March 24, 2015 at 7:19pm — 5 Comments

Call for Artists: Workhouse Fall Arts Festival

September 26 & 27
Lorton, Virginia…

Added by Connie Mettler on March 24, 2015 at 7:18pm — No Comments

need advice on weights for ez up tent

After retiring from teaching art for 32 years i have had the chance to get back into the studio. Last year I did three shows. Two were inside and the one outdoor show provided a tent for "emerging artists". So this June will be the first outdoor show on my own.  I purchased an eze up 10x10 tent last fall when eCanopy had some great sales. Used it Winterfair Columbus, an indoor show, worked great.  But I have not yet purchased/made weights that I will need for the June show.  This show is on…


Added by Elaine Clapper on March 24, 2015 at 9:12am — 5 Comments

Call for Artists: 32nd Annual Shelby Township Art Fair

August 8 & 9

Shelby Township, Michigan

Shelby Township Municipal Grounds
52700 Van Dyke Avenue
Presented by Shelby Township Parks and Recreation…

Added by Connie Mettler on March 23, 2015 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

2015 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Prizewinners

Lots of prizes and big prize money was passed out this weekend at Winter Park. Congratulations to photographer Michael Cole, taking home the $10,000 top prize!

BEST OF SHOW ($10,000 Purchase Award)

Micheal Paul…


Added by Connie Mettler on March 23, 2015 at 1:04pm — 4 Comments

Call for Artists: 46th Annual Capitol Hill People's Fair

June 6 & 7

Denver, Colorado

CHUN (Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods)

Civic Center Park

200 artists

Deadline: April 3

Application Fee:…


Added by Connie Mettler on March 22, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Frame Destination - Spring Sale on Framing Supplies

(Sponsored advertising)…


Added by Connie Mettler on March 22, 2015 at 8:32am — No Comments

Holding down the booth: Part 2, on cement

So many shows are held on the streets that artists need to improvise. How about these choices?

1. PVC in white:

2. PVC in black:…


Added by Connie Mettler on March 21, 2015 at 12:30pm — 8 Comments

Call for Artists: 2nd Annual Beaches Art Fest 2015

October 3…

Added by Connie Mettler on March 20, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments


Show promoters- Puleeeeze stop calling for "vendors" in your prospectuses and advertising. It drives me nuts!

Added by karen O'Lone-Hahn on March 20, 2015 at 10:44am — 16 Comments

Call for Artists: art-A-Palooza

August 22 art-A-palooza Logo
Green, Ohio
Green Arts Council and the City of Green
Boettler Park, 5300 Massillon Rd.
70 Exhibitors
Deadline: April…

Added by Connie Mettler on March 19, 2015 at 6:57pm — No Comments

What's This Jury Panel all About?

  I went to the Broad Ripple Art Fair Open Jury in Indianapolis in February. I got to be a "fly on the wall," watching five judges as they decided the fate of 539 artists that had applied for the show.

   Because I am a jewelry artist who participates in juried art shows, and because the jury process has always been dark and mysterious to me, I decided to attend. It was a show to which I had applied, located an hour from my home, and an invitation had been emailed to all…


Added by Sandy Walker on March 18, 2015 at 10:13pm — 21 Comments

Call for Artists: Barefoot in the Park


Added by Connie Mettler on March 18, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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