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Kentuck- the Best Lil' Show in Alabama

I have been doing shows for almost five years now and I have truly run the gamut from "great" to "please shoot me and put me out of my misery" and I have to say that this past weekend ....I found my favorite show.

Picture this: Tuscaloosa Alabama, a home Alabama Football weekend, no available hotels under two hundred dollars...and smack dab in the middle of it all... the Kentuck Fine Arts Festival. Ok, honestly...does that sound like the scenario to a great show? Well, usually you…


Added by margaret luttrell on October 20, 2014 at 11:30pm — 5 Comments

Bad News and Good News

Three weeks ago, while I was in Louisville, Ky, for the St James Court Art Fair, in the week preceding the show, my van was robbed and 3/4 of my beaded jewelry was stolen. I didn't realize it had happened because I wasn't using the van for driving around (I was there also to visit my son and granddaughter who live in that city) and didn't even notice it until I started out that fateful Thursday morning to go set up for the show.

Well, you can believe that I was devastated, in shock,…


Added by Kathleen Caid on October 20, 2014 at 6:30pm — 14 Comments

Call for Artists: Des Moines Arts Festival

June 26-28

Des Moines, Iowa

Downtown at Western Gateway Park

surrounding the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park

194 Artists 

Deadline: October 31…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 19, 2014 at 6:38pm — No Comments

More coverage of Palletfest at CNN

Good coverage and photos.

Added by Bill Coleman Entertainment on October 19, 2014 at 11:58am — No Comments

Why the "Best Art Fair" survey?

It's all about the marketing, folks.

Mission of our sites: Bring people to attend the art fairs to buy art and support the artists.

Mission of the survey: Spread the word about the best art fairs in the country through the media to attract people to come to the shows and use the Best Art Fairs page as a planner for their travels, enabling "art fair tourism."

You have a stake in this…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 18, 2014 at 8:31am — 4 Comments

Anything in December???

Is there any type of show in the Midwest in December or black Friday weekend? I would like to do something different than Kane county and Grayslake this December



Added by John Sonnefeldt on October 16, 2014 at 11:57pm — 3 Comments

Winner: September Post of the Month - Melanie Rolfes

Melanie Rolfes wins "post of the month" for her review, "Alexandria and Arlington, VA, art shows." Along with her cohorts Matt Estrada, Reid Watts, Matt Estrada, Oscar Matos Linares and Barry Bernstein she celebrates another year of survival.

Added by Connie Mettler on October 16, 2014 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

PalletFest - a Denver up-cycle, re-purposed festival. - October 11 & 12 - Sculpture Park - Denver

Working on Snaggle Tooth - sculpture made from recycling of pallets

This was an incredible event. Weather was good on Saturday, with cooler temps , frequent showers with some rain, and wind on…


Added by Bill Coleman Entertainment on October 15, 2014 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

This is how we do it ...

And a very big reward goes out to photographer Xavier Nuez who not only gets into an amazing number of the top shows, but brings his own buyers to the shows:

I took this photo in Xavier's booth. The sign up was hanging on his…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 14, 2014 at 5:30pm — 8 Comments

Plein Air Mt. Lebanon Artists' Market

Hi Everyone!  Just finished my last outdoor show of the year in Mt. Lebanon, PA this last weekend.  Mt. Lebanon is a very well to do neighborhood south of Pittsburgh.  The show is put on in the PNC bank parking lot one block over from the main road (Washington Road).  

New directors took over the show this year and approached me at a show earlier in the year and invited me to exhibit there.  Now, I know several of my friends have done the show under the old management and have…


Added by Laurie Leonard on October 13, 2014 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Call for Artists: Honor a Veteran, A Gallery Exhibition

November 3-11, 2014
McAllen, Texas

McAllen Creative Incubator…

Added by Connie Mettler on October 13, 2014 at 7:18am — 6 Comments

The ZAPP Art Festival Conference - A Newbie's Experience

As some of you may remember, I won the full pass to the ZAPP Art Festival Conference from this year's pledge drive.  Well, it's been a long time coming, but I'm finally able to sit down and write about my experience there.

I flew from Oakland to…


Added by Alyx Morgan on October 12, 2014 at 8:31am — 6 Comments

ACC Baltimore Show

Hey everyone, just looking to get any info on this show since it will be my first time doing an ACC show. I have been juried into the Retail Only section for Mixed Media. What should I expect upon arrive, and set up ect ect, things like that. Thanks for any info that you can provide!


Added by Steven Lloyd on October 11, 2014 at 3:20pm — 4 Comments

ArtPrize $500,000 Results, including an art fair artist!

Results just in from the Grand Rapids, MI, marathon Art Prize (Sept. 24-Oct. 12) - over $500,000 in awards

Public Vote and Juried Awards: 
Two grand prizes worth $400,000 and eight category awards worth $160,000. Half decided by public vote, and half decided by a jury of art experts.

Since its inception the public (you and me) have gotten the chance to choose who gets the $$$. But, jurors got their…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 11, 2014 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

Stupid iPhone

A really stupid iPhone! While in my pocket, I just gave someone free prints! Stupid Square, I did not authorize a cancelled invoice. Now I'm out $42.70 form Hyde Park Square... Stupid iPhone and stupid Square...

Added by Scott Pakulski on October 10, 2014 at 3:43pm — 4 Comments

What it means to be a hispanic artist in United States of America in year 2014.

I just finish a set of seven shows in a row. Instead of making a review about the shows I found myself wondering about another issue.

I was doing a festival at Lincoln Nebraska. My rule is not talk about politics. After the first day I was wondering why my neighbor was giving weird looks all day long. I look around and it is weird to be the only color person in the area. Some how he mention to me “ a cowboy will always be a cowboy, a red neck will be red neck, a black will always be a…


Added by Oscar Matos Linares on October 10, 2014 at 1:00pm — 25 Comments

Where to ACC Baltimore

Hi guys....I juried into the retail section of ACC Baltimore and they sent me a map of the arena and asked me where I want to be, apparently when you send in your payment (ouch, ouch, ouch) you get a choice. Has anyone done the retail section before or just knows the layout of the place to recommend why is a good spot there? All of those places have dead spots and it's hard to know just looking at a huge map ( the show is a monster it seems). Grateful that this website is a plethora of…


Added by margaret luttrell on October 10, 2014 at 9:29am — 4 Comments

Call for Artists: Old Island Days Art Festival

February 21 & 22

Key West, Florida

Whitehead and Caroline Streets

10am-5pm daily

approximately 100 exhibitors

Deadline: October 15

This nationally recognized event attracts fine artists from across the country to this beautiful historic area of Key West.  Exhibitors include…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 9, 2014 at 9:15pm — No Comments

America's Best Art Fair or Craft Show?

2nd Annual Survey 

What show is a "must attend" event for you each year?

In 2013 thousands of art fair lovers and artists nationwide completed our 1st survey telling us what their…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 9, 2014 at 7:41am — 1 Comment

Fellow artist is asking for your vote.

G3 Studios - a small woodworking business in Northern, MI  is asking for your vote for a chance to win $150k from Chase. We need 250 votes for a chance to win. Do it because, you can, you want to support another artist.... Just do it!  All votes are greatly appreciated. …


Added by yvonne holland on October 9, 2014 at 7:30am — 13 Comments

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