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Added by Rei Dantes on September 30, 2014 at 8:56pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: 13th Annual Indian Wells Arts Festival

April 3-5, 2015  

Indian Wells, California

Indian Wells Tennis Garden

Deadline: October 14

(60 spaces held for second jury's Jan.6, 2015 deadline)

The Indian Wells Arts Festival celebrates its 13th year at a premier venue located in Indian Wells, in the heart of the Southern California-Palm Springs Desert Resorts Communities. This outdoor judged and juried art show will…

Added by Connie Mettler on September 30, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

How They do It in Portland, a Photo Essay

August 30 & 31, 2014 - Portland, OR - Art in the Pearl

Opening the show in the Pearl District

Everything is "Green" in Portland - ready for the…


Added by Connie Mettler on September 30, 2014 at 5:58pm — No Comments

art in the park, garden city kansas

This is a one day show in september in conjunction with fall fest. the lady who runs it is so unbelievably nice that its hard to write anything bad about the show, but Garden city is a shitbox.  the town is all grain elevators and feed lots and depending on the wind direction smells like rotting cow flesh.  I was there for about 30 hours and that was far too long.  There are a few people from what I've heard who have lots of cattle or oil money but i saw no evidence of it.  I mostly sold…


Added by megan mckinnon on September 30, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Why I do Art Fairs

This past weekend, I did a small, one day, art/craft fair, “Art in the Park”, in St. Louis, Missouri.  This is a yearly art fair with the proceeds going towards the maintenance of the park where the art fair is held.  This fair is held in Francis Park with the booths being along the two sides of a long, rectangular water lily pool.  The fair is held in late September and I have been told that for the past 5-6 years, the weather has been almost perfection, although this year, it did get a pit…


Added by Charles T. Dana on September 29, 2014 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

Fall Tennessee Craft Fair

Nashville has traditionally been a great market for me in the 18 months I've been doing shows here at Centennial Park near the Parthenon. It's a local show for me, only 40 minutes from my house so I just commute back and forth over the four day period (set up + 3 day show). 

Thursday set up was available from noon - 7 pm. I decided to wait until late in the day to set up and it was a sea of white tents completely closed up so I had no issue just backing up to my booth space…


Added by Matt Estrada on September 28, 2014 at 9:34pm — 9 Comments

ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan

That great big carnival of art is well underway in Grand Rapids Michigan. The event started last Wednesday (September 24) and runs until October 12. This is my 5th year participating in this incredible experiment in art.

The crazy thing about ArtPrize is that one artist will be awarded a $200,000 prize determined by popular vote. (This year there is also a $200,000 prize awarded by a professional jury as well.) It's the popular vote aspect that brings out a lot of silly entries, but…


Added by John Leben on September 26, 2014 at 9:30am — 9 Comments

Call for Artists: Franklin Square Holiday Market

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

November 28 - December 23 

at Franklin Square's Electrical Spectacle

Franklin Square, 6th & Race Streets

In conjunction with Franklin Square's Electrical Spectacle, the Market will be open to the public between 4pm and 8pm each day. Franklin Square will be open at 10am every day for its normal activities.

Brought to you…


Added by Connie Mettler on September 25, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Alexandria and Arlington VA art shows

I was in the DC area for two shows in a row.  Alexandria King Street Art Festival and Arlington Festival of the Arts.  Both just across the Potomac River from DC.  What a great area for an artist to be for 10 days. 

First Alexandria.   This was my third year doing this show and my third review.  It had always been one of my top shows of the year.  This year it fell on the same weekend as Atlanta Arts Festival, Atlanta is my home town and that has also been a good show for me.  I chose…


Added by Melanie Rolfes on September 25, 2014 at 4:00pm — 18 Comments

Art Fair Insiders on Creative Bead Chat

As a contributing author for Creative Bead Chat I write at least one article a month for our online group.  So far all of them have been about business building.  I just shared my experience being a member of Art Fair Insiders.

Here is a link to the article:

Creative Bead Chat - Art Fair Insiders

Added by Lynnea Bennett on September 24, 2014 at 9:51am — 5 Comments

Last Call for Artists: Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

March 20-22, 2015 

Winter Park, Florida

Central Park along Park Avenue

225 Artists

Deadline: September 26

The 56th annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious juried fine art shows.  It consistently ranks among the most highly regarded outdoor art shows in the nation a its artists compete for…

Added by Connie Mettler on September 24, 2014 at 7:29am — No Comments

Theres no place like Home......Kansas City Plaza Art Show Sept. 19,20,21

Just thought I would share this pix of the Plaza Art Show this last weekend in Kansas City.  I just love the way the tents look all lit up. On the left side you can see the band stage set up on the bridge.  I did not do this show but I am from Kansas and try to attend every year and take it in along with visiting…


Added by bonny hawley on September 23, 2014 at 10:55pm — 5 Comments

Torch Fired Enamel

Who knew when I purchased a kit and tutorial for enameling from Barbara Lewis that it would change my life?  I was looking for a way to stand out in a jewelry crowd and came across her web site Painting with Fire.  I couldn't order the kit fast enough.

The next year she had a book come out that hit #1 on Amazon Torch Fired Enamel Jewelry.  I also got to meet her and her husband at Philly Bead Fest and we became…


Added by Lynnea Bennett on September 23, 2014 at 11:04am — 9 Comments


Let me give you a little background about how I found this show, and then I will tell you everything about it--it is called giving you guys some real meat that you can digest and then make an informed decision about would it be a good fit for you.

Mind you, I am a photographer, 40 years on the circuit, so much of my info is from a 2-D point of view, but I have lots…


Added by Nels Johnson on September 23, 2014 at 10:28am — 4 Comments

Artists Retirement Plan

Gotcha! I know our plan was always to keep doing shows and then fall dead out of the chair at an art fair (actually, I know a couple of people who did just that), but if you don't believe that the Internet is your retirement plan, look no farther than this website and my others.

I took our…


Added by Connie Mettler on September 23, 2014 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

How do you handle your cash at venues?

My husband and i have been doing art fairs for 4 years now, and always try to be carefully strategic as to where to put our check out counter and cash area to ensure it is accessible only to us.  And until yesterday it was a great strategy.  Neither of us are certain how, but believe that it was toward the last minutes of the show that someone got in and took all of our $20 bills from below the till.  i am certain this was while i was distracted to the front of the tent by one customer, and…


Added by Barbara Pitorak Bloom on September 22, 2014 at 2:42pm — 30 Comments

Call for Artists: La Quinta Arts Festival

March 5-8, 2015
La Quinta, California
a short drive from legendary Palm Springs
10am-5pm daily
230 Artists
Deadline: September 30


What to expect:


  • Gross art sales in 2014 exceeded $3.1 million-an increase of $300,000 over 2013
  • Average…

Added by Connie Mettler on September 22, 2014 at 7:34am — No Comments

Art-A-Licious 2014

So this is a small fair in Adrian, Michigan. It's in it's eighth year. This year was my first year doing this show. My sales were not all that spectacular. I did just $487.50 at the two days at this fair. I was hoping to hit the $500 mark, but organizers decided to cut the fair short on Saturday because of impending storms. The call was made about 6:30 PM. The show was supposed to run until 8 PM. And we had a severe thunderstorm roll through the fairs while we were packing…


Added by Scott Pakulski on September 21, 2014 at 12:30am — 11 Comments


What do you carry?  What would you recommend?  Cost vs benefit?  Also, do you pack up every night or only when weather is an issue?  

Added by greg frankhouser on September 19, 2014 at 9:16pm — 6 Comments

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