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Added by Larry Berman on October 31, 2014 at 11:27am — No Comments

Manifesto for an Arts Business

Did you listen to the podcast with Nawal Motawi from Motawi Tileworks? Nawal has a ceramic tile studio that employs 30 people. Her business wins awards for its culture and commitment to the local community. It even has a manifesto: for the workplace to be healthy, emotionally and physically while taking great craft…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 29, 2014 at 9:36pm — No Comments

Best of the Northwest October show

The show was held in Hanger 30 on the Magnuson park grounds.  Set up and tear down was easy with parking at 4 doors to get in and out.  Artist that had purchased electricity found it easy to access from their booths. plenty of booth sitters and an energized organization. 

The show boosted 110 artist and charged a hefty price to be there.  There was also a charge at the front door, but that allowed patrons access throughout the weekend and for the next show that will be held in…


Added by Pam sharp on October 29, 2014 at 6:21pm — 3 Comments

Time to focus on my Etsy shop...

With only two more events for the rest of the year and I won't be back until April or May of 2015, it's time to focus on my Etsy shop. These are the highest months for my shop. I've already had four orders in October. This is what I do. I have a Etsy shop and I do art fairs. But since I live in Michigan, this is the hibernation season for the art fairs. I am trying to get up to 100 items in my Etsy shop. That is…


Added by Scott Pakulski on October 28, 2014 at 11:30pm — 6 Comments

Call for Artists: South Miami Rotary Arts Festival

February 21 & 22 

Miami, Florida

31st Annual Festival

Downtown South Miami on Sunset Drive

10am-6pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday

145 Exhibitors

Deadline: November 5

Started as a small show in 1984, the event has grown into one of Miami-Dade County's most anticipated festivals. Dozens of…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 24, 2014 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

Podcast: Turning a BFA into a Robust Ceramic Tile Company

Tuesday - October 28 - 3 pm ET

Nawal Motawi joins us to talk about her journey from art school graduate to founder of an award-winning Ann Arbor-based nationally known art studio, Motawi Tileworks, that creates unique handmade tile reflecting the classic…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 23, 2014 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Is This Film or Digital

Is This Film Or Digital?

While this post can certainly be read on its own, it is actually part two of my previous post “Invitation to a Narrative.”

So we were discussing some of the questions folks sometimes pose when they visit my art fair booth. I saved the most difficult to answer for last - “Is this film or digital?” Difficult because I don’t really know what they are getting at. Is the question, which is often also posed, “Did this really look like this or was this… Continue

Added by David Frank on October 23, 2014 at 9:53am — 5 Comments

Invitation to a Narrative

Lots of people come through my art show booth every time I am in a show. Surely, some walk in, take a quick look around and leave without anything verbal passing between us. Fine. But many, perhaps even most, enter into some sort of conversation.

"How did you do this?" they ask.

Or, "Where was this taken?"

I would like to respectfully suggest that these are not productive questions to pose. In my world, each photograph is an invitation to enter into a narrative.… Continue

Added by David Frank on October 22, 2014 at 11:00am — 15 Comments

Can't find that pesky information? A few tips

Tip for writers on -- readers too

"Why can't I find something I know is on this site?" "What happened to my show review?" "Where is that information about the best tent, show, lodging deal, funny story, jury tip, safety idea, etc.?

This site thrives on your participation and your stories, questions and reviews. Thousands…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 22, 2014 at 8:30am — 11 Comments

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 — 11 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 — 37 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 — 6 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 — 5 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 — 7 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

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