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One more for the Gipper...Art and Book Fair, 57th Annual

I had heard about this show from one of the volunteers at another Wichita show and thought I'd try another new show as I've been wait listed by so many other shows in the last 18 months. This is actually a new iteration of an old show. Perhaps they should have renamed it and not gone with the ..."57th Annual" part. The show was held in the parking lot adjacent to the Wichita Art Museum at the same time as the annual book fair, not a bad idea, people that read like art don't they? What I…


Added by S Brian Berkun on May 23, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Lubbock Arts Festival 2016 - 38th Annual

It's a little late come'n around, but you don't need this info till next years application cycle anyway! Thought I'd do something different and try out the Lubbock Arts Festival. It IS something different. The good: It's an indoor show! Given all the crazy weather that has hit Texas lately more shows should consider this. I know it is lovely to be outside, etc, etc but given the expense that artists go through to be at any given show and have it ruined by weather? In the case of this show…


Added by S Brian Berkun on May 23, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

New Twist On Scams

I'm glad they've been working so hard to rid Africa of all those scammers, or is it just the same old scammers with a new scam? I'm so glad to be one of the lucky beneficiaries!

The last one I dealt with was audacious enough to have an email address of: (name not withheld so as not to protect the fool!)


This is to inform you that we…


Added by S Brian Berkun on May 23, 2016 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Tequila/Elvis What is the Meaning of Life at Art Shows Report

(with apologies and thanks to Nels Johnson who posted this on AFI a while back):

So this is my kuleana (that is a  Hawaiian word that means a gift of the spirit) to all of you out there.  

HOPES AND DREAMS. Never give up. We are all special. Nobody can fire us, not a lot of people can feel that way. You are your own boss, nobody gets to tell you what to do. You are the…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 22, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: Summerlin Festival of Arts

October 8 & 9

Las Vegas, Nevada

Presented by:  Summerlin/The Howard Hughes Corporation

10am-5pm both days

100 Artists…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 22, 2016 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Call for Artists: Color National Art Show in NYC

July 23-August 14 

Brooklyn, New York

Presented by: Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition

500 Artists

Deadline: June 2

Application fee: EarlyBird $45/3, 
Final Deadline: $65/3, $5 each…

Added by Connie Mettler on May 20, 2016 at 7:06am — No Comments

Prizes for Pledges!!

Here we go again! and's shameless promotion asking for your help in keeping these useful sites alive and well. From May 15-May 31 we are asking for donations to our PBS/NPR style 7th Annual Pledge Drive. Will you…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 17, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Podcast: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Next Podcast: Thursday, May 19, 5 pm ET

Stories from Art Fair Land

How do you earn a living as an artist? Let's talk about the pleasures and the pitfalls of choosing to be an artist in the U.S. This episode will either have you running…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 16, 2016 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

Gummed Up at Gumtree

Last weekend we were in Tupelo, Ms. for the Gumtree Festival.  For those who do not know, Tupelo is the birthplace of Elvis, and as you might expect, there were Elvis references all over town. Our only previous experience with Tupelo was about 10 years ago when we were on our way to Memphis to catch a flight and spent a frustrating 30 minutes trying to locate the Starbucks.  It was in Krogers. As we drove out of town with our coffee we were impressed with the new development we saw.  It has…


Added by Craig Roderick and Sara Beck on May 16, 2016 at 11:42am — 2 Comments

What happened last weekend, May 13-15, 2016?

1. Watercolor painter Scott Hartley won Best of Show in Belleville, IL, at Art on the Square. Scott has been participating in art fairs for 37 years. I remember being next to him at Art and Apples in Rochester, MI, many years ago when you could buy an original for $10. Those were the days!

More about this show and Scott: …


Added by Connie Mettler on May 16, 2016 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Belleville: one GREAT Art Fair!

I can't say enough good things about this terrific show. From the $115,000 in pre paid Art Bucks bought by the community, to the donation made by Wells Fargo bank to fund elementary school kids to pick out and buy artwork for their schools, to the reasonable size of invited artists (105), to the lunches and breakfasts and dinners supplied for free to the artists, to the excellent venue in around the fountain in the square, and to the people of Belleville who come…


Added by John Leben on May 16, 2016 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

Workhouse Arts in Lorton, VA

Did anyone do the show last year (its inaugural year)? I see no reviews or mentions. Would love to know about organization, attendance, etc. Thanks! 

Added by carrie jacobson on May 16, 2016 at 7:23am — 6 Comments

Don't be Invisible at the Art Fair!

Don't be Invisible at your next show or event!

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Added by Connie Mettler on May 15, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Daniel Ng Death

From Go Fund Me - 

"It is with immeasurable sadness I have to announce the death of our talented, humble friend--one of our most cherished gallery artists--Daniel Ng. Daniel passed away over the weekend in Dallas, TX while at an art show."

I did not know him, but love his paintings. He sounds like a pretty amazing guy. 

Added by carrie jacobson on May 15, 2016 at 11:51am — 3 Comments

Call for Artists: 4th Annual Transit Depot Fine Art Festival

July 23-24
Monterey, California 

Fisherman's Wharf 
Presented by: CWB Events
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
70 Artists
Deadline: May 21
Booth fee:…

Added by Connie Mettler on May 13, 2016 at 4:54am — No Comments

New Discussion Forum - Ask the Photographer

There's a new forum on Art fair Insiders called Ask the Photographer.

I've been working with artists for years, walking them through getting better jury images of their artwork. Here are examples of my own jury image photography.…


Added by Larry Berman on May 12, 2016 at 10:26am — 2 Comments

Last Call: Funky Ferndale Art Fair - 3 days to deadline

September 23-25

Ferndale, Michigan

Downtown Ferndale

Fri. 3pm-7pm; Sat. 10am-7pmSun. 11am-6pm

110 Artists

Deadline:  May 15…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 12, 2016 at 9:32am — No Comments

Fish Bowl vs. Privacy and why do we shows

"The thing I remember best about successful people I've met all through the years is their obvious delight in what they're doing......and it seems to have very little to do with worldly success. They just love what they’re doing, and they love it in front of other people" Fred Rogers

So why do you do shows? Is it about loving what…


Added by Sandy Walker on May 11, 2016 at 8:00pm — 9 Comments

Take-down tip

A few shows ago, I made a change that has helped speed my (still-slow) take-down and load-out process.

I try as diligently as possible to only touch everything once.

So instead of picking up a painting, putting it down, finding its traveling cover, picking it back up, putting the cover on, putting it down, hauling the dolly around and putting the painting on the dolly, I arrange things so that I pick the painting off the wall, put the cover on it and put it on the dolly without…


Added by carrie jacobson on May 11, 2016 at 12:00pm — 6 Comments

Arts and Crafts Festival, Crozet, VA, May 7-8, 2016

This is my second year doing this show, which takes place in an absolutely gorgeous spot in the mountains of west/central Virginia.

My first year was not a bang-up show, but was solid enough that I thought I should try again. I live in Virginia, so it was not such a long drive (5 hours).  In addition, I'd been amazed and honored to find that the show had chosen my art for their postcards, posters and program this year - and I thought this might help with…


Added by carrie jacobson on May 11, 2016 at 9:50am — No Comments

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