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Wishing everyone well this winter

Wishing everyone well this winter and lots of show acceptances. Meanwhile our puppies are on vacation having fun.

Larry Berman…


Added by Larry Berman on December 18, 2014 at 8:10am — 2 Comments

What's Wrong with this Picture?

Added by Connie Mettler on December 17, 2014 at 8:00am — 46 Comments

Call for Artists: Uptown Art Expo

March 28 & 29
Altamonte Springs/Orlando, Florida…

Added by Connie Mettler on December 16, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

can anyone recommend some good spring texas shows?

Ive been waitlisted at the big ones, bayou, woodlands.  Are there any other decent shows for painters in texas or nearby in the spring. I'm either leaving florida to go to texas in late march for bayou city if i get in, or april then to the midwest for the summer. I travel full time so I'm flexible.  I've applied to many, but havent gotten a good schedule sorted out as of yet. 
So ya, looking for some recommendations, I havent done any in texas yet.

Added by megan mckinnon on December 15, 2014 at 7:53pm — 4 Comments

Booth Picture Tip

Booth Picture Tip

I've spend the better part of the past year writing about booth pictures. The article which ran in Sunshine Artist Magazine was reproduced here and on the ZAPP web site. If you haven't read it yet, here's a link:

I just ran into an unusual situation yesterday when contacted by an artist who had hired a non jury oriented professional…


Added by Larry Berman on December 13, 2014 at 8:27am — 24 Comments

Another one bites the dust...Do'in Tempe Festival of the Arts Fall 2014

2014 is almost done and so am I (both figuratively and literally). I started this write-up just sit'n in my room after a nice dinner at the Big Fat Greek Restaurant on Mill Ave. in Tempe, AZ waiting for sleep to grab me.

For a more thorough review of this show see my previous posts. And…


Added by S Brian Berkun on December 12, 2014 at 3:32pm — 3 Comments

Call for Featured Artists

I'm looking for 36 artists to feature and promote in the coming months, and have issued a Call for Artists. Deadline midnight EST December 19, 2014.

Visual artists in any medium who would like to submit their work for consideration to become a featured artist on…


Added by Carolyn Edlund on December 12, 2014 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Closing the Sale

December 12, 2014  20/20 is doing their show on "Closing the Sale."  I have been looking for some info on what exactly they will be covering and I can't find anything.  I did see the brief promo for it last week at the end of their show - you know when you are trying to catch the Christmas tree before it falls over and you aren't completely listening to the TV. 

I do know it is on closing the sale but I don't know if it is about helping the customer to not be talked into making an…


Added by Jacki Bilsborrow on December 11, 2014 at 1:15pm — 5 Comments

Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts - 2014

Here you go Connie, a short blog on Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts.

This was our second year participating and it truly felt like an entirely different show, different crowd, etc.  Last year we had a booth location that was close to the end of the show on a side street, plus we had to deal with the Pac 12 Championship Game on Saturday of the show and it seemed most of the attendees were not there for the art show, they were there for the game and didn’t want to buy anything…


Added by Ruth Finkenbiner on December 10, 2014 at 1:50pm — 4 Comments

Is Your State a Good Place for You? For Shows?

Loving this interactive map, a mood map of the U.S. Researchers found that even though we are called the United States, there is lots of differentiation from location to location. 

You knew that, right? You know the temperature of the Chicago crowd is not the same as the Tempe crowd? Or that Minneapolis doesn't equate…


Added by Connie Mettler on December 10, 2014 at 8:00am — 8 Comments

Detroit Urban Craft Fair

Well, I went, I saw, I was underwhelmed...not to say that there wasn't some really unusual, creative and interesting stuff there, there was but as far as fiber artists, I only saw one booth that had something similar to what I do - felted flower pots and bowls that were really quite nice.

The other fiber artists that were represented were mostly making crocheted infinity scarves and hats, which are…


Added by Christina L. Towell on December 9, 2014 at 1:00pm — 9 Comments

Naughty or Nice? Santa is Looking for You

3rd Annual AFI Secret Santa Gift Exchange 

It's that time of the year! The time where people from all over the world come together to do something nice for each other ...

Time is running out to join this year's merriment!

Ruth Jellema…


Added by Connie Mettler on December 8, 2014 at 9:39am — 3 Comments

Call for Artists: Embracing our Differences, Outdoor Art

April and May 2015 

Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida


Added by Connie Mettler on December 8, 2014 at 7:09am — 2 Comments

palm harbor seafood and art fest

this show sucks, and for some bizarre reason they decided to start charging admission this year so the returning artists said attendance was down 80%.  My neighbor at the show was in my opinion a complete art show genius, she does gem stones and dumped like 5000 of them out on a table so people could pick though and she didnt get an opportunity to sit down all day she was so busy. I think it was definitely difficult for me to sell high end paintings next to 5$ stones, but shoot, she's got…


Added by megan mckinnon on December 7, 2014 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

The Most Interesting Artists in the World

Can't help but share this quirky "call for artists" ...

Added by Art Fair Videos on December 5, 2014 at 10:39am — 7 Comments

Leesburg Art Festival - Last Call - one day left!

March 14 & 15

Historic Downtown Leesburg, Florida

Saturday & Sunday - 10 am to 5 pm

120 Artists

Deadline: December 6

In our 38th year, the Leesburg Art Festival is held on Main Street in Downtown Leesburg. Leesburg is located in the heart of Central Florida, equal distance from each coast.

The Leesburg Art Festival in…


Added by Connie Mettler on December 5, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Call for Artists: 66th Annual Old Town Art Fair

June 13 & 14

Chicago, Illinois

In the Old Town Triangle neighborhood…

Added by Connie Mettler on December 2, 2014 at 6:37pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival

May 15, 16, and 17

Reston, Virginia

Reston Town Center

10 am – 6pm Saturday, 10am – 5pm on…


Added by Connie Mettler on December 1, 2014 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

I am an introvert...


So on the art fair scene, I am still an introvert. I say "Hello" but probably nothing else unless someone ask's me a question. So my work speaks for itself? My sales this year were double of that of 2013. But how does an introvert interact with the customers coming into by booth? What advice would you give me to open up more with customers entering my booth? Are there other introverts in the art fair scene? And how have you done with being in this condition? I know I am kind of shy…


Added by Scott Pakulski on November 30, 2014 at 10:58pm — 29 Comments


I am new to  Artfair Insiders, and am curious if there is ever a show in Springfield, Mo. I wanted to attend a show sometime.    I am curious if most of the art shows are wall art.

I am a woodworker, and buid many different types of boxes, but have never set up at any show because of the expense in doing so, and the travel.    I have no storage room for booth shelves and a canopy, ect. at this point.   If I would do shows, I will have to make an investment in…


Added by Bill Mieswinkel on November 26, 2014 at 5:56pm — 8 Comments

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