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Ann Arbor lives up to expectations

(photo by Melanie Maxwell,

It was hot. It was cold. It was windy. It was rainy and windy. It was great weather. Typical Michigan summer days…


Added by Connie Mettler on July 26, 2017 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Ready for those winds next weekend?

(a sponsored post)…


Added by Connie Mettler on July 25, 2017 at 6:26pm — No Comments

Tubac, AZ: Tubac Fall Arts & Crafts Festival, Nov, 3,4,5, 2017

I got a postcard from subject show today with an extended deadline (red flag IMO).  I did the February show in 2011 and was curious if anyone has done this one. I think it has been around only a few years since 2014(?). There is my review and additional comments about Tubac Feb show on this site.

Added by Richard L. Sherer on July 25, 2017 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Landscape Photography is it dead or is it dying a slow death at art shows?


I writing this blog post at the close of my career at being artist who sells photography at arts shows.  In the past 12 years I seen a lot of changes in what type of photography is being accepted at various 'A' shows and 'B' shows across the country.   There was a time early on when I was making really good money doing 15 to 20 shows a year.  Then of course the recession hit and then all of sudden to make that same type of money I ended having to double the amount of shows I…


Added by David Forster on July 20, 2017 at 10:40pm — 8 Comments

Call for Artists: 7th Annual Wilder Mansion's Holiday Market

WHAT:     7th Annual Wilder Mansion's 

                Holiday Market: One of a Kind

                Craft, Seasonal Gifts, and

                Gourmet Food presented by

                Brewpoint Coffee

WHERE:   Wilder…

Added by Connie Mettler on July 20, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Ever had another artist screw you over?

Have you ever had another artist basically screw you over? I have a rant.

At a show in Cincinnati last fall, I was talking to a jewelry artist I have run into at many of the same shows I have done. I was admiring the different style of his nicer pieces, and brought up that I had a large 2.25 pound block of lapis lazuli I have had for years, basically a big doorstop/paperweight to me, but maybe he could make a nice set of earrings and pendant for my wife's 50th birthday in…


Added by Joel Lockridge on July 20, 2017 at 9:20am — 28 Comments

Last Call for Artists: South Loop Art Fest

South Loop Art Fest

September 30 & October 1
10 am - 5 pm…


Added by Connie Mettler on July 18, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

What are they doing now? Photographer Jack Stoddart

Artists leave this business regularly, either just not "making it" at the fairs, or lured by other opportunities or taking an idea and building it into another chapter of their lives. Jack Stoddart is one of the latter. Well-known at the fairs for at least 20 years he has transformed into "Hippie Jack", a producer of music festivals with two missions: preserving American Roots music and feeding the poverty stricken in the hill country of…


Added by Connie Mettler on July 17, 2017 at 9:59am — 2 Comments

Call for Artists: 8th Annual Art on the Bay

September 2 & 3
New Baltimore, Michigan
Presented By: Art on the Bay, Inc.
90 Artists
Deadline: July 31

Application Fee: $15   Booth Fee: $140  …

Added by Connie Mettler on July 16, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Call for Artists: La Jolla Art & Wine Festival - 4 days left

October 7 & 8

La Jolla, California

Presented by: La Jolla Art and Wine Festival

150 Artists

Deadline: July 20
Fees: $25/Booth fee:…

Added by Connie Mettler on July 13, 2017 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Promotional Tips for our favorite Art Fair organizers

Finding fresh and new ideas to attract the public to your festival is a continual challenge. I just came across these two articles, a lot of food for thought:

  1. From the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition -- how about this?


    Beer & Art: The Perfect Pair

Added by Connie Mettler on July 13, 2017 at 11:17am — 12 Comments

Art in the Park, Steamboat Springs, CO; July 8-9, 2017, Review


I hope the analysis in this review will be helpful to artists new to the business.  This was the 43rd annual Art in the Park.  Steamboat Springs is better known as a ski destination and a number of Olympic skiers call it home.  During the summer, river activities, cycling, hiking and golf are popular resort activities.  A lot of wealthy people have summer homes in Steamboat Springs, and many own horses.  Access to Steamboat Springs is by I70 and US40 from Denver,…


Added by Richard L. Sherer on July 12, 2017 at 4:21pm — 5 Comments

WHO WON THE AWARDS? Cherry Creek Art Festival 2017

I think the Cherry Creek Art Festival probably gets more applications than just about any other show. Why?

  1. The 4th of July weekend doesn't have very many shows so not a lot of competition
  2. There is a…

Added by Connie Mettler on July 12, 2017 at 10:45am — 2 Comments

Being told our position on a wait-list

So frustrating trying to comprehend why providing artists their jury score and position on the wait-list of an event is such a difficult task for shows to perform.  A few do, very much to their credit and thank you to each and every show that does so.  Most do not.  Some actually get a pissy if you ask for the position on the wait list.

First point, we paid a jury fee for the jury process and that jury score.  Did we not?  And for that $25 to $50 jury fee, are we out-of-line to expect…


Added by Ron Mellott on July 12, 2017 at 10:25am — 25 Comments

Des Moines Art Festival--Killer Show for Most

If you jury into this show and are accepted, plan on bringing plenty inventory.

Melanie Rolfes has already written a thorough blog about the nuts and bolts about the show.

I will try to give unique insights:

  • I have done this show three times in the last 10 years.
  • It is not easy to get into. About…

Added by Nels Johnson on July 12, 2017 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

promoter--colorado events

Trying to get some info on and specifically their Handmade in Colorado Expo (Estes Park in Aug and Boulder in Oct).  They are downtwon Denver in Sept-but not ususally great luck there.

Any past experience?  Comments? 

Not finding much when trying to research them. Seems like a great idea in 2 great cities, just curious as to experiences that others have had. 


Added by DAYNA DROWN on July 11, 2017 at 4:19pm — 4 Comments

A Bad Year?

Just got home from Krasl, my 7th show of the year. A great spot for an art fair, a little resort town on Lake Michigan, beautifully run, so it feels more like being on vacation. Easy. Got off to a great start on Saturday but then things fizzled out so my sales ended up being just adequate. Like most of 2017. 4 Bridges in Chattanooga (okay), Southlake in Dallas (hideously bad), Three Rivers Pittsburgh (an okay profit but not worth 5 long days in a difficult show), Old Town Chicago (horrible… Continue

Added by Al Scovern on July 10, 2017 at 10:39pm — 22 Comments

Last Call: ArtWalk @ Liberty Station

August 12 & 13
San Diego, California 
Ingram Plaza
Saturday: 10am-6pm; Sunday: 10am-5pm
200 Artists…

Added by Connie Mettler on July 6, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments

What a weird year... recapping my last 6 shows

I don’t know how the year has been for most of you so far, but its been a weird one for me.  All my shows have been flip-flopped from 2016. 


Arlington in April was barely worthwhile in 2016, but this year I had a killer show even though Saturday was almost totally rained out so everything sold Sunday!  I did Art Birmingham in May (a first for me) and it…


Added by Britt Hallowell on July 3, 2017 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments

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