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The Art Gallerist

I was just curious if anyone had any experience with selling with this online juried website? I applied and was accepted, but I don't know of anyone who has used it and was a little nervous to try it out. If it works as it says though, it could be a pretty nice tool. I'd really like to hear from anyone who has had experience with them.

Here is the link:

Added by Christopher Meredith on November 25, 2014 at 11:38am — 3 Comments

Grand Rapids' Successful ArtPrize coming to Dallas

All of us folks in Michigan have been ga-ga for many years about the amazing work and the social activity that takes place in late September in Grand Rapids at the $500,000 ArtPrize.

Guess what folks? The people in Dallas want an ArtPrize too. Texas artists take note ... this is an amazing opportunity to have your most fabulous work entered into this popular competition and a crack at the very BIG prize money.

From the…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 24, 2014 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

Here they are - America's Best Art Fairs - 2014!

Thanks to all of you who participated in the survey and shared it with others. Our second annual best art fair survey is all tallied. The purpose of the survey is to bring attention to the best shows in the country and promote "art fair tourism."



Added by Connie Mettler on November 24, 2014 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

St. Joe's Krasl Art Fair Director Resigns

Sara Shambarger, director of art fairs at the Krasl Art Center, resigned on November 21, the organization announced. Shambarger spent 19 years directing the popular Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff, and three years leading the Artisan Market fundraiser for the St. Joseph art center.

The popular St. Joe art fair was started in 1962 and has been a loved local tradition, increasing in…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 23, 2014 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Call for Artists: Cherry Creek Arts Festival


Added by Connie Mettler on November 20, 2014 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Podcast: 2014 Winners - Best Art Fairs in America!

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21 - 3 PM ET has just finished its 2nd annual "America's Best Art Fairs" survey and we'll be announcing the winners. 

We asked our mailing list of over 50,000 art fair patrons what was the best art fair in the country and had an amazing nationwide response. Nearly 90% of the respondents completed…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 19, 2014 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

Oscar Wins Post of the Month!

Congratulations to Oscar Matos Linares and thanks to him for his poignant and personal post, "What it Means to be an Hispanic Artist in the United States of America in year 2014." The members have chosen it as the "best in…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 19, 2014 at 12:11pm — 2 Comments

Holiday Art Fair

So, I did do the Guild's first year show in Ypsilanti, Michigan; The Holiday Art Fair. It was at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center. Saturday of the show was kind of slow. Most of the artists that I talked to, sales were down. That was for me too. Just making over a $100 on Saturday.

But the Guild called me on Thursday to be on television. Yes, I would not pass up any free exposure. So at 8:18 in the Sunday morning I was interviewed by Fox 2 Detroit for my art…


Added by Scott Pakulski on November 18, 2014 at 10:00pm — 7 Comments

Call for Artists: Bethesda Fine Arts Festival

May 9 & 10      

Bethesda, Maryland

Presented by Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District

Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 18, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Three Rivers Art Festival, Covington LA

Three Rivers Art Festival in Covington Louisiana was this past weekend.  What a fun show to do.  This was my first year showing here.  I have family in Louisiana, so last year when I was asked to be a roadie I figured I would go check out why so many talented artists do this show which is in a small historic area…


Added by Melanie Rolfes on November 18, 2014 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Giving discounts at art shows

A while back, there was a post about giving discounts at art shows. Some artists refuse to give discounts to potential customers at shows, stating that it is an insult. While I agree with this to a point, I have managed to turn this around on several occasions. When someone asks me if I will take less, I simply tell them that I am always willing to take less for people who make multiple purchases and for past customers.

Over the years, this has worked wonders for me, not only…


Added by Bob McGill on November 18, 2014 at 12:30am — 13 Comments


As you may remember, I blogged recently about how my booth was destroyed overnight while I was exhibiting at this fine festival in October.

Today, I received  a check from them to recover all my damages to my display.

It restores my faith in art show promoters having integrity and caring about…


Added by Nels Johnson on November 17, 2014 at 4:44pm — 6 Comments

Call for Artists: 23rd Annual Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club Fine Art & Fine Craft Event

January 17 & 18

Venice, Florida

Venice Airport Festival Grounds

Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

200 Exhibitors

Deadline: December 1


  • Independently juried event
  • Cash Awards
  • Exhibitors may park immediately…

Added by Connie Mettler on November 16, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Video: Reinventing an Art Fair Career - Amos Amit

How making changes in his art enabled Batik artist, Amos Amit, to revitalize an art fair career that started in the 1970's, engaging his old customers and finding a new audience to appreciate his work. It also brought awards and acceptance at even more of the top shows. This is engaging and strategic…


Added by Art Fair Videos on November 16, 2014 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

has anyone done St pete holiday or palm harbor

does anyone have any info on either of these december florida shows? 

palm harbor is 12/6-7

St pete is 12/20-21

any info would be great.

Added by megan mckinnon on November 15, 2014 at 8:28am — 2 Comments

Call for Artists: 2014 Lakefront Festival of the Arts

June 19-21

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee Art Museum

180 Exhibitors

Deadline: November 25

Join us for the Lakefront Festival of Art (LFOA) in our magnificent setting at the Milwaukee Art Museum.  The award-winning,…

Added by Connie Mettler on November 13, 2014 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Choosing the Right Wholesale Crafts Market - An Opinion

With 4 wholesale crafts markets scheduled between January & mid February, how does one decide which show to choose? If you are a first timer there are several factors to consider.

  1. Is it wise to choose the ACC's new & cheap Hip Pop offering? Being the 4th and last show there will be fewer buyers attending a show that has shown a discouraging history in recent years. Those buyers that do show up will have depleted a major portion of their…

Added by Connie Mettler on November 13, 2014 at 5:52pm — 14 Comments


Just spent three hours hosing off all my panel covers, tarps and awnings--after the dust-bowl at Pensacola.  I guess it was worth it, would have rather been working on my short game--but, that's show biz.

Read on, it's worth it.

This show is on a weekend in November with lots of options for doing…


Added by Nels Johnson on November 13, 2014 at 5:30pm — 15 Comments

20 Tips: Getting into the Show and Making $$ When You Are There

We recently hosted a podcast, "The No Mistake Mistake Art Fair Career: 10 Tips from the Experts"

Our guests were Larry Berman and Bruce Baker. Larry focused on getting into the show and Bruce focused on make…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 12, 2014 at 7:30pm — 5 Comments

2nd Annual Mountain Arts & Craft Celebration - November 1 & 2, 2014

A BIG thank you to Harry & Dena Abell, and all of the volunteers of the Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park, for hosting a wonderful event!  In spite of the cold weather (we even had snow flurries early Saturday morning!) we had a profitable show.  Harry, Dena and the volunteers were friendly and helpful, and went out of their way to make sure that everyone was as comfortable and happy as possible - including providing a delicious, home-made breakfast and…


Added by Ellen Ruckstuhl on November 12, 2014 at 3:23pm — 3 Comments

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