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Call for Artists: Images - A Festival of the Arts

January 27-29

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Presented by: Atlantic Center for the Arts

Fri. 1-5; Sat. 9-5; Sun. 10-4

230 Artists…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 20, 2016 at 10:59pm — No Comments

Another view of the Bayou City art show.

I am excited that Melanie Rolfes had such a great show. And wrote such a great review.

She is a really good writer who gives great Insights and I was so happy to meet her.

She is a pistol. We had a lot of laughs.

I was worried about how she would do at this show with her color abstract paintings. Obviously, she blew them away and went home with a lot of moola.

I felt I should write from another point of view--the artist who needs a lot of customers to make a good… Continue

Added by Nels Johnson on October 19, 2016 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Chicago Art Show at Navy Pier?

Has anybody done this show? Booth prices suggest that it is a gallery-oriented event. Organizers are based in West Palm Beach(I think that is a suburb of Chi-Town). Usually at events in venues of this sort union labor is required to "touch" all of your items in-between the loading dock and your booth. Anything?

Added by Paul Flack on October 19, 2016 at 10:19am — 1 Comment

Kentuck Festival of the Arts October 15 and 16, 2016

Last weekend we displayed our work at the Kentuck Festival of the Arts in Northport, Alabama. This show is difficult to get in to so we felt fortunate to be accepted on our first try. This show started as a Folk Art only event 45 years ago.  Folk art is still the main focus of the show, but other mediums are now included.  Our work is the antithesis of folk art so we were a little concerned about how it would be received.  Our worries were unfounded as we had a great show.



Added by Craig Roderick and Sara Beck on October 18, 2016 at 7:57pm — 2 Comments

Chicago's One-of-a Kind Show: Questions

I'm a 2-D artist selling prints of my digital paintings. I'm exhibiting at the One-of-a-Kind Show at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago for the first time. Two questions for you 2-D artists who have done the show in the past:

1. Should I bring my Pro Panels? Do most 2-D artists use them, or is it better to just stick with the white walls and use nails to hang things? 

2. Booths are given four track lights. Should I order a couple more? How's the lighting?

Thanks, John

Added by John Leben on October 18, 2016 at 11:39am — No Comments

HI~ We are needing to purchase an awning for a 10X10 EZ UP.(WHITE)

We prefer to buy a new one, but if you have a used one that's white, clean & in good condition, please send a picture on here, Thanks!  Kathleen & Steven

Added by Kathleen V. Smith on October 18, 2016 at 2:00am — 3 Comments

Call for Artists: Palm Beach Contemporary


Added by Connie Mettler on October 16, 2016 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Opening A Gallery: A followup

Well, I've done it. I've signed a lease on 1000 square feet of gallery in downtown Douglas, Michigan. We'll open for business in May. YIKES! Yes. It's crazy. Most galleries fold in a year or less. And, yes, I can show my work to more people on one weekend at an art fair, than I will probably reach in an entire season in my new gallery. But I'm still gonna do it. Here's why:

1. I did a test run a few years back in a gallery space on the highway outside of Saugatuck and Douglas. I kept…


Added by John Leben on October 15, 2016 at 2:50pm — 7 Comments

A Space Coast alternative?

My head is spinning from trying to figure out what happened with Cocoa Beach and the Space Coast Art Festival. Lots of confusion about why it was cancelled, whose fault it was and the challenge of receiving refunds for the artists (which I have heard are in the mail).

So, let's move on. If you're open that weekend and looking for a sweet show, run by artists, nearby, check this out:…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 14, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Call for Artists: The Yes Store - a pop-up boutique

November 3-December 24

Santa Barbara, California

Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center

Suite 101 (next to Nordstrom's)

50+ artists

Deadline:  October 17

The Nation's longest running artisan holiday…

Added by Connie Mettler on October 14, 2016 at 7:26am — No Comments

Bayou City Arts Festival Downtown and Zapp Conference Houston TX

I haven't posted in awhile. I have been busy so figured I would limit my posts to new shows for me. …


Added by Melanie Rolfes on October 12, 2016 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

Preparing for wind

I did a show in downtown Philadelphia this weekend where there were heavy wind gusts.  Saw 1 tent (not sure of the brand, not an EZup, but was aluminum) have its one front leg lift up 7 feet off the ground and onto the tent next to it. Saw another tent (a Trimline) end up upside down on the other side of a 4 foot fence that ran behind our booths. …


Added by Michael Reimer on October 11, 2016 at 12:38pm — 25 Comments

Preaching to the Choir, or how Customers should behave

Belleville, IL, hosts one of the finest art shows in the country, the Art Fair in the Square.  Seems like they are out there prepping their audience all year. Here's an article from the etiquette writer of the Belleville News-Democrat, Dianne Isbell, including such ideas as:

(Disclaimer -- she calls the exhibitors vendors, not artists -- still this all applies)

1. Do not take…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 10, 2016 at 11:00am — 8 Comments

Call for Artists: 13th Annual Artisphere

May 12 & 13, 2017
Greenville, South Carolina 

Presented by: Artisphere

135 Artists

Deadline: October 13

Application fee: $30; Booth fee: $400

Despite its short history,…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 9, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: 15th Indian Wells Art Festival

March 31-April 2, 2017
Indian Wells, California
Presented by:  Indian…

Added by Connie Mettler on October 6, 2016 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: 41st Spring Tempe Festival of Arts

March 31-April 2

Tempe, Arizona

Downtown on Mill Avenue

10 am to 5:30 pm

300 Artists

Deadline: October 10

Application fee: $35

Artist Booth Fees: A 10 x…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 5, 2016 at 10:30pm — No Comments

St. James Court Art Show--yeah it is the original, but it's age is showing

Well, I am sitting in a kickass sushi restaurant in Austin, Texas enroute to Houston on Friday for the Bayou show. Shot pics in Clarksdale, Mississippi (Blues flavored city, think juke joints). Shot in Helena, Arkansas, Tuesday before King Biscuit Blues Festival starts, spent that night in Texarkana, just a pit stop there is nothing here to get excited about.

Which gets me back to here.

St. James, a legend in their own minds, now in its 60th year, is a fading maiden, long past her… Continue

Added by Nels Johnson on October 5, 2016 at 10:00pm — 8 Comments

Call for Artists: ARTNADO


Added by Connie Mettler on October 4, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

What is America's Best Art Fair? 4th Annual Survey

What show is a "must attend" show for you, on your calendar every year? 

In the last three years thousands of art lovers nationwide have completed our annual survey telling us what their "must attend" art fairs are and why.  …

Added by Connie Mettler on October 4, 2016 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

Call for Artists: The Woodlands Waterway Art Festival

April 7-9
The Woodlands, Texas
Presented by:…

Added by Connie Mettler on October 2, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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