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shows in Illinois

Hi my name is Sam I'm new to Art Fair Insider. Great to be here! Was wondering if anyone knows of good shows to participate in Northern IL/Southern WI area. Have heard great things about Step by Step promotions. Looking for more opinions. Thanks!

Added by Sam Shields on February 1, 2015 at 1:13pm — 3 Comments

Meet the Artist/Creator of LDA


Welcome to Lemon Drops Art. I began this business with a deeply-rooted…


Added by Alicia Eskanos on January 31, 2015 at 11:35pm — 2 Comments

Where have all the nice exhibitors gone?

Where have all the nice exhibitors gone?

This is not meant to offend anyone. Anyone who really knows me knows that I tell it like it is. And I use what happens to me to hopefully help other people.

I am a photo realistic watercolor artist. I began doing art shows in 1990. I have done them for quite some time. In 2011 I was in a crosswalk and a drunk driver on drugs in an F150 hit another F150 and that truck hit me and sent me flying in the air. My life as an artist stopped at…


Added by Kim Ward on January 31, 2015 at 4:30pm — 12 Comments

Ripped tent.

I bought a used dome tent last year. Unfortunately, during one torrential rain storm on a weekend when I was setting up, I didn't have with all of the roof supports. Get the picture! I have a 2-3 foot rip. I do not know how to fix it before I go back on the road. Any suggestions?

Added by Butch Harrison on January 31, 2015 at 3:21am — 3 Comments

How do you handle the fluctuation in income of your art business?

We are great at squirrling away some of the profits of the booming sales leading to Christmas, however it seems like some of the down months (January, February, March) when there is little of any art events going on, and our income drops sharply is just when all of the big applications are due.  We had thought we planned sufficiently for those costs, as well as operating expenses but this year we have underplanned, and find ourselves scrapping together funds to apply for…


Added by Barbara Pitorak Bloom on January 30, 2015 at 4:28pm — 7 Comments

Total Disconnect

I just received the result from the St. Louis Mock Jury and wanted to share my observations with anyone who might be interested.

To those who have been following my earlier blog:

I don't jury with the images that benefit from a great title, but I do jury with images that are distinctly different from "same-old,…


Added by R. C. Fulwiler on January 30, 2015 at 12:06pm — 6 Comments

Annual Report - 2014 AFI Community Art Stars

You've been busy, telling tales, giving advice, and sharing images of life on the road. As Barrie Lynn Bryant would say, "WOO HOO!" They will win the coveted "Community Star" award.

The votes for our survey have been tallied and the winners are: …


Added by Connie Mettler on January 30, 2015 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Call for Artists: Craft Phila-Liberty Bell, 2 Shows

May 16 & 17
October 3…

Added by Connie Mettler on January 30, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Call for Artists: 44th Annual St. Clair Art Fair

June 27 & 28  
Saint Clair, Michigan
Palmer Park & Riverview Plaza
120 Exhibitors
Deadline:  February 14…


Added by Connie Mettler on January 28, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: Smoky Hill River Festival

Fine Art Show: June 13 & 14
Four Rivers Craft Show: June 12-14
Application Deadline: February…

Added by Connie Mettler on January 28, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

Call for Artists: Great Lakes Art Fair

April 10-12  

Novi, Michigan
Suburban Collection Showplace
Fri. 1pm-8pm; Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 11am-5pm
200 Artists
Deadline: February 9



Added by Connie Mettler on January 26, 2015 at 8:33pm — 4 Comments

2015 Poster Unveiled at Coconut Grove

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival is one of the big ones, highly publicized, well-attended and in an amazing setting. They do all the PR, including holding a gala to show off their poster. The poster artist is usually someone with an international reputation.

If you are interested in knowing more about this show you should find…


Added by Connie Mettler on January 26, 2015 at 10:07am — 14 Comments

Call for Artists: Geneva Arts Fair

July 25 & 26 

Geneva, Illinois 
Downtown, 8 S. Third Street  

Sat., 10am-5pm | Sun. 10am-5pm  

presented by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce
175 Artists

Deadline: February 1   …

Added by Connie Mettler on January 25, 2015 at 7:21pm — No Comments

Joining National Trade Organizations and Clubs

I'm presently a member of Society of Gilders and have only been a member of the group since July, 2013. I've been a professional artist for nearly 25 years and only recently decided to take the plunge and pay dues to be a member of a national club. Pretty soon I will be joining another group since I can see the benefits to membership more clearly.

Why in the heck did it take so long for me to join? I dunno? I've investigated membership in various clubs ever since the…


Added by Barrie Lynn Bryant on January 24, 2015 at 7:04pm — 7 Comments

Paragon's Sarasota Winter Fine Art Festival (Jan. 2015): Strong, strong show

With a weekend off and dreary skies over SW Florida, it's a great morning for little except sipping coffee  (Note to self: Develop more hobbies!) So, let's give a shout out to Bill Kinney and his crew at Paragon, and also to the Weather Gods, for delivering a superb show at Sarasota last weekend (1/17-18/2015). (Note to readers: Paragon uses this same venue for shows held in November and March.)

I've reviewed the January installment of this show several…


Added by Geoff Coe on January 24, 2015 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Next Podcast: Let's Cross the Border! Canada, Here I Come


Most of my readers are U.S. based fine artists and craftspeople. Did you realize there is a whole other world just a few miles north of us with educated sophisticated people in big cities who may love your work? Think Montreal (metro pop. 3,824,221),…


Added by Connie Mettler on January 23, 2015 at 9:30pm — 8 Comments

Under the Christmas Tree- Huntsville--Need info

Hi Everyone,

Has anyone ever done under the Christmas Tree in Huntsville? I have a friend who is thinking about doing it. Any advice or comments would be appreciated. It's in the Von Braun (sp?) center.

Thanks a bunch!

Added by Susan Parry on January 23, 2015 at 8:31pm — 3 Comments

Jewelers Jury Images Used by Another jeweler

Jewelers Jury Images Used by Another jeweler

They say that lightning can't strike twice. Against all odds, for the second time, jeweler Michele LeVett had her jury images stolen and used by another jeweler to apply to shows. Someone saw her images on the Paradise City web site (a show Michele had never applied to) with another jeweler's name.

The exact same thing happened to Michele a few years ago.

The case is still developing. Michele just found out yesterday morning.…


Added by Larry Berman on January 23, 2015 at 6:22am — 4 Comments

Call for Artists: Art in the Park, Columbia

June 6 & 7

Columbia, Missouri

Stephens Lake Park

110 Artists

Deadline: February 9

The Columbia Art League is delighted to present the 57th Annual Art in the Park.  First held in 1958, Art in the…


Added by Connie Mettler on January 22, 2015 at 9:04pm — No Comments

Struggling to come up with a unified body of work? Wonder how different combinations of your images work together? was my gift to the art show industry.

There are two parts of the web site. One is free ZAPP formatting. Upload an image and it formats it 1920 pixels square with black borders, converts it to the sRGB color space and saves it under two megabytes. Then you download it to your computer and upload to your ZAPP…


Added by Larry Berman on January 22, 2015 at 8:28am — 2 Comments

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