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Call for Artists: 42nd Annual CenterFest

September 17 & 18
Durham, North Carolina
Presented by Durham Arts Council…

Added by Connie Mettler on May 5, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Who should win the award?

From my mailbox:

Hi Connie,

I work on the arts festivals for _____ ____ on ___ _____.  We have a show in the fall, where we try to attract more fine artists, and we provide judging and cash awards.  We have one unique very talented artist who has attended for the last several years.  She has won the top prize every year for the past several years.  Some of our return artists have begun grumbling that she…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 4, 2016 at 11:31am — 7 Comments

Hobart Lakefront Art Festival

Looking for info on the Lakefront Art festival in Hobart, IN in August

Added by lori kay on May 4, 2016 at 8:12am — 5 Comments

Call: Grove City Town Center 6th Annual Wine and Arts Festival

June 18
Grove City, Ohio
Presented by: …

Added by Connie Mettler on May 4, 2016 at 8:07am — No Comments

Panoply...Huntsville Alabama

Last weekend we were in Huntsville, Alabama for Panoply, which is a community festival of the arts.  There are three music stages,  food vendors, arts activities for the kids, and an Arts Marketplace.  The venue is Big Spring International Park in downtown Huntsville.  The Arts Marketplace is set up along a sidewalk the surrounds a small lake and on the street that runs between the park and a performing arts center. If your booth is on the street you can drive right up to your spot and…


Added by Craig Roderick and Sara Beck on May 3, 2016 at 8:16am — 2 Comments

Bayou City Going Away Party

Got home today from Bayou City Spring Festival in Memorial Park, Houston, TX.

I just live 205 miles from the show and I am not sure I should continue doing this show even though it is so close.

Now a little background.... this past weekend was my (I believe) 37th year in a row in the show.  If I lived 206 miles from the show I might just give it up.  My time at the show dates back to the old Westheimer Arts Fest. days.  The show was at deaths door some twenty years or…


Added by Dave Piper on May 2, 2016 at 9:02pm — 9 Comments

Call for Artists: Belle Isle Art Fair

August 6 & 7

Detroit, Michigan

Presented by Integrity Shows

Deadline: May 15

Application fee: $25; Booth fee: $295-$590…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 1, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Tricks of the trade

Melanie Rolfes:  I love to read your show reports – they are always full of useful information.  One of the things in your reports that always baffles me is how you get your booth set up and broken down so quickly.  It takes my wife and me between 5 and 7:30 hours to load in and set up our booth, and 3 to 4 hours to break down and load out.  And that is for a single Trimline, not the double you are setting up.  How you are able to get it done in 1:30 hours and 45 minutes amazes me.  What is…


Added by Reid Watts on April 30, 2016 at 9:25pm — 27 Comments

Downers Grove

I just checked the site and I couldn't find any write-up for the Downers Grove show, mid-September. Anyone out there done this show? Any comments? It is one of Amy Ardmur's Chicagoland shows. She does so many in that condensed area during the good weather months. Is that a good thing or bad? Is it just too saturated with shows that the buyers are fed up; or, are there so many shows because one can't feed enough to the beast?

Added by Kathleen Caid on April 29, 2016 at 5:26pm — 3 Comments

Call for Artists: Open Juried Exhibit

Opening Reception June 3  

Vallejo, California

Presented by: Georgia Galleria

20 Artists

Deadline: May 15

Application fee: $25

The open juried exhibit is aimed to attract…

Added by Connie Mettler on April 29, 2016 at 4:30am — No Comments

Arlington And Fairfax VA

I am In the middle of the spring marathon of shows. First marathon for me so as already stated my reviews are a bit shorter and pics not included. Just completed two HAE shows in the DC area. Arlington and Fairfax. I have reviewed Arlington a few times already so if you want more info search here on AFI. Fairfax was a first time event for HAE.

Love love the DC area for sales. Have done Arlington as a single show traveling from Atlanta and well worth it. Was excited to have another…


Added by Melanie Rolfes on April 28, 2016 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

Call for Artists: 40th Annual Frankfort Art Fair

August 19 & 20   …


Added by Connie Mettler on April 28, 2016 at 1:27pm — 1 Comment

Magic City Art Fest Award

Here is the award i received at the Birmingham magic City Art Fest last weekend. My wife took the photo and I whited out my face so it wouldn't wrinkle the ribbon...…


Added by Greg Little on April 27, 2016 at 5:53pm — 1 Comment

Melbourne Art Festival--not the sizzler it used to be

Melbourne is on the Atlantic just down from Cocoa Beach.

It sits inland on the cross a bridge, east, to get to Melbourne Beach and the ocean. It is about 50 miles east of Orlando.

So much for the geography lesson.

This show has been going on 30-plus years in its downtown location. Next year, they are moving the show north and slightly west to a large county park. I will get into the "whys" of that later.

This is a beachy community that thrives on surfers, space… Continue

Added by Nels Johnson on April 27, 2016 at 5:50pm — No Comments

Show/Event schedule for 2016

May 14-15  Norton Commons Art Fair, Prospect, KY 

May 21-22 Art in the Park, Leitchfield, KY

June 4-5 Art on the Green, LaGrange, KY

June 18 Homeschool Conference, Clarkson, KY

July 8-10 Berea Craft Festival, Berea, KY

July 19-22 Art Camp My Father's House Art Studio

Sept 2-3 East Bridge Art and Music Festival, Owensboro, Kentucky

Sept. 10 Whitefield Art Show, Highview Baptist Church football field.

Sept. 24 Fallin' for the Arts Show My…


Added by Paula Decker Haynes on April 26, 2016 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

St James hotel

As a lot of you know I've arranged discount hotel rates for St. James for many years and I'm doing so again this year. Last year I booked a block of rooms at the red roof inn which were quite nice. Last year I booked a block of 20 rooms and all were booked and some people missed out on the deal because they went fast. They are willing to give me a discounted rate again this year of $64.99 + tax which is up $5 from last year but $25 off their regular rate. I'd like to get a rough idea of how… Continue

Added by lori kay on April 26, 2016 at 1:21pm — 11 Comments

Magic City Art Connection

Last weekend we did the Magic City Art Connection which is held in Linn Park, Birmingham, Al.  First of all, Birmingham is our adopted home town.  We have lived in the area for 10 years and have attended to show in the past but this was our first year showing our work. Birmingham acquired the nick name "Magic City", not due to an over abundance of budding David Copperfield wannabes, but because of the rapid growth of the steel industry shortly after the civil war. The show was magic for…


Added by Craig Roderick and Sara Beck on April 26, 2016 at 12:37am — 3 Comments

Never do this show if you want to make any money

This week last weekend I did the 47th Art Fair at the North Shore Unitarian Church Il. that always had been good. So what went wrong? The show has been running 47 years and they have a processing fee which is only $25 nonrefundable and booth is a $100 for a two day show and they also take 15% of your sales. All this is not to bad but this year a new person was in charge and it was a nightmare. They used Facebook for advertising and I am sure they did not know how Facebook works. They sent… Continue

Added by Jan Hubbard on April 25, 2016 at 8:05pm — 3 Comments

Call for Artists: Mosaics - Missouri Festival for the Arts 2016

September 16-18
St. Charles, Missouri

Presented by the MOSAICS Festival Committee

100 Artists

Deadline: May 1

Application fee: $30; Booth fee: $295…

Added by Connie Mettler on April 25, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Chicago-Looking to purchase tent and or Pro Panels

Chicago- Looking to buy a used Flourish or Lightdome tent. Might be interested in Pro Panels as well

contact me at:

Added by Dorothy Mason on April 25, 2016 at 3:37pm — No Comments

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