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Last April, 2015 when I was accepted for the July Jackson, WY show, I started looking for lodging for July 8-13.  In passing, I mentioned to Jean that there was an Airstream available through Airbnb.  She thought it would be fun and a diversion from the usual condo routine.  There was a favorable review and pictures, so I got it for $672.  The Host moved the Airstream from Wilson, WY into Jackson which was even better.  Friday July 3, I get an email from Airbnb that my reservation was…


Added by Richard L. Sherer on July 6, 2015 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: 4th CRAFT PHILA -Liberty Bell Fair

October 3 & 4

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Historic District

Sat. 10am-7pm; Sun. 10am-5pm …

Added by Connie Mettler on July 2, 2015 at 9:45pm — No Comments

Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival, Chicagoish

Hinsdale Art Festival was the second weekend of June.  There were many shows this weekend.  Old Town in Chicago, Wells Street Chicago and many others in the Midwest.  I spent many years in the Midwest and enjoyed all the city Chicago art shows as a young patron.  When I finally decided to try the Midwest as an originally only artist I threw the dice and went on Hinsdale this year. 


Hinsdale is a suburban community outside of Chicago.  Big old homes.  It seems that most of the…


Added by Melanie Rolfes on July 1, 2015 at 7:50pm — 14 Comments

Artegon, Finale?

Hello Everyone!

For those of you who have read my previous posts on the Artegon Marketplace in Orlando, FL, this should be my final one.

I am leaving at the end of my 6 month contract, and it is my opinion that no artist should try this venue until a couple of years go by. This is only my opinion, and you can take it for what it is worth. But I would highly suggest you do your own research before signing up.

There are 51 empty booths today, out of 165. Several artists…


Added by dean mackey on July 1, 2015 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

I hate to ask... but hey, that never stopped me before.

So, It's the first day of July and I am about to finalize my Fall schedule of shows and organize my whole life until Christmas. It certainly isn't a impetuous life we lead in this business....always thinking 6 months ahead and trying to make the funds to do that... while still making art and paying for that too. It's a roller coaster for me...I'll admit, with a great show, intermixed with some not so great and the wheel keeps spinning around.

I love it, it fits my temperament, but I…


Added by margaret luttrell on July 1, 2015 at 10:09am — 13 Comments

Carrie Jacobson & Crosby Gardens

When one of our active members shows up in my news feed I need to share it. 

Carrie Jacobson was in Norwalk, CT, at the Norwalk Arts Festival -- and they chose her for the article:…


Added by Connie Mettler on June 30, 2015 at 10:16am — 6 Comments

Booth Review

I would love to get some feedback on my new booth setup/shot. Many thanks in advance!!!!

Added by Dawn Lombard on June 29, 2015 at 1:13pm — 42 Comments

2015 Prizewinners at the Des Moines Arts Festival

Des Moines, IA - June 28, 2015 - The on-site jury of the 2015 Des Moines Arts Festival® presented awards to ten visual artists at an awards ceremony held this morning at Centro Restaurant in downtown Des Moines.   Ceramic artist, Michael Schwegmann was awarded Best of Show.  Zora Murff was named Best of Emerging Iowa Artists.

Michael Schwegmann received a BFA from the University of Illinois.  He has made ceramic…


Added by Connie Mettler on June 29, 2015 at 11:37am — 2 Comments

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Added by Connie Mettler on June 29, 2015 at 7:49am — 2 Comments

The Knoxville Museum Show

Has anyone done it and how were your sales & experience?  This is the 2nd year with application due this pm on JAS.  Thanks

Added by Lorrie Dallek on June 28, 2015 at 11:21am — 1 Comment

Easy Up Type tents

Once again the downfall of the Easy Up type tent was proven at Crosby Gardens. Almost all of the downed tents were of the Easy Up variety. We had 5 inches of rain in an all day rain. The majority of time when I see damaged tent from wind or rain they are primarily the Easy Up type tent.

If you are going to be professional, get a professional tent, and not picnic tent

Added by Wallace Fuller on June 28, 2015 at 11:18am — 24 Comments

Rejected by Crosby Festival of the Arts

So I was rejected this year by the Crosby Festival of the Arts. I don't know why. But that's the fate we are in. So, I'm here in La Porte, Indiana getting ready for Artigras! in New Buffalo, Michigan. My tent is up. So this is a new fair for me. So I'm am getting excited to be on new turf. This means my work will be judged by a new set of people. Yes, I will apply to Crosby next year. But this is the hand that was given to me. 2013 was my very first ribbon from Crosby. So I'm excited…


Added by Scott Pakulski on June 26, 2015 at 11:41pm — 14 Comments

Call for Artists: Fall Art Fair at Queeny Park

September 4-6
St. Louis, Missouri

38th Annual Fall Art Fair at Queeny Park
Queeny Park in West St. Louis County
Fri. 5pm-9pm; Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 11am-4pm…

Added by Connie Mettler on June 26, 2015 at 7:33am — 1 Comment

Objections, objections, objections

Just finished Jason Horejs' "How to sell art" (excellent book by the way, thanks Connie Mettler for recommending it!) and I thought I'd start a thread with objections and replies. You know, those things people say right after you ask them if they want to purchase your art, and what you say to convince them.

Here... I'll start:

- Objection: I have no more wall space left/Not quite sure how it'll fit with my other art in the room

- Reply: I guarantee that this piece will…


Added by Bruno Vais on June 25, 2015 at 11:02pm — 13 Comments

New CEO of Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Lots of us have been waiting to hear this. Who will (or possibly even can) replace Terry Adams as the CEO of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver? When Terry took over 14 years ago the organization was in very rough financial shape. An event of this scope needs a strong fiscally smart and responsible manager.

We were wondering if the job would go to Tara Brickell, the Associate Director, who has been acting CEO since Terry…


Added by Connie Mettler on June 25, 2015 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Lockport Illinois Old Canal Days...When a bad show goes from bad to worse!

I have kept a watchful eye on the Lockport, IL Old Canal Days Artisan Faire for several years. I have always been discouraged from doing this show based on my personal observations as well as feedback from exhibitors I have spoken with. Well this year I decided to give it a try because there were some who were encouraged by the fact that the city of Lockport brought in a new individual to organize and run the show. In my opinion as well as many others I spoke with at the show they made a…


Added by Rich Terry on June 24, 2015 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

I hate rain!!!!!

Lu and I after checking the radar and weather forecast decided to set up our tent and dry it out and clean it from the last show where we got caught in the rain as we were taking down our tent top. We also had a lot of seagull droppings on the top. Just as we were finishing setting up the tent a sudden storm out of nowhere dropped 1/2 inches of rain in 15 minutes. It blew the tent over the top of our trailer and into our garden before we could secure it down by holding on for dear life. Luckily… Continue

Added by Wallace Fuller on June 23, 2015 at 5:57pm — 3 Comments

Question for photographers - photo wall guides

Does anybody use photo wall guides to show prospective clients what a photo would look on the wall?

I found this site for wall guides but her designs are just too 'pretty' and conventional. The problem is that I couldn't find anything else out there.

What do other folks use?


Added by Bruno Vais on June 23, 2015 at 5:55pm — 1 Comment

Hey kids,

The last show I did was an inaugural show. Duh. Kick myself. I stood in freezing weather, and rain - in a location that was frequented by no one, sold not a thing... like most of the people around me. Booth fee, hotel, meals, gas...had to be $1K for zip.

I could bitch and moan about this business, but I signed up for it.

I have always wanted to control my career, and as we all know, we can't count on festivals to make a living...although many of you do, and I…


Added by sandhi schimmel gold on June 22, 2015 at 1:56pm — 30 Comments

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