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Promoting Your Work, Part I - the Business Card

"Art is making something out of nothing and selling it." - who said this?

You're at the show. People are interested in your work they are about to leave (empty handed!!). And they turn and say,

do you have a card?

Your reply: Sorry, I don't want to be bothered when I'm not at the show. I'm here now. What can I do for you?

do you have a website?

Your reply: the show is my livelihood, what can I do for you?

how can we get in touch…

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Added by Connie Mettler on August 1, 2014 at 11:46am — 8 Comments

A study you might be interested in

I received this today as part of a newsletter from the Indiana Arts Commission and thought you all might want to read about how happy we all are whether we knew it or not.

National Study Suggests People Involved Professionally in the Arts are Happier

Studies of happiness and well-being suggest that participating in the arts should lead to increased life satisfaction, self efficacy,…

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Added by Christine Heisler on August 1, 2014 at 9:41am — 1 Comment

Call for Artists: 3 Howard Alan Events

Arlington Festival of the Arts - Sept. 20th & 21st, 2014

In September, Virginia will be the place to be! We're back for our 12th year for the Alexandria King Street Art Festival on September 13th and 14th. This is always a great…
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Added by Connie Mettler on July 29, 2014 at 9:48pm — No Comments

Art on the Mall 2014

Well, it's been another successful one day show. I beat my last year's totals by about $50. But this year more people came through my booth because I requested a different booth location. I put last years map back into this post because I changed from booth 53 to booth 14. While no framed pieces sold, but just a lot of 5x7s and 8x10s plus postcards, that means that I had higher traffic though my booth this year.

Art on the Mall is produced by the University of Toledo's…

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Added by Scott Pakulski on July 28, 2014 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

The loss of a wonderful artist - Jim Barbagallo

Many of you probably know the very friendly and sweet Jim Barbagallo of Raku Pottery, out of Rockford IL.  Very sadly, Jim passed away on July 11.  Jim was one of the very first artists that i met when I began art shows years ago.  I will never forget how friendly and kind he was to me as a newbie.  And he always checked in with me at any shows where we happened to be at together.  He always had a smile for everyone.  He will be very missed.…

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Added by Teresa DeVer on July 27, 2014 at 11:43pm — 4 Comments

Interesting Words from Ann Arbor

I had a great time this year at Ann Arbor.  Amid the lovely, heartfelt compliments there were a few comments I "collected" and thought you all might get a chuckle out of them...

Two separate buyers assured me I shouldn't worry because my work would be "going to a good home."

A lady with a very obvious Chinese accent and a large camera pointed at my ceramic art:

"Is all of this made in the US?"

Another  lady scrutinizing the sculpted ceramic…

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Added by Christine Heisler on July 27, 2014 at 8:30pm — 9 Comments

ProPanels...Cable Hanger or Hanger Kit...That is the Question!

I've just switched over from mesh panels to ProPanels after many satisfied years of the former. I wanted to be able to do indoor shows without having to use my tent frame, or any frame for that matter. It looked cheesy and I wanted a more professional look, but I digress.



What I would like to know from a users perspective is what works. What do I mean by what works? Well I bought cable hangers for the pro panels and found that they tend to slip and slide towards the middle with 2D… Continue

Added by S Brian Berkun on July 27, 2014 at 7:30pm — 8 Comments

Trimline Mesh Panels vs. Propanels

Hello, I just had my EZ up tent collapse at the Akron Hardesty Park show last night in a torrential downpour. The gods were watching out for me though, because none of my work, miraculously, was damaged. So I tomorrow am buying a Trimline for sure. My question is, for displaying my photographs, is it acceptable or a good idea to buy Flourish's mesh panels, or is it necessary to buy Propanels? I currently am using metal grids, that are going the way of my tent (the dumpster). I just don't…

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Added by Jeneen Hobby on July 27, 2014 at 11:34am — 10 Comments

Chicago Botanical Garden and Central Pennsylvania Fest (State College/Penn State)

What to me in the last two shows and one that I was hoping to get in but did not happen. So finally got time to write these two shows reviews but one it had discuss widely. Main reason I was in the wait list for Geneva, IL show run by EM Events but I could get in. I sad about because I won a merit award in this show last year and was my best show of last season. Anyone I hope to ear good things from this show even as I write the weather could be nasty at some periods during this weekend. I…

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Added by Oscar Matos Linares on July 25, 2014 at 8:42pm — 3 Comments

For your enjoyment

I stumbled across this today and just had to post this.  Here are 25 amazing sculptures from all around the world.  It would be hard to imagine a world without sculptures.  Take a look:

http://pulptastic.com/25-stunning-sculptures-world-pics/

My favorites are the Passersby in Poland and…

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Added by Jacki Bilsborrow on July 25, 2014 at 6:10pm — 3 Comments

Prizewinners: 2014 Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff

St. Joseph, MI - July 12 & 13

Best in Category

Acrylic -   Tim MacDonald

Clay Functional - Rob Wiedmaier

Clay Non-Functional - Karen Bell

Digital Art - John Ames…

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Added by Connie Mettler on July 25, 2014 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

More Ann Arbor - I Saw the Whole Thing! almost

Ann Arbor, MI - July 16-19, 2014 - 4 shows in one and plenty to see

Yes, it is true, Ann Arbor's weather was exactly what you want for an art fair. I was there the first day. I've attended it since 1976 (exhibited in one or the other of the shows from 1978-2006).

In our part of the country it is a rite of summer. At other shows in the region artists…

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Added by Connie Mettler on July 25, 2014 at 3:02pm — 4 Comments

The Very Last Call for Sandy Springs Festival in Georgia!

September 20 & 21 

Heritage Green

Sandy Springs, Georgia

120 fine art and fine craft booths

Deadline: July 25

 

Highlights:

  • Present your art to an affluent, art savvy clientele
  • Extensive Marketing through paid advertising, media…
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Added by Connie Mettler on July 24, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

HELP!!! I need suggestions

I am preparing for my first art festival.  I have a 10' x 10' tent but I don't have walls.  I need some suggestions for walls.  What works the best.  My art is on wood so it does have a little weight to each piece.  Thanks for your help :)

Added by VICKI HAMENDE on July 23, 2014 at 2:47pm — 4 Comments

To go or not to go or...Life is what happens when your making other plans.

I was on my way back home and had been mentally preparing to go to my next show in Grand Junction, CO after having survived the long week in Oklahoma City at the end of April. My wife informed me over the phone that her father had taken a turn for the worse.



Let me back up a bit. Five years ago my wife had resigned her position as an administrative assistant in the police department, after much decision making anguish, to return to New Mexico to take care of her mother whose…

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Added by S Brian Berkun on July 23, 2014 at 1:44pm — 13 Comments

A Bolder Boulder Arts Festival

Years ago I had done shows hosted by Downtown Boulder, Inc. on the Pearl Street pedestrian mall but gave them up due to the fact that they were underwhelming. The last time I did one was 7 years ago. In the interim, 4 years ago, the OpenArts people decided to expand on their mission and held a show that no one attended. It was held in a nice open area adjacent to a shopping mall in Boulder but apparently the word didn't get out.

OpenArts is known, at least in part, for hosting the…

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Added by S Brian Berkun on July 23, 2014 at 1:34pm — 15 Comments

Arts in the Park - Kalispell, MT Disappointing again :(

Well, this was attempt #3 at this show for me and I'm pretty darn sure it is my last. 

This show is held in Downtown Kalispell, MT at Depot Park. It's a great (mostly shaddy) area. The layout is always tricky and easy to get lost and miss booths but this year the organizers did a much better job to help keep dead zones from happening. The volunteers come around every so often to ask if you need reprieve. I was in an area close to the food, music stage, and right next to the…

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Added by Kim Shirley on July 23, 2014 at 10:27am — 4 Comments

The Horror!

Cackling and horrified, I untied the loose knots holding up curtain backdrop as quickly as I was able. Thankfully and blissfully, the curtains dropped to the ground. I clipped the curtains shut and hung as much weight on the bottom of the curtains as I dared.



Giddy laughter would not stop bubbling from my lips. Again and again I looked in disbelief at the photo I had just snapped of my booth. I could not have set up, framed or imagined a more perfectly horrible image of my…

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Added by Lynda Wallis on July 23, 2014 at 10:07am — 19 Comments

Artegon Visit....some details

I went to Artegon (Orlando) yesterday and talked to Zack Goldberg about getting a space. He is very helpful and friendly, if you have other questions or want to talk to him, his phone number is 401-368-9071.

Mall - they are refurbishing an old mall. Construction is looking good. Mall looks like an * asterisk from above, with anchor stores on radiating out from a central flattened ellipse, which is where artegon will be located. right now there isn't much traffic at the mall,…

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Added by dean mackey on July 23, 2014 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

Call for Artists: Edgewater Fall Art Fair

September 27 & 28
Chicago, Illinois
Presented by Edgewater…
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Added by Connie Mettler on July 22, 2014 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

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