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Kicked Out of the Louisville Court Show

So... here it is Friday morning, October 2; and I’m here in my studio instead of on the streets in Louisville. I’ve done Louisville several years running and I enjoy this show. It’s never been a great money maker for me, but, being my last show of the season, it has always helped me get over the hump before the winter shows start. I had always depended on some revenue from this show to help finance the winter booth fees.

When I applied to Louisville earlier this…


Added by John Leben on October 2, 2015 at 1:03pm — 7 Comments

Bodies vs. Buyers

When artists do not cover their expenses it is often because there were not enough qualified buyers at those events. This has happened to all of us. The issue is simply “bodies vs. buyers”, a concept we are all intimately familiar with. In a time where artists are failing at record numbers, the Show Director’s responsibility should be that of a ‘conservationist’. By ‘conservationist’ I mean how does the show; 1 - protect the artists as a national and cultural resource and, 2 - perpetuate the…


Added by Larry Berman on October 2, 2015 at 9:54am — 3 Comments

One of a Kind Spring Show - 6 Days Left to Apply

This is a sponsored post…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 1, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Armonk NY

Armonk Outdoor Art Festival in Armonk NY was this past weekend.  This show is in a small town about 30 miles north of New York City.  There are around 200 fine artists and fine crafters.  The work here is all top notch work.  The…


Added by Melanie Rolfes on October 1, 2015 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Lake Forest,Il Labor Day Art Show--A reall winner for all

RWhile waiting in line to set up for St. James, I thought I should report on this one. Plus Geri Wegner has egged me on.

Here goes.

Lake Forest is one of the last, and most wealthy, suburbs on the north shore of Chicago.

The show is produced by the local Deer Path art league. Can find the application on Zapp.

It is a Sunday and Monday show with setup early on Sunday.

About 200 exhibitors set up in a mellow enterprise. There is storage room behind booths, they have a… Continue

Added by Nels Johnson on October 1, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

New For Sale Forum

Groups will be removed by Oct 4th. Artists wanting to buy or sell art fair related equipment or supplies, should post to the For Sale forum:


Connie Mettler and Larry Berman

Added by Larry Berman on September 30, 2015 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Funky Ferndale, D.I.Y. and Rust Belt Market

Well, Funky Ferndale was indeed funky, exciting and chock-a-block with art lovers last week-end.  The D.I.Y. Art Fair takes place east of Woodward Ave. on Nine Mi.Rd. (in Ferndale, MI) and extends on through the city's library parking lot.  I don't believe this is a juried art fair but I could be wrong about is, however, delightfully quirky and attracts hordes of Ferndale hipsters and arty types.  On the other side of Woodward, also on Nine Mi.Rd., is the juried Funky Ferndale Art…


Added by Christina L. Towell on September 30, 2015 at 9:42am — 6 Comments

An "older newbie" in need of some advice...


I am a "mature" (back to school) college student in my last semester of a photography degree. 

I'm also an abstract painter, (with a degree years back.) Recently my long standing family company closed down, so I decided to do a "bucket list" by returning back to school, then trying one year of Art Fairs, and see if I qualified as the next Picasso!

I applied to 9-10 fairs, and I need some advice on a few things PLEASE.

-I was accepted to the first four, and…


Added by William Lee on September 30, 2015 at 6:13am — 13 Comments

Call for Artists: 12th Annual Artisphere

May 13-15, 2016
Greenville, South Carolina
Presented by:  Artisphere
120 Artists
Deadline: October 15…

Added by Connie Mettler on September 29, 2015 at 10:46pm — No Comments

Art at the Riverside - Leo-Cedarville, Indiana

Yesterday Connie and I traveled to Leo-Cedarville, Indiana to check out the Art by the Riverside show.  Actually, I was checking it out and Connie was judging the art work for awards.  This is a one day show held toward the end of September.  Yesterday the weather was perfect.  It was overcast and perfect to spend the day looking at art.…


Added by Jacki Bilsborrow on September 29, 2015 at 10:04pm — 3 Comments

First time at Virginia Beach Neptune Festival

So we found out this weekend what a fantastic organization does when faced with torrential rain and high wind forecast for a 3 day event on the boardwalk - you move the event into the convention center, and plaster every media format with ads and PSAs announcing the move.  And WOW!  

This event was the best attended indoor event we have ever done.  This change in venue was made 24 hours before the setup started. Unbelievable communications from Sharon Tanner, loads of help on site,…


Added by Alan Anderson on September 29, 2015 at 8:44am — 3 Comments

AnnMarie Gardens Artsfest '15 - The Good, the... wait, only good!!!

Artsfest is one of our very favorite events.  Extremely well run, great crowds, great customers, phenomenal volunteers and staff, beautiful venue, great area.  Setup is uncomplicated, although you may have to dolly a ways if you are on the 'wooded path', but they have big 4 wheel dollies to use, and if you have a disability, they are on the spot with golf carts to tote your stuff.  Break down is smooth, and you can set up a day early and break down on Monday if you prefer.  I guess some…


Added by Alan Anderson on September 29, 2015 at 8:35am — 5 Comments

Call for Artists: 22nd Annual Melbourne Fall Art Festival

November 6-8 

Melbourne, Florida

Presented by: Melbourne Main Street

200 Artists

Deadline:  October 8

Application Fee:  $32

Booth Fee:  $265



Added by Connie Mettler on September 27, 2015 at 9:10pm — No Comments

Pro panel cart or how do you carry them ?

Hi, finally got some used propanels down here in FL, "Happy girl", how do you transport your panels to your booth, do you buy the propanel cart or what, needing ideas that might save $$ but easy to use. Thanks, Jackie

Added by Jacquelyn Zajac on September 26, 2015 at 1:53pm — 12 Comments

Alexandria King Street Festival Review

This is my second time doing this show, first time blogging on AFI. It was my single best show in a still short art festival career. (I started exhibiting in art fairs in 2014.) Crowds were great with art savvy patrons. The weather cooperated. Alexandria, VA is a vibrant, fun, urban spot on the shores of the Potomac close to DC. 200 artist booths form a line (almost all back to back facing the sidewalk) the length of King Street from Union to Washington Streets in Old Town…


Added by Jill Banks on September 25, 2015 at 6:30pm — 9 Comments

Call for Artists: 5th Annual ArtWorks Art Studio Clearance

January 23
Waukesha, Wisconsin
Presented by:  ArtWorks Wisconsin
80 Artists
Deadline:  October…

Added by Connie Mettler on September 24, 2015 at 10:43pm — No Comments

Securing art work to panels


I am new at this, and have a question. I am in the process of purchasing a tent for my shows, and notice that display panels come in both mesh and fabric backing. Which one is better for hanging artwork (stretched framed canvas') and HOW do you attache the art to the panels? Thanks

Added by William Lee on September 24, 2015 at 7:09am — 5 Comments

Birmingham, michigan show,Ann arbor Guild Show--not that great

Used to be known as the Shain Park show.

People would go one day here and the next day to Arts n Apples.

Then they renovated the park and moved the show out to Old Woodward Avene,

The Ann arbor Guild took it over.

Never been the same show,

In stead of having space in a park with storage behind. You are crammed together down the middle of Old Woodward with two feet of shared space behind--gee a little bit better than HA gives ya.

Well, we set up. On Friday with the… Continue

Added by Nels Johnson on September 23, 2015 at 10:30pm — 5 Comments

Alden B. Dow Museum Holiday Art Fair 2015

I can't seem to find any information on this show, and was wondering if it would be worth while.

If anyone has input, it would be much appreciated!


Added by Kate Tillman on September 23, 2015 at 5:05pm — No Comments

Atalaya and the approaching Atlantic storm

For the upcoming Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival in Murrells Inlet, SC, AccuWeather is predicting over 4” total rain on Thursday (setup day) and Friday (setup / opening day), with showers lasting 17 hours on Thursday (with winds of 20-32 mph) and 20 hours on Friday due to an Atlantic storm coming onshore around Myrtle Beach that was thought to have “tropical characteristics” a few days ago.…


Added by Reid Watts on September 23, 2015 at 10:10am — 4 Comments

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