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Thanks and Giving Artist Market - Pleasant Ridge, MI

This was my first real show and I didn't really know what to expect.  I was attracted to it because it's close to home, the booth fee was only $30, which included one 6' table and two chairs and I was able to bring along another table of my own.  The show hours were also appealing, 6 to 9 on Friday evening and 10 to 4 on Saturday.  So, not a huge investment, great location, affluent area...all good, right?

So, on Friday evening they had appetizers and wine for show-goers and…


Added by Christina L. Towell on November 23, 2015 at 9:59am — 2 Comments

DeLand (FL) Fall Festival Prize winners

Added by Connie Mettler on November 23, 2015 at 9:26am — 2 Comments

Call for Artists: 24th Annual Venice-Nokomis Winter Art & Craft Festival

January 16 & 17
Venice, Florida
Presented by Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club
Venice Airport Festival Grounds
Set up: Fri.…

Added by Connie Mettler on November 22, 2015 at 7:51pm — No Comments

Autumn Festival and Arts and Crafts Affair.

This weekend I am at the Huffman Productions Autumn Festival in Villa Park, IL. I just finished two of their other shows Omaha and Shakopee.

i have done many of their shows over the years and overall they put on a prettu good event. The new venue in Omaha, Ralston Arena is an extremely nice facility although navigation through the show can be somewhat awkward. But most everyone I spoke with seemed to have a pretty successful show.

Canterbury Park in Shakopee had record attendance but… Continue

Added by Rich Terry on November 21, 2015 at 2:13pm — 7 Comments

Call for Artists: Cherry Creek Arts Festival

July 2-4

Denver, Colorado

Cherry Creek North Shopping District

250 Artists…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 20, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

Gilmore Shows

Does any one have info about the Gilmores show? Looking for info about the Myrtle Beach show.

Thank you

Added by Joe Weaver on November 19, 2015 at 6:42pm — 1 Comment

Maitland under the stars--Starry,starry nights with no Art Bites

Show was last weekend in a wealthy Orlando suburb.

Les Slezneck convinced the Rotary Club to run this show til 10 PM on Friday, and 9 PM on Saturday. God knows why.

Big awards attracts big time artists, the show has 150 exhibitors, and all of them are good.

Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the crowd it attracted.

This is a long-standing show, and in its day, sales sizzled.

Ah, those are the days my friend.

I showed up Friday morn for setup and found out I… Continue

Added by Nels Johnson on November 19, 2015 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

Mock Jury

ZAPP and the Saint Louis Art Fair are offering artists an opportunity to have their images critiqued through a Mock Jury.  Whether you are new to the digital application process or looking to improve your jury submissions, all artists are welcome to attend and learn! 


Need not be present to participate in the Mock Jury.  

The jurors comments will be emailed to you.

 Here’s how it works:

  1)     Create a FREE user account or login…


Added by Cindy Lerick on November 19, 2015 at 12:41pm — 4 Comments

Podcast: Winners! 2015 "Best Art Fairs in America" Survey

Friday, November 20, 2 pm ET has just finished its 3rd annual "America's Best Art Fairs" survey and we announce the winners. Our survey is the only national online look at the country's juried art fairs and craft shows, designed to reward the festivals that…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 18, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Fairhope and alternate show

Fairhope used to be a very decent show but has slipped in last 5 years. They do get 150,000-200,000 or so attendees but many are also going to the Art Center show down the way. That show always struck me as the "sad sister" to the Chamber show. It's not a high end show for sure. And the sad kicker is that several shops and outsiders set up "also booths" to capture sales although they are not in either show. The public does not know this and probably does not care. And the Chamber & City…


Added by JEFF LEEDY on November 18, 2015 at 11:34am — 2 Comments

having trouble with the afi website

I do not know if i am the only one. but when i get on afi and put in groups One group comes up (organizers and directors).  I try to bring up other groups that i am in, but nothing comes up.  I get a message that says i am not in any groups.  how do i fix this problem and is anyone else having this problem

Added by Steve. Apple on November 17, 2015 at 11:37am — 5 Comments

Nissan Van

I've had my Nissan van - the tall one - for two years now. I've racked up 90,000 miles in those years, and until Saturday, never had a problem. But on Saturday, 30 miles or so from home, on my way back from Virginia Beach, I ran into and killed a deer. 

The event was awful. It was dusk, and it's hunting season, so I was watching. It didn't matter. One instant, the road ahead of me was open. The next minute, a large deer was there. She died instantly, and I think there's a small…


Added by carrie jacobson on November 17, 2015 at 7:53am — 7 Comments

Anyone here go Bling show in Highland Park Illinois ... total bust

Just got back from Bling show in Highland Park..Amdur productions show..I don't know what to think about her shows.She did a nice show, had munchies for artists and if they needed anything, they were accommodating..can't complain about that.. Amy even went through and purchased a few things from cheaper artists to help out..

Jury fee was only $15, we paid $450 for the space and $75 for electricity, inside venue, but half the exhibit space you'd have in a normal set up.. Good thing I…


Added by Michelle Robison on November 16, 2015 at 11:03pm — 6 Comments


I know the Eastern Shore Chamber puts on the March Fairhope show but there is another run concurrently and I can't seem to find a link to it. Anyone know? I'm too late for the Chamber app, wondering about the other.....

Added by Kevan Breitinger on November 16, 2015 at 6:02pm — 8 Comments

We like our News scary and our Art safe, apparently

Unless you are selling your artwork to an art museum of some kind, your artwork is probably destined for somebody’s living room. 

And, apparenty, this is what people want in their living rooms:

  1. a couch, obviously
  2. TV, novels, video games, all preferably featuring variations on  murder and war.
  3. Art that is the opposite of murder and war.

Over the years, I notice what I can and cannot get away with: Animals are ok.…


Added by Kathy Ross on November 16, 2015 at 2:11pm — 17 Comments

Call for Artists: 54th Annual Lakefront Festival of Art

June 17-19

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Presented by the Milwaukee Art Museum

175 Artists

Deadline: November 24

For over fifty years, the Lakefront Festival of Art has been bringing art to life on Milwaukee's lakefront. This three-day fund-raising event has evolved from a gathering of a handful of artists in 1963 to a vibrant, exciting, and wide-ranging…

Added by Connie Mettler on November 15, 2015 at 7:47pm — No Comments

A proctologist's point of view...

I do about 25 shows a year and as most know I make women's handbags. I know many of the people who would be considered my competition but we all know each other and we are vey friendly and discuss issues, shows, how the season is going, what's new in their lines, etc. This morning I stopped in to talk with another bag maker that I have never spoken with before just before the show opened. I just wanted to tell him that I liked his work.

He was talking with someone so I just stood… Continue

Added by Rich Terry on November 15, 2015 at 12:39pm — 20 Comments

New website to sell from ?

Hi, Well I haven't updated my website in a long time and would now like to update it and also add the ability to sell from it? I would love any suggestions on what program to use and/or who to host it ? I need something easy to edit as I'm not a computer geek. 

Added by Jacquelyn Zajac on November 14, 2015 at 3:33pm — 5 Comments

Hijacked Computer

 I got an e-mail from an artist that had their computer hijacked Wednesday by installing an Adobe Flash update that turned out to be a virus. There was a segment on the Today show about it this morning and they recommend paying the money to get your files back. All the files on the computer are encrypted and the hijackers want $500 within 96 hours to get everything back. 

She can't afford $500.

I've been working with her for over ten years and can provide a…


Added by Larry Berman on November 12, 2015 at 4:00pm — 14 Comments

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