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Staged Booth Photos and the Jury Process - well why do you take them and why weight them so highly?

I have been wanting to have event promoters discuss this topic for quite some time, but never got around to posting it: Why do juried events accept STAGED (FAKE) BOOTH IMAGES for evaluation purposes and then weight them so highly?

Truth is, most on site booth set-ups do not resemble the submitted jury images. They do NOT usually show browse bins, density of merchandise marketed for sale, signage in use at the show, and that often many exhibitors move their displays…

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Added by Mark V. Turner on August 3, 2015 at 2:54pm — No Comments

A Gift of Love & Toni Mann

Creating in our studios, loading up those vans, setting up the tents, meeting the buyers all part of the art fair business all pales beside the wonderful friends we make along the way and the real social network of the artists connecting with the rest of the art fair…

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Added by Connie Mettler on August 3, 2015 at 2:48pm — No Comments

Back in Tech Hell

This week is the week I'm all set to get a lot of work done on my websites. Monday morning up and ready to go. So, Connie, why aren't you doing that instead of writing this post?

1. I upgraded to Yosemite OS a few weeks ago and haven't been able to figure out how to scroll as the bar wasn't there so I couldn't update some sites, in particular CallsforArtists.com. Finally got that figured out.…

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Added by Connie Mettler on August 3, 2015 at 11:18am — No Comments

Proof that work is not buy/sell (Receipts)

This issue has been dragged thru the mud many times but thought i would add to it.   Doing a show in Prescott Az. that is put on the Mountain Artist Guild.   Shows in prescott have a reputation for letting a LOT of buy/sell into their shows.  But this year I read that those doing clothing are required to have receipts for their materials.   Am hoping this will become a trend with the MAG shows but will see.  When i went to get my booth suggested that everyone supply receipts for their…

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Added by Steve. Apple on August 3, 2015 at 2:30am — 5 Comments

Call for Artists: Huntley Artfest

August 15 & 16 

Huntley, Illinois

First Congregational Church of Huntley

Sat. 10am-5pm

Sun. 10am-4pm

75+…

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Added by Connie Mettler on August 2, 2015 at 8:47pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: 12th Annual Wooster Arts Jazz Fest

September 19
Wooster, Ohio
Presented by: Main Street Wooster
Wayne Center for the Arts, Rotary Club of Wooster and Wooster City School District…
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Added by Connie Mettler on July 30, 2015 at 5:29pm — No Comments

Prizewinners at Ann Arbor's State Street Show

Bet you know some of these folks: 

3-D Best of Show: Douglas Richard, Wood, Satsuma, FL

3-D Honorable Mention: Christopher Brautigan, Sculpture, Toledo, OH

3-D Honorable Mention: Lisa Gastelum, Jewelry, Portland, Oregon

3-D Honorable Mention: Linda Jones, Jewelry,  Centerville, IN…

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Added by Connie Mettler on July 30, 2015 at 10:15am — No Comments

Chincoteague Blueberry Festival

Just wrapped up our 3rd year at this show.  Once again we had a great time, enjoyed the venue, and made money.  While this is not our best income show, we love the venue, love Chincoteague Island, and turn this into a real vacation.  We spend 10 days at an expensive RV Park, eat fantastic seafood and such, work 3 days and go home with more money than we arrived with.  Sam Serio is the promoter here, and it's his only event.  Advertising is great, organization top notch, and product mix is…

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Added by Alan Anderson on July 29, 2015 at 7:20pm — 7 Comments

LAST CALL for Artists: 11th Annual Brookhaven Arts Festival

 
October 17 & 18
Atlanta, Georgia
Presented by: Brookhaven Community Foundation
125 Artists
Deadline:  July 31

Application…
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Added by Connie Mettler on July 28, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Boulder CO Open Arts

Did not get into Cherry Creek this year:(  But still wanted to go out west from Atlanta and beat the heat.  Last year won best in show for Open Arts Fest on Pearl Street in Boulder CO and it is a great town.  Here is the review.

Boulder is an awesome town.  People have money, people are quirky in a good…

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Added by Melanie Rolfes on July 28, 2015 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

COLUMBUS ARTS FESTIVAL 2015----DOWNTOWN JUNE--NOT GREAT FOR MOST

This was my second summer show, and usually it is a killer--this year it was a bummer.

Part of the reason was the rain--we had a dire forecast and it held true.  On Saturday we covered up, then reopened, only to have to do it five times.  It killed the crowds and sales.  That is usually one of the biggest days…

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Added by Nels Johnson on July 28, 2015 at 4:32pm — 7 Comments

BaconFest, anyone?

I am intrigued by the notion of a whole festival dedicated to bacon. I think this is the second year of the show. Did anyone do it last year? Any feedback? I am an oil painter; the show is in Savannah, GA. Deadline is July 31. Thanks! 

Added by carrie jacobson on July 28, 2015 at 7:26am — 2 Comments

Mountain Weather In The West

A colleague in Cody, WY just posted a picture of snow in Jackson on July 27, 2015. For my flatland friends that have not experienced mountain weather in the west.

Added by Richard L. Sherer on July 27, 2015 at 7:13pm — No Comments

summerfaire,CINCINNATI--MY FIRST SUMMER SHOW

If you followed my recent Ann Arbor blog, then you know I have been a little tardy on reporting about summer shows.

So Cinci, at Coney Island, was my first.  It kind of fit the tenor for how my whole summer has been going.  Read on.

I am a photographer, from Florida, but live in Michigan five…

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Added by Nels Johnson on July 27, 2015 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Call for Artists: 8th Annual Summit Art Festival

October 9, 10 & 11

Downtown Lee's Summit, Missouri

90 Artist booths

Deadline:  August 10

Application at …

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Added by Connie Mettler on July 27, 2015 at 8:14am — No Comments

ANN ARBOR ART FAIR--THE GUILD SHOWS ON MAIN ,LIBERTY AND STATE--SLOW AND LOW

Well, it has been a while since I did a show blog.  Here goes--about this year's Ann Arbor {AA}.

I am in the Guild show on Main Street, it was my 30th year doing AA shows--it was also my most putrid year for AA.

Each morn before the shows opened, I walked to various other shows there.  Trouble…

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Added by Nels Johnson on July 26, 2015 at 4:15pm — 36 Comments

What Am I Doing This Week-End...I Thought You'd Never Ask

Maybe I missed it but I couldn't find the discussion on What Are You Doing This Week-End, so I decided to start my own...on Friday I had a consultation with my Art Mentor, Andrea Rosenfeld.  For those of you not familiar with her, she started the Detroit Art and Business Institute (D.A.B.I.) and works with artists to help them with the business side of art, something I clearly need help with...so with her good advice, I'm off and running.  In fact, I was contacted on Saturday by someone I…

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Added by Christina L. Towell on July 26, 2015 at 9:11am — 2 Comments

ann arbor

does anyone out there have contact info for the director of the ann arbor show? we were part of the s. state st. show which i believe they also call the guild. are there many directors under the umbrella of a main diector? not sure how they work it. any help would be appreciated.

Added by johnnie dobson on July 24, 2015 at 10:46am — 3 Comments

Call for Artists: The Falls Festival of the Arts - new show!

October 24 & 25 

Miami, Florida

Presented by:  Unlimited Sales Group Inc.

125 Artists

Deadline:  August 1



Application Fee:  $25

Booth Fee:  $395…



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Added by Connie Mettler on July 23, 2015 at 7:21pm — 7 Comments

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Added by John and Camille Staropoli on July 21, 2015 at 11:27pm — 1 Comment

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