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Call for Artists: 40th Annual Columbus Winterfair

December 2-4

Columbus, Ohio

Ohio Expo Center

430 Artists

Deadline: July 8
Application fee: $27; Booth fee: $390-$765…

Added by Connie Mettler on June 30, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Who are your customers? And who are YOU, for THEM?

Recently, on a private Facebook artist group, an artist asked for advice on dealing with a challenging customer on a custom order.  (The details aren't important here, and I don't have permission to share them, anyway.) 

I read the comments already posted.  Some were helpful, some (a bit snarky) maybe not so much.  And I was about to weigh in with my own two cents, and then I remembered a quote (from Albert Einstein, I think), along the lines of: "To solve a problem, don't engage…


Added by Geoff Coe on June 30, 2016 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Your Art in Thieves Hands

Criminals have struck again

Last month California jewelry artists lost their inventories in two separate thefts.. Deborah and Kevin Healy of Healy Designs had their jewelry stolen from their van when they stopped at a restaurant after a show. In a separate incident, Laurie Lehman of Floral Jewels lost her…


Added by Connie Mettler on June 30, 2016 at 10:16am — 5 Comments

Breaking down fast or enjoy the ride

So there is a large group of artists who break down really fast and get the heck out of a show. I am part of this group. I usually post my out time after a show to let people know about the logistics. Off the written record the group of fast break down artists compete with each other:). Just another fun thing we do. Honestly it gets stressful and takes strategical planning. It is awesome to get the heck out and get on the road and/or get back to home or hotel for a cocktail.

This past…


Added by Melanie Rolfes on June 28, 2016 at 10:30pm — 30 Comments

Call for Artists: 38th Annual Greater Cincinnati Winterfair

November 25-27 

Covington, Kentucky

Northern Kentucky Convention Center

Presented by: Ohio Designer Craftsmen
220 artists
Deadline: July 8
Application fee: $27/Booth fee:…

Added by Connie Mettler on June 28, 2016 at 9:33pm — No Comments

Deserves a shout out

In 2014, my wife and I participated in the Occassion for the Art in Williamsburg, VA.   This show remains our best show.  Last year, we arrived in Williamsburg in the middle of two solid weeks of rain.  Our RV trailer was up to its hubs in mud but since the show was on solid ground, we didn't worry too much.  What did worry us and the promoter, Leo Charette, who is also a show photographer, was the forecast of a hurricane taking aim on the area.  The storm didn't directly hit us but as it…


Added by Stewart Rein on June 28, 2016 at 8:13am — 5 Comments

Columbus, IN Art Fest, June 25-26

Columbus, IN is a sweet little town about 45 minutes south of Indianapolis and is known for its wealth of architecturally significant buildings, both vintage and new.  So it seems like a perfect place for an art fair.

For many years the show has been held the same weekend as Penrod, a Saturday-only monster of a show also in Indiana.  The Columbus folks apparently decided to quit fighting the beast and changed their date to three months earlier.  Having done so, now the location on the…


Added by Karen Holtkamp on June 27, 2016 at 4:33pm — 12 Comments

Quick and dirty review: The Wayzata Art Experience

I just completed the Wayzata Art Experience and want to share while it is all still fresh. 

First, this show is on no one's radar. At all. There are no reviews anywhere, so I emailed a few folks who participated previously. They said it wasn't great and that I should proceed with caution. Wayzata (Why-zet-uh) is about 40 minutes from my home north of Mpls. It sits due west of Mpls, and for a $190 booth fee, I thought, "I'll roll the dice." The show is right on Lake Minnetonka on the…


Added by Lawrence M. Sawyer on June 26, 2016 at 11:47pm — 6 Comments

Call for Artists: Art Paired - 2 Days to Deadline

September 10 & 11 - Franklin, TN

September 17 & 18 - Memphis, TN

Presented by: ArtWorks Foundation, a 501c3 corp.

80 Artists

Deadline:  June…


Added by Connie Mettler on June 26, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments

"I'll Be Back; I'll Think About it"

What to say next without being "salesy" or using a  "hard sell."

(Sorry folks, there seems to be a technical glitch at, click here to listen)

Just in time for the big July art…


Added by Connie Mettler on June 24, 2016 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Call for Artists: 48th Annual Tempe Festival of the Arts

December 2-4
Tempe, Arizona
Presented by the Tempe Foundation
Downtown Tempe…

Added by Connie Mettler on June 24, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

MOCAs Boardwalk Art Show, Virginia Beach VA

First time I have done this show.  I have been hesitant to do it because of all the challenges but decided…


Added by Melanie Rolfes on June 23, 2016 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

a question of truth

How do you possibly post the horrors of a show without getting "blackballed" by others shows? I have been warned not to do this. So then, how do we know all the pretty words aren't just words so they get invited back?

Added by Lynn McAleer on June 22, 2016 at 9:34am — 11 Comments

Last Call: 5th Annual Winter Glory Fine Craft Show - 3 days to deadline

November 18 & 19

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Presented by the Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council

47 Exhibitors

Deadline: June 24

Application fee: $35

Booth fees from $125 for members to $200 for non-members

Located just 15 minutes from downtown Milwaukee, the Polish Center of Wisconsin is a charming…


Added by Connie Mettler on June 21, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

"Sorry Bunch of Show Directors", or maybe not

From my mailbox: 

May 27, 2016

Hello Connie,

  Last year and half have been the most difficult for Jin and I, due to my having a heart attack Feb. 2015 on the way back from Mt Dora, losing every show we had for 2015. Interestingly not one show offered to help in any manner such as maybe we can help you with a booth next year. Send us a doctors letter and we will…


Added by Connie Mettler on June 21, 2016 at 9:55am — No Comments

Butchertown Art Fair – uh, no

So I didn’t get accepted to my hometown Summerfair this year, and in a pissy mood I immediately went searching for another show that weekend, knowing the Summerfair jury would be devastated when they learned they had missed their chance to have me.  And sure enough, Zapp dealt up the Butchertown Art Fair held in a quaint historic suburb of Louisville, KY on the very same weekend,…


Added by Karen Holtkamp on June 20, 2016 at 7:35pm — 4 Comments

Broad Ripple, Indiana – mostly thumbs up

In the spirit of better late than never, here are some observations from this year’s Broad Ripple Art Fair held on May 21 and 22 on the grounds of the Indianapolis Art Center.

First and foremost, the staff and many, many volunteers were absolutely awesome.  Smiling good mornings.  Yummy donuts and coffee.  Express line passes for artists to use at the food trucks and very friendly food workers.  Volunteers coming by…


Added by Karen Holtkamp on June 20, 2016 at 6:34pm — 5 Comments

need help at cherry creek $25/hr

I'll be at cherry Creek (denver) for the first time. Need help set up and take down. I can pay 25/hr. Not really heavy, but help is nice. July 1 9am, and July 4 about 6pm. total maybe 4-6 hours. email

Added by Kathy Ross on June 18, 2016 at 4:18pm — 3 Comments

Podcast: Selling Art Face to Face


Mckenna Hallett, a professional trainer and consultant for small business, shares strategic tips from her 25 year career that has covers the entire spectrum of earning a living as an artist: developing a…


Added by Connie Mettler on June 17, 2016 at 9:30pm — 18 Comments

Thanks to Art Fair Insiders and Canopy Weights

I am so happy to have won this awesome prize of weights from Canopy Weights. I will be using them at my next show. They are awesome! Also I just have to say that this group has been so much help to me in my art show experience. A BIB thank you to Connie and all of you.

Added by Paula Decker Haynes on June 17, 2016 at 2:14pm — No Comments

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