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note to Connie

Please remove my March 7 post as I have lowered the price asking on my LIght Dome canopy.

I am trying not to be a bother, I would like to get the stuff sold is all.

Added by mark oehler on March 31, 2015 at 11:41am — No Comments

Call for Artists: 11th Annual Pikes Peak Art & Music Festival

painting by Tammy Meeske

July 3-5
Colorado Springs, Colorado…

Added by Connie Mettler on March 30, 2015 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: 11th Annual Art, Beer & Wine Festival

June 6

Jackson, Michigan

Ella Sharp Museum & Park
12 noon-6pm
45 Exhibitors
Deadline: April 13…

Added by Connie Mettler on March 29, 2015 at 7:56pm — No Comments

LAST Call: 10th Annual Art Spectacular at the Carillon

September 12 & 13
Springfield, Illinois
Presented by the Rees Carillon Society
50 Artists
Deadline: March 31

Why you want to be…

Added by Connie Mettler on March 28, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Holding Down the Booth: Part 3 - Commercial weights

There are just a few options for purchasing weights, commercially made. Sculptor Jim Eaton with an industrial design background made and sold the Eaton Weights, Happifeet was another product available for some time and every now and then those John Deere tractor weights show up. The weights made precisely for tents usually come with an attaching system specifically designed for tents.

1. Dumbbells:…


Added by Connie Mettler on March 28, 2015 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

My latest round of rejections

After having a banner year last year, I'm receiving a lot more rejections this year. I don't know what has changed? I was rejected for South University Art Fair, Crosby Festival of the Arts and now tonight Arts and Apples. It makes me wonder about my other applications. Will those be okay or will I see more rejections? I guess I am in a down year. Which I did not anticipate...

Added by Scott Pakulski on March 27, 2015 at 9:17pm — 5 Comments

2015 Prizewinners from the La Quinta Arts Festival

Arguably the best art festival in the country took place March 5-8 in La Quinta, CA. I've been promised by several people a review of the show (it was so good maybe they don't want to share), but an art fair patron sent me this because she wanted attention to be paid. Congrats to these artists!…


Added by Connie Mettler on March 27, 2015 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: Spring Art at Old Orchard

Hello Fellow Artists*,

PLEASE NOTE: There are 5 weekends in May this year 
so you may have an opening  LOOK before you BOOK! …

Added by Connie Mettler on March 26, 2015 at 7:34pm — No Comments

St. James hotel

If you're participating in st. James this year and are looking for a hotel I've once again managed to secure a discounted rate for us, but it wasn't easy as hotels are at a premium this year. The Sleep Inn that I've worked with for years has changed management and doesn't want to work with me on a discounted rate so I've switched to the Red Roof Inn right down the street. The property is newly renovated, hardwood floors in all rooms, micro and fridge, four miles from show site and a Waffle… Continue

Added by lori kay on March 26, 2015 at 10:35am — 3 Comments

Tasteful nude at art fest...

Hi everyone,

I have a quick question. I am new to art fests and was wondering the etiquette on displaying women's breasts in a painting. It will be very tasteful, such as in the victorian nude attached. She will be nude from the waist up, and will be depicted as a mermaid. I hate to have to cover her by adding long hair, but if I must, then I must. THANK YOU for your input:) P.S. I have checked the rules and regulations of the art fests, and did not see anything relating to…


Added by Ila Catherine Hofacker on March 25, 2015 at 11:37pm — 13 Comments

Artsfest '15 Fine Art Festival

September 19 & 20  
Dowell (Solomons), Maryland
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
in Association with the Smithsonian Institution 
100 Artists …

Added by Connie Mettler on March 25, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments

pipe and drape

we bought ours this year. got the curtains on ebay for 1/3 price because they were closing out the colors. turns out we get lots of compliments on our pale green and maroon . everyone thinks it's on purpose. also saw somers use show curtains upside down, with poles in bottom hem, though that was a good idea.

also, we bought telescoping poles, 6-10 ft

they fit better in our car than 10-12 foot or whatever that measurement is for horizontals, also lighter ( they are… Continue

Added by laurie Olefson on March 25, 2015 at 11:54am — No Comments

Downtown Naples: Fifth & Final Florida Art Fair for Michigan Artist

Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts took place on March 21-22 on a six block stretch of 5th Avenue in downtown Naples, Florida. I participated in this show a few years ago and did not do well, but I applied to this year as a backup for Winter Park, which ran on the same weekend this year. I was on the wait list for Winter Park and did not get an invitation, so Marcia and I showed up at 5:30 am for the dreaded early morning setup on Saturday morning. Some artists don't mind that early…


Added by John Leben on March 25, 2015 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Pipe and Drape Purchase Options?

I've always relied on renting pipe and drapes for indoor shows from the show promoter – however I'm now considering purchasing my own.  I do a couple smaller local shows which don’t offer rental options and sometimes the promoters at my larger shows chose a drape color that just doesn’t go with my product.

I realize there are several options out there – however can anyone recommend a quality product that won’t break the bank.  I don’t mind spending a little more money for nice quality…


Added by Robert LeHay on March 25, 2015 at 9:03am — 5 Comments

Review: Fairhope Arts & Crafts . . . & Pussy Willow!

We just finished our first show of the season, the three day, two shows combined event in Fairhope, Alabama. The festival ran March 20, 21, & 22 and show hours were Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. An awards dinner (great pasta food and deserts) was held Friday night from 6:30 to 7:30 and tickets are required that were exchanged for Mardi Gras beads to be served. One ticket was provided for each booth with the booth fee and an extra ticket costed $15,…


Added by Barrie Lynn Bryant on March 24, 2015 at 7:19pm — 10 Comments

Call for Artists: Workhouse Fall Arts Festival

September 26 & 27
Lorton, Virginia…

Added by Connie Mettler on March 24, 2015 at 7:18pm — No Comments

need advice on weights for ez up tent

After retiring from teaching art for 32 years i have had the chance to get back into the studio. Last year I did three shows. Two were inside and the one outdoor show provided a tent for "emerging artists". So this June will be the first outdoor show on my own.  I purchased an eze up 10x10 tent last fall when eCanopy had some great sales. Used it Winterfair Columbus, an indoor show, worked great.  But I have not yet purchased/made weights that I will need for the June show.  This show is on…


Added by Elaine Clapper on March 24, 2015 at 9:12am — 5 Comments

Call for Artists: 32nd Annual Shelby Township Art Fair

August 8 & 9

Shelby Township, Michigan

Shelby Township Municipal Grounds
52700 Van Dyke Avenue
Presented by Shelby Township Parks and Recreation…

Added by Connie Mettler on March 23, 2015 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

2015 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Prizewinners

Lots of prizes and big prize money was passed out this weekend at Winter Park. Congratulations to photographer Michael Cole, taking home the $10,000 top prize!

BEST OF SHOW ($10,000 Purchase Award)

Micheal Paul…


Added by Connie Mettler on March 23, 2015 at 1:04pm — 4 Comments

Call for Artists: 46th Annual Capitol Hill People's Fair

June 6 & 7

Denver, Colorado

CHUN (Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods)

Civic Center Park

200 artists

Deadline: April 3

Application Fee:…


Added by Connie Mettler on March 22, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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