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Winterfair....Ohio's Best Christmas Markets

I haven't been writing much lately. I have done a bunch of shows this year (26) and truly have just beat myself up physically.....Plus, the time in-between has been studio "bust a move" keep the inventory fresh and plentiful. But I figured that I would end up the year reviewing my last two shows.

Two weeks ago I did Cincinnati Winterfair. Based at the Covington Convention Center, which is nicely equipped with rugs and big pushcarts to load in our work. The booth fee…


Added by marge luttrell on December 7, 2016 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

And, Now the Review...Tempe Festival of the Arts Fall Addition

I know that just about everyone, with some exception, has had a down year and, for some, Tempe was just a continuation of that trend. For me, thankfully, it was "okay". The bottom line is I didn't lose money but didn't make much either. I made about the same at the spring show. Read between the lines, this show is not making a lot of money for some artist/attendees.

The administration of this show has changed hands since spring. Kate Borders, President / Executive Director of Downtown…


Added by S Brian Berkun on December 7, 2016 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Tempe Festival of the Arts Award Winners

And, the envelope please...Award winners from this Falls Tempe Festival of the Arts




Stephen Harmston

Harmston Arts


Chandler, AZ – 1106


Jim Williams

Allen & Williams Pottery


Carpinteria, CA – 1107


Michael Rohner


Oakland, CA – 1113




Added by S Brian Berkun on December 7, 2016 at 10:26am — 2 Comments

Call for Artists: 14th Annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival

May 13 & 14

Bethesda, Maryland

Presented by: Bethesda Urban Partnership

140 Artists

Deadline:  December 16…


Added by Connie Mettler on December 6, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Six Wasted Days at One-of-a-Kind Show

Here's the thing... I'm not saying that all the artists at Chicago's One-of-a-Kind Show at the Merchandiose Mart wasted their time. I'm just saying that I wasted my time there. I felt like they gave me some kind of magical "invisible" booth. The few people that did visit me, I truly appreciate, but most did not. But, I'm getting ahead of myself. 

I signed up for this show with lots of doubts and trepidation. The $2500 booth fee is off-putting to say the least and I managed to dodge…


Added by John Leben on December 6, 2016 at 5:58pm — 14 Comments

Royal Oak Farmers Market Holiday Show Potentially a Great Show

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of doing the Royal Oak Farmers Market Holiday Show. It was a winner for a first time event and it has the potential to be one of the better shows in the Metro Detroit area. This show is put on by the Guild. This is the same group that has its own Ann Arbor Show, the two Birmingham shows and a few others within a hundred miles of Ann Arbor.

First a little history. This show was started a couple of years ago as the Ann Arbor Holiday Show. It was…


Added by Barry Bernstein on December 5, 2016 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Trailer Experience, Do You Have Any?

For those of you out there that pull a trailer we would appreciate your input as we decide which one might be best for us.  We are currently using a Ram 1500 with a tri fold bed high cover for shows.  Ever inch of space is accounted for which has limited us on the inventory we can carry and enhancements we can make to our display.  I would prefer a van, but that is not financially in the cards right now.  We looked into cab high fiberglass caps, but those are pricey as well. There are many…


Added by Craig Roderick and Sara Beck on December 5, 2016 at 9:13am — 10 Comments

Call for Artists: 11th Annual Arte Laguna Prize

Arte Laguna

March 25-April 9
Venice, Italy

Presented by Cultural Association MoCA
125 Artists
Deadline: December 14

Entry fee: 55 euro ($58 U.S.)…


Added by Connie Mettler on December 4, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

What do you do after season?

It took me a few long cold winters to get used to life in the Midwest, after living in Florida and doing the show circuit there for 25 years. In the south, shows start up in September and wind down in April, and by then it's too hot. In the north, it’s just the opposite: May to October, and after that it's too dang cold.

I know there are road gypsies out there that can pull off the year-round art show circuit, and I tip my hat to them. As for me and my house, I am glad to have my in…


Added by Sandy Walker on December 2, 2016 at 11:01pm — 4 Comments

Call for Artists: Daytona Beach holiday show

December 20-23
Daytona Beach, Florida
Presented by:  City of Daytona Beach Cultural Services
40 Artists…

Added by Connie Mettler on December 1, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

The Best Art Fairs in America - 2016 winners has announced the results of its 4th annual "America's Best Art Fairs" survey. This survey is the only national online listing of the country's juried art fairs and craft shows, designed to reward the festivals that create opportunities for artists to sell…


Added by Connie Mettler on December 1, 2016 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: 55th Annual Lakefront Festival of Art

June 16-18

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Presented by the Milwaukee Art Museum

180 Artists

Deadline: December 13

Named one of the top twenty-five art festivals in the country, the Lakefront Festival of Art is a fine art showcase on the shores of Lake Michigan. For over fifty years, the Lakefront Festival of Art has been…

Added by Connie Mettler on November 29, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival

May 20 & 21, 2017  
Reston, Virginia

26th Annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival

Presented by: Greater Reston Arts Center…

Added by Connie Mettler on November 27, 2016 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Square chip reader and working with parkinson's

I have a motor tremor in my hands and find it hard to insert the chip card into the reader.  i was thinking of inserting the card into the reader and then inserting it into my ipad  is this feasible.  and then i was thinking of getting the 49.00 reader  since there is a slot for the whole card and that might solve my problem of inserting the card  does anyone have the 49 reader and how do they like it

Added by steve appel on November 26, 2016 at 10:53am — 16 Comments

Call for Artists: 20th Art Studio Clearance Sale

January 28 & 29 

Columbus, Ohio

Lausche Bldg., Ohio Expo Center

Presented by:  Ohio Designer Craftsmen

Sat. 10-5; Sun. 11-4

150 Artists

Deadline:  December 5

Application Fee:  $27/Booth… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 24, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Downtown Sarasota (Paragon) Show--nice but we needed more people

This was held last weekend in a charming Five Points Park in downtown Sarasota. Bill Kinney produces the show and does a good job of it. About 130 artists setup on the street and sidewalk with the park as a charming backdrop.

This time of the year you see mostly locals, the winter people have not arrived yet. You are selling to a mostly older, monied crowd. They are very traditional and conservative in their tastes for art. They love the birds, beaches and flowers.



Added by Nels Johnson on November 23, 2016 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Oldham Arts on CityPlace 2016 - Lagrange, Kentucky- November 12&13

This was a small indoor show, for the most part, held in a civic center in Lagrange, Ky, about 22 miles north-east of Louisville just off I-71. It was divided across two civic buildings or small convention halls with about 72 artists there.

About ten artists were located outside on the portico of the buildings, where they were afforded free electricity and reduced booth fee. These locations required a tent. The weather was a bit iffy for the outside venues, fairly chilly on…


Added by Robert Wallis on November 23, 2016 at 12:30am — 7 Comments

Call for Artists: 1st Annual Asheville Fine Art Show

May 20 & 21, 2017 
Asheville, North Carolina
Indoors Downtown at the US Cellular Center 
(formerly Asheville Civic Center)
No more than 180 artists (or…

Added by Connie Mettler on November 22, 2016 at 5:54pm — 1 Comment

Secret Santa 2016 is here! Sign up today

You all are invited to take part in our 5th Annual Secret Santa Gift Exchange. Members of the artist community sign up to exchange gifts. We do it anonymously (or not). All gifts should be handmade/from an art fair/etc.

Then we show…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 22, 2016 at 5:49pm — No Comments

Remembering the Whining ... at Disney

A couple of years ago one of the staples of Fall in Florida, the Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney, was cancelled amidst much unhappiness and many complaints about how it was run. Another formerly fine show that had run its course.

But wait (trumpets blaring)!! Its back -- do you know about this? Coming to the Disney Parks: Epcot International Festival of the Arts for six weekends starting in January 2017. From…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 22, 2016 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

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