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Photographer's entries - 'Hand made or directly supervised by the artist'


I've been researching a number of show's entry rules, and I'm a little at a loss on this phrase about photographer's entries: ''Must be hand made or directly supervised by the artist'. This phrase pops up over and over and is used specifically in the rules for photographers, not just for other artists in other categories. It seems to put someone without a $4000 printer at something of a disadvantage. As an alternative, how is a photographer to 'directly supervise' the printer, who…


Added by David Perry Lawrence on February 6, 2016 at 5:10pm — 3 Comments

Call for Artists: Sandy Springs Artsapalooza

April 16 & 17 Sandy Springs, Georgia

Presented by: Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces

Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 11am-6pm

150 Artists

Deadline:  February 20
Application fee: $25/Booth…

Added by Connie Mettler on February 4, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Testing Your Jury Images

Testing Your Jury Images

There have been a number of posts recently about your presentation and how competitive the application process is.

My web site is one of the best resources for artists applying to art shows. It's a two part web site. One part offers free ZAPP and JAS formatting. The other part gives you a way to test…


Added by Larry Berman on February 4, 2016 at 4:05pm — 3 Comments

Countrywide Village

We have done this show last 3 yrs. Smaller solid show for us. Customers come to buy. We sell lapidary jewelry priced 30-300. It is well managed . Pull up to load..unload. Not a lot of frills but we look forward to it. They jury right away so you can get on with life. I believe they balance media. Quality artists. Hope to see you there...

Added by Kathy Winterburn on February 4, 2016 at 7:59am — 2 Comments

Countryside Village Art Fair, Omaha, Nebraska

Has anyone done this show?  It was recommended (strongly) to me by another artist who also owns a gallery.  I was accepted just 48 hours after mailing in my application which made me a little nervous - especially since it is the same week-end as a show that I trust but for which the jury has not yet met.

Added by Carol Knox on February 3, 2016 at 12:15am — 5 Comments

Not to be missed: Chicago Hosts TWO One of a Kind Art Shows!


Added by Connie Mettler on February 2, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Help with picking your images for jurying!

As a result of the St. Louis Mock Jury, I was introduced to two wonderfully helpful ladies, Cindy Lerick and Laura Miller.  They help run the St. Louis art show.  I got to know Cindy, thru contacting her with questions I had from the mock jury results.  Long story short, she had the idea to set up a Webinar with me, Cindy and Laura so they could look at my Zapp portfolio. Cindy sent me an email to connect to the Webinar, which was yesterday.  All went very smoothly and easily, especially…


Added by Alison Fox on February 2, 2016 at 11:43am — 16 Comments

Knockdown Propanel Walls For Sale - Columbus, OH

I'm not sure where to post this now that the discussion boards have changed, but I have a full set of 8' tall Buff knockdown propanels available for sale.  I have 15 total (three 25" and twelve 30").  They are in PERFECT condition.  Originally paid $2325.  Available for $1500, and will deliver up to 300 miles (I'm in Columbus Ohio), or meet midway for free. Contact me at if interested. 

Added by Britt Hallowell on February 1, 2016 at 8:57pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: Festival on Ponce

Ponce April 2 & 3
Atlanta, Georgia
Olmsted Linear Park,
1451 Ponce de Leon Avenue, N.E.
10 am to 6 pm
125 Artists
Deadline: February…

Added by Connie Mettler on February 1, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments


Bob and I want to give everyone a "heads up" about a new, exciting gated art show that will be coming to the banks of the" Flats "area in Cleveland, Ohio- as part of the Riverside Entertainment District! The show is named the Flats Festival of the Arts  and the dates are Aug 19-21, 2016. The show will have well know director Scott Huntley (Columbus Fine Arts Festival) and will be backed by a National real estate developer and a…


Added by patti stern on February 1, 2016 at 4:55pm — 4 Comments

Call for Artists: 55th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival

June 25 & 26

Grand Haven, Michigan

Presented by: The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg

100 artists

Deadline:  February 15

Application Fee:  $30

Booth Fee:…


Added by Connie Mettler on January 31, 2016 at 11:40pm — No Comments

Next Podcast: 10 Reasons "You Didn't Get In"

Wednesday - February 3, 5 pm ET 

It is application season! Anyone active in the art fair business is deep into preparing applications for jurying into the nation's art fairs. What are the odds you'll make the cut and get into your most desired festival?

Our guests are…


Added by Connie Mettler on January 29, 2016 at 2:30pm — 29 Comments

Call for Artists: 2 Shows - Smoky Hill River Festival ++


Added by Connie Mettler on January 28, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Beaux & Islamorada 2016

Hello Art Family! Here's a quick run down of Beaux Arts Festival on the University of Miami Campus and my last minute avoidance of Islamorada. 

Beaux-- I love this show. I've participated the last 5 or so years in jewelry or in sculpture.  I've done it when they moved the dates to early in January and when they moved the dates back to…


Added by Margaret Aden on January 28, 2016 at 5:06pm — 4 Comments

Call for Artists: 12th Annual Geneva Fine Art Fair

July 23 & 24 
Geneva, Illinois 
Downtown, 8 S. Third Street  

Sat., 10am-5pm | Sun. 10am-5pm  

presented by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce…

Added by Connie Mettler on January 27, 2016 at 7:33am — No Comments

Off To Florida for this Michigan Artist

Well, Marcia and I are off soon for our annual trek to Florida. I haven't done an art fair since Naperville last September, so the bank account can use a little help right now. I spent the fall and winter preparing for my one-man show at the Holland Area Arts Council, and stockpiling tons of artwork for all the Florida…


Added by John Leben on January 26, 2016 at 1:44pm — 12 Comments

Call for Artists: 58th Annual Art in the Park

June 4 & 5        
Columbia, Missouri
Stephens Lake Park
Presented by:  Columbia Art League

Added by Connie Mettler on January 26, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

Notes from the St. Louis Art Fair Mock Jury

Late in 2015, after I'd been rejected again from some of the top shows in the country, I was on a different forum, moaning about my plight. Someone said that the best insights I could have would be to sit in on an open jury. 

A few days later, the mock jury presentation opened in Zapp. I was one of the first 150 who applied, and so I was accepted. I could hit St. Louis with only a slight detour on my route to Arizona to visit my dad and participate in the Tubac Arts…


Added by carrie jacobson on January 25, 2016 at 10:10am — 40 Comments

Wesley Chapel - Shoppes at Wiregrass show - Suncoast

Had a good show despite the weather.  Set up 9-12pm Friday night - no thank you - decided to wait until morning.  Got in at 7 checked in and drove straight to booth site.  Unloaded and finished by 8:30.  Saturday was a beautiful day with the sun shining.  I handcraft paper beads and make earrings, bracelets, and necklaces.  Hours were 10 - 6.  Sold 64 pair of earrings and took an order for a custom necklace. $1280 in sales of earrings.

Saturday night the rain came down.  Our tent was…


Added by Linda Patrick on January 25, 2016 at 10:08am — 13 Comments

Call for Artists: 3 San Francisco Shows


Added by Connie Mettler on January 24, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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