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Newbies First Experience at the Ann Arbor Art Fair

This is our first full year doing art fairs. Being new to this, our philosophy has been to take things as they come and try to learn from our experiences.  Ann Arbor was our ninth show of the year.  After the previous eight it was an easy call as to whether or not we wanted to come back.  It was equally apparent what lessons we could take away from those experiences.  Not so with Ann Arbor.  I would like to relate what happened and ask those that have done the Ann Arbor shows if they can…


Added by Craig Roderick and Sara Beck on July 28, 2016 at 7:58pm — 5 Comments

Need help on a new booth!

Help! I am in my 17th year and it could be my last. I had an easy up to begin with then went to a Flourish Trimline. I am completely happy with it and would recommend it BUT. I am nearing 70 and because of all my arthritis , bone spur, pulled muscle health problems, I just can't see another year of this. Is there a good replacement like a folding ez up that has stabilizers that I could use? 4 days at Ann Arbor with the grueling set up and take down has done me in. I would still like to extend… Continue

Added by Patricia Zabreski Venaleck on July 27, 2016 at 5:43pm — 12 Comments

Last Chance for Early Bird Rate!

Dear Artists,  

There's just one week left to take advantage of early-bird pricing. Don't miss your chance to get the best rate on your conference registration! Early-bird pricing ends July 31, 2016.

Early Bird Pricing: $150 for…


Added by Connie Mettler on July 27, 2016 at 11:19am — No Comments

Call for Artists: 2nd Annual-really, really AFFORDABLE ART SHOW

September 24-October 16    

Brooklyn, New York

Presented by: Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC)

500 Artists

Deadline: August 8

Application Fee: Early Bird $45/5, 7/25

Final Deadline $65/5, $5 each additional…


Added by Connie Mettler on July 27, 2016 at 8:51am — 1 Comment

Ann Arbor--Put a fork in it, it is done!

This post is mainly for those of you who have never done the summer art fairs here.

I have done the Guild show here since 1985.

This year was the worst show ever in all the years I have done it.

It was the worst for about 90 per cent of all exhibitors. There were a few lucky ones--very few.

The failure can be summed up succinctly.

Too many booths for too little buyers.

This year the heat was a big factor.

Over 95 degrees almost every day. It killed… Continue

Added by Nels Johnson on July 26, 2016 at 10:18am — 15 Comments

Hey, Y'all.

Since Art Fair Insiders allows blog posts, I thought I'd clog up the  bandwidth with a few posts.

About me. Ehhhh........ not much actually.

Avid obsessed photographer. I have a day job. I have all the amenities (mortgage, bills, family, dog, ad nausem).

And I've just started into the Art Fair market this year. Have only made a few local artsy-craftsy shows and flea markets (don't ask!) and…


Added by Randall Dickerson on July 25, 2016 at 3:05pm — 4 Comments

Call for Artists: 18th Estero Fine Art Show

November 19 & 20 

Estero, Florida

(between Naples/Fort Myers)

Miromar Design Center

Presented by Hot Works

175 Artists

Deadline: August 5

Application Fee: $30; Booth Fee: $395-$750; Corner and…


Added by Connie Mettler on July 24, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Can't wait to get back in the studio

I thought you might be interested in something I recently posted on my blog. Please share your thoughts!

Added by Sandy Walker on July 24, 2016 at 10:54am — 2 Comments

Call for Artists: Brookhaven Arts Festival

October 15 & 16 

Brookhaven, Georgia

Presented by:  Brookhaven Community Foundation

125+ Artists

Deadline:  August 1

Application Fee: $25; Booth Fee: $195

The Brookhaven Arts…


Added by Connie Mettler on July 21, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: Big Bear Lake Fine Art Festival

September 24 & 25 

Big Bear Lake, California

Bartlett Event Center (Outdoors)
in the Village at Big Bear Lake

Presented by: West Coast…


Added by Connie Mettler on July 19, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Crosby Festival of the Arts 2016

We were excited to be called off the wait list for this show.  Since it was going to be a long drive, we decided to pair it with a show over the 4th of July weekend in South Haven, Michigan and spend the time in between in Ann Arbor visiting family and friends mixed with some photo work in Detroit. It was a great plan.  

Everything was going great until we hit the Ohio border. The expressway around Cincinnati and Dayton has been under construction for the 10 years we have lived in…


Added by Craig Roderick and Sara Beck on July 18, 2016 at 11:28am — 6 Comments

Call for Artists: Holiday Market at Wilder Mansion

November 4 & 5
Elmhurst, Illinois
Wilder Mansion
Fri. 4-9 pm; Sat. 10 am-4 pm
Sponsored by…

Added by Connie Mettler on July 16, 2016 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Columbus Arts Festival, early June

This one of those shows that used to be a biggie for a lot of us. Now, it can be a decent show for many, or a half decent show. The sales here are not like they used to be. That said, many exhibitors come here and do better than $5K for a three day show with nearly a $600 booth fee.

This year we had heavy heat on Saturday, 90 degrees plus, and it affected the crowd and our sales.

First, a little meat.

The whole show is on the streets in downtown Columbus. Booths are on both the… Continue

Added by Nels Johnson on July 15, 2016 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Des Moines Art Festival--the big one, not the a/c one

I have been derelict. I am trying to crawl back into your good graces.

The siren of the golf course yearns seductively. I often heed its call. Writing is left behind.

Well, enough for noble sentiments. On with the show.

There are two shows at Des Moines, last weekend of June

This is about the big one downtown.

More than 1200 artists vie for about 160 open spots.

As the old biblical saying goes, "Many are called, few are chosen."

It is a killer show for… Continue

Added by Nels Johnson on July 15, 2016 at 2:00pm — 9 Comments

Cancelling a long running art show, due to lack of organizational skills!

So, I’m sure that’s not what the Choochokam Arts Foundation told the artists, they had varied explanations but it just comes down to the fact that this organization that has long lacked for planning skills, failed once again and this time the failure was big enough to cause a cancellation of an event that’s been running for 39 years, cancelling it when it was too late for artists to apply and make other plans for…


Added by Ruth Finkenbiner on July 15, 2016 at 12:25pm — 4 Comments

Three Rivers Art Show--Ft. Wayne, Indiana---Easy-Peezi

Well, I have to admit I have been derelict in my blogging. Done four shows and I am finally posting. Others coming.

Frankly, the lure of the nearby golf course has seduced me more than writing. I will try to correct the errors of my ways.

On with the show.

Fort Wayne is a cool little town. I had never been there, but when I arrived, I was charmed by its ways.

It has a good feeling of energy. New buildings blending with the old. Nicely treed, easy to get around.… Continue

Added by Nels Johnson on July 14, 2016 at 1:00pm — 17 Comments

Naperville Woman's Club 37th Annual Art Fair .....just meh

Just a short review of the last show I did in Naperville, Illinois. It was the only show I had scheduled for this month and since I had done well at Old Town I thought that heading back to the Chicago area would be more of the same. That's the thing about this takes you high and then it BAM...slaps you right in the face. Ha! 

Naperville Woman's Club Art Fair is located in Naperville Settlement, a re-enactment of a early mid-west village with all the "feels".…


Added by margaret luttrell on July 14, 2016 at 9:09am — 18 Comments

REVIEW: Art Fair Jackson Hole, WY, July 8-10, 2016

There are two summer Art Fair Jackson Hole shows.  One is in July and the other is in August (8/12-14/2016).  Both are produced by the Art Association of Jackson Hole, WY. This review is for the July 8-10, 2016 show, but I would expect similar data for the August show.  This show was established in 1965 and this year was its 50th anniversary. 


     You apply to this event on Zapp.  The jury fee is $35 and a 10X10 booth space is $395.  The…


Added by Richard L. Sherer on July 12, 2016 at 11:00pm — 6 Comments

Last Call: La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

October 8 & 9

La Jolla, California

Presented by: La Jolla Art and Wine Festival

150 Artists

Deadline: July 15


Fees: $25/Booth fee: $450-$1,050…


Added by Connie Mettler on July 12, 2016 at 9:13am — No Comments

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