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HELP!!! I need suggestions

I am preparing for my first art festival.  I have a 10' x 10' tent but I don't have walls.  I need some suggestions for walls.  What works the best.  My art is on wood so it does have a little weight to each piece.  Thanks for your help :)

Added by VICKI HAMENDE on July 23, 2014 at 2:47pm — No Comments

To go or not to go or...Life is what happens when your making other plans.

I was on my way back home and had been mentally preparing to go to my next show in Grand Junction, CO after having survived the long week in Oklahoma City at the end of April. My wife informed me over the phone that her father had taken a turn for the worse.

Let me back up a bit. Five years ago my wife had resigned her position as an administrative assistant in the police department, after much decision making anguish, to return to New Mexico to take care of her mother whose…


Added by S Brian Berkun on July 23, 2014 at 1:44pm — No Comments

A Bolder Boulder Arts Festival

Years ago I had done shows hosted by Downtown Boulder, Inc. on the Pearl Street pedestrian mall but gave them up due to the fact that they were underwhelming. The last time I did one was 7 years ago. In the interim, 4 years ago, the OpenArts people decided to expand on their mission and held a show that no one attended. It was held in a nice open area adjacent to a shopping mall in Boulder but apparently the word didn't get out.

OpenArts is known, at least in part, for hosting the…


Added by S Brian Berkun on July 23, 2014 at 1:34pm — 1 Comment

Arts in the Park - Kalispell, MT Disappointing again :(

Well, this was attempt #3 at this show for me and I'm pretty darn sure it is my last. 

This show is held in Downtown Kalispell, MT at Depot Park. It's a great (mostly shaddy) area. The layout is always tricky and easy to get lost and miss booths but this year the organizers did a much better job to help keep dead zones from happening. The volunteers come around every so often to ask if you need reprieve. I was in an area close to the food, music stage, and right next to the…


Added by Kim Shirley on July 23, 2014 at 10:27am — No Comments

The Horror!

Cackling and horrified, I untied the loose knots holding up curtain backdrop as quickly as I was able. Thankfully and blissfully, the curtains dropped to the ground. I clipped the curtains shut and hung as much weight on the bottom of the curtains as I dared.

Giddy laughter would not stop bubbling from my lips. Again and again I looked in disbelief at the photo I had just snapped of my booth. I could not have set up, framed or imagined a more perfectly horrible image of my…


Added by Lynda Wallis on July 23, 2014 at 10:07am — 5 Comments

Artegon Visit....some details

I went to Artegon (Orlando) yesterday and talked to Zack Goldberg about getting a space. He is very helpful and friendly, if you have other questions or want to talk to him, his phone number is 401-368-9071.

Mall - they are refurbishing an old mall. Construction is looking good. Mall looks like an * asterisk from above, with anchor stores on radiating out from a central flattened ellipse, which is where artegon will be located. right now there isn't much traffic at the mall,…


Added by dean mackey on July 23, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Call for Artists: Edgewater Fall Art Fair

September 27 & 28
Chicago, Illinois
Presented by Edgewater…

Added by Connie Mettler on July 22, 2014 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Midsummer Festival of the Arts at the Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Even though last years sales at Kohler's Midsummer Festival of the Art didn't really warrant a return, I decided to apply again since I had moved back to Wisconsin and it would be an ok filler if I needed it. As it turns out I got in Kohler again, which is good since Kohler and the Uptown Art Fairs in MN are the only shows I was accepted into this year. Tough year compared to my previous couple years where I had a much higher acceptance rate!

It was a beautiful weekend with…


Added by Jim Sincock on July 21, 2014 at 9:00pm — 10 Comments


The Alpine Art Affair was held in Winter Park, CO July 19-20 in a small city park.  This was the 41st year for the show.  Show hours were 9-5 on Saturday and 9-4 on Sunday.   Winter Park is primarily a ski resort about an hour and a half west of Denver.   During the summer, cycling, extreme mountain biking along with fishing, hiking and camping are popular activities.   A jazz festival is held the same weekend as the art show and this brings a lot of people from Denver into town.   The drive…


Added by Richard L. Sherer on July 21, 2014 at 3:58pm — 3 Comments


THE A2 art fairs are in a slow descending death spiral.

Very few exhibitors are selling high end work--very,very few.  Just look at John Leben's blog, and he was in the best show to sell high end at, and it went nowhere.

I have done the A2 Guild show for 27 years.  Have been there for the glory…


Added by Nels Johnson on July 21, 2014 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

Ann Arbor (The Original) - Good Weather - Good Sales

I did this art fair for the first time last year (after trying State Street and S. University in previous years). After those first two attempts I swore off Ann Arbor, but last year I relented and thought I'd try the Original. The weather was abysmal last year but I still managed sales of 5K. It was really tough to do this show. Long hours and hot weather.

This year Marcia and I thought we'd try again, but we would try to minimize the misery. We booked a room at the Bell Tower Hotel…


Added by John Leben on July 21, 2014 at 12:47pm — No Comments

Whatever happen to rjrush1

Just interested in how rjrush1 did?


Added by Phil Pulido on July 21, 2014 at 10:43am — 2 Comments

Call for Artists: Huntley Artfest

August 16 & 17 

Huntley, Illinois

First Congregational Church of Huntley

Sat. 10am-5pm; Sun. 10am-4pm

75+ Artists

Deadline:  August 3



Added by Connie Mettler on July 21, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

New to Ann Arbor...

This was my first year as an artist in the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair. I've been attending the fairs since 1998 as a customer buying art. There are many pieces in our house from the collecting over the years. Some are in storage in the basement because there is not enough wall space in our house.

The truth is that I was accepted into both the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair and the State Street Area Art Fair. But being a new artist at the Ann Arbor art fairs is both exciting…


Added by Scott Pakulski on July 20, 2014 at 5:18pm — 6 Comments

Prizewinners: 2014 Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Best of Show:  Faryn Davis / Mixed Media 

Second Place:  Jennifer McCurdy / Ceramics 

Third Place:     Donna Veverka / Jewelry 

Merit Awards:  Theodore Gall / Sculpture 

                      William Kidd / Ceramics 

                      Aaron Hequembourg / Mixed Media 



Added by Connie Mettler on July 19, 2014 at 2:19pm — No Comments

Just wondering....

Does anyone know anything about the show "Cleveland by Hand" in November? I looked in the archives and didn't find anything here or on any of the AF sites. It's a pretty far drive for me and just wondering if it is worth it.....anything you can add is appreciated.

Added by margaret luttrell on July 19, 2014 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

More good news from Ann Arbor...

I was featured in an article from the Ann Arbor News! Yay! Someone came into my booth today from the write up! They bought three prints of mine...

Added by Scott Pakulski on July 18, 2014 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

OMG! Two days into Ann Arbor!

Okay. I guess I have a really good booth spot in the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair. I'm on State Street just north of South University. Booth location is C053. Well, the skinny is that I am really surprised by the sales totals I have received. Prints were flying out of my booth.

Wednesday was my first $2000 day ever. My sales totals were $2180! But wait... Thursday was a another big day! Wow! This is my first year in Ann Arbor. Thursday's totals were $1590. Being on the main drag…


Added by Scott Pakulski on July 18, 2014 at 11:49am — 5 Comments

Call for Artists: 46th Annual Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival

October 16-18  

Bella Vista, Arkansas


325 Artists

Deadline: July 31 or till filled

The Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival is known for the highest quality, fully juried, art and craft work.  Since 1969 the Bella Vista Arts & Crafts festival has been steadily growing in size and reputation! 

Nestled in the foothills of the Ozarks, our exhibitors…

Added by Connie Mettler on July 18, 2014 at 8:13am — 9 Comments

With Nels, Connie and Greg at Ann Arbor

A few pictures from Ann Arbor Wednesday. The one with Connie and the one with Greg Lawler were selfies. The one with Nels, Greg took and the picture from dinner was taken by one of Connie's friends. It was great seeing old friends again.…


Added by Larry Berman on July 17, 2014 at 10:21pm — 4 Comments

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