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Call for Artists: South Miami Rotary Arts Festival

February 21 & 22 

Miami, Florida

31st Annual Festival

Downtown South Miami on Sunset Drive

10am-6pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday

145 Exhibitors

Deadline: November 5

Started as a small show in 1984, the event has grown into one of Miami-Dade County's most anticipated festivals. Dozens of…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 24, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Podcast: Art School Grad to Famed Pottery Studio Owner

Tuesday - October 28 - 3 pm ET

Nawal Motawi joins us to talk about her journey from art school graduate to founder of an award-winning Ann Arbor-based nationally known art studio, Motawi Tileworks, that creates unique handmade tile reflecting the classic styles and craftsmanship of 20th Century American design.

Nawal Motawi founded Motawi Tileworks more than 20 years ago. A University of Michigan art school…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 23, 2014 at 10:14pm — No Comments

Is This Film or Digital

Is This Film Or Digital?

While this post can certainly be read on its own, it is actually part two of my previous post “Invitation to a Narrative.”

So we were discussing some of the questions folks sometimes pose when they visit my art fair booth. I saved the most difficult to answer for last - “Is this film or digital?” Difficult because I don’t really know what they are getting at. Is the question, which is often also posed, “Did this really look like this or was this… Continue

Added by David Frank on October 23, 2014 at 9:53am — 2 Comments

Invitation to a Narrative

Lots of people come through my art show booth every time I am in a show. Surely, some walk in, take a quick look around and leave without anything verbal passing between us. Fine. But many, perhaps even most, enter into some sort of conversation.

"How did you do this?" they ask.

Or, "Where was this taken?"

I would like to respectfully suggest that these are not productive questions to pose. In my world, each photograph is an invitation to enter into a narrative.… Continue

Added by David Frank on October 22, 2014 at 11:00am — 13 Comments

Can't find that pesky information? A few tips

Tip for writers on -- readers too

"Why can't I find something I know is on this site?" "What happened to my show review?" "Where is that information about the best tent, show, lodging deal, funny story, jury tip, safety idea, etc.?

This site thrives on your participation and your stories, questions and reviews. Thousands…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 22, 2014 at 8:30am — 10 Comments

Kentuck- the Best Lil' Show in Alabama

I have been doing shows for almost five years now and I have truly run the gamut from "great" to "please shoot me and put me out of my misery" and I have to say that this past weekend ....I found my favorite show.

Picture this: Tuscaloosa Alabama, a home Alabama Football weekend, no available hotels under two hundred dollars...and smack dab in the middle of it all... the Kentuck Fine Arts Festival. Ok, honestly...does that sound like the scenario to a great show? Well, usually you…


Added by margaret luttrell on October 20, 2014 at 11:30pm — 9 Comments

Bad News and Good News

Three weeks ago, while I was in Louisville, Ky, for the St James Court Art Fair, in the week preceding the show, my van was robbed and 3/4 of my beaded jewelry was stolen. I didn't realize it had happened because I wasn't using the van for driving around (I was there also to visit my son and granddaughter who live in that city) and didn't even notice it until I started out that fateful Thursday morning to go set up for the show.

Well, you can believe that I was devastated, in shock,…


Added by Kathleen Caid on October 20, 2014 at 6:30pm — 36 Comments

Call for Artists: Des Moines Arts Festival

June 26-28

Des Moines, Iowa

Downtown at Western Gateway Park

surrounding the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park

194 Artists 

Deadline: October 31…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 19, 2014 at 6:38pm — No Comments

More coverage of Palletfest at CNN

Good coverage and photos.

Added by Bill Coleman Entertainment on October 19, 2014 at 11:58am — No Comments

Why the "Best Art Fair" survey?

It's all about the marketing, folks.

Mission of our sites: Bring people to attend the art fairs to buy art and support the artists.

Mission of the survey: Spread the word about the best art fairs in the country through the media to attract people to come to the shows and use the Best Art Fairs page as a planner for their travels, enabling "art fair tourism."

You have a stake in this…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 18, 2014 at 8:31am — 6 Comments

Anything in December???

Is there any type of show in the Midwest in December or black Friday weekend? I would like to do something different than Kane county and Grayslake this December



Added by John Sonnefeldt on October 16, 2014 at 11:57pm — 5 Comments

Winner: September Post of the Month - Melanie Rolfes

Melanie Rolfes wins "post of the month" for her review, "Alexandria and Arlington, VA, art shows." Along with her cohorts Matt Estrada, Reid Watts, Matt Estrada, Oscar Matos Linares and Barry Bernstein she celebrates another year of survival.

Added by Connie Mettler on October 16, 2014 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

PalletFest - a Denver up-cycle, re-purposed festival. - October 11 & 12 - Sculpture Park - Denver

Working on Snaggle Tooth - sculpture made from recycling of pallets

This was an incredible event. Weather was good on Saturday, with cooler temps , frequent showers with some rain, and wind on…


Added by Bill Coleman Entertainment on October 15, 2014 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments

This is how we do it ...

And a very big reward goes out to photographer Xavier Nuez who not only gets into an amazing number of the top shows, but brings his own buyers to the shows:

I took this photo in Xavier's booth. The sign up was hanging on his…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 14, 2014 at 5:30pm — 8 Comments

Plein Air Mt. Lebanon Artists' Market

Hi Everyone!  Just finished my last outdoor show of the year in Mt. Lebanon, PA this last weekend.  Mt. Lebanon is a very well to do neighborhood south of Pittsburgh.  The show is put on in the PNC bank parking lot one block over from the main road (Washington Road).  

New directors took over the show this year and approached me at a show earlier in the year and invited me to exhibit there.  Now, I know several of my friends have done the show under the old management and have…


Added by Laurie Leonard on October 13, 2014 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Call for Artists: Honor a Veteran, A Gallery Exhibition

November 3-11, 2014
McAllen, Texas

McAllen Creative Incubator…

Added by Connie Mettler on October 13, 2014 at 7:18am — 6 Comments

The ZAPP Art Festival Conference - A Newbie's Experience

As some of you may remember, I won the full pass to the ZAPP Art Festival Conference from this year's pledge drive.  Well, it's been a long time coming, but I'm finally able to sit down and write about my experience there.

I flew from Oakland to…


Added by Alyx Morgan on October 12, 2014 at 8:31am — 7 Comments

ACC Baltimore Show

Hey everyone, just looking to get any info on this show since it will be my first time doing an ACC show. I have been juried into the Retail Only section for Mixed Media. What should I expect upon arrive, and set up ect ect, things like that. Thanks for any info that you can provide!


Added by Steven Lloyd on October 11, 2014 at 3:20pm — 4 Comments

ArtPrize $500,000 Results, including an art fair artist!

Results just in from the Grand Rapids, MI, marathon Art Prize (Sept. 24-Oct. 12) - over $500,000 in awards

Public Vote and Juried Awards: 
Two grand prizes worth $400,000 and eight category awards worth $160,000. Half decided by public vote, and half decided by a jury of art experts.

Since its inception the public (you and me) have gotten the chance to choose who gets the $$$. But, jurors got their…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 11, 2014 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

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