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Call for Artists: Edgewater Fall Art Fair

September 27 & 28…

Added by Connie Mettler on July 22, 2014 at 9:05pm — No Comments

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 — 8 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 — 5 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 — 4 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 — 3 Comments

Holes in my Trimline

Hi all,

I did a few small shows a couple of years ago and became very discouraged.  They were "Wine, Food, Music, Antique Car and Art Shows".  I found out all of you were right, the visitor's priorities were in that same order.  I packed up my Trimline and have been rethinking my approach.  I got in a good show happening this weekend.  I did a practice run on putting the tent up and discovered a zipper had bitten the roof just above the wall line.  There is now a short row of…


Added by Bernie Doran on July 16, 2014 at 11:19pm — 7 Comments

Price Points 2014-15

Hey Yall!

Did a couple of shows a few years ago and now ready for some action in the art show scene. I have been reading the good the bad and the smack nasty on art shows on the AFI and want to do well next year. 

Soooo is a good price point of $25-$100 good or do we load up the big guns at $300-$500? I am just a painter but have 5 galleries now and ready to put ALL of the money in my pocket vs sharing. (They are doing well but it takes a while to get…


Added by Heather Jordan on July 16, 2014 at 1:20pm — 4 Comments

Central Penn...a big show in a little town.

Well, I waited...Oscar- you were review? Bet you are on the road to Ann Arbor...So anyway, it's a dirty job but somebody has to do it. Last weekend the 10th thru the 13 was one of the Big Daddy's of art fairs, the Central Pennsylvania Fine Arts and Crafts Festival. It's a long one...four days -10 till 8 each day on the week before Ann Arbor with lots of artist's heading there this weekend. I got into both but I heard such mixed reviews about Ann Arbor last year that I chose to do…


Added by margaret luttrell on July 16, 2014 at 1:00pm — 18 Comments

Art in the Park

Okay, I did really, really well at Art in the Park in Plymouth, MI this past weekend. Friday was my second thousand dollar day (my first was last year on Saturday of Crocker Park in Westlake, Ohio). The crowds loved my Lego and vintage Fisher Price Little People photography. I am in only my third year doing art fairs, and this show was my highest yet. (But keep in mind I am in Ann Arbor this week too)

Since stuff was flying out of my booth so fast, I had to take the…


Added by Scott Pakulski on July 16, 2014 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

Westlake, Ohio (outside Cleveland.) aka St. Johns Medical Hospital Arts Festival.

This show is not an arts festival.

Bonsai and beaded jewels sell here.  This show is a joke.  It is radioactive, do not do it.  Unless you do crafts fit for a flea market.

Added by Nels Johnson on July 15, 2014 at 11:03pm — 6 Comments

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