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Belleville: One of the Best!

I can't say enough good things about this terrific art fair! It takes place in a small town in southern Illinois only a few miles from St. Louis. I have no idea how they do it, but they bring people out to the show in droves, and they all seem to have money in their pockets to spend on art. But first a couple of qualifications. Not every artist did well at this show. Our neighbor, a very talented painter, was very disappointed. I am a digital artist selling limited edition prints. Could be…


Added by John Leben on May 26, 2017 at 9:56am — No Comments

I won the perfect prize, from the perfect sponsor!

I entered the Art Fair Pledge Drive a little late, never thinking I would win anything. Somehow my mind always works in the "early bird gets the worm" channel. But I donated and entered anyway, and when to my surprise my name was selected quite far down the list I figured I didn't have much of a chance for the prize I really wanted since I was number 20 on the list. But I had nothing to lose, either, so I listed the mesh panels from Flourish as the number one choice out of 4…


Added by Alli Farkas on May 25, 2017 at 7:29pm — 6 Comments

3 San Francisco Shows Looking for Artists

Special offer: Promo code 10% off - put code "ArtFair10" on application…

Added by Connie Mettler on May 25, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: Baltimore Fine Craft Show


Added by Connie Mettler on May 24, 2017 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Rent Your Display

Rent Your Display

I added the option to list display equipment for rent in the For Sale and Trade forum. If you have display equipment sitting around that you only use a few times a year, why not have it generate some extra money for you. I rent my Pro Panels out a few times a year and they have paid for themselves a few times over.…


Added by Larry Berman on May 23, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Taking Professional Jewelry Photos

Help Getting Accepted into Art Shows - Part 2

My next article is detailed information on how to take good jewelry photographs describing the camera and lighting equipment and some tips on how to use it.

The most difficult type of artwork to photograph is jewelry. That’s because of it’s small size and that it can have many reflective surfaces. And because of it’s small size, it’s very difficult to keep the entire piece in focus. Also the jewelry medium is the most…


Added by Larry Berman on May 23, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

Arts Alive Florence, Alabama May 20-21

Last weekend we were in Florence, Alabama for Arts Alive. It was a positive experience for us and our sales exceeded our expectations going in. Florence is a city of about 40,000 in the northwest corner of the state. It is located on the Tennessee River and is adjacent to Muscle Shoals. There is a rich musical heritage here. This show was recommended to us by a couple of artists friends familiar with our work. We were somewhat skeptical since it is a relatively small city and we tend to do…


Added by Craig Roderick and Sara Beck on May 22, 2017 at 4:26pm — 6 Comments

Review: Asheville Fine Art Show -- such potential

Asheville Fine Art Show, Hot Works

Asheville, NC -- May 20-21, 2017

I just returned from the Asheville Fine Art Show in Asheville, NC. This was an indoor event at the U.S. Cellular Center downtown. Asheville is a fun, funky town with a big art scene and a lot of food choices, and LOTS of beer breweries downtown. What's not to love?

This show had some amazing potential. There was a boatload of advertising for the show, the weather outside was supposed to be storms…


Added by Joel Lockridge on May 22, 2017 at 11:11am — 4 Comments

Help Getting Accepted into Art Shows

Help Getting Accepted into Art Shows

I finally got around to listening to the podcast on reasons why you don't get into shows. Listening to the three show directors discuss ways to help your chances of getting into shows made me realize I need to republish some of my articles here on Art Fair Insiders.

The three factors discussed in the podcast are, 1 - your images, 2 - your booth and 3 - the artist statement.

I'll start with my article on how to photograph…


Added by Larry Berman on May 21, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: Summerlin Festival of Arts - 22nd Annual

October 14 & 15

Las Vegas, Nevada

100 Artists

Deadline: June 1

Application Fee: $25   Booth Fee: $300-$575…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 21, 2017 at 2:48pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: 43rd Art in the Park

August 5  
Lake Odessa, Michigan
Village Park
75 artists
Deadline: June 1

Application Fee: 0   Booth Fee: $75 single, $130 double…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 18, 2017 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Who are the Pledge Drive Prize Winners - 2017?

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Pledge Drive. It was one of our best.

Christine Berthiaume from the New Orleans Jazz Fest pulled the names of the winners of the prizes today, May 18, for the first 24 winners. Altogether there are 39 prizes. These 24 choose their…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 18, 2017 at 9:30pm — 13 Comments

Call for Artists: Art Providence Holiday Sale

December 9-10
Providence, Rhode Island

Rhode Island Convention Center 
Presented By: ArtSmart…

Added by Connie Mettler on May 17, 2017 at 11:09pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: Affordable Arts Festival - 6th Annual

August 27
Littleton, Colorado
Campus of Arapahoe Community College

9AM - 3PM

150 Artists in 15 media categories

Deadline: May 30

Jury/Booth fees are $30/$225 for a single 10x15…

Added by Connie Mettler on May 16, 2017 at 9:17pm — No Comments

Artisphere, Greeneville SC--Small show with killer sales

I put this show among my top seven in the USA.

Only 130 booth spaces, with more than a thousand artists applying.

This was my third time in. It was also my best one there, although it started off scarey.

First, a little history.

In the eighties, when I started going away for five months to do shows in the Midwest, I always stopped in Greenvillle.

I had a solid glass artist buddy named Loren Marshall who lived there.

In those days I was lugging a 21-foot…


Added by Nels Johnson on May 16, 2017 at 3:00pm — 8 Comments

Some Thoughts on Shows

Before the show:

•Eat a good breakfast.
•Pick up some flowers for your booth (your gallery).
•Keep your space clean – sweep and dust.
•Price everything clearly.
•Say good morning to your neighbors.

During the show:

•Smile all day.
•Never sit in or around your booth.
•Don’t use your Smartphone except for taking cc’s.
•Engage everyone who walks by. “How are you folks…

Added by Jeff Owen on May 16, 2017 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

Call for Artists: 53rd Craft + Design

November 17, 18 & 19 

Richmond, Virginia

Main Street Station

Presented By: Visual Arts Center of Richmond

120 Artists

Deadline: May 26…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 15, 2017 at 6:59pm — No Comments

How my approach change because of artist friends.

It is almost six month into the 2017 calendar and this had been my experience so far. 

I choose at the start of the year cut my post on a different forum on Facebook and other outlets. I came to that conclusion that I recognize that art fair industry it is a spiral and should work in craft and sales techniques. I hope that last another 20 years but I do not know. My friends that been doing show longer than me are seeking for a safe way…


Added by Oscar Matos Linares on May 15, 2017 at 6:32pm — 4 Comments

Change In Latitude...Change In Attitude

Well not really a change in latitude but definitely a change in attitude at the Marshfield Art Fair held at the fairgrounds in Marshfield WI.  

It's always held on Mother's Day and this was the second time I had done the show. The weather was beautiful but it was not a buying crowd for many of us. In years past, it was held at the high school and fine arts/crafts were sold. This year the venue was changed to the fairgrounds and more crafters were in attendance and at least one…


Added by Denise Johnson on May 15, 2017 at 11:02am — 7 Comments

Call for Artists: 3rd Black & White Show, A Juried National Competition

July 29 - August 20
Brooklyn, NY
Presented By: Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC)
500 Artists
Deadline: May 31

Application Fee: $65/3; $5 each additional…

Added by Connie Mettler on May 15, 2017 at 7:42am — No Comments

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