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Midwest Art Fair Business

Let's share the ins and outs of all the Midwest shows. What shows do you love, which do you avoid? 

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Latest Activity: Jun 10

What is the Midwest?

Good question -- lots of states and most of the best shows in the country. We can concentrate on IL, IN, MI, WI, IA, OH, MO, KS and NE -- but we can stretch those boundaries. We're in charge here!

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Art Market at Jordan Creek, Oct. 8-9, 2016

Started by Pat Falk. Last reply by Tim Schroll Mar 7, 2018. 8 Replies

The setting:  around a man made lake, stone water fall, concrete walkway, perfect for an art fair.Location: West Des Moine where there is huge growth of homes, townhomes and commerce with upscale mall with 160 stores and lots of restaurants.Weather:…Continue

Tags: DesMoines, West, Creek, Jordan

Columbus Art Festival

Started by Robbie Curnow. Last reply by Judy Goodwin Feb 23, 2018. 1 Reply

Hello, I am a Jeweler and I live in Oregon. I know I’m not a mid-west artist, but I was accepted to the Columbus Art Festival this year. Has anyone in this group done this show? I have heard good and bad things about the show. My expensive would be…Continue

Tags: festival, art, Columbus

Chicago Artist: Art Show Display Items

Started by Donna Webster. Last reply by Amy Burns Jul 7, 2017. 17 Replies

If you do outdoor summer art shows..?I am selling a white tent 15 ft.Tables. EaselsDisplay walls 4 ft by 8 ft high.Directors chairsCall Donna at 847-4589327Continue

Wichita Art and Book Fair

Started by Judy Goodwin May 11, 2017. 0 Replies

We've been accepted to the Wichita Art and Book Fair after having not participated in it for about 12 years. We just noticed that it only has 40 artists.  Has anyone attended this fair recently?  We are trying to decide if it's worth the 5 hour…Continue

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Comment by carrie jacobson on December 23, 2015 at 12:26pm

Omaha Summer Arts Festival was good for me. I've only done it once, but it was well-organized, and tons of people came and bought. And they were very, very nice people. Set-up and take-down are easy. The 11Worth restaurant alone is practically worth the trip. I dig Omaha. 

Comment by Kathleen J. Clausen on December 22, 2015 at 9:49pm

Lakefront Art Fair in Michigan City, IN.  Smallish.  Very nicely juried, $ awards, responsive organizers.

Kettering, OH.  One day show in August.  Very nice selection of artists.

Comment by Christina L. Towell on December 17, 2015 at 10:03am

So many art fairs, so little time...Arts, Beats and Eats - Royal Oak, MI, the Birmingham, MI art fairs, Detroit Urban Craft Fair, Ridge Fine Art and Craft, Ann Arbor Art Fair (the grandaddy) and the list goes on and on...

Comment by Fiona Payne on December 16, 2015 at 12:51pm

How about MN?

Comment by Barrie Lynn Bryant on December 12, 2015 at 1:11pm

Marion Arts Festival in Iowa. Brookside Art Annual in Kansas City. Lots of good deadlines approaching in January. WOOHOO!


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