Fort Wayne, IN

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publisher of ArtFairCalendar.com & ArtFairInsiders.com; art fair organizer and consultant

Years in the Art Fair Business


First show ever

Royal Oak, MI, and the following weekend the State Street Show in Ann Arbor. Baptism by fire!

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What are the best things about art fairs

When you go home with fat pockets.

Best show ever and why

Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair 2001 - best sales ever at an art show, lots of money flowing in the streets of Ann Arbor. We went home and paid all our bills!

Worst show ever and why

As beginners, grasping at anything, got talked into an "art show" at Boysville, a fundraiser at a rural boy's reformatory. The first day we pocketed $5 in sales. Instead of spending the night we cancelled our hotel reservation and went home.

Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.

I started ArtFairInsiders.com to build an online community around the nation's art fair business so artists and others could connect with one another for mutual support and fellowship. Here is a recent interview "about me" http://boomerwizdom.com/2012/07/connie-mettler/ Another one on Barney Davey's Art Business Blog: Art Fair Insiders - Connie Mettler - the Real Deal: http://www.artprintissues.com/2012/08/art-fair-insiders-connie-mettler-is-the-real-deal-.html Learn more "about us" at this link: http://www.blubrry.com/kjmastaw/745687/connie-mettler-art-fair-calendar-queen-may-212010/ Here is my story in the ZAPP News, 8/1/13: Industry Spotlight: Connie Mettler, Creator of ArtFairInsiders and ArtFairCalendar https://www.zapplication.org/news_post.phtml?post_id=507

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  • Hi Connie! Thanks for your message about AFI. There's so much I need to learn as this will be my first art fair in a Tent! I'm cautiously excited, and a little nervous about getting the mesh walls to hang art - and actually - everything!!!
  • Thanks Connie for connecting! I appreciate this forum. I'm new to this and look forward to learning about art shows and connecting with other artists and photographers.
  • Thank you, Connie. I found artfairinsiders as I was researching my first outdoor artfair in June. I like to be thoroughly prepared so I can have the best first fair experience as possible. This event usually brings in about 30,000 people. I'm feeling excited and cautiously optimistic! :)
  • Thanks Connie! I'm getting used to how this site works, with messaging. =)
  • Thank you Connie , I am looking forward to participating on this forum and meeting people at art festivals.
  • Hi Claire. I’m glad you found us. Will you have a half an hour for a week, you’re going to find answers to most of your questions about this business on this site. Use the search box and you’ll be amazed at all the helpful information here. Best wishes
  • Thank you Connie for the warm welcome ! I am looking forward to learning about festivals and shows . I sell online and have for years but am really wanting to connect directly with collectors !!
  • Thank you for connecting!
  • Thank You for reaching out!
  • Thanks so much, Connie! This is a fantastic site...
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