Wakarusa, IN

Your Medium

Oil, pastel

Years in the Art Fair Business


First show ever

Art Beat, South Bend, Indiana

What is your website?


What are the best things about art fairs

Direct interaction with the general public, interaction with real artists, no middle man, more control of my destiny! Galleries are great, but in this economy, I have found that having several avenues of income is the only way for someone like me to make ends meet!

Best show ever and why

Boy that is toughy. For me, I would have to say a small show called Taste of the Gardens, in Elkhart, IN. It is on one of the last Saturdays in August, in a beautilfu setting, with lots of room, and lots of people who are genuine art patrons, plus I won Best of Show along with some other great sales, and it is only 30 minutes from my home, so we visited on and off with friends pretty the entire day...

Worst show ever and why

Riverfest Art Fair, Columbus, OH (I think that was the name). It was in the, so it is not the big fair that is in the summer...they advertized as having a huge budget for promotion....all sorts of special incentives to draw a large crowd....but when I got there every artist I met was a new artist to the show. I didn't meet one returning artist, but there may have been some there, since I didn't get down to the other end of the show. The crowd, simply was no where near the size they had reported! Even on the nice day, there was hardly anyone there. They did have a good "college bucks" program for the students from the university, but that was not presented very clearly to the artists, so I ended up dropping a price to sell a painting, because I didn't know I could give out change! Also there were several other problems simply due to poor organization. Maybe within a few years this will become a good show, but for me, I just can't do it again due to only selling enough to cover my booth fees and part of my travel expenses.

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

I can't remember. I have been receiving emails from you for several months now.

Comment Wall

You need to be a member of Art Fair Insiders to add comments!

Join Art Fair Insiders


  • Welcome to ArtFairInsiders.com, Diane.   I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

    When you have a chance, please add a photo of yourself and stop by the Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. We all look forward to your participation here. Also, visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!

    Many topics have already been discussed here before you joined us. You might like to try a search of your topic before you post your question. Just put your topic, canopy tents, jurying fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, etc, into the search bar at the top of the right side of the page. You might be surprised that someone has already asked your question.

    We also ask that all new members take a few moments of their time to read the code of conduct. You will find it at http://www.artfairinsiders.com/page/code-of-conduct. There are a few guidelines that all members will need to follow because , as in any social community, we all need to work together.

    Best wishes,

    Connie Mettler

    p.s. The best way to make this system easy to use is to click on the "Follow-Email me" link at the bottom of each Forum discussion that interests you. That way the system will email you automatically whenever anyone responds. It's a great time-saver.

This reply was deleted.