Art Fair Insiders

Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals

Code of Conduct

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders.

Together we're building a friendly, worldwide community of people involved in the business of art fairs: artists, art fair organizers, and art fair patrons.

In order to encourage community interaction the following guidelines outline how everyone is expected to behave. Abiding by these guidelines will help our community and our individual careers flourish.

Additionally, failure to follow the guidelines below will result in being banned from the network.

1. Be Nice Presume the best, not the worst when others disagree with you. No one is here at Art Fair Insiders by accident - they are just as interested as you are in sharing information. Like email, text-based forum messages lose a lot of the nuance that face-to-face communication provides. So members should be sure to give the "benefit of the doubt" to other's intentions when interacting. No personal attacks and no inappropriate personal or adult topics or behavior, please.

2. Be Generous Share your expertise and others will share with you, too. The collective wisdom in this group is huge. Share your knowledge and you'll soon benefit from returned favors, too. (You'll also see that the most popular member contributors to the community are recognized publicly!)

3. Be Ethical Art Fair Insiders was started to put artists in touch with each other in order to further their professional growth and help them succeed in the art fair business. Anyone taking advantage of the free discourse on the site inappropriately (in our sole judgment) will be banned from the community.

4. Be thoughtful of others in voicing your political and religious beliefs.  In general those discussions do not belong on this site.

5. First and last names are required. All need to be responsible for their comments on the site. Anonymous posting is not allowed.

6. No Sales Pitches Please consider this a "Pitch Free Zone" where everyone can have fun together. So please no sales pitches, affiliate links, or blatant self-promotion. If you have a product, service, or event that you would like to promote to the community, please contact us about advertising on the site and in our newsletters. 

That's it. The presumption is that everyone here is an adult and will behave like one.  (Which also means that this site and all related services are solely for people 18 years and older, please.)

Thanks for joining us.



Thoughts to Live By from Colin Powell

  1. It isn't as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
  2. Get mad, then get over it.
  3. It can be done!
  4. Be careful what you wish for, you may get it!
  5. Don't let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
  6. You can't make someone else's choices and you shouldn't let someone else make yours.
  7. Check small things.
  8. Share credit.
  9. Remain calm. Be kind.
  10. Have a vision. Be demanding.
  11. Don't take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
  12. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.


Comment by Karen Sconyers on March 3, 2013 at 9:59pm

Code of Conduct - well said.  If you don't mind, there is a typo "Addendum: 4. Be careful not carful".



Comment by Dana Chandler Smith on April 29, 2013 at 12:30pm

Thanks for the warm welcome, Connie! I'll do my best to be considerate, discreet, and helpful to my fellow artists. I was born optimistic-so no worries there!

Dana C Smith

Comment by Stephany Lyman on May 22, 2013 at 12:06am

Thank you, Connie.  I'm not very techno-savvy, so it may take me some time to figure out how to post a picture.  I'll work on it.

Comment by Karen Sconyers on May 23, 2013 at 10:37am

I would like for any of you on the Insider to evaluate my application for Art Shows.  I have had the photos professionally enhanced to heighten my acceptance.  However, to date I have not been invited to 4 out of the 5 that I have submitted the attend. 

However, I have been accepted to several venues while on the phone with the director while they visit my website.  I enjoy exhibiting and would love to be able to be accepted to venues of my choice. 


I will accept your feedback as positive remarks.  Thank you for your time and energy.




Comment by David Zoberis Sr. on July 29, 2013 at 9:34am

Hello to Art Fair Insiders. Thank you for allowing me to join your group. I have a fair amount of art show experience since showing since 1994 as an outsider and after 2006 as an outsider/academic kind of hybrid. Our art world has changed. Art Fair Insider Group members are knowledgeable, kind and passionate about displaying their art. By joining this group, I hope to become a bigger part of understanding by listening to your experiences and perhaps sharing my own.


Comment by Nina Domenico on August 20, 2013 at 10:47pm

Hi All  Thankyou for the opportunity to join the group .  I look forward to chatting with members .

Theres always something to learn--and have fun at the same time .  Take Care Kindly Nina

Comment by Aisha Khan on September 8, 2013 at 11:45pm

Hi all,

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the artist group .I look forward to learn , connect with other artists and enjoy being here!



Comment by Valerie VanOrden on September 11, 2013 at 9:04pm

Would anyone care to discuss the ins and outs of doing art in farmer's Markets?  I find they are cheap, but people come looking for food.  Also they show me their tattoos because that is their total exposure to "art" in their lives, for the most part.  What's your take?  For the entire season in SW Michigan the Farmer's Market is only 80.00, that translates to 5.00 per day for table rent. There is a little roof and a given table.  Can't beat it with a stick, I say. 

Comment by Valerie VanOrden on September 11, 2013 at 9:06pm

BTW what do you artists think of designing tattoos?  I sell artwork that people buy and take down to the tattoo artist. I say "I don't know anything about that".  

Comment by Valerie VanOrden on September 11, 2013 at 9:09pm

Comment by Judy Pennington on September 15, 2013 at 3:20pm

Good ideas!!

Comment by Sheila Caim on October 18, 2013 at 11:51pm

Connie-Does the "Free AFI classified ads" cost $25?  Or does the $25 refer to specific types of ads?  I'm asking since we are moving out of the country and I need to sell my equipment.  



Comment by Lin Chamberlain on January 3, 2014 at 10:05am
Thanx,Connie! I am looking forward to being part of this group! I am not very computer savvy,so it may take me a while to post a picture!
Comment by Valerie VanOrden on January 3, 2014 at 11:33pm

Sounds reasonable and fair to me. 

Comment by DENNIS HEALD on January 4, 2014 at 5:56pm

Hi Connie, Thanks for accepting me into your group. I am new to the art show business. I have applied to 5 shows here on the Treasure Coast of Florida and was shocked to have  been accepted into all. The first show is in two weeks. So i am earger to get thru the first one to see how things go. I look forward to learning from everyone on the forum and hope to get to meet as many members in person as possible. 


Dennis Heald

Comment by Andrea LeBeau on January 6, 2014 at 9:27am

Thank you Connie, for welcoming me to your group. It looks like a very organized and have nice people  around. Looking forward to be here a lot.

Comment by Robin Chipman on January 13, 2014 at 1:51pm

Thanks Connie! I've had three shows to date, the next one coming up is The Suncoast Arts Fest at Wire Grass. I'm having trouble selling, my medium is colored pencil and watercolor, people are telling me they look like photographs. I strive for realism but certainly don't want it to impair the salability of my work, any suggestions? You can view my pieces by Googling RHChipman Art.

Thank you

Comment by Randi VerBerkmoes on February 4, 2014 at 4:55pm

Thanks for allowing me to be a part of this group.  I have been doing various shows for over 8 years now. Some juried and some not.  As I refine my work and am trying to get into the higher end shows but I will continue to do some of my local not juried shows as I have a proven following in them.  I plan to semi-retire the end of this year and focus much more on shows and doing some traveling so am excited to hear about shows out of my region.  If anyone is interested in show, both juried and not, in the Louisville, Ky area, I will be glad to help out.

Comment by mothusi sejakgomo on February 16, 2014 at 11:56pm

Roger that our esteemed admin. I promise to abide by the site's code of conduct. I am an Atlanta based visual artist. My creations are mainly in mixed media, collage, acrylic,  ink , pencil ... I graduated fro AIU (Atlanta/Buckhead) with BFA in Visual communications in 2002. Looking so forward to seeing some of y'all at the 2014 art fairs around the country. My works can be seen at  Thank you.

Comment by Diane J Zizka on March 2, 2014 at 2:18pm

Hello and thanks for adding me to the site!  I am new to Fine Art Shows, but I am an experienced traveler and have worked many festivals for other artists.  Its time to start preparing to step out into the Fine Art circuit and I am opening myself up to advice from others with experience making a living as an artist.  I hope to be able to share any of my previous experiences with everyone and any other experience I gain along the way!


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