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 Kelly M Ryan on March 3, 2014 at 7:48pm

Thanks for the welcome, Connie, and AFI! I look forward to interacting with you in the online and (hopefully) on the ground communities!

Comment by Diane Pilgrim Hunn on March 21, 2014 at 4:44pm

Thanks for adding me to the site. I look forward to years of great friendships and lots of information!  Being new to the Art Fair world, I am interested in all the guidance I can get.  Thanks Again!!!

Comment by Mary H. Kimmel on May 19, 2014 at 3:52pm

Thanks Connie for the welcome . . . .many times people are just dropped into the mix to sink or swim. Hopefully I'm a swimmer!

Comment by Judi Markert on June 30, 2014 at 7:14am
Thank you, Connie, for your warm welcome. I found the site by means of a happy accident, and I can already tell I will learn a lot from my fellow members!
Comment by Debbie Laneve on July 1, 2014 at 2:01pm
Thank you for allowing me to become a part of this site. I look forward to being a regular! Enjoy the 4th!
Comment by Wendy Merkle on July 19, 2014 at 3:35pm

I have read this site off an on for quite a while.  I find myself the Momager of my Daughter's Emerging Art Career and while she works on the hard stuff I kind of research and discuss options with her.  So far so good.  I am interested in being a more permanent member to help her better.

Comment by Noreen Gug on July 24, 2014 at 1:10pm

Thanks Connie

Comment by J. William Hill on August 11, 2014 at 9:30am

Hi I am William and I look forward to meeting people on this site and through shows. Live in Atlanta, Ga. Say hi if you know me or just want to. Thanks Connie for adding me to the site.

Comment by Stephen L Schwiesow on May 13, 2015 at 9:08pm

Hey folks.  I'm Steve, and I'm a newbie to art shows.  I have tried two and on the second (medium-sized) one I sold a total of 1 small item.  Was very disappointed, so I need to learn, find out more about "presentation" and see what you folks can give some insights on.  I live in southwest Iowa.  I have two art shows coming up in June (one small, one very large).  So, help!

Comment by Connie Mettler on May 13, 2015 at 9:28pm
Reas on here like crazy. Look at booth shots, ask questions. "Search" for NGO on how to make the sale. It's all here. Where do you want to start?
Comment by Susan E Wright on February 17, 2017 at 10:10am
Hi All- My name is Sue Wright, from Michigan, and just getting started with my ceramics/pottery business. I am looking forward to being able to chat and learn from other artists!


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