Art Fair Insiders

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


Q: How do I find my way around the site? 

A: Using the top menu bar is the best way to navigate and find more on the site quickly.  

Q: How do I find things on the site?

A: There are easy to use "Search" boxes in the Tabs at the top of the site and at the top of the Forum.  These boxes searches the whole site, including forum discussions, blog posts, member profiles, and more.

* Also on the Photos page (use the top menu bar to get there) under the featured photos is a search box (searches only photos using either the title of the post, title of the photo or tags)


Q: How do I find the latest information posted on the site?

A: If you check in frequently, the front page is great as it has the latest updates in the "Activity Feed", lower middle of the page

If you’re looking for blogs, you can click the “blog” link in the top menu bar, this will take you to the latest blogs – or latest comments on blogs.   If you’re looking for forum discussions, clicking on the “forum” link in the top menu bar will take you to all forum discussions.  Below the featured discussions, there are all the forum topics listed.  Clicking on each topic will bring you to the latest updated discussions.

Q: How do I use“My Page”

A: AFI provides you with a page that you can personalize, add photos to, an RSS feed (e.g., from your website or offsite blog), a text box for whatever you wish and a blog.

To upload your photo and update your information, click on “my settings” underneath your name in the right column on your page (top of the page).

There is a status update bar at the top of your page which you can enter a small update (up to 140 characters) whenever you wish.

You may receive comments on your comment wall.  You can respond to the sender by clicking “comment back” under the said comment.  This will take you to the commenter’s page where you can type in a message on their comment wall.

Each box of information on your page has a header bar you can click and drag this to various places on your page to order it as you desire.   

To add something to one of these boxes, start by clicking the “Edit” button on the box header bar.   To add photos click “Add Photos” in the photo box on your page and follow the prompts.  To add a blog post, click “Add a Blog Post” under the “blog” box on your page.  (If the box has nothing entered in it (e.g., you don’t have any photos) then although you will see the information box, other viewers of your page won’t.)

To change the look of your page, click on the “customize my page” near the top of your left hand column, under your photo. There are lots of ways to personalize your page.


Q: I’m receiving a lot of emails from AFI, how can I reduce these?

A: If you find you're receiving too many notification emails you can change your settings.  

Go to 'My page'; Click on “Settings” on the right top of the page.   Go to “email” on the left hand side of the page. Select which emails you want - its a good idea to keep the top option ticked: "A personal message" as this is how other members can talk to you one on one

Q: I don’t know where to post a new topic – should I do it in my blog or as a discussion in the forum?

A: The blog is for show reviews and editorial pieces. Anything else should be posted to its respective topic in the forum. The forums are more user friendly and generate more interest and participation.


Q: How do I find the Art Show Reviews?

A: Many informal reviews can be found in the blog section (go to “blog” on the top menu bar) and either browse or use the search bar if you’re looking for information on a specific show.

The links on the top menu bar for “Art Show Reviews” and “Call for Artists” are external pages linked into the site. 

Q: How do I upload a photo to a discussion?

A:  At the top of the reply box is a small WYSIWYG menu.  If you hover over each of the pictures in the menu bar it will tell you what the button is for.  To add a photo to your discussion, click the second picture “image” and follow the prompts.  


Q: How do I send a private message to another member?

A: Go to their page and under their photo there is the option to "Send a Message"  this may not be available if they're not your 'friend'.   You may have to request their friendship first.   

Q:  How can I send a message to all my friends? 

A: To send a message to all your friends - click on the word "friends" in the top right hand corner under your name. You will then see clickable wording on the left hand side that says "send message to all friends".    You can send a message to fellow members of a group you belong to as well.   Go to the group’s page and in the top right of the page is an option “send message to group”.  Don’t SPAM though!

Q: How do I participate in live chat?

A: On the very bottom of the front page (“Home”) is a live chat facility.     The people who are currently online are listed in the right hand box. 

A green dot in the top right of the chat box indicates you are online.  You may go offline by clicking this dot which will turn red.   To start talking, type in your question, comment etc., in the bottom section and press enter.  You will see your comment now in the larger box.   Please be aware that although some people look like they are online they may have the screen open but be away from their computer.   If you are online and someone starts chat, you will hear a chime sound from your computer (if you have sound enabled) each time they enter a new comment.

Q: I have problems with viewing or accessing the site, how do I get technical help?

A: To access Ning Help (offsite), click on the "Help" at the very bottom right of the page in the black bar.

Many thanks to member Linda Shields for gathering and preparing the above info. 

Comment by Annette Piper on November 2, 2012 at 5:57pm


Comment by Connie Mettler on November 3, 2012 at 1:21pm

I'm getting there, Annette. Thanks for you help and direction for pulling this together.

Comment by Karole Bowlds on November 4, 2012 at 9:05am

WOW!! Connie and all her "Helper" peeps...this is looking, and flowing so much better!! Just thought I'd check out all the news today, my first day back from "SANDY" mess!! You have all done good work to create a better flowing site!!

Comment by Connie Mettler on November 4, 2012 at 9:02pm

Thank you, Karole. Actually, on this page Linda Shields gets a lot of the credit as this is a project she started a while back and then I got too crazed to follow up. I believe there were others who gave her input. There is a little tweaking yet to do and I'm waiting for Barry Bernstein who is putting together a "best of" links of great tips. I know there was something of yours that I wanted included. Didn't you do a tutorial about weighting or setting up a tent?

Comment by Jim Hoover on April 4, 2015 at 11:14am

I see a couple of places to add photos.  Can't find where to add one to my profile that shows next to my name.  Can you help please?

Comment by Connie Mettler on April 4, 2015 at 11:54am

Sure Jim. Go to "my page" -- there on the left hand side is a red box. Click on that and a dialogue box will come up to help you do that. 

Comment by Cheryl Holz on October 10, 2015 at 12:07pm

hello! I'm new and was told i could post things for sale here.  when i search for classifieds or for sale- nothing is found, and no headings at top address that. selling my trailer, tent and chair! thought this would be a good place to start! 

Comment by Karole Bowlds on October 20, 2015 at 11:52am

Cheryl Holz- you need to click on DISCUSSIONS at the top of the page, then scroll down the page, to the one labelled "For Sale"... click on that and it takes into the area where you can list your items, post pics etc of your gear you need to sell.

Comment by Paul Muldawer on September 14, 2016 at 10:08am

How and where do I post sites for tent

things I want to sell?

Comment by Dan Lewis on October 26, 2016 at 10:59pm

Where do I post pictures of my booth for critique?

Comment by Connie Mettler on October 28, 2016 at 9:53am

Here's the link in the Discussions, Dan, Booth Examples and Reviews:

Comment by Nancy Delgado on February 5, 2019 at 3:17pm

Im just trying to sell my Pro Panels. That is the whole reason for joining this group and I can't find where to list them although I see lots of them listed.

Comment by Robin Miller on October 28, 2019 at 1:17pm

Same here. Where do I post booth items for sale?

Comment by Marlene Lehman on December 24, 2020 at 9:34am

I have a mat cutter complete with a circle mat cutter 30x40 matboards in assorted colors plus flat-files.

Everything goes for $1000. or best offer.

Call 260-214-4212 for more info.



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