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

Posting in Discussions & Blog

How to start a discussion:

  1. Go to "Forum" on the home page, or click on "Discussions"
  2. Scroll to bottom to find "+Add a Discussion" - click
  3. Type in a title - the catchier the better. Ask a question if possible
  4. In the body type in your information. Use the tool bar to emphasize your points.
  5. If applicable add a photo, which is more attractive than an attachment.
  6. Category: click on the little downward arrow and choose the category to which your discussion belongs
  7. Tags: here you add "key words", words that describe the topic so that people can find your discussion. Put these tags in "  " with a , between each tag
  8. You can preview your discussion to see if it says what you want it to say by clicking on "Preview." Do you like it? Then click on "Add Discussion".

Add a blog post (reserved for show reviews and editorial stories):

  1. Click on Blog in the tabs at the top of the site.
  2. On the right hand side you'll see a small box that says "+Add" - click
  3. Follow steps 3-8 above to add your post.

Want to write a great post that everyone will read?

Nels Johnson wrote this to help you out:

How to add an image to a discussion or post:

A photo always adds interest and will get your writing more attention.

Comment by Mike Taylor on December 22, 2015 at 12:19pm

Has anybody here seen or heard any interviews of REALLY successful Etsy shop owners?

I've looked over the big sellers and they are making huge money. 

I can see that being an amazing benefit to me if I wanted to go that route and increase my sales.


Comment by Paul Muldawer on September 14, 2016 at 10:32am

I am trying to find steps in posting things for sale with supporting photographs.

Comment by Connie Mettler on September 14, 2016 at 11:25am

Paul, go to the Discussions, click on "for sale or trade", add your info there.

Comment by Thaddius J Maslanka on December 13, 2016 at 2:05pm

Hello Everyone, I am searching for a technical tip. I paint oils on stretched canvas, and when I have 40-60 canvases ready, they do take up a great deal of room for a show. Is there a reliable method of removing the stretched canvas and replacing it with either a board or metal back, that is both stable and attractive. I know many customers want the stretched canvas, but the transportation is a problem. Any one have any ideas? I know aluminum is an option, albeit an expensive one. Thanks, Thad 

Comment by Valerie VanOrden on February 11, 2017 at 4:26am

Hello, i am casting about for inexpensive venues in the Michiana region, near Sturgis, Michigan or Three Rivers, MI. I qm open to farmers markets because they are usually inexpensive.

Comment by Jim Curry on March 4, 2017 at 1:09pm


After ten years I've decided to start doing the Art & Craft shows again. I now live in South Carolina near the boarder of North Carolina The reason I stopped was the economy in this area was not doing well.

Since I've been out of shows for so long I was wondering what types of prints are selling now, e.g. Matte vs Gloss, metal,  or other. All help appreciated.

Comment by Valarie Garber on August 2, 2019 at 9:32am

After preview it says go back to discussion to post. I go back but see not way to post :(

Comment by gary carroll on November 15, 2019 at 10:03am

I get many "call for artists" from this site (a good thing!) but they seem to be almost exclusively from places around a thousand miles (literally) away. Is there a way to narrow down the geography for such invites? If not, you might want to explore that. 

Comment by Connie Mettler on November 15, 2019 at 12:59pm

I know, Gary. Sorry about that ... however, we don't segment our artist lists because, who knows, maybe you'll see a show in your hometown at the time of a reunion and you might take a flyer on that? or, its in a place where you've always wanted to see ... artists do take advantages of these opportunities. 

Comment by gary carroll on November 15, 2019 at 4:08pm

Thanks! Makes sense. I'd rather get too many than miss one I like!

Comment by Larry Sohn on November 15, 2019 at 11:57pm

Some of us will travel most anywhere for a good show or the experience. Better to be given the information and choice.

Comment by Connie Mettler on November 18, 2019 at 12:33pm

Gary, I'm glad to hear you agree with my reasoning. Sometimes I think artists just think it is a sales spiel, but when we were doing shows we often went to a new show out of curiosity, to spend time with a friend, for a shooting opportunity on the way, because it was sandwiched between some other shows and we'd be on the road anyway. Lots of reasons.

Comment by gary carroll on November 18, 2019 at 2:27pm

Yes. I don't make my living at this, and am not retired, and thus can possibly travel 1,000 miles to a show. Others have different situations. It doesn't really take that long to just throw out the emails I am not interested in.

Comment by Connie Mettler on November 19, 2019 at 9:54am

My position exactly.

Comment by Shelly Christine Ristow on April 23, 2020 at 4:55pm

Thank you

Comment by Greg Freeman on June 26, 2020 at 4:15pm

This is without a doubt the worst web site I've seen in a long, long time. It is the most difficult site to navigate and instructions are incorrect telling you to click on links that do not exist. Please overhaul this site. It could be invaluable to artists and patrons alike if someone would pay to have it expertly developed. I couldn't even figure out to to post my tent for sale.


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