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Alan Anderson
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  • Cocoa, FL
  • United States
  • Wire Wrapped Jewelry
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Your Medium
Wire Wrapped Jewelry
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Leesburg Bikefest
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
The opportunity to meet tons of new customers, and to get feedback on product.
Best show ever and why
Most money - Kutztown Folk Festival. Best 4 day or less show - Gulf Shores. Faborts show - Annmarie Gardens. Best one day shows - Kumquat Festival and Great Day in the Country Oviedo.
Worst show ever and why
Magic City Gift Show. Ridiculously expensive, promised 20K paid shoppers, saw 500. Only show ever that we did not cover booth fees. Horrible
Who referred you to Please be specific.
My wife, Wanda, gets emails from you.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
We are living the dream as full time RVers! Enjoying this great country, looking forward to a cross country trip in 2016.

Alan Anderson's Blog

First time at Virginia Beach Neptune Festival

Posted on September 29, 2015 at 8:44am 4 Comments

So we found out this weekend what a fantastic organization does when faced with torrential rain and high wind forecast for a 3 day event on the boardwalk - you move the event into the convention center, and plaster every media format with ads and PSAs announcing the move.  And WOW!  

This event was the best attended indoor event we have ever done.  This change in venue was made 24 hours before the setup started. Unbelievable communications from Sharon Tanner, loads of help on site,…


AnnMarie Gardens Artsfest '15 - The Good, the... wait, only good!!!

Posted on September 29, 2015 at 8:35am 5 Comments

Artsfest is one of our very favorite events.  Extremely well run, great crowds, great customers, phenomenal volunteers and staff, beautiful venue, great area.  Setup is uncomplicated, although you may have to dolly a ways if you are on the 'wooded path', but they have big 4 wheel dollies to use, and if you have a disability, they are on the spot with golf carts to tote your stuff.  Break down is smooth, and you can set up a day early and break down on Monday if you prefer.  I guess some…


Outrageous application fees

Posted on August 28, 2015 at 7:25am 31 Comments

Just received an "Invitation" from Juried Art Services to apply to the West Palm Beach Fine Craft Show in February.  This lovely invite came with a $50 application fee ($75 if after 9/12!, but the website says it's only $70), and did note that ONLY last year's award of Excellence winners were grandfathered.  135 Spaces total.  When you are charging booth fees like this:


February 25 - Check-in and set-up

February 26 - 10 AM…


Havre de Grace Art Fair debacle

Posted on August 17, 2015 at 5:06am 41 Comments

Let me preface this review with the fact that I am a positive guy.  Read my reviews - my attitude is that even if you are up to your neck in horse manure, the has to be a pony in there somewhere!

So, let me begin with the positives about this show

  • Venue - a beautiful waterfront view of the end of the Susquehanna River and the beginning of the Chesapeake Bay, overlooking a Marina full of expensive boats, in a park filled with huge trees.  Ok, so the grass doesn't…

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At 10:55pm on March 23, 2012, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to, Alan.   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 articipation 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 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.

At 7:41am on June 02, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Alan Anderson a gift
Thank you for your generous support!
At 11:00pm on April 21, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Alan Anderson a gift
Congrats on winning the Post of the Week Award - 4/22/13.
At 10:04pm on June 05, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Alan Anderson a gift
Alan, thanks so much for all your support. It is appreciated!
At 9:06am on August 19, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow gave Alan Anderson a gift
Thank you, Alan, for reviewing the Havre de Grace Seafood Festival. We do appreciate your willingness to help.
At 2:28pm on September 25, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Alan Anderson a gift
Thank you, Alan, for referring Wayne Aubin to Art Fair Insiders.
At 2:15pm on June 11, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Alan Anderson a gift
Thanks so much for the pledge! I appreciate the support.
At 11:22pm on August 04, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Alan Anderson a gift
Thank you, Alan, for referring Sam V. Serio to Art Fair Insiders.
At 12:25pm on June 24, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Alan Anderson a gift
Thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders.
At 12:27pm on June 24, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Alan Anderson a gift
Thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders.

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