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Christina L. Towell
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  • Ferndale, MI
  • United States
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Detroit Urban Craft Fair

Started Dec 8, 2014 0 Replies

Well, I went, I saw, I was underwhelmed...not to say that there wasn't some really unusual, creative and interesting stuff there, there was but as far as fiber artists, I only saw one booth that had…Continue

Ridge Fine Art & Handmade Wares Show

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Nov 26, 2014. 3 Replies

I attended this show last saturday, November 22nd, which happened to be right next door to where I live in the basement of a Presbyterian church.  As inauspicious as this sounds, it was truly a…Continue

Maybe Next Time?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christina L. Towell Oct 21, 2014. 15 Replies

So, I recently applied for my first big juried Craft Fair and waited for what seemed like an eternity for them to close the application process and let me know whether I was in or out.  In fact, I…Continue

Tags: not getting into the show, rejection

Hot Fun in the Summertime

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pat Sorbini Apr 22, 2014. 17 Replies

Just out of curiosity, what shows / art fairs are you most looking forward to doing this year and why?  Are there some that you intentionally avoid?  How come?  Continue


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Christina L. Towell commented on Jacki Bilsborrow's blog post Ready or Not, Here is a Michigan Show that is Ready to Go
"It sounds like they've really thought this through and taken every precaution, I certainly wish them well!  We all have to learn to think outside the box now, it's a new day and a new reality."
Jun 26, 2020
Christina L. Towell commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part Three: Musing about the future of art shows—-Info on how to travel to shows
"Thanks, Nels, this is important first hand information for all of us.  I really like the paper towel or wipe for the gas pump idea and will utilize it next time we get gas.  These are scary times and we can't be too careful.…"
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"In yesterday's Podcast, one of the speakers referred to a website called Fashy Art or Fashie Art, maye Fashiart?? I can't find it on google. Can you give the correct spelling"
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"Thanks - that was a great help!!! I posted it! Now hopefully I can sell it... Michele"
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"Thank you for the welcome!!I am trying to maneuver your site so I can sell my Trimline Tent... but not having any luck figuring out how or where to add a listing? Can you point me in the right direction? Thanks so much!!Michele"
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"Thank you.  I did not expect such a welcoming group.  You seem to be a kind and thoughtful community.  I look forward to becoming active."
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Profile Information

Your Medium
Years in the Art Fair Business
Eight so far...
First show ever
The Old Granary ~ A Gathering on the Lawn ~ 2011
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Networking, meeting and talking with buyers, connecting with other artists, selling.
Best show ever and why
Detroit Artist Market Holiday Show - This will be my third year of participation.
Worst show ever and why
Strawberry Festival in Coldwater, MI
Lots of people but only interested in food and junk.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Constance Mettler / Art Fair Newsletter Editor
What is one fun fact about yourself?
My alter ego and business name is Helena Handbasket...pronounced Hell in a Handbasket.

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Thanks and Giving Artist Market - Pleasant Ridge, MI

Posted on November 23, 2015 at 9:59am 9 Comments

This was my first real show and I didn't really know what to expect.  I was attracted to it because it's close to home, the booth fee was only $30, which included one 6' table and two chairs and I was able to bring along another table of my own.  The show hours were also appealing, 6 to 9 on Friday evening and 10 to 4 on Saturday.  So, not a huge investment, great location, affluent area...all good, right?

So, on Friday evening they had appetizers and wine for show-goers and…


Funky Ferndale, D.I.Y. and Rust Belt Market

Posted on September 30, 2015 at 9:42am 7 Comments

Well, Funky Ferndale was indeed funky, exciting and chock-a-block with art lovers last week-end.  The D.I.Y. Art Fair takes place east of Woodward Ave. on Nine Mi.Rd. (in Ferndale, MI) and extends on through the city's library parking lot.  I don't believe this is a juried art fair but I could be wrong about is, however, delightfully quirky and attracts hordes of Ferndale hipsters and arty types.  On the other side of Woodward, also on Nine Mi.Rd., is the juried Funky Ferndale Art…


What Am I Doing This Week-End...I Thought You'd Never Ask

Posted on July 26, 2015 at 9:11am 2 Comments

Maybe I missed it but I couldn't find the discussion on What Are You Doing This Week-End, so I decided to start my own...on Friday I had a consultation with my Art Mentor, Andrea Rosenfeld.  For those of you not familiar with her, she started the Detroit Art and Business Institute (D.A.B.I.) and works with artists to help them with the business side of art, something I clearly need help with her good advice, I'm off and running.  In fact, I was contacted on Saturday by someone I…


How's Your Day Today...How's Your Day Tomorrow?

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 5:01pm 4 Comments

My two-year old grandson likes to ask the question," how's your day today, grandma?"  "How's your day tomorrow?"  We're tickled that not only is he concerned about how our day is going but that he's thinking ahead to tomorrow as well.  This query caused me to think about the general status of Art Fairs 2015.  How is it going so far for those of you out on the road and have you been able to predict how it will be "tomorrow"?

Is the concensus one of a general uptick in the…


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At 12:15am on April 23, 2021, Lorenzo Cassa said…

Thank you very much Christina!

At 9:59am on April 22, 2021, Susi Parriott said…

Thank you, I am super excited to begin this new Journey! 

At 11:36am on April 5, 2021, Joe Walker said…


I've only begin to get into all of the discussions but it looks like there is a ton of great information on here.  As a newer artist, I really appreciate all of the collective knowledge on here.

At 10:42am on April 2, 2021, Tracey Morgan said…

Thank you so much! Looking forward to connecting with everyone! Best, Tracey

At 6:42pm on March 31, 2021, Hanna Bruer said…

Hi Christina,

Thank you so much for the warm welcome. I'm glad to have found this great place - it looks like you all have quite a nice community and a wealth of information. There is a lot to learn, and it looks like I've come to the right place. Take care!

At 12:57am on March 29, 2021, Ans Taylor said…

Thanks, I hope it’s going to be a fun and helpful site :)

At 3:12pm on March 25, 2021, Kimberly Klock said…

Thank you so much! I am new to all of this and the website has been SO useful in finding reviews and suggestions on tents and fairs. It can be a ton of information to intake! Really excited to be a part of this community. 

At 4:43pm on March 23, 2021, Julie Riley said…
Thanks so much! I’m brand new to art fairs and hope to learn a lot!
At 11:39am on March 22, 2021, Roger Alan Beck said…

Yes, I am Roger the newbie, thanks for letting me in. 

At 12:32pm on March 16, 2021, Jason McPheeters said…

Thank you so much, Christina! I appreciate the welcome and info! I'm excited to be a part of the community and learn as much as I can.



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