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Connie Mettler replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion Wayne County Fair
"I've moved it to Reviews, Matt. All I can think is that perhaps you didn't click the right category. Its in the right place for awhile now."
Connie Mettler replied to Veronica e Raj's discussion First Outdoor Fair - Supply Checklist
"In addition, we always had a short list posted on top of our show info, about 10 items that would make it easier for us to not be caught shorthanded, e.g.: cash, credit card machine, jacket, knitting, books, magazines (those 3 for me to keep myself…"
Connie Mettler replied to Don Seib's discussion What's right, what's wrong, what goes or what stays?
"Wow!! Guess I'm going to have to learn how to do Photoshop!"
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Launching its Second Decade - Art San Diego Moves Downtown

 Have you heard the news? Art San Diego is returning to downtown San Diego! Just imagine: The beautiful San Diego Convention Center, right in the heart of the busy downtown scene, steps away from the popular Gaslamp and Little Italy restaurants, with Art San Diego right in the midst of it all this October 10-13. Continuing into its…See More
gary carroll commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Des Moines Artist Sues for Copyright Infringement
"Freedom of panorama is the legal right to publish pictures of artworks, sculptures, paintings, buildings or monuments that are in public spaces, even when they are still under copyright. The crossover is going to be how important the art was to the…"
Carol Joy Shannon commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Des Moines Artist Sues for Copyright Infringement
"I think Larry Berman is right with both his comments. And there's no way the company didn't notice that's why they used it.  I've licensed my work to a variety of entities for as little as $1.  Getting seen is…"
Connie Mettler replied to Don Seib's discussion What's right, what's wrong, what goes or what stays?
"A great start, Don. You've obviously been paying attention ;) My only problem is that although that rug is great, it really is distracting. Maybe take it out for your photo and/or aim the camera angle so it doesn't show so much floor. "
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publisher of &; art fair organizer and consultant
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Royal Oak, MI, and the following weekend the State Street Show in Ann Arbor. Baptism by fire!
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What are the best things about art fairs
When you go home with fat pockets.
Best show ever and why
Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair 2001 - best sales ever at an art show, lots of money flowing in the streets of Ann Arbor. We went home and paid all our bills!
Worst show ever and why
As beginners, grasping at anything, got talked into an "art show" at Boysville, a fundraiser at a rural boy's reformatory. The first day we pocketed $5 in sales. Instead of spending the night we cancelled our hotel reservation and went home.
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I started to build an online community around the nation's art fair business so artists and others could connect with one another for mutual support and fellowship.

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Launching its Second Decade - Art San Diego Moves Downtown

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Why I'll Be Showing My Work at Artists & Charities

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Your chance to be a Coordinator for an Art Festival

Posted on September 5, 2019 at 8:10am 4 Comments

In my inbox from Cranston, Rhode Island:

The Wickford Art Association is seeking an experienced event planner to serve as Festival Coordinator of the 58th Wickford Art Festival, to be held on July 11 and 12, 2020. The successful applicant will serve as the face of this award-winning event, working with the Board of Directors and volunteer committees to plan and implement all aspects of the festival. This is a…


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Des Moines Artist Sues for Copyright Infringement

Posted on August 26, 2019 at 4:03pm 16 Comments

Des Moines Art Festival Exec Stephen King sent me this story:

Des Moines artist Chris Williams never imagined his work would be in a Super Bowl ad, but he recently became aware that an ad by the supermarket chain Hy-Vee featured prominently his mural in a Des Moines neighborhood. Not only that, the narrator was Oprah. It was a 4 minute feature…


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At 2:01am on June 17, 2008, Connie Mettler said…
Isn't this cool? Time for the art fair artists community to REALLY enter cyberspace. Social networks aren't just for those kids anymore!
At 7:53pm on September 24, 2008, C. L. Cunningham said…
Hi Connie -- It's the number one entry if you google my name (C. L. Cunningham) and links dirrectly to the website. No biggie, but please make sure it is available on this site and linked as you think best so it won't be confusing to others. Thanks and good luck with this exciting new venture!
At 8:14pm on October 2, 2008, carlye crisler said…
when things change significantly. But I miss the contact with other artists doing shows and this will be a good replacement for the short term.
At 12:11pm on October 31, 2008, Kayte Strong said…
Dear Connie
Yes, we are all aware of each other and most of us started during the 90's as I did. There's probably 30 of us still rotating through the circuit, reeling from the double whammy of a slow economy and music industry CD sale declines--however there are still some of us who just love doing what we do and are dedicated to toughing it out. The most well-known singers on this circuit include Pacific Coast's Jean Sidwell and Pat Surface--and I see both of them each winter in Florida. I personally sing and keyboards are my first instrument, but I also contribute guitar to my albums.

Thank you for respecting music as a part of the Art Show Community!! It is an honor to start this group and to gather information about the state of music retail at the shows--- we can help each other find and choose good venues, and how to support the artist community at large.

Thank you Connie!

I used to do 47 shows per year (no kidding) but I cut back this year and "only" am doing my best 30. I did Grand Haven/Muskegon/Orchard Lake as my Michigan tour and really enjoyed all of them. I have spent the extra time at home working for the mainstream Country Music Publishing industry here in Nashville and working on new music.

Things are looking better here in Tennessee as we have at least one city with gas prices at $1.95/gal!
At 5:47pm on October 31, 2008, Connie Mettler said…
I run Arts, Beats & Eats in Pontiac and Russell has been there just about every year. The Sidwell's were there for the first time this year and I didn't get a chance to visit, but stopped by their booth several times to listen. Very nice.

I believe the musicians add an ambiance to the festivals that is refreshing, sort of a like a medieval street fair, especially at evening events when the music swells up out of the night.

Any chance you have these other's email addresses? It would be great to add them to this community.

Since you live in Nashville, any chance you know my good friend, Jack Stoddart?
At 3:28am on November 1, 2008, Sherri Westfall said…
Thanks for the heads up on my video I was in youtube pulling videos a few nights ago.I may have accidently put that one private I'll try and fix it tomorrow. I'll let you know when I do.
You must be a night owl too:)
Looking foward to meeting everyone, and learning what I can about art fairs!
At 1:11pm on November 10, 2008, Christine Kloostra said…
Funny how quickly things get around... I had a handful of artists at the Washington Craft Show also mention it to me on Friday. For the most part, it seems to have been widely appreciated.
At 3:29pm on November 10, 2008, laurie m said…
Hi Connie--I am an artist but of course have a lot of other friends in the folk art (or whatever you want to call it) world--and also a lot in the altered art world. I'll be sure to blog about this site and I'll bet we can get others interested... thanks!
At 3:53pm on November 10, 2008, Connie Mettler said…
I'd really appreciate it, Laurie. What is your blog url?
At 5:03pm on November 20, 2008, Esmeralda Designs said…
Connie, thanks for your comment! Etsy is a cool artisan/craft site and the minis perfect for showcasing your this
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