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3 Ways to Thrive in the Art Fair Business (reprise)

Look what I found in our archives -- an excellent article from artist Ginny Herzog from March, 2009. You remember 2009 ... scary days for our country and art fairs.Ginny has now been doing shows for over 30 years and continues to be enthused about the life style and her ability to earn a living standing on street corners across America."Hi Connie, Here are some of…See More
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Connie Mettler commented on Rick Plummer's blog post Old but New
"Oh, the tents, the tents ... I searched on this site because there is a video somewhere on how to put these babies up quickly ... couldn't find it, Rick, but it seems you have the right attitude here. Totally an adventure and pretty cool life…"
Nov 13
Kimberly Albritton left a comment for Connie Mettler
"Thank you for the warm welcome, Connie!  I have recently completed my very first art festival and think it was a moderate success (I sold six pieces). I have applied to four additional shows for 2019 so, wish me luck! Best, Kim"
Nov 10
Sonja Jones commented on Connie Mettler's blog post How You Get to be Chosen to be in the Cherry Creek Arts Festival
"I just participated in the Colorado Arts Image Review presented by the Cherry Creek Art Festival.  I wasn't able to physically attend, unfortunately, but I received written feedback on the images and booth shot I submitted.  The…"
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"Thank you so much Connie as I’m sure it will be very beneficial in many ways. Thank you for reaching out to me."
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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!
What is your website?
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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3 Ways to Thrive in the Art Fair Business (reprise)

Posted on November 16, 2018 at 1:09pm 0 Comments

Look what I found in our archives -- an excellent article from artist Ginny Herzog from March, 2009. You remember 2009 ... scary days for our country and art fairs.

Ginny has now been doing shows for over 30 years and continues to be enthused about the life style and her…


Help Wanted: CherryArts

Posted on November 9, 2018 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

In my mailbox today: 

CherryArts Marketing Manager

We are looking for a marketing professional with experience in the arts and/or large event production to manage a marketing program that will build visibility of…

You/your art/craft on TV!

Posted on November 8, 2018 at 5:00pm 1 Comment

In my mailbox today from NBC:

All of you artsy/craftsy folks, fine artsy, loving hands artsy, weekend warrior artsy ... this might be for you! 

Anyone interested in applying can go to …


Today's the day --

Posted on November 8, 2018 at 7:35am 0 Comments

Deadline: Midnight, November 8, Best Art Fairs Survey

Can you share this link and get some of your fans to complete our survey before midnight. You know how the crowds flock to the art fairs ... not just because they…


Call for Artists! Artsy Shark needs 48 artists

Posted on October 27, 2018 at 1:34pm 0 Comments

Artsy Shark is currently seeking 48 artists to feature and promote through individual portfolio articles in the coming months. Submissions are now open. We invite visual artists in all mediums to apply.

Deadline is November 1, 2018.

As a Featured Artist, you present your portfolio and in your own words, describe…


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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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