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Mark Cortright replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Any ideas on how to change demographics at the art fair?
"May want to consider local artists over traveling artists in jury point system. Just repalcing is not a good thing unless the work is better-new faces is a piss poor reason on its own. Mix it up is best. You want folks who sell well and the public…"
Connie Mettler commented on Jan Sundby's blog post Newbie Art Fair Suggestions
"Please visit our website,, Jan, and look at the listings there. Of course there is that good one on Fort Myers in early February for starters."
Paul m Tower left a comment for Connie Mettler
"I have been following Art Fair Insiders for quite a few yrs. never joined to now, just so busy all the time - now making more time for the art....Thanks! for all the grate info that you provide for all...It will be great to have a place to go…"
Connie Mettler replied to jeffrey spugnardi's discussion Clarendon Art Festival; 13-14 Apr 2019, Arlington, VA
"You did a fine job, with pertinent details, Jeffrey, and we thank you. What made you choose to do this show? Do you live near? I know there is a lot of $$$ in that area and younger people getting started and some very pricey homes, which gives…"
Connie Mettler commented on Nels johnson's blog post Main Street Fort Worth—Killer Show even though we lost one day
"Finally! I've been waiting for this report, Nels. Then remembered you have farther to drive to get back home now that you've moved to New Smyrna.  How can it be that this show is so successful? And better than all the other Texas…"
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"Hello, I just re-listened to this podcast and it says that there will be a video in the show notes.  I cannot seem to find this video to follow along.  Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks"

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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.

Here is a recent interview "about me"

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Prizewinners at one of the "biggies": La Quinta Arts Festival 2019

Posted on April 15, 2019 at 11:41am 0 Comments

The winners at the:

  • Ranked#1 Fine Art & #1 Fine Craft Festival in the Nation – Art Fair SourceBook 2019
  • Ranked # 1 Fine Art and Design Show – Sunshine Artist 2018…

e.g., How Great Art Fairs Market to their Fans

Posted on April 8, 2019 at 1:23pm 0 Comments

We all know it is all about the marketing. I'm on a bunch of show's mailing lists so I receive PR regularly. An art fair that has great communication skills is Artisphere in Greenville, S.C. I'm posting their latest email to inspire other show organizers.…


Call for Artists: Penrod Arts Fair - 53rd Annual

Posted on April 3, 2019 at 9:51pm 0 Comments

September 6 & 7
Indianapolis, Indiana
Sponsored by the Penrod…

How do you like this poster?

Posted on March 26, 2019 at 11:22am 8 Comments

Image by Michelle Lundgren

Can you show us a better one? Upload below. 

Actually, the deadline has changed on the image above. It is now…


Who Won the Prizes at Coconut Grove and Winter Park?

Posted on March 19, 2019 at 7:00pm 4 Comments

Being accepted at Florida's two biggest shows can be the highlight of an artist's winter brining in income for the current time AND if you win a prize that can mean $$$ and a highly desirable invitation to next winter's festival. Who were the winners?


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Comment Wall (1,349 comments)

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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