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Wishing AFI member John Powell well in the coming days

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kathleen J. Clausen 8 hours ago. 5 Replies

Pledge Drive Big Prize Grab 2018

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We are keeping on, thanks to you

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Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Wishing AFI member John Powell well in the coming days
"That's great news John.  More wishes and prayers."
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C.C. Barton replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Wishing AFI member John Powell well in the coming days
"Wishing you the best, John.  I believe this kind of innovation is the future for all of us with all sorts of medical issues.  Hang in there!"
12 hours ago
Dusty Scott replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Wishing AFI member John Powell well in the coming days
"All the best! I've been following this type of medicine and see potentially a great future. I truly hope yours in the greatest success. Dusty"
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Cindy Welch replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Wishing AFI member John Powell well in the coming days
"Wishing you well in this development.  Will send up a prayer for your recovery as well."
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What IS America's Best Art Fair? (a survey)

What show is a "must attend" show for you, on your calendar every year? This is your invitation to participate in our 7th Annual "Best Art Fair in America" survey.In the last six years thousands of art lovers nationwide have completed our annual survey telling us what their "must attend" art fairs are and why.  …See More
Richard L. Sherer replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Wishing AFI member John Powell well in the coming days
"Good luck.That is really interesting science"
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Wishing AFI member John Powell well in the coming days

John Powell has been a member of this site for nearly 9 years and has added a lot of good content. Here is a recent email from him:I am hoping this coming year will be my first year back on the art fair circuit since 2015 due to a serious heart failure issue I suffered back in 2015. Next couple weeks I go back to Jewish Hospital in Louisville KY. for injections of stem cells that have been generated for this particular heart regenerative stem cell clinical trial, developed by renown…See More
Connie Mettler commented on Nels johnson's blog post The Shaw Art Fair (SF)—Last weekend in St. Louis
"Aft y’all these years finals review of the Shaw. Glad it worked well for you. I live those shows where they find you lodging. Shows they care and theocommunutcares too, plus bring the new kid in town you make friends who may show up at your…"
Oct 10

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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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What IS America's Best Art Fair? (a survey)

Posted on October 15, 2018 at 6:24pm 0 Comments

What show is a "must attend" show for you, on your calendar every year? 

This is your invitation to participate in our 7th Annual "Best Art Fair in America" survey.…

Free Winter Park Paint Out in April

Posted on October 4, 2018 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

From my inbox:

The Polasek Museum hosts the Winter Park Paint Out (April 21-27, 2019), a week-long plein air festival, every April and we would like to invite your members and affiliated artists in your group to apply. The application is free and we welcome new and out-of-state participation, as we have a wonderful housing program to offer. If…


I Didn't get into that show again!

Posted on October 3, 2018 at 3:52pm 4 Comments

Free?? How can it be free? Your chance to improve your chances of getting into that show. A great opportunity to learn what you need to do:

Colorado Artist Image Review Workshop presented by Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Denver, Colorado

OPEN DATE: 10/1/2018…


Invitation to Apply to the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show

Posted on September 27, 2018 at 7:30pm 0 Comments


Help Wanted: Artist Coordinator, Ann Arbor Street Art Fair

Posted on September 27, 2018 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

Here's your chance to help run of the nation's best known art fairs. I know you've got the important experience of knowing a lot about art events. Do you meet these qualifications? Or if you know of anyone who might be artist-aware, detail-oriented, full of boundless energy, and willing to work full-time the few weeks leading up to Art Fair read on for the job description:



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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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