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Next Podcast: Planning a New Art Fair - 5 easy lessons

Tuesday, August 20, 5:00 to 5:30 pm ETCan Florida use another art festival? Does Palm Beach need an indoor art fair, during "the season?" Ingrid Robinson thinks so. Listen and learn how Ingrid gathers resources to host a show that will attract snowbirds to attend a new event. Joining her is Julie Mullen, co-founder of the award winning women-owned public…See More
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Call for Artists: Artisanville

November 2 & 3 Greenville, South Carolina Presented by: Artisanville, LLC250 ArtistsDeadline: August 31Notification Date: September 15Application Fee: $20    Booth Fee: $210-$350Artisanville is being held inside the beautiful Greenville Convention Center. Greenville, South Carolina has garnered a well-deserved reputation as an art-friendly city. With a revitalized downtown bustling with artists spaces and galleries, Greenville is a major draw for artist exhibitions. Having been chosen as…See More
Connie Mettler replied to Joe Cieslowski's discussion Old pro new to forum...HI!
"I hope you said you earned 1.7 million at the Expo last year ..."
Connie Mettler commented on Lynnette Shelley's blog post 2019 Rehoboth Outdoor Fine Art and Craft Review
"Wow! A perfect review, Lynette. Thank you so much. Personally, I don't know much about this event, but it seems like I should. Those are very decent sales figures, good for you. My thought on the Saturday traffic is that there are people who…"
Connie Mettler replied to Joe Cieslowski's discussion Old pro new to forum...HI!
"Hi Joe ... glad to have you. I'm sure you have a lot to share. I also started in this business just about the same time as you. We've probably met over the years when we came East to do some shows. You've also seen it all, the…"
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Royal Oak, MI, and the following weekend the State Street Show in Ann Arbor. Baptism by fire!
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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!
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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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Next Podcast: Planning a New Art Fair - 5 easy lessons

Posted on August 15, 2019 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

Tuesday, August 20, 5:00 to 5:30 pm ET

Can Florida use another art festival? Does Palm Beach need an indoor art fair, during "the season?" Ingrid Robinson thinks so. Listen and learn how Ingrid gathers resources to host a show that will…


Call for Artists: Artisanville

Posted on August 14, 2019 at 9:50am 0 Comments

November 2 & 3

Greenville, South Carolina
Presented by: Artisanville, LLC
250 Artists
Deadline: August 31

Notification Date: September 15

Application Fee: $20    Booth Fee: $210-$350…


La Quinta Art Festival 2020? The show must go on

Posted on August 7, 2019 at 2:43pm 0 Comments

New promoter chosen

It was with great sadness that artists and art lovers learned in June that there would not be an art festival in La Quinta in March 2020 because of differences in viewpoints/missions between the La Quinta Foundation and the city of La Quinta.…


Can an art fair help the local economy?

Posted on August 2, 2019 at 12:25pm 0 Comments

50 years ago Park City, Utah, known as a great winter resort area, was a ghost town in the summer. This year the Kimball Art Festival held in the downtown streets celebrates its 50th anniversary. And what does Park City look like this August 2019? 

Think about this:

Last year, nearly 50,000 people attended the festival, and between their food, lodging and transportation needs, festival purchases and other expenses, the visitors left an economic impact…


It happens to the best of shows ...

Posted on July 10, 2019 at 5:58pm 5 Comments

at the last minute a key staff member needs to leave 

The Michigan Guild of Artists & Artisans is looking for a full time Operations Director for the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair for their organization right away. Is this the job for you?

The Guild of Artists & Artisans is hiring an experienced Art Fair Operations Director. This is a full time position that…


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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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