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Layl McDill commented on Connie Mettler's blog post When Will This Happen Again?
"I too miss the camaraderie of all my art fair friends!  It's not just about making the sales but seeing each other and meeting new artist friends.   I seem to continually move the date in my mind that I hope to return to…"
10 hours ago
Connie Mettler replied to Jan Hubbard's discussion looking to move from shows to pop-ups
"Hi Jan. There is a woman in northern Michigan who has been hosting these small events all over the place AND people are showing up to buy. Even in the pouring rain in Bay Harbor, MI, a few weeks ago. Bay Harbor is very upscale, so a good place to…"
Oct 13
Connie Mettler replied to Mark Loeb's discussion Michigan Opens up (slightly) in Mid October!
"Well worth a try, Mark. Here in Fort Wayne I hosted a 30 person art fair as part of a neighborhood home tour a couple of weeks ago and it was well received by both artists and the public. Interestingly, the higher the price point the better the…"
Oct 2
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CA Kaminski commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Art Fair in Your Backyard? Why Not?
"I live in Greensboro, NC.  One of the two neighbors sits on the board of one of our local art centers.  The other is an avid collector.  Aside from their databases, each artist promoted it to their email list and on their social…"
Sep 25
Robin K Burnes commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Art Fair in Your Backyard? Why Not?
"Great idea. How did you advertise it?"
Sep 25

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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.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
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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Art Fair in Your Backyard? Why Not?

Posted on September 23, 2020 at 1:23pm 4 Comments

We're all looking for ways to find our customers. Ready to get on the road? Or maybe, stay at home and turn your yard into an art fair. In Ferndale, MI, 13 artists have gotten together to show their work in a socially distanced safe setting in…


Free Webinar: Virtual Events (How to Choose Them, How to Use Them)

Posted on September 17, 2020 at 8:00am 0 Comments

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Calling all handmade sellers: what does your holiday craft show season look like?…


Can We Help You With Social Media?

Posted on September 10, 2020 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

Starting in May of 2020 Art Fair Insiders has been producing podcasts and hosting Zoom meetings to help artists navigate the present day challenges of creating and selling their art. The first four meetings were hosted by Sharon McAllister from ArtFest Fort Myers. We discussed how…


PODCAST: Protect Your Event, a Q & A for Show Organizers

Posted on September 7, 2020 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Live Podcast: Thurs, Sept. 10, 1 pm Eastern Time

With each passing day of the pandemic more attention is paid to avoiding risk in our personal lives and also at the events we plan where you can expect thousands of people in attendance. This session is…


Podcast: Protecting Your Business-a Q & A

Posted on August 22, 2020 at 6:30pm 0 Comments


Hopefully by this time we have all settled into the Covid-19 lifestyle that has so disrupted our lives and you've adapted to the unanticipated new normal life of an artist. It may be time to assess the business part of your…


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At 4:57pm on July 12, 2020, Peggy & Michael Anton said…

Thanks for the warm invite Connie. I have been reading your comments for years. I have been doing Art Shows for about 14 years, selling my hand made Coats & Jackets. Of course this year has been an absolute disaster for the Art business, unfortunatly selling coats & jackets on the internet is not an easy thing as women like to look into a mirror when buying a $ 500.00 item! Any ideas would be a great help.

At 8:50pm on May 28, 2020, Sheryl Ball said…

Connie, thank you for the warm welcome!

At 1:41pm on April 24, 2020, Virginia Peacock said…

How does this help me? , pls unsubscribe

At 12:39pm on April 24, 2020, Beth Cohen said…
Hi Connie , I see I’ve received another fraudulent scammy msg written exactly as the one on Monday but a different name. I set my privacy to friends only but they got in again. How can I prevent these?
At 9:07pm on April 20, 2020, Michael Perugini said…

Hi Connie, sorry for the late response but thank you for the warm welcome to the community.  I've been an event photographer for the past 38yrs & looking to transition into the Fine Art/Giclee Print world.  I stumbled across this site & found it to be of interest to help me move my career in this new direction.  I hope to be able to contribute as much to the community in exchange for all that I can learn.  Thanks again.

At 11:56am on April 1, 2020, Jan Hubbard said…
Yes Connie I would be glad to do that also I think I mentioned this but please be sure I am on the your fundraising list I have not received anything I think in the last two years. Your page and all your work is a wonderful asset to artists.
Be safe
At 2:25pm on March 11, 2020, Abbey Miller said…

Hi Connie - thank you so much for the kind note! Excited to be part of the community and looking forward to exploring the site. Best, Abbey

At 2:36pm on March 9, 2020, Marie-Helene Rake said…
Thank you for the welcome. I am looking forward to learning the ropes and finding resources.
At 1:57pm on February 5, 2020, Gurudarshan Khalsa said…

Thank you so much!  I am curious about the best place to post a booth set up for sale?  Can you let me know the best place so I'm doing it correctly?

At 9:04am on February 5, 2020, Judy Goddard said…

Thank you Connie.

I think I stumbled into something that will be helpful to mr in the future.  I'll take a stroll through soon.


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