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2021 Show Cancellations & Postponements

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Apr 23. 20 Replies

Secret Santa, Part II - 2020

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Connie Mettler commented on don crozier's blog post Another Win for Patty Gregory
"Wow!! Great news!! and absolutely well-deserved. Thanks, Don, for alerting us! Here's all the good…"
May 3
Connie Mettler commented on Barry Bernstein's blog post Birmingham, Birmingham, Greatest City in Alabam.'..
"So good to hear from you, Barry. A few points: 1. We have done several shows in Alabama that have been some good moneymakers "for some." We did this Magic City show some years ago, and were very impressed with the organization. One thing I…"
Apr 29
Connie Mettler replied to Jay Snively's discussion Do you take a step ladder with you?
"I can't answer all those questions, Jay, but we did carry a small step stool that was collapsible with us. You're right those vehicles require careful packing to get all the necessities with you. Another thing to keep in mind is…"
Apr 27
Connie Mettler commented on Connie Mettler's blog post The Summer of 2021
"Here is some more good news: Dunwoody, GA, Arts Festival to return in 2021. In Indianapolis the organizers of the Broad Ripple…"
Apr 27
Connie Mettler commented on Richard L. Sherer's blog post SQUARE SCAM
"Always a good tip, Richard.  This isn't a square scam, but it is one of those old ones I just received "moving out of the country and want to surprise my wife" Re: Artwork Needed Thanks for the message,  I must tell you I…"
Apr 27
Connie Mettler replied to Chris King's discussion Buyers that are out of the country
"Heck, they are back at me. Today's email: Re: Artwork Needed Thanks for the message,  I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece. Also If you'd like to know, I'm relocating to the…"
Apr 27
Rita Seidel replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Any ideas on how to change demographics at the art fair?
"Established artists often have humongous mailing / contact lists that bring loyal collectors - builds over time, many ages and multiple generations of families. You still may want to keep many of those. Pure jurying should be based on the art…"
Apr 24
Pat Falk replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Any ideas on how to change demographics at the art fair?
"In a way it seems that changing of artists should happen naturally.  If an artist has built up a following and sells well, they will apply to return. If they don't, they probaby won't return.  I am not so naive as think this is…"
Apr 23

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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.

Here is a recent interview "about me"

Another one on Barney Davey's Art Business Blog: Art Fair Insiders - Connie Mettler - the Real Deal:

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Here is my story in the ZAPP News, 8/1/13:
Industry Spotlight: Connie Mettler, Creator of ArtFairInsiders and ArtFairCalendar
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The Summer of 2021

Posted on April 21, 2021 at 1:06pm 1 Comment

Will there be art fairs? 

Show directors continue to watch the signs and making ongoing plans just in case but ...

Here is some encouraging info:

Krasl Art Fair…


Too Good to be True - Scam Alert

Posted on March 16, 2021 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

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Big News from the BIG One: Ann Arbor

Posted on March 10, 2021 at 1:31pm 5 Comments

Back in the day the Ann Arbor Art Fair ruled the art fair business. It started with the Ann Arbor Street Fair over 50 years ago, then the hippies came in and camped on the Diag and The Guild of Artists and Artisans grew out of that and became the Summer Art Fair; then the State Street Merchants Assn. decided they'd join the fun…


Will there be Fairs?

Posted on February 24, 2021 at 12:55pm 2 Comments

Here's what I've found:

The 18th Annual Augusta Plein Art Festival, April 22- May 1, Augusta, MO

For the nearly 100 artists who will participate, the festival provides the opportunity to expand their market, enhance their skills, receive recognition for their art, and simply experience Missouri Wine Country in the company of other artists. As such, it is…


A Fact or so about Virtual Events vs. Real

Posted on February 17, 2021 at 11:16am 4 Comments

I found this information about the Gasparilla Festival today and want to share it for several reasons. Gasparilla Festival of the Arts made the tough decision last December to call off their in-person festival (scheduled for March 6 and 7) due to COVID-19 and do virtually everything virtually with a…


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At 12:15am on April 23, 2021, Lorenzo Cassa said…

Thank you Connie.

At 10:45pm on April 22, 2021, Mac Elliott said…

Thanks for the warm welcome Connie! My experience here has been amazing already and I can't wait to be a part of this community!

At 10:27pm on April 22, 2021, Joe Walker said…

Thanks!  I've already learned a ton from this site.  I appreciate the tips on making it a little easier to navigate.  There is a ton of knowledge on here.

At 4:50pm on April 19, 2021, Hanna Bruer said…

Thank you Connie. I appreciate all the insight, and the warm welcome!

At 3:13pm on April 9, 2021, Kimberly Klock said…

Thank you Connie,

There is so much information on this website! What a wonderful resource to have available as I dive into this new world. 

At 11:04pm on March 28, 2021, Venetia Makshanoff said…

Thank you, Connie!  I was really glad to find your site... I'm totally new to art fairs and I am hoping that I can learn a lot here!

At 12:53pm on March 28, 2021, Leonard Fisher said…

Great! Thanks for your quick response. I was a little hesitant on telling this guy he could put a Political Ad on the site. I assume he can contact you to place an ad? 

At 12:58am on March 27, 2021, Leonard Fisher said…

Connie, I’m a new member. I was asked a question that I could not answer nor find any post that might help me. Do you have any stipulations on advertising that you accept or would not accept. If you do have any written info that I can be directed to, please let me know. Thanks so much! - Leonard Fisher

At 4:43pm on March 11, 2021, Jason Waldron said…

Thanks so much Connie!

At 12:53pm on December 26, 2020, Suzanne Grant said…

Thank you for the warm welcome! 


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