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Secret Santa, Part II - 2020

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Connie Mettler replied to Kristen Nazzaro's discussion Basic Question on Booth Set Up
"Amazing! Good for you, Larry.  To anyone else reading this thread who is new to our business, I'm here to assure you that artists in this business are invariably helpful and kind to newcomers and generous in their interactions with one…"
Connie Mettler replied to Larry Maynard's discussion What's Up With the Small Print
"How does it look now? I got some support. Of course, they want me to upgrade the site, make it all over. Really? Not in the mood. Does it work for you?"
Jan 19
Connie Mettler commented on Shelly Christine Ristow's blog post My personal experience with Etsy
"Good job, Dave. Sounds like a bit of a learning curve, but like anything else, the longer you do it the easier it becomes. I've done a bit of selling on eBay and it worked for me selling extraneous things. There are pros and cons of using Etsy…"
Jan 19
Connie Mettler replied to Kristen Nazzaro's discussion Basic Question on Booth Set Up
"Hi Kristen, I know there is a lot of stuff on this site which makes it hard to find info. Thanks to Richard and Christopher for their comments. I just put "Best Tents" in the search bar up above in the upper right hand corner and here is…"
Jan 19
Connie Mettler replied to Larry Maynard's discussion What's Up With the Small Print
"Oh, yuck! Thanks for the alert ... I'm off to tech support. Stay tuned (and bing your magnifying glass!)"
Jan 18
Dori Baumwart left a comment for Connie Mettler
"I'm no longer doing art.  Can  you please delete my profile from here?  (and let me know when it's gone?)  Thank you, Dori"
Jan 13
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on Connie Mettler's blog post What Works to Engage Customers Now
"Thanks to Mark for trying and for keeping such detailed information.  Your willingness to try this out is truly appreciated."
Jan 12

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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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News from the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

Posted on January 26, 2021 at 10:00pm 0 Comments

From my mailbox:

The 62nd Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

New Dates:

Virtual Festival: March 15- March 31, 2021…


Promoting ArtFest Fort Myers to the Public

Posted on January 26, 2021 at 9:52pm 0 Comments

Here is an art festival working hard to bring in the buyers to their festival and enabling them to shop online, ArtFest Fort Myers. Double the work, double the money? Here's hoping! Here is their recent email to their fans:

      We are excited to send all of our sponsors and supporters this Invitation to join us

      for the VIP Opening Night of ArtFest@Home…

What Works to Engage Customers Now

Posted on January 9, 2021 at 12:43pm 3 Comments

Mark Loeb of Integrity Events in Detroit runs multiple events in that area and has also been involved in the art fair business for many years. Since Covid he has had to cancel all of his events, but he keeps trying other ways to provide income to artists and engage buyers. Late summer and fall he tried hosting small invitational events in hotel suites in the area, also a holiday event at a…


Holiday Wishes From AFI

Posted on December 26, 2020 at 2:05pm 0 Comments

Naughty or Nice? Secret Santa Returns to AFI

Posted on November 23, 2020 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

It's HERE! Sign up now for the art fair business's happiest event of the season! Join an tradition!

Welcome to the 9th annual AFI Secret Santa. Secret Santa 2020 is our annual gifting and sharing of good wishes for our art fair community. It is…


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At 8:02pm on January 13, 2021, Dori Baumwart said…

I'm no longer doing art.  Can  you please delete my profile from here?  (and let me know when it's gone?)  Thank you, Dori

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

Thank you for the warm welcome! 

At 1:45pm on November 23, 2020, Cissy Heaton said…

Will we be having Secret Santa 2020 this year?  I always look forward to it, and with as difficult a year it has been for our country, perhaps it could be a bright spot for us.......

At 11:36pm on November 22, 2020, Disha Vora said…
Thank you for the warm welcome and the awesome tips! Looking forward to learning from this wonderful group!
At 2:59pm on November 13, 2020, Steven Y. Ainsworth said…

Thanks for welcoming me, Connie, and your suggestions on how to best navigate the site.   

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.


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