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Karen Holtkamp
  • West Chester, OH
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Why Lurkers Don't Write

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cindy Welch Aug 9, 2014. 24 Replies

Every so often an AFIer throws out a comment about lurkers who should be joining in on the discussion.  Then today I read another thread that appeared to be written by a newbie (i.e. lurker),…Continue

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Tents Within A Tent

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Holtkamp Jun 27, 2013. 6 Replies

In Connie's excellent video of the Lakefront Arts Festival in Milwaukee, I noticed that several artists essentially used a complete outdoor tent set-up within the huge show tent supplied by the…Continue


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Lawrenceburg art fair
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interacting with customers; meeting and learning from other artists
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Talbot St Art Fair - June 17-18, 2017

Posted on June 30, 2017 at 11:24am 7 Comments

This year was the 62nd annual Talbot St show and the 1st annual attendance for me.  I sell functional fused glass pieces in the $35-50 range plus some decorative work that goes up to about $200.

Talbot St is on Talbott Street and a couple of side streets between 17th and 19th streets just north of downtown Indianapolis.  Hours are Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-5.  My impression was that the art and fine craft were of good quality with good displays and affordability, perhaps a level or…


Columbus, IN Art Fest, June 25-26

Posted on June 27, 2016 at 4:33pm 19 Comments

Columbus, IN is a sweet little town about 45 minutes south of Indianapolis and is known for its wealth of architecturally significant buildings, both vintage and new.  So it seems like a perfect place for an art fair.

For many years the show has been held the same weekend as Penrod, a Saturday-only monster of a show also in Indiana.  The Columbus folks apparently decided to quit fighting the beast and changed their date to three months earlier.  Having done so, now the location on the…


Butchertown Art Fair – uh, no

Posted on June 20, 2016 at 7:35pm 4 Comments

So I didn’t get accepted to my hometown Summerfair this year, and in a pissy mood I immediately went searching for another show that weekend, knowing the Summerfair jury would be devastated when they learned they had missed their chance to have me.  And sure enough, Zapp dealt up the Butchertown Art Fair held in a quaint historic suburb of Louisville, KY on the very same weekend,…


Broad Ripple, Indiana – mostly thumbs up

Posted on June 20, 2016 at 6:34pm 5 Comments

In the spirit of better late than never, here are some observations from this year’s Broad Ripple Art Fair held on May 21 and 22 on the grounds of the Indianapolis Art Center.

First and foremost, the staff and many, many volunteers were absolutely awesome.  Smiling good mornings.  Yummy donuts and coffee.  Express line passes for artists to use at the food trucks and very friendly food workers.  Volunteers coming by…


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At 6:39pm on December 26, 2011, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to, Karen.   I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please add a photo of yourself and stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. We all look forward to your participation here. Also, visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!

Many topics have already been discussed here before you joined us. You might like to try a search of your topic before you post your question. Just put your topic, canopy tents, jurying fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, etc, into the search bar at the top of the right side of the page. You might be surprised that someone has already asked your question.

We also ask that all new members take a few moments of their time to read the code of conduct. You will find it at There are a few guidelines that all members will need to follow because , as in any social community, we all need to work together.

Best wishes,

Connie Mettler

p.s. The best way to make this system easy to use is to click on the "Follow-Email me" link at the bottom of each Forum discussion that interests you. That way the system will email you automatically whenever anyone responds. It's a great time-saver.

At 4:27pm on June 04, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Karen Holtkamp a gift
Thanks so much, Karen, for all your recent helpful comments on this site. This is the kind of thing that makes this site so helpful to many and I appreciate it so much.
At 3:25pm on February 02, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Karen Holtkamp a gift
Karen, you rock! Great job on handling this thread about the lurkers. Thanks so very much.
At 9:10am on June 10, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Karen Holtkamp a gift
Congrats on winning the Post of the Week Award - 6/9/2014.
At 9:19pm on September 08, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Karen Holtkamp a gift
Thank you, Karen, for referring Ryan Carroll to Art Fair Insiders.
At 10:52pm on March 02, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Karen Holtkamp a gift
Congrats on being awarded the Post of the Week - 2/29/2016.
At 11:50am on April 15, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Karen Holtkamp a gift
Thank you, Karen, for continuing to contribute to AFI -- and especially for your recent helpful response to Jan's question. Helpful not only to her, but many others.
At 9:42pm on May 04, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Karen Holtkamp a gift
Thank you, Karen, for referring Connie Soto to Art Fair Insiders.

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