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Plop,plop...fizz,fizz..oh what a joy it first show in nine months—Bonita Springs, Jan 9-10, 2021

Well, it has been a while.

Now I have a show report, and it is all positive.

This year marks my 46th year in the business. And it has all been good.

I approached going to the show with lots of apprehension.

Did not want to come down with Covid and come home and give it to my wife.

I was worried how many people show up to buy, would they be masked, would they be eager to buy.

Between booth fee, hotels, gas and food I had about a $1000 nut to break…


Added by Nels johnson on January 13, 2021 at 10:54am — 2 Comments

Call for Artists: OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair

May 15 & 16
Indianapolis, Indiana

Presented by the Indianpolis Art…

Added by Meg Mettler on January 11, 2021 at 6:00am — No Comments

What Works to Engage Customers Now

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…


Added by Connie Mettler on January 9, 2021 at 12:43pm — 3 Comments

My personal experience with Etsy

Hi- I am writing to share with you about what I have been up to with my art business since most of my shows were canceled. I started an etsy shop for the first time and one of the reason I like it is that it is very user friendly and you do not have to put any funds out to start. Also I have a friend who makes beautiful watercolor paintings and crafts but does not like all the computer stuff so I am selling some of her stuff in my store as well. Now instead of sitting in the back of her…


Added by Shelly Christine Ristow on January 7, 2021 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

Web design builder

Happy holidays:

I am artist, doing search to find best web site builders, looking like Weebly. Wix, can any one please advise, which will be good website. Thank you. You can also email 

Added by Sayeed Syed on December 28, 2020 at 9:28am — 4 Comments

Holiday Wishes From AFI


Added by Connie Mettler on December 26, 2020 at 2:05pm — No Comments

Mat cutter & Flat files

Is anyone out there interested in Mat cutting? I have the complete mat cutter flat files and circle cutter.

Call 260-214-4212

Added by Marlene Lehman on December 24, 2020 at 9:37am — No Comments

Call for Artists: Laumeier Sculpture Park Art Fair

May 7 - 9, 2021
Saint Louis, Missouri
Friday 6pm-10pm, Saturday 10am-8pm,
& Sunday 10am-5pm…

Added by Meg Mettler on December 16, 2020 at 6:58am — No Comments

What Happened with Page?

Is my computer going bonkers or did the site age change. Mine is all white now and font is really small. Is there a fix????

Added by Richard L. Sherer on December 8, 2020 at 10:44am — 4 Comments

Michigan Holiday Art Fair - Virtual!

What makes this fair different? We have included some of…

Added by Meg Mettler on December 2, 2020 at 8:00am — No Comments

10% Discount of my Services Until December 31st

10% Discount - something I've never offered. I've thought again about my original offer. Because everyone needs a break now, I'm extending my discount until the end of the year. Through midnight December 31st, I'll take 10% off any image editing or photography job sent to me by December 31st. Remember Prices go back to normal January 1st 2021.

Check out the new artwork photography and before and after image improvements:…


Added by Larry Berman on December 2, 2020 at 5:25am — No Comments

Naughty or Nice? Secret Santa Returns to AFI

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…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 23, 2020 at 5:00pm — No Comments

How are You Handling "Everything" these Days?

Connie, you make sense all the way. One of my mottos during this time of covid is, "We'll see." And so we will. Stay well. Lisa

Added by Lisa Zovar on November 19, 2020 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Looking for a Kidney

Dear Family and Friends,


I trust this letter finds each of you safe and calm in the face of the pandemic. I am facing my own health crisis and I am neither safe nor calm!


I am writing this letter to share with you where I am in my life right now and seeking your wisdom, guidance, prayers and assistance.


While drafting this letter, I had a transplant waitlist meeting with the Transplant Center at Georgetown Hospital, Washington, D.C.  …


Added by Jay Brill on November 17, 2020 at 11:45pm — 3 Comments

Fountain Hills 2020

I did not attend the show but am wondering how it was. If anyone out there did the Fountain Hills show in AZ this past weekend, would you please post some info on how it was, especially during COVID.

Added by Jeff Owen on November 16, 2020 at 2:53pm — 3 Comments

Naples Art shows

I appreciate Connie Mettler's post about art fairs in Naples. I totally understand the objections of Naples Art that the United Arts Council show would be competition and that eight art shows in Naples is plenty.

But there is another side to the story: the artists. If any of you participate/d in art fairs in and around Chicago, you are probably aware that the market is saturated, which makes for low sales. Lots of walkers and lots of dogs just enjoying a day out, talking with friends…


Added by Lisa Zovar on November 14, 2020 at 3:55pm — 3 Comments

Michigan Holiday Art Fair

Integrity Shows is producing a special Online Art Fair in December. The focus is on artists that missed out on the 2020 show season.  It will differ from virtual shows as there will be live content scheduled including live art competitions, demos, studio tours.  We'd love you to consider participating.  We will have four information sessions if you are…


Added by Mark Loeb on November 13, 2020 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Fear and Confusion in Naples?

Yikes! Unrest amongst the arts community in Naples, FL.

The Collier County (Naples, FL) commissioners are listening to two organizations to determine what is best for their community. The …


Added by Connie Mettler on October 30, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

Call for Artists: The Greater St. Louis Holiday Arts Expo - Virtual

Inaugural Greater St. Louis Holiday Arts Expo - Virtual

Nov. 28, 2020 - Feb. 15, 2021…

Added by Meg Mettler on October 30, 2020 at 7:21am — 1 Comment

How I am surviving in these Covid Times...and how I spent my summer

Well, I went north to Saugatuck,Michigan in Late June.

I live there and have a studio, usually there about five months doing my midwest circuit of shows

In case you do not know me, I am a photographer who does both color and handcolored black and white images. I have been on the circuit for 45 years and do about 27 shows per year.  I actually earn a living from this, I…


Added by Nels johnson on October 26, 2020 at 9:18pm — 6 Comments

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