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I've never won at the lottery, but...

So last year I won a super prize after donating to the annual AFI fundraiser. I donated again this year, of course thinking well, I probably won't win anything but I'm going to support the community!

So I get notified to choose my prize...shock! And best of all, one of the prizes was something I really wanted, and I got it! So many thanks to Red River Paper for providing a gift certificate to their wonderful selection of fine art printing papers! My first purchase will most…


Added by Alli Farkas on June 15, 2019 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Ideas to mark spots on cement in the RAIN

I am looking for ideas on how to mark spots on the cement in the perpetual RAIN.

Added by Joanne Bartley on June 14, 2019 at 12:39pm — No Comments

No La Quinta Arts Festival in 2020

In my mailbox today: 

Important Statement Regarding La Quinta Arts Festival…

Added by Connie Mettler on June 13, 2019 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Call for Artists: Three Hotworks shows


Added by Meg Mettler on June 13, 2019 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Veteran Artist Needs Help

Ron Mellott, long-time photo/artist, needs financial help from us, the Art Fair community.  Suffering a near collapse at his last art fair, he was helped by neighbors to pack-up.  Seeking medical attention, he was checked into the hospital and under-went triple by-pass surgery on his heart.…


Added by R. C. Fulwiler on June 10, 2019 at 11:28am — 1 Comment

Montauk and East Hampton Businesses Bemoan Street Fairs

For years there has been a mostly silent struggle between local merchants and the art fairs that pop up in their midst periodically. But I know of some very unhappy merchants over the years in Ann Arbor and Scottsdale and other smaller towns. 

In Montauk recently the merchants are speaking up about the events on the village green, their customers buy at the art fair and then don't have money to spend in the…


Added by Connie Mettler on June 7, 2019 at 11:05am — No Comments

flourish trimline canopy

I decided to hang up my art fair shoes a few years back and ready to find a new home for my Flourish Trimline Art Fair Canopy - 10x10 standard height. Double wide skylight with twin heat/wind vents in roof. Optional features: rear door, french wall, 30” skylight awning, Sta-Bar kit, 2 std. walls, 2 universal roll-up door walls, tie downs, custom leg weights, easy riser kit, custom pole storage/display case with HD rollers, storage container for hardware. Complete 4-piece mesh panel set…


Added by Craig Toepfer on June 6, 2019 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Call for Artists: 9th Annual Mundelein Arts Festival

September 7 & 8
Mundelein, Illinois
Presented By: Mundelein Community Connection

10 am to 5 pm 
45 Artists…

Added by Meg Mettler on June 3, 2019 at 4:00am — No Comments

Call for Artists: The Great Oxonian Exposition of 2019 - new event!

September 19 & 20
Oxford, Mississippi
The Jefferson, 

Oxford Mississippi's premiere event venue

Presented By: ArtWorks Foundation
40 Artists…

Added by Meg Mettler on May 31, 2019 at 4:00am — No Comments

Pledge Drive Winners - 2019

Many, many thanks for all the pledges. This was one of our most successful pledge drives so far. I appreciate your generosity, some of you for many, many

years. The art fair business thrives under its community umbrella. Sharing with one another enriches everyone. 

Here are the names…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 30, 2019 at 6:00pm — 14 Comments

PODCAST TODAY: Drawing Winning Names in the Pledge Drive


You support our websites with your donations and we really appreciate it. We couldn't do it without you.

Listen as Connie Mettler, host of…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 30, 2019 at 8:00am — No Comments

5 Winners in the Pledge Drive & 3 Artists Share "best tips"

On Tuesday we had one of our best podcasts, a report from 3 different artists from Florida, Chicago and Washington State, on their journeys creating art and participating in art fairs. I believe nearly 100 years total experience among them. 

Their tips for…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 29, 2019 at 5:04pm — 1 Comment

20 Things Every Artist Needs

Last Call to be eligible to win these prizes in our Pledge Drive drawing tomorrow, May 30, ET.

  1. 2 - $300 gift certificates from
  2. 3 - $200 gift…

Added by Connie Mettler on May 29, 2019 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: Chesterton Art Fair

August 3 & 4

Added by Meg Mettler on May 28, 2019 at 1:05pm — No Comments

Podcast Today: 3 Stories on Creating an Art Career

Tuesday, May 28, 5 pm ET

Story telling today: An amazing podcast with three women covering the spectrum of creativity. 

  • A stoneworker, Kathleen Teach, who with her trusty trailer traveled…

Added by Connie Mettler on May 28, 2019 at 8:45am — 1 Comment

Pro panels

Would like the tall ones but 7' will work. also any free standing accessories

Added by Victoria Jackson on May 27, 2019 at 10:50am — No Comments

Looking for a Trimline Tent

I am loooking for a Trimline Tent and any accesories that can go with it.

Added by Victoria Jackson on May 27, 2019 at 10:48am — 6 Comments

Finished my 2nd Event

Finished my second event...Burro Races in Georgetown CO. Since my last event, I purchased Flourish mesh walls and absolutely love them.  My husband does setup was talking them up to other vendors.

I decided to forgo the wood curtain on the back, glad I did the tent looks clean and crisp. I will be using smaller S hooks next time as it was difficult inserting the larger hooks in the mesh.  Now I just need to figure out a good way of showing my stickers. I had them…


Added by Cherie Smittle on May 26, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments

Shameless Pitch, but Doing it Anyway

Just a few days left to contribute to our 10th Pledge Drive. All contributions will have their name entered in to the drawing on May 30, 5 pm ET. How do you like these prizes?…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 24, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments

2 Posts Worth Reading: Booth Shot Examples and What They Said at the Art Fair

Here are two popular discussions from our archives:

Shannon Blosser wants to know about booth shots:

As a relative newcomer, I still have tons of questions about every little thing I might do. It occurred to me, after seeing this category, that it would have been a giant help to me to just see examples of working artists' booths in one place, instead of searching…


Added by Meg Mettler on May 24, 2019 at 10:01am — No Comments

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