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Economic Impact of the Ann Arbor Art Fair - 2021

As focused as we all are on our businesses, selling our art at the art fairs, the events are even more important to the small business owners where the events are held, the business districts and commercial areas. Most events have been started not primarily to focus art but to bring buyers into areas that are looking to increase commerce in other ways. 

Here is a report from the store owners in Ann Arbor last week…

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Added by Connie Mettler on July 21, 2021 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Just Sayin', Does Ann Arbor Still Have it?

Anyone who follows this site knows we are fans of the Ann Arbor Art Fair and many, many of the members have "urban legend" stories to tell about their participation there. AND after the last 15 months the great news is that artists were on the streets of that city this week, July 15-17. Crossing our collective fingers for successful days for all involved.

We (AFI) hope that the changes made this…

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Added by Connie Mettler on July 17, 2021 at 6:30pm — 10 Comments

Art Fair Summer 2021 - Part III

Well, in this year of surprises the OTHER shoe has dropped! There will be an Ann Arbor Art Fair this summer. Surprised? Well, so am I. It seems COVID is actually waning and we've learned that being outdoors is a safe place to be. Yesterday the directors of the the collective of three events that comprise the Ann Arbor Art Fair announced "welcome to Ann Arbor".…

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Added by Connie Mettler on May 28, 2021 at 4:30pm — No Comments

So How Did things go at Winter Park and Who Won the $$?

It was with great trepidation that the Winter Park Sidewalk Arts Festival, usually held in mid-March, delayed its event to hold it in mid May this year. May, all the snowbirds are gone and it is hot, hot, hot and may I say a little steamy also? Yuck! Who would come?

Drum roll please .... they came!! and they bought!!…

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Added by Connie Mettler on May 28, 2021 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Summer of 2021 - Part II

Well, the shoe has finally dropped! It is with great sadness I'm reporting that the 2021 Ann Arbor Art Fair has been canceled. I live in the Midwest and have been involved in the art fair business since 1978, and have attended it every year since 1976.

If…

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Added by Connie Mettler on May 13, 2021 at 12:11pm — 2 Comments

The Summer of 2021

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…

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Added by Connie Mettler on April 21, 2021 at 1:06pm — 1 Comment

Too Good to be True - Scam Alert

We've just been alerted by…
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Added by Connie Mettler on March 16, 2021 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Big News from the BIG One: Ann Arbor

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…

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Added by Connie Mettler on March 10, 2021 at 1:31pm — 5 Comments

Will there be Fairs?

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…

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Added by Connie Mettler on February 24, 2021 at 12:55pm — 2 Comments

A Fact or so about Virtual Events vs. Real

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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Added by Connie Mettler on February 17, 2021 at 11:16am — 4 Comments

Friday News Roundup, Feb. 5, 2021

**A Month Full of Art Fairs

News from photographer Evan…

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Added by Connie Mettler on February 5, 2021 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

News from the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

From my mailbox:

The 62nd Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

New Dates:

Virtual Festival: March 15- March 31, 2021…

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Added by Connie Mettler on January 26, 2021 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Promoting ArtFest Fort Myers to the Public

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…
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Added by Connie Mettler on January 26, 2021 at 9:52pm — 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…

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

Holiday Wishes From AFI

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Added by Connie Mettler on December 26, 2020 at 2:05pm — 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 ArtFairInsiders.com 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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Added by Connie Mettler on November 23, 2020 at 5:00pm — 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 …

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

Art Fair in Your Backyard? Why Not?

We're all looking for ways to find our customers. Ready to get on the road? Or maybe, stay at home and turn your yard into an art fair. In Ferndale, MI, 13 artists have gotten together to show their work in a socially distanced safe setting in…

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Added by Connie Mettler on September 23, 2020 at 1:23pm — 4 Comments

Free Webinar: Virtual Events (How to Choose Them, How to Use Them)

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Calling all handmade sellers: what does your holiday craft show season look like?…



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Added by Connie Mettler on September 17, 2020 at 8:00am — No Comments

Can We Help You With Social Media?

Starting in May of 2020 Art Fair Insiders has been producing podcasts and hosting Zoom meetings to help artists navigate the present day challenges of creating and selling their art. The first four meetings were hosted by Sharon McAllister from ArtFest Fort Myers. We discussed how…

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Added by Connie Mettler on September 10, 2020 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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