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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…


Added by Connie Mettler on April 21, 2021 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Too Good to be True - Scam Alert

We've just been alerted by…

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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…

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…


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

Holiday Wishes From AFI


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 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

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

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…


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?…


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…


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

PODCAST: Protect Your Event, a Q & A for Show Organizers

Live Podcast: Thurs, Sept. 10, 1 pm Eastern Time

With each passing day of the pandemic more attention is paid to avoiding risk in our personal lives and also at the events we plan where you can expect thousands of people in attendance. This session is…


Added by Connie Mettler on September 7, 2020 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Podcast: Protecting Your Business-a Q & A


Hopefully by this time we have all settled into the Covid-19 lifestyle that has so disrupted our lives and you've adapted to the unanticipated new normal life of an artist. It may be time to assess the business part of your…


Added by Connie Mettler on August 22, 2020 at 6:30pm — No Comments

"Just $2" Campaign, Fervent Thanks

Thank you to the over 300 fabulous people who "sent us the money." We are humbled and thrilled. And truly mostly we so grateful for the caring messages that came in letting us know how our websites have been helpful to you over the years. 

My assistant, Meg Mettler, and I just drew the names for the…


Added by Connie Mettler on August 14, 2020 at 1:40pm — 2 Comments

Prize drawing Podcast on Fri., at 1 pm ET

So many thanks to all who donated in July! And our apologies for the delay in the drawing. I promise we'll host it Friday, August 14 at 1 pm ET. Please tune in to see who the winners will be. See the prizes below.

If our websites have been useful to you, helped you sell art or…


Added by Connie Mettler on August 13, 2020 at 10:25am — No Comments

3D Printed Jewelry: Can You Print Art?

Food for thought from the archives, posted by Troy Smith, from Veracity Insurance, ACT - 

3D Printed Jewelry: Can You Print Art?

As new technologies continue to push our entire world forward, they begin to intersect more and more with the artistic and creative worlds.

One such intersection is the craft of jewelry-making and 3D…


Added by Connie Mettler on August 8, 2020 at 1:09pm — No Comments

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