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It happens to the best of shows ...

at the last minute a key staff member needs to leave 

The Michigan Guild of Artists & Artisans is looking for a full time Operations Director for the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair for their organization right away. Is this the job for you?

The Guild of Artists & Artisans is hiring an experienced Art Fair Operations Director. This is a full time position that…

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Added by Connie Mettler on July 10, 2019 at 5:58pm — 5 Comments

That's All Folks! Thanks to all

Our 10th Pledge Drive was one of our best solid pledges and wonderful prizes for all of you who support our mission to enable artists to earn a living at the nation's art fairs.

Your pledge really makes a difference. Not only was the response great - the personal messages to me about how helpful our…

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Added by Connie Mettler on June 25, 2019 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

No La Quinta Arts Festival in 2020

In my mailbox today: 

Important Statement Regarding La Quinta Arts Festival…
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Added by Connie Mettler on June 13, 2019 at 11:00pm — 13 Comments

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…

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Added by Connie Mettler on June 7, 2019 at 11:05am — 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…

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

PODCAST TODAY: Drawing Winning Names in the Pledge Drive

THURSDAY - MAY 30 - 5 PM ET

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…

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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…

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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 FlourishDisplays.com
  2. 3 - $200 gift…
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Added by Connie Mettler on May 29, 2019 at 4:00pm — 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…
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Added by Connie Mettler on May 28, 2019 at 8:45am — 1 Comment

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?…

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

3 Ways to Keep Your Tent from Flying Away

A sponsored post…

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Added by Connie Mettler on May 24, 2019 at 9:38am — 4 Comments

Will you do me a favor today?

Our 10th Annual Birthday Pledge Drive to sustain our websites' mission of supporting artists and art fairs is started on Sunday, May 19 and will end on May 30. …

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Added by Connie Mettler on May 20, 2019 at 11:57am — 2 Comments

Podcast: On the Road Again, Where do you Sleep?

Wednesday, May 22, 5 pm ET

Participating in the nation's art fairs is not for the faint-heared or the penniless. So much overhead! We won't go into all of those costs, but a serious contender for the diversity of options and costs is lodging on the road.…

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Added by Connie Mettler on May 20, 2019 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Podcast Review: How I Built a Business from my Art Fair Career

Review of the podcast - speaking with entrepreneurs on how they support artists and develop products for artists for their careers.

Although this podcast was a little off the track of our usual nuts and bolts discussions on surviving/thriving in the business, I was curious about some of the businesses surrounding the festivals and…

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Added by Connie Mettler on May 17, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

PODCAST: How I Built a New Business out of my Art Fair Career

THURSDAY - MAY 16, 6 PM ET

There are thousands of artists in the U.S. who participate in art fairs for years and years. There are many who drop out after a few years (it's a lot of work!). Then there are those who take their art fair experience…

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Added by Connie Mettler on May 13, 2019 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

North America's top 500 retailers

and what you can learn.

Retailing is what we are doing, right? You are creating and we're all involved in selling. This info recently came into my inbox and made me very curious. The most interesting part to me was the growth of sales on the Internet ... what do you think of this info:…

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Added by Connie Mettler on May 13, 2019 at 1:57pm — 1 Comment

Call for Artists: Chesterton Art Fair - 61st Annual

August 3 & 4
Chesterton, Indiana
Presented By: Chesterton Art Center…

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Added by Connie Mettler on May 8, 2019 at 10:09am — No Comments

Call for Artists: Baltimore Fine Craft Show

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Added by Connie Mettler on May 1, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

Prizewinners at one of the "biggies": La Quinta Arts Festival 2019

The winners at the:

  • Ranked#1 Fine Art & #1 Fine Craft Festival in the Nation – Art Fair SourceBook 2019
  • Ranked # 1 Fine Art and Design Show – Sunshine Artist 2018…
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Added by Connie Mettler on April 15, 2019 at 11:41am — No Comments

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