In case you haven't noticed, Chicagoland residents love their art fairs, there are many affluent neighborhoods and a special art fair for most of them. For years my partner and I did back-to-back weekend drives to Chicago to sell our art. Enthusiastic and appreciative audiences always appeared to greet us. Today's edition lists
five Chicago area professionally run art fairs
Erin Melloy of EM Events
. As opposed to most promoter run events, Erin does not own… Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on January 29, 2009 at 4:12pm —
Here is the latest news from Juried Art Services' President Paul Fisher:
On January 12th Juried Art Services experienced a server crash. All systems have been restored but some data was lost. We have taken the necessary actions to prevent this kind of occurrence in the future.
In greater detail, here's what happened: We had been replicating data to a second hard drive to provide both backup and disaster recovery abilities. The data loss occurred when the data on the first… Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on January 26, 2009 at 9:06pm —
If you've never attended an art fair jury session, or seen a zapplication jury the Columbus Arts Festival will be doing an open jury on February 6-8. You are welcome to attend. Attending a jurying can be an eye opening experience. You will see why some people seem to get into all the art fairs and definitely see why others don't even stand a chance. It is especially helpful to see the competition in your particular media. It will be held in Upper Arlington at the City Manager's office at 3600… Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on January 26, 2009 at 8:39pm —
Associated Press - January 25, 2009 5:05 PM ET
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A chance find by a Goodwill worker in Nashville turned up a 100-year-old original water color painting worth more than $6,000. Read the rest of the story here:
Artists who have been in this business for awhile know that their work turns up at garage sales, thrift shops, on eBay, and… Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on January 26, 2009 at 9:30am —
D & W Events, Inc
., is featuring three (3) top notch Chicago area shows this summer. Debbie Netter, President and founder of D & W, has 20+ years of organizing events and knows how to make it less stressful for everyone! Top reasons to consider a
D & W Events, Inc.
, show: (not in order of importance!) 1. Well run, organized and fun! 2. Attentive artist hospitality including booth sitters, hot and iced coffee both days, continental breakfast both… Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on January 24, 2009 at 4:29pm —
I have had this conversation with other art fair directors. Occasionally we receive phone calls from groups who want to start an art fair - they think this would be a fun way to make some money. Please, folks, this is anything but fun! Lots of hard work, heartbreak and not much profit. Think really hard about it.
On the other hand, I just ran across this event taking place this weekend in Howell, MI. Please take note that this community is in the heart of the 10.6 unemployment… Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on January 24, 2009 at 11:06am —
Last weekend took me away from talking with you. Leaving Michigan I met up with my sister in Indiana and we trekked to
, for the inaugural festivities. Her son was marching in the Parade so we had some good connections for parties and lodging. Who could resist being part of this historic occasion?
Among other things we visited the Mall (full of smiling happy people), the
, spent an hour in line to view the iconic… Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on January 22, 2009 at 10:30pm —
Recent news is of the demise of these art fairs for 2008:
Cancelled - Wheaton, IL, Fine Art Fair, held annually in downtown Wheaton in July. I do not have confirmation from the organizers, but from a reader who has been trying to contact them.
I appreciate any information I receive such as this. Keeping the calendar up to date is a continual work of art!
With the economy taking such a nose dive, I'm hoping this won't be happening a lot. I heard the Michigan… Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on January 22, 2009 at 9:30pm —
I am heading out momentarily for a five day trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the inaugural festivities and will probably not be posting here for awhile.
While I'm gone, please continue to talk among yourselves and invite your friends to join us. It's been great to watch this site begin to take hold. Welcome to everyone. Don Crozier, I'll bet you have some good ideas for some posts and I challenge the rest of you also. It is freezing here in Michigan, I am thinking of… Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on January 16, 2009 at 5:09pm —
In addition to the problems engendered by the crashing of the computer servers at Juried Art Services
this week that halted the applications to the Chicago area Amdur Productions
events, here are a couple of other events that have extended their deadlines.
Krasl Art Fair
, St. Joseph, MI - July 11 & 12, new deadline: January 18
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair
, Ann Arbor, MI - July 15-18, new deadline: January 19
Added by Connie Mettler on January 16, 2009 at 3:36pm —
From the Pittsburgh Business Times today:
"The 50th annual Three Rivers Arts Festival will be a 10-day affair, instead of the nearly three-week event of years past.
“In response to feedback from participating artists and audiences, we have decided to change the festival to a new 10-day format,” J. Kevin McMahon, president and CEO of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, said in a statement. “Given our planning timeline and current budget, the concentrated period will… Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on January 15, 2009 at 9:00pm —
From Amy Amdur:
January 15, 2009 6:16:48 PM GMT-05:00
The company handling our digital jury, Juried Art Services (JAS) experienced record volume on January 12 which caused their computer server to crash beyond repair. JAS reports that most of the applications received after December 24 were lost. It is necessary for artists to go to www.amdurproductions.com
and hit "Apply Now"
and confirm that… Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on January 15, 2009 at 7:02pm —
This press release is just in from the
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair
The Board of Directors of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair has announced that long time Executive Director, Shary Brown, will be retiring in September of 2009 following the 50th Anniversary of the Original of the Ann Arbor Art Fairs. A lifelong resident of Ann Arbor, Brown, the granddaughter of Mayor William Brown, Jr, led the Street Art Fair organization for the past eleven… Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on January 14, 2009 at 5:30pm —
July 8-11 48th Annual Wyandotte Street Art Fair downtown streets of Wyandotte, MI sponsored by the City of Wyandotte 250 Exhibitors Deadline: February 2
Where is Wyandotte, MI? … Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on January 14, 2009 at 4:08pm —
From Amy Amdur and Amdur Productions:
UPDATE January 13, 2009 4 pm cst: JAS reports that the damage to the server caused by an unprecedented demand on their system January 12 was beyond repair and an entirely new server must be utilized and all data migrated to the new server and system. This will take 3 days. JAS hopes and plans to have the system operational by Saturday, January 17. When the server is ready, JAS will send an email announcement to all on its email list. Amdur… Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on January 13, 2009 at 6:00pm —
Dear Artists: Juried Art Services (JAS) the company managing our jury has had continued problems getting their server operational after it crashed January 12 under extremely high artist application activity. THE JAS SERVER IS STILL DOWN. All efforts are underway to bring the server back up so that our application process for our 12 summer art festivals may continue. An exact time of problem correction is not known. Please check back the afternoon of January 13 for an update as well… Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on January 13, 2009 at 2:30pm —
Here's a message I picked up from photographer Walt Pinkus:
Quincy Jones has started a petition to ask President-Elect Obama to appoint a Secretary of the Arts. While many other countries have had Ministers of Art or Culture for centuries, the United States has never created such a position. We in the arts need this and the country needs the arts--now more than ever. Please take a moment to sign this important petition and then pass it on to your friends and… Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on January 10, 2009 at 3:17pm —
Here are several news stories from the local press about the art fairs taking place in Florida this weekend. You can catch a glimpse of the ambiance surrounding them. Meanwhile, here in Michigan, the snow is piling higher and higher but we're still heading out and driving around. A little snow does not stop us!
Beaux Arts Festival, Coral Gables
- probably one of the loveliest settings for an art fair, the University of Miami campus, from the Miami Herald: … Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on January 10, 2009 at 3:00pm —
As you may have read in Part I of this series I have signed on as a consultant for this new (revamped) event to be held in Novi, MI, April 17-19. The goal: to bring some fun and excitement to an area of the country that has been depressed for some time. The idea is that many people still have good jobs and all of us need something exciting to look forward to. Michiganders have always loved art fairs, having cut their teeth attending the Ann Arbor fairs and the others in lovely settings around… Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on January 9, 2009 at 4:00pm —
From my mailbox from jeweler Joseph Ignaczak:
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) requires testing for lead for any product intended for children 12 and under. Toys and clothing are particularly affected. Every single component has to be certified and then after it is assembled, the completed product has to be certified!!! This is going to severely affect the Art & Craft show business.
This law takes effect on Feb 10 '09 and is going to put thousands of… Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on January 9, 2009 at 3:30pm —