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Connie Mettler's Blog – February 2009 Archive (33)

Emergency Funds Available for Artisans who suffered damage during the ice storm

Greetings from CERF.



This message is going out to arts organizations and businesses in the regions of Arkansas and Kentucky affected by the recent ice storm. We hope you and your loved ones have been able to avoid loss from the storm and we wish those who have suffered loss a quick recovery.



CERF would like to make sure that any professional craft artist who may have been seriously affected by the storm is aware of the disaster relief assistance available from CERF. If you… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on February 10, 2009 at 7:07pm — No Comments

Funky Call for Artists

So you didn't get accepted to The Grove, or didn't want to be there. Got time on your hands? Here is an out of the ordinary (for me) call for artists. Here is the link::
http://theouterbox.com/2009/02/09/pinkghost-call-to-artists/

Added by Connie Mettler on February 10, 2009 at 6:22pm — No Comments

Information calls for free from your cell phone!

Very Easy for people who have a rough time while on the road..Google 411



Just leave it up to Google to come up with something like this!!!



Here's a number worth putting in your cell phone, or your home phone speed dial: 1-800-goog411. This is an awesome service from Google, and it's free -- great when you are on the road.



Don't waste your money on information calls and don't waste your time manually dialing the number. I am driving along in my car and I need to… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on February 10, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Think Like a Search Engine

Many of you have websites, and some of you are doing all the work there. Here is a good article about Search Engine Optimization to get you thinking and tweaking to increase the traffic on your site:

"How to Think Like a Search Engine"
by Scott Fox:

Added by Connie Mettler on February 10, 2009 at 3:42pm — No Comments

Call for entries: 24th Annual Art in the Park, Petoskey, MI



July 18 24th Annual Art in the Park Petoskey, MI presented by the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce 130 artists Deadline: March 1

Held in Downtown Petoskey's picturesque Pennsylvania Park, this one day, juried fine arts and crafts show is located in the heart of a traditional, wealthy resort area whose passion for art and culture is well known. The well heeled resort community and visitors who come from around the country produce estimated crowd counts… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on February 5, 2009 at 5:16pm — No Comments

House passes NEA funding in Economic Recovery Package. What's Next?

From Americans for the Arts:



January 28 the U.S. House of Representatives passed their version of the Economic Recovery Package by a vote of 244 to 188 which successfully included $50 million in supplemental grants funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)!



This provision was threatened throughout the House process by opponents of the NEA who questioned its effectiveness in providing economic stimulus. Today, the NEA offered the following… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on February 5, 2009 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Obama Art Report - Part 3

Here are some more photos and chat about the Manifest Hope art exhibit in D.C. last month, interesting images of the artists setting up for the event. The art show was only open for three days and I got there in the closing hour - greeted by very long lines. Luckily we got in, but had to hurry through as they were having a BIG party at 6 pm.…



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Added by Connie Mettler on February 5, 2009 at 10:55am — No Comments

Get Your Application in Before the Jury Meets!

The jury for the

Great Lakes Art Fair (April 17-19 in Novi, MI) is meeting on Friday morning. The official deadline was 2/2, but they have received so many calls from people (you know, "the application is in the mail" thing) whose applications are on the way that they will continue to accept applications until Thursday night 2/6. That is one of the wonderful things about digital jurying - it is fast and the bookkeeping aspects virtually disappear, you can sit down at the… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on February 3, 2009 at 7:05pm — No Comments

Central West End Art & Taste Fest - NOT Cancelled for 2009

Errata--in January I reported that the

Central West End Art Fair and Taste in St. Louis, MO, had been cancelled. After speaking with this year's Executive Director, Laura Lock, she confirmed that the 2009 15th annual event has NOT been cancelled. Put it back on your calendar, artists! This cool local event that features art, performance and great food is alive and well and will be on the streets of the Central West End neighborhood June 11-14. For more info: …

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Added by Connie Mettler on February 3, 2009 at 6:41pm — No Comments

Face the Truth - There are no Shortcuts!

Ahhh, you just keep working and working and what do you get? Most people in this business know the long hours and the creative flow necessary for success in this business. My most recent favorite book is Malcolm Gladwell's The Outliers. It is a very thought provoking book, full of interesting statistics including - the 10,000 Hour Rule. In order to be really good at something a person must put in at least 10,000 hours working at it.



I believe you will find some good food for… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on February 2, 2009 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Government entity backs down - A temporary win for craft artists

And now for some good news:



Thanks to Ralph Quick for this:



I guess folks have made enough noise on this one... the Consumer Product Safety Commission has granted a one year stay on the enforcement of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.



They will be using the time to figure out how they can protect children without putting all the crafters, etc., out of business, and without causing the libraries to throw out all their children's books.… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on February 2, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Choosing to Participate in an Art Fair-Last Call!

Part of being an artist is weighing the opportunities that come your way through the year. Art fairs turn out to not be what they used to be so you do not return, then new art fairs appear to take their place. If you do not support the new promising events eventually your marketplace shrinks and your choices become more limited.

We, my husband Norm Darwish and I, have participated in many first year events--some terrific and others not, so. But when an event came along that… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on February 1, 2009 at 5:37pm — No Comments

Attend a Zapp Jurying in Columbus, OH - Part II

My thanks to director Katie Lucas of the Columbus Arts Festival, Ohio's biggest and best art fair, for providing more information on the upcoming open jurying.



The jurying will take place at the City of Upper Arlington's Municipal Building (3600 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221). If you are anywhere near Columbus I heartily urge you to attend part of this screening. There is a lot to learn that will help you in your art fair… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on February 1, 2009 at 4:43pm — No Comments

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