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Connie Mettler's Blog – April 2009 Archive (28)

Call for Entries: Bayou City Art Festival Downtown

October 10 & 11 Houston, Texas 300 Artists Deadline: May 2 Fall in Houston, the weather cools and Houstonians come out to celebrate at the Bayou City Art Festival Downtown. The Festival, set against the dramatic skyline of the nation's fourth largest city, was ranked: *the #3 art festival in the country in AmericanStyle Magazine's "TOP 10 Festivals" *in February 2009 named "Best Gallery in Houston" *in March of 2009 by readers of, named "Best… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 30, 2009 at 10:36pm — No Comments

Vanishing Austin and Art City Austin

ArtFairInsider member Jann Alexander was interviewed by the Austin NPR affiliate at last weekend's Art City Austin and and they talked about Jann's Vanishing Austin photography series, selling local art of local landmarks to the local citizenry, and making it as an artist in a recession.

Listen to the interview and get more background on the Austin art scene at Vanishing Austin, Jann's… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 29, 2009 at 2:21pm — 1 Comment

Craft Expert Speaks: Bruce Baker

Ready for a good lesson in presentation and selling to customers, or could you use a refresher? Recently One of a Kind Show and Sale hosted a special teleconference for artists with Bruce Baker, the renowned artist marketing and selling expert:


Over the past 16 years, Bruce has taught more than 500 workshops throughout the United States and Canada… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 29, 2009 at 2:11pm — 1 Comment

SAVE THE DATE: ACC Cancels Shows; American ART Marketing to the Rescue

There was dismay among artists when the American Craft Council removed flowers and carpeting from its flagship Baltimore venue this winter, then again at its' St. Paul show, but near nearly as much as when they announced they were cancelling their Sarasota and Charlotte, NC, events for the fall of 2009.

Richard and Joanna Rothbard of American Art Marketing sent out the following email:

The Sarasota Craft Show is on! The Charlotte Show is on the table waiting for a… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 29, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Wanted: Michigan-based Artist to Design Awards

Wanted: Michigan-based artist to create approximately 16 hand-crafted awards for the 2009 Michigan Downtown Conference awards ceremony.

When: Deadline for Letter of Interest - May 15, 2009

Where: Awards to be presented at 2009 Michigan Downtown Conference in Lansing, Michigan on September 15 – 16th.

What: The ideal artist/design firm/partnership will be based in Michigan and have experience in hand-crafting products to represent the positive image… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 29, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Energize your Life! Win $250,000 prize!

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION OFFERS WORLD’S LARGEST ARTPRIZE And now from Grand Rapids, MI, the DeVos family invites you to apply for the largest art prize ever: “Our family sees ArtPrize as a new and innovative way to engage and support the arts for the future,” said Betsy DeVos. The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is underwriting ArtPrize. “Dick and I share our son’s vision for encouraging everyone to explore the arts in a truly democratic way.” A radically open art… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 29, 2009 at 11:50am — 2 Comments

Seizing the Power of the Internet for World Domination

Excuse me while I do a little bragging on myself and my exploits. I'm doing it here because you are responsible for its happening.

I've been in the art fair business --- let's just say for a long time. Active with my husband, photographer Norm Darwish, exhibiting at the nation's art fairs for almost thirty years, behind the scenes promoting and developing art fairs in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, and pouring myself out online since 2005 with my main web site: …


Added by Connie Mettler on April 27, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Bright Future at Bayou City in Houston, TX

From Susan Farb Morris, PR firm for Bayou City Art Festival:

Thanks to the tremendous support of you and the greater Houston community, Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park experienced record-breaking attendance and phenomenal sales for the artists. The Sunday paid attendance was the biggest in Festival history for one day ticket sales -- 14,303. (This doesn't figure does not reflect children in attendance or the number of volunteers, artists, and media.) There were 6,500… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 27, 2009 at 2:45pm — No Comments

Report from the Panoply Arts Festival

Art festivals in Alabama are like everywhere else, each one has a different flavor, be it in Birmingham, Fairhope or Huntsville. This weekend's Panoply in Huntsville is a good example. We have participated in this event. We were amazed when we drove east from I-65 to Huntsville, it seemed there was a freeway especially built to reach Huntsville. The high tech industry has really made this town. There are lots of people with good educations.

The festival is held in Big Spring Park… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 26, 2009 at 9:32pm — No Comments

Call for Entries: 3rd Annual Atlanta Arts Festival

Atlanta Arts Festival September 12 & 13 3rd Annual Atlanta Arts Festival Piedmont Park 200 Artists Deadline: April 27 You are invited to apply to become one of 200 jury selected participants for this beloved autumn festival. Produced by a highly qualified staff and a strong pool of committed volunteers, both sharing multiple years of event production and promotion in the City of Atlanta, the festival is dedicated to showcasing talented artists from throughout the country… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 24, 2009 at 3:32pm — 1 Comment

Will Arts Festival Produce Sales in Oklahoma City?

Here is another bellwether art festival - the six day long art festival in Oklahoma City taking place this week. My hope is that the good art fair news from Texas spills over to Oklahoma City.

"What more could you ask for? Beautiful weather, gorgeous art and delicious food. But still some festival goers have a complaint- the high prices.

I saw a lamp down there that was 3, 500 bucks...." read the rest of this story and see the video from the streets of downtown… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 23, 2009 at 10:04am — 3 Comments

Call for Entries: 77th Annual Plaza Art Fair

September 25-27 Kansas City, Missouri On the beautiful and historic Country Club Plaza 230 artists Deadline: 5/2/09

Please note: earlier deadline this year! Ranked #6 Fine Arts event in the 2008 Art Fair SourceBook The Plaza Art Fair marks the beginning of autumn for all Kansas Citians, and attracts art enthusiasts from all over the nation. This annual celebration is located on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo., recognized as the oldest shopping center in… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 21, 2009 at 9:24pm — No Comments

Big, Really Big Prize Money Awarded at Mainsail

This past weekend the last of the big Florida art fairs of the spring season took place in St. Petersburg. Mainsail Festival of the Arts is very popular with artists with the ability to win prize money. The Best of Show award and $10,000 went to mixed media artist Rocky Bridges. Then there are 9 Awards of Excellence for $1500, let alone the 10 Awards of Distinction for $1000, and even more. Read the story at:… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 21, 2009 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Report from the Great Lakes Art Fair in Novi, MI

Monday morning: I was planning on blogging daily about the setup and the activities at this newly reorganized art fair, but it has been much too interesting participating to sit here and write about it. So here is the Great Lakes Art Fair report:

"Group shopping at the Great Lakes Art Fair" The fair was held in a new expo hall in an affluent area of metro Detroit, replacing an older event promoted by Sugarloaf Festivals. The owner of the… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 20, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

The Fort Worth Report from Mark Zurek

Once the weather issues were dealt with, the crowds came in force. Thursday and Friday (tho a shortened Friday) were our "expense" days (Booth fee Friday X2).Saturday was shoulder to shoulder, heel to toe until after 9pm. Make for a long day, but sales for us were brisk. The big animal sculpter dude even did well.

Others seemed OK, but using my unofficial counts of people and packages, more beers and turkey legs than bags or framed work. Have to take a second to talk about the staff.… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 20, 2009 at 5:50pm — No Comments

Call for Entries: St. Louis Galleria in June

June 20 & 21 St. Louis, MO Sat. & Sun. 10 AM - 5 PM 150 exhibitors St. Louis now has Two Great Art Fairs!! Howard Alan Events is excited to bring a first class art fair to the City of St. Louis. The show will be hosted at the Saint Louis Galleria, located between the cities of Clayton and Ladue. This high end retail area is located in the affluent area of St. Louis and boasts perfect demographics. The show is also only a three hour drive from our Kansas City event the… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 19, 2009 at 8:06am — 2 Comments

First Reports from Fort Worth--optimism reigns!

The big deal Main Street Festival opened on Thursday in downtown Fort Worth with artists gathered from around the country to test the Texas economy. Lots of our members are there - sign in if you are one of them.

Here's an article from the Dallas/Fort Worth TV:

Vendors Optimistic About Main Street Arts Festival
--hate that word "vendor" but I'll bet you know who they are talking about. Watch the video,… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 18, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Report back to me!

This weekend (April 17-19) brings art fairs around the country to life and I know many of you will be there. I'm looking for reporters for the following events:

1. Main Street in Fort Worth, TX

Here is a recent story from Texas: Festivals dominate live music events in Dallas-Fort Worth . That one is about the music. Can't wait to hear about the art.

2.… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 16, 2009 at 4:55pm — 1 Comment

Call for Entries: 26th Annual Shelby Township Art Fair

August 8 & 9 Shelby Township, MI 100 Exhibitors Deadline: April 22 Shelby Township is located in southeast Michigan, about 25 miles north of Detroit, 20 miles east of Pontiac, and about 20 miles west of Lake St. Clair. The Shelby Township Municipal Grounds are approximately 4 miles north of M-59. Locate

Shelby Township, MI Artists and fairgoers alike enjoy this juried show held outdoors on the… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 16, 2009 at 4:43pm — 1 Comment

April Featured Artist: Painter Robert Bridenbaugh

With many years of training and exhibiting Robert Bridenbaugh's ethereal work well represents his life in a Great Lakes State. Anywhere you live in Michigan you are only five miles from water and its omnipresence dwells in Robert's paintings, yet the images are universal and resonate with collectors throughout the country. Whether painting in his studio or sketching and photographing in his kayak Robert's focus is on the mood, light and water of his native state. He combines… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 13, 2009 at 5:13pm — No Comments

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