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Connie Mettler's Blog – April 2010 Archive (28)

Call for Artists: 5th Annual Riverfront Art Festival

September 17 - 19

Downtown Columbus, Ohio

150 artists

Deadline: May 7

The Riverfront Art Festival celebrates its fifth anniversary this year. It features a picturesque setting, winding along the… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 30, 2010 at 7:44pm — 1 Comment

Call for Artists: Blue Water Art Fair

July 16 & 17 - The Blue Water Art Fair - new event!

On the riverfront

Port Huron, Michigan

Friday & Saturday


Added by Connie Mettler on April 27, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

$2500 booth fee in New York City?

What is your take on this? The One of a Kind Show NYC will be held November 11-14 and November 18-21 at the Merchandise Mart Building at 7 West 34th Street. The booth fee is $2500 per weekend or $4500 for both weekends.

This is the second year for the OOAK show in NYC. Last year it was held at Pier 94. It seems that the low attendance and the location have caused the Merchandise Mart organization to move the show to what is a more central location. The organization owns the building… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 27, 2010 at 9:47pm — 15 Comments

Supplies Sought for Art Therapy for Haitian Children

A program to help Haitian children deal with their experiences and feelings since the earthquake in Haiti will begin this spring through a partnership between Haitian Ministries for the Diocese of Norwich and CHART, an organization of art therapists from around the world.

Art therapy sessions for children in programs in Port-au-Prince connected with Haitian Ministries will begin this spring and run regularly for at least a year.

CHART’s mission is to help in the psychological… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 27, 2010 at 6:23pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: Fine Arts & Wine Festival

September 24-26

Itasca, Illinois

Usher Park

100 artists

Deadline: April 30

The second annual juried Fine Arts and Wine Festival will take place in historic downtown Itasca in… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 26, 2010 at 10:46pm — 1 Comment

Show Report: Great Lakes Art Fair, Novi, Michigan

(The full disclosure: I am a consultant for this event, so may be said to have a prejudiced point of view. I've been with it since its inception. Also

please forgive the quality of the photos.)

The history: about 15 years ago Sugarloaf Mountain Craft Shows came to Novi, MI, in the heart of affluent Oakland County to host an art show. As you may remember these were the good times when everything in Michigan was golden.… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 26, 2010 at 1:00pm — 8 Comments

Call for Artists: Plaza Art Fair

September 24-26

Kansas City, Missouri

On the beautiful and

historic Country Club Plaza

240 artists

Deadline: 5/1/10

Ranked in the Top Ten of Fine Art Events by the Art Fair Sourcebook

beautiful evenings on the Plaza…

Added by Connie Mettler on April 25, 2010 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Rural Studio Tour - May 1

Tired of waiting/acceptances/rejections from art fairs? Ready to take even more of your fate into your own hands? It is always exciting to see groups of artists get together to make it happen for themselves. More and more artists are having open studio tours, starting indie events, taking part in pop-up galleries. Here's a new one in my neighborhood, in a rural area north of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Here's the story:… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 23, 2010 at 6:22am — 4 Comments

Call for Artists: Bayou City Art Festival Downtown

October 9 & 10

Houston, Texas

presented by the Art Colony Association

300 Artists

Deadline: April 30

Fall in… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 23, 2010 at 5:58am — No Comments

Call for Artists: Custer's Last Stand Festival of Arts

Art Fair
June 19th & 20th

Evanston, Illinois

downtown Evanston

370 Exhibitors

Deadline: May 1st

The Custer's Last Stand is now accepting arts and crafts exhibitor and food vendor applications for its 38th Annual 2010 Festival of the Arts.…

Added by Connie Mettler on April 19, 2010 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Call for Artists: Shaker Heights Art & Music Festival

Art Fair June 19 - 20

Shaker Heights, Ohio

Sat. 10 am - 8 pm

Sun. 11 am - 5 pm

150 artists

Deadline: April 18

Exciting News! The 25th annual CraftFair at Hathaway Brown is moving and improving!

The CraftFair at Hathaway Brown is now the Shaker Heights Arts and Music Festival! Ohio Designer Craftsmen, a non-profit organization dedicated to…

Added by Connie Mettler on April 16, 2010 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Art/Craft Show Scam in Michigan

In Michigan George Walker publishes the definitive book with hundreds of events be they fine art, fine craft, art and craft show of all types, so he really has his ear to the ground. A member of AFI forwarded this to me:

Alleged Fraud of Crafters at Summer Fest Craft Show Bay Valley Resort…


Added by Connie Mettler on April 16, 2010 at 6:01pm — No Comments

Spammers out to get us!

Hi Nels and everyone else who has asked:

Here is what was happening. I had the settings on this site so anyone could add a blog post and no one would review it. It would be immediately viewable to everyone. That was just fine, we're all adults here and it was fun to discover what everyone had to say.

However, earlier this week spammers started hitting the site and did blog postings about drugs, aceteminophen, darvocet, etc., every day at least five or six blog postings --… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 15, 2010 at 9:29pm — 7 Comments

Revisiting Conspicuous Consumption --

Here is a recent blog post from Seth Godin, the bestselling author, entrepreneur and agent of change, that should be of interest to the audience:

The reason you have a front lawn? It's a tradition. Lawns were invented as a way for the landed gentry to demonstrate that they could afford to waste land. By taking the land away from the grazing sheep, they were sending a message to their neighbors. We're rich, we can happily waste the… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 14, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: Atlanta Arts Festival

Atlanta Arts Festival September 18 & 19

4th Annual Atlanta Arts Festival

Atlanta, Georgia

Piedmont Park

200 Artists…


Added by Connie Mettler on April 14, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

March's Art Stars

Many thanks to these members who your votes chose as the most helpful

and generous members at Art Fair Insiders this month. These three, plus all the rest of you who contribute to this web site, are bringing

transparency to our business. Your willingness to share the "good, the

bad, and the ugly" at the art fairs on the streets of America is making

Art Fair Insiders THE place to be online.

Many thanks to: …


Added by Connie Mettler on April 14, 2010 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Belleville, IL: Merchants cannot sell "rejected" art in their stores

Those folks at the Art in the Square in Belleville, IL, really take the integrity of their show seriously. Even the mayor has asked local merchants not to sell the work of "rejected" artists from their spaces during the event, and certainly the merchants can't have sidewalk sales. Ann Arbor please take notice!

"Mayor Mark Eckert on Tuesday gathered about 30 downtown merchants at the city's new firehouse to politely ask them not to engage in that practice. He discussed that among other… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 14, 2010 at 9:40am — 1 Comment

1st National Processing offers Free Mobile Phone Processing Solutions

1st National Processing has been serving the Arts & Crafts community and their credit card processing needs for over 20 years with both its seasonal and mobile payment solutions. A press release distributed today details their new Mobile Phone Credit Card Processing Solutions, "Mobile Merchant Pro™".

- Get approved for a Merchant Account and get Mobile Merchant Pro for the iPhone™ or iPod® TouchFree! they'll also set you up for Authorize.Net™ at no additional charge.

-… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 13, 2010 at 5:05pm — 2 Comments

Free or Discounted Space in the Great Lakes Art Fair for College Level Students

The Great Lakes Art Fair is eager to encourage young people to consider careers in the visual arts. Therefore, we are providing a free student section or greatly reduced booths for College Level student artists. The Great lakes Art Fair is April 23-25, 2010 at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi.

We have a Student Section that will be a shared space equivalent to 4 booths that is free of charge and will be shared by 10 students. This will be given to students that… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 12, 2010 at 5:43pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: The Guild of Artists & Artisans Fall Art Fairs

Bringing art to the community and the community to art. That's the mission of the Guild of Artists & Artisans. The Guild, which has been a force in the art fair world for more than 40 years, is best known for its award-winning Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair. Guild events have a… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on April 12, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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