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Connie Mettler's Blog – May 2010 Archive (25)

Call for Artists: NUMA Arts & Culture Event

Art Fair Saturday

September 18

Westfield, Indiana

Deadline: July 30

You are invited to apply to be one of 35 juried artists at the third annual NUMA Arts & Cultural Event in downtown Westfield, IN. …


Added by Connie Mettler on May 31, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Woo hoo! How much fun was the pledge drive?

Well, this was one of my more interesting birthdays. Many thanks for all the good wishes and kind words about and I am so pleased these sites are resources that make your art fair life better. Art fairs are my community and I want only the best for you.

All donors will receive a special "Art Star" that will be posted on their page on and Patrons & Angels will receive award ribbons to identify themselves… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on May 28, 2010 at 1:54pm — 1 Comment

Did you win the Flip Camcorder or the Amazon gift certificate??

Here are the winners from the birthday pledge drive, determined by taking the list of contributors and using to choose the numbers. That was fun because otherwise it would be hard not

to choose was sort of like a "blind jury". You folks know about those!

25 Art fair t shirt winners:

1. Kristie Zamora

2. Nels Johnson

3. Toni… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on May 28, 2010 at 12:22pm — 3 Comments

Call for Artists: One of a Kind Show - Chicago

December 2-5

Apply Today!

Deadline - June 4

In its 10th year, the annual One of a Kind Show and Sale® Chicago is a premier fine art and fine craft show scheduled during one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, December 2-5, 2010. The show has become an annual must-attend event that draws over 55,000 shoppers. The show also consistently ranks as one of Sunshine Artist Magazine's top Fine Art Shows in the… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on May 27, 2010 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Join us LIVE online 4 pm ET Wednesday!

What are you doing on Wednesday at 4pm ET?

How about joining us for the

Birthday Celebration LIVE webcast?

Please join us at to listen live to our web radio broadcast today to celebrate our community (and Connie’s birthday, too).

You can… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on May 26, 2010 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Win a Flip Camcorder, Consulting time with experts, Digital printing and more - Pledge Now!

Have you pledged yet? We need your support to keep going strong...

The “ Birthday Celebration

membership pledge drive is on now and

ending TOMORROW!

Won't you please make… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on May 25, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

Call for Artists: 34th Annual Frankfort Art Fair

August 20 & 21

Frankfort, Michigan

Friday 4 pm-8:00 pm, Saturday 10 am-5 pm

Market Square Park

Coordinated by the Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce

180+ Artists

Deadline: June 1

Where is Frankfort? High on a bluff in the heart of Michigan's summer vacationland, the hidden gem… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on May 24, 2010 at 9:34pm — No Comments

Being "social" in social networking --

A social network is a social structure made of individuals who are tied by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as friendship, common interest, relationship of beliefs or knowledge.

This website was started to bring together like-minded individuals involved in the nation's art fairs, giving them a place to gather and share information. It works pretty well. In fact, it works very well.

Except--it cannot be a sounding… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on May 24, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Help Art Fair Insiders Continue to Help YOU

Has helped you with your art fair business? Helped you dodge some bad shows or maybe get into a few new ones? Taught you some new tricks?

Pledge Now! Has being a member of this site helped you learn how to make it better as a working artist, and make a few

new… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on May 23, 2010 at 7:22pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: St. Nick's Warehouse

November 27 & 28

Sterling Heights, Michigan

31st Annual St. Nick's Warehouse Arts & Crafts Show

Henry Ford II High School

250 Exhibitors

Deadline: May 30

Where is Sterling Heights, MI, and Henry Ford II High School? You just know it has to be the Detroit area which abounds with buildings named for one Ford or another, right?… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on May 20, 2010 at 4:39pm — No Comments

Connie Never Expected This!

No one predicted that Connie Mettler would end up an Internet guru.

Sure, Connie's decades in the art fair business make her an expert in art events, and helped her develop

friendships with artists nationwide. But when I told her about this “Internet” thing, she first saw… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on May 19, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Call for Artists: "Christmas in July" Artisan Fair

July 10 & 11

Oceanside, California

33rd Annual

"Christmas in July"

Artisan Fair

Historic Mission San Luis Rey

150 exhibitors

Deadline: June 1

Old Mission Montessori School is very… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on May 16, 2010 at 9:16pm — No Comments

Festivals Drive Tourism

There is an excellent long article in the Detroit Free Press (5/15/10) that is worth reading to help to understand the importance of sponsors at art fairs and events. This is not a fluff piece but a good analysis of why some events flounder and others are able to continue. It looks at the larger picture and the long term. WORTH READING.

Included in the interview are L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County (MI)'s Chief Executive (and probably the most powerful politician in the state), Jon… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on May 15, 2010 at 9:48am — 4 Comments

Call for Artists: Bethesda Row Arts Festival

October 16 & 17

Bethesda, Maryland

Bethesda Row: Woodmont Ave., Bethesda Ave.

& Elm Streets

180 Artists…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 14, 2010 at 8:33pm — 5 Comments

Call for Artists: Warren's Birthday Bash & Artrageous Fine Art & Craft Show

August 27, 28 & 29

Warren, Michigan

Warren's new City Square

just off Van Dyke, north of 12 Mile Road

Deadline: May…

Added by Connie Mettler on May 13, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Where do the Old Art Fair Artists Go?

I so miss photographer Jack Stoddart and all my other slightly twisted artist friends (you know who you are) and love to report on their latest ventures. Jack is now a music producer on his farm in rural Tennessee and has incorporated his children into his business. On Memorial Day weekend they present a festival featuring American roots style music. You can… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on May 12, 2010 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

April's Featured Artists - the "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 May 12, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: 4th Annual Stars & Stripes Festival

July 2-5

Mt. Clemens, Michigan

downtown at Macomb Place

Fri. & Sat. 11 am-11 pm; Sun. 11 am-8 pm

Deadline: May… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on May 10, 2010 at 9:31pm — No Comments

Spending is up at Laumeier Art Fair!

Okay, it's Sunday and Mother's Day, what am I doing sitting here with my laptop? First of all, I have

promised myself

only one hour today, secondly my kids are in Los Angeles. But in checking my email I found this really good story about the Laumeier Sculpture Park's art fair in the St. Louis… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on May 9, 2010 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

Call for Artists: Bethesda Community Festival

June 18-20

Sterling Heights, Michigan

on the grounds of Bethesda Christian Church

16 Mile & Schoenherr

Deadline: May 15

TJs Customs, Inc., and FunFest Productions, a veteran Detroit area production company, are joining forces, presenting the Bethesda Community Festival and Artrageous Fine Art & Craft Show. With Fun Fest… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on May 8, 2010 at 8:48pm — No Comments

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