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Connie Mettler's Blog – May 2012 Archive (21)

Putting the 2012 Pledge Drive to Bed - With many thanks to all

I so much appreciate the generosity of all of our supporters. The following list includes not only our artist contributors but also art fair patrons who follow our online art fair news.

Everyone who contributed will have our special Supporter image added to their page here on in recognition of their special status in our community. In addition they…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 30, 2012 at 9:59am — 3 Comments

Call for Artists: Fall Art Fair at Queeny Park

August 31-September 2 

St. Louis, Missouri…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 30, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Here come the prizes!

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to our recent pledge drive. I really appreciate your support and generosity as we all work toward ensuring that the art fair business is a cultural meeting place for artists and their collectors.

The names have been drawn and the winners have chosen their prizes. Here is what they have won:

  1. Susan Hohman - a free booth space at any Paragon Art Event courtesy of Bill Kinney…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 29, 2012 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Drawing for the rest of the prizes at 3 pm ET, 5/25, with Rick Bryant

Rick Bryant, Director of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in State College, PA, joins Connie Mettler of to share art fair stories and draw the names of the winners of the prizes for the Birthday Party Pledge Drive on Friday afternoon at 3 pm ET.

Will he call out your name? Did you contribute $12 to our pledge drive?

Tell me have our websites…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 25, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Call for Artists: Sedona Arts Festival

October 13 and 14

Sedona, Arizona
On the campus of Sedona Red Rock High School
140 artist booths
Application Deadline - June 8


We invite you to…

Added by Connie Mettler on May 24, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

All the Winners from the Pledge Drive

Yesterday we had a drawing for the first ten prizes in our pledge drive. The winners are:

  1. Henry Wood
  2. Kim Yeager
  3. Susan Hohman
  4. Harrison Otalor
  5. Elizabeth Gordon
  6. William Verderber
  7. Michael Mettler
  8. Bill Moore
  9. Sharie Cannon
  10. Ralph Sharp


Please visit the pledge page:…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 24, 2012 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Winners for 2012 Laumeier Sculpture Park Art Fair

The winners for 2012 Laumeier Sculpture Park Art Fair recently were announced  by fair organizers.

A jury chose the winning artists in five categories. Each artist won a cash  prize or a gift certificate.

2012 Award Winners were:

• Excellence ($1,000) - Paul Jensen, Rhinelander, Wis.; Daniel Keith, Minier,  Ill.; Olive Kraus, Hannibal, Mo,; Gena Ollendieck, Cresco, Iowa; Steven Spiro,  Hillpoint, Wis.

• Merit ($600) - Kim Koch, Oshkosh, Wis.;…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 22, 2012 at 11:46pm — 3 Comments

Win Free Booth Spaces at 6 Art Fairs!

Wouldn't it be nice to do a show where the booth fee was free? AFI has friends at many shows and as part of our Pledge drive a bunch of show organizers have stepped forward to give away a booth at…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 22, 2012 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Podcast: Happy 3rd Birthday Celebration for Art Fair Insiders!

Do you love Do you check in regularly for information, support or a good laugh? You are not alone!

Join us for the 3rd Annual Happy Birthday Celebration Show on May 23 at 6 pm ET.

Wednesday, May 23, at 6 pm ET, Connie and her son Scott will be hosting the…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 21, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: 24th Annual Metro Arts EXPO

November 2-4

Des Moines, Iowa…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 20, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Art Fair Radio: Wendy Rosen, Art Business Maven & Congressional Candidate

A few days ago I spoke with Wendy Rosen, best known to this community as the founder of the Buyer's Market of American Craft. Wendy has been a fixture in this business for over 30 years most specifically focusing on the marketing aspect. The Buyer's Market, her magazines (Niche and American Style), her educational arm, the Arts Business Alliance, all are part of her big soapbox for the creative community.

It was a wide ranging conversation including

  • solid tips for better…

Added by Connie Mettler on May 17, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Podcast: Tuesday, May 15 - "Made in America" with Wendy Rosen, Congressional Candidate

As part of our Birthday Party Pledge Drive we are hosting a special podcast on Tuesday, May 15 at 4:30 pm ET.

Listen Here.

Connie will talk with Wendy Rosen, whose Rosen Group developed the first nationwide wholesale marketplace for craftsmen,…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 14, 2012 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Call for Artists: 48th Annual Art Fair in Library Park

July 15KenoshaLogo

Kenosha, Wisconsin

Added by Connie Mettler on May 12, 2012 at 6:16pm — 1 Comment

Artscape: A Fine Art Competition for Michigan Artists

Be paid to have your work exhibited! Who ever heard of such a concept?

June 22-24

Detroit Riverfront

Deadline: May 20

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, sponsors of the River Days Festival, is…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 10, 2012 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Really?! You Call this ART?

This week in New York City there is a big art extravaganza taking place, the Frieze Art Fair on Randall's Island, where they've erected the "world's largest tent." It is a temporary architectural piece that is holds the exhibits from international galleries, hoping to cash in on the important art auctions at Sotheby's and Christie's.

Actually, there was some flap on…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 9, 2012 at 9:20am — 7 Comments

Call for Artists: Art in the Park, Warren, Michigan

July 14 & 15Warren3

Warren, Michigan

Warren's 32nd Annual Art in the Park

Halmich Park, 13 Mile Rd.

   between Ryan and Dequindre


70 Exhibitors

Deadline: May 10

This is an artist friendly show about helping artists sell their specialties in one of Michigan's largest communities.  Warren is…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 7, 2012 at 8:13am — No Comments

Call for Artists: Howard Alan Events

For nearly three decades, Howard Alan and American Craft Endeavors have allowed more than 10,000…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 4, 2012 at 7:42am — 1 Comment

Can't Thank You Enough - AFI Community Leaders!

So many of you have been generous and helped build this site that it is time to do some serious recognition of the people who have made it happen. A volunteer editorial board of members has sent me nominations for the most important people in the community and we are rolling out our first AFI Community Leaders.

These people can be identified by the "Red Dot" insignia…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 2, 2012 at 10:30am — 16 Comments

Call for Artists: 9th Annual Michigan First Summer in the Village*

June 16 & 17LathrupLogo2

Lathrup Village, Michigan

Hosted by: Lathrup Village community Foundation

Sat.: 11am-7pm, Sun.: 11am-5pm

50 Artists

Deadline: May 12

Imagine the sweet tastes of BBQ fresh off the grill, washed down with the best of Michigan beers.  Listen to sounds of live finger-snapping music while you stroll through a unique art fair.  Hear the laughter of children as they create their own crafts and are taken to the land of…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 1, 2012 at 10:30pm — No Comments

New Podcast: Amy Amdur & Howard Alan - The Business of Art Fairs - May 2

May 2 - 3 pm ET, 2 pm CT -


Join us as Connie Mettler talks with Amy Amdur,…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 1, 2012 at 10:06am — 23 Comments

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