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Connie Mettler's Blog – May 2013 Archive (24)

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This is a sponsored message from us for a new service, Swipe, powered by Goodsmiths, that should be of interest to our "mobile merchant" subscribers. …


Added by Connie Mettler on May 31, 2013 at 8:27am — 6 Comments

Prizes & Winners - The List Almost Finished!

  1. Carol Wilson - TrimLine Canopy from
  2. Jacqueline Zajac - Free booth space at Sarasota's Festival of the Masters from Boulderbrook & Richard Sullivan
  3. Ralph Sharp - Black Gum Wood Bowl from Jay Daniels,…

Added by Connie Mettler on May 29, 2013 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Pledge Drive Winners - Round 2 - May 28

Many thanks to Alice Moulton and Carolyn Bird from the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival for joining me on yesterday's podcast where the two veteran show organizers of this fine all volunteer run event filled me in on some insider info about the show. Did you know that their offices are in a train car that sits on the tracks that run through Winter Park? I wonder if any other show has such an interesting setup.

On to the news! Using Alice and Carolyn drew the names and here…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 29, 2013 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

Drawing for Even More Prizes - 3 pm ET, May 28

Celebrity guests from the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival join Connie Mettler of to share art fair stories and draw the names of the winners of the rest of the prizes for the Birthday Party Pledge Drive on Tuesday afternoon at 3 pm ET.

Will they call out your name? Did you contribute to our pledge drive?

Have our websites

  • helped…

Added by Connie Mettler on May 27, 2013 at 9:05pm — 1 Comment

Call for Artists: 23rd Annual Sedona Arts Festival

October 12 & 13  Sedona Logo

Sedona, Arizona

On the campus of Sedona Red Rock High School

126 Artist Booths

Deadline: June 7

Jury: June 8

Invitations: June 15

We invite you to apply to the 23rd annual Sedona Arts Festival.  A favorite in the Southwest, the festival showcases 126 juried artists, the Gourmet Gallery, the Guest Gallery (featuring an international guest artist) and KidZone, as well as music,…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 26, 2013 at 8:41pm — No Comments

Winners in the Pledge Drive Drawing

Many thanks to all the people who sent support to our Pledge Drive. We drew the first 20 names in a podcast yesterday and here are the winners:

  1. Carol Wilson
  2. Jacquelyne Zajac
  3. Ralph Sharp
  4. Robert Wallis
  5. Tim Longwell
  6. Joyce Wathen
  7. Bonnie Eastwood
  8. Elle Heiligenstein
  9. Suzanne Ens
  10. Megan Martin
  11. Renee…

Added by Connie Mettler on May 24, 2013 at 9:00am — 15 Comments

PODCAST: Birthday Party Drawing + 10 Marketing Tips for Artists

THURSDAY - MAY 23 - 6 PM ET - Call in at 805-243-1338

Do you love our art fair related websites where you can

  • find a show to attend
  • get the inside scoop about an art fair
  • stay in touch with the ups and downs of our industry
  • get support for your business
  • or just have a good…

Added by Connie Mettler on May 23, 2013 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Winner April Blog Post - Oscar Matos Linares

Oscar's candid post, "The Only Thing I Ask You God", struck a note with many readers last month. If you haven't read it yet -- do it now, and then look forward to meeting Oscar at a show one day. 

Congratulations, Oscar, the members have voted your story as Post…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 23, 2013 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Why you lost at Powerball ...

Odds in the recent Powerball lottery were 1 in 175.2M

Odds in winning a prize in the Birthday Party Pledge Drive are more like 1 in 3! You not only help support this website that helps you in your art fair business you are really likely to be saying soon, "Wow! I won. I never win anything!."

Some of the…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 22, 2013 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

May 18-20 - "I don't have anything to sell, everything is just soaking wet"

For most it was a weekend for a decent paycheck with no scary things going on -- whoops, I forgot to mention this report in from my friend fiber artist, Sandy Moran who was at the Tulsa Mayfest:

Most of the stock was salvageable, though the tent was twisted and upside down across the street, pretty much destroyed…

Added by Connie Mettler on May 21, 2013 at 4:15pm — 2 Comments

Call for Artists: CenterFest Arts Festival

September 21 & 22  CenterFestLogo

Durham, North Carolina

Downtown Durham

Presented by the Durham Arts Council

Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 11am-5pm

135 visual artist exhibitors

Deadline: May 31

CenterFest is a competitive, juried festival attracting high-quality fine art and fine crafts.  In it's 39th year, CenterFest is the longest running outdoor juried arts festival in North Carolina.  Located in Durham's lively downtown…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 20, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Call for Artists: A Lake Michigan Weekend Art Market

Saturdays and Sundays May 25 thru Sept 2 2013

(Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day)


Added by Connie Mettler on May 19, 2013 at 11:00am — 16 Comments

More Prizes!! What Could They Be? These just in ...

Ever hear of "free"? Yes, Virginia, a whole bunch of art fairs would love to see you at one of their art fairs and are offering free booth spaces at art fairs from Massachsetts to Florida to Kentucky to Wisconsin, Chicago, Colorado ... 

If you want to test the waters in Atlanta, look at this:…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 17, 2013 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Call for Artists: 49th Annual Art in the Park - Colorado

August 10 & 11  Art in the Park Logo

Loveland, Colorado

North Lake Park

Sponsored by: Thompson Valley Art League

Sat. 10am-5pm; Sun. 10am-4pm 

230 Artists

Deadline: June 1

The Thompson Valley Art League invites you to participate in the 49th Annual Art in the Park.  This Fine Art and Craft Festival is one of the oldest in Colorado and is attended by collectors from around the world.  Art in the Park is in it's 49th year and will feature over…

Added by Connie Mettler on May 17, 2013 at 7:15am — No Comments

May 16 - These Prizes Just in for the AFI Pledge Drive

Woo hoo! Amazing prizes available to all of you who pledge in our 4th Annual Birthday Party Pledge Drive, including:

From Greg Lawler at the Art Fair Sourcebook:

2013 + 2014…

Added by Connie Mettler on May 16, 2013 at 3:44pm — 2 Comments

Call for Artists: 2nd Annual ARTsarben

September 28 & 29
Omaha, Nebraska

Aksarben Village/37th and Center

Sat. 10am-7pm

Sun. 10am-4pm

80 Artists

Deadline: June 1…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 15, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Laumeier, Belleville, Webster Groves & St. Louis - MO!

I got distracted and didn't get around to posting this good story about behind the scenes happenings at the best St. Louis area art fairs. My apologies to Laumeier that took place last weekend.

Artists often brag about not doing first year art fairs - me, I brag about the ones we did do. We were there for the first art fair in the Laumeier Sculpture Park. It was started by Pat Macias who had run the State Street Area Art Fair in Ann Arbor and she invited us. That was probably 20 years…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 14, 2013 at 5:39pm — 8 Comments

Podcast: Artists, Art Fairs & ZAPP®


Most artists have made their peace with the digital upload systems,, and If you want to participate in the better shows you sign up and…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 13, 2013 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Call for Artists: 2nd Annual Affordable Arts Festival

August 25    

Littleton, Colorado 
(Denver Metro area)

Sunday, 10am-4pm

125 Artists

Deadline: May 28

Since its inaugural show in 2012, the Affordable Arts Festival (AAF) has created quite a buzz in both the art community and the art buyers in the Denver area.  With 115 artists from more than a dozen states attending the event last year the artists and buyers immediately…


Added by Connie Mettler on May 13, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

You Had Me at "Click Here"

AFC cake No one would have guessed when we started our first art fair website nearly 10 years ago that they'd expand to five! …


Added by Connie Mettler on May 12, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

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