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Connie Mettler's Blog – July 2009 Archive (20)

Call for Entries: Fall into the Arts -- Bloomington, IL

October 10 & 11 Bloomington, Illinois Saturday 9 am-5 pm; Sunday 9 am-3 pm 125 exhibitors produced by D & W Events, Inc. Deadline: August 15 This juried fine art and fine craft festival closes the "Northern" festival season without compromising quality! This is NOT a last chance show but a gateway leading into the Florida season. Located in central Illinois,

Bloomington is… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on July 29, 2009 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Art Fairs Lose a Beloved Friend

John Peer

Photographer JOHN PEER passed away of multiple health complications on July 2.

Born in Idaho and raised in Oregon, John spent his adult life on the west coast as a plumbing contractor. But the last 15 years he pursued his dream as an fine art photographer. Winning many awards for his work, his images now hang in private collections, art galleries, large hotels and corporations throughout the world.

One of his images was… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on July 29, 2009 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Looking to: Uptown, Gold Coast and SoNo

Upcoming this weekend, big doings in the Midwest. You can choose Minneapolis or Chicago.

The biggie in metro Minneapolis, the Uptown Art Fair, with about 350 artists: A Fusion of Art, Flavor and Flair. While you're there you may as well also head to Loring Park and the Powderhorn art fairs also. A great weekend to be in the Twin… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on July 29, 2009 at 12:33pm — 3 Comments

Call for Entries: Great Lakes Art Fair

October 16, 17 & 18 Rock Financial Showplace Novi, Michigan 150 Artists Deadline: July 31 In case you missed it this Spring, the Great Lakes Art Fair (fall) is returning and you can be there too. What a visitor said about the April Great Lakes Art Fair:

I just got home from the Rock Financial Showplace and the Great Lakes Art Fair. What a wonderful look and feel that new show has! I hope you are able to keep it going and growing, as it has all the earmarks of a… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on July 24, 2009 at 9:17pm — 6 Comments

Belleville, IL's, survey of their art patrons - wealthy & educated

If you are doing art fairs, thinking about running an art fair, or are already running an art fair, you should find this article interesting. From the Belleville, IL, news comes this information:

The numbers are in and the survey says -- nearly half the people attending Art on the Square in Belleville in May were from outside St. Clair County.

That means the promotional efforts and publicity have been a success said Patty Gregory, executive director of the annual…

Added by Connie Mettler on July 23, 2009 at 9:08pm — No Comments

Help an Old Hippie Out!

In my mailbox today:

Connie....would you check the below link..our new intro and a new group we are featuring.......and then the question is....would you reach out to your contacts for me and help me further promote my show.......I would owe you big name the reward T

he… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on July 23, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Stimulus Plan for Artists

Brought to you by the NAIA

National Association of Independent Artists "The Collective Voice of Art Fair Artists" The NAIA 2009 Stimulus Plan: Project ART!

The 9th Art Festival Directors / Artists Summit Conference, organized by the National Association of Independent Artists (NAIA) will be held Thursday & Friday, September 24 - 25, 2009 in Peoria, Illinois, immediately prior to the Peoria Fine Art Fair. This unique event is the only one of its kind that is… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on July 23, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The Rest of the Ann Arbor News, prize winners, etc.

Can't get enough of the Ann Arbor news? Here are some good articles: Who won the prizes? Here are the winners reported by Art Fairs winners announced The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair presented awards of excellence and originality to 10 artists Thursday morning. The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair is located on Ingalls Mall and North University. Here are the winners: Booth A109, Leon Niehues, Fiber, Baskets Booth A133, Julie Fremuth, Mixed… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on July 19, 2009 at 9:57pm — 2 Comments

The Report from Ann Arbor

Living in the Midwest and being active in the art fair business basically the year is divided into two parts, B.A.A. (before Ann Arbor) and A.A.A. (after Ann Arbor) with a four day lull in between. As an artist is sort of like the first day of school, or the 1st of January, planned for all year and always waiting in the shadows. This year I attended the fair on Thursday (traditionally the quietest day with the smallest crowds), meeting Erin Woody who… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on July 19, 2009 at 9:00pm — 7 Comments

Art Star! The next reality TV show casting in NYC

Any chance that you got into the lineup to audition for the new Sarah Jessica Parker and Magical Elves casting call for the new reality TV show, Untitled Art Project? The casting has taken place in four cities, LA, Miami, Chicago and NYC. There is still one day left in NYC to lineup up for your chance to be a TV star and an art star.

Artist Aneta Glinkowska decided not to audition but instead took her video camera and visited the lineup in NYC. Check it out to see if your friends… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on July 19, 2009 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Ann Arbor Street Art Fair Turns 50! "Be there or be Square!"

In case you missed it, July 15-18 are the dates of this year's Ann Arbor Art Fairs.

I'll be attending on Thursday, making 34 years of perfect attendance for me. How about you? Meet me at 10:30 at State and North University. The press loves this event, I'd guess the most popular event in Michigan all year. Here are some recent articles to help you get there, understand the hype, and get to the root of this old rock star who just keeps on rocking: From the

Detroit… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on July 15, 2009 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

It's a quiet night here in Lake W...Art Fair Land

A little quiet here on the homefront today as artists are deep in their nests readying their nerves for the Ann Arbor Marathon that starts Wednesday morning. Those not in Michigan are recovering from last weekend's big events in Plymouth, Chicago, State College, Madison, St. Joe, Cleveland Heights, Wyandotte -- the big Midwest art fair weekend.

Here's the news from them:

Madison, WI - Big storms came in Friday night that wrecked booths, taking out some entirely. Travis… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on July 14, 2009 at 11:05pm — 9 Comments

What happened here? Downtown Naples art festivals will be locally run

Yes, it seems like it is way too soon to be thinking about the Florida art fair season, yet you know if it is July the winter applications are not far behind.

What a surprise it was to read that the Downtown Naples Association has broken with Howard Alan Events and is joining with the Naples Art Association to put on events in downtown Naples beginning in 2010.

"After 21 years with an out-of-town company, the Downtown Naples Association has joined forces with the Naples… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on July 11, 2009 at 3:20pm — 4 Comments

Featured artist: Madeline Kaczmarczyk - Ceramics

Do you ever watch Antiques Roadshow on PBS and marvel at the prices that the pottery brings? Pay attention. Today I am bringing you an opportunity to have that kind of pottery in your own collection. I bought my first art fair art from Madeline in l976 and have been watching her journey as a ceramicist ever since. She is one of Michigan's most popular artists, exhibiting her pottery at top fairs and galleries, teaching classes and workshops and consulting. Her work has appeared in… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on July 11, 2009 at 3:04pm — No Comments

They're talking about us -- again!

My many thanks to all of you who have added my link to your websites, blog posts, etc. This helps

me get great SEO and carry on my mission of bringing patrons to the art fairs to see and buy the works of your hands. If you haven't done it yet, please add my link to your site. Here is where to

get my links for your site. Linking helps everyone's google rankings and brings more "eyes" to… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on July 11, 2009 at 2:58pm — No Comments

Art Fair of the Month: Ann Arbor Art Fairs - July 15-18

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Wed. - Friday, 10 am to 9 pm

Saturday - 10 am to 5 pm - never on Sunday

What else can you expect? This annual extravaganza is the most exciting art fair for the year. The entire center of the city is taken over by four recognized art fairs, plus just about every other square foot of space is taken up by "squatter" shows and artists. Seems like just about everyone who owns real estate in Ann Arbor makes sure they have a slice of… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on July 11, 2009 at 2:45pm — No Comments

Wanted New Artists to Replenish Old Stock

(I'm away from my office visiting family in California, but still keeping my ear turned to the latest news in the art fair business.)

Whenever I hear people decry the lack of young artists entering the art fair business, I look around, and see plenty of new artists, the problem is that they are not "young." Maybe this is an older person's business. This article from the Denver Post, quotes director of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Terry Adams on the CCAF's… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on July 6, 2009 at 1:48pm — 4 Comments

Des Moines Art Festival - Stolen Art & More

So far we don't have any reports from any artists who participated in the Des Moines Art Festival, but here are several stories I have found from the Des Moines Register, sponsor of the event:

Last year there was a police chase with a gun wielding man, this year:

30 art works stolen at art festival found in alley

Here is another story about the art… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on July 1, 2009 at 7:39pm — 4 Comments

In the News Again

Thanks to all of you my websites and business are getting some pretty good press. Take a look at this excellent coverage from!

Added by Connie Mettler on July 1, 2009 at 7:19pm — No Comments

You can be a reality TV star! Bravo looks for artists

It's your turn.

"Have you ever wondered how to go from being a “struggling, emerging or even semi-established artist to selling a complete show for $198 million?” Bravo says they might be able to help you with their new artist-based reality competition to win a “gallery show, a cash prize and a sponsored national tour,” whatever that means." This is a for-real deal being produced by Bravo and Sarah Jessica Parker's production company. Do check it out. They are looking for… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on July 1, 2009 at 7:15pm — No Comments

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