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Connie Mettler's Blog – September 2010 Archive (19)

Off to St. James! The whole story...

Here is the "insiders" story on St. James Court...the true story of a very popular event, an excellent long article that discusses these topics:

  • Why does the St. James Court Art Show Exist?

  • How is the show run?
  • How are the artists chosen?
  • Here’s how the judging process works:
  • How does the show make its…

Added by Connie Mettler on September 30, 2010 at 5:00pm — 10 Comments

A FEW SPACES LEFT - Great Lakes Art Fair - October 15-17

October 15-17
Art Fair

Rock Financial Showplace

Novi, Michigan

200 artists

Saturday - 10 am-6 pm

Artist Reception:

Saturday - 6 pm

Sunday - 11 am-5 pm

Due to late…

Added by Connie Mettler on September 29, 2010 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Chicago Area Art Festival Boot Camp - October 22

At this time of the year I know you are thinking and planning for your 2011 art fairs. In the interest of that and to learn how to make art festivals work better in the current economy read carefully below and consider this excellent Chicago area Art Fest Boot Camp seminar to enhance your chances of success in the new year. …


Added by Connie Mettler on September 28, 2010 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Your Chance to See an Art Fair Jury ONLINE!!

Even to seasoned art fair artists the ins and outs of the jurying process are a mystery, so I am pleased to share the news that ArtFest Fort Myers is broadcasting their jury LIVE from the jury room on Thursday, September 30th. Here are the details:


We are excited to announce that artists can watch the ArtFest Fort Myers Jury Day live - on-line - in… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on September 27, 2010 at 5:08pm — 15 Comments

What are they up to in Kansas City?

Here are 156 photos from the Kansas City Star will give anyone who hasn't been there a nice look at the crowd that attends, the entertainment and a little bit of the art. The Plaza is Kansas Citians version of a "coming out party."

And here is a little "street theatre" from the Plaza...… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on September 26, 2010 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Call for Artists: Artisphere

May 13-15

Greenville, South Carolina

West End Historic District

120 Artists

Deadline: October 7 - paper applications

October 21 - online applications…


Added by Connie Mettler on September 24, 2010 at 8:07pm — 2 Comments

3 bits of news: Save the Date, a Cool Job, a Music Festival

1. SAVE THE DATE! The Omaha Summer Arts Festival is pleased to announce new dates for

2011. The 37th annual festival will be held June 10, 11 and 12 on Farnam Street in downtown Omaha. The move is being made to accommodate the opening of the new TD Ameritrade Park. With the College World Series relocating in 2011, Farnam Street will provide direct access to westbound travel out of the downtown area. As a result, the Festival was asked to… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on September 23, 2010 at 3:53pm — No Comments

Des Moines Arts Festival -- Best Overall Festival in the World


Amy Baker, Downtown Community Alliance

(515) 286-4919 or (515) 577-7495…


Added by Connie Mettler on September 22, 2010 at 11:00am — 9 Comments

$449,000 in Prizes - ArtPrize - Grand Rapids, MI

No art fair me this weekend, September 24-26. I'm heading to Grand Rapids with my friends for the

coolest art event in the Midwest. Can you make it too? You will not be disappointed. The art takes over three square miles in the downtown and everyone comes to enjoy it. I attended last year's inaugural event, one of the highlights of my year.

sculpture from…

Added by Connie Mettler on September 21, 2010 at 5:30pm — 9 Comments

Imagine! Selling Your Art in New York City: booth fee $390

November 19-21 - New York City - Jacob Javits Center - Call for Artists

Excuse me if I get a little excited here. Imagine showing and selling your work at the Javits Center in New York City! Imagine being at the heart of America's art world! Imagine meeting real collectors.… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on September 19, 2010 at 12:00pm — 8 Comments

This is Your Mother Speaking...

I do not intend to be a heavy-handed moderator on this site and definitely believe that we are all adults and know how to behave in public. Recent days have brought wonderful art reviews to the site from all

around the country (yes, a little light from the West) and helpful information for many in the discussions -- yet a few people got carried away.

If you can step back from the seeming vitriol of the speakers some of it is very funny, but some recent comments… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on September 17, 2010 at 6:52pm — 11 Comments

Artful Vision is going to the Emmy's!

It should be of no surprise to you that the people who support worthy causes, also buy gifts. Now when shoppers choose unique art and fine craft as gifts they also choose to support a

participating non-profit. It’s a win-win for everyone, thanks to Maxine

Gardner’s own “artful vision”. Artful Vision is a website organized as a juried online art fair. It includes visual, decorative and functional art, as well as music and… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on September 17, 2010 at 3:17pm — 7 Comments


Expo Artistry -

Northeast Indiana Fine Art & Food Autumn Marketplace

November 26-26, 2010 (Thanksgiving weekend)

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Grand Wayne Convention Center

Presented… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on September 15, 2010 at 4:27pm — No Comments

"Beside the beer, the paintings are the best part," Foraker said.

Welcome the return of the Brandywine Art Festival to Wilmington, Delaware! We all hate to lose art fairs that succumb to either the economy, the negligence of the organizers to keep them alive, loss of funding, etc., so it was with great fanfare that the residents of Wilmington welcomed back this popular event.

From Delaware Online by Ginger Gibson:

"After half a century of…


Added by Connie Mettler on September 12, 2010 at 9:27am — 1 Comment

Salem (OR) Art Fair Doesn't Raise as Much Money as Hoped, Layoffs Planned

From the

This summer's Salem Art Fair & Festival, the first-ever with a firm entry fee, cleared $221,000, up slightly from last year, said Sandra Burnett, executive director of the Salem Art Association.

However, the art association had counted on more income from this major fundraiser, especially from sponsorships and… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on September 11, 2010 at 10:41am — 10 Comments

Broward County (FL) Resident? An Arts Survey for you

Broward County, FL is home to 5,635 arts-related businesses employing approximately 21,833

people (as of January 2010). These arts-centric businesses play an important role in building and sustaining economic vibrancy. In addition to employing a creative workforce, these businesses spend money locally, generate government revenue, and are a cornerstone of tourism and economic development.

As a member of the creative workforce we invite you to complete the… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on September 10, 2010 at 5:08pm — No Comments

Collapsing Tent at Oklahoma City Festival sends people to the hospital

A tent collapsed at Arts Festival Oklahoma City injuring four people on
September 6 and closing the festival. Firefighters and paramedics came
to the rescue. Read the rest of the story here:

Added by Connie Mettler on September 8, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Early report from Arts, Beats & Eats

What? You decided not to apply to ABE because it had a new location and you were afraid no one would show up? You have got to be kidding! Attendance is rocking. People very excited about this location in upscale Royal Oak and they are here.

From the Free Press:… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on September 5, 2010 at 2:06pm — 6 Comments

Call for Artists: 46th Annual Old Island Days Art Festival

February 26 & 27, 2011

Historic Old Town -

Key West, Florida

Application Deadline - October 1, 2010

100 artist booths

The Key West Art Center, a non-profit community art center, sponsors this fine art show that highlights 100 artist exhibitors. Locals and… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on September 5, 2010 at 5:30am — 4 Comments

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