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Connie Mettler's Blog – September 2011 Archive (19)

Call for Artists: 42nd Annual Scottsdale Arts Festival

March 11-13, 2012

Scottsdale, Arizona

Outdoors at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

200 artists

Deadline: October 14

Apply to the Scottsdale Arts…

Added by Connie Mettler on September 30, 2011 at 6:51am — No Comments

A Visit to Grand Rapids' ArtPrize

This is year three of this art extravaganza where there is almost $500,000 worth of prizes. The prize winners are voted on by the public, so essentially a "People's Choice" award. I've attended every year. ArtPrize® turns the city of Grand Rapids into an art gallery for two weeks. Galleries, office lobbies, restaurants, courtyards, parks compete to host the art, in addition…


Added by Connie Mettler on September 29, 2011 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Show Review: Atlanta Arts Festival - Sept. 17 & 18

The Atlanta Arts Festival is held in Midtown's Piedmont Park, the same site as the Spring Dogwood Festival. The last time I was in this park we were participating in the Dogwood and vowed never to return. The main sponsor was (I think) Purina Dog Chow and they were holding the frisbee dog championships in the middle of the park.…


Added by Connie Mettler on September 28, 2011 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

Report on the ZAPP Conference

I was in Atlanta September 18-20 for the Third Annual ZAPP Conference. I've been to a fair number of conferences and will tell you right off that one of the best things about attending these events is the people, both people you've only heard about (art fair directors, artists), people you've met online (say, or Facebook) and old friends and acquaintances.

The first activity was to attend the Atlanta Arts…


Added by Connie Mettler on September 27, 2011 at 6:30pm — 51 Comments

Call for Artists: ArtWorks - Studio Clearance

January 28, 2012

Waukesha (Milwaukee), Wisconsin…


Added by Connie Mettler on September 22, 2011 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

A Few Spaces Left - Great Lakes Art Fair, October 14-16

From Kristina Jones at the Great Lakes Art Fair: We are in the last push for artists.  Boy, so many of them have been ill or have cancer and are in the chemo process!  It is very sad to see them have to drop out.  I have shed many tears with them over the phone when they have called to cancel.



Added by Connie Mettler on September 21, 2011 at 10:53am — No Comments

ArtPrize - $250,000 awards for arts - coming soon!

What are you doing this weekend? Do you live in the Midwest and have a few hours? The very coolest art event of the year appears in Grand Rapids, MI, September 21-October 9, ArtPrize. Designed as a very different art competition, the goal is for the general public and artists to collide, exchange ideas and come away changed. An international group of artists compete for amazing prices, people come from all over to view the art and vote for the prizewinners. This is year 3 -- please take my…


Added by Connie Mettler on September 20, 2011 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Call for Artists: Artisphere

May 11-13, 2012ArtisphereSkyView

Greenville, South Carolina

West End Historic District

120 Artists

Deadline: October 6, 2011 - paper applications

October 20, 2011 - online applications (Zapplication deadline)


Greenville is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the northwest…


Added by Connie Mettler on September 18, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

In St. Joe, MI, the City cuts funding for events, but not all of them

Here is an excellent article from in South Bend about the civic funding of events in St. Joe, MI. City residents were polled as to where they wanted their tax dollars to go, getting the nod:

Krasl Art Fair, the Blossomtime Parade and the 4th of July fireworks

Losing: Venetian Festival and Labor Day fireworks

Why am I writing about this here? This article explores the importance of the economic impact of festivals on the local populace, something that is of…


Added by Connie Mettler on September 14, 2011 at 10:47am — No Comments

Call for Artists: Garage Sale Art Fair

Saturday, February 27
Kalamazoo County Expo Center

Kalamazoo, Michigan

9:30 - 4:00

Approximately 110-120 spaces…


Added by Connie Mettler on September 13, 2011 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Call to artists: A day at Lake Worth Beach Mural

This just landed in my mailbox and am glad to pass it on to you as a "public service."

CALLING ALL ARTISTS! The City of Lake Worth is hosting “A Day at the Beach” mural project where local artist will display their talent by painting murals along the north end of the sea wall of the Lake Worth Municipal Beach. Applications may be picked up at City Hall: 7 North…


Added by Connie Mettler on September 13, 2011 at 8:26pm — 1 Comment

Last Call for Artists: Kissimmee Sculpture Experience

Seeking artists for outdoor public artwork

$11,000 in prizes

Kissimmee, Florida

Historic Downtown Kissimmee

Presented by Kissimmee Main Street

16 bases available for outdoor sculptures…


Added by Connie Mettler on September 12, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Sausalito Art Festival

Labor Day weekend is the host of three Big festivals -- in the East, Long's Park outside of Lancaster, PA; Arts, Beats & Eats in the Midwest and the Sausalito Art Festival near San Francisco. Over the years I've watched Midwest artists bypass the show in Royal Oak to go to one or the other of those really good shows. I'm always interested in what happens there. Here are some excellent links about Sausalito. Don't neglect to read the first one:…


Added by Connie Mettler on September 11, 2011 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

My Story: Arts, Beats & Eats

Here's my report on Arts, Beats and Eats that took place for four days over Labor Day weekend in Royal Oak, MI, where I am the co-art director with Lisa Konikow. This event was presented for the 14th year last weekend. The first year I served as an advisor and on the board and the rest of the years have been part of the staff. This show has a huge budget and lots of…


Added by Connie Mettler on September 11, 2011 at 12:00pm — 9 Comments

Call for Artists: ArtWorks Arts Festival

November 19 & 20

15th Annual Artworks

Melbourne, Florida

Artists working "en plein air"

Live Entertainment

Food & Fun

Eau Gallie Arts District "EGAD"

Highland Avenue

10 am to 5 pm

100 artists

Deadline: September 20 …


Added by Connie Mettler on September 9, 2011 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Rules for an Art Fair

  1. All booth locations at an art fair should be created equal.
  2. Sponsor booths should not be at the entrance to the art.
  3. Food locations should not obscure artist booths.

The layout of Arts, Beats & Eats has always been under the control of its producer, Jon Witz. Try as I might there are some things over which I had no say. When I was presented with the layout in June I objected to the parking lot location on E. 7th, the spaces on E. 7th that were close…


Added by Connie Mettler on September 8, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

A Special Message from Juried Art Services

The most important and time consuming job most art fair organizers face is finding quality applicants for their art fairs, handling those applications and choosing the participants through a jury process. With every passing season event planners reassess their methods for perfecting this process. The majority of artists have become reconciled to the digital process and art fair… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on September 8, 2011 at 12:10pm — 1 Comment

Call for Artists: Old Island Days Art Festival

February 25 & 26, 2012

Historic Old Town

Key West, Florida

Application Deadline - October 1

100 artist booths

The Key West Art Center, a non-profit community art… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on September 7, 2011 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Parking Revenues Down at Ann Arbor Art Fair

So, this is too bad, but not too big a surprise, considering... Were you there? Did you pay to park? I know I paid $20 to the Unitarian Church. This probably didn't get counted in the mix as well as many of the other private parking lots. But this is the official info. Read it all here:…


Added by Connie Mettler on September 1, 2011 at 12:12pm — 2 Comments

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