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Connie Mettler's Blog – October 2009 Archive (15)

Changes at Art Fair Insiders

In an effort to better manage this site and make it friendly to all of you I have begun some editing of the site. With 1600+ members, 3369 photos, 513 blog posts and 299 separate discussions it has really grown in the year since we opened the doors in November of 2008. The discussions were particularly scattered so I have broken down the discussion area into ten categories:

Hospitality area - - this is a place where new people can come and introduce themselves to the community… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on October 28, 2009 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

Craft Center closing?

The economic downturn has felled another victim. In Worcester, MA, "the Worcester Center for Crafts, one of the city’s oldest cultural institutions, has suspended daily operations and may have to close permanently if it cannot raise $1 million by the end of the month," reports Nancy Sheehan at Worcester's

"Doors will close to the public at the end of the business day today,… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on October 28, 2009 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Are artists among the uninsured?

Another one of the challenges of being self-employed is the uncertainty of medical insurance. Throughout our career in the art fair business we changed carriers several times and luckily have been able to find decent coverage at a not too extravagant price. Not so for many of you, especially those with chronic conditions.

I am linking here to a story from the American Medical Association's online journal that includes the story of one of our members, potter Paul Gerhold, and his… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on October 23, 2009 at 11:13am — 2 Comments

Where do art fair artists go? David Bigelow heads to Japan

Our very good friend printmaker David Bigelow has been selected to be part of the inaugural

Yokohama International Open-Air Art Fair 2009, October 30 to November 1 in Yamashita Park. David, who now lives in Ozark, MO, with his wife Marcia, a former Michigander and University of Michigan graduate, was selected along with eleven other American artists. “It’s a great honor to be chosen among the first to represent American art to the Japanese in person,” says Bigelow. “I’m looking… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on October 23, 2009 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Call for Entries: Garage Sale Art Fair

February 27, 2010 Kalamazoo County Fairground & Expo Center Kalamazoo, Michigan 9:30 - 4:00 Approximately 110 booths Deadline: November 1, 2009 (received by) You've heard how fun it is. This is your chance to find out for yourself! This is the show to sell your seconds, overstock, duds or things you're just tired of looking at in your booth, even your art supplies or art you've traded for!

It's only 5 ½ hours long with morning set-up. So make it easy on… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on October 21, 2009 at 3:06pm — 2 Comments

Will free admission double attendance?

Out in Des Moines (home to one of the nation's top art fairs) an experiment will be taking place on November 7 and 8 at the Metro Arts Expo in the downtown convention center. The organizers, the Metro Arts Alliance, have been awarded a $25,000 grant from Iowa Arts Council, so they are opening the doors free of charge!

In past years the admission was from $5 to $7 and the arts alliance is hoping that a free admission will double the number of attendees. This is a very nice event (a… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on October 21, 2009 at 10:50am — 9 Comments

So, how do you think it is going here?

In the midst of writing my weekly newsletter for (you are a subscriber, aren't you?) I started reviewing this site for tidbits of activity. As they say in blog world, OMG! I really try to keep up but someone out there has been talking about to others. Who in Virginia started that flood of

new members? Was someone talking about us at an art fair? At last count ten new members joined us from that state. Who do we give credit to? Was it Dave… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on October 13, 2009 at 7:28pm — 5 Comments

Hippies, Hill People & Other Southern Marvels

It's always a thrill when friends receive recognition for years of work. Recently in my mailbox:

The Board of the Tennessee State Museum Foundation Cordially Invites You to the Members’ Reception & Private Preview of Renaissance Jack: The Work of Jack Stoddart "Hippies, Hill People & Other Southern Marvels" And Celebration of The Museum Acquisition of The Jack Stoddart Plateau Collection of Photographs Thursday, November 19, 2009 6 to 8 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres with a… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on October 13, 2009 at 6:58pm — No Comments

Call for Entries: Des Moines Arts Festival

June 25-27, 2010 Western Gateway Park Des Moines, Iowa Deadline: Oct. 31, 2009 The award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival invites you to be a part of the Midwest's premier celebration of the arts on featuring the art work of 185 of the nation's top artists and 24 juried emerging Iowa artists. Creating opportunities for people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds to embrace the arts, the Des Moines Arts Festival is one of the most respected arts events in the country, and… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on October 13, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

But Did He Use Costco to Make his Photographs?

Irving Penn whose idealized perfect images brought photography to a new level died this week at age 92. He was a

lucky man -- his first photo landed him on the cover of Vogue. He began his photography career in the l940's just as advertising was really hitting its stride. He had a lifelong career at Vogue, revolutionizing the shooting of fashion. He also traveled and put together museum shows. He constantly explored the boundaries of photography as evident in his stunning… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on October 9, 2009 at 3:39pm — 6 Comments

3 Spaces Left for Great Lakes Art Fair

Due to late cancellations we now have three spaces open for the

Great Lakes Art Fair to be

held on

October 16-18 at the

Rock Financial Showplace in

Novi, MI. Do you live near? We are working to establish a good solid indoor regional event that you can keep in your art fair schedule twice a year. We have excellent exhibitors for this date but need to fill out the show. The wait list holds only categories that are full:… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on October 7, 2009 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Show Report: Peoria Fine Art Fair

A little late on this, but here it is:

September 26 & 27, downtown on the riverfront in Peoria, IL, 150 artists Since I was not exhibiting, but rather visiting I can't give too many ins and outs. Load in was all day on Friday (part of the day it was pouring rain), and early on Saturday. Vans could drive up to their spaces and parking was nearby. Friday evening the artists were served excellent pizza and beer.

Artist dinner: Doug Sigwarth, Andy Shea… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on October 7, 2009 at 5:53pm — No Comments

Where Do Art Fair Artists Go? P. Buckley Moss' Story

Many years ago there was a Virginia artist lugging her art to art fairs who became a superstar. Really!

Ever hear of Pat Buckley Moss? Her work has been coveted and collected for over 40 years. I was at Art Expo in New York City one year and her large booth (at least 30-40 feet wide) was inundated with fans. I put her story here for inspiration. She did it, you can too! Here is a recent story about one of her personal appearances from …


Added by Connie Mettler on October 7, 2009 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Making Life Cool in the Rust Belt

Strictly speaking probably the coolest art project in the country this year was the $500,000 Art Prize project in Grand

Rapids. It was backed by the Amway fortune and many other corporate entities joined in. It will be wrapping up and awarding its prize next week. Read more about it here: I love watching our Rust Belt… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on October 7, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Talking about St. James - Louisville

Here is some of the best news around the art fairs this year. In Louisville they actually passed an ordinance keeping unauthorized vendors away from the art fair! If you've never been to St. James let me tell you, you park and then you walk and walk and there is just about anything for sale there. Now they are proud of this event (750 exhibitors - I am not saying "artists") but things have definitely gotten out of hand over the years.

Here is the first report I came across:… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on October 5, 2009 at 5:53pm — No Comments

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