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Connie Mettler's Blog – October 2011 Archive (15)

Call for Artists: Art from the Heart

February 4 & 5ArtFromtheHeartlogo

Battle Creek, Michigan

Kellogg Arena

40 Artists

Deadline: November 30…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 31, 2011 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Fears of the Entrepreneur/Or Making Sense of it All

I've been having some up and down times lately surrounding my business experiences, really fearful that no one will visit this site anymore, that no one will be wanting to advertise with me, concerned about all the economic news. What if all I have built goes away? Amazingly two RSS feeds arrived in my mailbox discussing these fears.

One was from Steve Harrison who writes about media coverage for authors and speakers:

There doesn't seem to be much good news on the…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 28, 2011 at 9:35am — 13 Comments

Who is Winning the Awards this Fall?

Congratulations to our members who were prize winners at the River Arts Fest in Memphis this past weekend:

Best of fiber:  Amos Amit

Best of jewelry:  Michael Stephens

Best of wood:  Jay McDougall

you might enjoy this…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 25, 2011 at 4:48pm — 2 Comments

Call for Artists: Des Moines Arts Festival

Proud Inductee of the National Association of DMAF Independent Artists Hall of Fame




 from the International Festival & Events…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 24, 2011 at 8:47am — 4 Comments

Call for Artists: Bayou City Art Festival - Memorial Park

March 23-25 …


Added by Connie Mettler on October 21, 2011 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

A new Buy/Sell?

Here is art glass that has a showroom in High Point, NC, amazing blown glass from China. They are at every gift show. I have no problem with this. The Chinese have done a very nice job of copying art for the U.S. market -- it goes on in just about every product category. And I have no problem with their selling at this marketplace. This glass is made and marketed by Viz Glass and is sold at low price points: $45 to $75. But look at this work:…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 18, 2011 at 5:30pm — 74 Comments

Festival of Lights - Berlin

"Time guards" by Manfred Kielnhofer

The constant struggle with concepts of space, sculptures and installations as well as the engagement of mysticism and primal religions led the Austrian artist to create “timeguards“. The first timeguard was built in 2007 and is reminiscent of a withdrawn monk. Kielnhofer likes to present his sculptures at exciting…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 14, 2011 at 7:06am — No Comments

Moderation and Censorship

Life gets lonely in the studio, or sitting here at the glowing screen of my computer. This website has become a place where like-minded people can hang out, learn some new skills, make some new friends, pick up some tips and make plans for the future. There is a constant inflow of new people and information. But I've got a problem today and am asking for your input.

It has repeatedly been brought to my attention that some members' remarks make others uncomfortable, so uncomfortable…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 11, 2011 at 6:30pm — 86 Comments

Artists Occupy Wall Street!

Robert Stolarik for The New York Times...

"On Saturday night, the Occupy Wall Street movement managed to gain a temporary foothold on Wall Street, courtesy of an art show partly inspired by the group’s protests." ... follow the story at this link:

Added by Connie Mettler on October 10, 2011 at 10:57am — 1 Comment

Did the weather "get" you this year?

A few of the art fairs I attend entertained record temperatures this year, the Ann Arbor Art Fairs and Arts, Beats and Eats in Royal Oak, MI, much to everyone's disappointment as it impacted attendance and subsequently possibly the sales, but what do you make of this? I'm sure you know of the historic drought in Texas, so severe that cattle were killed because they could not be fed and watered. What happened in Houston this weekend just in time for the Bayou City Arts Festival? It…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 9, 2011 at 6:54pm — 9 Comments

Call for Artists: The Inside Show



Amdur Productions is delighted to announce the fall application deadline for their new December show, The Inside Show. The application is available at: The new fall application deadline is Thursday, October 13…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 6, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Requiem for Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple died yesterday at the age of  56 from pancreatic cancer. The lesson of his life for all is finding what you love. "You have to trust in something-- your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has made all the difference in my life," he said at the 2005 Stanford commencement. He started Apple, was fired by its board of directors, still loved what he was doing and life took him back to Apple. He didn't lose faith. From that same speech:



Added by Connie Mettler on October 6, 2011 at 2:30pm — 8 Comments

Welcome new advertiser: Pedestal Express

Pedestal Express is focused on the Art Community. Artists appreciate our services from the unique product offering to the on time deliveries. The business was established in 1993 with the sole purpose of providing modular pedestals. Our idea from the beginning was to keep it simple.  The average pedestal weighs 7 pounds, yet will hold up to 500 pounds. Every Pedestal is a full 12" diameter as a…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 4, 2011 at 3:16pm — 5 Comments

Call for Artists: 30th Annual La Quinta Arts Festival

March 8-11 

La Quinta,…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 3, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

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