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Connie Mettler's Blog – October 2012 Archive (24)

Post Your "Dumb" Questions Here

Does that sound like a good category for the Discussion area?

This is a friendly community, and after all, we all need each other to survive in the business. Nonetheless, I do know some people are loath to ask questions because sometimes the seasoned members have "heard it all."

My take on this:

  • It is important for the life of AFI to help increase the sense of community that members feel with one another.
  • It’s NOT ok to treat new people in the community…
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Added by Connie Mettler on October 31, 2012 at 3:30pm — 70 Comments

Call for Artists: Artexpo Miami

Artexpo Miami Call For Artists
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Added by Connie Mettler on October 29, 2012 at 4:30am — No Comments

Prizewinners: Bayou City Art Festival

Who won the prizes last week in Houston at the Bayou City Art Festival? Here they are:

Best in Show

1. Alexis Silk - Glass

2. Heinrich Toh - Mixed Media

3. TIE - R. Michael Wommack - Pastels

3. TIE - Carolina Cleere - Mixed Media



Best Booth

1. Leif Hollard - Botanical Constructions…



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Added by Connie Mettler on October 28, 2012 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

A Few Spaces Left - Gulfstream Park Art Festival

Gulfstream Park Art Festival



Festival Layout Expanded!



A few great spaces are available for the festival on

November 10th & 11th in Hallandale Beach, Florida.…

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Added by Connie Mettler on October 26, 2012 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Call for Artists: 11th Annual Winter Garden Art Festival

WGAF logo November 24 & 25

Winter Garden, Florida

Winter Garden Art Festival

Historic Downtown Winter Garden

Saturday: 11am-8pm

Sunday: 11am-5pm

125 Fine Art Exhibitors

Deadline: November 9



Presented by the Historic Winter Garden Merchants Association, The City of Winter Garden and Florida…

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Added by Connie Mettler on October 24, 2012 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

Don't Quit Your Day Job!

Almost everyone visiting this site had a day job at one time and some still do. Then there are all those wannabe artists who visit with you in your booth at each art fair and say they are going to quit but don't and you know why.

Here is how you to figure out if it is for you:

1. How valuable is comfort to your life?…

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Added by Connie Mettler on October 23, 2012 at 6:00pm — 8 Comments

Call for Artists: Gulf Coast Fine Art Festival - new event

March 16 & 17SantaFeCollege
Gulf Coast Fine Art Festival
Fort Myers, Florida
Saturday & Sunday 10am -…
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Added by Connie Mettler on October 21, 2012 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

Featured Artist: Leslie Emery, Painting

Leslie, like so many of artists, followed in the footsteps of her   Leslie mother, and is a painter just as she is. This led to an art degree where her mentor was a painter who had excelled in a career selling his work at the art fairs. With influences like this it is no wonder to find her today at the top shows in the country exhibiting her luminous abstract pieces.



Her newest body of work is "acrylic on acrylic."…

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Added by Connie Mettler on October 21, 2012 at 9:18pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: Des Moines Arts Festival

June 28-30 DesMoineLogo

Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines Arts Festival

Downtown Des Moines

185 Artists

Deadline: October 31



The City of Des Moines invites you to be part of the award-winning Des Moines Arts…

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Added by Connie Mettler on October 19, 2012 at 7:41am — 5 Comments

Podcast: How 2 Artists Used Kickstarter.com to Raise Funds & Grow Their Businesses

On October 18 I interviewed two artists who have used Kickstarter.com's website funding resource to raise money to enable them to complete art projects. Casey Sheppard, a jeweler from Lincoln, NE, started her project on the site…

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Added by Connie Mettler on October 19, 2012 at 7:33am — 4 Comments

Show of the Month: American Art Marketing NYC at the Javits Center

A Trilogy of Shows in NYC

Jacob Javits Center

October 19-20-21…


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Added by Connie Mettler on October 18, 2012 at 11:38am — No Comments

New Podcast: Using Kickstarter.com to Fund Your Creative Projects

Thursday, October 17, 2 pm ET

Artists Casey Sheppard (a jeweler) and Evan Reinheimer (a photographer) join Connie to talk about their experiences using Kickstarter.com to fund their art projects.

Casey's project…

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Added by Connie Mettler on October 17, 2012 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Call for Artists: Jacksonville, FL - Orange Park Fine Art Festival

February 9 & 10  Peoria4

Jacksonville, Florida

Saturday & Sunday

10am - 5pm

Deadline: November 7



Application Fee:  $25

Booth Fee:  $210



Don't miss this opportunity to join some of the nation's most talented and respected artists who will be showcasing and selling their artwork at this highly organized and professional outdoor fine art festival.



This open air art gallery is located in the…

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Added by Connie Mettler on October 17, 2012 at 7:28am — No Comments

Call for Artists: South Miami Rotary Art Festival

February 23 & 24  SouthMiamiLogo

Miami, Florida

29th Anniversary Festival


Downtown South Miami

10am-6pm daily

145 Exhibitors

Deadline: October 31 - deadline extended to November 5 due to East Coast storms



The 29th annual South Miami Rotary Art…

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Added by Connie Mettler on October 13, 2012 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

"To Make Art is to Dance Naked in Public"

says New York art critic Jerry Saltz.

As the culmination of Grand Rapids' ArtPrize one of the jurors, Jerry Saltz, gave a talk at the Kendall School of Design to the students:

“If you’re gay, you know when you’re young. If you’re a ventriloquist, you know when you’re young. There’s another thing people know they are when they’re young – artists,” Saltz began to standing room-only crowd inside the Old Federal Building...

This week I was speaking…

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Added by Connie Mettler on October 11, 2012 at 4:19pm — 2 Comments

Call for Artists: Key West Old Island Days Art Festival

February 23 & 24 KeyWestlogo

Key West, Florida

100 Artists

Deadline: October 15


Notification: November 1



The Key West Art Center, a non-profit community art center, sponsors this fine art show that highlights 100 artist exhibitors. Locals and tourists alike flock to the Old Towne to see what's new each year and to see old favorites.



The Key West Old Island Days Art Festival committee has…
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Added by Connie Mettler on October 9, 2012 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

"Elephants" Wins the $200,000 ArtPrize

Unheralded Burbank, CA, artist Adonna Khare wins the $200,000 in the Grand Rapids ArtPrize!

Her drawing "Elephants", 8 foot high and 35 feet long that she created in her garage and installed at the Grand Rapids Art Museum for the competition.

Over more than three weeks, as museum-goers watched her progress, the mural grew to 13 feet high and about 40…

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Added by Connie Mettler on October 9, 2012 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Call for Artists: Woodlands Waterway Art Festival

April 13 & 14

The Woodlands, Texas

200 Artists

Deadline: October 15


Now in its 8th year, The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival has quickly risen in the ranks to one of the most highly regarded shows on the Texas spring festival…
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Added by Connie Mettler on October 8, 2012 at 7:39am — 3 Comments

CERF: Helping Craft Artists in Emergencies for over 25 Years

We want to introduce you to an organization that is important to artists. CERF+  (Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists' Emergency Resources) supports the careers of craft artists throughout the United States with …
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Added by Connie Mettler on October 7, 2012 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

FYI: Ever Been to the St. James Court Art Show? Here's what it looks like

The people in Louisville really have their social media machine in high gear. In this city the St. James Court Art Show in popularity is only second to the Kentucky Derby! Imagine that. In fact, it is so popular they close the public schools on Friday.

Here are some good links with videos in case you are considering participating in 2013:

  • From the…
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Added by Connie Mettler on October 5, 2012 at 11:14am — 18 Comments

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