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Connie Mettler's Blog – October 2013 Archive (15)

5 Reasons to attend the next arts conference

October 7-8, 2013, WESTAF presented the 5th Annual Arts Festival Conference in Louisville, KY, in conjunction with the St. James Court Art Show and NAIA. I was there and here is why you should have been there also:

5. The Meet and Greet. Spending time with like-minded individuals in a relaxed atmosphere has a great payoff. We have so much in common…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 31, 2013 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

Last Report: St. James Court Art Show

Thank you Lori Kay, Alison Fox, John Leben, Robert Wallis and everyone else who shared their St. James Court experiences. A show that has this many exhibitors deserves to be reported. I was there too, but have been so distracted by getting the statistics together for the Best Art Fair Survey that I am finally reporting in.

Here is a quickie video:…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 28, 2013 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

Call for Artists: Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival

April 5 & 6, 2014  null

Ridgeland, Mississippi 
Renaissance at Colony Park

100 Artists

Deadline: November 11, 2013

The objective of the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival (formerly Renaissance Fine Arts Festival) is to provide an opportunity for artists from across the…

Added by Connie Mettler on October 27, 2013 at 8:14pm — 2 Comments

Last Call for Artists: 2nd Annual Gulfstream Park Art Festival

New/better dates - a few spaces left!

December 14 & 15 Gulfstream

Hallandale, Florida

The Village at Gulfstream…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 25, 2013 at 7:22am — 1 Comment

Final Report: America's Best Art Fairs

Here are the first 25 winners - congratulations to them! 

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park, FL - March 21-23, 2014…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 24, 2013 at 11:00am — 14 Comments


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Added by Connie Mettler on October 24, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Call for Artists: South Miami Rotary Art Festival

February 22 & 23   

Miami, Florida

30th Anniversary Festival

Downtown South Miami

10am-6pm daily

145 Exhibitors

Deadline: October 31

In  1984 a dedicated group of Red Sunset Merchants Association members  conceived an arts and crafts festival as a way to bring shoppers into  the area and also to serve the community well by bringing the arts  closer to the local population.  Started…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 23, 2013 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: Des Moines Arts Festival

June 27-29, 2014

Downtown Des Moines, Iowa

195 Artists

Deadline: October 31, 2013


The City of Des Moines invites you to be part of the award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival® (DMAF) on June 27-29 in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.  The DMAF is one of the nation's most respected arts events hosting 195 of the nation's top artists in a beautiful urban setting…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 22, 2013 at 8:57pm — 16 Comments

Podcast: WINNERS! America's Best Art Fairs Survey

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 5:30 PM ET has just finished its 1st annual "America's Best Art Fairs" survey and we are announcing the winners on this podcast.

We asked our mailing list of nearly 50,000 art fair patrons  what was the best art fair in the country and had an amazing response from across the nation. Nearly 96% completed the lengthy 22…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 20, 2013 at 9:33pm — 3 Comments

Winner: September Post of the Month - Melanie Rolfes

Not only is Melanie an accomplished artist, and a fine writer. Just in time for Halloween she has new tricks to show us:

Congratulations, Melanie and thank you for your thorough review of the Alexandria, VA, show.

Our thanks also go to long time member…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 19, 2013 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

People's Choice? The $200,000 Prizes

So there you are at an art fair, the judges come through and seemingly ignore your booth, but then you turn around and make a nice sale. We used to say, you can either win the prizes or you can win the sales. Which one do you think keeps the bills paid?

From September 18-October 6 a large public competition is held for big money in Grand Rapids, MI, ArtPrize. It touts the world's largest Art Prize - $200,000 awarded to an artist and who gets to choose? The public. 

I believe…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 16, 2013 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Larry Berman Speechless!

Congratulations to Larry Berman, who received a special award at the Arts Festival Conference in Louisville, October 7. I was there. When Anthony Radich Executive Director of Westaf, the home of, presented this first ever award, Larry was speechless. Larry has been a fearless nagger representing the interests of artists in getting the technology right. It has been a long battle fighting over pixels,…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 12, 2013 at 9:36pm — 16 Comments

Call for Artists: 44th Annual Scottsdale Arts Festival

March 14-16, 2014

Scottsdale, Arizona

Outdoors at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 10, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: Artisphere

May 9-11, 2014  
Greenville, South Carolina
West End Historic District
120 Artists…

Added by Connie Mettler on October 3, 2013 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Call for Artists: 44th Annual Glynn Art in the Park

October 12 & 13, 2013

St. Simons Island, Georgia

Postell Park

Sponsored by the Glynn Art Assn.

70 artists

Deadline: October 7

Glynn Art in the Park on St. Simons Island offers a fine arts event in a small town ocean side setting.  The island is one of four barrier islands known as the "Golden Isles" on the Georgia coast, midway between Savannah, GA,…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 2, 2013 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

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