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Connie Mettler's Blog – October 2014 Archive (18)

Manifesto for an Arts Business

Did you listen to the podcast with Nawal Motawi from Motawi Tileworks? Nawal has a ceramic tile studio that employs 30 people. Her business wins awards for its culture and commitment to the local community. It even has a manifesto: for the workplace to be healthy, emotionally and physically while taking great craft…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 29, 2014 at 9:36pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: South Miami Rotary Arts Festival

February 21 & 22 

Miami, Florida

31st Annual Festival

Downtown South Miami on Sunset Drive

10am-6pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday

145 Exhibitors

Deadline: November 5

Started as a small show in 1984, the event has grown into one of Miami-Dade County's most anticipated festivals. Dozens of…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 24, 2014 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

Podcast: Turning a BFA into a Robust Ceramic Tile Company

Tuesday - October 28 - 3 pm ET

Nawal Motawi joins us to talk about her journey from art school graduate to founder of an award-winning Ann Arbor-based nationally known art studio, Motawi Tileworks, that creates unique handmade tile reflecting the classic…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 23, 2014 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Can't find that pesky information? A few tips

Tip for writers on -- readers too

"Why can't I find something I know is on this site?" "What happened to my show review?" "Where is that information about the best tent, show, lodging deal, funny story, jury tip, safety idea, etc.?

This site thrives on your participation and your stories, questions and reviews. Thousands…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 22, 2014 at 8:30am — 11 Comments

Call for Artists: Des Moines Arts Festival

June 26-28

Des Moines, Iowa

Downtown at Western Gateway Park

surrounding the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park

194 Artists 

Deadline: October 31…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 19, 2014 at 6:38pm — No Comments

Why the "Best Art Fair" survey?

It's all about the marketing, folks.

Mission of our sites: Bring people to attend the art fairs to buy art and support the artists.

Mission of the survey: Spread the word about the best art fairs in the country through the media to attract people to come to the shows and use the Best Art Fairs page as a planner for their travels, enabling "art fair tourism."

You have a stake in this…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 18, 2014 at 8:31am — 6 Comments

Winner: September Post of the Month - Melanie Rolfes

Melanie Rolfes wins "post of the month" for her review, "Alexandria and Arlington, VA, art shows." Along with her cohorts Matt Estrada, Reid Watts, Matt Estrada, Oscar Matos Linares and Barry Bernstein she celebrates another year of survival.

Added by Connie Mettler on October 16, 2014 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

This is how we do it ...

And a very big reward goes out to photographer Xavier Nuez who not only gets into an amazing number of the top shows, but brings his own buyers to the shows:

I took this photo in Xavier's booth. The sign up was hanging on his ProPanels.

Brought to you by…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 14, 2014 at 5:30pm — 9 Comments

Call for Artists: Honor a Veteran, A Gallery Exhibition

November 3-11, 2014
McAllen, Texas

McAllen Creative Incubator…

Added by Connie Mettler on October 13, 2014 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

ArtPrize $500,000 Results, including an art fair artist!

Results just in from the Grand Rapids, MI, marathon Art Prize (Sept. 24-Oct. 12) - over $500,000 in awards

Public Vote and Juried Awards: 
Two grand prizes worth $400,000 and eight category awards worth $160,000. Half decided by public vote, and half decided by a jury of art experts.

Since its inception the public (you and me) have gotten the chance to choose who gets the $$$. But, jurors got their…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 11, 2014 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

Call for Artists: Old Island Days Art Festival

February 21 & 22

Key West, Florida

Whitehead and Caroline Streets

10am-5pm daily

approximately 100 exhibitors

Deadline: October 15

This nationally recognized event attracts fine artists from across the country to this beautiful historic area of Key West.  Exhibitors include…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 9, 2014 at 9:15pm — No Comments

America's Best Art Fair or Craft Show?

2nd Annual Survey 

What show is a "must attend" event for you each year?

In 2013 thousands of art fair lovers and artists nationwide completed our 1st survey telling us what their…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 9, 2014 at 7:41am — 1 Comment

Call for Artists: 56th Annual Tubac Festival of the Arts

February 4-8, 2015

Tubac, Arizona 

Historic art colony of Tubac

10am-5pm daily

175 artists…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 8, 2014 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

September's Best Post - Vote today

Who wrote the best post on AFI in September Thrilling, informative, helpful, thought provoking, etc.?

Let's award them and thank them for their contributions:


Added by Connie Mettler on October 7, 2014 at 5:56pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: 11th Annual Artisphere

May 8-10

Greenville, South Carolina

West End Historic District Downtown

120 Artists

Deadline: October 16

2015 marks the eleventh…

Added by Connie Mettler on October 5, 2014 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Call for Artists: ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest 2014

You are invited to enter the 2nd annual ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest. 

This global, juried, online art contest aims to focus attention on the plight of endangered and threatened species/habitats.  The challenge is to interpret or reflect ENDANGERED through either a celebration of the beauty of endangered or threatened species/habitats…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 4, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Theft Keeps Artist out of St. James Court Art Show

Long time member Kathleen Caid, a jeweler from California, had her entire stock of jewelry stolen from her van before the St. James Court Art Show opened today.

More info:…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 3, 2014 at 12:00pm — 13 Comments

Call for Artists: The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival

April 10-12, 2015 

The Woodlands, Texas

The Woodlands Waterway and Town Green Park…


Added by Connie Mettler on October 2, 2014 at 9:50pm — No Comments

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