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Connie Mettler's Blog – November 2008 Archive (32)

Artist of the Month: Pamela Hill - Functional Art Quilts

In her earliest work Pamela Hill attempted to meld the strong graphic qualities of modern painting with the rich texture of the Amish quilts. After thirty years of making quilts professionally, Pamela began to explore the possibilities of creating that long desired densely textured work with relatively new technology that has enabled her to create subtle contemporary textured, color nuanced and sophisticated bed covers that are beautiful as well as useful. The combination of dense… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 13, 2008 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Did Anybody Buy Art Last Weekend?

I know artists who exhibited last weekend at art fairs around the country were hoping that with the decisive election results patrons would be really ready to think about something else. Here are two reports from last weekend's art festivals.



One of the most popular Florida art festivals, Great GulfCoast Art Festival in Pensacola, had the…

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Added by Connie Mettler on November 12, 2008 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

Wanted: Bead Makers - PR Opportunity

Are you a glass bead maker, or do you know someone who is? Please comment below and I'll be in touch with you for an opportunity for some national publicity.

Added by Connie Mettler on November 12, 2008 at 4:58pm — 6 Comments

Now Here's a Great Idea! Organize Your Own Art Fair

Right, none of you have enough to do already. But, this one might work. Maybe you have your own customer base, maybe some friends and you keep talking about putting together your own event. Several times I have hosted an Open House and it worked! We sold art and people had a good time. But it is a LOT of work.



To help you out today I'm linking to this article by Risa Marks I just came across, just in case you have been thinking about doing this. And/or you might save it for the day… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 10, 2008 at 9:51pm — 2 Comments

Wanted: Crafty Person Who Lives in Orange County and/or Art and the Torah

1. Are you (or do you know) someone who makes crafts, preferably for a living, who lives in Orange County, CA?

2. Do you use the Torah as a source of artistic expression?

If so, comment below ASAP for a publicity opportunity.

Added by Connie Mettler on November 10, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Your Home Away From Home - And Cheap Too!

Thinking of hitting the road for the art fairs? Where will you be spending the nights? The price of lodging does bite into the narrow profit margin artists try to maintain, but here is some good news. Artist, Ynon Mabat, has started a new community, Lodging4Artists.com.



Artists join as members for $12/year and place their name and location on a list. All members of the service can then contact one another about being able to stay at their… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 8, 2008 at 8:43pm — 3 Comments

An Art Fair Director Who Gets It!

Good news out of Fort Worth this week when

Main Street Fort Worth Art Festival's director

Jay Downie announced to the applicants for their show that they had received more than the 1100 applications they had budgeted for and so were reducing their booth fees by $20. I was talking to

Amy Amdur of

Amdur Productions this week and she told me she was holding the prices on her events to last year's levels. In fact, she told me two of her… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 8, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Glass Artists Show Off on CBS Sunday Morning - 11/9

Artists are not well known for getting showcased on popular TV programs, but be sure you tune in Sunday morning to CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood to see glass artists Eric Markow and Thom Norris. Considered to be the premiere woven glass artists in the world, Markow and Norris will demonstrate their artistry their studio where you can see them melt glass and work their magic.



But if you live in Chicago get right… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 8, 2008 at 2:40pm — 1 Comment

Metal for Sale, Recycled Metal Parts Need Homes

As some of you know, Kinetic Metal artist Glenn Donovan died in January. He leaves behind thousands of pounds of amazing metal parts. Most are steel, also brass and stainless steel and some copper. I am looking to have artists come and buy the parts for scrap prices, $.30 for steel, $2.00 for brass, $3.00 for stainless, $.50 for magnetic stainless, $3.50 for copper. I know Glenn would so rather see his parts used by other artists instead of just going back to the junkyards.



I am… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 7, 2008 at 6:33pm — No Comments

How Much Will It Cost For Me To Drive To The Show?

Have you visited GasBuddy.com yet? It is a network of more than 181+ gas price information websites that help you find low gasoline prices. All web sites are operated by GasBuddy and have the most comprehensive listings of gas prices anywhere.



A very cool component of the site is the Trip Calculator. Input your trip parameters and it calculates how much it will cost you to get there and back. The Trip Calculator also takes into account… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 7, 2008 at 6:06pm — No Comments

A Little Time On Your Hands? Time to Work On Your Website? 6 Great Tips From a Pro

How can you use your Internet skills to stand out from the office crowd? Here are 6 great Internet tools you can use to improve your career prospects - By Scott Fox, Author of Internet Riches (

www.ScottFox.com) » Step 1 The best way to stand out from the office crowd is to outperform your peers. Most of my content is about starting your own business online, but the Internet also offers great tools that can help improve your traditional… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 7, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments

A New Day!

Sitting at my desk and thinking about all the recent financial fallout on top of the exciting election news I've been filtering how it affects those of us in the art fair business, but couldn't figure out how to address it. My thanks to Wendy Rosen of the Rosen Group who has found the right tone, not only addressing the relief we all feel about that the election has (finally) taken place, but also putting into perspective its' financial effects.…

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Added by Connie Mettler on November 5, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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