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Connie Mettler's Blog – November 2009 Archive (25)

Yokohama Art Fair Report - no tequila

Hopefully you read my

earlier posts

about this first ever outdoor art fair held in downtown Yokohama at the end of October. I had a long chat with

David Bigelow one of the U.S. artists who participated in the event and also photographer

Larry Oliverson.… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 30, 2009 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Help Me Choose a Logo, Please

My main website,

www.ArtFairCalendar.com, went live in 2004 and has wonderful success with great Google rankings, often #1 for "art fairs", "Chicago art fairs", "Florida art fairs", etc. It also has 13,000 subscribers to its timely noozles that bring the latest fine art fair and craft show news to art fair aficionados across the country. It has been thrilling for me as its publisher. HOWEVER, I have

never gotten… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 25, 2009 at 4:30pm — 21 Comments

Call for Entries: Buyers Market of American Craft

February 12-15, 2010 (Jewelry Preview: February 11) Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia Deadline: Applications are reviewed throughout the year, until the show is full Why apply? -No application fee (and only a $10 fee for online applications) -Gain access to thousands of buyers from stores and galleries in search of handmade products -Free membership in NICHE Marketplace - our online, year-round tradeshow -Tenure for accepted exhibitors - you are guaranteed space each… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 25, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Food for Thought: Can Art Save the Mall?

Thanks to my friend, Denny Schroeder, for sending me this link from Sunday's Parade Magazine: Can Art Save a Mall?



When too many stores came up empty at a large mall in the St. Louis area the owners decided that instead of demolishing it they would offer the spaces to artists for their use at $100 per month, plus utilities. You'll enjoy reading the various uses to which it has been put: art… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 23, 2009 at 2:59pm — 8 Comments

BBAC AND NEW PARTNER TAKE ANNUAL JURIED ART FESTIVAL TO THE STREETS

It's official! Been wondering about the Birmingham, MI, spring show? Here is the press release:

BIRMINGHAM, Mich., Nov. 23, 2009 – The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center today introduced a new partner, a new location and a new format for its 2010 fine art fair. The 2010 Art Birmingham will be produced by the BBAC in association with The Guild of Artists and Artisans, a Michigan-based national leader in art festival events and programming. The 2010 festival will take place at the… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 23, 2009 at 1:32pm — 2 Comments

Job hunting? Festival looking for a new director

Newnan, GA. The Powers Crossroads Arts Festival, soon approaching its 40th anniversary has an opening for a new director. The festival is part of a Coweta Festivals, Inc., including the Powers' Country Store. It is made up of five non-profit organizations: the Newnan-Coweta Art Association, the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce, the Jaycees, Coweta County 4-H, and the Pilot Club.



As a special offering to expand the use of the festival grounds, the country store -- stocked with a wide… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 23, 2009 at 11:20am — No Comments

Help Building Traffic for your Website?

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online marketing. An excellent offer was made today by best-selling author Scott Fox. Scott's expertise is the marketing of online small business. He is offering his Traffic Building School free to the first 100 subscribers. Subscribe and you’ll get access to 50+ daily videos that introduce you to dozens of proven online marketing techniques you can use to grow your… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 20, 2009 at 10:20am — 1 Comment

Call for Artists: San Diego, California

April 24 and 25, 2010 Downtown - Little Italy San Diego, California 300 Artists Deadline for Applications: January 8, 2010 We invite fine artists to apply for the

2010 Mission Federal ArtWalk Festival. This two-day fine art festival is now in its 26th year and is Southern California's largest art festival, attracting 120,000 attendees from throughout the region. Our mission: to encourage people to purchase original fine art, and to enhance that experience by… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 18, 2009 at 9:22pm — 3 Comments

Conference for Artists, Arts Managers and Arts Supporters - Looks Like a Winner

November 24, Ypsilanti, Michigan - Convergence 2009

Plan to converge on Ypsilanti with your cultural colleagues from around the county for the Arts Alliance's first half-day Convergence Conference.



The county-wide cultural web portal is waiting for you to give it a test drive. Free legal information...Breakout sessions on social networking, the future of fundraising, and ArtWalk among other topics...Breakfast...Lunch... And your arts colleagues from all around the county.… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 18, 2009 at 2:08pm — No Comments

Let's Say Thanks

From artist J.R. Rossman at the

NAIA forum:

XEROX IS DOING SOMETHING SPECIAL If you go to this web site, www.LetsSayThanks.com you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving. You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 18, 2009 at 1:44pm — No Comments

3 Art Fairs in Transition: Good, Better, Best

Making art fairs happen (and profitable) seems to get tougher all the time. That is why I am pretty pleased to bring you updates on three art fairs that are moving ahead for changes with plans to strengthen their events for themselves, their cities, artists and their sponsors.



1. Good. Jonathan Witz, producer of Arts, Beats & Eats in Pontiac, MI, is in talks with the City of Royal Oak, MI, to bring the huge event to downtown Royal Oak. After twelve years of… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 18, 2009 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Holding our breath in Ann Arbor, Columbus too

People in my part of the country have had their ears perked up for any news that the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair (the original) has hired retired director Shary Brown's replacement for quite some time now. I talked with Karen Delhey at the Street Fair last week and she told me the Board was still interviewing.



A couple of days later I received a little more insider information. My informant (and I) have been keeping tabs on the job search since last Fall when Shary announced she'd be… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 16, 2009 at 4:49pm — No Comments

American Crafts Council Says Bye-Bye to NYC

The 66 year old American Craft Council recently announced that they are moving their offices in New York City to Minneapolis. "The Council is proud to have been headquartered in New York for 66 years, but the high cost of doing business in the city is not a sustainable financial model for our organization given the current economic climate," said ACC Board Chair Leilani Duke in a press release.



For 23 years the ACC has held one of their signature fine craft fairs in St. Paul.… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 16, 2009 at 4:44pm — 1 Comment

Bright spots on the horizon in Houston, Greenville and Chicago

This is good news I have to share. Some times it seems like the art fair business and its opportunities are shrinking, art fairs aren't receiving their funding and some are being drastically scaled back or cancelled altogether. So it was a pleasure this week to read about two art fairs that appear to be thriving.



Here is what Kelly Kindred from Houston's Bayou City Art Festival had to say:



Our show was successful, (downtown Houston in October) although the… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 16, 2009 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Featured Artist: Linda Chamberlain

At first glance Linda Chamberlain's paintings are lighthearted and fun, with a hint of the Arts and Crafts Movement, but eavesdropping in her art fair booth you will hear patrons talking Art Fair Calendar.comabout the "dark side" of the work comparing it to that of Maurice Sendak. This makes you pause, take another look and see beneath the surface.

"Good Day" Is it only birds and children, or is it more? Childlike figures lead us to the path of our own introspective journey. The… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 13, 2009 at 10:21am — No Comments

Where do Art Fair Artists Go? Ginny Herzog to MTV!

An old friend and member of this site,

Ginny Herzog, can be found at just about any of the nation's top art fairs. Her mixed media work is widely collected. An important part of her income is creating commission work for her clients, including site specific work. Although at a glance it seems abstract a closer examination reveals its roots in specific environments and landscapes. Here's the news from Ginny:

A few… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 13, 2009 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Cool Performance Art Link: Extreme Sheepherding


Wales, sheep, LED's, cameras, action!

I wonder if Leonardo da Vinci could have done this? www.youtube/sheep

Added by Connie Mettler on November 11, 2009 at 5:24pm — 1 Comment

All Good Things Come from Art Fairs - Part II

About a year ago I published Part I of Mona Majorowicz's musings about art fairs. Here is Part II. Her blog is entitled: “Fur in the Paint, Art, Animals and the Creative Experience.” Be sure to read the entire post, as it is full of good analysis and information.



So, as discussed in Part 1, the big benefit of doing art… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 10, 2009 at 9:43pm — No Comments

Where Do Art Fair Artists Go? Listen on NPR today 11/9

I sit at this computer long hours, but to keep me company, most days I stream National Public Radio (NPR) through iTunes. Even when I'm writing and thinking about other things and it is turned down really low I still pick up lots of information. Such as -- TODAY -- at 4 pm tune in to your NPR station and hear an interview with the premier Florida Everglades photographer, Clyde Butcher, as he wades into the swamps in search of… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 9, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Where in the heck is that city? Search tips for Art Fair Insiders

From my inbox:



I finally have two weeks between shows and had a time to look at some of the reviews and I have a suggestion.



You ask the reviewer to identify their medium and that is very useful but very few mention the city or state that the show is held at. For example, if I reviewed 3 shows, Saline, St. Nicks Warehouse and Pinckney, who else other than Michigan people would have any idea of where these shows are?



What do you think? Medium, city and state…
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Added by Connie Mettler on November 9, 2009 at 3:13pm — No Comments

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