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Connie Mettler's Blog – November 2010 Archive (11)

Cyber Monday - Are you participating?

This excellent newsletter arrived in my mailbox the day before Thanksgiving and again today:

It features the website of Marcia Leben who features the work of art fair artists in her online gallery. Everything is handmade and one of a kind. The site has been around for a few years now and you can tell because she has really doing a great job. The website looks great, the selection is great and the marketing is great.

Marcia is the wife of… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 29, 2010 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Feline-friendly graffiti felon is out of the clink

Time to take a little look at the street scene in the arts...not the Ann Arbor streets, or the Plaza streets, but graffiti and so-called "street art".

Here are two interesting articles from the LA Times Entertainment section: Looks like they put graffiti artists in jail there!

This one is about… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 27, 2010 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Call for Artists: Downtown Art & Living Expo

Art Fair

February 19-20, 2011

in the City Beautiful - Orlando, Florida

7th Annual Orlando Downtown Art & Living Expo

175 Artists…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 27, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Featured Artist: Marina Terauds, printmaking

Born in Siberia, Marina was eight when her family returned to Latvia, where she studied and spent the main part of her life. Her parents were not connected to arts in any ways, but they both liked to draw, and in the mornings she could often find delightful surprises in her pad: drawings that her mom and dad made for her while she was sleeping. They always had a lot of books at home, and her favorites were books with old engravings and pen and ink… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 26, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

What do eggs, baskets and art careers have in common?

We’ve all heard the expression “Never put all your eggs in one basket,” right?

But how many of us make that a plan of action?

Are you, as an artist, focusing all of your attention on one stream of revenue? Maybe you only sell paintings at one gallery (or from your website or Etsy), or are you all art fairs?

It’s time to step out of your comfort zone and step into the world of a booming art career.

Come watch and listen as Ariane Goodwin, host of the smARTist… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 25, 2010 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

Remembering Holly Mull

Atlanta, GA.

In a 30-year career, she worked for mayors Sam Massell, Maynard Jackson, Andrew Young and Bill Campbell. She helped plan and organize major events as a public servant and later as president of Holly Mull & Associates, her events production agency.…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 23, 2010 at 9:31pm — No Comments

How to Bridge the Gap Between Making Art and Making a Living

Making art and making money is not always a match made in heaven. And... that doesn’t mean it’s not doable; in fact, quite the opposite.

With the right tools, the right information, and the right attitude you can turn your passion for art into a thriving income.

Join me and Ariane Goodwin, host of the smARTist Telesummit, on an open call, this November 30 at 7pm Eastern (4pm Pacific). And we’ll make sure you can start laying down the foundation for your Bridge de… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 23, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

How To Take Your Art Career To The Next Level

Being an artist is a tricky career, and one that is constantly fluctuating. So how in the world do you not only make a sustainable living at it but actually thrive?

Ariane Goodwin of says it’s all about diversification. (Sounds like “vacation,” lol!)

So, I’ve invited Ariane Goodwin, Ed.D., art career coach and host of the only professional development conference for visual fine artists online or… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 18, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

Rising shows

Every year brings new art fairs for us to participate in. Every year makes great shows turn into stinkers. Every year formerly average shows start to shine. You know guys, one of the reasons you are so hooked on this business is the essential gambling you are doing here, week to week. It is the artist's version of "playing the market".

I watch pretty closely for new shows and/or shows turning the corner and am so saddened when a good show goes wrong. Will you step up and share some… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 12, 2010 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

Thinking about 2011 - what's next?

For most 2D artists the art fair season is quite slowed down, while the 3D folks have a better crack at the holiday shoppers. Most of you are reflecting back on this year's shows and making decisions about your 2011 shows. Can you answer these questions:

  1. Is the art fair business quite changed from ten years ago?
  2. Have 2009's economic woes affected your business?
  3. What adjustments are…

Added by Connie Mettler on November 2, 2010 at 10:00am — 24 Comments

Voting Tomorrow? See how your Senator votes for the Arts

Here's the follow up to last week's Dirty Dozen Senators from Americans for the Arts:

Over the past few weeks we have shared with you news of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund’s Senate Report Card grades through the “Dirty Dozen” and “Same State, Different Story” profiles. Today, we bring you the final installment in our Senator Report Card series. The “Honor Roll” profiles 13 senators who received… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 1, 2010 at 6:26pm — 2 Comments

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