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Connie Mettler's Blog – November 2013 Archive (17)

Win a Scholarship to Attend an Art Business Workshop

Together with our friends at the Arts Business Institute we are pleased to offer you this opportunity:

Artists and Craftspeople are invited to apply for a full or partial scholarship, sponsored by Art Fair Insiders, to The Arts Business Institute’s 2014 Winter Workshop, taking place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on January 18-19, 2014.…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 29, 2013 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Been to any art fairs lately?

We all know this art fair business is full of frustration, fun, financial challenge, friends, and fascinating questions about what will happen next. 

I'm sure you remember when you started in the business the helpfulness of other artists and the great tips you picked up "behind the booth." This was invaluable information that has built your business. Any chance you can "pay it forward?"

Wll you post a 2013 show review or two on…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 28, 2013 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

Next Podcast: No More Starving Artists! Money 101

December 3 - 5 pm ET - Join us by clicking the link

Our guest is Sheryl Kosovski, a certified Financial Recovery Coach who specializes in business development for creative people, helping artists and designers grow their businesses, make more money and learn…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 26, 2013 at 5:30pm — 9 Comments

Call for Artists: Morven in May

May 2-4, 2014 

Princeton, New Jersey

Morven Museum & Garden

55 Stockton St

25 Artists

Preview Night Donor Party May 2, (attendance by exhibiting artists is required)

Deadline: December 10

The third annual Morven in May: A Celebration of Art, Craft and Garden is a juried…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 25, 2013 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Naughty or Nice? Secret Santa has his eye on you

2nd Annual AFI Secret Santa Gift Exchange 

It's that time of the year! The time where people from all over the world come together to do something nice for each other ...

Announcing our 2013 gift exchange. Ever been in a "job" where they did the Secret Santa thing? You draw a name and then do nice things for a person secretly during the…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 20, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Call for Artists: 50th Annual Spring Arts Festival

April 12 & 13

Cedar Key, Florida

Historic Second Street

60 miles SW of Gainsville

at the end of SR24

Deadline: December 1, 2013

  • 120 Fine Artists and Craftsman, all showcasing their work on Historic 2nd Street in Cedar Key
  • Over $14,000 in Prizes and Purchase Awards distributed to more artists this year
  • Over 20,000 visitors each year…

Added by Connie Mettler on November 18, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Winner! Carole Fleischman - October Post of the Month

What a thorough review of the downtown Bayou City Art Festival. Thanks, Carole. The members have chosen it as "post of the Month." Who knew that not only could you succeed and find the best parts of a challenging event but you are an amazing skier!…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 17, 2013 at 2:08pm — 1 Comment

Fear, Loathing and Life Online

Like you I sit here at my computer and use it as an important tool in my life. You may only be here for fun or finding information that answers questions or further your career, but you may also be using it to earn your living. How and when did life online take over life offline?

Every time you visit Facebook, other artist's websites, follow online conversations, see who got into that show you coveted,…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 15, 2013 at 10:30am — 25 Comments

Featured Artists: Jewelers Barbara & Rick Umbel

"Creating necklaces for mermaids"

A lifestyle to envy - living near the ocean in Maryland, South Carolina and now Florida, Rick and Barbara walk the beaches nearly every day gathering the sea urchins that are the inspiration for their designs.  

Returning to their studio, they use traditional metalsmithing techniques to create abstract settings…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 13, 2013 at 8:11am — 2 Comments

What's Wrong with this Photo?

Added by Connie Mettler on November 11, 2013 at 10:26am — 25 Comments

Call for Artists: 52nd Annual Lakefront Art Festival

June 20-22, 2014  

Milwaukee, Wisconsin…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 8, 2013 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Who were October's Art Stars?

Many thanks to all of you who keep this community active and full of useful information and great stories about living the life of an artist.

Here are the people who won the weekly post of the week awards. Which one deserves to win "Post of the Month?"

  • Bonnie Blandford - 10/3/2013 "…

Added by Connie Mettler on November 7, 2013 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment


Call for Artists - deadline November 14th.

Apply to be a Featured Artist on Once accepted, you present your portfolio and share your bio, inspiration, technique, and accomplishments. Your article includes a link to your artist website, to drive traffic from more than 30,000 unique visitors per month who visit Artsy Shark. Featured artist articles are permanent - use this opportunity for publicity…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 7, 2013 at 9:23am — 6 Comments

Call for Artists: Uptown Art Expo



March 29 & 30 
Altamonte Springs, Florida…

Added by Connie Mettler on November 6, 2013 at 7:29am — No Comments

"Filled up" your art fair schedule yet?

As the season changes from fall to winter and art buying changes from "collecting" to gift shopping, what are you doing? Filling up your schedule with shows because that is how you have always done it?

Or will you use this seasonal change to stop and reconsider and think about creating something you've always wanted to create rather than filling the show boxes with "product?"…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 3, 2013 at 11:30pm — 16 Comments

Podcast: Credit Card Processing for "Mobile Merchants"-Part II


There have been recent problems with artist's processing throughout the country. We'll find out why and answer the following questions:

Free credit card processing? What does free mean?

  • 24/7 live customer support?
  • immediate deposit of funds into your…

Added by Connie Mettler on November 1, 2013 at 11:30pm — 15 Comments

Call for Artists: Rose Squared Productions - 4 Shows in NJ

I think you'll like these four shows hosted by Janet and Howard Rose (organizing fine art and craft shows since 1981) in upscale New Jersey neighborhoods.…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 1, 2013 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

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