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

Grand Rapids' Successful ArtPrize coming to Dallas

All of us folks in Michigan have been ga-ga for many years about the amazing work and the social activity that takes place in late September in Grand Rapids at the $500,000 ArtPrize.

Guess what folks? The people in Dallas want an ArtPrize too. Texas artists take note ... this is an amazing opportunity to have your most fabulous work entered into this popular competition and a crack at the very BIG prize money.

From the…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 24, 2014 at 10:30am — 9 Comments

America's Best Art Fairs - 2014! The Top 50

Thanks to all of you who participated in the survey and shared it with others. Our second annual best art fair survey is all tallied. The purpose of the survey is to bring attention to the best shows in the country and promote "art fair tourism."



Added by Connie Mettler on November 24, 2014 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

St. Joe's Krasl Art Fair Director Resigns

Sara Shambarger, director of art fairs at the Krasl Art Center, resigned on November 21, the organization announced. Shambarger spent 19 years directing the popular Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff, and three years leading the Artisan Market fundraiser for the St. Joseph art center.

The popular St. Joe art fair was started in 1962 and has been a loved local tradition, increasing in…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 23, 2014 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Call for Artists: Cherry Creek Arts Festival


Added by Connie Mettler on November 20, 2014 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Podcast: 2014 Winners - Best Art Fairs in America!

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21 - 3 PM ET has just finished its 2nd annual "America's Best Art Fairs" survey and we'll be announcing the winners. 

We asked our mailing list of over 50,000 art fair patrons what was the best art fair in the country and had an amazing nationwide response. Nearly 90% of the respondents completed…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 19, 2014 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

Oscar Wins Post of the Month!

Congratulations to Oscar Matos Linares and thanks to him for his poignant and personal post, "What it Means to be an Hispanic Artist in the United States of America in year 2014." The members have chosen it as the "best in…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 19, 2014 at 12:11pm — 2 Comments

Call for Artists: Bethesda Fine Arts Festival

May 9 & 10      

Bethesda, Maryland

Presented by Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District

Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 18, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: 23rd Annual Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club Fine Art & Fine Craft Event

January 17 & 18

Venice, Florida

Venice Airport Festival Grounds

Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

200 Exhibitors

Deadline: December 1


  • Independently juried event
  • Cash Awards
  • Exhibitors may park immediately…

Added by Connie Mettler on November 16, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: 2014 Lakefront Festival of the Arts

June 19-21

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee Art Museum

180 Exhibitors

Deadline: November 25

Join us for the Lakefront Festival of Art (LFOA) in our magnificent setting at the Milwaukee Art Museum.  The award-winning, nationally-recognized festival takes place inside the museum's spectacular…

Added by Connie Mettler on November 13, 2014 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Choosing the Right Wholesale Crafts Market - An Opinion

With 4 wholesale crafts markets scheduled between January & mid February, how does one decide which show to choose? If you are a first timer there are several factors to consider.

  1. Is it wise to choose the ACC's new & cheap Hip Pop offering? Being the 4th and last show there will be fewer buyers attending a show that has shown a discouraging history in recent years. Those buyers that do show up will have depleted a major portion of their…

Added by Connie Mettler on November 13, 2014 at 5:30pm — 15 Comments

20 Tips: Getting into the Show and Making $$ When You Are There

We recently hosted a podcast, "The No Mistake Mistake Art Fair Career: 10 Tips from the Experts"

Our guests were Larry Berman and Bruce Baker. Larry focused on getting into the show and Bruce focused on make…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 12, 2014 at 7:30pm — 7 Comments

Vote Today for October 2014's Best Writing

Who wrote the best post on AFI in October?

Informative? helpful? plaintive? sociologically appropriate? inspiring?

Vote today- deadline November 17, 6 pm ET.


Added by Connie Mettler on November 12, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival

April 18 & 19

Ridgeland, Mississippi

100 Artists

Deadline: November 23

Held in the mild and refreshing days of early spring, the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival presents artists and their work against the splendid setting of Renaissance at Colony Park, a regional lifestyle center renowned for its shopping,…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 11, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Running an art fair - not for the fainthearted

Just when the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair has settled its "footprint" on the real estate of the University of Michigan campus, construction rears its head again! How many years has it been since the show moved to its new location, leaving S. University behind? Five? Six? The early years it had to keep changing its layout because of building construction around the university.

This just in -- new construction! What again? In 2015, there is planned construction in the…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 10, 2014 at 10:35am — 7 Comments

Next Podcast: The No Mistake Art Fair Career - 10 Tips from the Experts

Tuesday - November 11 - 5 pm ET

How do I get into the good art fairs and how do I make money when I get there?

These are the universal questions that need to be answered for earning a living in the fine art and fine craft show business. Our expert guests Larry Berman and Bruce Baker…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 6, 2014 at 11:00am — 29 Comments

Looking for Work?

Take a look:

Historic Pewabic Pottery in Detroit looking for:


Added by Connie Mettler on November 4, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Disappointed in your business?

Think you're the only one? Hardly ... even the best marketers, most optimistic folks like Abraham Lincoln (well, not exactly an optimistic guy, but you know what I mean) and the fabulous Napoleon Hill experienced disappointments and complete failures. 

Surprised? or had that somehow eluded you? 

You push and push, you keep trying something new and what you had envisioned as a dream come true keeps ever in the mist leaving you with a huge sense of disappointment and…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 3, 2014 at 12:30pm — 17 Comments

Call for Artists: Glynn Visual Arts - Mistletoe Market

November 21-23
St. Simons Island, Georgia
Postell Park, in the St. Simons Island Pier Village
Fri. 5pm-8pm; Sat. 10am-8pm; Sun. 10am-4pm
70 Booths
Deadline: November 7

The 4th Annual Mistletoe Market on St. Simons Island is produced by Glynn Visual Arts, the premier visual arts organization in southeast Georgia's "Golden Isles."  As a result of amazing growth in this fun…

Added by Connie Mettler on November 1, 2014 at 12:15pm — No Comments

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