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Connie Mettler's Blog – December 2008 Archive (26)

Call for Entries: Lakefront Art Festival

August 15 & 16 Michigan City, IN Washington Park 27th Annual Lakefront Art Festival Sponsored by the Lubeznik Center for the Arts Saturday - 10 to 6 Sunday - 10 to 5 Deadline: January 30 The Lakefront Art Festival will attract thousands of visitors from surrounding states to a festive, high-quality event held under shady trees in a grassy park on the shore of Lake Michigan. Because the festival is sponsored by the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, it is overseen by arts… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on December 30, 2008 at 5:21pm — No Comments

Getting Ready for the Taxman: CERF

Dear Reader,

It is that time of year, maximizing deductions for Uncle Sam. If it has been a good year for you consider donating to CERF: Craft Emergency Relief Fund. Read below for CERF's annual appeal and news:

We invite you to look at our Yearbook 2008, which is a sampling of the artists we assisted this past year. Not only for these artists but for all of us, 2008 has been a roller… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on December 30, 2008 at 8:00am — No Comments

Wishing You Love & Laughs in the Coming Year

Peace and Love for the Holidays & the New Year Warm wishes for a glorious holiday to all my friends in art fair land. My hope for you in the new year is for you to live well, laugh often and love much. I hope Santa brought you everything you wanted. My sincerest gratitude to all of you who have contributed to the growth of With over 10,000 subscribers and a 'well hit upon' website it has been an exciting year for me. Thanks so much. Connie Mettler… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on December 27, 2008 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Listening Once Again to NPR: "Real Artists Don't Starve"

It was another one of those 'driveway moments' this morning, listening to Scott Simon's story on NPR's Weekend Edition about Denver artist Bob Ragland. Bob has been supporting himself as an artist for over 40 years. His attitude about recessions: "People will spend money no matter how hard times are. People will buy less, but they will buy better."

As you listen to this inspiring four minute story you will find yourself agreeing with Ragland and it will restore your belief in… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on December 27, 2008 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

Glassblower Drew Smith Dies of Cancer

My thanks to my friend

Jan Richardson who passed me the following information about well-known artist Drew Smith, and also to fiber artist

Jan Mayer for sending updated information with stories from Candiss Cole and Curtis Benzle (I can't believe, Curt, you are now a "professor emeritus") about this man who lived a great life:

Master Glassblower Drew Smith passed away of… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on December 27, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Call for Entries: Ann Arbor Street Art Fair - The Original

July 15-18

At the Tower

On the streets of Ann Arbor, MI

175 Artists

Deadline: January 15

The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair is one of the events that turned this whole art fair business into a business that now supports thousands of artists nationwide, the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair. Don't miss your opportunity to be part of a legend!

The Street Art Fair is one of the highest ranking art fairs in the nation and for good reason:

*It… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on December 23, 2008 at 9:38pm — No Comments

Best Art Fairs? A Report From the Field

My thanks to member Jean Thompson of

American Style magazine, an arm of the Rosen Group, for forwarding me this interesting article. After you have read it I'd sure be interested to know if you agree with the results of the poll.

America’s Top 10 Art Fairs and Festivals: Winners Announced Baltimore, MD (Dec. 10, 2008) Where do Americans prefer to go to view and buy art and fine craft in a festive setting? The answers are in the February 2009 issue of… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on December 23, 2008 at 4:44pm — No Comments

Call for Entries: Prairie Village Art Show

May 29, 30 & 31st 53rd Year Prairie Village, Kansas 100 Artists Deadline February 13, 2009

Prairie Village Art Show is not located on a prairie but in the heart of the Kansas City metro area and surrounded by upper income demographics. It is celebrating its 53rd year and is the second oldest show in the city. The show is well attended and draws patrons from the entire metropolitan area. This is a small show with only 100 artists but they come from all… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on December 19, 2008 at 3:43pm — No Comments

Is This a Worthwhile Project? "I Followed a Link of Yours..."

I'm sharing this email exchange I recently received and am very interested in hearing your opinions:

"...and the call for entries was over (in Miami). But I began a correspondence with the artist who put out the call.

Seems she is an ophthamologist's wife and wanted to turn the new office into a gallery.

Well, I thought that was a good idea, since my ophthamologist's office has very grim magnolias everywhere, from a local framed art warehouse. Horrible…

Added by Connie Mettler on December 19, 2008 at 3:26pm — 2 Comments

Call for Entries: Art Fair on the Bluff, St. Joseph, MI

July 11 & 12 48th Annual Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff St. Joseph, MI 216 Artists Deadline: January 16

art by 2008 poster artist Gene Brown of Iowa "Artists tell us every year that we're their favorite show," says Sara Shambarger, long-time Krasl Art Fair Director, "and every year we thank them by promoting their work and offering a great place to be for two days!" The second weekend in July, over 200 of the best national artists will be on the bluff… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on December 16, 2008 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Bayou City Art Festival Makes A Whopping Donation to Charity!

Houston - Don't you just love to hear some good news? Our congratulations to the organizers of the Bayou City Art

Festival for the success of their October event, hard on the heels of Hurricane Ike. Who would have thought? From the Houston Press: "The folks over at the

2008 Bayou City Art Festival Downtown have finished counting up their earnings and figuring out who gets what, so tonight they're handing out checks to the non-profits organizations they support.… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on December 15, 2008 at 4:14pm — 3 Comments

Starving Artists? Not so, says New York Times

"Some artists have begun to figure out ways to make money and make art — aiming to end the notion that “starving” and “artist” are necessarily linked," says writer Marci Alboher.

"Rather than seeing art as something to pursue in the hours when they are not earning a living, these artists are developing businesses around their talents. These artists are part of a growing movement that has caught the attention of business experts and is being nudged along by both art and business… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on December 15, 2008 at 3:49pm — No Comments

Cool Link: Art for Obamans

If you haven't seen all the cool art work created around our President-elect it is kind of fun to see what the artists are doing. Creativity surrounding his image blooms everywhere. You should enjoy these very cool images at artist Shepard Fairey's website: This image is created by Aussie artist, Eamo, and can be purchased on his website: …


Added by Connie Mettler on December 15, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Call for Entries: Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts

July 9-12 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 43rd Annual Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition Downtown State College and Penn State Campus 300 Exhibitors Deadline: January 30, 2009 Applications available online: Why should you apply to this festival? Here is what its' director, Rick Bryant, has to say: -It is always ranked in the Top Ten in the

Sunshine… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on December 12, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

You Were Thinking Hand Made Gifts Were Passe`...

When a large corporation like Hewlett-Packard jumps on the handmade bandwagon you know that as an artist/craftsperson that you are definitely on the leading edge (no, not bleeding) of a cultural trend. A recent newsletter from them states, "The Best Gifts Are Hand-Made." Of course it goes on to discuss how one can use the HP products to make these hand made gifts, but any smarty knows that Play Station games and plasma TV's aside, recipients treasure the one of a kind.

I hope the… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on December 12, 2008 at 3:45pm — No Comments

Who Has Jobs and How Does That Affect Your Art Fair Earnings?

When I read this column from the Brazen Careerist, Penelope Trunk, Reason to give thanks: There is no job shortage for young people recently I was pretty stunned. Perhaps that is because I'm not one of the young people, nor unhappily, spend much time with this age group.

Its conclusions are very interesting:

1. Jobs for low-level candidates are increasing

2. There are plenty… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on December 12, 2008 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Another Art Fair Bites the Dust - in Michigan, Where Else?

In October the University Cultural Center Association in downtown Detroit announced announced that it will not produce the

Detroit Festival of the Arts in 2009 due to the construction of the Midtown Loop Greenway. The Midtown Loop is part of a two mile green-way trail following existing street patterns linking Wayne State University and the Detroit Medical Center and incorporating a variety of planting beds to separate pedestrians from vehicle traffic; help the community… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on December 11, 2008 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Artrageous Ranked #1 Art Fair

Okay, I think it's time I ran a contest to see what is the #1 art fair in the country. I recently received this notice: "Artrageous ranked No. 1 festival by AmericanStyle magazine."

What is Artrageous? Where is it held? Why haven't I heard of it? Who is American Style profiling? What does this mean about the ratings systems? Do you care?

Congratulations to Artrageous, obviously many people care about your event and you must be doing some very good things.

Read… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on December 11, 2008 at 4:42pm — No Comments

15 Life Lessons Learned at the Nation's Art Fairs

This post was so interesting to me and such a good example of the indefatigable spirit prevalent among art fair artists that I needed to repost it here so everyone could be inspired. Here is Barbara Sistak Baur's post of her first year at art fairs. "I purchased my very first display panels last spring from Connie. She is so gracious and she

asked me to “report in” on my first year in the art fair business. So, here it goes – “The Unforgettable Life-Lessons I Learned During My… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on December 10, 2008 at 10:04pm — No Comments

Florida Craftsmen Present CraftArt 2008

I really thought I knew about all the Florida shows worth mentioning but this event,

CraftArt 2008, in downtown St. Petersburg, held on November 22 and 23, was brought to my attention by a comment

Matthew Hatala made on the topic "

Did Anybody Make Any Money This Weekend?"

Collette Fortin of Neptune Hot Glass making the sale I visited the event's website:… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on December 10, 2008 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

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