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Chicago Art Festival Boot Camp - Dec. 9

Amdur Productions invites you to participate in the next Chicago Area

Art Festival Boot Camp

Tuesday December 9, 2008

10 am - 4 pm

Bella Via Restaurante

1899 Second Street

Highland Park, Illinois

Everything you need to know about getting into shows but were afraid to ask...


Maximizing Your Sales at Art Shows in the Current Economy ...

The Agenda:

* What you need to know by Amy Amdur

* The… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 22, 2008 at 2:54pm — No Comments

How Cool is This? $12,000 Grant to East Lansing Art Festival

Who would have thought there was any money left in Michigan? As the hearings roll on on Capitol Hill about loans to the auto industry, good news seeps out for art fairs.

As reported in the Lansing (MI) State Journal, "The State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs awarded the art festival a $12,000 grant.

Funding recipients were determined by in- and out-of-state culture and arts professionals who reviewed more than 300 applicants, the city said. East… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 20, 2008 at 11:24am — No Comments

Who Was That Artist Featured in the Wall Street Journal?

What a thrill, local girl makes good! Chris Roberts-Antieau of Manchester, MI, was recently profiled in the Wall Street Journal under this headline:

A True Rags-to-Riches Story, Chris Roberts-Antieau Is One of the Foremost Self-Taught Artists in America Today

The lengthy article describes the self-taught fiber artist's rise from… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 19, 2008 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

3 Rivers Art Festival - What Next?

"As funding for such events across the country has become less available and costs, such as insurance, have risen markedly, it has become harder and harder to offer a free festival, let alone to be all things to all people."

There is much food for thought about the continued funding of art fairs and arts festivals around the country. If this is a concern for you you will fine an interesting discussion in this Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article,… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 19, 2008 at 6:57pm — No Comments

Change of Modus Operandi for Jerry Anthony Photography

Were you planning on getting your booth and product photographed by Jerry Anthony at this season's holiday shows? Thank again. Jerry and his partner Sharon Richwine will not be there. Here is their announcement:

The winter shows are coming very quickly, & we wanted you to know that for the first time in 26 years, we will not be there.

Jerry & I have decided to stop going on location to shows and help save our bodies for work here in the studio.

SO if…

Added by Connie Mettler on November 19, 2008 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Big Art Show to Celebrate Obama's Inauguration?

There is a rumor that artists will be part of the inauguration in January. I promise to stay hot on this issue and bring you information as soon as I get it.

Here is the scoop:

ObamaArtReport is reporting an art celebration like the Manifest Hope gallery at the Denver convention:

Apparently, Shepard Fairey and his team are currently in the works to put on a new Manifest Hope-like… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 18, 2008 at 6:53pm — No Comments

No More Sugarloaf in Michigan!

After more than ten years of managing a big art fair in Novi, MI, twice a year, Deann and George Verdier, owners of the Sugarloaf Craft Festivals announced that they have cancelled their contract with the Rock Financial Showplace for their April and November events to concentrate on their East Coast events. The well-managed and promoted event will be missed by the metro Detroiters who loved shopping indoors at these shows.

But, not to worry, folks. Scuttlebutt has it that local event… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 18, 2008 at 6:36pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: Omaha Summer Arts Festival

June 26-29, 2009

35th Annual Omaha Summer Arts Festival

Downtown Omaha, NE

135 Artists

Deadline: January 20, 2009

You are cordially invited to Omaha to be a part of one of the most vibrant art festivals in the Midwest. Located downtown alongside a beautiful park, the award-winning Summer Arts Festival draws a diverse crowd of 80,000 people for a weekend of great music, tasty food, children's activities and, most importantly, wonderful visual… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 17, 2008 at 10:19am — No Comments

A Little Bragging: A Fan for

Don't tell my mother, but I'm tooting my own horn here. Recently, I found a fan online, Barbara Sistak Baur. She called my website an "Art-Throb". First time for everything!! Here is what she had to say:

Art-Throb is a term I use for a great place to discover art. And is such a place. This web site gives you all the info on the top Art Festivals and Craft Shows in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin,… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 14, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments

Web 2.0? An artist who REALLY gets it!

Here's another idea for when you run out of things to do in the art fair business: build your online presence. About a year ago I discovered mixed media artist, Dolan Geiman. Not only is his art cutting-edge, contemporary and fun, he and his partner, Ali Walsh, are using all the tools of the online world to promote him and build a community around his art and ideas.

I regularly receive beautifully designed newsletters full of their latest… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 14, 2008 at 11:21am — No Comments

Show of the Month: Philadelphia Craft Show

32nd Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show Pennsylvania Convention Center Preview Party, November 12th November 13th through 16th This premier show and sale of contemporary craft, includes 195 of the finest and most dynamic craft artists in the United States, selected from 1,402 applicants. Artists from Israel will be featured. All work is for sale. furniture by Steven Uren The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show was founded in 1977, and was the first retail craft show… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 13, 2008 at 5:02pm — No Comments

Artist of the Month: Pamela Hill - Functional Art Quilts

In her earliest work Pamela Hill attempted to meld the strong graphic qualities of modern painting with the rich texture of the Amish quilts. After thirty years of making quilts professionally, Pamela began to explore the possibilities of creating that long desired densely textured work with relatively new technology that has enabled her to create subtle contemporary textured, color nuanced and sophisticated bed covers that are beautiful as well as useful. The combination of dense… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 13, 2008 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Did Anybody Buy Art Last Weekend?

I know artists who exhibited last weekend at art fairs around the country were hoping that with the decisive election results patrons would be really ready to think about something else. Here are two reports from last weekend's art festivals.

One of the most popular Florida art festivals, Great GulfCoast Art Festival in Pensacola, had the…


Added by Connie Mettler on November 12, 2008 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

Wanted: Bead Makers - PR Opportunity

Are you a glass bead maker, or do you know someone who is? Please comment below and I'll be in touch with you for an opportunity for some national publicity.

Added by Connie Mettler on November 12, 2008 at 4:58pm — 6 Comments

Now Here's a Great Idea! Organize Your Own Art Fair

Right, none of you have enough to do already. But, this one might work. Maybe you have your own customer base, maybe some friends and you keep talking about putting together your own event. Several times I have hosted an Open House and it worked! We sold art and people had a good time. But it is a LOT of work.

To help you out today I'm linking to this article by Risa Marks I just came across, just in case you have been thinking about doing this. And/or you might save it for the day… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 10, 2008 at 9:51pm — 2 Comments

Wanted: Crafty Person Who Lives in Orange County and/or Art and the Torah

1. Are you (or do you know) someone who makes crafts, preferably for a living, who lives in Orange County, CA?

2. Do you use the Torah as a source of artistic expression?

If so, comment below ASAP for a publicity opportunity.

Added by Connie Mettler on November 10, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Your Home Away From Home - And Cheap Too!

Thinking of hitting the road for the art fairs? Where will you be spending the nights? The price of lodging does bite into the narrow profit margin artists try to maintain, but here is some good news. Artist, Ynon Mabat, has started a new community,

Artists join as members for $12/year and place their name and location on a list. All members of the service can then contact one another about being able to stay at their… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 8, 2008 at 8:43pm — 4 Comments

An Art Fair Director Who Gets It!

Good news out of Fort Worth this week when

Main Street Fort Worth Art Festival's director

Jay Downie announced to the applicants for their show that they had received more than the 1100 applications they had budgeted for and so were reducing their booth fees by $20. I was talking to

Amy Amdur of

Amdur Productions this week and she told me she was holding the prices on her events to last year's levels. In fact, she told me two of her… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 8, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Glass Artists Show Off on CBS Sunday Morning - 11/9

Artists are not well known for getting showcased on popular TV programs, but be sure you tune in Sunday morning to CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood to see glass artists Eric Markow and Thom Norris. Considered to be the premiere woven glass artists in the world, Markow and Norris will demonstrate their artistry their studio where you can see them melt glass and work their magic.

But if you live in Chicago get right… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 8, 2008 at 2:40pm — 1 Comment

Metal for Sale, Recycled Metal Parts Need Homes

As some of you know, Kinetic Metal artist Glenn Donovan died in January. He leaves behind thousands of pounds of amazing metal parts. Most are steel, also brass and stainless steel and some copper. I am looking to have artists come and buy the parts for scrap prices, $.30 for steel, $2.00 for brass, $3.00 for stainless, $.50 for magnetic stainless, $3.50 for copper. I know Glenn would so rather see his parts used by other artists instead of just going back to the junkyards.

I am… Continue

Added by Connie Mettler on November 7, 2008 at 6:33pm — No Comments

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