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 ...
* What you need to know by Amy Amdur
* The… Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on November 22, 2008 at 2:54pm —
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 —
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 —
"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 —
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… Continue
Added by Connie Mettler on November 19, 2008 at 2:25pm —
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:
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 —
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 —
June 26-29, 2009
35th Annual Omaha Summer Arts Festival
Downtown Omaha, NE
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 —
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 ArtFairCalendar.com
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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. Continue
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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, Lodging4Artists.com.
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 —
Good news out of Fort Worth this week when
Main Street Fort Worth Art Festival
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
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 —
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 —
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 —