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Thanks and Giving Artist Market - Pleasant Ridge, MI

This was my first real show and I didn't really know what to expect.  I was attracted to it because it's close to home, the booth fee was only $30, which included one 6' table and two chairs and I was able to bring along another table of my own.  The show hours were also appealing, 6 to 9 on Friday evening and 10 to 4 on Saturday.  So, not a huge investment, great location, affluent area...all good, right?

So, on Friday evening they had appetizers and wine for show-goers and…


Added by Christina L. Towell on November 23, 2015 at 9:59am — 9 Comments

Funky Ferndale, D.I.Y. and Rust Belt Market

Well, Funky Ferndale was indeed funky, exciting and chock-a-block with art lovers last week-end.  The D.I.Y. Art Fair takes place east of Woodward Ave. on Nine Mi.Rd. (in Ferndale, MI) and extends on through the city's library parking lot.  I don't believe this is a juried art fair but I could be wrong about is, however, delightfully quirky and attracts hordes of Ferndale hipsters and arty types.  On the other side of Woodward, also on Nine Mi.Rd., is the juried Funky Ferndale Art…


Added by Christina L. Towell on September 30, 2015 at 9:42am — 7 Comments

What Am I Doing This Week-End...I Thought You'd Never Ask

Maybe I missed it but I couldn't find the discussion on What Are You Doing This Week-End, so I decided to start my own...on Friday I had a consultation with my Art Mentor, Andrea Rosenfeld.  For those of you not familiar with her, she started the Detroit Art and Business Institute (D.A.B.I.) and works with artists to help them with the business side of art, something I clearly need help with her good advice, I'm off and running.  In fact, I was contacted on Saturday by someone I…


Added by Christina L. Towell on July 26, 2015 at 9:11am — 2 Comments

How's Your Day Today...How's Your Day Tomorrow?

My two-year old grandson likes to ask the question," how's your day today, grandma?"  "How's your day tomorrow?"  We're tickled that not only is he concerned about how our day is going but that he's thinking ahead to tomorrow as well.  This query caused me to think about the general status of Art Fairs 2015.  How is it going so far for those of you out on the road and have you been able to predict how it will be "tomorrow"?

Is the concensus one of a general uptick in the…


Added by Christina L. Towell on May 27, 2015 at 5:01pm — 4 Comments

Artisphere Winners ~ 2015

The winners of the 11th Annual Artisphere event held in Greenville, S.C., presented by T.D.Bank and featuring G.E.'s Artist Row were announced recently with $15,000 in awards going to artists.

There were 121 artists represented from all across the country and these are the winners:

G.E. Artist, Best of Show: Robert Farrell (metalworks)

2nd Place: Danielle & Christopher Merzatta (jewelry/precious)

3rd Place: Patricia Kessler…


Added by Christina L. Towell on May 15, 2015 at 9:10am — 1 Comment

Palmer Park Art Fair 2015

This year's Palmer Park Art Fair was held on two glorious Spring days, May 2nd and 3rd.  With a beautiful setting surrounding Lake Frances and temperatures in the mid 70's with abundant sunshine, the Gods were definitely smiling on helping this festival get back to where it once was in the late 70's.  This was the second year of its comeback and the promoters seem to be doing everything right.

I spoke to several artists and they were mostly positive about their sales and…


Added by Christina L. Towell on May 8, 2015 at 3:00pm — 7 Comments

Any interest, still, in Pinterest?

I'm going to raise the Pinterest question again, just because I'm still not sure about what I'm supposed to be doing with it.  I admit that when I have some free time, I like to look at my "boards" and those of others for inspiration but I'm really curious as to what you, my fellow artists, are doing there...are you promoting your own work?  Does it help?

I understand that it's possible to lure browsers to your own web and Etsy sites, is that correct?  Has this proven…


Added by Christina L. Towell on April 25, 2015 at 9:35am — 6 Comments

Detroit Urban Craft Fair

Well, I went, I saw, I was underwhelmed...not to say that there wasn't some really unusual, creative and interesting stuff there, there was but as far as fiber artists, I only saw one booth that had something similar to what I do - felted flower pots and bowls that were really quite nice.

The other fiber artists that were represented were mostly making crocheted infinity scarves and hats, which are…


Added by Christina L. Towell on December 9, 2014 at 1:00pm — 9 Comments

Down Riverdance

I just moved back to the Detroit area after having lived in South-Central Michigan for 15 years.  Once the dust settled, I decided it was time to hit the Art Fair circuit (as a spectator), once again.  Having lived in what is known as the Down River Area, south of Detroit, prior to our move, we chose to go to the Wyandotte Art Fair last week.  It's one of the oldest, I believe, at 53 years and always had a fairly good reputation and vibe.

It was a beautiful day, blue skies, 78…


Added by Christina L. Towell on July 15, 2014 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Reflections on 2013 or How Greed Got the Better of Me

As I reflect on the year just passed, the highlights will include the birth of my first grandchild, the Detroit Tigers making it almost all the way and a very healthy Christmas Season, creatively speaking. 

I started out strong delivering felted hats, handbags, Fair Isle baby hats and felted booties to The Pear Tree in Dixboro, MI and also to Agora on Waldo's Hill in Antwerp, OH.  I had been to the Pear Tree before and know the shopkeeper/owner quite well, no concerns there.  Agora on…


Added by Christina L. Towell on January 9, 2014 at 9:30am — 19 Comments

Shopping Local...Not Over Yet

A friend of mine recently posted this message on her facebook page:

Let's buy Christmas gifts from small local businesses and self-employed people, for example, from your neighbor who sells online, a local craftsperson who makes jewelry, the stunning local florist's shop, the local baker that sells homemade cakes, buns and chocolates, the guys that run a cafe or salon.

Let's make sure our money goes to individuals and not multi-national corporations.  This way more locals will…


Added by Christina L. Towell on December 10, 2013 at 9:42am — 3 Comments

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