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No one predicted that Connie Mettler would end up an Internet guru.

Sure, Connie's decades in the art fair business make her an expert in art events, and helped her develop
friendships with artists nationwide. But when I told her about this “Internet” thing, she first saw it as just a
distraction from the real world art fairs she loves.

Luckily, I kept up the pressure to put my mom’s love for the art fair business to use on the World Wide Web. Because of Connie's concern about falling attendance at the events, I started so she could collect the nation’s art fair event listings all in one place to help boost attendance and keep patrons coming to support her friends, the artists exhibiting at the shows.

And then, as social media arrived, Connie's decades of friendships in the art fair business seemed a

natural fit for an online social network. So I built to help her help the artist community come together online. In both cases it is Connie’s decades of expertise that provide the inspiration and on-going expertise that have made these sites successful.

Welcome to the official Connie and Birthday Party!

May 23 is Connie’s birthday.

Surprising everyone (including herself!), she has now been working full-time as a “web producer” for several years (in addition to her roles in producing Arts, Beats and Eats, the Great Lakes Art Fair, and
consulting for other art events nationwide).

Perhaps more importantly, it’s been over a year now since we launched And we never had a birthday party!

Will you please help me recognize Connie’s years of efforts to support and promote artists and the art
fair community?
I would like to invite you to show your support for the AFI community with a small PLEDGE.

Learn more here about how you can support and send Connie a Happy
Birthday wish, too:

Thanks for being here!
Scott (Connie’s son)

p.s. And, mark your calendar for next Wednesday, May 26 at 400pm ET. We’ll have a live online “Birthday Party” broadcast right here on Listen and call-in to wish Connie a Happy Birthday!

pps. P.S. On Thursday, May 20, at 9 pm EST, Connie is going to be the guest on Kevin Mastow's blogtalk radio show (
). Kevin's beat is interviewing small business owners and entrepreneurs and they'll be talking about Connie's story of how she has built her

Here is the link for you to join us:
You can call in with your questions too.

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