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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 made her an expert in art events, and helped her develop friendships with artists like you nationwide. But when I told her about this “Internet” thing, she 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. In 2004 I started so she could collect the nation’s art fair event listings all in one place because of her concern about falling attendance at the events.

And then, as the social media revolution arrived, I started to help her help the artist community come together online. In both cases it is Connie’s decades of expertise that have made these sites successful.

This week is Connie’s birthday. Surprisingly to both of us, 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 two years since took off and seven since the launch of

So welcome to our 2nd Annual Connie and 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 the next two Thursdays, (May 26 & June 2) at 6 pm ET. At we'll have two online radio "AFI Birthday Party" broadcasts.

1 - This Thursday (5/26) you can listen to popular (and often controversial) members Munks and Nels Johnson battle it out on the air and share their insights into the crazy world of the art fair artist.

2 - Then next Thursday (6/2) you can call in LIVE to talk with Connie Mettler for the Happy Birthday Show! She'll be taking your art fair business questions and birthday greetings, too.

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Comment by Jacki Bilsborrow on May 25, 2011 at 12:07am

You go Connie!  A special Happy Birthday to you and Art Fair Insiders.  What would we ever do without you and your help?  You have helped many artists to make a living doing what they love to do.

Jacki B

Comment by Terri Drake on May 25, 2011 at 12:30pm

A very, very happy birthday to you Connie. Many thanks to that wonderful daughter of yours too, for without her pushing and prodding Art Fair Insiders might never have been and look at all the wonderful shows, news and newly formed friendships that would have been lost and missed.

Thanks Connie for going that extra mile and going above and beyond the call of duty!! (((APPLAUSE!!)))

Comment by Connie Mettler on May 25, 2011 at 2:00pm
You're so welcome, Terri. The thanks though has to go to my son as I have no daughters ;)
Comment by Ginny Herzog on May 27, 2011 at 11:07am
Happy birthday, Connie and AFI!! You have brought so many artists together, giving them a forum and an effective platform to share stories, photos, reviews, questions and solutions to problems, while effectively using social media and the latest internet technology. I know having an internet savvy son, in Scott, has been a huge help. Your website has been my favorite "go to site" for info these past 18 months and I wish you and AFI many more successes! Congratulations!!


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