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Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals

Many, many thanks for all the pledges. This was one of our most successful pledge drives so far. I appreciate your generosity, some of you for many, many years. The art fair business thrives under its community umbrella. Sharing with one another enriches everyone. 

Here are the names drawn today in the order in which they were drawn. Everyone on this list should take look at the prize page here and make a choice and send that choice to me: Obviously the first few people will get their top choices, so the farther you are down on the list please send me at least 3 choices.

Please let me hear from you by late Sunday. If you haven't contacted me by then I'll move on to the next person. On Monday morning any prizes that have not been claimed will be given to others whose name was not drawn.

1. Virginia Barney chooses:
Carolyn Edlund's e-course, Marketing Strategies for Artists

2. Michelle Stoffan & Bernie Atkins choose: consultation with Connie Mettler

3. Donald Golden chooses: a $300 Flourish gift certificate

4. Wendy Lea chooses: the $100 Amazon gift certificate from

5. George Ceffalio chooses: a $200 Pro Panels gift certificate

6. Linda Pudlik

7. Richard Sherer chooses: a $300 Flourish Displays gift certificate

8. Brent Coulter chooses: a $200 Pro Panels gift certificate

9. Nels Johnson chooses: $100 gift certificate good for any Red River Paper

10. Pescha Penso

11. Joyce Wathen chooses: Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa, from

12. Dave Grabarczyk chooses: Echo smart speaker from

13. Myan Sorensen chooses: Art Fair SourceBook Pocket Edition

14. Al Scovern chooses: Sherer Saddles leather canteen from

15. Betty Barrett chooses: "How to Organize and Host an Art Festival" from

16. Kristof Socha chooses: Sterling Pendant & Earrings from

17. Dawn McDermid chooses: free booth space at Studio Clearance Sale, Waukesha, WI from Colin Murray

18. Jeanne Nuber

19. Bruce Mowry

20. Rebekah Fox chooses: Canopy weight set from

21. Susan Rausch

22. Mary Toshach chooses: 3D Fitness Tracker from

23. Roxanne Coffelt chooses: Imaging or Photography Services from

24. Patty DeMaria chooses: Jury Image services from Larry Sanders,

25. Bridget Tremaine chooses: $200 Pro Panel gift certificate

26. Debra Facciolo chooses: 1 year advertising on or

27. Heidi Mandich chooses: free booth space at the Old Town Art Fair in St. Augustine from

28. Lora Yowell

29. Sandra Gross chooses: Kettle gourd by Bonnie Eastwood from

30. Cindy Cherrington chooses: Wall Street Pen from Joel Lockridge,

31. Mills Riddick

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Comment by Connie Mettler on June 1, 2018 at 7:17pm

Great to hear from the winners. Now you know I really mean it when I say there is an excellent chance of winning in our prize drawing -- the ratio is about 5 to 1 ... 

Here is what the winners are saying:

"My luck must be changing!! " Ornamaloo

"Thank you!  I usually never win anything so this is such a wonderful surprise!!!" Wendy Lea

"How exciting to win a prize!   My name was first on the list -wow!   I am so thankful!" Gini Barney

"I can't believe that we won again this year!!  I have learned so much from all the posts, podcasts and articles I am happy to support the website.  It is like a prize with each message." Michele Stoffan & Bernie Atkins

"How exciting to have been chosen for a fundraiser prize!! Kudos to the artists and supporters who donated these generous prizes.

I'm so glad I finally found such a valuable resource for finding art fairs. I've already learned a great deal from the website, especially the advice to newbies like me from experienced artists." Debra Facciiolo, Great Crochet

"I am thrilled to be one of the prize drawing winners and would love one of the Flourish gift certificates!!! Donald Golden

Now we are waiting to hear from Linda Pudlik before we can go to the next winner on the list. Stay tuned. If anyone knows her tell her to open her email.

Comment by Connie Mettler on June 2, 2018 at 4:02pm

What else they say:

"Wow!  Happy Friday to me, Connie!!

Since I am coming back to my art after time off for FT work, I need lots of things. Thanks so much you made my day!  Beckie Fox"
My investigations tell me Linda Pudlik is not an artist so would not be interested in the prizes for artists, so I've added Richard Sherer to the list, but now stuck at Brent Coulter and Nels Johnson. If anyone knows them, tell them to get back to me, asap!
Now Brent Coulter has joined in:
"Thank you Connie. has been a huge help as I prepare my return to the realm of art fairs.  With so many wonderful prizes to choose from it's certainly been difficult picking one but I finally decided the Pro Panel gift certificate as my first choice."
We're waiting for you, Nels.
Comment by Connie Mettler on June 2, 2018 at 6:34pm

Another nice message from one of the perennial "pledgers" and a winner:

"I am thrilled to be the 11th name drawn.

Thank you for all the efforts you put into your web sites.

I am not as full time as some of the artist but I am still doing shows and creating.

With your sites, it helps to be informed and "keeping my foot in the door"! - Joyce Wathen

Comment by Nels johnson on June 3, 2018 at 4:56pm

Just chose, thanks.

Comment by Connie Mettler on June 4, 2018 at 7:28am

"Thank you so much for all your hard work.

I rely on your site and the community built there for both emotional and practical advice. Truly a treasure trove!"
Comment by Larry Sohn on June 4, 2018 at 11:09am

Does this mean the winners have had there chance and the rest are up for grabs?

If so I would like to stake a claim for the Rose Squared Booth fee.

Comment by Larry Sohn on June 4, 2018 at 11:10am

"their" not "there" darn system would not let me edit !!!

Comment by Larry Sohn on June 4, 2018 at 12:48pm

Things that contribute to making ArtfairInsiders such an Invaluable site.

Great help.

Well run.

Loads of knowledge.

Wealth of experience.



Community of Artist willing to share.

Comment by Connie Mettler on June 4, 2018 at 1:07pm

More winners in the pledge drive:

Larry Sohn -  10 x 12 booth space at any Rose Squared Productions event, 

Marge Luttrell, Deborah Smith, Kim Moss - Art Fair Report

Karen Metres - $50 discount on Banner Kit from

Jenny Levernier, Lou Ann Grover, Kathy Scofield, Carol Knox and Susan Hohman - Book "Click Millionaires"

Josh Merrill - The "E's of Selling" from Mckenna Hallett

Bob Briscoe - One year's Level 3 membership to

Ly Montells - free booth space at UTC Fine Art Fair in Sarasota from

Jean Block - "Tornado", Framed 5 x 10 print of a digital painting from John Leben

Scotty Jones - Palmer Park poster from

Debbie Stillman - free booth space at Roswell Spring Arts Festival, Roswell, GA, 2019, - May 4-5 from

Kathryn Nidy-Cukier - free booth space at Sandy Springs Artsapalooza, Sandy Springs, GA - April 21-22, 2019, from

Steve Mineck - free booth space at Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival, Atlanta - May 18-19, 2019 - from

Melanie Rolfes - free booth space at Fall Festival on Ponce, Atlanta - Oct. 19-20, 2019 -  from

Pamela Wiggins - free booth space at Spring Festival on Ponce, Atlanta - April 6-7, from

Carol Bloomgarden - Free booth space at Berkshires Arts & Culture Festival from

Margaret Schuning - free booth space at The Beaches, Jacksonville, FL, Oct. 13 & 14, 2018 from

Comment by Melanie Rolfes on June 4, 2018 at 11:01pm

Thanks Connie!  I always come ahead during pledge drive.  Love it and love afi


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