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

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At 4:44pm on October 18, 2013, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Christina.  I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. We all look forward to your participation here. Also, visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!

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At 8:56pm on October 22, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow said…

Hello Tina and welcome to AFI.

At 7:21pm on November 18, 2013, Connie Mettler said…

So, that is what happened. I saw something as I was scrolling through and thought to go back and then today it was gone. Right. That is the kind of stuff that goes in a group. Thanks for catching that.

At 9:42pm on April 23, 2014, Jacki Bilsborrow said…

Tina, here is a show in Dexter, Michigan that looks like a show you might like to try:

At 10:00am on July 22, 2014, Lindsey Lehman said…

Hi Christina! Thank you so much! It was so nice to be welcomed with such a pleasant message. My two businesses are both handmade items by me, but one is more crafty than artistic. I make all natural, organic Bath & Body products, and sterling silver and gemstone wire wrapped jewelry. I also like to paint and throw pottery, but do both as hobbies and don't sell my work in those mediums. It looks like you do some very nice fiber art!

At 10:34am on July 23, 2014, Josephine dakers-Brathwaite said…

Hi Christina,

Thank you for such a warm welcome.  I look forward to being part of this artist community.  My business is both quilting projects, as well as felted accessories including nuno scarves, small wallets, smartphone cases, etc.  I also do some knitting at times, but lately prefer to focus more on felting.  I have done a few small shows where i exhibited along with a cousin who is a jewelry artist.  I'm looking foward to participating in a much larger outdoor event in Oct at Lincoln Center in NY, where you get thousands of locals, tourist, etc passing through.  I do hope it will be successful, thus lead me to do more in the future.  I'm also selling on my own website now, and plan to expand onto Etsy in the future which brings a broader audience. thanks

At 10:16am on July 31, 2014, Juju Maudlin said…
Hi Christina,

Big thanks for checking out my site and also for the feedback! I am still new to fiber and felting (just about a year), having transitioned out if ceramics. To say that I am unsure of myself would be an understatement. I did one juried show last year vut for scarves....haven't yet tried to sell these bowls because I have been busy trying to learn what is possible with these. But i do hope to have enough inventory to start applying to juried shows next year. So being part of this group will very helpful! Cheers!
At 10:21am on August 6, 2014, Tomboy Pretty said…

Thank you for the welcome! 

At 11:03am on August 12, 2014, Lynnea Bennett said…

thanks for the welcome and compliments on my work.. I'm learning as fast as I can!

At 10:36am on August 16, 2014, Michael D Wilcox said…

Christina, Thanks for the welcome.  I checked my website and it is working correctly but unfortunately I typed in the wrong URL on my information.  I have corrected it so it will show correctly.

At 11:03am on August 16, 2014, Michael D Wilcox said…

Thank you.  I displayed my work at Art in the Park in Loveland, CO last weekend and sold 6 pieces which has encouraged me to explore selling at Art Fairs.  I stumbled across Art Fair Insiders by search and it looks like a welcome resource. For those no familiar, Art in the Park only allows original works and usually has between 175 and 200 artists.  It runs simultaneously and adjacent to, the Sculpture Fair which is the largest outdoor sculpture event in the country.  Art in the Park is 48 years old and sponsored by the Thompson Valley Art League of which I am a member.

At 11:32am on August 16, 2014, Sharon Senkiew said…
Thank you, Christina! I will be sure to check out your site as well - My Etsy shop is on vacation until August 26.
At 11:05am on August 17, 2014, Magali Fox said…

Hi Christina, thank you for welcoming me so warmly to AFI. I LOVE your hats & bags and may be doing some Christmas shopping for my granddaughters at your shop. My name, Magali, is a common one in France (pron. Mag-ah-leé), but I've gone by Maggie since I was in grade school. Seems like I've found a nice community of creative people. I'm glad I joined. Please visit my website when you get a chance

At 11:19am on August 18, 2014, Ross Graham said…

Hi Christina!  Thanks for posting on my page!  We have worked with Connie at AFI for the past 4 years.  I finally made an account online to help answer any questions or respond to any of our policyholders if needed.

At 11:42am on August 18, 2014, Neil Rhodes said…

I make pictures and jewelry from scratched, damaged or undesirable vinyl records, all cut with a scrollsaw.  I also make gift boxes from the album covers.  My gallery can be viewed at

At 6:35am on August 19, 2014, Sally Gecks said…

Hi Christina! Thanks for the welcome!!!

At 11:56am on August 20, 2014, Lauren Martin said…
Thank you for the warm welcome and kind words, I appreciate it! I think I do well on Etsy considering the work I put into it, the volume of sellers (and competition), and how difficult it is to be found. My sales tend to exceed my expectations, and I mostly maintain the shop for the folks who find me at art shows are able to order online and browse to their hearts content; it pays off big time during the holidays:). Loving the community and the huge amount of info and resources I've seen so far, I was just thinking that artists needed a site dedicated to reviewing events, lol. Have a great day!
At 12:20pm on August 20, 2014, Ken Smith said…

Many thanks Christina.  I look forward to learning and sharing with my fellow artists!

At 12:39pm on August 20, 2014, Craig Arnold said…

Thank you, Christina. I'm new to the art fairs and look forward to learning how to increase my sales.


At 1:26pm on August 22, 2014, Amber Bennett said…

Thanks for the Welcome! Since your in MI too maybe I'll see ya around at some of the fairs/festivals!

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