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"If the question is "how do we change the demographics of people who come to our art fair", then the answer is in 2 parts.  1).  Change the way you're marketing the fair...if you want fresh eyes on your fair you gotta shake…"
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Who Won the Prizes at Coconut Grove and Winter Park?

Being accepted at Florida's two biggest shows can be the highlight of an artist's winter brining in income for the current time AND if you win a prize that can mean $$$ and a highly desirable invitation to next winter's festival. Who were the winners?COCONUT GROVE ARTS FESTIVALFeb. 16-18, 2019Best of the Best Award: $5,000 Purchase Award: $1,000 Director’s Choice: $1,000 Best Booth: $5001, 2, & 3 in each category: 1st -…See More
Connie Mettler replied to Paula Shoulders's discussion Trimline Canopy Tent for Sale
"Oh yes, that is too bad. I agree with your feelings about it. I miss the people, artists, show organizers and great customers. I was lucky to be able to transition to this work while Norm was still doing pretty well, but it was wonderful when he got…"
Connie Mettler replied to Paula Shoulders's discussion Trimline Canopy Tent for Sale
"Okay, Paula. I see you are selling all your show equipment. What does this mean? Are you leaving the business?"
Connie Mettler commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Review: Facebook Marketing Strategy Session - 3/7/19
"Fwiw, just now I listened to this podcast and followed along to create an ad for one of my advertisers, Canopy Weights. Now, we'll how this works for me and the Canopy Weights people. "

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publisher of &; art fair organizer and consultant
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Royal Oak, MI, and the following weekend the State Street Show in Ann Arbor. Baptism by fire!
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What are the best things about art fairs
When you go home with fat pockets.
Best show ever and why
Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair 2001 - best sales ever at an art show, lots of money flowing in the streets of Ann Arbor. We went home and paid all our bills!
Worst show ever and why
As beginners, grasping at anything, got talked into an "art show" at Boysville, a fundraiser at a rural boy's reformatory. The first day we pocketed $5 in sales. Instead of spending the night we cancelled our hotel reservation and went home.
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I started to build an online community around the nation's art fair business so artists and others could connect with one another for mutual support and fellowship.

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Who Won the Prizes at Coconut Grove and Winter Park?

Posted on March 19, 2019 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

Being accepted at Florida's two biggest shows can be the highlight of an artist's winter brining in income for the current time AND if you win a prize that can mean $$$ and a highly desirable invitation to next winter's festival. Who were the winners?


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Review: Facebook Marketing Strategy Session - 3/7/19

Posted on March 8, 2019 at 11:00am 7 Comments

Have you been to any art fairs lately and asked yourself, "what am I doing here?" Have you spent four days including travel time and you've barely broken even? You know I'm talking about art fair alternatives and learning to use online tools to show, share, sell your fine art and craft. …


Call for Artists: Marshalltown Art Festival - 1 day to deadline!

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At 2:01am on June 17, 2008, Connie Mettler said…
Isn't this cool? Time for the art fair artists community to REALLY enter cyberspace. Social networks aren't just for those kids anymore!
At 7:53pm on September 24, 2008, C. L. Cunningham said…
Hi Connie -- It's the number one entry if you google my name (C. L. Cunningham) and links dirrectly to the website. No biggie, but please make sure it is available on this site and linked as you think best so it won't be confusing to others. Thanks and good luck with this exciting new venture!
At 8:14pm on October 2, 2008, carlye crisler said…
when things change significantly. But I miss the contact with other artists doing shows and this will be a good replacement for the short term.
At 12:11pm on October 31, 2008, Kayte Strong said…
Dear Connie
Yes, we are all aware of each other and most of us started during the 90's as I did. There's probably 30 of us still rotating through the circuit, reeling from the double whammy of a slow economy and music industry CD sale declines--however there are still some of us who just love doing what we do and are dedicated to toughing it out. The most well-known singers on this circuit include Pacific Coast's Jean Sidwell and Pat Surface--and I see both of them each winter in Florida. I personally sing and keyboards are my first instrument, but I also contribute guitar to my albums.

Thank you for respecting music as a part of the Art Show Community!! It is an honor to start this group and to gather information about the state of music retail at the shows--- we can help each other find and choose good venues, and how to support the artist community at large.

Thank you Connie!

I used to do 47 shows per year (no kidding) but I cut back this year and "only" am doing my best 30. I did Grand Haven/Muskegon/Orchard Lake as my Michigan tour and really enjoyed all of them. I have spent the extra time at home working for the mainstream Country Music Publishing industry here in Nashville and working on new music.

Things are looking better here in Tennessee as we have at least one city with gas prices at $1.95/gal!
At 5:47pm on October 31, 2008, Connie Mettler said…
I run Arts, Beats & Eats in Pontiac and Russell has been there just about every year. The Sidwell's were there for the first time this year and I didn't get a chance to visit, but stopped by their booth several times to listen. Very nice.

I believe the musicians add an ambiance to the festivals that is refreshing, sort of a like a medieval street fair, especially at evening events when the music swells up out of the night.

Any chance you have these other's email addresses? It would be great to add them to this community.

Since you live in Nashville, any chance you know my good friend, Jack Stoddart?
At 3:28am on November 1, 2008, Sherri Westfall said…
Thanks for the heads up on my video I was in youtube pulling videos a few nights ago.I may have accidently put that one private I'll try and fix it tomorrow. I'll let you know when I do.
You must be a night owl too:)
Looking foward to meeting everyone, and learning what I can about art fairs!
At 1:11pm on November 10, 2008, Christine Kloostra said…
Funny how quickly things get around... I had a handful of artists at the Washington Craft Show also mention it to me on Friday. For the most part, it seems to have been widely appreciated.
At 3:29pm on November 10, 2008, laurie m said…
Hi Connie--I am an artist but of course have a lot of other friends in the folk art (or whatever you want to call it) world--and also a lot in the altered art world. I'll be sure to blog about this site and I'll bet we can get others interested... thanks!
At 3:53pm on November 10, 2008, Connie Mettler said…
I'd really appreciate it, Laurie. What is your blog url?
At 5:03pm on November 20, 2008, Esmeralda Designs said…
Connie, thanks for your comment! Etsy is a cool artisan/craft site and the minis perfect for showcasing your this
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