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Connie Mettler commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Next Podcast: All You Ever Wanted to Know about an Art Fair Jury
"That is a great question ... I will include it, for sure. Thank you."
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Mark Zirinsky commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Next Podcast: All You Ever Wanted to Know about an Art Fair Jury
"Hello, a question to address to Cindy. I have shown work in Sausalito, and will show in this year's Main Street Ft. Worth. My question relates to submitting multiple applications to a show, as a way to show more examples of work. I have tried a…"
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Next Podcast: All You Ever Wanted to Know about an Art Fair Jury

Listen live: Monday, Feb. 24, 5 pm, ETThe two most important things about earning a living in the art fair business:Getting into the eventHaving work that people will buy once you're there Co-host, Cindy Lerick, CFEE, joins Connie Mettler for a nuts and bolts discussion about the jury process for art festivals. Cindy is one of the only show directors…See More
Connie Mettler replied to Alan Walter's discussion Does anyone recognize this kinetic artist's copper work? Iguana, Armadillo, etc.
"These are wonderful pieces, Alan. I have no idea whose work they are though. We'll share here and on our Facebook page to see if we can help you out. Sonny Dalton was one of our dearest friends. He and his wife Roxie were so much fun, smart…"
Connie Mettler commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Speaking Up: Talking to Show Organizers
"Dave, it wasn't one of the "biggies". In fact, it is one I've never heard of. I'd venture to say this would rarely happen at 95% of the events. I posted it here really because show organizers do read this site and sometimes…"
Larry Sohn commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Speaking Up: Talking to Show Organizers
"Dave Piper: I am not the OP, nor do I know exactly which show they are stating. However, if the photo posted is from that show. It is called "Gracie Square". It is in New York City."
Judy Jones commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Celebrating 16,000+ Members
"Connie, Thumbs up! Know the feeling!"
Dave Piper commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Speaking Up: Talking to Show Organizers
"Wish we knew what show."

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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!
What is your website?
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.

Here is a recent interview "about me"

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Here is my story in the ZAPP News, 8/1/13:
Industry Spotlight: Connie Mettler, Creator of ArtFairInsiders and ArtFairCalendar
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Next Podcast: All You Ever Wanted to Know about an Art Fair Jury

Posted on February 17, 2020 at 4:27pm 2 Comments

Listen live: Monday, Feb. 24, 5 pm, ET

The two most important things about earning a living in the art fair business:

  1. Getting into the event
  2. Having…

Big weekend in Florida. The Grove anyone?

Posted on February 14, 2020 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Can I get this to work? If you only see a blank ... looks like I couldn't upload the video, yet, if you're curious the links below it do work ... thanks for your patience…


Celebrating 16,000+ Members

Posted on February 13, 2020 at 3:30pm 5 Comments

Thank you to all who have joined this network. We founded it late in 2008 and were stunned by the response. This was in the days before Facebook was ubiquitous and the site was THE place to meet online and share show information and the travails of being an art fair artist. 

Some of…


Show Cancellation: Great Lakes Art Fair, Novi, MI

Posted on February 10, 2020 at 10:41am 4 Comments

The Suburban Collection Showplace has been very proud to present the Great Lakes Art Fair over the past decade (even in the past two times a year). The event has always been a warm, fun celebration of the beautiful Artist community … and an important local showcase and networking event as well.…


A little brag: ArtsyShark shares our survey

Posted on February 5, 2020 at 10:30am 0 Comments

My friend Carolyn Edlund, founder of Artsy Shark, published this today:

Top Art Fairs in America 2020

by guest blogger Connie Mettler

Each year, Art Fair Calendar surveys art lovers and…


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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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