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Mark Zirinsky commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Will there be Fairs?
"another thought I have: in business, sometimes one of the hardest things to do is to do nothing. that is, say, you have several opportunities, none of them good, or none great. as a younger person, when I had more energy, I would do them all, and…"
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Mark Zirinsky commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Will there be Fairs?
"Trying to decide if I want to go to a show in Houston area, a top show, but still, first week of April, between virus and weather damage, is anyone going to go? artists and buyers alike"
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Connie Mettler replied to Kristen Nazzaro's discussion Really trying to understand how to navigate business info - desperate for any guidance!
"You don't need a license to sell work at art festivals. I'm not even sure what a "business license" is, and frankly you can do lots of events where no one is even paying attention to collecting sales tax. Not a good idea, but…"
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Will there be Fairs?

Here's what I've found:The 18th Annual Augusta Plein Art Festival, April 22- May 1, Augusta, MOFor the nearly 100 artists who will participate, the festival provides the opportunity to expand their market, enhance their skills, receive recognition for their art, and simply experience Missouri Wine Country in the company of other artists. As such, it is open to artists of all levels.…See More
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Connie Mettler commented on Nels johnson's blog post Once Upon a Time in America...My First Art Show..Waimea Falls Craftfair, Oahu,Hawaii 1974
"Thanks, Nels. Honestly, I thought that was a self portrait at first glance. Our first art fair - Royal Oak, MI, July 1978 -- 3 miles from our house in Detroit.  Even back then, Royal Oak was in the heart of some fine neighborhoods, there were…"
Feb 19
Connie Mettler commented on Connie Mettler's blog post A Fact or so about Virtual Events vs. Real
"It sounds like you're participating at your fullest, Jan. Seems it is worth the try ... be as ready to grab the opportunity as possible and then evaluate the results. We have to admit a 5% commission is a lot less than a person would spend on a…"
Feb 19
Jan Herman commented on Connie Mettler's blog post A Fact or so about Virtual Events vs. Real
"I'm participating in the fiber category in Gasparilla's virtual event. Although my experience with virtual shows has been a disappointing to date, I'm hoping this event proves to be the exception. There are interesting facets to this…"
Feb 18
Connie Mettler posted a blog post

A Fact or so about Virtual Events vs. Real

I found this information about the Gasparilla Festival today and want to share it for several reasons. Gasparilla Festival of the Arts made the tough decision last December to call off their in-person festival (scheduled for March 6 and 7) due to COVID-19 and do virtually everything virtually with a dynamic online platform. This event is known by…See More
Feb 17

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publisher of ArtFairCalendar.com & ArtFairInsiders.com; art fair organizer and consultant
Years in the Art Fair Business
30
First show ever
Royal Oak, MI, and the following weekend the State Street Show in Ann Arbor. Baptism by fire!
What is your website?
http://artfaircalendar.com
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.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
I started ArtFairInsiders.com 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" http://boomerwizdom.com/2012/07/connie-mettler/

Another one on Barney Davey's Art Business Blog: Art Fair Insiders - Connie Mettler - the Real Deal: http://www.artprintissues.com/2012/08/art-fair-insiders-connie-mett...

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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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Will there be Fairs?

Posted on February 24, 2021 at 12:55pm 2 Comments

Here's what I've found:

The 18th Annual Augusta Plein Art Festival, April 22- May 1, Augusta, MO

For the nearly 100 artists who will participate, the festival provides the opportunity to expand their market, enhance their skills, receive recognition for their art, and simply experience Missouri Wine Country in the company of other artists. As such, it is…

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A Fact or so about Virtual Events vs. Real

Posted on February 17, 2021 at 11:16am 2 Comments

I found this information about the Gasparilla Festival today and want to share it for several reasons. Gasparilla Festival of the Arts made the tough decision last December to call off their in-person festival (scheduled for March 6 and 7) due to COVID-19 and do virtually everything virtually with a…

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Friday News Roundup, Feb. 5, 2021

Posted on February 5, 2021 at 5:30pm 1 Comment

**A Month Full of Art Fairs

News from photographer Evan…

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News from the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

Posted on January 26, 2021 at 10:00pm 0 Comments

From my mailbox:

The 62nd Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

New Dates:

Virtual Festival: March 15- March 31, 2021…

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Promoting ArtFest Fort Myers to the Public

Posted on January 26, 2021 at 9:52pm 0 Comments

Here is an art festival working hard to bring in the buyers to their festival and enabling them to shop online, ArtFest Fort Myers. Double the work, double the money? Here's hoping! Here is their recent email to their fans:

 
      We are excited to send all of our sponsors and supporters this Invitation to join us

      for the VIP Opening Night of ArtFest@Home…
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At 8:02pm on January 13, 2021, Dori Baumwart said…

I'm no longer doing art.  Can  you please delete my profile from here?  (and let me know when it's gone?)  Thank you, Dori

At 12:53pm on December 26, 2020, Suzanne Grant said…

Thank you for the warm welcome! 

At 1:45pm on November 23, 2020, Cissy Heaton said…

Will we be having Secret Santa 2020 this year?  I always look forward to it, and with as difficult a year it has been for our country, perhaps it could be a bright spot for us.......

At 11:36pm on November 22, 2020, Disha Vora said…
Thank you for the warm welcome and the awesome tips! Looking forward to learning from this wonderful group!
At 2:59pm on November 13, 2020, Steven Y. Ainsworth said…

Thanks for welcoming me, Connie, and your suggestions on how to best navigate the site.   

At 4:57pm on July 12, 2020, Peggy & Michael Anton said…

Thanks for the warm invite Connie. I have been reading your comments for years. I have been doing Art Shows for about 14 years, selling my hand made Coats & Jackets. Of course this year has been an absolute disaster for the Art business, unfortunatly selling coats & jackets on the internet is not an easy thing as women like to look into a mirror when buying a $ 500.00 item! Any ideas would be a great help.

At 8:50pm on May 28, 2020, Sheryl Ball said…

Connie, thank you for the warm welcome!

At 1:41pm on April 24, 2020, Virginia Peacock said…

How does this help me? , pls unsubscribe

At 12:39pm on April 24, 2020, Beth Cohen said…
Hi Connie , I see I’ve received another fraudulent scammy msg written exactly as the one on Monday but a different name. I set my privacy to friends only but they got in again. How can I prevent these?
At 9:07pm on April 20, 2020, Michael Perugini said…

Hi Connie, sorry for the late response but thank you for the warm welcome to the community.  I've been an event photographer for the past 38yrs & looking to transition into the Fine Art/Giclee Print world.  I stumbled across this site & found it to be of interest to help me move my career in this new direction.  I hope to be able to contribute as much to the community in exchange for all that I can learn.  Thanks again.

 
 
 

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