Art Fair Artists Success Show

Art Fair Artists Success Show Podcast

Art fairs are our business. If they are your business, too, tune in for all the news and insider tips about the nation's top juried art fairs and craft shows. The Art Fair Success Show is hosted by Connie Mettler, publisher of ArtFairCalendar.com and ArtFairInsiders.com.

Why I'll Be Showing My Art at Artists & Charities in November
Part III of a series to understand the operations of creating a new art show. Artists and Charities Hand in Hand will host its inaugural event on November 2 and 3, 2019, at the Palm Beach Convention Center in W. Palm Beach, Florida. One of the biggest challenges of promoting a new event is finding exhibitors who will take a chance that it will be successful and lead on to year 2. Two artists who will be participating:  Amy Reshefsky, from Florida and Quebec, who works in multiple media who has worked...

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Why I'll Be Showing My Art at Artists & Charities in November
Part III of a series to understand the operations of creating a new art show. Artists and Charities Hand in Hand will host its inaugural event on November 2 and 3, 2019, at the Palm Beach Convention Center in W. Palm Beach, Florida. One of the biggest challenges of promoting a new event is finding exhibitors who will take a chance that it will be successful and lead on to year 2. Two artists who will be participating:  Amy Reshefsky, from Florida and Quebec, who works in multiple media who has worked...

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Where Does the Money Go? First Time Event Expenses
Part II of a series to understand the operations of creating a new art show. Artists and Charities Hand in Hand will host its inaugural event on November 2 and 3, 2019, at the Palm Beach Convention Center in W. Palm Beach, Florida. How does a new art fair get started? What are all the steps involved, and for heaven's sake, where does the money come from and where does it go? The show organizer, Ingrid Robinson, spells it all out, from the initial concept to opening and then closing the doors at the Co...

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Planning a New Art Fair - 5 easy lessons
Can Florida use another art festival? Does Palm Beach need an indoor art fair, during "the season?" Ingrid Robinson thinks so. Listen and learn how Ingrid gathers resources to host a show that will attract snowbirds to attend a new event. Joining her is Julie Mullen, co-founder of the award winning women-owned public relations firm The Buzz Agency, that is supporting Ingrid's plan.  Developing an idea that shows success potentialChoosing the venueFinding sponsorsChoosing the tech team and marketing teamPar...

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10th Annual Pledge Drive Drawing - Prizes for Pledges!
You support our websites with your donations and we really appreciate it. We couldn't do it without you. Listen as Connie Mettler, host of ArtFairRadio.com and ArtFairCalendar.com and her co hosts, Sara Shambarger, former Art Director of the Krasl Art Fair in St. Joseph, MI and NAIA board member, and Trudi Van Dyke, veteran art fair juror, art curator and art consultant will join me as we draw the names for the winners in the 2019 Pledge Drive. We'll give away nearly $9000 in prizes to our patrons. If you s...

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3 Artists: Creating a Career as an Artist
Building an art fair career and maintaining it through market changes, bad weather, rejections, social media challenges and personal needs takes focus, adaptability, good timing and some luck. Our entrepreneurial guests share their stories:  Stephanie Wheat is a self taught handbag designer specializing in handmade leather accessories. Manufacturing her brand REBELLION in Chicago and selling throughout the country, fine craft shows such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art  Craft Show and the One of a Kind ...

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On the Road Again: Where Do You Sleep?
Participating in the nation's art fairs is not for the faint-heared or the penniless. So much overhead! We won't go into all of those costs, but a serious contender for the diversity of options and costs is lodging on the road. Some artists opt to stay near home so they can sleep in their own beds, thus limiting many opportunities, and at the other extreme some go for the full-fledged "its a write off" and stay in quality lodgings.  How about you? What do you do when planning a trip to an art fair? Sleep...

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How I Built a New Business out of my Art Fair Career
There are thousands of artists in the U.S. who participate in art fairs for years and years. There are many who drop out after a few years (it's a lot of work!). Then there are those who take their art fair experience to build their own business, leaving the street behind. A fair number have become show organizers: Jim Delutes in Colorado, Bonnie Blandford in Michigan, Donna Beaubien in Michigan, Bill Kinney in the East and Carla Fox in Oregon. We'll be hearing from these entrepreneurs: Carolyn Edlund, ...

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A Strategy Session: Profiting from Facebook
Part II - Using Facebook to connect with your buyers Our guest, artist Dave Emmons has over 85,000 followers on Facebook and has cut his show schedule from over 30 a year to only 4. Will Dave's tips work for you? We highlight how Facebook works and why it is powerful, containing step by step tips that are solid and time-tested. Expect an overall marketing plan that goes beyond the free FB tutorials and details how to utilize them to strategically impact your sales. learn how to use FB tools to identi...

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Can Facebook Really Help You Sell Your Work?
The high overhead of doing 30 shows a year exhausting you? What if you only did 20? or 10? When I first started my websites I thought if I only I could earn an extra $500 a month that would be great. Now nearly 15 years later I'm no longer putting up a tent and traveling to events. Social media, learning its ins and outs, made the difference for me. Dave Emmons shares some of the same background I do. He has participated in art fairs for 27 years. A whle back he thought there "might be a better way" to s...

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From Clothesline Art to Beloved Tradition
The St. James Court Art Show (Oct. 5-7, 2018) began five decades ago as a small open air art show taking up only a small corner of Old Louisville's St. James Court. It has since become the second largest event held in Louisville each year (second to the Kentucky Derby Festival). It hosts 700 artists in 4 neighborhoods in this historic part of the city.  On September 3, 2018, the Kentucky Historical Society will dedicate a Kentucky Historical Marker to Malcolm Bird, and his friends, not only for founding ...

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9th Annual Pledge Drive Drawing
You support our websites with your donations and we really appreciate it. We couldn't do it without you. Listen as Connie Mettler, host of ArtFairRadio.com and ArtFairCalendar.com and Larry Berman, well known throughout the art fair community as the "go to" guy on photo imaging in all aspects of the art festival busines will join me as we draw the names for the winners in the 2018 Pledge Drive. We'll give away nearly $9000 in prizes to our patrons. If you sent us $$ during the Pledge Drive there is a very g...

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My First Art Fair - Zero or Hero Part II
How did it go? that first art fair?  In the beginning art fairs were created and artists and art buyers flocked to attend. You were one of them. Your mother and your friends thought your work was wonderful and maybe they were right, so off you went to the marketplace. How did it go? Was it a triumph or a humbling experience? A panel of beginner and experienced artists from various media discuss their "first time." What you will learn: how they preparedwhere they were, big or small fairshow it impacte...

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After the Hurricane: The effects of Harvey and Irma on art fairs
Found on the forum on ArtFairInsiders.com: "I would imagine any shows scheduled for this fall are being cut. It will take months for Florida's infrastructure to come back."  Do you agree? Are you cancelling art festivals along the Gulf Coast? Wait a minute. Before you do that listen to these show directors as they sort out the impact of the storms on their festivals. Joining the podcast are: Carrie Clevenger, Bayou City Art Festival (show dates are October 14 & 15)Sharon McAllister, ArtFest Fort Myer...

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8th Annual Pledge Drive Drawing
You support our websites with your donations and we really appreciate it. Listen as Connie Mettler, host of ArtFairRadio.com and ArtFairCalendar.com and Kena Berthiaume, Crafts Coordinator at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, draw the names for the winners in the 2017 Pledge Drive. We'll give away nearly $5000 in prizes to our patrons.  Prizes courtesy of Flourish.com, ProPanels.com, RedRiverPaper.com, Amazon.com, CanopyWeights.com, CanopyBanners.com, ACTinsurance.com, BermanGraphics.com  and many more....

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How to Save Big Money While Traveling
Veteran travelers (and cheapskates) share their secrets for traveling and scoring lodgings frugally. This podcast has useful information for all of us who travel a lot or whose goal is to be on the road.    Artists Melanie Rolfes, jeweler Margaret Aden and photographer Evan Reinheimer tell how they really score. Learn their insider secrets of leveraging Air BnB, VRBO, Hilton Honors Points, KOA, couch surfing, Corporate Lodging cards, Ebates, loyalty rewards programs and so many more tips to save you m...

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Artists, what do you drive to the art fairs?
Time for some nuts and bolts. Getting to and from the art fairs is essential to an artist. Reliable transportation is a must. We talk with artists and learn their tricks for buying, loading, unloading, maintenance and what is the best vehicle on the road. Michael Zavison drives a truck that holds all the equipment for a double booth and large artwork. He, and his partner Melanie Rolfes, travel from Georgia to Florida to Texas and Colorado and up to the Midwest in the summer.   What is the best vehicle on...

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2 New 2017 Art Fairs - Will you Apply?
The guests: Samantha Saturn is reviving a popular Nashville, TN, art fair: American Artisan, June 16-18. The event was started in 1971 by her mother, Nancy, a retailer and pioneer in the contemporary craft movement. In its day it was "THE" show to do in Tennessee. It was restricted to 3D crafts and the 2D people were jealous they could not participate. It will be held in historic Centennial Park. Samantha grew up in the business booth sitting, checking in artists and managing the show. Louis Nunnelly,...

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Is Anyone Here Earning a Living?
The premise: As a "new" artist attempting to earn a living at the nation's art fairs I often think about the business side of things. People are suprised that I even attempt the notion of doing it full time... without a pension!  We speak with art fair artists who actually pay the bills and make a living, BUT they do so without a pension or some other significant source of income. In other words, these are people who figured out how to be profitable at art fairs! Are there people like that? This is a ver...

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Should I Open an Art Gallery?
The fastest way to earn money with your art is to participate in art fairs. The buyer enters your booth, loves the work, hands you the payment and your work has found a new home. It's not always that easy of course, but it has worked for years for thousands of artists.     Many artists have multiple streams of income including gallery representation, selling work online, image licensing, hosting studio tours, participating in small boutique events and being in gallery shows. How about your own gallery? T...

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Judges, Jurying & Awards at Art Festivals
Congratulations, you are ready to go at one of "the biggies." Now the tension builds as the judges approach your booth. Will you win an award? Will you be reinvited (the biggest award of all)? Building continuity at one of the top shows is one of the secrets of success in the art fair business. We discuss how judges are chosen for the application jury and if those same jurors are the "street jury." Are the identities of the judges published in advance?What directions are these street jurors given in choosi...

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Selling Art Face to Face
(If this show does not play, please click this link: http://mygoldenwords.com/interview-with-connie-mettler-of-art-fair-insiders/) Mckenna Hallett, a professional trainer and consultant for small business, shares strategic tips from her 25 year career that has covers the entire spectrum of earning a living as an artist: developing a jewelry line, selling one-of-a-kind work to fine art and craft galleries, servicing wholesale accounts (including Neiman Marcus) and selling at a weekly retail show near her ...

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7th Annual Pledge Drive Drawing
Emily Peklo, senior event project coordinator for the Omaha Summer Arts Festival and its fall sister-festival ARTsarben in Omaha, Nebraska, joins Connie to draw the names of 40 contributors to the 7th Annual Pledge Drive. Did you pledge? Will you be a winner? With nearly 70 prizes donated by friends around the country everyone who pledged has at least a 1 in 3 chance of being chosen. Thank you to everyone who has built our business, who attends art fairs and buys art, to the show organizers who bring t...

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10 Tips to Use Now for Artists & Show Organizers
The guests: Scott Fox, author and e-biz strategist who focuses on online marketing, e- commerce, using the Internet to build businesses and finally doing the work you were born to do. His popular books include Click Millionaires, Work Less, Live More with an Internet Business You Love. Larry Berman is the recognized authority on "all things photography" involved with the art fair business. Larry's extensive technical knowledge makes him the answer man for creating digital images that get you into the ...

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
How do you earn a living as an artist? Let's talk about the pleasures and the pitfalls of choosing to be an artist in the U.S. This episode will either have you running to apply to the art festivals all across the country or running the other way, fast! Our guests are Floridians Toni and Jay Mann who have been creating fun and functional claywork and selling it at art festivals for a long time (20 or 30 years, I'd guess).  If they haven't had a lifetime of adventures in the art fair business and been ...

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10 Reasons "You Didn't Get In" (the Art Fair)
It is application season! Anyone active in the art fair business is deep into preparing applications for jurying into the nation's art fairs. What are the odds you'll make the cut and get into your most desired festival? Our guests are long time professionals from the business including Cindy Lerick, executive director of the Saint Louis Art Fair, Christine Berthiaume, Crafts Manager for the New Orleans Jazz Festival and Marguerite Esrock, executive director of the St. James Court Art Show. We'll talk ...

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Winners! 2015 "Best Art Fairs in America" Survey
ArtFairCalendar.com has just finished its 3rd annual "America's Best Art Fairs" survey and we announce the winners. Our survey is the only national online look at the country's juried art fairs and craft shows, designed to reward the festivals that create opportunities connecting artists and communities. We asked our mailing list of over 50,000 art fair patrons what was the best art fair in the country and had an amazing nationwide response. Nearly 90% of the respondents completed the lengthy 25 question...

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Keep them Coming Back - Marketing to the Art Fair Patron
The interested parties have come to your party: that Art Festival you have been planning and marketing for 364 days. How do you make sure they love the show, bring their friends, buy art, spread the word about what they found there and can't wait for next year? Sharon McAllister, Executive Director of ArtFest Fort Myers (FL) and Jenny Wright, Festival Director of The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival (TX) join the conversation and share their best tips for building a memorable experience for their patrons...

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Creating a Quality Festival in the Piedmont: Artisphere
When a city's largest employers pull out and the population begins to decline what do you do? Find new corporations, preserve the downtown, improve the quality of life by improving the schools, rebuild neighborhoods and focus on becoming one of the "Top 100 Arts Small Towns in the United States."    Enter Artisphere, now in its 12th year and awarded Top 20 event out of the "100 Best" Art Shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine, a Top 10 Fine Arts and Fine Craft festival by the Art Fair Source...

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6th Annual Pledge Drive Drawing
Connie Mettler, publisher of ArtFairCalendar.com and moderator at ArtFairInsiders.com is joined by Internet marketing expert Scott Fox to celebrate ArtFairCalendar'com's 11th anniversary online and the 6th for ArtFairInsiders.com. They'll be drawing names for over 50 prizes donated by artists, art suppliers, show organizers and art equipment manufacturers around the country -- plus art lessons in San Francisco and music festival passes in Tennessee! And just for fun they've got great stories from the ...

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Fewer Shows, More Money
Our guest will be graphic artist Carroll Swayze. Carroll has a great story about how working smarter, not harder, has put more money in her pocket and enabled her to do more of the things she loves besides creating her work. A lifelong artist, after much trial and error she has found that balance we all crave.  Carroll is a great storyteller with many adventures under her belt.  Doubt that she has been able to do this? Take a look at her schedule on her website, her passion for fishing is evident, and...

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East Coast Craft Shows: The Ups & Downs of the Business
Connie Mettler talks with Marcy Boroff, from Renaissance Craftables, one of the east coast’s premier craft show promotion companies partnering with downtown areas and non-profits. Marcy Boroff had worked with her mother, Barbara, on shows for years and took over the business in 2010.   As a craft show promoter, Marcy feels very strongly that it is a partnership between the artists, the downtown areas or non-profits she is partnering with, and the community of festival-goers.   How did this company get...

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Artists off to Canada for Fun and Profit
Most of this audience is U.S. based fine artists and craftspeople. Did you realize there is a whole other world just a few miles north of us with educated sophisticated people in big cities who may love your work? Think Montreal (metro pop. 3,824,221), Toronto (metro pop. 5.5 million) and Vancouver (metro pop. 2,313,328).  Many of you live near this border. Have you participated in a show in Canada?These are some of the most multicultural cities in the world, with deep roots in Europe and the Far East. ...

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3 New Shows for 2015 that "Look Good"
Change is good. New is good. Being smart about it is good. Let's learn about 3 new shows and what their organizers are doing with them to make them successful. We talk about why they hosting the show, how, fund raising, their connections to their community, rounding up sponsors, their hopes for the event and what they are learning along the way. The guests are: Patty Swords - the Texas Gulfcoast Art Festival, sponsored by the Center for the Arts & Sciences in Clute, TX, May 16 & 17 Celane Roden ...

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2014 Winners - Best Art Fairs in America!
ArtFairCalendar.com has just finished its 2nd annual "America's Best Art Fairs" survey and we announce the winners. This is the only national online survey of the country's juried art fairs and craft shows, designed to reward the festivals that create opportunities connecting artists and communities to celebrate the arts. We asked our mailing list of over 50,000 art fair patrons what was the best art fair in the country and had an amazing nationwide response. Nearly 90% of the respondents completed the l...

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The No Mistake Art Fair Career - 10 Tips from the Experts
How do I get into the good art fairs and how do I make money when I get there? These are the universal questions that need to be answered for earning a living in the fine art and fine craft show business. Our expert guests Larry Berman and Bruce Baker lead the way. Larry Berman lends his expertise on creating great images that will "wow" they jury and Bruce Baker shares his experience on creating a great booth and meeting the customer. Between the two you'll have the answers and there is only one thin...

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What to do with a BFA: How Nawal Motawi Created a Robust Ceramic Tile Studio
Nawal Motawi joins us to talk about her journey from art school graduate to founder of an award-winning Ann Arbor-based nationally known art studio that creates unique handmade tile reflecting the classic styles and craftsmanship of 20th Century American design. Nawal Motawi founded Motawi Tileworks more than 20 years ago. A University of Michigan art school graduate with a restless spirit and an interest in applied arts, she moved to Detroit to learn tilemaking at Detroit’s storied Pewabic Pottery. She ...

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Is Email Marketing the Answer? The Experts Weigh In
Around just about as long as the Internet email marketing has been pooh-poohed as "old school" and no longer relevant. Our guests Mckenna Hallett and Scott Fox beg to differ. In 1992, Mckenna launched her own business selling jewelry. Living in Hawaii she had to figure out how to reach a much wider audience. She turned to the fledgling Internet, built a website and developed an email marketing campaign. Since then Mckenna has sold more than 40,000 pieces of jewelry to more than 200 shops. Today she conti...

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From Florida to Michigan - How Directors Market Their Shows
How does an art festival market their event to the public without big name entertainers, wine tasting areas, children's stages, interactive activities for fairgoers? In other words, strictly an art fair. Sharon McAllister, Executive Director of ArtFest Fort Myers (FL) joins Sara Shambarger, Director of Art Fairs, at the Krasl Art Center, including Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff in St. Joseph, MI, on this episode. Sharon and Sara have been in the art fair business for well over fifteen years, travel to visit...

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My first art fair: A zero or a hero?
In the beginning art fairs were created and artists and art buyers flocked to attend. You were one of them. Your mother and your friends thought your work was wonderful and maybe they were right, so off you went to the marketplace. How did it go? Was it a triumph or a humbling experience? A panel of beginner and experienced artists from various media discuss their "first time." What you will learn: how they preparedwhere they were, big or small fairshow it impacted their livestheir biggest disappointmen...

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Birthday Prizes Drawn by Cherry Creek's Terry Adams
Our friends donated nearly $12,000 worth of prizes this year to our 5th Annual Birthday Party Pledge Drive. Executive Director of the Cherry Creek Art Festival in Denver joins Connie to talk about running one of the nation's top art fairs and even more importantly to pull the numbers to pass out the prizes.  Thank you to everyone who pledged some $$ to help us continue our mission to bring patrons to the nation's fine art fairs to BUY ART! Thanks to Flourish.com, Artdisplaycentral.com, Atlanta Foundat...

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Top Ten Most Helpful Links on ArtFairInsiders.com
As ArtFairInsiders.com celebrates its 5th birthday and ArtFairCalendar.com celebrates its 10th Connie and Internet marketing guru and author, Scott Fox, run through the top ten most helpful links on the groundbreaking social media site for art fair artists. Covering topics such as: Choosing Jury ImagesHow to decide which shows to apply toWhat a booth slide should look likeDealing with rejectionEquipment for the businessBeginnrs tipsClosing the sale and so much more ... If you've ever dreamed of being in t...

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What Really Happened in Houston at Bayou City
As the new interim executive director took on the reins at the Bayou City Art Festival in Houston late last year, it became apparent to Susan Fowler that the organization was stretched beyond financial viability. This is a festival that depends on an admission charge that had been negatively impacted by the weather. Four festivals back to back with rain had drained their savings  that were in fact a literal rainy day fund because the Bayou City Art Festivals are outdoor events.  The Art Colony Associa...

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Taxes! Artists keep their books
Did you ever see such a business for high overhead as the art fair business? Travel expenses, booth fees, employees, tents, studio space, art supplies, credit card fees, etc.  We talk to two artists with bookkeeping experience and we'll learn how they adapted this information for art fair bookkeeping. Our experts are: Alison Thomas worked with her husband's in his HVAC business and did the bookkeeping with Quickbooks. The business was a corporation with employees so she knows payroll  and payroll taxes ...

That's All Folks! 2013 Art Fair Wrap Up
We did it! We completed another year of art fairs. Before we get too far into the future we'll take a look back at 2013 for an assessment. The guests are: Nels Johnson, photographer from Florida, in the business since 1976Jim Parker, photographer from MichiganMelanie Rolfes, painter from GeorgiaKelly Smith, sculptor from California, second generation art fair artist We'll ferret out their backgrounds so we have context for understanding their answers, then we find out their best and worst shows, their fav...

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No More Starving Artists! Money 101
Our guest is Sheryl Kosovski, a certified Financial Recovery Coach who specializes in business development for creative people, helping artists and designers grow their businesses, make more money and learn how to hold onto that income. How do you handle your money? We'll discuss how to create a spending plan to reflect where you want your resources to go. One that enables you to take care of your financial responsibilities, meet your needs, and enjoy life in the process. One that will, over time, will e...

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Credit Card Processing & Mobile Merchants - Part II
Free credit card processing? What does free mean? 24/7 live customer support? immediate deposit of funds into your account?  reception/connectivity you can rely on? merchant services dedicated to you as a mobile merchant? Maybe, maybe not. Somewhere, someone needs to pay. Credit card processing policies and options are changing rapidly.  Listen in as Steven Ballan, Vice President of 1st National Payment Solutions explains the latest technology changes, alternative processing systems and the risk/r...

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WINNERS! America's Best Art Fair Survey
ArtFairCalendar.com has just finished its 1st annual "America's Best Art Fairs" survey and we are announcing the winners on this podcast. We asked our mailing list of nearly 50,000 art fair patrons  what was the best art fair in the country and had an amazing response from across the nation. Nearly 96% completed the lengthy 22 question survey and the answers were both expected and intriguing.  Not surprising: people love to attend art fairs and many travel long distances to do so and plan them as part o...

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Art Fair Alternatives - Part II: Art Studio Tours
Our guests are potters Jan Richardson and Robert Briscoe,  well known in the artist community not only for their fine work but their generosity in developing opportunities for other artists.  Living in rural Maryland Jan developed the Valley Craft Network in 1982, a tour that continues to bring buyers from nearby Baltimore and Washington, DC, into the region to visit studios. After a move to Washington State about six years ago she found few opportunities for selling her work and since then has worked w...

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5 Things You Need to Know About Licensing Your Art
Art publishing is a big business. Have you explored licensing your images for print? This podcast sorts out the basics. What you will learn:   1.  What it means to license your art (how it works, contractual permission, etc - a broad overview) 2.  How to create art that works for licensing 3.  How long it takes to make money 4.  Basic expectations manufacturers have of artists who license their art (digital files, website, etc) 5.  Some day-to-day realities of life in the art licensing industry (lots...

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How to Bring Buyers to the Art Fairs
What can an art fair do to bring serious buyers to attend their events to buy art?   Our guests today are from two of the top rated shows in the country. Tne La Quinta Arts Festival is a large festival held in an affluent area in California. Art on the Square is in Belleville, Illinois, a small town near St. Louis with nearly the opposite demographics, yet both shows excel at bringing collectors to their events and their sales figures are "above average." How do they do it? The guests are: Christi ...

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Art Fair Alternatives - Part I: Two Painters
Art fairs not working for you? Not getting into the shows where you know you can sell your work? Tired of being on the road? Looking for a new adventure?  Meet two painters who can say both yes and no to the questions above. Yes, the art fairs work but they wanted to try some  new ideas for marketing their work. Where did they turn? Social media! In March, Carrie Jacobson, a painter from Connecticut, drove from Virginia to Arizona, painting, doing a show and visiting her dad. She found buyers  who paid...

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Birthday Party Prizes Drawn Live by Winter Park Organizers
Carolyn Bird and Alice Moulton, longtime organizers of the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival in Winter Park, FL, join Connie Mettler of ArtFairInsiders.com to talk about one of the best shows in the business and to draw the names of the winners of the rest of the prizes for the Birthday Party Pledge Drive. Want to hear a little insider information from people who are part of the "art fair establishment"? Then you might enjoy this lighthearted episode....

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Birthday Party Drawing + 10 Sales Tips for Artists
Do you love our art fair related websites where you can find a show to attend get the inside scoop about an art fair stay in touch with the ups and downs of our industry get support for your business or just have a good laugh? You are not alone! As we celebrate our 4th birthday there are nearly 10,000 members and our SEO is soaring. Thank you for making this happen. Today's show is hosted by Connie Mettler and Internet marketing author Scott Fox. They have two missions: Scott will give you 5 q...

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Artists, Art Fairs & ZAPP®
Most artists have made their peace with the digital upload systems, www.Zapplication.org, www.JuriedArtServices.com and www.EntryThingy.com. If you want to participate in the better shows you sign up and upload your images for the jury.  But how did this get started and what is the relationship of the individual artist or individual art fair with these systems? Here are our experts: photographer Larry Oliverson who was instrumental in introducing the concept of online applications to the art fair bus...

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Credit Card Processing for "Mobile Merchants" 101
Making the sale and making it easy for you and your buyer Talking about: terminals, wireless & wired iPhones iPads & tablets PayPal PCI compliance & fees merchant support pay-as-you go processing monthly charges and getting the biggest bang for your buck Steven Ballan, vice-president of 1st National Payment Solutions, one of the pioneers in providing merchant accounts to non-bricks and mortar merchants, lays out the current "best practices" and answers questions about making smart choices in ...

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Let's Start an Art Fair!
New art fairs are necessary for the evolution of the art fair business because artists need new markets and even reliable shows sometimes don't continue to thrive. We speak with 4 show directors who are developing events for their communities: Rae Marie Schneider and Kim House, St. John's River Festival of the Arts in Sanford, FL, had solid community participation at their inaugural show in 2012. They'll talk about how they did it and their plans for 2013.Dennis Gorg, a 10 year event organizer who has a ...

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High Winds, Liability, Flying Tents and Art Fairs
Everything an Artist Needs to Know about Insurance Art fairs can be a dangerous business fraught with problems of high winds, theft, traveling with artwork, liability issues, damages to equipment and accidents of all kinds. Valerie Bjarnson, Director of Online Programs for Veracity Insurance Solutions whose innovative insurance programs have made reasonably priced insurance available to artists, joins Connie Mettler to discuss why an artist needs liability insurance. We'll discuss liability issues ...

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Is Wholesale Marketing an Answer for You?
Are you ready to wholesale your fine art or fine craft? Do you have handmade goods that you'd like to see in galleries and gift shops?  Guests are: Paul Willsea, who along with his partner Carol O'Brien, has worked as a glass artist for over 20 years. They sell their work through the wholesale marketplace as well as at retail art fairs. In addition, Paul has been on the Board of advisors for the Buyers Market of American Craft and is well acquainted with the business aspects of wholesale shows. John Ter...

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Are you Homeless?
Artists - do you have a website, just for you? A site where you can post your pics, blog your thoughts sell your stuff and keep in touch with your audience, all in one place?   Is it time for you to find your home?   Be inspired by Jennifer Rapp Peterson, whose company specializes in creative websites for artists and entrepreneurs.   Jennifer has spent 20 years as a serial creative entrepreneur as a cartoonist, book illustrator, software consultant and inventor. Her unsuccessful search to find a   frien...

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Artist Call in Show - Best Shows of 2012
What were the best art fairs for 2012? Veteran artists Allan Teger and Daryl Thetford vote for Coconut Grove, Cherry Creek and Bayou City. Others call in and share tales of selling $2.50 greeting cards as well as paintings for over $100,000. Highlights: Allan Teger, in the business for over 35 years, talks about his career at the art fairs and changing plans for 2013 as he reassesses what he wants to do next.Melissa Ayr has been building her career through galleries and the high society/high figure Art F...

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How Art Fairs Choose and Run Their Juries
In a business full of taking chances the first big challenge an artist has is to make the jury cut at the shows. After all, if you can't get into the show you aren't in business. I'll be speaking with Mo Riley, Executive Director of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair: Mo came to the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair (the original one) about 3 years ago from the Detroit Festival of the arts. She inherited a complex jury system that has over a dozen jurors from various media who attend on consecutive days, breaking the j...

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Storms and Their Impact on the Art Fair Business
Storms are no strangers to the nation's art fairs. Show organizers and artists plan for inclement weather as a matter of course. In the aftermath of the nation's worst storm in history, Hurricane Sandy, people on the East Coast are working toward reestablishing equilibrium in all areas of their lives. The heavy economic toll continues to be counted. This coming weekend's Fine Arts & Crafts Show at the Westfield (NJ) Armory has been cancelled by the National Guard. How does this cancellation affect the o...

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Using Kickstarter to Fund Your Art Career
Artists Casey Sheppard (a jeweler) and Evan Reinheimer (a photographer) join Connie to talk about their experiences using Kickstarter.com to fund their art projects. Casey's project raised funds to enable her to participate in the Cherry Creek Art Festival this summer and Evan is currently fundraising to finance a trip to Australia. Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative...

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Jody DePew McLeane & Ted Gall-Winning all the Prizes
Who gets into almost all of the top shows and can win Best of Show? Meet Jody dePew McLeane (pastel drawings) and Ted Gall (sculptor), involved in the art fair business for over 30 years and consistently exhibiting at the "dream shows." The essence of this show will be: how to build a long term career selling at art fairs sustaining a body of work that continues to grow and yield creative fulfillment adapting to changing economic conditions art fair vs gallery sales lessons learned tips for someon...

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Pricing & Marketing Your Art - Don't Think Small!
Barney Davey, brings his expertise as an art marketing consultant to help artists bridge the gap between making art and making a living. As a sales and marketing executive for Decor magazine and Decor Expo tradeshows, Barney has consulted with hundreds of the industry’s leading art publishers and self-published artists regarding their art marketing and advertising strategies. We'll be talking about: Why silence is golden in selling How to make more per sale by offering big Selling and pricing art wit...

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What Good is a Website for Artists?
Guest Scott Fox, author of Click Milliionaires, gets down to the most strategic, smart and inexpensive ways you can: get a website up and running for little money why you need it quick and easy ways to implement it as a marketing tool how to use it to promote yourself ways to make it make money for you using Facebook as a marketing tool Get great tips on how to make your website work for you without a lot of technical background and time involved....

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Who is Buying at the Shows and Why?
Any weekend, anywhere in the U.S., there are hundreds of art fairs filled with artists and the people who love attending the shows. Who is that person who is examining your work and maybe taking it home? Today's episode is a discussion with three people who passionately attend the shows, enjoy the camaraderie with the artists and are continually adding to their collections. Ed and Judie Seidman not only attend art fairs close to home but also never miss a gallery on their travels and are looking for new ...

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Buy/Sell, What Art Fair Promoters & Artists Can Do About it
Tired of encountering buy/sell at the art fairs? What can an art fair organizer do about it? What can an artist do about it? Our guests are: Carroll Swayze, a veteran of 40 years participating in the nation's juried art fairs has been gathering information to help keep these resellers (vendors) out of the shows. Carolyn Edlund, executive director of the Arts Business Institute, blogger at ArtsyShark.com, a jeweler who ran a production studio for 20 years and who has been "in the trenches" at large who...

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Birthday Party Prizes Drawn Live by Rick Bryant of CPFA
Rick Bryant, Director of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in State College, PA, joins Connie Mettler of ArtFairInsiders.com to share art fair stories and draw the names of the winners of the prizes for the Birthday Party Pledge Drive. Will he call out your name? Did you contribute $12 to our pledge drive? Will you be the winner of these artful prizes? Free booth spaces around the country consulting with Larry Berman about jury images consulting with Scott Fox about your website consulting...

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Happy 3rd Birthday Art Fair Insiders! A Celebration Show
Do you love ArtFairInsiders.com? Do you check in regularly for information, support or a good laugh? You are not alone! Today's show is hosted by Connie Mettler and Internet marketing author Scott Fox. Welcome to our 3rd Annual celebration show where Connie and Scott will be deciphering how to make a living at the nation's fine art fairs and discussing these important life questions: I was blackballed at my favorite show That show director hates me Someone has to die before I can get into Old Town ...

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Wendy Rosen - "Made in America" + Congressional Candidate
Join Connie Mettler as she talks with Wendy Rosen, one of the most influential people in the fine art fair & fine craft business.     •    Attending fine craft fairs and speaking with artists Wendy learned there was a for a broader market for handmade goods and built the nation's largest wholesale marketplace, The Buyer's Market of American Crafts.     •    Alarmed by finding made in China goods in the gift stores of our national institutions she spearheaded the Made in America Alliance in 2005.     •...

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Amy Amdur & Howard Alan - The Art Fair Business
Join us as Connie Mettler talks with Amy Amdur, AmdurProductions.com, and Howard Alan, ArtFestival.com, two of the most important people in the art fair business. Amdur produces 17 Chicago area shows and Alan has two divisions of events, fine art fairs and craft shows, producing nearly 100 shows a year around the country. Just about every artist has participated in one or more of their events. We are going to talk about their background how they choose a show how their shows are run and juried how t...

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Artists Running Art Fairs: Bonnie Blandford & Carla Fox
Jewelers Bonnie Blandford, in Michigan, and Carla Fox, in Oregon, are artists who organize popular annual art fairs in Kalamazoo and Bend, respectively. Join us as we learn about their passion to create a marketplace where their fellow artists can sell their work. How do these women do it all? Create distinctive one of a kind work, travel to art fairs and host events for their peers? Pick up tips on how you can do this in your community....

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Beating the Odds - Artists at the Nation's Top Art Fairs
Connie Mettler will be speaking with Kathrine Allen-Coleman, a painter from Georgia who participated in Coconut Grove, Reston, Old Town, Columbus, Des Moines, Ann Arbor Street Art Fair and moreAndrew Shea, a glass blower from Minnesota who was in Belleville, Old Town, Des Moines, Madison, Uptown, Port Clinton, Saint Louis and moreBruce Reinfeld, a photographer from Philadelpia who was Columbus, Des Moines, Cherry Creek, Plaza and more All of these artists had "dream" schedules in 2011. Join us as we talk ...

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Art Fair Directors: Cindy Lerick & Stephen King
Connie Mettler talks with Cindy Lerick, director of the Saint Louis Art Fair and Stephen King, director of the Des Moines Arts Festival. Their background Mission of their events What is a non-profit and where does the money go? How do they decide on a booth fee? Jury information How they pick jurors What the jurors are asked to do How about that booth shot? much more......

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Selling Art Online, another option
Connie Mettler talks with Chris Lake, Managing Director of ArtsyHome.com, an online venue connecting artists with buyers of their work. Learn how you can tap into this marketplace, no cost to register.  ArtsyHome.com is the online partner of Distinctive Living Magazines and will expose your work to over 2,000,000 upscale homeowners both online and in print....

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Art Fair 101 - New to the Business - Part II
Host Connie Mettler talks with artists Barbara Poole (fiber), Caroline Kwas (painting) and Michelle Wermuth (photography), new to the art fair business in the last few years, to discuss their biggest disappointments biggest surprises best advice for other newbies and their 2012 plans....

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Art Fair 101 - New to the Business & What I have Learned
Host Connie Mettler talks with four artists who are new to the art fair business, having started in 2009 or 2010 and are members of ArtFairInsiders.com. They include Michelle Wermuth, a photographer from Florence, KY; Caroline Kwas, a painter from Spring Hill, FL; Carol Miller, who does fiber and leather from Hillsdale, NJ and Barbara Poole, wearable fiber from Boston. We'll talk about: why art fairs? how long they've been doing creative work how is it going? plans for the future. suggestions for o...

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Online Marketing for Artists 101
Host Connie Mettler interviews Scott Fox, online marketing coach, author and host of ClickMillionaires.com, an online community that explores turning your interests into a lifestyle business. Learn Internet marketing tips to help you with: website building email marketing building your online "social" presence marketing information that will help build an artists "electronic retirement plan"...

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Happy Birthday Art Fair Insiders Celebration Show! 2011
Calling all Art Fair Artists!  It's a special LIVE online radio call-in show “Pledge Drive” episode of Art Fair Radio!  Call in live with your art fair business questions to talk LIVE with ArtFairInsiders.com publisher, Connie Mettler, and to wish her and AFI a Happy Birthday! Connie takes your art fair business questions (and birthday wishes and pledges) LIVE at 1 (323) 410-0936.  Please visit http://www.ArtFairInsiders.com or http://www.ArtFairCalendar.com to pledge your support now!...

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Art Fair Radio - Nels and Munks Pledge Drive Show
http://www.ArtFairInsiders.com - Join us for the Art Fair Insiders Birthday Pledge Drive interview with Nels and Munks!    Hear insider art business tips from these popular (and often controversial) veteran artists, including art show sales strategies, what inspires their work, and why they are active members of the artist community at Connie Mettler's ArtFairInsiders.com.   Please visit http://www.ArtFairInsiders.com or http://www.ArtFairCalendar.com to pledge your support now!...

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Art Fair Calendar and Art Fair Insiders Birthday Celebration, Story, and Pledge Drive
The ArtFairInsiders.com and ArtFairCalendar.com art fair web sites are dedicated to helping you increase attendance at your local art events, make more money as an art show artist, and supporting the fine artists who are the lifeblood of the art fair industry. This show covers the history, strategy, and mission behind the founding of ArtFairCalendar.com and ArtFairInsiders.com by Scott Fox and Connie Mettler, plus plenty of birthday celebration pledge drive calls, shout-outs and prize giveaways....

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