- by Barney Davey
Art Fairs Are Instrumental to Many Artists’ Careers
The Art Fair Insiders website is the network for artists exhibiting at juried fine art fairs and art festivals. It provides information on best craft shows, and calls for artists nationwide. It is published with a companion website, Art Fair Calendar, which ranks #1 on Google for the highly valuable “art fairs” search term.
Both vehicles are published by Connie Mettler. For more than 25 years, Connie earned her stripes as she traveled the art fair circuit exhibiting at juried art fairs all over the U.S. She retired from being an active participant on the show circuit and used her vast knowledge and experience to start an online business.
The ArtFairInsiders.com site has been called, the “Facebook” for visual artists.
It is a vibrant social networking website with more than 7,500 artists members. They use the site to share information and make online discussions about everything related to the art fair business. A check of the primary discussion topics shows thousands of entries on the information art show newbies and veterans alike can use to enhance their show experience.
ArtFairCalendar.com is the only online calendar with listings of the nation’s top art and craft events. Connie’s mission is to stir interest from art patrons to the events to partake and support the talented artists on today’s circuits. With more than 15,000 subscribers, the Art Fair Calendar is the primary online tool to publish art fair news for art patrons, artists and show organizers.
As if Connie were not busy enough in her “retirement,” she also is a consultant who uses her extensive experience and contact to work with art fair organizers on upgrading and improving existing events and the plausibility of launching new one. She also finds time to work with individual artists to help them maximize the most from their investments into the art fair show scene.
A few other noteworthy and useful items Connie produces for artists are the Art Fair Insiders Blog with 3,100+ entries. It is loaded with great useful information for artists on the show circuit. Artists can also glean insights on shows from her ArtShowReviews.com and CallsforArtists.com websites.
Finally, last but far from least, there is the Art Fair Radio Podcasts. In this format, Connie interviews and talks with leading figures whose perspectives on the art fair show market are invaluable to artists seeking to make the most from their own art show experiences.