About Art Fair Calendar & Connie Mettler

In September 2006 my partner and husband, photographer Norm Darwish, and I worked our last art fair in Pontiac, MI. Beginning in 1979 we must have exhibited at at least 400 art fairs around the country, some of the best and some of the worst. During these years art fairs were an exciting subculture of creative people traveling, making art and selling it to interesting people from all walks of life.

We were at Coconut Grove in Miami the year after Hurricane Andrew when everyone had lots of money to spend and they spent a lot at the art fair. We were in Piedmont Park in Atlanta in the dusk as the Atlanta Symphony played “Georgia on My Mind.” We were in Denver at the first Cherry Creek Art Festival, which set a new standard for how art fairs would be organized and the fireworks exploded over the front range. We were in near-tornadoes in Kalamazoo and Kansas City; floods in Boston Mills (outside of Cleveland) and Cleveland Heights. There was snow in May in Detroit and winter coats in June on the shores of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee. Do I need to discuss sweltering on the streets of Ann Arbor?

We ran the roads of America and saw big cities and wonderful small towns in the midst of cultural celebrations and we got to be part of them. Thanks to everyone: event planners, art patrons and artists for all the great times.

Now I come to the next phase, ArtFairCalendar.com. Since 2004 my website has beenConnie at Arts, Beats & Eats in Pontiac, MI pulling the best of these events into one place so the people who love the creative process can continue to find the great art fairs, the small ones too, and continue this wonderful tradition. “Art NOT Available at a mall near you” is my motto. Art fairs are the last interesting place to shop in America. Don’t you agree?

What else? I have been a social worker, librarian, teacher, art fair organizer and lived on both coasts. I love artists and art fairs and look forward to seeing you at one this weekend.

For more info about me and ArtFairCalendar.com visit this link: www.artfaircalendar.com. Feedback, questions? You can email me at: connie (at) ArtFairCalendar.com.

To get your event listed on ArtFairCalendar.com visit this link: www.artfaircalendar.com/advertise.

14 Responses to “About Art Fair Calendar & Connie Mettler”

  1. Adela Sutton Says:

    I am interested in displaying my paintings at an art show, I live in Hollywood ,Florida.

  2. Constance Mettler Says:

    Adela, visit ArtFairCalendar.com, look at the listings there. If you find one that interests you contact that art fair. Usually I have the contact info listed. If it is not there, then Google the name of the event. FYI, most of the Florida art fairs for the early winter have completed their jury process. Ordinarily you must apply six months in advance for the better art fairs.

  3. Adela Sutton Says:

    Thanks! I’ll try that.

  4. Janet Says:

    Thank you so much for your wonderful and informative blog and website. I have been looking for you for months and have learned so much to hopefully make the most of this year’s arts and crafts fairs.

  5. Mark Schuyler Says:

    What a great information source…your idea is superb and I wish you the best of luck.

    I found you as I searched for craft center employment. My magnificent obsession is to become a crafts center operations director…made it to the last level of consideration at both Peters Valley in New Jersey and The Furniture Center in Maine. I plan on getting it right soon.

    I’ll keep you in sight. We may have all the values, attitude and point of view shared for keeping “store bought, store thought” at bay.

    Thanks

  6. Toni Says:

    I am a potter and am looking for some art fairs to do this summer and fall in southeast Michigan. A friend suggested I try the Shelby Township art fair in August. Has anyone done this fair or heard anything about it?

  7. Patricia Zabreski Venaleck Says:

    This is a very nice show for a beginning Art Fair. I do Lampwork jewelry and did not do well at all 2 years ago. I did win a $100 3rd place award though. Some friends have done this show and they said they did great 2years ago and nothing last year. He does woodwork. I live nearby and the quality is there. The crowds were there but no buying. It is a show that is worth a try.

  8. muller jean francois Says:

    I am interested in artshow.

  9. carlye crisler Says:

    Well, if that’s the show on commerce and orchard lk rd- on the St Mary’s catholic school campus, I did it, and no one came to it. There was one of those paid entry Friday evening cocktail parties for the elite and it was an awful waste of time. I bailed out on Saturday. It had some lovely art work and it looked like a quailty art show but no one made any money.

  10. Caroline Kwas Says:

    I’m a painter who is looking to make art fairs my full time career eventually. I’m wondering if any other artists have suggestions for getting good quality, reasonably priced prints (giclees? does it matter?) What sizes are the best?

  11. Constance Mettler Says:

    Caroline, the best way to find this out is to visit an art fair, find an artist whose work and display you admire and really check it out. You are not the competition, don’t worry about that, you are doing market research. Many artists will be pleased to share their information if approached in the right manner.

  12. walt badgerow Says:

    hey Connie….this is something we all better be looking at…..please post…………….thanks, Walt Badgerow………………………………….Subject: You Will Lose All The Rights to Your Own Art

    You may want to read the comments at the bottom first— I don’t know, but I sure know you should at least KNOW about this————–

    Mind Your Business: You Will Lose All The Rights to Your Own Art
    Mark Simon is mad as hell and, in this month’s “Mind Your Business,” he tells you why you should be too.

    April 10, 2008
    By Mark Simon
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    Printable Version

    Mark Simon.

    As you know, I usually handle the subjects in my articles with a sense of humor. That is not the case this month. I find nothing funny about the new Orphan Works legislation that is before Congress.
    In fact, it PISSES ME OFF!

    As an artist, you have to read this article or you could lose everything you’ve ever created!

    An Orphaned Work is any creative work of art where the artist or copyright owner has released their copyright, whether on purpose, by passage of time, or by lack of proper registration. In the same way that an orphaned child loses the protection of his or her parents, your creative work can become an orphan for others to use without your permission.

    If you don’t like to read long articles, you will miss incredibly important information that will affect the rest of your career as an artist. You should at least skip to the end to find the link for a fantastic interview with the Illustrators’ Partnership about how you are about to lose ownership of your own artwork.

    Currently, you don’t have to register your artwork to own the copyright. You own a copyright as soon as you create something. International law also supports this. Right now, registration allows you to sue for damages, in addition to fair value.

    What makes me so MAD about this new legislation is that it legalizes THEFT! The only people who benefit from this are those who want to make use of our creative works without paying for them and large companies who will run the new private copyright registries.

    These registries are companies that you would be forced to pay in order to register every single image, photo, sketch or creative work.

    It is currently against international law to coerce people to register their work for copyright because there are so many inherent problems with it. But because big business can push through laws in the United States, our country is about to break with the rest of the world, again, and take your rights away.

    With the tens of millions of photos and pieces of artwork created each year, the bounty for forcing everyone to pay a registration fee would be enormous. We lose our rights and our creations, and someone else makes money at our expense.

    This includes every sketch, painting, photo, sculpture, drawing, video, song and every other type of creative endeavor. All of it is at risk!

    If the Orphan Works legislation passes, you and I and all creatives will lose virtually all the rights to not only our future work but to everything we’ve created over the past 34 years, unless we register it with the new, untested and privately run (by the friends and cronies of the U.S. government) registries. Even then, there is no guarantee that someone wishing to steal your personal creations won’t successfully call your work an orphan work, and then legally use it for free.

    In short, if Congress passes this law, YOU WILL LOSE THE RIGHT TO MAKE MONEY FROM YOUR OWN CREATIONS!

    Why is this allowed to happen? APATHY and MONEY.

    Artists have apathy and corporations have money.

    We need to be heard in order to protect our incomes, our creations and our careers. GET OFF YOUR ASS!

    That means writing letters to our congressmen and representatives. That means voicing your opinion about how we need copyright protection, as we’ve had since 1976, that protects everything we create from the moment we create it. This is the case around the world.

    However, an Orphan Works bill is also in the works in Europe. I was speaking recently with Roger Dean, the famed artist of the Yes album covers, and he is greatly concerned with what will happen if Orphan Works bills become law.

    “This will devastate the livelihood of artists, photographers and designers in a number of ways,” Dean says. “That at the behest of a few hugely rich corporations who got rich by selling art that they played no part in the making of, the U.S. and U.K. governments are changing the copyright laws to protect the infringer instead of the creator. This is unjust, culturally destructive and commercial lunacy. This will not just hurt millions of artists around the world.

    “On the other side of the coin, what argument will a U.S. court have with a Chinese company that insists it did its research in China and found nothing? If the cost of this is onerous for a U.S.-based artist, what will it be like for artists and small businesses in emergent economies?”

    If an artist whose work is as famous as Roger Dean’s is concerned with this legislation, it should be of great concern for all of us.

    The people, associations and companies behind the Orphan Works bill state that orphaned works have no value. If that were true, no one would want them. However, these same companies DO WANT your work, they just don’t want to pay for it. If someone wants something, IT HAS VALUE. It’s pretty simple.

    Some major art and photography associations, or I should say, the managers of the associations, support this bill. The reason they support it is that they will operate some of the registries and stand to make a lot of money. Some have already been given millions of dollars by the Library of Congress. Follow the money and you will see why some groups support this bill of legalized theft of everything you have ever created.

    Two proponents of this new legislation are Corbis and Getty Images. They are large stock photo and stock art companies. They sell art and photos inexpensively and are trying to build giant royalty-free databases. Do you see how they could benefit from considering most works of art in the world orphans?

    Do you know who owns Corbis? Bill Gates. He doesn’t do anything unless it can make a huge amount of money. Helping you lose the copyright to your art is big business for Gates.

    For years we’ve heard of Hollywood fighting with China to protect copyrights and stop the pirating of DVDs. Our government has worked with the studios to protect their investment.

    Our government is NOW WORKING AGAINST US by allowing our own fellow citizens TO STEAL OUR CREATIVE WORKS.

    It will be easy for them to get away with it unless we make ourselves heard.

    Your calls and letters do work. I’ve seen many instances in which a single letter made a difference in public policy. Tens of thousands of calls and letters help even more.

    This is not empty talk. I have written letters to my congressmen and I will do so again. I do what I can to let every creator know about terrible legislation like this… thus you are reading articles like this one and you can listen to interviews I’ve posted online.

    CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR:
    Go to http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml to quickly find the phone number, address and e-mail of every U.S. senator, U.S. representative, governor and state legislator.

    Forward this article to every creator you know and urge them to take a moment to protect their very livelihood. I am giving everyone the right to reprint this article in any form to help spread the word to protect our creative rights.

    Instead of sitting around watching TV tonight, TiVo that show, write a letter and make yourself heard.

    Letters to our government officials don’t have to be long, but they should be heartfelt. A good story helps. Tell them who you are, how this legislation negatively affects you and that you want them to vote against the Orphan Works legislation. It’s that easy!

    If you don’t, you will have only yourself to blame when you see other people making money from your art and you don’t see a dime.

    Spider-Man comic artist Alex Saviuk is also concerned about the loss of copyright protection. “When I found out all the negative aspects of the new legislation, it would almost behoove us to want to do something else for a living,” says Saviuk. “If we would have to register with all the different companies, we would never be able to make a living.”

    “It would be impossible for me to register all my art,” continues Saviuk. “It would put me out of business.”

    You can listen to my complete interview with Alex online. Think this doesn’t apply to you? Maybe you don’t license your artwork? How about this?

    Photos on the internet could be orphaned. With tens of millions of photos shared online with services like Flickr, Shutterfly and Snapfish, there is a huge opportunity for unauthorized use of your photos… legally.

    You could see photos you take of your family and kids, or of a family vacation, used in a magazine or newspaper without your permission or payment to you. You would have to pay to register your photos, all of them, in every new registry in order to protect them. Say the average person takes 300 photos per year (I take a lot more than that). If a registry only charges $5 per image, that is a whopping $1,500 to protect your photos that are protected automatically under the current laws. If there are three registries, protecting your images could cost an amazing $4,500. Not to mention the time it would take to register every photo you take. Plus, you will also have to place your copyright sign on every photo.

    That’s not including all your art, sketches, paintings, 3D models, animations, etc. Do you really have all that extra time and money? Plus, even if you do register, the people stealing your work can still claim it was orphaned and, unless you fight them, they win. Even if you win, you may not make back your legal fees.

    It gets even better. Anyone can submit images, including your images. They would then be excused from any liability for infringement (also known as THEFT) unless the legitimate rights owner (you) responds within a certain period of time to grant or deny permission to use your work.

    That means you will also have to look through every image in every registry all the time to make sure someone is not stealing and registering your art. You could actually end up illegally using your own artwork if someone else registers it. DOES ANYONE SEE A PROBLEM WITH THIS?

    Do you think the U.S. Copyright Office is here to protect you from this legislation? Think again.

    Brad Holland of the Illustrators’ Partnership shares his notes from a recent meeting with David O. Carson, general counsel of the Copyright Office.

    Mind Your Business: You Will Lose All The Rights to Your Own Art
    (continued from page 2)

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    Printable Version

    Brad Holland of the Illustrators’ Partnership.

    Brad Holland: If a user can’t find a registered work at the Copyright Office, hasn’t the Copyright Office facilitated the creation of an orphaned work?
    David O. Carson: Copyright owners will have to register their images with private registries.

    BH: But what if I exercise my exclusive right of copyright and choose not to register?

    DOC: If you want to go ahead and create an orphan work, be my guest!

    This cavalier and disrespectful dialogue should have you seeing red. Who the hell does he think he is? Carson should be fired and RUN OUT OF WASHINGTON!

    None of this could happen with our current laws. Our current laws work and they protect us and our creations.

    The only people who will benefit from the copyright law change are those who can’t create work on their own or companies who stand to make a lot of money from using our works of art. They make contributions to congressmen, which is why they get what they want. We need to stand up and be heard. Every one of you need to write your senators and representatives. We have to protect our livelihoods. It’s that serious.

    Plus, the technologies being developed for locating visual art don’t work well enough. On March 13, 2008, PicScout, the creators of one of the software applications used in the registries, stated to the House IP subcommittee:

    “Our technology can match images, or partial information of an image, with 99% success.”

    A 1% margin of error is huge when you consider the millions of searches performed for art every day. That means for every million searches, 10,000 images could be orphaned.

    Plus, this only takes into account images registered on their system. If you have registered all your work on another system, they won’t be searched here and, even though you may have spent thousands of dollars registering your creations, a new or unused directory could orphan everything you’ve ever created.

    This is just one of the many reasons why INTERNATIONAL LAW FORBIDS COERCED REGISTRATION as a condition of protecting your copyright. The United States is about to break international law by making us register our works. The people behind the bill say it’s not forced registration, but you won’t have any rights unless you register. THIS IS SEMANTICS! Of course, this is forced registration and we can’t stand for it!

    There are many, many other problems with the Orphan Works legislation. As a creator, YOU MUST understand what is going on.

    For additional information on Orphan Works developments, go to the IPA Orphan Works Resource Page for Artists.

    This is not something that is going to go away easily. We need to be vocal NOW!

    This legislation has been beaten or delayed for the past two years and they will keep trying until it passes. This is no time to be quiet and see what happens. What will happen depends on you. Send e-mails and call your congressmen. Ownership of your own creations depends on it.

    Roger Dean sums this up well. “Where are the colleges and universities in all this? Has the whole world gone to sleep?”

    GET ON ORPHAN WORKS E-MAIL LIST
    To be notified of the latest information on the Orphan Works bill and when to contact your legislators, send an e-mail and ask to be added to the Orphan Works list.

    AUDIO INTERVIEW LINK
    I have recorded a fantastic interview with Brad Holland of the Illustrators’ Partnership regarding this bill and what it means to us as artists. Please listen and learn more about how you may lose ownership of all your art and photos. This article and the recorded interview are available for anyone to use in print or online. Please forward this information to every person and group you know so that we can work together and protect our creations and livelihoods.

    Mark Simon is an award-winning animation producer/director and speaker. He speaks around the world on subjects about art, animation and TV production. His copyrighted companies may be found online at http://www.SellYourTvConceptNow.com and http://www.Storyboards-East.com. He may be reached at marksimonbooks@yahoo.com.

    Portions of this article use information and phrasing provided by the Illustrators’ Partnership.

    The opinions expressed in this article reflect those of the columnist and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of AWN, Inc. and its affiliates.

    Note: Readers may contact any Animation World Magazine contributor by sending an e-mail to editor@awn.com.

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    135 Comments on “Mind Your Business: You Will Lose All The Rights to Your Own Art”

    1. Cristina Acosta [ Cristina Acosta Art & Design llc | Bend, Oregon | April 17, 2008 ]
    The Orphan Works Legislation will affect the businesses of every creative person in the state the country. Thanks for your article, everybody, not just artists and other visual creatives should be concerned. Here is my blog entry posted on wwwcristinaacosta.blogspot.com :

    Have you ever picked up a camera and taken a picture? Of course you have. And you probably put the photos online and send them to your friends and family. Now and then a doting relative passes on a uber-cute photo to their friends. But no matter how large your circle is you’d never expect to see that same photo in some corporation’s national ad campaign without your permission or payment.

    That’s the future folks if the Orphan Works legislation passes. In fact, it’s already happened. It’s just going to get brazenly, egregiously worse and it will be virtually impossible for the little guy (most of us) to do anything to rectify this theft of our intellectual property. Follow the money on this bill and you’ll realize that big business stands to gain. Everybody else — photographers, painters, sculptors, designers and the ordinary guy or gal with a camera will lose, BIG.

    Virgin Mobil is in a lawsuit right now with a family that found a picture of their daughter in a Virgin Mobil advertisement. Taking advantage of the very small print on the Flickr site, Virgin’s ad agency took this picture without permission — and saved themselves a bunch of money on models and photo shoots. Alison Chang, the subject of the photo and her uncle, filmmaker Damon Chang got NOTHING. In fact, Alison Chang complained that the imagery insulted her Asian heritage. Read more about this on The Register.co.uk

    If you’re an artist, don’t fool yourself thinking that theft is some form of flattery. This is about your bottom line. No cash and you aren’t able to work. The copyright laws as we know them will be gutted. Getty, Corbis and other media supply agencies will have free rein to use your images without ANY payment to you. And, it only gets worse. Individuals and businesses will get on the bandwagon. An image of your painting or design work could be put onto paper plates, tissue boxes, beach towels, calenders, stationary, ad campaigns and you’ll get nothing except a sinking feeling when you walk into some retailers shop or open a magazine or book and see them SELLING your work and you get NOTHING!

    Brad Holland and Cynthia Turner, the powerhouse behind the IPA’s efforts to preserve the civil economic rights of creators has this to say:
    “Remember: the US Orphan Works amendment is not an exception to copyright law to permit the archiving and preservation of old, abandoned works. It is a license to infringe contemporary works by living artists worldwide. Its goal is to force these works into private commercial US registries as a condition of protecting copyrights. Coerced registration violates international copyright law and copyright-related treaties. To concede defeat on it is to knock a hole in copyright law and admit a Trojan horse.”

    — Brad Holland and Cynthia Turner, for the Board of the Illustrators’ Partnership

    2. Kaci Beeler [ St. Edward's University | Austin, Texas | April 17, 2008 ]
    This article is ridiculous. It repeats itself for dramatic effect, and leaves the reader confused. Why write an article filled with so many scare tactics? I just want the facts from a logical point of view. This guy makes me sick.

    3. ann Tracy [ April 17, 2008 ]
    but I thought this had not gotten out of committee yet? Does anyone have any credible evidence as to where in the process it is?

    4. steve dreben [ The D Group | Medford Oregon | April 17, 2008 ]
    I hate this law…I will do all I can to help you fight this….

    Steve D.

    5. Joe Shakula [ MIAD | Milwaukee | April 17, 2008 ]
    Poorly written and very misleading article. AWN should try to provide its readers with actual news and information, rather than this knee-jerk tripe.

    I am amazed at the ignorance that persists in the media these days.

    6. Peter [ April 17, 2008 ]
    The orphan works is designed for archives, libraries , museums, special collections and others who have over the years become repositories of materials that were donated without a proper deed of gift. As it stands now because no one knows who owns the copyright these materials are effectively close to researchers. The orphan works act is NOT designed to take away someone’s copyright

    7. Sam [ April 17, 2008 ]
    Thanks,

    8. Tora Vi [ April 16, 2008 ]
    I think everyone is FREAKING over nothing.
    I didn’t type this, I just took this from Snover@Y!’s journal, he pretty much sums up this whole thing perfectly.

    “First of all, Mark’s definition of orphan works is wrong. An orphan work is a creative work where the original copyright owner cannot be located or identified. What he is describing as “orphan works” is, in actuality, the public domain. (Though, improper registration only applies to works from before when the Berne Convention was ratified.) (See en.citizendium.org/wik····an_works)

    Second of all, there is no current legislation before congress regarding orphan works. The Public Domain Enhancement Act was the last bit of legislation regarding copyright and orphan works reform, and died after being referred to committee in 2006. You can confirm this yourself by searching for “orphan works” at the Library of Congress (thomas.loc.gov/bss/110····rch.html).

    Third of all, the Public Domain Enhancement Act doesn’t legalise theft any more than copyright expiration legalises theft. Copyright is supposed to be a short, fixed term exclusive right that encourages the production of new creative works. Copyright was not intended to allow Disney to continue to make money on cartoons created 3 generations ago, or for John Lennon’s wife to get rich off her dead husband’s estate, but that’s how it is today thanks to the large media conglomerates. (For someone that’s spending so much time railing against corporations, Mark seems to spend a lot of time not talking about how the major film and music studios have pressured Congress to extend copyright terms 11 times since the original 1790 copyright act.)

    Fourth of all, the Public Domain Enhancement Act requires a token payment of $1 every 10 years, ONCE THE COPYRIGHT HAS BEEN IN EFFECT ALREADY FOR FIFTY YEARS. That means, the first 50 years of copyright are still free, even under the proposed Act.

    Fifth of all, Mark is wrong about current registration requirements. In order to file ANY copyright infringement suit, not just one for statutory damages, you have to register the work with the copyright office. Statutory damages can only be claimed if the registration is made within 3 months after publication of the work or prior to an infringement of the work. All this information is easily available from the Copyright Office’s Web site (www.copyright.gov/circ····.html#cr) so there’s no reason for him to get it wrong.

    Sixth of all, I’m very interested to learn how the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation makes Bill Gates money, since Mark claims that Bill Gates doesn’t “do anything unless it can make a huge amount of money”. I’m even more interested as to how Mark thinks that Bill Gates stepping down as chairman of Microsoft to move into philanthropy will make him more money than continuing to run the largest software company on earth.

    Finally, the most important thing. The point of orphan works laws, which is COMPLETELY missed by this three page comedy of errors, is NOT to make it possible for people or corporations to steal your work. In fact, most of the orphan works legislation has been pioneered by people such as Lawrence Lessig and Eric Eldred — people that are TIRED of big corporations continuing to steal from the public domain by pushing forward copyright term limits. The point of orphaned works laws is to make it possible for people to use works whose owners cannot be found, thereby preventing these works from fading into oblivion and creating a new surge of creativity built on these freely available works.

    Under the current system, even if someone is willing to pay for license to use a work, if they can’t find the original copyright holder, they can’t risk using the work in case the original copyright holder or a heir surfaces later and sues them.

    With the proposed US orphan works law, after 50 years, if the copyright holder does not pay the $1 tax to continue their copyright ownership, the work enters the public domain. How fifty years of exclusive rights is not enough for Mark, I don’t know. It’s still FAR more than the original 28-year term set back in 1790, and still FAR more than is needed to make money on a work. Any potential legislation that works to reduce copyright terms is a VERY GOOD THING for all creatives today.

    Hey, it even means that once Corbis’s library enters the public domain, you won’t need to pay them to get copies anymore.”

    9. Anne El-Habre [ Alvida Art Gallery | Savannah GA | April 16, 2008 ]
    Firstly, those that think this is a dead issue need to go here:

    http://www.photoattorney.com/2008/03/orphan-bill-rears-its-ugly-head-again.html

    Secondly, I’m sure this has already been addressed, but if this bill passes, it will spell certain death for the commercial artist. If there is such a vast cache of art to choose from, what would compel anyone to hire an artist/photographer from that point forward, provided said client/company had done a “reasonable search” for the copyright holder?

    This just looks like more bullshit to tie up the legal system and line the pockets of those that work in it. I understand the basic principles of why this bill was even conceptualized in the first place, but the cons definitely outweigh the pros in this case.

    Bottom line – if you can’t find the copyright holder, move on.

    10. Roberto Ortiz [ Washington DC | April 16, 2008 ]
    Illustrators Partnership response to the ‘six misconceptions':

    FROM THE ILLUSTRATORS’ PARTNERSHIP
    Orphan Works: No Myth

    We’ve seen “Six Misconceptions About Orphan Works” circulating on the Internet. It’s a well-reasoned piece, but has one problem. The author cites current copyright law to “debunk” concerns about an amendment that would change the law she cites.

    How would the proposed amendment change the law? We’ll get to that and other questions in a minute. But first, let’s answer the broader charge that news of an Orphan Works bill is just “an internetmyth.”

    For the rest click here:

    http://www.lostpencil.com/wordpress/?p=225

  13. jim szymanski Says:

    We are beginning artists lookin for a art fair to start us out on our journey and would love input on certain small fairs to get a feel for our wares..
    any ideas would help.. was thinking about the henry ford show.?or any like that.. ? sdwcreations.com is us.. jim and Dennis

  14. Constance Mettler Says:

    Hi Jim,

    That depends on where you live, of course. Please visit ArtFairCalendar.com and look at listings near your home. I do NOT recommend investing lots of money in equipment and setting off for what you think is a good show.

    Do lots of investigating, visit local shows, talk to the artists (when they are not tending to customers).

    Purchase my e-book (available on the website) for getting started tips. Also, I plan to have a more in depth look at getting started in a new e-book available in the near future, specifically for beginners.

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