Archive for September, 2008

Artists Looking for Answers to Internet Marketing? A Cool Opportunity

September 24, 2008

It is getting to that time of the year when the art fairs slow down and you go back to your studios, retool, make new art and start thinking about next year’s sales. I know many of you are active on the Internet and are also busy with your websites.

Here is a great opportunity for you to get some help with your online marketing. Scott Fox, author of Internet Riches, and one of the sponsors of my website, has a weekly radio program, the E-Commerce Success Show, where he discusses this topic.

This Friday, September 26 at 2 pm EST, for the first time he is holding an “open mic”, “Ask Scott Fox,” where you can get some answers from this expert. It is a great opportunity to really get the latest information.

If you have a question for him about e-business, web startups, web site design, online marketing or e-commerce strategy for your online business, give him a call:

Call in LIVE this Friday 9/26 to 1-646-716-4641

Check out Scott and his blog at:


Overcoming Economic Obstacles for Festival Success

September 22, 2008

When it looked as though the Fayetteville, AR, Arts Festival wasn’t going to happen because of slashes to the budget the Fayetteville Downtown Partners came together to make it happen AND they had money to put toward next year. Congratulations to you!

Read this great story at:

For more of the details of how this group made this happen read this also:

Six Artist Profiles from the Peoria Fine Arts Fair

September 21, 2008

This is such an excellent article by JournalStar of Peoria, IL, about artists exhibiting at the Peoria Arts Guild’s Fine Arts Fair this weekend, September 27 and 28. It is full of background information on each artist, plus many tips to would-be exhibitors, reading between the lines.

The artists profiled are:

James Barnes, wood – Woolwine, VA

Delores Fortuna, ceramics – Galena, IL

Cynthia Cunningham, mixed media – Marietta, GA

Barbara Carter, digital art – Santa Fe, NM

Jodi Perry, painting – Polvadera, NM

Chris Vance, mixed media – Des Moines, IA

I originally decided to do this post because I wanted to show you the fine art made by these artists. So after I posted the list above I googled all their names so you could see their work on their websites. I am astonished to say that only two of them had a site where you could see the work, Barbara Carter and Cynthia Cunningham. Chris Vance has a site – but it doesn’t show his art.

Obviously these are successful artists traveling and creating fine work leaving no time for the web! Heresy!! A simple website with contact information and a few images plus an art fair schedule is really easy to build–and cheap! Artists, this is almost a necessity. Maybe you won’t sell work online but your customers can keep up with you and “preshop” before they see you at a show. We need to talk about this.

Well, I hope you will enjoy reading about them.

Read the article at:

Interesting Cast of Characters at the Plaza Art Fair in Kansas City

September 21, 2008

September 19-21
Country Club Plaza Art Fair
Kansas City, MO

As soon as I saw the title of the following story I knew the video had to be about Marc Sijan. Marc’s been wowing people at art fairs for a really long time. His booth is very popular and really catches people off guard.

Enjoy this:

“One artist at The Plaza Art Fair this weekend has an interesting cast of characters around him…

Art Fair of the Month: Plaza Art Fair in Kansas City, MO

September 19, 2008
Taking the art home!

Taking the art home!

September 19-21
77th Annual Plaza Art Fair
Country Club Plaza
Kansas City, Missouri
230 artists

The Plaza Art Fair is consistently ranked among the nation’s top five art festivals. In a highly competitive jury process, about 1,500 artists submit their best in hopes of becoming an exhibitor in the nationally recognized program.

The celebration of the arts extends 9-blocks into the streets of the Plaza, and showcases the finest works in ceramics, digital art, fiber, glass, graphics and printmaking, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, pastels, photography, sculpture and wood. The fine quality and beauty attracts admirers and buyers alike to browse the outdoor art gallery.

The evenings are beautiful in Kansas City at this time of the year and the art fair comes alive with serious shoppers, here to score the best art work in the region, eat from the famous restaurants and listen to fine music set in the streets of the historic Country Club Shopping Plaza. Don’t miss it!

Here is the official website: Plaza Art Fair

Here is a guide to the fair at with some cool local flavor.

And here is a cool blog about it: Mary Anne’s Kansas City, MO, blog…I think she loves the Plaza Art Fair. I also think she has great taste!

Now you have all the info. I’d better see you there.

Artist of the Month: Lynn Krause, Pastels

September 19, 2008
October Woods by Lynn Krause

October Woods by Lynn Krause

Chicago area artist Lynn Krause has been exhibiting her fine pastel drawings at the nation’s art fairs since l967. I’ve known Lynn since the early l980’s and have always been a fan of her work and have always anticipated the next evolution of her work.

Her recent work is pastel. Pastel is an art medium in the form of a stick, consisting of pure powdered pigment and a binder. Pastel combines the convenience of a dry medium with the brilliant colour of paint. It is the brilliance of the color which draws artists and patrons to this medium.

The trees which are a feature of her present work glow with the vitality of Fall in America, taking you to the woods of yesterday and today.

If you are in the Chicago area you may meet Lynn September 20 and 21 in Naperville; on September 27 & 28 in Barrington.

Read more about Lynn and her fine work at: artist

Michigan Sculptor’s Work Gets Bit Part in Movie

September 18, 2008

Last winter the state of Michigan aggressively pursued Hollywood to convince them to make some movies in the state. It worked pretty well. “Currently, 20 films described as “anticipated” or “in production” are listed on the Michigan Film Office Web site, and there have been scores of other inquiries,” says Susan Pollack in today’s Detroit News.

It is with great pleasure that I find out that a Michigan sculptor, Tom Crimboli of Eastpointe, has had ten of his sculptures “rented” for use in a movie filming now in Michigan.

“When “Miss January” comes to the silver screen next year, viewers will see Crimboli’s whimsical sculptures in a barn near Ann Arbor that has been transformed into an art studio. Actor Keith David plays a metal sculptor who makes art from found objects, says Lou Trabbie, the set decorator.”

Read the rest of the story at:

Roller Review of the Atlanta Arts Festival

September 17, 2008

You might enjoy rollerblader Steve Aishman’s review of last weekend’s Atlanta Arts Festival.

I’ll have to say this, it surely looked better in Atlanta last weekend than it did anywhere else in the country. I hope the artists did well!

Hanna Causes Cancellation – No Refund to Artists

September 15, 2008

The News Journal – Wilmington,DE,USA
By DAN SHORTRIDGE • The News Journal • September 13, 2008 Some Delaware artists are up in arms after a popular arts festival was canceled last weekend in Bethany Beach and the Chamber of Commerce (host of the event) did not refund fees or make other arrangements such a a rain date or application of the fees to next year’s festival.

Read the rest of the story:

What do YOU think? Should they refund?

Here is your chance to share your opinion. I have just built a new forum for artists to share their information. You can be one of the first to join in before I issue the invitations to a specially selected group. Visit now and let’s continue the discussion.

Call For Artists: Des Moines Arts Festival

September 11, 2008

June 26-28, 2009
12th Annual Des Moines Arts Festival
Western Gateway Park
Des Moines, IA
175 Artists
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2008

The award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival invites you to be a part of the Midwest’s premier celebration of the arts on June 26-28, 2009, featuring the art work of 175 of the nation’s top artists and 24 juried emerging Iowa artists.

Creating opportunities for people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds to embrace the arts, the Des Moines Arts Festival is one of the most respected arts events in the country, and brings more than 200,000 art enthusiasts each year to its downtown location in Iowa’s capital city and largest metropolitan area.

The Festival is a non-profit organization founded by the Des Moines Art Center, attracting over one million people to Des Moines’ downtown since its inception in l998. Festival proceeds benefit the Des Moines Art Center and the continuation of the Des Moines Arts Festival.

What the artists say:

“This is one of the most professionally produced events we have participated in that caters thoughtfully to both patrons and artists.”

“Des Moines Arts Festival should be a benchmark for all other outdoor craft shows. One, we are lucky enough to have had very excellent sales. Two, the treatment of the artists before, during and after the fair is so good, it’s almost sad when it’s over.”

What to expect:

· Projected Attendance – More than 200,000.
· $11,000 in Cash Awards, including $1000 The Des Moines Register People’s Choice Award
· Official Festival Guide includes color image for each artist distributed to 220,000+ households via The Des Moines Register
· Free Parking for Artists
· Invitations to special events and receptions
· Exclusive Hospitality Area
· Air-conditioned restroom facilities reserved for artists only
· 24-hour Security
· Booth sitters and energetic volunteers

My partner and I have participated in this event several times. It was our favorite. Terrific hospitality, wonderful promotion, friendly and interested visitors who actually thank you for coming to their city for the festival. Plus, they take art home with them. All art fairs should be this good!

Visit or today to apply.

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