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 been 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.