Posts Tagged ‘Michigan art fairs’ Newsletter Reaches 10,000 Subscribers

October 15, 2008

Yesterday was certainly a day for good news. Over 9000 for the Dow and which reached a milestone today–10,000 subscribers to its’ newsletter! Thank you!

You have been a wonderful audience and I truly appreciate the great letters, good questions, compliments, suggestions and sometimes crabby (but always helpful) emails.

I’m so grateful that the rise of the Internet has allowed me to take my years of experience at art fairs (since l979) and turn them into a venue that allows me to share my expertise with the art fair community and stay in touch with all all of my friends.

Bringing patrons to art fairs to meet my old friends and exposing new artists to this business has been a great pleasure. Thanks to each and everyone of you!

On the Streets in Ann Arbor

On the Streets in Ann Arbor

The Honor Roll

I could not have brought you all the art fair news without the following generous people:

Scott Fox, author of Internet Riches
Michael DiGiovanni,
Corinne Hazzard, Tori Kobriger, Ann Fruland of Beckman’s Living & Giving
Debbie Netter, D & W Events
Lorena Hatfield, K & K Insurance


Elizabeth Kubie,*
Susan Calkins, Kay Goodall, Art Rapids! Elk Rapids, MI*
Barbara Willerman, Skokie Art Fair, Skokie, IL*
Tom Marben, Alpenstrasse, Gaylord, MI
Roslyn Long, Elmhurst Art Fair, Elmhurst, IL*
Barbara & Nancy Huff, Easton Art Fair & Art Affaire at the Greene, Columbus, OH*
Mary Meike, Art in the Park, Oak Park, IL*
Carolyn Saxton, Lakefront Art Festival, Michigan City, IN*
Bonnie Blandford, Garage Sale Art Fair, Kalamazoo, MI*
Lisa Hooper, Wyandotte Street Fair, Wyandotte, MI*
Becky Hoag, Art in Your Eye, Batavia, IL

Artist Jody McLeane discusses her work

Artist Jody McLeane discusses her work

Donna Beaubien,FineArt at the Village, Rochester Hills, MI & Greektown Art Fair, Detroit, MI*
Carrie Zarotney, Art in the Park, Birmingham, MI
Joann Wilkie, St. Clair Art Fair, St. Clair, MI*
Cecelia Green, Arts in Bartlett, Bartlett, IL
Kitty Zurko, Wooster Arts Jazz Fest, Wooster, OH
Richard Rothbard, American Art Marketing, Slate Hill, NY
Kristen Beaulieu, Wilmette Fine Arts Festival, Wilmette, IL*
Raychel Rork, Art in the Park, Plymouth, MI
M. Sponseller, Downtown Sidewalk Sale, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Julie & Tracy Tepp, Atlanta Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA *
Larry Stone, Warren County Fest. of the Arts, Lebanon, OH*
Gloria Moschel, Wilmette Arts Fair, Wilmette, IL
Ron Vliem, National Baby Food Festival, Fremont, MI
K. Bennewitz, Westport Creative Arts Fest., Westport, CT*
Nancy Twigg, Frederick Festival of the Arts, Frederick, MD*
M. Williams & Dana Pry, Bethesda Row Arts Fest., Bethesda, MD*
Carol Cassidy-Fayer, Midwest Fiber Fair, Crystal Lake, IL
Laura Thiel, Downtown Fine Art Fair, Mokena, IL
N. Coumoundouros, Art on the Grand, Farmington, MI*

Rick Bryant, Central PA Fest. of the Arts, State College, PA*
Christine Neal, Marco Island Fine Art Fest., Marco Island, FL
Emily Cable, Upper Arlington Art Fair, Upper Arlington OH*
Greg Weichert, Cape Coral Art Festival, Cape Coral, FL
Sue Pfeiffer, St. Nick’s Warehouse, Utica, MI*
Tom & Jacki Crimboli, Warren’s Birthday Bash, Warren, MI
Aida Sarvan, The Artist Project, Chicago, IL & One of a Kind Wholesale Show, New York City
Maralee Rosamund, Art in the Park, Lathrup Village, MI *
Daniel Strickland, Strickland
Karla Prickett, Smoky Hill River Festival, Salina, KS
Dennis Gorg, CWE Art & Taste Fair, St. Louis, MO

Shary Brown, Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor, MI
Susan DiMarco, Art in the Park, Montclair, NJ
Howard & Janet Rose, Rose Squared Productions, NJ*
Amy Amdur, Amdur Productions, Chicago, IL
D. Downing, Canal Fulton Historical Fair, Canal Fulton, OH
Pam Reinhardt, Shelby Township Art Fair, Shelby Twp., MI
Corinn Van Wyck, East Lansing Art Festival, East Lansing, MI
Melanie Atkinson, ArtExpo byDesign, Gatlinburg, TN
Judy Mills, Ohio Mart, Akron, OH*
Jennifer Callans, Stars & Stripes Festival, Mt. Clemens, MI*
Robert Cohn, Branson Festival of Arts, Branson, MO
Michelle Weber, 57th Street Art Fair, Chicago, IL
Lori Phillips, PCMB Fall Arts Ensemble, Canton, MI*
Maggie Strong, Midsummer Arts Faire, Quincy, IL

J. Wysong, Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Fest., Nappanee, IN
Christa, Wheaton Fine Art Fair, Wheaton, IL
Marty Anderson, Kenosha Museums Art Fest., Kenosha, WI
Patty Vlazny, Village of Orland Park Art Fair, Orland Park, IL
Diana Mark, S. Miami Rotary Art Festival, S. Miami, FL
Joanne Bartley, Frankfort Art Festival, Frankfort, MI
Liz Rundorff, Artisphere, Greenville, SC
Nancy Meiling, Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Art Fair, IL
Amy Eaton, Des Moines Arts Festival, Des Moines, IA
Susan Hammer, Cornucopia, Evanston, IL
J. & M. DuBois, Alternative Bldg. Supply, Winston-Salem, NC
Sara Collins, Stone Arch Festival, Minneapolis, MN
John Szostek, Custer’s Last Stand, Evanston, IL
Carly Barth, Omaha Summer Arts Festival, Omaha, NE

AND, many many thanks to all of my subscribers, especially those like Ed Seidman of Chicago who keep me up to date on changes in art fair schedules and let me know about their latest art fair finds.

I sit here everyday with my loyal companion, my Mac, and talk to you. It is great to get feedback. Thank you.

And, of course, can you do me a favor? If you find this website and newsletter and blog helpful or interesting would you please forward it to a friend?

See you at the art fair!

*repeat advertiser


What Are You Doing This Weekend in Detroit? Art Fairs For You!

July 12, 2008

38th Annual Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair:

July 12 and 13, marks the 38th year that artists and art lovers mingle in the lovely setting of Memorial Park for the Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair. Sponsored by the Royal Oak Arts Council and the Royal Oak Recreation Department, the juried fair offers artwork in several categories, from painting, printing, photography and clay, to glass, metal, wood, jewelry, leather and fibers. Read more in the Oakland Observer

47th Annual Wyandotte Street Art Fair:

Featuring the work of many artists, children’s emporium, sidewalk chalk art, riverfront and street entertainment, local business sidewalk sales and more, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Downtown Wyandotte, Biddle, between Oak and Eureka, Wyandotte. 734-324-4506.

Furthermore, things are turning green with lots of energy being put into “greening up” the festival atmosphere. Read more about it in the Free Press.

This Weekend at the Art Fairs: May 17 & 18

May 17, 2008

Here’s a great lineup of places to enjoy the outdoors and some cool art happenings:

1. Mission Viejo, CA – The 10th annual Fun with Chalk Art Festival features the Italian style street painting as asphalt surfaces are transformed with chalk and paint. There will also be live entertainment, music, strolling performers, hands-on programs and children’s art workshops. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 17 and 18. Free. Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veteran’s Way, Mission Viejo, CA, 92692, (949) 470-3062

2. East Lansing, MI – East Lansing Art Festival – May 17 & 18

There’s art, music, food and (sometimes) sunshine. And it’s all free – at least until you buy the art or order the food. Now the 45th festival opens Saturday. There are no weather guarantees – early predictions have scattered showers – but the rest is upbeat,

There will be 239 booths for artists, plus an “emerging artist” area for five more. These are professionals, chosen by a jury. A separate show, at Michigan State University, is unjuried.

To read the rest of the article:

Also read Anne Holman’s blog to learn about the ELAF from an artists viewpoint:

3. Belleville, IL, Art Fair on the Square: May 16-18

The Belleville fair has soared to #1 in the country beating out veteran fairs such as the Sausalito Art Festival in California and the … St. Louisans have the opportunity this weekend to attend what one guide to juried art-and-craft fairs calls an exemplary event.

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For even more about Belleville visit this link in the International Herald Tribune. A joke on me!

4. The Art of Craft, Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT: May 17 & 18

The crafts festival is an outgrowth of the Bruce Museum’s annual fine art festival held each fall. The large number of craftspeople applying for the fine …

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Question from a Reader: Can I Make Money in Michigan?

April 16, 2008

Jewelry at the State Street Art FairDear Connie:

I am looking for some more recent information on the Flint Art Fair: since you are right in Michigan and not far away from there maybe you would know more. I am hoping you will be able to tell me something personally (you have all sorts of inside information, right??) without having to put it in your newsletter. If the newsletter is the best option I would appreciate it if you did not use my name…

I am from northern Illinois so it’s a 6 hour drive for me. I did the show several times (last in 2001 and 2002) and did fairly well, not spectacularly. This was before the Michigan economy went downhill. With current gas prices (hotels are up by ~ 20% too) I need to be better informed before doing this show, or opting for a very small local one.

I researched recent shows in my usual way (using Sunshine Artist and AFSB). The show was held off-site for a few years while the art center was being renovated, but I believe it’s back on site now. I could not come up with any real current information (reviews were mostly about the issues of being off-site), and posted a question on the AFSB forum with no luck there either. I ran out of research time and sent in my application. I have been accepted but have a while before the booth fee is due and now I really need to know about how sales have been there.

It’s a given that sales at all shows are down, across the board, not just in Michigan. I had 6 shows in Michigan last year and the repeats (3) were down from 10% to 34%. Weather was good both years, actually better the second year, so that was not a factor. The new ones obviously I have no personal record to use for predictions. So it’s not a question so much of WILL sales be down, just how MUCH down. The 34 % percent drop in _____ _____, for example (on top of a 20% decine from the year before), means it is no longer worth the 6+ hour drive (please do not publicize that – keep it private: as I don’t want to hurt what is really a very nice show, run by very kind people. If I were local I would certainly do it again. )….

I appreciate your help.

Name withheld

I have held off on answering this question for some time trying to come up with a good answer for you. Michigan has been hard hit. That is hardly news. You are wise to seek more information. My take on it: the people who are succeeding financially at the shows are those who have something so wonderful, or so fabulously priced that people cannot resist it. This marketplace is more competitive than ever. Cutting costs, in order to bolster your profit, is smart.

Traveling six hours to a show that has been marginal for you would not be a good idea, better to put that time and money into something that is not so much a gamble. I know your work. There are many marketplaces where I think you would do well, or at least increase the odds of doing better than making this trip.

I do not have personal information on this show. Maybe some of my readers do. Can anyone address the questions entered here? Please comment below.