Afton Art in the Park

Welcome to Afton Art in the Park 2021
We are thrilled to invite you back to visit the charming St. Croix River town of Afton, MN on September 25th & 26th, 2021. The 43rd Annual two day outdoor fine arts and makers fair takes place in Afton’s quaint, Town Square Park and features over 90 vendors showcasing fine arts, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, photography, sculpture, fiber and more. Plus great food and 2 days of live music!
This upper Midwest favorite art festival is hosted by the Afton Area Business Association and will bring 10,000+ guests through the St. Croix River Valley during the 2 day event.
Be sure to visit Afton’s unique shops and restaurants, open for business during the event.

*COVID-19 UPDATES: Afton Area Business Association will be following state and health department
guidelines for the Art in the Park 2021. Please visit Minnesota's Stay Safe Plan / COVID-19 Updates and
Information – State of Minnesota (mn.gov) for updates.

Afton, MN is located 4.5 miles south of I-94 on St. Croix Trl. (C.R. 18).
Take Exit #258 off I94 and head south 4.5miles See Less

Shelby Township Art Fair

Mark your calendar for August 14 & 15, 2021 to stop by the Shelby Township’s River bends Park for the 38th Annual Shelby Township Art Fair. In addition to seeing some fabulous art from national, regional and local artists and artisans, this event features a variety of crafts as well as products from Michigan based businesses and family-friendly entertainment.

Bring the family for a day filled with activities and entertainment, and bring home a special piece of art, a hand-made item, product, or a souvenir from your visit.

Entry is FREE and this new location has lots of free parking and a shuttle bus that travels between River Bends and Woodall Parks, so you won’t have a long walk back to your car with all of the treasures you found at the fair.

This event is presented by the Shelby Township Art Fair Committee, hosted by the Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department and is supported by our generous sponsors.

Around the Grounds
• Over 100 exhibits from local, regional and national artists and crafters, plus a Michigan Made Market
• Live Music at the stage – Sponsored by Genisys Credit Union
• Monster Mural Interactive Art for All Ages – Sponsored by Christian Financial Credit Union
• Free Crafts at the Kid’s Craft & Activity Corner
• See Live Critters from the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center
• Participation by the Shelby Township Police and Fire Departments
• Recycled Art Competition – Hosted by the Shelby Township Solid Waste & Recycling Committee

River Bends Park is located at 5700 22 Mile Road between Shelby and Ryan Roadsand the fair hours are Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Get more information at www.shelbyartfair.org. You can also find the Shelby Township Art Fair on Facebook or call the Shelby Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department weekdays at 586-731-0300.

47th Annual Island Art Fair

Mid Michigan’s second longest running art fair is back in 2021. Saturday July 31st from 9am-4pm. Join us on the island for an exciting day of shopping with over 100 vendors. All artists, crafters and authors are local Michiganders and all product is handmade. Celebrate the beautiful weather with us surrounded by water in Grand Ledge, MI 48837.

3rd Annual Savannah Local Artist Market – SLAM

SLAM’s 3nd Annual Artist Market will include local and regional artist exhibiting their art, food trucks and Jenni’s Ice Cream and Flirt Bakery. Visual art includes fine arts, paintings, prints, mixed media arts, fiber arts, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, folk art, outsider art and more! Free to attend and free parking. Social Distance and masks required.

Mountain Lakes – Art at the Esplanade Open-air Art Show

Come discover fine artists and artisans in the lovely town of Mountain Lakes, NJ at the juried arts & craft show. Shop directly from emerging and established artists at this open-air event for original paintings, pottery pieces, jewelry, sculpture and more.

Mountain Lakes – Art at the Esplanade Open-air Art Show

Come discover fine artists and artisans in the lovely town of Mountain Lakes, NJ at the juried arts & craft show. Shop directly from emerging and established artists at this open-air event for original paintings, pottery pieces, jewelry, sculpture and more.

The Creative’s Monday

Creative Monday with Text #TeamMonday

The Creative’s Monday –

When you are a creative selling on the weekend, your Monday is different from other people’s. You probaably didn’t have the weekend off to rest and rejuvenate. You were most likely working. Thus making the creative’s Monday different from everyone else.

Monday morning may see you heading back to your full-time job after working all weekend! Maybe Monday is a travel day for you. Heading home or driving to your next show. Perhaps Monday is the day you get back into your studio to create again. 

Or is your Monday more like other people’s Saturday? Running around doing errands, catching up on your laundry, and checking things off your personal to-do list.

Whatever your creative Monday looks like, make sure you take a few minutes to track your expenses from your last show. You know, the ones you may forget in a couple of weeks. The water bottle you needed to purchase because it was so hot, or was it coffee because it was so cold?

Here is an example of the sneaky expenses I had from this past weekend in Florida.

I picked up my rental car, entered the fair address in the GPS, and was on my way. Only to find out I was on a toll road. An unexpected expense and one I would surely forget about at tax time since I live in a state where tolls just don’t exist. And then there was the water at the fair because holy smokes, it was steamy in Central Florida this weekend!

These items were paid in cash, so I can’t rely on my credit card statement to look up old expenses. And I don’t have receipts from either of them. 😬

I created a google spreadsheet to track these expenses, and I am sharing it with you.  

There is no cost to download or use the document. It will help you track where you are spending money. It includes places for hotel, tolls, mileage, and other expenses you have while attending your fairs over the weekend.

And even better, there is a sheet for each fair, which will pull up to a front-page so you will have your show expenses at your fingertips when it is time to do your taxes!

Just make sure to do it sooner rather than later, so those unexpected cash items don’t get forgotten.

Click here to access your expense tracker. It is free to use and share. If you save it to your own Google drive, you will have it available to you while traveling. Please feel free to share it with other creatives as well. There is no cost to use or share it. (Please make a copy for yourself, so you don’t change the original.)

If you get value from it, please feel free to join The Art Fair Gallery community. 

We are building a community for you to give or receive support from other artists. And when you fill in your artist information, you become searchable on the site by potential customers looking for you. Because you may not know it, but your customers from last year are trying to find you again this year.

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to us at info@theartfairgallery.com.

Now that we have the expenses out of the way, it is time to create. 

Getting past your creative Monday and onto the rest of your week. Make it a great one.