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Tarpon Springs Art Festival--A lot of work for a little return

Posted on April 11, 2017 at 2:30pm 8 Comments

This is a very labor intensive show to do for setup and tear down. It is held on the grounds of a scenic park on a bayou in downtown Tarpon Springs. It is fenced off and they charge a $5 admission.



There are only three entrances to the show where vans can park and offload. Otherwise you are carting work from the van parked on the side streets, sometimes as far as two blocks away. It is one giant clusterfuck for the 200 artists there.



It might be worth it if you were…

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Spring Arts Festival, Gainesville,FL--Weather was great but sales sucked royal canal water, but there is a great Tequila Report

Posted on April 6, 2017 at 2:30pm 9 Comments

This was last weekend.

I have always had an endearing relationship with this show. Back in the late 70's when I started doing shows--this was one of my first ones.

I lived in Gainesville and got to know many talented artists and crafters who were doing quite well on the circuit. They taught me a lot of the fundamentals on how to be a successful artist outdoors.

Most of those artists are long gone, you could say I am carrying on the tradition of them.

In the 80's-

90's… Continue

Melbourne Art Festival-New Howard Alan Show, last weekend.

Posted on March 27, 2017 at 4:30pm 9 Comments

This one was new first show for HAE in downtown Melbourne.

This is one month earlier than the long established festival which had been downtown for years which is now moving to a local park away from downtown.

HAE had 150 booths setup in quads down New Haven, the Main Street downtown.

Everybody had one great outside wall to display on. The other opposite side was not jammed up against your neighbor. You had room to store or hang there,nice.

There was room for rear storage if… Continue

Manatee Art Festival--Apollo Beach, Florida

Posted on March 16, 2017 at 12:30pm 4 Comments

First off. This show is not out in a dung-infested cow pasture--anymore. A few years back it was moved to a scenic county park right on Tampa Bay.

You can smell the salt air, feel the cooling bay breezes wafting thru your booth.

I have done this show off and on over the 25 years it has been held. It is only a thirty minute drive from my Ybor house.

On this date, everybody would love to be at Vero Beach art show. But alas, those old art ladies will not let all of us in, so other… Continue

Lake Mary-Heathrow Art Show--do not go near it

Posted on March 8, 2017 at 5:00pm 1 Comment

I have not done this show since 1993, it will be another 25 years before I would try it again.

On this date in Florida what are you going to do if you do not get in Gasparilla?

If you try Bonita, remember it is the last one of three, and usually the loser. Also remember Barry Witt sends out a mailing in January for all three shows. He does not send out anymore. I guess you hope they kept the postcard on a magnet on the refrigerator and will see it when they go for the frozen… Continue

St. Petersburg Fine Art Show--not bad if you were not in the sand

Posted on February 27, 2017 at 4:25pm 4 Comments

This was last weekend. A Paragon show in North Straub Park beside the Museum of Art.

This show had lots of visibility. Right on Beach Drive, across from all the happening restaurants. There is a steady vibe here of people enjoying themselves-- and enjoying the art.

It was my second time doing this show. Only 126 artists. Easy peaszy setup. On Sunday, tear it all down then get your van. Most people were out in an hour.

You can set up a day before, very leisurely. I got to sleep in… Continue

Downtown Dunedin Craft Show--Howard Alan--How I lost my art show virginity

Posted on February 15, 2017 at 1:00pm 12 Comments

Well, after doing more than 1500 art shows in 42 years, I finally did my first Howard Alan show.

"Gee Nels, didn't you say they could put the epitaph on your tombstone,'He never did a Howard Alan show'".

Well, times are a changing.

First off, I did three art shows in January with a combined total of over $1200 in booth fees that did not even return me a gross of $5000 for the month.

Second, I had come back rejectedly from Ft. Myers the weekend before. I was supposedly numero… Continue

Images--New Smyrna Beach--another take

Posted on February 7, 2017 at 1:30pm 2 Comments

John Leben just wrote a beautiful blog about this show, check It out.

I am just going to give you a little more perspective, plus, talk about places to eat and drink at there.

I lived in NSB for six years in the eighties. I have done it many times, and done well.

This year was one of the worst shows there that I have ever done.

On Sunday I made a whopping $40 sale at 11am, then did zero the rest of the day.

I sell a certain amount of humor in my photos, unfortunately,… Continue

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Larry Sohn commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Tarpon Springs Art Festival--A lot of work for a little return
"Nels I sent you a "friend request" with a PM. I wanted to talk with you via Private Messge."
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Laurel D. Rund commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Tarpon Springs Art Festival--A lot of work for a little return
"First the positives.   Lovely setting, good staff and other then the winds on Friday - beautiful setting. Had a great space, so I thought, with plenty of room.  Not knowing how the show operates, I'm still confused as to where the…"
Apr 17
Christina L. Towell commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Tarpon Springs Art Festival--A lot of work for a little return
"Thanks, Nels...what connie said, especially the part about you getting to "live and fight as an artist" for another day, Yes!"
Apr 17
Barrie Lynn Bryant commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Tarpon Springs Art Festival--A lot of work for a little return
"My wife was the same way about this show, Connie. Some of the show crew are over-the-top fussy and bossy with complete disregard for courtesy. We were always on the cul-du-sac, so we occupied prime real estate during this show. Being on the river…"
Apr 12
Connie Mettler commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Tarpon Springs Art Festival--A lot of work for a little return
"Okay ... and I probably said the same things. Norm was lucky to get out of there without a fistfight. That definitely made an impression on me. "
Apr 12
Barrie Lynn Bryant commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Tarpon Springs Art Festival--A lot of work for a little return
"Connie, I did one in 2014 and Nels did another in 2011. But R.C. Fulwiler did one in 2010! LOL!"
Apr 12
Connie Mettler commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Tarpon Springs Art Festival--A lot of work for a little return
"I think this is the first report we've ever had for this show in Tarpon Springs. Thank you. I've never heard of someone with a printer in their booth making more work! A battery run printer? This event is an example of extreme schlepping.…"
Apr 12
Pat Falk commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Tarpon Springs Art Festival--A lot of work for a little return
"Hi  Nels! Your booth was actually my spot.  We set our tent up there on Fri. a,m, but with the howling winds, couldn't even zip our tent closed.  So asked to move to a less windy location.  Tore everything down and move to a…"
Apr 11
Nels Johnson posted a blog post

Tarpon Springs Art Festival--A lot of work for a little return

This is a very labor intensive show to do for setup and tear down. It is held on the grounds of a scenic park on a bayou in downtown Tarpon Springs. It is fenced off and they charge a $5 admission. There are only three entrances to the show where vans can park and offload. Otherwise you are carting work from the van parked on the side streets, sometimes as far as two blocks away. It is one giant clusterfuck for the 200 artists there. It might be worth it if you were selling $3-5K there. Most…See More
Apr 11
Mark Zirinsky commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Spring Arts Festival, Gainesville,FL--Weather was great but sales sucked royal canal water, but there is a great Tequila Report
"Hi Nels, its the ann arbor state street art fair, july 20"
Apr 8
Nels Johnson commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Spring Arts Festival, Gainesville,FL--Weather was great but sales sucked royal canal water, but there is a great Tequila Report
"Which AA show, Mark?"
Apr 8
Mark Zirinsky commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Spring Arts Festival, Gainesville,FL--Weather was great but sales sucked royal canal water, but there is a great Tequila Report
"Hi Nels, I am new to the Ann Arbor show this year, any thoughts on good/bad places to be there?"
Apr 7
Kendra Bennett commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Spring Arts Festival, Gainesville,FL--Weather was great but sales sucked royal canal water, but there is a great Tequila Report
"I know lots of artists had a bad show. I don't think the lady next to me sold anything the entire weekend. However I had a great show. So I have no complaints about Gainesville. This was my 1st year there we will see how next year is."
Apr 6
Barrie Lynn Bryant commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Spring Arts Festival, Gainesville,FL--Weather was great but sales sucked royal canal water, but there is a great Tequila Report
"And I dearly miss Lennie Kesl in Gainesville. R.I.P. Lennie."
Apr 6
Nels Johnson commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Spring Arts Festival, Gainesville,FL--Weather was great but sales sucked royal canal water, but there is a great Tequila Report
"Everybody still in a line, yum it is time for some Makers"
Apr 6
Nels Johnson commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Spring Arts Festival, Gainesville,FL--Weather was great but sales sucked royal canal water, but there is a great Tequila Report
"Connie here is my summer lineup June Kalamazoo, Columbus and Des Moines July Boston Mills,Krasl and Cadillac, done with Ann Arbor August Work in progress, same with Sept."
Apr 6
Barrie Lynn Bryant commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Spring Arts Festival, Gainesville,FL--Weather was great but sales sucked royal canal water
"I miss Ken Jensen. I miss Gainesville. Heck, I miss Tarpon Springs! WOOHOO!"
Apr 6
Connie Mettler commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Spring Arts Festival, Gainesville,FL--Weather was great but sales sucked royal canal water
"I'm so hungry and thirsty and it is too early in the day to celebrate your report. Maker's Mark sounds good to me about now but yoga class is calling my name. We did this show a couple of times. Love the town, the street, the ease for the…"
Apr 6
Nels Johnson posted a blog post

Spring Arts Festival, Gainesville,FL--Weather was great but sales sucked royal canal water, but there is a great Tequila Report

This was last weekend.I have always had an endearing relationship with this show. Back in the late 70's when I started doing shows--this was one of my first ones.I lived in Gainesville and got to know many talented artists and crafters who were doing quite well on the circuit. They taught me a lot of the fundamentals on how to be a successful artist outdoors.Most of those artists are long gone, you could say I am carrying on the tradition of them.In the 80's-90's you would see the wives of…See More
Apr 6
Nels Johnson commented on Paul Flack's blog post Ridgeland, MS
"Is it held inside the mall or outside"
Apr 4

Profile Information

Your Medium
Photography
Years in the Art Fair Business
36
First show ever
Waimea Falls Park, Oahu, Hawaii
What is your website?
http://nelsjohnsonphotographer.com
What are the best things about art fairs
the freedom to move around place to place and make money
Best show ever and why
Kansas City Plaza--they bought from me like there was no tomorrow
Worst show ever and why
One in Michigan(which will go unnamed) held in a muddy cow pasture, and it felt like only the cows were there.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Munks

Comment Wall (100 comments)

At 3:33pm on February 10, 2009, Connie Mettler said…
Who made those socks, Nels? You knitting these days?
At 7:32pm on February 18, 2009, Carol Napoli said…
Thanks Nels, I saw it last night. Pretty nice. I am glad that you took the shot early in the show...Good article on the last weekends shows. Not so easy...makes for a longer ride home. Have a great next show.
At 7:47pm on February 24, 2009, Barry Bernstein said…
Hey Nels, I've known Pat Dragon for many years. I met him when he was living in Florida. He used to come by my studio a lot, but, I haven't seen much of him since Rhona moved up here.
At 12:37am on February 27, 2009, R. C. Fulwiler said…
Hey Nels; I love your story about your first art show; makes me think I'll write mine up too. Kim and I missed you again this year in Key West, but hope you did well in Naples. I did Coconut Grove the week before and had to be on the road for 10 days. I guess I'll see you tomorrow at Punta Gorda: Tell me why we're doing that one again?
At 7:39pm on March 3, 2009, Bill Sargent said…
Busted. I copy everything RC does.

Thanks for the note? How's it going? You don't have to say anything about last weekend.
At 9:48pm on March 16, 2009, Wadsworth~Noll Studio said…
Hey Nels! Thanks for the welcome. Guess I'm the probie of the group. :o) I could use all the guidance one could give. lol- just don't send me left when I should be going right.
You spoke of the Vero Beach show... what is your experience with that one?
Thanks again for the kind words.
At 4:46pm on April 7, 2009, YborArtStudio said…
Hello Nels, I signed up Saturday when I returned to the Studio from the meeting. What a great sight! I will have to spend some time setting up my home page.
Your Home, Gallery, and Work is quite wonderful! Thanks for having me. I will look forward to seeing you soon. Thanks for the invite.
At 12:19pm on May 7, 2009, R. C. Fulwiler said…
I took your challenge to heart and put up 20 more photos. Keep me posted and let me know how I'm doing!
At 9:15am on May 8, 2009, R. C. Fulwiler said…
They're mostly old ones. I didn't know "age" as a factor. I'll get right on it!
At 12:25pm on June 14, 2009, Connie Mettler said…
Loved your comment on DJ King Assassin's page!! What's happening here? LOL....probably the best page on the site.

Do you think we should have a competition for the best pages? Looking for nominations from you, as I believe you've been all over the site.

Thanks for your continued support!

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