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Bridget Marie Tremaine commented on Nels johnson's blog post Kalamazoo Institute of Art Fair—A Pretty Location, But Sales Were Pretty Low
"Thank you Nels was questioning whether it was my location in the fair..—This was my first year at KIA— and very disappointed as well. Definitely the crowd out for fun and entertainment vs buying."
Jun 6
Joan Tweedell commented on Nels johnson's blog post Kalamazoo Institute of Art Fair—A Pretty Location, But Sales Were Pretty Low
"KIA petered out for me last year, plus I HATE the long hours on Friday! I opted for Winona Lake IN this year instead, 1/2 the booth fee and artist friendly from setup to teardown. Sales were OK for most, I ended up with close to average profit.…"
Jun 4
Nels johnson posted a blog post

Kalamazoo Institute of Art Fair—A Pretty Location, But Sales Were Pretty Low

The KIA art Fair was last weekend.  Artists setup early on Friday morn and the Fair is from 3pm-8pm that day.Then on Saturday it runs from 9-5. No Sunday show.It is setup in a beautiful downtown park, Bronson Park. Artists have plenty of room around and in the rear of their booths.Setup and teardown are pretty mellow.  You do not have any militant show people harping at you, unlike too many shows in Florida, especially in Naples.The Show has about 200 plus artists. There is a comfortable mix of…See More
Jun 4
Nels johnson commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Pledge Drive Winners - 2018
"Just chose, thanks."
Jun 3
Nels johnson commented on Wallace Fuller's blog post Artisphere
"Brevity rarely contains any meaningful substance.  Mostly it is a lot of yada,yada, yada which amounts to nothing. Real depth insights contain so much more. Sorry to disagree, but most conveyances on social media do not amount to a hill of…"
May 17
Nels johnson commented on Wallace Fuller's blog post Artisphere
"Glad you did so well, but Wallace, where is the Bourbon Report. Teri and Lou are the berries."
May 16
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on Nels johnson's blog post Apollo Beach—they call it the Manatee Art Festival—I call it toast
"Sorry Nels.  It feels worse to do bad on a familiar show than to not do well on a new one."
May 15
R. C. Fulwiler commented on Nels johnson's blog post Melbourne Art Festival—Show has some serious problems, hopefully they can be fixed.
"I have to agree.  They won't see again."
May 14
Carol Joy Shannon commented on Nels johnson's blog post Sante Fe CC Art Show, Gainesville,FL—A total waste of time
"Sorry @Constance Mettler. I've been reworking EVERYTHING so I 've been off the radar for awhile. I promise to participate going forward!"
May 14
Connie Mettler commented on Nels johnson's blog post Sante Fe CC Art Show, Gainesville,FL—A total waste of time
"Thanks for your input, Carol. Good to hear from you again."
May 14
Carol Joy Shannon commented on Nels johnson's blog post Sante Fe CC Art Show, Gainesville,FL—A total waste of time
"I did this one time, 3 or 4 yrs ago. NO ONE anywhere near me made any sales to speak of. I still run into the jewellers who were across from me there and we just shake our heads. Show doesn't care if artists make money. They win on booth fees…"
May 12
Nels johnson posted a blog post

Melbourne Art Festival—Show has some serious problems, hopefully they can be fixed.

This show was last weekend. Melbourne is by the Intercoastal on the Atlantic Ocean in Florida.The Show has been going on a long time, and until two years ago, it was always held on the streets in downtown. Right by all the bars and restaurants. It drew big crowds and they bought.  They also had one of the largest Patron Purchase Awards system, over $100K pledged.Then two years ago the show moved to a municipal park, northwest and miles away from downtown. I have done the show many times and…See More
May 2
Christina L. Towell commented on Nels johnson's blog post Mainsail Art Festival—Still Killer Show for most
"So great to read a positive critique and it makes me happy that you did so well, Nels.  Perhaps this is the start of a new wave?  Let's hope so...my husband, who sells vintage pocket knives did a show, here in Michigan, over this past…"
Apr 30
Marianne Shepardson commented on Nels johnson's blog post Mainsail Art Festival—Still Killer Show for most
"I was on the other side of the coin on this one. Also out in the hot sun, show seemed a lot peppier for those under the trees. Also across from about 6 empty booth spots, did actually see some customers looking down the aisle, then deciding not to…"
Apr 27
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on Nels johnson's blog post Mainsail Art Festival—Still Killer Show for most
"Glad to hear it Nels."
Apr 27
Cindy Welch commented on Nels johnson's blog post Mainsail Art Festival—Still Killer Show for most
"Nels, congratulations on a great show.  I can feel the sense of satisfaction in your post.  That type weekend is what I believe many of us hope for."
Apr 27

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Years in the Art Fair Business
41
First show ever
Waimea falls art fair,Oahu hawaii
What is your website?
http://Www.nelsjohnsonphotographer
What are the best things about art fairs
The artists
Best show ever and why
Kansas City--they had mucho money
Worst show ever and why
Not going to say-it hurts too much to remember
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
John stillmunks
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I used to be a pirate

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Kalamazoo Institute of Art Fair—A Pretty Location, But Sales Were Pretty Low

Posted on June 4, 2018 at 1:00pm 2 Comments

The KIA art Fair was last weekend.  Artists setup early on Friday morn and the Fair is from 3pm-8pm that day.

Then on Saturday it runs from 9-5. No Sunday show.

It is setup in a beautiful downtown park, Bronson Park. Artists have plenty of room around and in the rear of their booths.

Setup and teardown are pretty mellow.  You do…

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Melbourne Art Festival—Show has some serious problems, hopefully they can be fixed.

Posted on May 2, 2018 at 2:11pm 1 Comment

This show was last weekend. Melbourne is by the Intercoastal on the Atlantic Ocean in Florida.

The Show has been going on a long time, and until two years ago, it was always held on the streets in downtown. Right by all the bars and restaurants. It drew big crowds and they bought.  They also had one of the largest Patron Purchase Awards system, over $100K pledged.

Then two years ago the show moved to a municipal park, northwest and…

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Mainsail Art Festival—Still Killer Show for most

Posted on April 25, 2018 at 2:07pm 4 Comments

Mainsail was last weekend at a waterfront park in downtown St. Petersburg,FL.

This is my hometown, although I live across the bay in Ybor City.

St. Pete has blossomed.  

There are trendy restaurants and galleries everywhere.

Tall high rise condos sprout up faster than you can say “Jimminy Cricket”.

There are a lot more monied people running around town.

Some of them actually buy…

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Apollo Beach—they call it the Manatee Art Festival—I call it toast

Posted on April 18, 2018 at 11:20am 2 Comments

This Show was the second weekend in March, same time as Vero.

Do not waste your time with this show, it is a loser for people trying to sell art.

A little background.

Apollo Beach is about 30 minutes South of my Ybor house. I have used it as a bailout show whenever I do not get in Vero.

I have done it for more than 10 years and could usually grind out $1500-$2000 and I slept in my own bed.…

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At 8:48am on October 27, 2017, Christina L. Towell said…

Hey Nels,

Welcome back!  We're delighted to make your acquaintance and hope you'll find the site informative, inspirational and fun!  Thanks for subscribing and best wishes for continued success.

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