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Barry Bernstein commented on Nels johnson's blog post The Phyllis Olsen Art Show in Cadillac, Michigan
"Nels, come back to Ann Arbor. I moved over to Main Street last year. I need some company. Connie, most people think the floods of Boston Mills are the most recent storms there. We were both there 30+ years ago before they had those tents and the…"
Sunday
Barry Shandler commented on Nels johnson's blog post The Phyllis Olsen Art Show in Cadillac, Michigan
"And no jure fees, and knuckle busters, and burlap covered chicken wire fence display panels, sleeping in tents, camping, ticks, last day takedown dinner and a room and shower at Howard Johnsons, discount rooms for artists at the Chicago Playboy…"
Aug 7
Connie Mettler commented on Nels johnson's blog post The Phyllis Olsen Art Show in Cadillac, Michigan
"Amen.  Once upon a time we blamed Sunshine Artist because they published the Top 100 shows and then the secrets learned behind the booths were out into the public. Then Zapp got blamed for letting the secrets out. Then Greg Lawler and the Art…"
Aug 6
Barry Shandler commented on Nels johnson's blog post The Phyllis Olsen Art Show in Cadillac, Michigan
"I don't have a lot of interest in useful information at this stage.  Read all Nels stuff over the years. A good book by a superb writer is an entirely different thing.  I'm sure Nels remembers getting show information from other…"
Aug 5
Connie Mettler commented on Nels johnson's blog post The Phyllis Olsen Art Show in Cadillac, Michigan
"Barry, Nels has added a lot of useful information on this site, his beginnings and his endings and all the highs and lows in between. Use the "search" function, look for "Nels blogs" and you'll be set for several days worth…"
Aug 4
Nels johnson commented on Nels johnson's blog post The Phyllis Olsen Art Show in Cadillac, Michigan
"I will keep that in mind, Barry."
Aug 4
Barry Shandler commented on Nels johnson's blog post The Phyllis Olsen Art Show in Cadillac, Michigan
"I loved reading this. I also gave up Ann Arbor in 2015 after 25 years. It wasn't worth it any more. I was thinking of Cadillac but not now.  I sure wish Nels would write a book on the history of the art/craft business and his many…"
Aug 3
Nels johnson commented on Nels johnson's blog post The Phyllis Olsen Art Show in Cadillac, Michigan
"That is a lot of questions to answer. Ellen cancelled Krasl. I did Petosky one, would never go back. Newbies get put in the interior of the park, it is a long haul with cart to set up. Small crowd, buys mostly local scenes. expensivee  lodging.…"
Aug 3
Connie Mettler commented on Nels johnson's blog post The Phyllis Olsen Art Show in Cadillac, Michigan
"Great to hear from you again, Nels. And happy to get a clear view on this event. I know the organizers do a fine job getting the word out and have always heard good things about then. I know it is popular among fairgoers, but haven't attended…"
Aug 2
Nels johnson posted a blog post

The Phyllis Olsen Art Show in Cadillac, Michigan

Well, I have not blogged in a while.  So here goes.I gave up on the Ann Arbor Show after 30 years, it just was not worth it anymore.So, two years ago, I tried the Cadillac show as a replacement.Not that I expected to gross as much as AA. But the show is an hour plus from my Saugatuck casa.  It is small, less than 100 exhibitors. It is held in a mellow downtown park right on the lake and it is easy-pezy to setup and teardown.So last year I managed to pull $1500 out of it which was almost 10x the…See More
Aug 1
Nels johnson commented on Lynn McAleer's blog post Crosby Festival of the Arts
"Sold our Ybor house and bought one in New Smyrna Beach,  no mortgage now, do not have to work as hard, I did Columbus in June along with South Haven and made me more than enough. Get to play a lot more golf."
Jul 2
Nels johnson commented on Lynn McAleer's blog post Crosby Festival of the Arts
"I have not snubbed you. Your art is every bit equal to mine. But, we do not vend.  Go look up the definition. We create. Been doing it 43 years and making a living."
Jul 1
Nels johnson commented on Lynn McAleer's blog post Crosby Festival of the Arts
"Funny. Yet you call yourself a vendor. Vendors are like people who sell popcorn. An artist creates. Vendors just vend."
Jun 29
Nels johnson commented on Lynn McAleer's blog post Crosby Festival of the Arts
"Lovely review. Toledo is not an easy market to sell in. It is an old rust belt town with a dwindling population. Most young people move out as quick as they can. They are our market, without them it is slim pickings. I have done the show probably 15…"
Jun 28
Nels johnson received a gift from Connie Mettler
Jun 22
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

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Photography
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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The Phyllis Olsen Art Show in Cadillac, Michigan

Posted on August 1, 2018 at 1:00pm 9 Comments

Well, I have not blogged in a while.  So here goes.

I gave up on the Ann Arbor Show after 30 years, it just was not worth it anymore.

So, two years ago, I tried the Cadillac show as a replacement.

Not that I expected to gross as much as AA. But the show is an hour plus from my Saugatuck casa.  It is small, less than 100 exhibitors. It is held in a mellow downtown park right on the lake and it is easy-pezy to setup and teardown.

So last year I managed to pull $1500…

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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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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.

At 12:22pm on June 22, 2018, Connie Mettler gave Nels johnson a gift
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Thank you, Nels, for referring Seth Vandable to Art Fair Insiders.

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