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Barry Bernstein commented on Nels johnson's blog post Our Ybor house—what happened here in the 1930s is the reason marijuana is illegal now
"Nels, while that makes for a great story, it only has a slight connection to the passing of the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. In truth, Andrew Mellon, who was at the time, the richest American, had invested heavily in nylon which was invented by…"
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Barry Bernstein commented on Nels johnson's blog post Our Ybor house—what happened here in the 1930s is the reason marijuana is illegal now
"Everyone I know that smokes pot are professionals and are responsible people. Change the word alcohol for marijuana and I would believe you."
yesterday
Cindy Welch commented on Nels johnson's blog post Our Ybor house—what happened here in the 1930s is the reason marijuana is illegal now
"Interesting story.  We love touring historic homes and sites. We toured a couple in San Antonio and loved both tours and homes."
yesterday
Barry Bernstein commented on Nels johnson's blog post Bonita Springs Art Festival—I have seen better and I have seen worse
"I like the Bonita shows. I haven't done one since they started redoing the street. The timing hasn't fit in with my schedule, but, they are good, solid, well run shows. I intend to go back at some point. Maybe next year. Luckily, I…"
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Dennis Shattuck commented on Nels johnson's blog post Bonita Springs Art Festival—I have seen better and I have seen worse
"Thanks for the information. Beaux Art show was not what it was last year, new location and another big show going on the same time in Miami. Everyone I talked to did not do well."
yesterday
Laurie Carlson commented on Nels johnson's blog post Our Ybor house—what happened here in the 1930s is the reason marijuana is illegal now
"Sounds like Oregon today. Marijuana has opened a floodgate of tragedy behavior: car crashes that are hit and run because they don't want a drug test; child and domestic abuse; explosion of multiple drug use; crazy people attacking others almost…"
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Roxanne Coffelt commented on Nels johnson's blog post Our Ybor house—what happened here in the 1930s is the reason marijuana is illegal now
"WOW!!!! That is quite a story!  I always said, no one gets high and beats up their wife.  "
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Nels johnson commented on Nels johnson's blog post First show of the new year—Downtown Naples on Fifth Avenue.
"Yup"
Jan 12
Robbie Curnow commented on Nels johnson's blog post First show of the new year—Downtown Naples on Fifth Avenue.
"Nel, Pardon my ignorance of the East Coast shows especially Florida. I am a Jeweler on the West Coast and would like to do a few winter shows next year in Florida. I’ve tried looking up the Naples show you did. There are many shows in Naples.…"
Jan 12
Christina L. Towell commented on Nels johnson's blog post First show of the new year—Downtown Naples on Fifth Avenue.
"Thanks for the recap, Nels...going to Naples in February for the first time, then up to Long Boat Key. Looking forward to it as this Michigan winter drags on and on...Best of Luck in Bonita Springs!"
Jan 12
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First show of the new year—Downtown Naples on Fifth Avenue.

It was good and I made money.it was colder than you know what. Setting up in the low forties while handling cold metal parts sucks.Naples Art League runs this annual show on the first weekend after New Years.Setup is early Saturday morn with 300 artists jockeying for Position, it sucks too.But that is what you tolerate in order to make mucho moola here.They charge $450 for the booth fee and you have to park your van miles away and take a shuttle back.January in Naples is never cheap. Hotels are…See More
Jan 11
Jacki Bilsborrow commented on Nels johnson's blog post Holiday Art Festival, downtown St. Petersburg—Big Yawner, I am a goner
"If your driveway works, go for it.  Low overhead, you can't beat that!  "
Dec 26, 2017
Larry Sohn commented on Nels johnson's blog post Setting up my booth in the driveway—and making lots of moola
"Have a safe trip Connie. May you and your's have a great time and enjoy any holidays you may celebrate."
Dec 21, 2017
Connie Mettler commented on Nels johnson's blog post Setting up my booth in the driveway—and making lots of moola
"Well, I'm off to LA to visit my kids for the holidays. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday! Love to all."
Dec 21, 2017
Larry Sohn commented on Nels johnson's blog post Setting up my booth in the driveway—and making lots of moola
"Peter, Very well put. Thoughtful & articulate. Do you see a direction beneficial to both promoters and artists, that can be guided towards? I believe none will be successful, long term without the cooperation of both promoters and artists."
Dec 21, 2017

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Your Medium
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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Our Ybor house—what happened here in the 1930s is the reason marijuana is illegal now

Posted on January 17, 2018 at 10:08pm 5 Comments

Ellen and I live in a historic, almost century house, in Ybor City which is a historic district on the east side of downtown Tampa.

First a little history lesson, then we will get to the reason for “Reefer Madness.

Martinez Ybor was a Cuban  who brought the cigar industry from Key West to Tampa in the late 1890s.

Thus the area w live in is a historic district. It is a mix or retail, lots of bars and a lot of old historic homes and new condos.  Lots of young people live…

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Bonita Springs Art Festival—I have seen better and I have seen worse

Posted on January 17, 2018 at 9:25pm 2 Comments

This is a two day show (last weekend) with a Friday setup.Everybody has ample rear storage room.

The booths are setup in a rambling pattern with no definite pattern for crowd flow.

Booths down by the river are kind of cut off from the main flow, and a lot of the crowd never makes it there.

Bonita Springs is just north of Naples and slightly south of Estero on the Gulf  Coast.

It is an affluent area with lots of golf…

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First show of the new year—Downtown Naples on Fifth Avenue.

Posted on January 11, 2018 at 1:28pm 3 Comments

It was good and I made money.

it was colder than you know what. Setting up in the low forties while handling cold metal parts sucks.

Naples Art League runs this annual show on the first weekend after New Years.

Setup is early Saturday morn with 300 artists jockeying for Position, it sucks too.

But that is what you tolerate in order to make mucho moola here.

They…

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Holiday Art Festival, downtown St. Petersburg—Big Yawner, I am a goner

Posted on December 19, 2017 at 2:00pm 6 Comments

Well, did my final show of the year, number 29, in my old hometown.  It is always nice to be able to sleep in my own bed when doing a show.

Problem is, the show sucked. I made more money selling out of my driveway then paying Paragon $400 for a booth fee and not doing very well.

It is not Paragon’s fault. Bill Kinney does a super job producing the show.  He gets the message out on billboards, print media and social media.  Setup is very mellow, and for the most part, teardown…

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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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