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Nels johnson
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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
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

Profile Information

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

Nels johnson's Blog

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.

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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