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Connie Mettler commented on Nels johnson's blog post Apollo Beach—they call it the Manatee Art Festival—I call it toast
"Too bad you're moving away, Nels. You could get on that Arts Alliance board and show them how to run a show! Bet you could turn it around. Probably you won't do it next year because you won't be able to sleep in your own bed. I hope…"
yesterday
Connie Mettler commented on Nels johnson's blog post Houston Bayou Art Show—Finally, something good to talk about
"Thanks again, Nels. This show has had its ups and downs and glad to see this trend. I remember doing a podcast with show organizers some years ago and one of the points they made is that Houston has such infernal weather that parks are hard to come…"
yesterday
Melanie Rolfes commented on Nels johnson's blog post Houston Bayou Art Show—Finally, something good to talk about
"Nels we had a solid show, first time for us.  Set up Wednesday and broke down Monday.  Long time to be away from home but we rented a 3 bedroom Airbnb with other artists so cheap to be there.  And I chilled out at Rothko Chappel on…"
Friday
Nels johnson commented on Nels johnson's blog post Houston Bayou Art Show—Finally, something good to talk about
"Glad you guys did well, you deserve it."
Friday
Melanie Rolfes commented on Nels johnson's blog post Houston Bayou Art Show—Finally, something good to talk about
"Great review I was hoping you would do one.  We were in the back in 600 area and the golf carts were going back and forth filled with large 2d Saturday and Sunday.  There is an art pick up booth and when you sell something big the show…"
Thursday
Nels johnson commented on Nels johnson's blog post Sante Fe CC Art Show, Gainesville,FL—A total waste of time
"Yes, once upon a time in America this show was viable but it has been a dead dog since 2003."
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Connie Mettler commented on Nels johnson's blog post Sante Fe CC Art Show, Gainesville,FL—A total waste of time
"Yikes! We did this show a couple of times ... a long time ago. First time we won a prize and made decent money. Next time money not quite as good. Third time we were set up across from a barbecue booth with smoke blowing at us all day Saturday ...…"
Tuesday
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Sante Fe CC Art Show, Gainesville,FL—A total waste of time

Have done this show since the early eighties.Used to be a strong $3-4K show.Not anymore, can barely break a grand.This is a huge college town teeming with young professionals.You would think they would support the arts.  They do not.Crafts have a better chance here.I saw very few 2-D pieces go by this weekend.You have too many artists for too few buyers.Do not waste your time unless you live close to it.See More
Apr 14
Nels johnson commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Why are these booth fees so high?
"But here is the bottom line folks. Tge high booth fees are making it almost impossible for a working artist to make a living at these shows. Years before when booth fees were in the $150-$275 range, an artist could do $1500-$2500 and earn a tidy…"
Mar 8
Nels johnson commented on Larry Berman's blog post I scored a "1" at the Krasl Jury
"Julia, I still do not understand why you will not release the cutoff score by medium. it would give context to the scores we got. Come on, you can do it—it would be one of the most helpful actions to come out of this whole blog. I have blogged…"
Mar 8
Nels johnson commented on Larry Berman's blog post I scored a "1" at the Krasl Jury
"Yes, the cutoff point score for where the waitlist/acceptance score was, would give meaningful context. For example, my point total score in photography amounted to 22,is usually a pretty good score, from my past experiences with this show (I have…"
Mar 4
Nels johnson commented on Larry Berman's blog post I scored a "1" at the Krasl Jury
"Just interesting. the info given about the jurors and their background, the second juror is an artist who consistently gave low scores(1 or2) to a lot of people, me included. Donot know if such artist is a circuit artist, but you would think they…"
Mar 3
margaret luttrell commented on Nels johnson's blog post Ft MYERS Art Festival—Roll Over Thomas Edison, you are not the only guy making mucho moola here.
"Man, Are you ever right about Mt. Dora....where everyone doesn't have "one more inch of space" on their walls......When you hear that 30 times in a show you know it's bad."
Feb 25
Andrea Olson commented on Nels johnson's blog post Ft MYERS Art Festival—Roll Over Thomas Edison, you are not the only guy making mucho moola here.
"You described it well Nels,  I was next to your bride and did very well.  Thanks for your great blogs, love them! "
Feb 9
Barrie Lynn Bryant commented on Nels johnson's blog post Ft MYERS Art Festival—Roll Over Thomas Edison, you are not the only guy making mucho moola here.
"I have been in shows where being in the less trafficed areas paid off big time. Or at least I think they did. One time at Maitland Rotary we were on the street along with several other seasoned folks. My neighbors complained about the lack of…"
Feb 8

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

Posted on April 18, 2018 at 11:20am 1 Comment

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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Houston Bayou Art Show—Finally, something good to talk about

Posted on April 17, 2018 at 2:06pm 4 Comments

This Show was on the last full weekend in March.

They finally got their act together and limited the show to 300 artists. That meant nobody was stuck on an outer loop where half the attendees never walked.

We had excellent cool weather, decent crowds, about 15000 total.

Most artists made 6-10x their booth fees.

This is a three day show with no evening hours.

You can setup either on Wed. Or Thursday before the show.

At teardown, you can scrum with the…

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Sante Fe CC Art Show, Gainesville,FL—A total waste of time

Posted on April 14, 2018 at 1:50pm 2 Comments

Have done this show since the early eighties.

Used to be a strong $3-4K show.

Not anymore, can barely break a grand.

This is a huge college town teeming with young professionals.

You would think they would support the arts.  They do not.

Crafts have a better chance here.

I saw very few 2-D pieces go by this weekend.

You have too many artists for too few buyers.

Do not waste your time unless you live close to it.

Ft MYERS Art Festival—Roll Over Thomas Edison, you are not the only guy making mucho moola here.

Posted on February 5, 2018 at 2:30pm 6 Comments

Both Thomas Edison and Henry Ford made FM their winter homes, and they were two rich bitches, so to say.

Well, me and the little blonde, “Ellen the Cowpainter”, got in this year We were not next to each other at the show, but nighttime made up for it.

Last year I was numero uno on the waitlist and did not get in.

Pause.

I am at Berninis, our Ybor lunch spot,…

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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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