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Nels johnson
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Heather Karlsson commented on Nels johnson's blog post Last show of the year: Coconut Point, Estero,FL
"I'm sorry it went so poorly for you.  It's ... hmmm... not sure what a good word to use would be, but I'm glad to know that it wasn't just me that 2018 didn't pan out for.  I sure hope 2019 is better for all of us."
Jan 10
Barry Bernstein commented on Nels johnson's blog post Last show of the year: Coconut Point, Estero,FL
"If you bomb at all of these, Main Street alone insures that you will have a great spring. I'll see you at Ft Myers and Artigras."
Jan 3
Nels johnson posted a blog post

Last show of the year: Coconut Point, Estero,FL

Thank God, 2018 has ended.This year sucked, and this show was a perfect metaphor.This is a Howard Alan Show.  He did his job perfectly. Except not many people showed up and bought any art.The Show is held at a very contemporary shopping center.Estero is slightly below Ft. Myers and just north of Bonita Springs.It is a happening place with oodles of great retail stores and cool restaurants.The Show is held on a parking lot, very visible.  People can easily see it. About 200 exhibitors.This was…See More
Jan 3
Nels johnson commented on John Leben's blog post Digital Artist Opens a Gallery: A 2-year Report
"I think your gallery is a real plus for Douglas. Thanks for representing me, I saw sales almost double over the first year. When people see me at a show and find out I am from Saugatuck, I proudly tell them to go see my work, and others, at the…"
Dec 4, 2018
Nels johnson commented on Rick Plummer's blog post Maitland Rotary Review, 11-17 & 18, 2018
"I like your vibe.  Good writing, puts us right there beside you. Yes, the quality shows will yield you much better monetary returns. Unfortunateky, Maitland is a loser.  It used to be good, but then it  was influenced by a certain…"
Nov 23, 2018
Nels johnson commented on Rick Plummer's blog post Old but New
"Maitland Show, fricking spellchecker sucks"
Nov 19, 2018
Nels johnson commented on Rick Plummer's blog post Old but New
"Fricking fingers, meant Maryland Show"
Nov 19, 2018
Nels johnson commented on Rick Plummer's blog post Old but New
"Give us a follow up to your Maitla d show, wa t to hear all about it."
Nov 19, 2018
Nels johnson commented on Rick Plummer's blog post Old but New
"Leave the work in the tent overnight—unless, you are a jeweler."
Nov 15, 2018
Nels johnson commented on Nels johnson's blog post The Great Gulf Coast Art Festival—Pensacola, Florida
"Barry, it is strong show for some. For you, it could be 50-50, just saying. I have been lucky to get in FW, five out of the last seven years.  Twice, it was off the waitlist."
Nov 15, 2018
Barry Bernstein commented on Nels johnson's blog post The Great Gulf Coast Art Festival—Pensacola, Florida
"Nels, I didn't hear good things from people that I talked to. Btw, congrats on being one of the few in April. What do you know about South Lake?"
Nov 14, 2018
A. Denise Rollings-Martin commented on Nels johnson's blog post The Great Gulf Coast Art Festival—Pensacola, Florida
"Hi Nels, I was lucky enough to be next to you at the show.  You had lookers gathered outside your booth all day.  I'm a jeweler and had a really good show.  This show has been kind to me the 4 years I've been fortunate…"
Nov 14, 2018
Nels johnson posted a blog post

The Great Gulf Coast Art Festival—Pensacola, Florida

This is always on the first full weekend in November. It is three days, ending at 5pm on Friday and Saturday and at 4pm on Sunday.In my humble opinion this is the best fall show to do in Florida, nobody else compares.Also Pensacola is a very cool town to hang out at.Lots of good seafood bars and restaurants (more about them later), easy traffic, cheap lodgings, a mellow setup and a great wholesale seafood outlet to stock up on Monday morning.Plus, most artists make at least $3-4K here, and some…See More
Nov 13, 2018
Nels johnson commented on Rick Plummer's blog post Old but New
"meant they are done for newbies, fricking fat thumbs of mine."
Nov 13, 2018
Nels johnson commented on Rick Plummer's blog post Old but New
"I like your spirit. It will be an adventure.  Keep us posted. BTW, I blog on this site quite extensively, you might want to research a number of my blogs, they are down for newbies like you. I have been in this biz for nearly 45 years. Good…"
Nov 13, 2018
Connie Mettler commented on Nels johnson's blog post Funky Ferndale Art Show—A money-maker For some
"I understand that secret, Mark. It is especially true for people who move to Detroit from out of town. There is great value in the real estate and most people are pleased with their bang for the buck. In addition, current residents $$ go further…"
Nov 8, 2018

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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

Nels johnson's Blog

Last show of the year: Coconut Point, Estero,FL

Posted on January 3, 2019 at 5:30pm 2 Comments

Thank God, 2018 has ended.

This year sucked, and this show was a perfect metaphor.

This is a Howard Alan Show.  He did his job perfectly. Except not many people showed up and bought any art.

The Show is held at a very contemporary shopping center.

Estero is slightly below Ft. Myers and just north of Bonita Springs.

It is a happening place with oodles of great retail stores and cool restaurants.

The Show is held on a parking lot, very…

Continue

The Great Gulf Coast Art Festival—Pensacola, Florida

Posted on November 10, 2018 at 11:30am 3 Comments

This is always on the first full weekend in November. It is three days, ending at 5pm on Friday and Saturday and at 4pm on Sunday.

In my humble opinion this is the best fall show to do in Florida, nobody else compares.

Also Pensacola is a very cool town to hang out at.

Lots of good seafood bars and restaurants (more about them later), easy traffic, cheap lodgings, a mellow setup and a great wholesale seafood outlet to stock up on Monday morning.

Plus, most artists…

Continue

The Shaw Art Fair (SF)—Last weekend in St. Louis

Posted on October 9, 2018 at 4:00pm 8 Comments

Well, I was halfway thru this blog and it disappeared into the eternal ether.

So here we go again.

The things I do for you guys.

Be nice to me and read this review and then, actually comment about it.

It is my birthday in two more weeks so be kind and read and…

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Funky Ferndale Art Show—A money-maker For some

Posted on September 30, 2018 at 11:30am 9 Comments

Ferndale is a north suburb of Detroit.

It is a three day show that was held last weekend.

Integrity Shows, which is Mark Loeb, produces it.  You can find it on Zapp.

FF is a multi diverse community.  The downtown has come a long way in last ten years.

Back then the Main Street had lots of closed stores and only a handful of restaurant bars to choose from.

Now, the street is packed with lots of commerce and bars.  There are four barbershops to choose…

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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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