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Nels johnson commented on Connie Mettler's blog post It happens to the best of shows ...
"Who was it the former ops director"
Thursday
Nels johnson commented on Connie Mettler's blog post It happens to the best of shows ...
"What was his name"
Thursday
Nels johnson commented on Nels johnson's blog post Mainsail Art Festival—Too bad Easter got in the way
"Jeez, all your comments are overwhelming"
Apr 27
Nels johnson posted a blog post

Mainsail Art Festival—Too bad Easter got in the way

Mainsail was last weekend in St. Petersburg, FL. So was Easter Sunday.  That is a killjoy for any art show.Attendence sags and so do sales.Even the attendence In Saturday was off from the usual Numbers we see.St. Pete is my hometown, I was born in the 1940’s there and so I have seen it come a long way.I have done the show more than 20 times and it has always been good.Not this year.  It was down 50 percent.  That is a big down.After Ft. Worth, it was pretty anticlimactic.The Show is held in a…See More
Apr 24
Nels johnson commented on Nels johnson's blog post Main Street Fort Worth—Killer Show even though we lost one day
"I was in a big tent with my booth setup. Booth 622 in front of the Marriot. When you are making serious moola, like this show, who cares about the cost of the room, btw, rooms were $119 at the Marriot, I doubt anybody was getting a room in downtown…"
Apr 20
Barry Bernstein commented on Nels johnson's blog post Main Street Fort Worth—Killer Show even though we lost one day
"My feeling after doing Ft Worth (and St Louis) is that it is the best show in the country sales wise. However, it reminded me of the days when Coconut Grove, Ann Arbor, and many others were great. This show is no better than the way things used to…"
Apr 20
carrie jacobson commented on Nels johnson's blog post Main Street Fort Worth—Killer Show even though we lost one day
"Nice review, Nels, thanks. Some day, I'll get in. Maybe next year! "
Apr 20
Nels johnson commented on Nels johnson's blog post Main Street Fort Worth—Killer Show even though we lost one day
" Very"
Apr 18
Connie Mettler commented on Nels johnson's blog post Main Street Fort Worth—Killer Show even though we lost one day
"Finally! I've been waiting for this report, Nels. Then remembered you have farther to drive to get back home now that you've moved to New Smyrna.  How can it be that this show is so successful? And better than all the other Texas…"
Apr 18
FaithAnn Givings commented on Nels johnson's blog post Main Street Fort Worth—Killer Show even though we lost one day
"Oh, to get into Fort Worth... and survive the winds! Thanks Nels!!"
Apr 18
Nels johnson posted a blog post

Main Street Fort Worth—Killer Show even though we lost one day

For me, this is the best show in the nation for sales.It is a five figure show for the majority of artists.They get about 1400 applications and only 250 are picked.Luckily, I have been in five out of the last seven years.  For whatever reason, I jury really well here. And, I have gotten in with 2different bodies of work.Here are some of the basics about the show.It is held on Main Street in downtown—eight blocks long.Seven of the blocks booths are back to back in large tents supplied by FW.…See More
Apr 17
Paul Flack commented on Nels johnson's blog post Bayou City Art Festival-Good for some
"Dr. Nels-worth, surprised you revisited the scene of a catastrophe? Bless your pointed little head. Ft. Worth will make the trip worthwhile. Keep the rubber side down, looking forward to the next check in,.."
Apr 9
Nels johnson posted a blog post

Bayou City Art Festival-Good for some

Well, this happened at end of March, I am a little late, because I had to make 600 pieces of art for my next three shows, and Bayou is one.  Then I have Main Street Fort Worth and Mainsail.I am blogging at a sushi bar, a good one, outside of Shreveport enroute to Ft. Worth, hereafter called FW.Bayou is a tough show to call.For many it can be a big winner.  Especially if you have high-priced items.If you sell in the lower, $30-$300 price range, then this show was a loser this year.  Mind you,…See More
Apr 8
Larry Berman commented on Nels johnson's blog post SouthHaven Art Festival
"Back when this was a one day show, the first time I exhibited there it was my best one day show ever. Not sure if you still can, but we used to be able to park directly behind our booth. Larry Berman"
Mar 21
Nels johnson posted a blog post

SouthHaven Art Festival

Yikes!I just remembered I never did a blog on this show that happened last July.So here goes.This Show is always held around the Fourth of July.Last year it was the weekend after, this year it will be the weekend before.This is a two day show held at a lakeside park in SoutHaven.It is a small show due to the size of the park and that is a good thing, otherwise not many exhibitors would make a lot of moola.Setup is the day before, very mellow. Or you can do the setup the day of the show. That…See More
Mar 20
Paul Flack commented on Nels johnson's blog post Artigras, Jupiter,Fl—-Requiem for an Art Show, long past it’s glory
"Nels my friends, speaking truth to power, my experience with the FLA shows for Jan.-March is the same. Way down from past years. The statement of artists packing up at 4:30 says it all. I respect your honesty. I hope the nasty trend in FLA…"
Mar 15

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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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Mainsail Art Festival—Too bad Easter got in the way

Posted on April 24, 2019 at 2:30pm 1 Comment

Mainsail was last weekend in St. Petersburg, FL. So was Easter Sunday.  That is a killjoy for any art show.

Attendence sags and so do sales.

Even the attendence In Saturday was off from the usual Numbers we see.

St. Pete is my hometown, I was born in the 1940’s there and so I have seen it come a long way.

I have done the show more than 20 times and it has always been good.

Not this year.  It was down 50 percent.  That is a big down.

After Ft. Worth,…

Continue

Main Street Fort Worth—Killer Show even though we lost one day

Posted on April 17, 2019 at 3:00pm 6 Comments

For me, this is the best show in the nation for sales.

It is a five figure show for the majority of artists.

They get about 1400 applications and only 250 are picked.

Luckily, I have been in five out of the last seven years.  For whatever reason, I jury really well here. And, I have gotten in with 2different bodies of work.

Here are some of the basics about the show.

  • It is held on Main Street in downtown—eight blocks long.
  • Seven of the blocks…
Continue

Bayou City Art Festival-Good for some

Posted on April 8, 2019 at 8:00pm 2 Comments

Well, this happened at end of March, I am a little late, because I had to make 600 pieces of art for my next three shows, and Bayou is one.  Then I have Main Street Fort Worth and Mainsail.

I am blogging at a sushi bar, a good one, outside of Shreveport enroute to Ft. Worth, hereafter called FW.

Bayou is a tough show to call.

For many it can be a big winner.  Especially if you have high-priced items.

If you sell in the lower, $30-$300 price range, then this show…

Continue

SouthHaven Art Festival

Posted on March 20, 2019 at 1:30pm 1 Comment

Yikes!

I just remembered I never did a blog on this show that happened last July.

So here goes.

This Show is always held around the Fourth of July.

Last year it was the weekend after, this year it will be the weekend before.

This is a two day show held at a lakeside park in SoutHaven.

It is a small show due to the size of the park and that is a good thing, otherwise not many exhibitors would make a lot of moola.

Setup is the day before, very…

Continue

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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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