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Nels johnson
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Christina L. Towell commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part Three: Musing about the future of art shows—-Info on how to travel to shows
"Thanks, Nels, this is important first hand information for all of us.  I really like the paper towel or wipe for the gas pump idea and will utilize it next time we get gas.  These are scary times and we can't be too careful.…"
Jun 26
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Part Three: Musing about the future of art shows—-Info on how to travel to shows

Since the virus and quarantine most of us have not done much traveling long distance like you would normally do to get to a show.Ellen and I live in New Smyrna Beach, seven months, and Saugatuck,MI the rest.So every  May we pack up stuff and do a 1400 mile trip using two vans and pulling a UHaul trailer with my van.This year because of the virus we left a month later.Also Ellen left her van behind and rode with me.lSo the situations we encountered while getting gas, eating out at restaurants…See More
Jun 24
Jan Herman commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part 2: Looking ahead to future shows and musing about problems to overcome
"I am planning an email campaign to my art show customers and contacts in early September. I want to explain what they can expect at my booth, and to ask them what would make them comfortable about returning to art shows. And, of course, ask about…"
Jun 23
Carol Joy Shannon commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part 2: Looking ahead to future shows and musing about problems to overcome
"Those are great ideas, Nels.  You've obviously given this some thought."
Jun 23
Mark Zirinsky commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part 2: Looking ahead to future shows and musing about problems to overcome
"Nels, thanks for the feedback on Ft Worth. Seems most of my shows this year have 2 things in common: a) in the top 15 shows, and b) cancelled. Just when you think you are on a roll.  Your point about weather at shows is taken. In my trimline…"
Jun 23
Ken Conner commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part 2: Looking ahead to future shows and musing about problems to overcome
"An excellent article and comments.  We all have so much to consider about a future with a virus.  I am sorry to have to add this, but another thing to prepare for is the election.  I foresee that no matter who wins emotions may be…"
Jun 23
S Brian Berkun commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part 2: Looking ahead to future shows and musing about problems to overcome
"Another thought, it seems that the plastic shield that you have to work around every time you need to come out from the back would be more easily mitigated by wearing one of those plastic shield do-hickies (cough guard) that you can then remove more…"
Jun 19
Ellen Paquette commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part 2: Looking ahead to future shows and musing about problems to overcome
"Very helpful post AND comments! How about handling money, credit cards and phones/devices for signatures for card sales? I can't figure out how this could be done safely. I already use lots of hand sanitizer and clean my phone throughout the…"
Jun 19
S Brian Berkun commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part 2: Looking ahead to future shows and musing about problems to overcome
"Nels, reading your post makes me realize what a daunting task it may be to keep yourself safe as-well-as others, hadn't thought it through as thoroughly as you have. Then there are the "rough riders" who wont wear a mask no matter…"
Jun 19
Connie Mettler commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part 2: Looking ahead to future shows and musing about problems to overcome
"You haven't addressed what you will be wearing. So what about this? thinking this might be how we will meet our customers: "
Jun 18
Connie Mettler commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part 2: Looking ahead to future shows and musing about problems to overcome
"Fwiw, and if it applies to you. I just received this from the Detroit Golf Club (I don't know how I got on that list) -- but interesting to see what the other folks are doing: They have also implemented safety precautions including the…"
Jun 17
Nels johnson commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part 2: Looking ahead to future shows and musing about problems to overcome
"Mark, I like your idea about being open on all four sides. Problem is, weather.  When it rains, as is often at shows, you have to tarp down. So it works with perf weather, but then there are the rest. Congrats on being in Ft. Worth. Personally,…"
Jun 17
Connie Mettler commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part 2: Looking ahead to future shows and musing about problems to overcome
"Hi Jane. I know, pretty tricky. There was a post on here in May with some ideas for jewelers, maybe not looking at this directly, but perhaps…"
Jun 17
Jane Shaffer commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part 2: Looking ahead to future shows and musing about problems to overcome
"Great ideas! Any suggestions for a jeweler?  I know I could put it all in a bag, but customers like to touch it and try it on before they buy it."
Jun 17
Connie Mettler commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part 2: Looking ahead to future shows and musing about problems to overcome
"That's good too, Mark. When we started doing art fairs Norm created a quadrant that stood in the middle of the booth so people could circulate around it ... then a browse bin/table near the front. The fairs weren't as stringent on…"
Jun 17
Mark Zirinsky commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part 2: Looking ahead to future shows and musing about problems to overcome
"My ideal booth setup is where it is open on all 4 sides,  I can show work on the inside and outside surfaces, so i effectively have 3 outside and 3 inside surfaces, 10' long each. so, effectively 60' of wall space. When I have to set…"
Jun 17

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Your Medium
Photography
Years in the Art Fair Business
45
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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Part Three: Musing about the future of art shows—-Info on how to travel to shows

Posted on June 24, 2020 at 6:30pm 1 Comment

Since the virus and quarantine most of us have not done much traveling long distance like you would normally do to get to a show.

Ellen and I live in New Smyrna Beach, seven months, and Saugatuck,MI the rest.

So every  May we pack up stuff and do a 1400 mile trip using two vans and pulling a UHaul trailer with my van.

This year because of the virus we left a month later.

Also Ellen left her van behind and rode with me.l

So the situations we encountered…

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Part 2: Looking ahead to future shows and musing about problems to overcome

Posted on June 16, 2020 at 11:33am 15 Comments

I have thought seriously about what it is going to look like when they finally let us exhibit again in the Covid era.

I am a photographer. So presently I show my work in framed images on the wall and then a table with two matted print bins and a small table with a box for my 16x20 mats. 

The two bin table hold 8x10 mats and 11x14 mats.  I print on paper.

I have Lightdome tent with Propanels.

My booth usually has two skinny panels in the front where I display six,…

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Looking ahead at the summer art shows and musing about what has happened since the shutdown in March

Posted on June 14, 2020 at 12:00pm 2 Comments

My last show was Vero Beach when they closed us down on Friday the 13th in March.

Since then I have had 12 shows cancelled, including Winter Park, DesMoines, Mainsail and Woodlands/Houston.

I figure I have lost more than $40K in sales.

Took me seven weeks to finally be eligible for unemployment in Florida.

I am about $2K in debt to companies I owe for materials like frames, matboard and photo papers which were bought in anticipation of the sales I expected to…

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Posted on April 27, 2020 at 8:15am 2 Comments

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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.
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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