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Second blog about Des Moines Art Festival

Des Moines ArtsFestival—the nuts and boltsThis info will be helpful when considering applying for the show.A few salient facts.This is a biggie show.  Well respected,hard to get in, but a real money-maker.Many artists do well over $10K.This year there were 152 artist spaces.  Roughly, 1200 people juried for it back in 2019. The 2020 was cancelled,COVID, and we were rolled over to this year.It is a three day show (Friday-Sunday) with long hours— Friday and Saturday 11am-10pm. Sunday 11-5pm.Setup…See More
Jul 5
Barry Bernstein commented on Nels johnson's blog post DesMoines ArtsFestival—Another Killer “Winner,Winner, Chicken Dinner
"Des Moines is the best run show in the country. Stephen King does a great job of managing this event. I've done it a number of times in recent years. In 2020 I had a rare rejection, so, I didn't get to do the show this year. I last did it…"
Jul 2
Nels johnson posted a blog post

DesMoines ArtsFestival—Another Killer “Winner,Winner, Chicken Dinner

This was my first summer show.I am writing two blogs about it.This one will be about my insights and observations.My second will be about the nuts and bolts of the show.covering layouts,booths,storage,etc.This will be valuable info for those of you considering doing the show.So, on with the show.This was held on the last weekend of June.Because of COVID it was cancelled in 2020. Accepted artists were auto in for 2021.  There was no jury for this year.This was my fourth time doing it. They have…See More
Jul 1
Connie Mettler commented on Nels johnson's blog post Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival— Winner,Winner,Chicken Dinner!
"Thanks again, Nels, for sharing this useful information. Wish I could have been there too. Then I could have put the tent up and taken it down and saved you $300. This has always been a tough show to get into. Our friend, Bill Coleman,…"
May 28
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on Nels johnson's blog post Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival— Winner,Winner,Chicken Dinner!
"Way to go Nels!!!!"
May 25
Nels johnson posted a blog post

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival— Winner,Winner,Chicken Dinner!

Well, it was my best art show, in Florida, for the last 41 years.  That is saying a lot.This is a very hard show to jury in.  For example, I got in 1983 and 1984.  Thought I had it made.  Well, I got juried out the next 27 years. Got in in 2012 and finally got back in in 2020, then rolled over to this year.That is a hell of a lot of rejections.  And, I always sent new work every year.On the other hand, my esteemed and dearly-loved wife, Ellen Marshall, has been in over 10 times.  I guess they…See More
May 24
Nels johnson commented on Reid Watts's blog post Hello! Anybody out there?
"I will be writing a blog about WPSAF, it will be published this afternoon, Sunday."
May 23
Nels johnson commented on Reid Watts's blog post Hello! Anybody out there?
"I just finished doing the Winter Park show. It had killer sales for most artists. Most were unmasked but vaccinated. We are outdoors in moving air, that is healthy conditions. So far, I have done nine shows, and I have not heard of one artist being…"
May 23
Nancy Reyna commented on Nels johnson's blog post Melbourne Art Festival—Winner,winner chicken dinner...for most
"I was there too, Nels! The storm was the end of the show for me, and I’m still cleaning up. It was my first time there and my sales were $1000, which I thought was ok for a first time, and a day and a half. Only prints, not even a little…"
Apr 29
Nels johnson commented on Barry Bernstein's blog post Birmingham, Birmingham, Greatest City in Alabam.'..
"Do you think I could make money there with my work? Have a killer Artisphere."
Apr 29
Barry Bernstein commented on Nels johnson's blog post Melbourne Art Festival—Winner,winner chicken dinner...for most
"Ouch!! When I saw the rain it made me think of you going home before Ft Myers with just the thought of rain that didn't materialize. I was in Birmingham AL and I didn't talk to one person who didn't have a good show... unless you were…"
Apr 28
Nels johnson commented on Nels johnson's blog post Melbourne Art Festival—Winner,winner chicken dinner...for most
"Thanks Kathleen"
Apr 28
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on Nels johnson's blog post Melbourne Art Festival—Winner,winner chicken dinner...for most
"Good luck at Winter Park Nels!"
Apr 28
Nels johnson posted a blog post

Melbourne Art Festival—Winner,winner chicken dinner...for most

I decided to go bold again, like the old days. (Talking type style)This show was last weekend, it is held at a county park about 10 miles north of downtown Melbourne.It used to be right downtown until they moved to this park.Frankly the old location was far better, it brought a better class of patrons, a lot of them from the beach.But it is now going to be here at the…See More
Apr 26
Richard L. Sherer commented on Nels johnson's blog post Covid Strategy—keeping safe social distancing while at a bar
"INGENIOUS! I'm a numbers guy, so even with my shots I still mask up for the 10% probability."
Apr 14
Connie Mettler commented on Nels johnson's blog post Covid Strategy—keeping safe social distancing while at a bar
"Thanks for your report, Barry. What you’re saying about Florida is kind of what I’ve been hearing more generally. There is some money to be made, maybe not up to the levels of the past but people were getting by in Florida this…"
Apr 14

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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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Second blog about Des Moines Art Festival

Posted on July 5, 2021 at 10:52am 0 Comments

Des Moines ArtsFestival—the nuts and bolts

This info will be helpful when considering applying for the show.

A few salient facts.

This is a biggie show.  Well respected,hard to get in, but a real money-maker.…

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DesMoines ArtsFestival—Another Killer “Winner,Winner, Chicken Dinner

Posted on July 1, 2021 at 10:30am 1 Comment

This was my first summer show.

I am writing two blogs about it.

This one will be about my insights and observations.

My second will be about the nuts and bolts of the show.

covering…

Continue

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival— Winner,Winner,Chicken Dinner!

Posted on May 24, 2021 at 2:20pm 2 Comments

Well, it was my best art show, in Florida, for the last 41 years.  That is saying a lot.

This is a very hard show to jury in.  For example, I got in 1983 and 1984.  Thought I had it made.  Well, I got juried out the next 27 years. Got in in 2012 and finally got back in in 2020, then rolled over to this year.

That is a hell of a lot of rejections.  And, I always sent new…

Continue

Melbourne Art Festival—Winner,winner chicken dinner...for most

Posted on April 26, 2021 at 2:00pm 4 Comments

I decided to go bold again, like the old days. (Talking type style)

This show was last weekend, it is held at a county park about 10 miles north of downtown Melbourne.

It used to be right downtown…

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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