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Nels johnson commented on Nels johnson's blog post Woodland Park Art Festival, Lexington, KY.—Hot temps with hot Lowend sales
"Sonja.  Times are changing. The folks who used to buy often, and large, are now downsizing. The newer generation buys from different sources as well as art shows. The Millenials View art as something to be captured on their digital devices and…"
3 hours ago
Sonja Jones commented on Nels johnson's blog post Woodland Park Art Festival, Lexington, KY.—Hot temps with hot Lowend sales
"Nels, do you think this is the trend everywhere?  I am rather new to showing, but at the seven or so shows I've done, this seems to be the dominant buying pattern.  Only at Boston Mills show in Penisula, OH did I see more expensive…"
4 hours ago
Connie Mettler commented on Nels johnson's blog post Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis, Minnesota— Hit and Miss for Many
"I remember the first time we did Uptown, very good sales (this was a fair number of years ago), and we were very interested in the neighborhood, the rollerbladers, the lakes, the "scene," the cool restaurants and the tattoo-ed people. We…"
5 hours ago
Nels johnson posted a blog post

Woodland Park Art Festival, Lexington, KY.—Hot temps with hot Lowend sales

This Show is held in a lovely trees park right in downtown Lexington.  Always the third weekend in August.Lexington is a thriving town.  You have the University there. Then you have all the horse biz.  They raise them, they race them there.  Lot of dinero flowing the town.Everywhere you look you see new apartments going up.Not many shuttered stores.The locals dress up for the show.  This is not a Walmart crowd.That said, this is not an easy show to sell high end at.The whole weekend I saw less…See More
yesterday
Layl McDill commented on Nels johnson's blog post Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis, Minnesota— Hit and Miss for Many
"I was on Hennepin Ave- the section that faces into the street (without the traffic going through). I've been in both areas and not sure if one is better than the other though one friend said they didn't make it down the whole street so I…"
Tuesday
Nels johnson commented on Nels johnson's blog post Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis, Minnesota— Hit and Miss for Many
"I am on the mall, same place, for many years. Sales were flat everywhere this year. people are buying more Lowend, When your sales are off by 40% over last year, you start worrying. If I cut out this show then what us left.  It is getting to be…"
Tuesday
Connie Mettler commented on Nels johnson's blog post Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis, Minnesota— Hit and Miss for Many
"and I must add -- do they say there will be free food? That does not help to attract the audience artists need to continue.  Nels, do you have the same booth space every year? On the street, or the Mall? Do you think there is any significant…"
Monday
Nels johnson posted a blog post

Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis, Minnesota— Hit and Miss for Many

Uptown was held on first weekend of August in a very trendy shopping,eating, and partying area of Minneapolis.It is a theee day show with setup the day before except for those on Hennepin Ave.The Show is held in two distinct sections: booths are setup on the street and grass of a mall that runs about five blocks long.  Those booths setup in staggered times on Thursday.  The second section sets up on Friday on Hennepin Avenue which runs across the top of the mall.Some artists swear that sales…See More
Aug 16
Barry Bernstein commented on Nels johnson's blog post Krasl Art Festival, St. Joseph, Michigan—Finally, a good show
"Just because Nels had a good show doesn't mean that everyone did. Nobody around me had a good show. We all fried in the sun. I wanted a space in the shade. Didn't get it. Don't kid yourself. None of the amenities are ever free.…"
Jul 24
Connie Mettler commented on Nels johnson's blog post South Haven Art Fair— A mellow affair in a park by the lake.
"Nels, I remember those days also, 2 days back to back moving from one show to another. We were already too old to do that so never participated in either one. Doesn't the Saugatuck show exist anymore? or have you just gotten tired? These sweet…"
Jul 24
Nels johnson commented on Nels johnson's blog post South Haven Art Fair— A mellow affair in a park by the lake.
"That is called Position A. How ya doing Larry."
Jul 24
Larry Berman commented on Nels johnson's blog post South Haven Art Fair— A mellow affair in a park by the lake.
"Back in the day it was my best one day show ever. And with the right space you could park directly behind your booth and not move until you packed up at the end of the day. Larry Bermanhttp://BermanGraphics.com412-401-8100"
Jul 23
Connie Mettler commented on Nels johnson's blog post Krasl Art Festival, St. Joseph, Michigan—Finally, a good show
"That is such a busy weekend with so many options. Out of all of them we did State College when we were first starting out in the business. We did okay with sales, but it was a long way from home and 4 days long and we only did it a few years. Best…"
Jul 23
Judy Christian commented on Nels johnson's blog post Krasl Art Festival, St. Joseph, Michigan—Finally, a good show
"I appreciate the review! I have been happily doing the Central PA State College Show for the past 10 years and am still doing well with it. I also lived in the area, so slept in my own bed. However- I finally finished my move back to Ohio end of…"
Jul 23
Julia Gourley commented on Nels johnson's blog post Krasl Art Festival, St. Joseph, Michigan—Finally, a good show
"Nels, thanks for the thoughtful review.  Rest assured, the loss of the of the mid-show Boulevard Inn location for artist hospitality is not forgotten.  It has, however, been challenging to replace.We heard many reports of great sales (and…"
Jul 23
Nels johnson posted a blog post

South Haven Art Fair— A mellow affair in a park by the lake.

 As I set at a table across from Lake Michigan, munching a great breakfest bagel and reading The NY Times, I reflected on my time doing this show for the past 25 years.You cannot beat the location.South Haven is a Lakefront town about 35 miles above the Indiana border.It is a big vacation destination for Chicago and northern Indiana folks.  Also nearby Kakamazoo claims this as their beach town.It is held in tree-shrouded Stanley Johnson and can easily hold 150 artists plus room for their vans…See More
Jul 22

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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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Woodland Park Art Festival, Lexington, KY.—Hot temps with hot Lowend sales

Posted on August 21, 2019 at 10:53am 2 Comments

This Show is held in a lovely trees park right in downtown Lexington.  Always the third weekend in August.

Lexington is a thriving town.  You have the University there. Then you have all the horse biz.  They raise them, they race them there.  Lot of dinero flowing the town.

Everywhere you look you see new apartments going up.

Not many shuttered stores.

The locals dress up for the show.  This is not a Walmart crowd.

That said, this is not an easy show to…

Continue

Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis, Minnesota— Hit and Miss for Many

Posted on August 16, 2019 at 11:08am 4 Comments

Uptown was held on first weekend of August in a very trendy shopping,eating, and partying area of Minneapolis.

It is a theee day show with setup the day before except for those on Hennepin Ave.

The Show is held in two distinct sections: booths are setup on the street and grass of a mall that runs about five blocks long.  Those booths setup in staggered times on Thursday.  The second section sets up on Friday on Hennepin Avenue which runs across the top of the mall.

Some…

Continue

South Haven Art Fair— A mellow affair in a park by the lake.

Posted on July 22, 2019 at 12:41pm 3 Comments

 As I set at a table across from Lake Michigan, munching a great breakfest bagel and reading The NY Times, I reflected on my time doing this show for the past 25 years.

You cannot beat the location.

South Haven is a Lakefront town about 35 miles above the Indiana border.

It is a big vacation destination for Chicago and northern Indiana folks.  Also nearby Kakamazoo claims this as their beach town.

It is held in tree-shrouded Stanley Johnson and can easily hold 150…

Continue

Krasl Art Festival, St. Joseph, Michigan—Finally, a good show

Posted on July 19, 2019 at 2:05pm 7 Comments

This show was last weekend, second weekend of July.

A two day show with Friday setup.

Held on the lake bluff in downtown St. Joseph.

200 exhibitors setup on both sides of the sidewalk, the show extends about eight city blocks.

Most can pull right into the curb and setup.  Pretty easy setup and teardown.

The Show has been going on more than 25 years and attracts a good crowd.  A lot of Chicago money here with a mix of Michiganders and folks from northern…

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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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