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Nels johnson commented on Paul Flack's blog post pet peeve
"Pretty spare blog."
Oct 10
Nels johnson commented on Nels johnson's blog post Saint Louis Art Fair, Clayton, Missouri—A Biggie
"Of course it is a biggie"
Sep 25
Connie Mettler commented on Nels johnson's blog post Saint Louis Art Fair, Clayton, Missouri—A Biggie
"Sorry to say, Nels, I've been busy and just now seeing your post here. Also, sorry to say we never got into St. Louis except the first year and Norm turned it down to do a show closer to home ;( I did visit the show a few years ago and have to…"
Sep 24
C.C. Barton commented on Nels johnson's blog post Saint Louis Art Fair, Clayton, Missouri—A Biggie
"Ha ha...right Nels, sorry.  Agree completely.  It was the best show of my career the first time I did it. At the end of the show I ordered a big fat steak and a bottle of Cab room service (I had no friends to go out to celebrate…"
Sep 24
Nels johnson commented on Nels johnson's blog post Saint Louis Art Fair, Clayton, Missouri—A Biggie
"Gee any thoughts about one of the best shows in the nation?"
Sep 24
C.C. Barton commented on Nels johnson's blog post Saint Louis Art Fair, Clayton, Missouri—A Biggie
"Yes, Bernard, I agree.  "Copies."  Clear. Succinct. Truthful. Unambiguous.   And it will never catch on."
Sep 23
Bernard Zalon commented on Nels johnson's blog post Saint Louis Art Fair, Clayton, Missouri—A Biggie
""Copies" is a good name."
Sep 23
Bernard Zalon commented on Nels johnson's blog post Saint Louis Art Fair, Clayton, Missouri—A Biggie
""Copies" is a good name."
Sep 23
C.C. Barton commented on Nels johnson's blog post Saint Louis Art Fair, Clayton, Missouri—A Biggie
"Bernard,  "prints" will always be a confusing term as it applies both to works such as original, hand-pulled etchings and mechanically reproduced copies of an original work, generally worth only the paper it is printed on, but many…"
Sep 23
Nels johnson commented on Nels johnson's blog post Saint Louis Art Fair, Clayton, Missouri—A Biggie
"Yes, but there were not many there. Painters have it tough."
Sep 23
Bernard Zalon commented on Nels johnson's blog post Saint Louis Art Fair, Clayton, Missouri—A Biggie
"Isn't printmaking a category?  Etchings?  Prints aren't repros."
Sep 23
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Saint Louis Art Fair, Clayton, Missouri—A Biggie

This happened on September 6-7-8 on the streets of Clayton. This is where the government center buildings are for St. Louis.  It is a three day show—and is very difficult to get into.I got in this year and previous to that back in 2013.  Besides that, I have only gotten in three other times in 26 years.This is a biggie, I put it right up there with KC Plaza, Des Moines, Artisphere and Main Street Fort Worth.Notice I did not include Winter Park in that list.Also I do not want to drive that far…See More
Sep 20
Barry Shandler commented on Nels johnson's blog post Lake Forest Labor Day weekend art fair—Fair but not great for most
"Nels........... Please write a book.. My life on the art show circuit"
Sep 20
Nels johnson commented on Nels johnson's blog post Lake Forest Labor Day weekend art fair—Fair but not great for most
"It did—St. Louis, blog coming"
Sep 20
Fletcher Dean commented on Nels johnson's blog post Lake Forest Labor Day weekend art fair—Fair but not great for most
"Great review, Nels. As a photographer, I get the edit question all the time and I think your response is spot on! And, like you, I like to give art away. Every show, when a young person shows interest, I try to give away a couple of…"
Sep 20
Nels johnson commented on Nels johnson's blog post Lake Forest Labor Day weekend art fair—Fair but not great for most
"Did Park Forest once, that was enough, nice committee runs it."
Sep 16

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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

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Saint Louis Art Fair, Clayton, Missouri—A Biggie

Posted on September 20, 2019 at 12:30pm 9 Comments

This happened on September 6-7-8 on the streets of Clayton. This is where the government center buildings are for St. Louis.  It is a three day show—and is very difficult to get into.

I got in this year and previous to that back in 2013.  Besides that, I have only gotten in three other times in 26 years.

This is a biggie, I put it right up there with KC Plaza, Des Moines, Artisphere and Main Street Fort Worth.

Notice I did not include Winter Park in that…

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Lake Forest Labor Day weekend art fair—Fair but not great for most

Posted on September 13, 2019 at 1:00pm 5 Comments

I have been on the road for 10 days doing this show plus St. Louis.

So I will start with a blog about LF. St. Louis later.

This is a long-standing show on the lake north of Chicago.

Very wealthy people live here, and many attend the show which is on Sunday and Labor Day Monday.

It has an early morn setup, no night before.  There are more than 200 artists.  There is a smaller show going on by them at the same time.

Held right downtown right by the commuter…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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