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Nels Johnson's Blog – March 2012 Archive (5)

ANYBODY GOING TO GIVE A REPORT ON THE RECENT BAYOU CITY ART FESTIVAL?

This is a great show for most exhibitors--lots of moola can be made.

So far, nary a peep.

Patricia Heckler via Facebook told me it was off for her this year compared to other years.

Jim Parker did it--so far are ya keeping it all to yourself Jim?

Just would love to hear some feedback from an important show.

We know things are tough in Florida (too many shows, too many in same location, sluggish economy, etc.), but is that trend not only unique to…

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Added by Nels Johnson on March 29, 2012 at 7:30am — 25 Comments

A SIMPLE REQUEST FOR THE COMMITTEE OF THE WINTER PARK ART FESTIVAL

I read in John Leben's recent blog about this year's show that you pay attention to posts on AFI.

So, you probably saw a couple of mentions about the spaces in the rear of the park which are mulched along the narrow sidewalk with narrow paasage for patrons between the booths on both sides.

If I understand correctly, there is room to move the booths back away from the edge of the sidewalk.

Would that not be a better solution than the way it is now.

Artists back…

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Added by Nels Johnson on March 20, 2012 at 8:26pm — 21 Comments

VERO BEACH--UNDER THE OAKS--UNFORTUNATELY, UNDER TOO MUCH WATER

Well, we got hit bad on Sunday, pretty well tanked any sales because of the all day down pour.

Things were not nearly as good as past years here..

Let me explain.

This is a solid show.  Local committee runs it.  Everybody gets to park behind their booths among gorgeous old oak trees.  The locals are well off. Very conservative, but they do have disposable income.

 Most years I can do a minemum of $4k or better at this show.  Have done it since the early…

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Added by Nels Johnson on March 12, 2012 at 7:22pm — 15 Comments

HOW TO TEAR DOWN A BOOTH IN HIGH WINDS AND SURVIVE INTACT

Since I just talked about the recent Gasparilla--and high winds--I thought a little basics primer would be of use to you newbies.

Oldtimers who have been around know what to do.

In the 38 years of doing shows I have been blown down once, and lost work and had booth damage, and that was because a hurricane hit our show in Vero Beach at 4 am in the morn with winds in excess of 75 mph.

Anyways, here are the basics.  Follow them and most times you will get out intact and…

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Added by Nels Johnson on March 4, 2012 at 6:00pm — 14 Comments

AN INSIDERS LOOK AT THE RECENT GASPARILLA--I LIVE THERE

I know Barry Bernstein gave you a quick memo about Gasparilla Art Show in Tampa, but I thought I could give a little more in depth reporting.

My wife, Ellen Marshall was an exhibitor there.  I was not, I was in the lovely Blooming Bartow show down the road.  I tore down on Saturday at 3 pm when winds were already blasting that show at 25 mph-plus.  I got out in one piece, work intact, booth intact, made $440.00 Whoopee!

Got home last night and Ellen told me about her day.  She…

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Added by Nels Johnson on March 4, 2012 at 3:30pm — 13 Comments

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