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Nels Johnson's Blog – November 2015 Archive (3)

DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts

I am a photographer and speak more from a 2-D perspective. But, forty years in the biz helps me understand other art disciplines.

That said, this is a good show for artists who do functional art that is traditional. You will find a welcome audience here.

If you do art outside the box you better have a great mailing list or you will die here, like me. I barely sold $500 here, and I was not alone.

This show has great prize money and it brings out all the big boys who usually… Continue

Added by Nels Johnson on November 25, 2015 at 9:01am — 5 Comments

Maitland under the stars--Starry,starry nights with no Art Bites

Show was last weekend in a wealthy Orlando suburb.

Les Slezneck convinced the Rotary Club to run this show til 10 PM on Friday, and 9 PM on Saturday. God knows why.

Big awards attracts big time artists, the show has 150 exhibitors, and all of them are good.

Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the crowd it attracted.

This is a long-standing show, and in its day, sales sizzled.

Ah, those are the days my friend.

I showed up Friday morn for setup and found out I… Continue

Added by Nels Johnson on November 19, 2015 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Dunedin Art Harvest--Not much art was harvested


I am a photographer (41 years in the biz) who does both color and black and white hand-colored images.

Have done this show,off an on, since early eighties.

This show is a shadow of its former self.

It is too large(250 exhibitors)with too few art buyers. They don't advertise well and it shows in the dismal attendance.

Here are the main reasons to do this show.

One, there is big prize money and all the heavy hitters come out for it.If you got the goods then step… Continue

Added by Nels Johnson on November 9, 2015 at 9:30am — 10 Comments

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